Basement Waterproofing and Other Home Repairs You Can’t Ignore

It is difficult to budget for a home problem when you don’t know if you have one.  An emergency fund can help you solve that problem, but if you have a basement waterproofing issue you may need a bigger emergency fund than you thought.

How do you know if you have a basement waterproofing issue? One of the first and most obvious ones is whether your basement has damp walls. If you have marks around a  specific area on the walls, that may a sign water is getting into that area. If you notice mold or mildew growing on the corners or any other part of the basement, that means you have a lot of moisture and possible water leakage in some parts of the basement.

Don’t wait too long to take care of those problems.  Ignoring them can bring you bigger more expensive problems in the future.  Call waterproofing companies to give you an estimate, and find out whether they have financing available.

For more about this and other problems, follow the links below.

Ask the Carpenter: Tips for dealing with a wet basement

Q. I get water in part of my unfinished basement. I can’t determine whether it is coming in from the outside or up from the water table. I installed a dehumidifier, but I’ve been told that this actually draws in more water if the problem is the water table. What are your thoughts?

A. You may be getting water in your basement for any of the following reasons: lack of gutters, improper ground sloping, clogged perimeter pipes, or hydrostatic pressure.

Your dehumidifier is not causing the water table to rise. Water is seeping in at the wall and floor joint, and oftentimes that can mean hydrostatic water pressure is present. During wet weather, the soil outside your basement becomes saturated. Exterior footing drains aren’t very effective at relieving water pressure, because they usually become clogged with silt or plant roots. With no place to go, hydrostatic pressure continues to build up, and the water will eventually seep in. You have options:

8 Home Repairs You Should Never Put Off

Or you might have a bigger problem in the future.

Hate to break it to you, but ignoring that ugly water spot on the ceiling is the wrong move. Lingering issues around the house can get worse—much worse—if you don’t address them ASAP. Here’s how to identify and fix seemingly small problems before they morph into expensive repairs.

The basement is damp. A musty basement can lead to mold and mildew. Plus, it stinks. Many times, grading the yard encourages the water to run away from the house, rather than leaking into the basement. Installing gutters and downspout extensions channels rain water away from the foundation, which can help keep the basement dry. The worst case scenario is you’ll need to place drain tile around the footings. This job typically requires a pro and costs several thousand dollars.

Three Ways to Ensure Effective Repair Management

After the hottest July on record for the Salt Lake City area, during which my air conditioning unit worked overtime, I noticed a performance slump along with wet carpet in my basement. So, I turned off the AC and called a repairman. He showed up Monday afternoon and simply removed an internal panel, cleaned the drip tray that captures the condensation from the evaporator coil, and unclogged the ¾” drain pipe. I paid a $120 service fee and realized: Had I taken a few extra minutes, I could have saved myself $120, multiple phone calls, and two days of no air conditioning.

Of course, effectively managing repairs for numerous homes across different cities, counties, or even states is much more challenging than doing so for one’s own home. That’s why many lenders and investors hire a vendor partner to develop and execute a successful repair program for their REO or SFR assets. So, what should you look for in a repair management vendor to ensure your repair dollars are maximized?

Understand the Scope of the Repair

Had I really understood what it took to repair my AC unit, I could have done it myself. Similarly, many lenders and investors want to fully understand the scope of repairs, including all the deficiencies of the asset compared to the comparable properties that are available in the neighborhood. Having dedicated, trained vendor partners in the field that are in tune with the local market is essential. Without their input, including photos, descriptions, and their commitment to the best strategy for the asset, you won’t be nearly as effective as you could.


What To Ask A Contractor

Are you planning a home project that requires you to hire a contractor?  Do you know what to ask before you begin?

Five questions you must ask a contractor:

  1. How long have you been doing this kind of work?
  2. Are you Insured?
  3. Will you provide a written estimate and warranty?
  4. Are you a licensed and registered contractor with the state?
  5.  Can you provide references I can contact?

Many honest, long time contractors won’t hesitate when you ask them these questions.  They probably expect them and would be more than happy to answer them.  A long history in the community doing the job you are hiring them to do speaks volumes and build trust between the parties.  If the company you are trying to hire has a long history in your community doing great work, the references request you are supposed to ask won’t be a problem for them.

Now, if you call the references they provided, what are some of the questions you may ask?

  1. Are you satisfied with the work they did?
  2. How long ago was the job completed? Is the job holding up?
  3. Was the price agreed upon the final price, or were there other expenses not specified in the contract?
  4.  Were they clean and orderly? Did they arrive on time?
  5. Would you work again with this contractor or company?

The secret to finding a great home contractor

Right now, renovating a home is much, much easier than it was during the real estate bubble. So how do you pick a contractor?

I recall back during the bubble how often I’d get calls from homeowners complaining they couldn’t get a call back from contractors. The frenzy around housing values going up and up and up drummed up plenty of business for contractors at that time.

During the bubble, I even heard of contractors who were so successful that they wouldn’t even give price quotes. The price would just be whatever it would be and you’d have to be in a position to pay it when the bill came due.






Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair

According to the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, peak tornado season for the state of Ohio is officially between the months of  April and July. It does not mean however that tornados won’t happen at any other time. In 2016, there were 24 tornados in Ohio and the severity of each was different. According to the Ohio weather safety page, the basement of your home is the safest place to be in case of a tornado warning. 

Extreme downpours or a few inches of rain can easily tell you whether you have a dry basement or not.  If there is a problem with the drainage of your home, the few inches of rain can find a way to the basement  and make the basement unlivable.

Finding a safe, comfortable place in case of a tornado warning becomes a bit unlikely if the basement has issues.  But, that is not the right reason to find a waterproofing company. If you have water in the basement of your home, the structural integrity of the home becomes an issue, and a huge liability if you ignore the problem.

There are many problems associated with a wet basement:

  • Structural damage to the home
  • Damage to the walls, floors and belongings stored in the basement
  • Respiratory Issues
  • unlivable wasted space
  • Mold and mildew
  • humidity that can affect the air quality of your home

Finding the right waterproofing company to take care of your basement issues is not difficult.  At Pioneer Basement Solutions, we have a long history in the community with great customer satisfaction.  We let our work and customers speak for our workmanship and professionalism. If you want to tackle the basement problem, contact us, we will be happy to work with you.

Home Inspection: What to Expect and What to Look for Before You Sign

Everyone I know is a bit skeptical when it comes down  to signing documents for home contractors, inspectors, insurance agents , etc. One of the reasons is that everyone is a bit afraid to sign.  Unless you know the contractor or home inspector, chances are you are dealing with a stranger you know nothing about.  You don’t know if they are trustworthy or competent, or whether they belong to an association where they have to follow a code of ethics. 

Asking some basic questions before you sign a contract can truly save you a lot of headaches later on.  You are the paying customer, ask them questions to make sure everyone is satisfied before the work begins.

For more about home inspectors, follow the links below.

Top home inspection deal breakers

A home inspection can be stressful for both parties. Almost every inspection comes back with at least some sort of repair and, most often, those problems are minor and easy enough to negotiate. However, there are some deal breakers that can cause buyers to run for the hills.


Erin Craft, home inspector with Destination Bay Home Inspections, says this is one of the biggest problems that can potentially kill a deal.

“We see this issue in attics, basements, or crawl spaces,” he said. “There is a lot of fear when it comes to mold, and we’ve had buyers stop us right in the middle of the inspection and say they are walking away. They see it as a huge risk, both to their health and their wallet.”

However, Craft says before ditching the deal, consider doing a bit more investigating, especially if it’s a home you really love.

Make sure you understand terms of service before paying a home inspector

I was buying a house and hired a home inspector. We went through the whole inspection, and I even paid him his fee. Then he gave me a form that indicated that he would not give me the written report unless I signed a document.

The document stated that I agreed that I could only get back the $400 I paid him in case there was a problem with the inspection or his report, or I could pay him an extra $1,500 and the cap would be eliminated. Don’t you think that he should have told me this before I hired him? He’s a member of ASHI.

We think it is highly questionable that a home inspector would spring those terms on you so late in the game. ASHI stands for the American Society of Home Inspectors, and they have a code of ethics. Among their code is a requirement for the home inspector to “act in good faith toward each client” and that ASHI inspectors should “avoid activities that harm the public, discredit themselves or reduce public confidence in the profession.”

Dear Monty: Agent tells home seller not to attend home

Q: We accepted an offer on our home. The contract is subject to a satisfactory home inspection. Our agent called to set up a time for the inspection and asked us to vacate the house. My thinking is that if there is some discovery made during the investigation that both parties observing will aid in understanding the issue. Do you agree with her suggestion?

A: Most of the states that regulate inspectors are seeking inspections that reveal “significant” material defects that negatively affect the value of the property or create a concern for safety that is not apparent at the times the buyer viewed the home. The customer can overlook the fact this is a pre-owned home. They sometimes compare a pre-owned home inspection with the “certified” used car. Most every home has a wart somewhere, which is the buyer’s responsibility unless the seller agreed to remove the wart as part of the contract. Education of all participants, which requires investing time, is a key to ensuring a home inspection goes smoothly.


How To Protect Your Home From Mold and Mildew

stock-photo-3164773-executive-home-bar-and-entertainment-roomIf you have a wet basement, the possibility of mold and mildew is pretty high.   Mold can damage your carpets, walls, and ceiling tiles. The repercussions of mold can be financially hard, and can be very damaging to your health.  Keeping a dry basement is not only smart for your wallet but to ensure a healthy living. Respiratory problems, skin irritation, sore throat and cough are some of the most common health problems associated with mold. Taking the problem seriously can ensure the health of you and your family. Follow the links below for more information about this topic. 

Be proactive when dealing with mold and mildew

Mold – it’s not a fun subject, but it’s a serious one – even in the summertime. Flash flooding from summer storms can cause standing water around buildings. Flooding and leaks are the leading causes of mold in homes, and recent studies show that approximately 50 percent of all homes have been affected with moisture problems leading to mold issues.

Without a doubt, the best strategy is prevention. Left untreated, mold infestation remediation can be as cumbersome and costly as a complete home renovation.

Mold can irritate the eyes, the skin, the throat, nose and lungs. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung conditions may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. It can also damage and stain walls, roofs, carpets and flooring, costing homeowners both time and money.

How to Stop Mold or Mildew

Regardless of how experienced you are at gardening, if you’ve grown plants, you’ve seen that feared appearance of white, fuzzy splotches on your beautiful plants; the zombie horde of death-devouring mold and mildew that slips onto your garden like a tangible fog.  You close the door and turn out the light, only to find one or more plants have gained a fur-coat of mold overnight.  But just what is it, and how can you fight back?  First, find out what’s growing on your plants.  Is it mold, mildew, or some other type of fungus?  The most typical type of fungus you’ll find is a white, powder-like substance colloquially known aspowdery mildew.  We’ll address how to treat this specific case, but many of these techniques will work so long as you’re facing a similar type of mold or mildew.

A word of Caution regarding fungus and mold:

You should always wear gloves and a mask while dealing with mold, mildew and fungus.  Most of the time they aren’t harmful, but several strains can be dangerous and harmful if inhaled.  Mold spores can also adhere to skin and clothing; wearing a mask and disposable gloves mitigates the spread and inhalation of harmful spores.

Mildew and Mold

The high humidity of an East Coast summer, combined with winter weather conditions, can make homeowners fall victim to household mildew.

“A large snowfall prevents the ground from freezing deeply, or a mild winter can fail to freeze the ground, allowing for easy water penetration,” says Phyllis Adams, associate professor of agricultural and extension education at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “Any rain or melting snow, followed by a humid summer gives you perfect conditions for mold and mildew growth.”

Adams says the causes of most mildew problems are not difficult to understand or to solve. “Air can absorb moisture. It’s like a sponge,” she says. “Warm air can hold more water vapor than cold air. When the temperature of the air drops, its ability to hold moisture is lessened until the air reaches the dew point. Droplets of water will form on any surface that is at or colder than the dew point of the surrounding air.”

Warm, moist air within a house is attracted to all cold surfaces, including windows, mirrors, the corners of basements, exterior corners of a room and inside closets. The buildup of condensation creates the perfect environment for mold spores to thrive.

Identifying Foundation Problems In Your Home

stock-photo-749897-cracked-concreteWhen reading articles about home foundation problems we want to believe that our home is free of such issues.  If you have an older home, chances are you have dealt with some moisture, water leaks or seepage in your home basement. The problems there can start small, but they can eventually lead you to bigger and costly problems, that if not taken seriously can truly jeopardize the safety of your home.  For more about foundation and how to prevent a foundation problem follow the links below.

Collapsed foundation destroys Sayreville family’s Christmas

A Sayreville family was forced to evacuate their Christmas celebration when a basement wall collapsed on Thursday.

SAYREVILLE – The family of a 30-year borough resident had to evacuate its Christmas celebration when the foundation of their Standiford Avenue collapsed on Thursday.

Marilyn Calandriello reported that there were no injuries and that her New Jersey Manufacturers insurance may not cover extensive damage stabilized by the borough fire department. She said the two daughters and grandson with whom she lives now are staying with other nearby family members until their home is inhabitable again.

The damage comes six months after the passing of Calandriello’s husband, James, of 44 years, who suffered a massive attack while working as a senior buyer for a scrap metal business.

“That was hard enough but now to have to deal with this,” she said.

While also celebrating with two other children and three other grandchildren, Calandriello noticed the caved-in basement wall while retrieving holiday food from a secondary refrigerator.

Identifying a Foundation Problem

Exterior indications of foundation problems

– Doors that will not open or close properly

– Gaps at the corner of fascia trim

– Diagonal cracks in the wall at corners of doors and windows

– Gaps between the garage door and the pavement at either side of the garage door

– Windows that are hard to open and close

– Cracks in the exposed grade beam of the house

– Cracks in bricks and mortar

– Cracks in brick and mortar

Interior indications of foundation problems

– Unlevel Floors

– Large cracks in the concrete slab

– Gaps above kitchen cabinets

– Cabinet doors that will not stay shut

– Diagonal cracks in the wall at corners of doors and windows

– Curling and tearing of existing sheetrock repairs

– Leaks and cracks in and around the fireplace

Identifying House Foundation Problems

Foundation problems may mean expensive repairs. Here’s what to look for to keep small concerns from becoming big headaches.

Knowing the early warning signs of foundation troubles can head off problems that ultimately could cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix. The sooner you identify potential problems, the easier — and less expensive — it is to fix them.

The 4 Basic Indoor Warning Signs

Houses settle over time, and a little unevenness isn’t cause for panic. At the same time, you’ll want to be alert to these warning signs that more dramatic changes are taking place:

1.  A door begins to jam or fails to latch.

2.  Cracks appear in walls, especially over doorways, windows, or where walls meet ceilings.

3.  Cracks open in vinyl or ceramic tile over a concrete floor.

4.  Windows that used to open and close easily suddenly begin to stick or won’t close completely.

Basement Problems and Solutions

stock-photo-4258890-interior-abstractThe remodeling industry according to research is 52 billion dollars a year.  It employs close to a million people, and grows steadily every year. Americans across the country spend countless hours in DIY projects or hiring contractors to do the work. From additions to their homes, to finishing basements, remodeling bathrooms or upgrading their kitchen cabinetry, Americans spend time and money to better their homes and improve their resale values.  If you are thinking about improving a part of your home, consider those remodeling projects that will give you a better resell value for your home, and will better your quality of life.  A mold free, water free basement is one of those projects that will not only improve your resale value, but will improve your quality of life.

Follow the links below for more information about basement waterproofing

Leaky Basements: Causes and Solutions 

Don’t allow a leaky basement to ruin your home. Use these tips to spot a leak and patch it up, keeping your basement dry.

There are a number of ways that water can make its way into your home, causing a leaky basement. In order to solve the problem, you must first determine the origin of the leak.

If your basement has windows, check the seal around the window frame to be sure there are no cracks, holes or rotting sections of wood. If there are, consider replacing the entire frame.

Patch all cracks in the basement walls with a sealant and check the floor for any other cracks that may be causing water seepage. If the foundation is severely cracked, consult an experienced contractor to repair the damage.

Basement Healthy Home Considerations


Too much moisture in a home can lead to mold, mildew, and other biological growths. This in turn can lead to a variety of health effects ranging from allergic reactions and asthma attacks to more serious illnesses. In addition to health problems, severe moisture problems can lead to rot, structural damage or premature paint failure. Consider these techniques to control moisture that can occur in your basement:

  • Fix leaks, drips, and seepage problems.
  • Ensure wet areas are dry within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth. Thoroughly clean and dry water-damaged carpets and consider removal and replacement of items that appear to be permanently water damaged. If mold and mildew does appear on hard surfaces, wash, and then let it dry completely.

8 Solutions to Common Wet-Basement Problems

Solving wet-basement problems is one of the most important things you can do to protect the value of your home and health of your family.

Not only does a wet basement feel and smell nasty, it poses a great risk to your home’s value. Left unchecked, basement moisture can ruin floors and walls, encourag

Here are eight strategies to keep water out of your basement.

1. Add gutter extensions

If downspouts are dumping water less than 5 feet away from your house, you can guide water farther out by adding plastic or metal gutter extensions.

Foundation Repair News and Solutions

stock-photo-749897-cracked-concreteTrying to repair cracks around the foundation of your home by yourself is not only dangerous, but does not guarantee results. Ignoring the problems you may have with the foundation of your home is irresponsible and can cause serious problems if left unattended. It can also become more costly to repair later on. There are many companies that offer solutions to repair the foundation and basement issues in your home, and guarantee their work. You can call the BBB to get a recommendation of a company that has a great reputation, or from a family member that has experience with such company. Or you can call us; we will offer you a solution for your foundation or basement repairs that make sense.

Foundation Repair – Concrete Foundation Repairs

Is your concrete foundation in distress? Learn how hydraulic piering and slabjacking can help lift and stabilize sinking concrete foundations.

Do you have cracked walls? Doors that won’t close? Bulging floors? Any of these can be signs of foundation problems. Foundation settlement can lead to major structural problems within your home. Luckily there are ways to repair a concrete foundation without having to tear it out and start from scratch.

Foundation settlement and movement requiring foundation repair can be caused by building on expansive clay, compressible or improperly compacted fill soils, or improper maintenance around foundations. Older homes are typically more susceptible to foundation problems, especially in the semi-arid southern region of the United States including cities such as Houston and Dallas, Texas. Whatever the cause, settlement can destroy the value of structures and even render them unsafe. If you see signs of foundation distress, don’t delay in getting the problem solved. The longer you wait, the more your foundation will sink and cause further costly damage.

Plano Foundation Repair Company Touts Quality Over Price

Plano, Texas, USA – September 25th, 2014 /PressCable/ —

“People simply don’t understand quality differences for the most common foundation repair methods,” says Robert Scott of . Continuing he says, “Of course, the companies in the industry do a good job of telling the homeowner that their repair method is the best. You will never hear an industry insider admit that their method is low quality.”

Homeowners often discover cracks in the interior walls or exterior brick that causes them great concern. Mr. Scott stressed that homeowners should do their homework in order to make an informed decision. Some of the keys areas to do some research are the years of a company’s experience, reputation, and opinions of independent experts.

A company’s experience is very important according to Mr. Scott. There are no licensing requirements or certification to become a “foundation repair contractor” in the state of Texas. “All that is required is a pickup truck, a couple of shovels, and a hydraulic jack to start work in the industry. A company that has 10 or 20 or 30 years experience with leveling concrete slab foundations has seen most of the challenges in the industry and has had to deal with them,” said Mr. Scott.

EQC foundation repair ‘not as good as new’

An engineer for a couple suing the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and Southern Response (SR) has denied being unreasonable in his recommended repair solution for their home.

Suzanne and Cameron Kelly are in the High Court in Christchurch suing EQC and Southern Response (SR) for $590,000, the amount they say it would cost to replace their Burwood home which they claim is uneconomic to repair due to foundation damage.

EQC and SR say the damage pre-existed the earthquakes and want to repair the house. The case is in its fifth day.

Chartered professional engineer Zoran Rakovic, giving evidence for the couple, said EQC’s suggested repair of the couple’s home would not comply with building regulations.

Foundation Repair and Stabilization

stock-photo-3164773-executive-home-bar-and-entertainment-roomThe structure of your home starts with the foundation, and that’s why it’s very important to be vigilant of any problems that may arise if you own an older home. Water that is not draining away from the foundation may eventually jeopardize the stability and integrity of your foundation.  If you think you may have a problem with the foundation of your home, you may need to have an inspector visit your home and asses any damage it may have.  The structure of your home begins with the foundation; do not wait till the costs associated with repairing it become too astronomical.

For more information about foundation repair and stabilization follow the links below.

Are You Putting Your Foundation At Serious Risk?

You might not know it, but the integrity of your roof and gutter system can pose serious risks to the rest of your home. That’s right, something as simple as clogged gutters can lead to major foundation damage that will endanger your home, personal belongings and most importantly, your family’s health. Anything and everything from that new pool table in your basement to those perfect spring flowers or your ability to breathe clean, mold-free air is put into jeopardy.

Clogged gutters can be the source for many different problems that are both annoying and costly. Gutters that don’t get regular cleaning or maintenance can quickly cause damage and turn a home into a reconstruction project. Before looking at solutions to prevent gutter backup, it’s important to examine and understand the serious destruction that’s possible.

When water accumulates around your home, the foundation is put at risk. The possibility of erosion damage becomes real when clogged gutters mishandle the flow of rain water. Erosion weakens your home by slowly removing layer by layer of foundation until it cracks and begins to leak. And if you think erosion doesn’t have the muscle to do major damage, consider how the Grand Canyon was created. It’s obviously an extreme example, but erosion is that powerful.

Foundation Repair & Stabilization

Do You Have?

  • Basement Wall Cracks Visibly Open?
  • Basement Wall Bowing In?
  • Foundation Shifting/ Movement?

Foundation Stabilization / foundation reinforcement is the process of stopping movement in your foundation before it gets to the point of needing major, costly repairs or replacement. Basement Wall Repair can be accomplished a few different ways depending on your situation. We offer a solution specific to your problem.

Foundation stabilization/ foundation reinforcement can be accomplished these three ways:

  • Stabil – loc piers
  • Traditional steel “I” beam
  • Carbon fiber/kevlar mesh straps (Fortress Stabilization)

Inspection an Important Part of the Foundation Repair Process

Construction Company on how Foundation Inspection Can Save on Costly Repairs.

September 10, 2014 –(– Julian Construction, Inc., ( a general construction and foundation construction company in Southern California, recently released an article on how regular foundation inspection is an important part of keeping up the maintenance on a home. Regular inspections of a home foundation will detect foundation problems before they become more extensive, says the company. Julian Construction has over 10 years of experience in the field of foundation construction and foundation repair.
Shawn Kyles, chief safety inspector at Julian Construction, stressed that while foundation repairs are often needed, the extent of foundation damage can be drastically reduced by foundation inspections of a home. He stated: “A home foundation inspection by a qualified expert is not only an important part of foundation maintenance, it can prevent the need for expensive repairs or foundation replacement. You’ll also get peace of mind knowing that your foundation is in good shape. When you request an inspection, both the outside and inside of your home will be checked for evidence of foundation problems.”

Renovating Your Home? Read This.

stock-photo-3164773-executive-home-bar-and-entertainment-roomAs the economy improves many homeowners are considering doing renovations to their home that were postponed for months or even years.  Some renovations make sense. If you are selling your home, some of those renovations will pay for themselves by making your home more appealing for future buyers. Other renovations are not only costly, but can make it difficult for you to sell your home or getting the price you wanted.

For more about this topic follow the links below.

7 Renovation Do’s & Don’ts

How to make smart home investments and avoid fixes that can fall flat.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans spent $130 billion remodeling their homes last year, 3.1% more than in 2012 and the most since 2007. Whether you’re sprucing up your home to sell or planning a reno for personal reasons, keep in mind the long-term return on your renovation investment. Here are seven do’s and don’ts for fixes that can pay off.

  1. DO: Install an energy-efficient steel door. Selling your home is all about making a good first impression. And first impressions start at the front door.
    DON’T: Install a fiberglass front door. The higher cost won’t mean a higher sale price.
  2. DO: Add a spare room. Converting unused basement or attic space into an extra bedroom opens your home to exponentially more buyers.

Let your new home renovations include custom cabinetry, wall units – and a bar!

If you’re considering new renovations for your home, particularly in the way of kitchens, bathrooms, or even wall units, bars, and custom cabinetry, an expert specialty design and home renovation company in Waterloo, Ontario deserves your attention.

The business is Custom Kitchens and the company provides everything you could possibly desire in the way of design consultation and installation services for home renovations.

Founded in 1973, Custom Kitchens has legitimate bragging rights for being able to renovate and install virtually any concept of a kitchen, which happens to be the business’s specialty. But the company’s extensive capabilities naturally extend to other home renovations and customer “wants” that make a home a home and increase its value!

Home remodeling rebounds as economy improves

There was a time, not long ago, when home renovations slowed to a trickle, with homeowners wary about making anything but the most essential fixes. Now, they are not only willing to spend, but to spend big.

Consider David Sinclair and Sandra Luikenhuis. The couple knew it was time to renovate two bathrooms in their Chestnut Hill house when water started leaking. But they used the opportunity to transform the dated bathrooms into sleek, modern spaces, finished with high-end materials like teak and quartz. The cost was significant: about $50,000 per bathroom.

“I never thought I’d like to hang out in a bathroom, but now I do,” said Sinclair, a professor at Harvard Medical School who has helped launch successful biotech companies. “We’re definitely in a spending mode right now, because of the stock market and the overall positive signs in the economy.”

The growing economy, rising home values, and low interest rates are giving homeowners the confidence and cash they need to raze walls, add rooms, renovate kitchens, build decks, paint siding, and spend on other projects to spruce up their homes.