Even when you think you’ve hired the right contractor, your project can go wrong. But all is not lost, as long as the contractor was licensed. (You have next to no legal recourse against unlicensed contractors, and some jurisdictions even come after homeowners for hiring them.) Here are your options.
No matter what we’re shopping for, few of us like sticking to a budget. But when you’re doing a major home remodeling project, knowing precisely how much money you have to spend and staying within that budget is crucial.
Ah, the joys—and burdens—of becoming a homeowner. Buying a home is an exciting milestone, but afterward you’re responsible for maintenance. You no longer have a landlord to fix that running toilet or leaky faucet.
Every homeowner makes mistakes. The real trouble, however, starts when these blunders become habits that cost a lot of money over time. Some behaviors also create safety issues. If you’re guilty of these bad habits, break them—pronto.
For more than a decade, Lynn Troyer and her husband thought about buying the run-down cottage next door. They watched the property, which they categorize as a century home, change hands before deciding to purchase the house themselves.