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December, 2009

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Help for the Remodeling Challenged

Help for the Remodeling Challenged

Thinking of remodeling your home, but you don't know where to start? Don't let indecisiveness stop you from turning your current home into your dream home. From renovation coaches to design videos, a multitude of resources are available that fit all different skill levels, time frames and budgets.

Where to Begin
You may have so many home improvement projects that you feel overwhelmed - your kitchen is outdated, the basement needs revamping and the fixtures in your bath should have been retired years ago. Instead of keeping your remodeling dreams on the back burner because you don't know where you want to begin, go online to help get the ball rolling.

Start by looking for videos that will show you how to make noticeable upgrades in the rooms that you use most. Moen Incorporated offers informative videos that will help you make up your mind and get projects off to a smooth start. Interested in creating a more spa-like experience? View Moen's video, "Turn your Shower into a Spa," to learn what products and professional help you need to make the transformation complete. Want more information on the designs that are hot in the bath or kitchen? Learn how Moen's bathroom and kitchen faucet styles can create an impact by watching the "Trends in Bath Faucet Design" and "Moen Designs for Life" videos. By turning to online resources, you'll have a head start in getting all of your projects underway.

Help, Please!
After you've decided which projects are most important, you'll then have to determine whether or not your upcoming renovations will require the help of a professional. If they will, be sure to find a remodeling contractor who is familiar with the building codes in your area. Before you get started with any demolition, walk through the design process with your contractor and choose everything you want to include in the new rooms to prevent hasty, and costly, decisions later on in the project. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry has a number of online resources to find professionals to assist with your upcoming remodel.

If you still need an extra push to get your project started, and have the extra budget to match, consider hiring a renovation coach as a sort of "home therapist" to help you through this stressful time. Your renovation coach will serve as liaison between you and your building professionals, helping with negotiations and managing your expectations.

Fresh and Frugal
It may seem like the projects are never-ending in your home, but unfortunately your budget is not infinite. There are a number of ways to freshen up any space without spending a fortune. If all the room needs is a minor facelift, make the most of changes with paint, as opposed to altering the structure of the space. Changing the color and adding an impressive finishing technique to your walls can revitalize it, and it's the easiest way to bring new life to rooms on a budget. Dutch Boy® offers a number of online videos to help you complete easy faux-finishing methods to achieve that designer look without the designer price.

Don't let uncertainty stop your remodel before it starts. Empower yourself! By doing research and choosing the right resources, you can ensure your projects will make a lasting impact.

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