Five Crucial Home Remodeling & Renovation Tips

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For your next do it yourself project, you want to make sure you make no mistakes. Follow these five tips to help you have a successful …


A Tale Of Home Improvement

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A Tale Of Home Improvement

Once upon time, in a quiet village, stood a small bungalow, which suffered from neglect because its owners didn’t have any money to maintain it properly. A sign "for sale" had been standing in the front garden for a very long time, but nobody was interested since the bungalow was of very modern design, which was a sharp contrast to the rest of the historic village. Day after day the wood rotted away and nature slowly took over the garden, until only a complete make-over could help the bungalow to survive…

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Acoustic Ceiling Removal – Popcorn or Texture?

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The decision to attempt acoustic ceiling removal is not something most people jump into without a bit of forethought. There are both pros and cons to consider before making a choice to either keep that popcorn ceiling or scrape it off and replace it with some type of wall texture. I have tried to cover the most important issues in this article to help you make the choice best for your situation.

The Pros of Acoustic Ceiling Removal

  • The money: Acoustic removal usually increases the value and marketability of your home, sometimes dramatically. A textured ceiling is by most opinions far more appealing and buyers will pay for what they like.
  • Removal reduces the nesting places for bugs such as dust mites and spiders. In my experience, it is more likely than not to see spider webs on close examination of an older acoustic ceiling.
  • Because the rough acoustic ceiling texture tends to trap light and create a shadowing effect replacing with modern knockdown or similar texture can make the room appear much brighter and more open.
  • The new ceiling can be painted the same color as the walls or a different color if you desire. You are not stuck with an “acoustic white” or one of the shades of yellow acoustic tends to turn over the years.
  • Cleaning the dust and dirt that accumulates around ceiling vents and ceiling fans is next to impossible with out damaging and/or creating a mess of acoustic kernels on an acoustic ceiling.

The Cons of Acoustic Ceiling Removal

  • The money: Removing a popcorn ceiling, repairing the drywall, applying texture, priming and finally painting can be very expensive if done by a contractor.
  • Sometimes acoustic is applied because that gnarly texture hides damage. Hidden drywall damage usually means more time needed from the crew’s drywall patch masters, along with additional material which of course equals more money out of your pocket.
  • The removal process can be a lot of work if done yourself. There is a lot of information out there on the web to help guide you through the process. In fact, our site,, has a systematic manual on the process. Removal is hard work that requires a certain level of skill, skill that only comes with experience. Before taking on the removal of an entire home, I highly suggest you get started by doing a small bedroom or office to size up what you are getting into. Many errors in coating the drywall or applying the texture will not be seen until the paint is applied and has dried.
  • Some popcorn/acoustic ceilings contain asbestos. If your ceiling contains asbestos above the threshold level you must follow your state and local laws regarding removal and disposal of this hazardous waste product. This will include multiple air samples, protective clothing and respiration gear, specialized sealers, portable showers, heppa air filtration, etc. Can you see the dollars piling up yet? Asbestos removal is very expensive.

Popcorn or Texture

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The Pros and Cons of Selling a Home in "as Is" Condition

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So, the house is not in “Like New” condition and is not as cosmetically pleasing as you’d like. Is it worth the time and money to fix it up before selling it? Maybe or maybe not.

When deciding whether or not to sell a home in “As Is” condition it is important to look at the ultimate goal. Many sellers simply want to get out form underneath a home. The price they get for the home is not as important as the selling of the home. Other sellers want to make a profit, by selling it for more than they purchased it for. And still others need to get a certain price for the home to cover their debt in the home. While there may be other situations, these are the three basic scenarios.

When looking at selling a house the pros and cons of selling “As Is” are really very simple. The basic concepts involve selling price, ability to sell quickly, and amount of effort put in. Of course, you have to weigh the need for a quick sale over the need for a specific price when considering this option. We’ll look at the pros and cons from these two standpoints; needing to get rid of the house (Quick Sale) and needing to get a certain price (Specific Price.)

Quick Sale

When you are looking to get rid of a house, for whatever reason, you probably are not as concerned with the price. Although you will want to get a fair price, the amount is less important than the fact that it sells. Selling a home as is, in this situation, is actually a bit ironic. You probably have the money to do the repairs to get it in top shape but do not have the desire, or need, to do it.

The Pros:
In this situation you do not want to put much money into selling the home because you are simply looking to get rid of it. Wasting time and money on repairs for a little higher selling price is not a priority. Because you are willing to entertain reasonable offers, you will probably be able to make a quick sale. You might attract investment buyers who want to buy the property cheaper, fix it up, and turn it around for a profit. By selling “As Is” you are not implying anything and are offering no guarantees, either. The homebuyer knows that they are getting a property that will probably require some work.

The Cons:
Obviously, the sale price will be a little lower than it could be with some repairs. Many banks are less willing to offer financing to buyers who are looking at “As Is” properties, unless they have a good plan in place. If you don’t attract the investors you might be spending a lot of time talking to, and showing the property to, people with little hope of financing. You stand the chance of unhappy homebuyers, even though they were told it was … Read More

Austin flooring experts vs. home improvement stores

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Austin flooring experts vs. Home Improvement stores You might be wrong if you think home improvement stores are a more affordable place to buy new flooring.

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