Every year, as soon as the kids head back to school and the pumpkins are on display at your local supermarket, homeowners’ thoughts turn to home improvements, especially if the holiday season means entertaining family and friends. Whether you host a big Thanksgiving dinner or entertain houseguests over winter break, your idea of “holiday stress” may include finding time to spruce up your home. With family budgets tight and weekend calendars filling up, now is a good time to start thinking about making budget-conscious home improvements.
It may be several months away, but people in the home remodeling industry are already abuzz about the projected remodeling trends for 2013. In fact, many contractors and remodelers are refreshing their marketing messages so they speak to the changing needs of American homeowners. What could have changed in just the past few years, you might ask? According to a poll by the National Association for the Remodeling Industry (NARI), most people are delaying major renovations due to economic worries. Instead, they are focusing on smaller “must do” projects and saving their pennies to pay for larger renovations with cash instead of credit.
It seems like every couple of years we see new trends emerge in home remodeling, kitchen design and landscaping products. But how does a homeowner find out about the latest innovations for the home? Sure, there are plenty of “shelter” magazines and DIY web sites, but it’s hard to see everything all in one place unless you visit a home show. Over the past 25 years, home shows have gone from an annual event in big city convention centers to several informal suburban shows.
What are the advantages of visiting a home show? My favorite reason to walk the aisles of a home show is to get a full picture of all my options for a project and a first-hand look at the materials. I try to visit the show early in the day so I can spend time learning more from certain vendors.
Remodeling the exterior of your home or business can be hassle-free when you choose the right window and siding contractor. However, if you hire the wrong one you may need to live with the consequences of that decision for many years to come. Perhaps this explains why there is so much information available online to help you find the right contractor for your next big project.
Every contractor will say they use top quality products and that they offer honest and reliable service, so how do you determine which window and siding contractor to hire? Some of the obvious first steps include ensuring that the contractor is licensed and insured, or that they have favorable ratings with the Better Business Bureau. But you will also want a contractor with several years of experience in your neighborhood. They should be able to provide you with a list of references and several addresses of homes they have recently remodeled.
If you only could do one improvement to your Colorado Springs home, what would it be? A lot of people might consider redoing the kitchen or bathroom, hiring a professional landscaper, or fixing up the backyard. But the truth is, Colorado Springs homes sell faster with Hardie Board siding from the James Hardie Company.
As the only preferred remodeler for the James Hardie Company in Colorado Springs, Heart House is well-versed on the benefits of fiber cement siding. The highlights of choosing Hardie board is the long-lasting beauty it brings. Over the past five years, james Hardie Fiber Cement siding has received numerous accolades from home remodeling magazines for helping increase a home’s resale value, James Hardie fiber cement siding is a concept that’s sweeping the nation. It comes in 20 beautiful colors and is specifically engineered to match several different climates. Residents of Colorado Springs love the look of Hardie Board for its natural texture and richness, but also it matches up so well with the architecture of the region.
Have you been thinking about replacement windows or home siding? Heart House is having an open house this weekend, Sat & Sun Feb 19 & 20, 10 am to 4pm. We will be offering huge savings on Simonton Replacement Windows and James Hardie fiber cement siding products, Brings in your measurements and start.
If you are in the market for new vinyl siding in Colorado, you may want to look into cement siding instead. For many homeowners in Colorado Springs, Hardie Board® cement siding has give them the best return on investment. While it is slightly more expensive than vinyl, the long-term benefits of James Hardie® Fiber Cement Siding are hard to resist.
For the fifth year in a row, RemodelingMagazine has awarded fiber cement siding the #1 spot in its annual “Cost vs. Value” report on construction costs. In this report, the magazine compares the cost of construction for the most common remodeling projects with the added value that they bring at the time of resale. The results are based on the current real estate market, and they say that projects that include fiber cement products like Hardie® Board generate the highest ROI when a home is sold.