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Almost any building supply you can think would be use in a home improvement project is great fodder for thieves. Keep your materials in a secure location when you are not actively using them. Building materials can be stored safely inside the home, provided that lockable doors and windows are already installed. When the home isn’t secure, it is nice to have a locked storage unit. If you are working out in the heat, it can be easy to lose track of time. Staying hydrated is one of the most important safety precautions you can take on especially hot days. Take a moment away from your work and have a few sips of water. While you are doing that, take the time to appreciate what you have accomplished.

A great home improvement job to focus on is the porch. The porch will will be the first visible area anytime your neighbors or friends pay a visit. Make sure to remove any debris. Adding foliage, furniture, and lighting all help make a good impression. This will increase your home’s curb appeal.

Inspect your home and start your project.

Figure out why you want to renovate. Some renovations are timely and costly so make sure it is worth it. Are you looking to live in your remodel or sell it off? Most experts agree that you should renovate for yourself, not for resale. At the very least, don’t pour piles of money into a high-end remodel when minor cosmetic surgery would suffice.

Inspect your home. This is very important on larger scale remodels. This can help prevent any sudden surprises down the road. It can also be a red flag before spending lots of money.

Figure out the best time to begin work. Big renovations impact the entire family. They can go a lot smoother if everyone understands from the beginning the magnitude of work and that it was scheduled during a time which least impacts the family. Budget is major, necessary. Determine at the beginning if you have the amount of cash necessary. If you plan on financing explore your options including using equity in your home to accomplish your remodel. “Use your assets to build your assets.”

Don’t sacrifice quality. You may save a few dollars for a cheaper option but if it won’t stand the test of time you’ll end up paying more in the long run. Keep the big picture in mind. Think green. Choose energy efficient options wherever possible and you will reap savings for years to come. Think about your long term needs Careful when decorating your remodel not to limit its future capabilities. You want to be able to turn a baby room into an office space with very little money.

Hire a general contractor. As mentioned previously, don’t sacrifice quality. Research local contractors and be sure to ask friends and family for recommendations.
Tell the neighbors Often times your street will be filled with various construction vehicles. Be courteous, warn your neighbors.

From a minor roof repair to a new roof, Ricardo Home Improvements has the experience to install all aspects of residential roofing. Services include:

With so many replacement windows on the market, choosing the right one for your home and budget can be a job in itself. Maintenance, insulating value, appearance, fit, ease of cleaning, and durability are only a few of the many important considerations. You should also consider the company that is installing the windows. Ricardo Home Improvements carries brands of replacement windows that include all desired features

Roofing Repairs
• Asphalt Fiberglass Shingles
• EPDM Flat Roofing Systems
• Roof Removal
• Roof Decking
• Ventilation
• Steep Pitched Roofing
Windows
• Replacement Windows
• Vinyl Replacement Windows
• Storm Windows & Doors
• Shutters

Patios & Carports
Patios, Carports, Screen Rooms, and Fences – Ricardo Home Improvements has 20 years experience and the resources to handle all of your exterior remodeling projects.

• Patios
• Screen Rooms
• Carports
• Fences
• Decks
• Pavilions and more!