Home Updates for Empty Nesters: 3 Remodel Projects That Can Generate Big Returns for the Investment

Home Update Tips for New Empty Nesters

Home Update Tips for New Empty Nesters

Sending a child off to college or study abroad can be a bittersweet moment for parents. While it can mark an important milestone and achievement, it can also be the first time a child is living away from home for an extended period of time.

For new empty nesters, making some home improvements when children move out can be helpful to updating and reviving certain spaces in the home, allowing parents to make better use of them as living arrangements change and families enter a new chapter of life.

It can also be the key boosting a home’s value if empty nesters may be considering selling their home and downsizing in the coming months (or year).

Home Improvement Ideas for Empty Nesters

  1. Converting bedrooms into versatile spaces – With your children not living in your home for the next few months (or longer), consider converting their bedrooms into a useful space, like a home office, a home gym or an activities room. This room can double as a guest room (when kids come home for breaks or other guests visit). You may even want to consider adding versatile furniture to make this room easy to convert into a new space, based on your family’s evolving needs.
    • Note:  On average, home office additions to a house yield a roughly 40 percent return on the investment.
  2. Updating kitchen countertops – Refinishing the countertops and/or backsplash in your kitchen can go a long way towards updating the look and feel of your kitchen space. It can also be the ideal time to change up the floor plan of your kitchen and/or replace some of the aging major appliances. In fact, if you are only working with a limited remodel budget – and you may be preparing to put your home on the market, you may want to start your updates in the kitchen, which is one of the first spaces prospective typically buyers check out.
    • Note: Kitchen updates can yield as much as a 66 percent return on the investment (particularly if newer major appliances are added).
  3. Refinishing the bathtubs and/or bathroom tile – Just like newly refinished countertops and backsplashes can revive the appearance and feel of a kitchen, newly refinished tile and/or bathtubs can refresh the look and ambience of the bathroom space. When making these updates, it may also be a good time to consider adding in a conversion tub or other features (like shelving, cabinets, or privacy walls) to refine your bathroom space and make it more suitable for the people actually using it.
    • Note: With the right updates, bathroom remodels can yield a roughly 60 percent return on investment.

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4 Ways to Update a Bathroom for Teens Heading Back to School

How to Update a Bathroom for Teens Heading Back to School

How to Update a Bathroom for Teens Heading Back to School

Back to school time can inevitably mean more focus and stress on your home’s bathrooms, especially in the mornings when everyone is rushing around to get ready for school (and work).

To help ease on the extra strain that back-to-school time can add (both on your home’s facilities and the people who are using them), here are some helpful updates to consider making to your home’s bathrooms as you and your family prepare for the new school year:

  1. Enlarge & refinish countertops – Extending  and refinishing your bathroom’s countertops can enliven and open up the vanity area. That can mean that there’s more room for two (or more) people to be getting ready at the same time every morning, cutting down on the fights over who gets the bathroom first (and/or how much time each person spends in the bathroom).
  2. Add separate vanity and/or storage space for males and females – This can help everyone stay organized (and put their own stuff back where it belongs when they’re done getting ready each morning). You can take this bathroom update tip a bit further by getting drawer and/or shelf organizational bins where different toiletries and bathroom items can be stored (and easily moved around).
  3. Add more power – Adding a few more electrical sockets can make it possible for a few people to get ready at the same time, particularly if those people rely on power for their hair dryers, electric shavers, etc. that are part of their grooming process.
  4. Refinish the bathtubRefinishing and reviving the bathtub in your home can make an older guest bathroom a new place for someone to get ready for school (or work) in the morning. It can also provide an opportune time to make some other changes (like creating a more private tub and shower space) that allow multiple people to be in the bathroom getting ready at the same time.

    An added benefit to making this update is that it can also provide a nice end-of-the-day stress release, when a soak in a refinished bathtub can be just what you (and/or other members of your family) need to unwind.

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5 Essential Home Organizational Tips to Ease into the Back-to-School Season

Essential Back-to-School Organizational Tips for Your Home

Essential Back-to-School Organizational Tips for Your Home

With summer winding down and fall just around the corner, kids and young adults alike are preparing to go back to school. For parents helping their children get ready for the upcoming school year, making a few changes around the home space can be essential to easing back into the school mode with minimal stress.

Helpful & Cost-Effective Home Updates for the Back-to-School Season

  1. Create a “landing” space by your home’s entry ways – By (or just off of) an entrance to your home, open up a space where your kids can shed (and store) their school gear, including their backpacks, shoes/coats and equipment for extracurricular activities. Having a dedicated space where your children can leave and keep their school (and sports) gear can make it so much easier to get ready to run out the door in the mornings, especially when there may be a few students in your home (or your kids have a bit more gear to take with them and keep track of on a daily basis).
  2. Reorganize your pantry and/or fridge to make it easy to grab food on the go – Designate a part (or an entire) shelf in your pantry and/or refrigerator to snacks, breakfast items and school lunch items. Having a specific spot for these food items can make it easier not only to get kids fed (and/or loaded up with meals for their day) but also to keep track of what you’re running low on (so you can pick up more supplies on your next grocery trip).
  3. Put a calendar in a central location – On your refrigerator, in your pantry or in some other central location, hang up a calendar where everyone, including the students in your home, can note important events and plans for their schedule.

    Even if you’re keeping track of these events in some other location (like electronically on a smartphone), having an obvious visual reminder can be important to making sure everyone’s aware of certain plans and/or different family members’ availability.

  4. Add organizational bins to the bathroom/laundry room – Specifically, set up a bin system for dirty clothes and laundry (if you don’t already have one). These bins can remind your kids to pick up after themselves while providing a simple method of sorting the dirty clothing that needs to be cleaned.
  5. Update your bathrooms to make it easier for everyone to get ready in the mornings – Whether you have a few children vying for time in the bathroom each morning – or you find yourself battling for bathroom time, updating the bathrooms in your home can make it easier for a few people to share the bathroom at once – or for each person to ready faster (so the next person can get in).

    While we’ll discuss this topic in more depth in our next blog, some quick ideas for back-to-school bathroom updates include (and aren’t limited to):

    • Dedicating certain drawers and/or shelves to each person in your home
    • Changing a glass shower door to a curtain (so someone can shower with privacy while another family member gets ready in front of the vanity)
    • Refinishing the bathtub and shower in an unused bathroom in your home (to open it up for someone to use each morning).

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Choosing the Right Bathtub Refinishing Pros: 7 Questions to Ask before You Hire a Pro

Choosing the Right Bathtub Refinishing Pros: Questions to Ask before You Hire a Pro

Choosing the Right Bathtub Refinishing Pros: Questions to Ask before You Hire a Pro

When interviewing professionals to refinish your bathtub – or do any other work on your home, asking certain questions can uncover more about each candidate’s experience, work product and services. Here are some of the most important questions to ask during this process so that you can find out who may be the right (or wrong) person for the job:

  1. What credentials do you have? – Make sure the contractor has the appropriate licensing, as well as insurance coverage.
  2. How long have you been in business? – Experience matters, so be sure to get a specific answer here. Established contractors will have the insight and knowledge to get the job done right, in the most efficient manner possible.
  3. Do you have examples of prior work I can see? – Ask to see before/after pictures or portfolios. Beware of a contractor who doesn’t have any prior work to show you.
  4. Do you have references I can call? – References can include prior clients, colleagues, etc. If references aren’t available, ask to see client reviews or feedback. Again, beware of contractors who can’t provide you with any reviews or references who can attest to the quality of their work and services.
  5. What types of materials do you use? – Answers provided to this question can speak to contractors’ experience (if they are – or aren’t – able to immediately list the materials), as well as the quality of their work product (if they aren’t using quality materials, the product won’t be quality either).
  6. What are you going to charge? – Get detailed quotes and compare them to industry rates. Find out what exactly you’ll receive for the price you’re paying, as well as whether any additional offerings (like warranties) are provided.
  7. Why are you the best choice for my project? – This can be a revealing answer, especially when you compare the answers given by different contractors. Quality professionals will have honest, compelling responses that go beyond simply “we’re the best.”

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How to Avoid Getting Burned by Your Home Contractor: 8 Signs that a Contractor May Be a Con

Signs a Contractor May Be a Con

Signs a Contractor May Be a Con

Hiring professionals to work on your home can be a tricky process. While there are plenty of reputable contractors out there who do good work, there are also plenty of inexperienced, unethical and just plain shady people who are looking to make a quick buck.

To make sure that you don’t get conned by the next pro you hire, here are some important red flags to look for when you’re getting ready to retain a home contractor.

Be suspicious of contractors who:

  1. Won’t show you their credentials – This is a big red flag, as any pro with a good reputation will have no problem providing copies of their credentials (and insurance coverage) upfront.
  2. Lack any reviews – This can be a sign of little to no experience. It may also indicate that an individual (or company) has popped up overnight. Hiring unestablished pros or businesses can be risky, as you can be gambling with the quality of work.
  3. Have bad reviews – The only thing worse than no reviews is poor reviews. And while a pro or company may have one or two less-than-favorable reviews, beware of any individual (or company) that has more bad than good reviews.
  4. Don’t have portfolios of work to show you – Examples of the prior work a pro or company has done can speak volumes about the quality of services they provide – and their confidence in being able to do the same for you. So, beware of any pro or business that doesn’t have a portfolio to share with you.
  5. Pressure you into hiring them ASAP –Take high-pressure tactics as a bad sign. High-quality, experienced professionals will let their work, reviews and portfolio speak for themselves, rather than using sneaky or high-pressure tactics to try to close the deal.
  6. Try to sell you on items you don’t want or need – The oversell can be a red flag that a contractor is not honest and is only focused on profit (rather than providing quality work and services). Hiring a less than honest contractor can mean that corners get cut, you end up with a shoddy product and/or you end up paying way more than you should for what you get.
  7. Ask for payment without a contract – If you don’t have a contract, it’ll be difficult to know exactly what you’re paying for – and what you can expect to receive. Contractors who push you for payment without providing a service contract can end up providing the minimum (if any) service.
  8. Give you a bad feeling – Always trust your instinct. After all, the contractor you hire will be in your home, possibly for days (or longer). If you get a bad feeling when meeting with a contractor for the first time, trust your gut, and look for a different professional.

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How to Find the Right Bathtub Refinisher (& Home Repair Contractor): 6 Essential Tips

How to Find the Right Bathtub Refinisher (& Home Repair Contractor)

How to Find the Right Bathtub Refinisher (& Home Repair Contractor)

When you’re ready to refinish the tile, countertops and tubs in your home (or complete other renovations), hiring the right professionals can be key to ensuring that the job is done properly – and that it doesn’t end up costing you more time, money and stress in the process.

To help you find you the right pros for your next project, here are some essential tips to keep in mind as you decide who to hire:

  1. Get referrals – Ask family, friends, etc. for recommendations. When looking for referrals, be sure to ask the person who’s providing the recommendation whether (s)he would use that professional or company again and what (if any) negative experiences (s)he had with the pro/business.
  2. Check licensing and credentials – Once you have a list of options to choose from, do some more digging to find out if the pros/businesses you are considering have the proper licensing and credentials to perform the services they provide. While you can check companies’ websites for this info, it’s also a good idea to verify it with third-party sources (like, for instance, the Better Business Bureau).
  3. Look at portfolios of past work – As you continue to narrow down your options, check out the prior work each pro/company has completed. Look for before and after pictures. Visit the company showroom (if there is one). Quality, trustworthy, and experienced professionals will have examples of their prior work to share with you.
  4. Check online reviews – Even if you were referred to a professional or company, checking out additional reviews (like those posted online) can be important to getting the full picture and really understanding how quality (or not) a certain pro/company may be.
  5. Meet with your top choices – Face-to-face meetings can make all of the difference when you’re evaluating contractors to hire to work on your home. So schedule a meeting with each of your top options. This will not only reveal who is eager to get the job (and available/willing to meet with you and answer your questions), but it can also help you get a feel for who seems more professional and trustworthy.
  6. Get quotes – When you’ve narrowed down your options to a few contractors or companies, ask each to provide you with a bid for the services/work you want completed. While you, of course, want to look for competitive pricing, be sure to keep an eye out for “value-added” features, like warranties.

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4 Small Changes that Can Brighten Up a Bathroom in a Big Way

Small Changes that Can Brighten Up a Bathroom in a Big Way

Small Changes that Can Brighten Up a Bathroom in a Big Way

This month, we’ve been talking a lot about the do’s and don’ts associated with making bathroom spaces brighter. And while there are some more major things you can do to open up a dark, small bathroom, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to breathe fresh life into your bathroom and invigorate it with a more airy and spacious feeling.

In fact, if you are working with a small budget, here are some of the most cost-effective ways to enlighten a cramped, dull or lifeless bathroom:

  1. Add some small plants – Spots of green peppered throughout your bathroom can be an affordable way to brighten up any bathroom space.
    • Pro tip: If you have limited counter space in your small bathroom, place the plants on the back of the toilet or consider hanging them on the wall. Also, consider getting small succulents, cacti or other low-maintenance plants that will stay green/bright with minimal care.
  2. Add more mirrors and/or reflective surfaces – Even just two or three well placed mirrors or reflective surfaces can make a smaller bathroom seem more dynamic and open.
    • Pro tip: Try to place mirrors and reflective surfaces where they will catch and reflect the most light (including the natural light from windows). This can go a long way to brightening and opening up the bathroom space.
  3. Change the lighting and bulbs – Changing out lighting features – like sconce covers and bulbs (rather than replacing the entire fixture) – is another cost-effective way to alter the look and feel of a cramped bathroom space.
    • Pro tip: Consider using lights/bulbs with dimming features so you can change up the lighting scheme in your bathroom at any point.
  4. Thoroughly clean the bathroom – Cleaning the dark nooks and corners in your bathroom, as well as the larger features like the tub and mirrors, can really make the room sparkle.
    • Pro tip: Consider hiring professionals every month (or every other month) to give your bathroom and its windows a thorough cleaning. That can make it much easier to maintain a clean bathroom, as you may only need to do minimal cleaning to keep the bathroom looking sharp, shiny and bright.

Not Enough to Brighten Your Bathroom? Consider Refinishing the Tile & Tub for Some Extra Shine

When small changes aren’t having a big enough impact on a dull, outdated or stale bathroom space, it may be time to take the bathroom updates to the next level by refinishing the bathroom tile and/or bathtub.

Refinishing costs a fraction of the price associated with replacing tile and tubs, and it can be done within a few days (if not sooner). What may be even more appealing than those benefits, however, is the fact that you can extend the life of your tile and tub for well over a decade by refinishing them.

To find out how much it would cost to refinish the tile and/or tubs in your home, contact us for a free quote by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

Top 3 Most Common Bathtub Refinishing Mistakes

Most Common Bathtub Refinishing Mistakes

Most Common Bathtub Refinishing Mistakes

When you are ready to refinish a bathtub and update its look, the first choices you make in process – whether to do it yourself and, if not, who you’ll hire to oversee the project – can be crucial to the outcome of the project.

That’s because if you decide to do the refinishing project on your own (and you don’t have experience refinishing tubs) or if you hire an inexperienced professional, it’s far more likely that mistakes will be made and that the bathtub refinishing project will end up:

  • Costing more and taking longer to finish
  • Leaving you with less than glowing or stellar results.

To help you make your upcoming bathtub refinishing project a success, below we have identified some of the most common and costly pitfalls that can upset a bathtub refinish:

  1. Cutting corners on the preparation process – The proper preparation is an essential foundation for a good bathtub refinishing job. To properly prepare a tub to be refinished, it needs to be thoroughly cleaned (including the faucet and associated fixtures); then sanded down (to remove the fine dirt particles); and then cleaned again (to remove any residual sanded down debris). Additionally, the old caulking needs to be removed, and plastic sheeting should be carefully set up around the tub (to protect the surround/other features in the bathroom).
  2. Using the wrong products for the refinishing process – Here, we are referring to both the products applied to the tub (e.g., the cleansers, primers, enamels, etc.) and the items used to apply those products to the tub (e.g., the rollers, brushes, etc.). The biggest mistake in using low-quality products is that they will never produce results that look as good as moderate- to high-quality products, and that can mean that you set yourself up for poor results (regardless of the other care or effort you put into the project) when this mistake is made.
  3. Not letting the tub completely dry between refinishing stages – This mistake usually arises from haste to get the job done and/or a lack of understanding about the importance of the drying phase. When the bathtub is not allowed to fully dry between refinishing stages, there’s a far greater chance that the primer and/or enamel coats will not properly adhere to the tub’s surface. While this can make for an unsightly result, it can also prevent the final stages from being completed (if enough moisture remains on the tub’s surface).

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4 Easy, Affordable Bathroom Upgrades that Refresh the Look of Your Bathroom

Easy, Cost-Effective Bathroom Upgrades

Easy, Cost-Effective Bathroom Upgrades

Are you sick of looking at your dated bathroom? Do you want to wow your future houseguests with a new, attractive and more comfortable bathroom?

If you are nodding your head in agreement to these questions, here are some relatively easy and cost-effective bathroom updates you can make – without knocking down any walls or putting your bathroom out of commission for days or weeks at a time:

  1. Replace the smaller fixtures – The smaller fixtures in bathrooms, especially those that your family/guests are regularly touching, can become unsightly, discolored and damaged sooner than some of the other features in your bathroom. The good news is that replacing these fixtures (e.g., light switches, outlet covers, toilet paper holder, faucet spouts/handles, small shelves) can be pretty easy and inexpensive.
  2. Update your toiletry holders/dispensers – Specifically, these items can include things like the soap dispensers, toothbrush holders, etc. that sit around your sink (or in other areas of your bathroom).
  3. Change the lighting scheme – While this may be as simple as adding a new light or changing out some of the bathroom lightbulbs, it can also involve replacing the main (or secondary) lighting system(s) with something different.
  4. Get rid of the clutter – Given that updating your bathroom is likely driven by a desire to refresh its look, taking a critical look at the items that you do NOT need to store in your bathroom is another easy way to refresh its look. For example, if you are storing items like bath towels, extra toilet paper or other toiletries in your bathroom (and if there is limited space in your bathroom), consider finding a location outside (but near) your bathroom where these items can be stored. Opening up space – and leaving some open space – in your bathroom is a free and effective way to update its look while creating a new, spacious and welcoming feel.

A Word about Your Bathtub, Tile & Countertops

While the above bathroom upgrades can revive an outdated or dull-looking bathroom, they may only have minimal effect if your bathtub, the surrounding tile and/or bathroom countertops are chipping, cracked, stained or otherwise damaged.

In these situations, one of the most cost-effective upgrades you can invest in is refinishing these major fixtures (instead of replacing them).

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How to Choose a Bathtub Refinishing Company: 4 Steps to Making the Right Choice

How to Choose a Bathtub Refinishing Company

How to Choose a Bathtub Refinishing Company

When you are ready to refinish the tubs and/or tile in your homes, the professionals you choose to hire can make all of the difference in the cost and outcome of the project. In fact, if you end up choosing the wrong refinishing company, you could end up spending a lot more money on a poor-quality job – and you may even need to hire other professionals to fix the damage done by the wrong refinishers.

To help you avoid this costly mistake, below are some tips for picking the right tile and bathtub refinishing company when you are ready to update the look and life of your tub, tile, countertops, etc. To pick the best refinisher for the job, look for refinishing professionals with:

  1. Experience – Start your search by looking for pros who have years of experience doing the refinishing projects you are planning. Fly-by-night refinishers can use cheap products, as well as unconventional (and possibly damaging) methods – and that can end up meaning a low-quality refinish. It may even mean that you need to refinish or replace your tub earlier than you would have had to if you had hired experienced professionals for the job.
  2. Positive customer reviews – Experience with refinishing is just one aspect to look for in refinishing companies. Another is the quality of the customer service and experience they provide, and that can usually be discovered by checking out reviews from former clients. As you search through reviews, try to take your search beyond just a company’s website (where likely only the positive reviews will be featured).
  3. Proof of their good work – In other words, look for before and after pictures that display the final products and final work done by a given company. If a company doesn’t have these available on its website, ask for some. Reputable, established, experienced refinishers should have these readily available for prospective clients.
  4. Transparency – Here, we are referring to transparency not only in the processes and products a company uses but also in the prices it charges and the project schedules. Framed in another way, it’s usually smart to avoid companies that cannot provide clear answers about the nature of the work they will do, the types of products they will be using to complete that work and the way they will be charging you for the work completed.

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When you contact us, we will provide you with a free quote, as well as honest answers about our services and processes.