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Kitchen Remodeling-which route is better?

Question by Undecided: Kitchen Remodeling-which route is better?
I’m remodeling my 10×10 kitchen with new cabinets, granite countertop..and appliances and was wondering if it would be better to purchase all the stuff myself and then hire a general contractor to install everything or hire a kitchen remodel contractor that will do all that for me for one lump sump? I’m not looking to get high end stuff…i’m more of a practical person. I’ve looked in to Home Depot & Lowe’s and their installation doesn’t include taking out the cabinets or counter-top so I would still need to hire someone else to do that. I’m not very handy. Which route has you done and any advice you can give me? Any idea as far as the price range it would cost? I’m not doing any extra plumbing or electrical wiring. I would love to hear from some and your experience

Best answer:

Answer by Salted Nuts
do the demo yourself and save a lot of money it isnt all that hard or pay some neighborhood kids to help you do the lifting and removing appliances
just unscrew the screws in the cabinets and they come apart

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When doing taxes can you deduct home improvement expenses every year or only the year you sell?

Question by Erin: When doing taxes can you deduct home improvement expenses every year or only the year you sell?
I was told that you could deduct home improvement expenses until the year you sold your house. Is this true?

Best answer:

Answer by dustoff
You don’t “deduct” them at all. When you sell, the cost of improvements can be used to adjust your acquisition cost basis – which will decrease any capital gain tax due.

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Hire a contractor for your home improvement needs

Having the name and contact information of a good handyman for your home improvement needs is all but a necessity for many people. A handyman is usually able to take care of some basic jobs that encompass many different types of home improvement projects. For example, a handyman can usually take care of basic plumbing issues such as fixing a leaky faucet or replacing an entire faucet. Running the entire plumbing system, however, would typically be beyond the scope of a handyman.

A handyman usually could also undertake a basic wiring job that would be required if remodeling a room was on the list of home improvements. However, a handyman would likely not be experienced enough to rewire an entire house, unless they specialized in electricity. If you want a deck built, most likely a handyman can complete it for you. However, if you are building an addition to your existing house or building a new house entirely, a handyman is probably not going to be the best person for the job at hand.

Many states require that a handyman obtain a license before performing jobs as a handyman. The requirements for such licensing may vary widely from state to state. The requirements might also be different depending on if the handyman has an industry of expertise or a more general background. Many states also require a handyman to be bonded before performing any work as a handyman. This is to protect you, the consumer, from shoddy, improper, or dangerous work being performed by the handyman during your home improvement and leaving you to pay to get it fixed.

A handyman will most often have many contacts within the other building industries.

For example, suppose you hire a handyman to replace a fuse in your breaker box, but your handyman discovers that the job is much more complicated than either of you originally thought. A handyman is likely to have the name and contact information of a bonded and licensed electrician that can do the entire rewiring job that is necessary and at a competitive price.

The services of a handyman are not limited to only plumbing, electrical, and carpentry type of work either. Many times a handyman is the one to hire when it comes to painting interior walls or the exterior of a house, hanging wall paper or adding wood trim baseboards. The handyman can also hang doors, do light landscaping, or replace outside or hard to reach light bulbs. When you are planning a home improvement project that involves a variety of small projects, a handy man could be the best answer for that need.

There is no one type of person that uses a handyman’s services. Hiring a handyman are popular options for many people who have home improvement and Home remdoeling projects lined up that include a few different areas of expertise. Older people or others will limited mobility will likely benefit from the services of a handyman. Busy professionals who do not have the time to perform these types of small tasks are another group of people who can benefit by having a handyman come out to their house.

James is a marketing manager with hire-a-contractor-now.com. James is an expert in providing home improvement, Remodeling and plumbing service resource information to educate his line of visitors.

Nice Home Improvement Contractors photos

A few nice Home Improvement Contractors images I found:

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Home Improvement Contractors
Image by Crown Molding
www.thefinishingcompany.net we are custom millwork and molding installers of coffered ceilings, crown moulding, chair rail and wainscoting, stair rail and iron balusters, simple closet serving Richmond, Virginia. We are not general contractors or a home improvement company ,we do just molding but we do it well!
We are finish and trim carpenters that install doors. Door and window casings and baseboard.

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Home Improvement Contractors
Image by Crown Molding
www.thefinishingcompany.net we are custom millwork and molding installers of coffered ceilings, crown moulding, chair rail and wainscoting, stair rail and iron balusters, simple closet serving Richmond, Virginia. We are not general contractors or a home improvement company ,we do just molding but we do it well!
We are finish and trim carpenters that install doors. Door and window casings and baseboard.

Is it legal to sell a home improvement contract if im uninsured, and dont have a Contractors licence.?

Question by JOE: Is it legal to sell a home improvement contract if im uninsured, and dont have a Contractors licence.?
I plan to sub-contract the work to a company that is insured, and has all the propper documentation. I was curious if it is legal to do this in my state (MA)
thank you
-Joe

Best answer:

Answer by Damocles
No. Contractors, even those who subcontract every part of a job, have to be licensed and bonded. If you will be getting paid you will also need a business license.

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