Remodeling Cost vs Value for 2013

Before you spend thousands of dollars on a home renovation that you hope will add value to your house (and not just enjoyment), take a look at Remodeling Magazine’s annual list of remodeling cost vs. value for the mid-atlantic region first!  This list provides a national survey highlighting which improvements are the most valuable and will produce the highest return


Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report for 2011-2012 Released

Before you spend thousands of dollars on a home renovation that you hope will add value to your house (and not just enjoyment), take a look at Remodeling Magazine’s annual list of remodeling cost vs. value for the mid-atlantic region first!  This list provides a national survey highlighting which improvements are the most valuable and will produce the highest return


Charlottesville365; Virginia Sales Tax Holiday October 8-11

Every year, Virginia enjoys a four day sales tax holiday on different items and supplies. It always falls on the Friday (through the weekend) of the second Monday in October. This year, it will fall on Friday October 8 – Monday October 11, 2010. This is a great time to make some EnergyStar purchases if you’ve been considering updating the


Return of the Pesky Stink Bug

It’s right around this time of the year that I start seeing people mentioning a bunch of creepy looking brown bugs infesting their homes in Charlottesville. Welcome… the Stink Bug! Appearance I always describe the stink bug as a little brown bug that looks prehistoric and/or armored and ready to go into battle. These guys are creepy. Every fall they


City of Charlottesville to Hold Citywide Tree Debris Collection next week!

From the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce ChamberBits newsletter…. Citywide Tree Debris Collection The City Public Works Department will provide a FREE citywide collection of winter storm related TREE DEBRIS for City residents during the week of February 22-26. City Residents may place tree limbs at the curb for collection no later than 7am of their scheduled trash and recycling collection day. … Tree debris cut up by contractors for residents should be hauled away by contractors and will not be collected as part of this collection. Questions may be directed to the Public Service Division at 970-3895.


Does all this snow hurt my lawn?

On the lawn, a thick layer of snow will not harm it, provided that there aren’t leaves left on the surface. … The last mowing should always be a little shorter. (the problem I’ve had is that autumn doesn’t seem to know when to quit, and I end up with 2 or 3 last cuts. Don’t cut the lawn too short of course, as this makes it more susceptible to frost damage if there is little snow. … If you walk on the lawn regularly during the winter, it is also advisable to remove the snow from these paths. Snow that is hard packed by foot prints on the lawn could lead to damage to the grass plants. (it could also lead you down a garden path) [From Turf King- Hamilton- Lawn Care: Does all this snow hurt my lawn?


January is National Radon Month!

As described on the EPA website; Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste.

… In Charlottesville, the standard is to test for radon when you purchase your home during the inspection period (and some people will opt not to test at all) but for most people, that is the first and only test for radon that they will do on their home. There are many areas in Charlottesville where radon gas is present in homes, so if you’ve never checked- now is a great time! Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive, and the EPA Radon site has lots of local and national links to help connect you with how to purchase a self-test, connect with someone locally to administer a professional test, and find people to mitigate a radon problem should you have one. Locally, one of my preferred home inspectors, John Handloser with Pillar to Post Home Inspections , will be happy to administer a professional radon test in your home- call him a few days in advance to schedule him to come out.


Before beginning a new home improvement project- Check this list!

Screen shot 2009-12-23 at 10.27.37 PM.jpgBefore choosing which home improvement project you will take on next, check out this list for a national survey on which improvements are the most valuable and will produce the highest return on investment. The survey is broken down region-by-region and then parsed into large metropolitan areas; the closest to us in terms of size, location, and economy being Richmond. Take a look, you may be surprised at what you find! 2009 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report


5 Clues That You May Need a Home Improvement Professional

Unfortunately, this is not original content- it was passed down through emails to the point that it was completely removed from its author, but I was nonetheless amused. Home Renovation Follies From Building Inspectors With the huge boom of big box Do-It-Yourself shops sprouting up all over, more people are taking on home renovation tasks on their own. Nothing wrong


Thinking of Remodeling?

Thinking of revamping your house this season? Dreaming of a kitchen upgrade with new cabinets and countertops but wondering if it would be worth more to replace that old vinyl siding? Trying to reconcile all of that with everyone who keeps telling you that the best thing you could do would be to install new windows throughout? Here are two