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What’s the difference between a home contractor and a handyman?

home contractor with levelAs a homeowner, you probably have a long list of projects you want to accomplish eventually. From fixing that dripping shower head to finishing the basement, your home project list likely includes a wide range of tasks from simple to complicated. When you’re ready to start checking items off your to-do list, though, you might be wondering: Who can I hire to help me? Should I call a handyman? Does this work require a home contractor?

Before starting your home improvement project(s), it’s important to understand the difference between the two so you can decide which one is right for you.

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Reconsider DIY Home Improvements: When DIY becomes D-I-DON’T

diy home improvement project gone bad- poorly installed door handleThat Pinterest project sure looks appealing, doesn’t it?

That unused-closet-turned-mudroom, kitchen cabinets turned from drab to fab, even a new-brand vanity in the bathroom: those DIY home improvements (do it yourself) look so easy to tackle when you’re scrolling through before and after photos. But what did it take from Point A to Point B? Are these projects really as easy as they appear to be?

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How Homeowners and Home Contractors Take Advantage of the Winter Months

female hands framing a kitchen remodelWhen winter rolls around, the number of completed home improvement projects plummets as predictably and as quickly as the temperature outside. The cold weather makes it challenging to conduct work outdoors, making it hard to build decks, power wash homes, repaint, seal driveways and perform so many other essential home maintenance tasks. Homeowners go into “hibernation mode” as well, wanting to stay warm and cozy indoors throughout the cold winter months. The combination of the two means that many home maintenance tasks are placed on hold.

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Do Homeowners Need Contractors for “Small” Jobs?

home contractor from HomeSquareTalk about home contractors can conjure up images of total remodels, drastic renovations and significant additions. However, contractors aren’t limited by type of project or restricted to projects of a certain size.

Simply put, a contractor’s role is to be the point of contact which organizes any home improvement project. A contractor applies for permits, locates subcontractors, orders supplies and handles day-to-day supervision, among other necessary tasks. That level of management may be just as necessary for “smaller” jobs, such as making improvements to a half-bath or converting a closet into a mudroom, as it is for a complete basement remodeling project or building a deck.

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Kitchen Design Updates That Don’t Break The Bank

by guest author Shawna Feeley

My favorite space in almost any house is the kitchen.  When it is well-designed, it provides an arena to cook, create, commune and to just hang out.  Kids do their homework and families connect in this functional and well used space. Therefore, it imperative that you love this special room in your home and it makes you happy.  If, this is not the case, here are some kitchen updates that will bring a smile to your face without creating a hole in your wallet.

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Does home remodeling make sense for your family?

home remodeling services from HomeSquare, shown in this consultation with a homeownerAs the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But what if your home simply isn’t working for you anymore?

It’s possible that your family has outgrown a three-bedroom setup, or a step-in bathtub is impractical due to limited mobility. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of an open floor plan, or it’s possible that some major structural elements, such as the roof, windows or doors, are due for a replacement. Your home isn’t “broken,” per se, but it could benefit from a value-boosting pick-me-up.

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