DIY Demolition Before a Kitchen Remodel

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In our last post, we explained how to prepare your home before professional carpet cleaners arrive. In today’s post, we are going to explain how to prepare for a kitchen remodel before the professional builders and designers arrive, including demolition.

A full kitchen remodel is not cheap. You can save yourself a lot of money during the process with DIY projects and initial preparation of the remodel. This means you can complete the demolition process before the remodelers and builders arrive for the project.

To demolish or tear down your current kitchen, you will need a drill, a sledgehammer, safety gear and protective eye wear and maybe some helping hands. You should also rent a dumpster for a weekend. You will need the dumpster to remove larger pieces of drywall, flooring or cabinetry as well as any appliances you plan to replace during the remodel.

You don’t have to throw away all of the old cabinets, countertops and appliances. You can try to sell them online for a reasonable price to try to help offset some of the costs of the remodel or you can donate them if they are in good shape. Otherwise, you can simply throw out all of the old wood and materials into the dumpster.

Be careful when demolishing the kitchen. There will be loose nails at times and some of the tools are heavy and dangerous too. You will probably need to loosen cabinets and countertops from their screws or nails before attempting to demolish them or knock them free of their support with the sledgehammer or a handheld hammer or tool.

You also want to be sure that the power is turned off in the kitchen. Locate your home’s circuit breaker box and turn off all of the breakers for the kitchen. You don’t want to accidentally come into contact with “live” wires in your wall during the demolition.

We also recommend purchasing or renting a dolly for moving the appliances and other larger items. You don’t want to suffer from a back or shoulder injury due to lifting extremely heavy items out of the kitchen and to the dumpster.

Plan on the demolition requiring an entire weekend to complete. The more help you have the faster the demolition will go. You can usually find one or two friends or neighbors willing to help on a demolition assuming you would be willing to help them on a DIY home repair project of theirs in the future.

You can save several hundreds of dollars during a kitchen remodel if you complete the demolition process on your own. This will mean less time the builders and remodelers will need to spend on the project, More often than not the cost of the labor is one of the highest costs during a home repair or a remodel.

You can cut that cost down the more you do on your own. Other DIY projects you could complete as part of a kitchen remodel would be to install a tile backsplash or to pain the walls on your own. You could save even more money if you left the cabinets in tact and simply repainted them or refaced them.

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How to Prepare for Carpet Cleaners

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Homeowners and renters should hire a professional carpet cleaning Chicago service one time every 12 months to maintain the quality of their carpet and to help to extend the lifetime of the carpet too. This is because professional services are able to remove dirt that is deeper than what a vacuum cleaner can remove.

There are ways to prepare for carpet cleaners before the appointment that can help the appointment go much faster if your schedule is very busy. Here is how to prepare for carpet cleaners coming to your home:

During the scheduling call, provide as much detail as possible to ensure the carpet cleaner brings all of the necessary solutions and equipment. The more information you provide during your initial phone call, the more prepared the carpet cleaner will be when he arrives at your home.

You should de-clutter your home as much as possible. This means you should pick up any shoes, books, magazines, toys or other items lying on the carpet. It is not mandatory but anything left on the floor will just need to be relocated during the appointment if it isn’t done beforehand.

Several companies will vacuum for you before beginning their deep cleaning process but if you want to vacuum beforehand this might save the company some time.

We also recommend relocating smaller furniture items. This includes dining room chairs, end tables, ottomans, coffee tables and lamps. You can move items like recliners and sofas too but most of the time the company is willing to move those types of furniture. If you want the company to clean beneath entertainment centers or pianos or clothing dressers, you will probably need to move those items on your own.

You should unplug electronics and lighting and move them to a different room to. The cords will slow down the company and the worker could trip on one during the cleaning. Most companies will not move electronics or valuable items in your home.

If it is during the summer or warmer months in Chicago, you should run your air conditioner or floor and ceiling fans. The circulation will help the carpet dry faster and the technicians will probably appreciate the cool breeze during the cleaning process.

If you live with pets, we recommend leaving your pet outdoors during the service or putting them somewhere in your home where the carpet cleaners won’t be. Your door will be opened and closed several times and you don’t want your pet escaping. You also don’t want the carpet cleaners to trip over the pet. Many pets are scared by strangers to so you should probably move the pet for its own safety and for the appointment to be more efficient.

You can move your car or vehicle so that the company can park their van or truck as close to the entryway of your home as possible. This will allow easier access for them to your home and make trips in and out of your home much faster. Some companies need to be close in order for the hoses and other equipment from their van to reach different rooms in your home.

Follow these tips and it should lead to an effective and efficient carpet cleaning appointment.

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How to Repair Drywall

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The amateur handyman can repair drywall with our simple steps below. Damage to drywall happens all the time. You do not want to have to hire a professional repairman for this project. You will save money if you follow our simple instructions on how to repair drywall in your home.

The most common damage to drywall is just small dings and dents in the wall. You will see these in every home that has drywall. These happen from hanging pictures or bumping into walls or random accidents.

Drywall Dents

You can fix these small issues very easily. First scrape away any loose debris from the dent in the drywall. Then fill the dent with spackle as smooth as possible. Fill the whole with more spackle as need be. Once full, sand the dent until the wall is smooth. You can then paint over the dent to match the rest of the drywall.

Drywall Nails

For popped nail heads protruding from the wall, drive in a drywall screw about 1 inch above the nail head that is emerging from the wall. Drive in the nail with a hammer and then spackle over the nail head and the drywall screw and paint over both dents.

Doorknob Damage

Damage to drywall from doorknobs can be repaired with a small patch kit you can purchase at your local hardware store or online. Cover the patch from the kit over the hole and then use a drywall knife to spread joint compound over the hole in the wall and the patch.

Spread the compound in a criss-cross pattern and then feather the edges so the compound blends into the wall. Let it dry and then add more compound if necessary and repeat the process.

For similar sized wholes you can measure a square area around the hole and then cut a piece that size from excess drywall from when it was installed or new drywall from the hardware store. Now saw out the damaged portion of the drywall and replace it with the new square. Cover the new square with joint compound.

Large Holes

You can repeat this process with larger holes in the wall but the new pieces of drywall will need to be supported with drywall screws.

To repair damaged corners in your drywall use a razor and cut out the corner piece and then chisel it from the wall. Now install a corner piece the same size and spread compound over the corners.

Finish all the repairs with sanding and paint. If the wall is texture you will need to mix compound and water and flick the mixture onto the wall for texture. You can also purchase texture spray from the hardware store.

You can repair drywall in just a hour or two depending on the size of the holes or dents and what materials are on hand in your home. This project revitalizes the look of your home and is very easy to complete. You will be proud once your drywall looks brand new again in your home!

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Should I Hire a Handyman or a Professional Contractor for my Remodeling Project?

You’ve asked a friend about that remodeling project and yet you’re still not sure whether to hire a handyman or get a professional contractor. This article will help you understand which jobs are fit for handymen and which ones need the services of a professional contractor.

One of the things that could making you more confused is the number of repair jobs in your home, which seem to be piling up.

Your to-do list includes many different remodeling projects such as retiling your floor, applying new paint on your home’s exterior and interior, replacing your toilet, installing a new dishwasher and more. This can really be confusing. Do you need to find a handyman company to work on all these projects or hire several workers to handle each of the projects differently? Let’s look at the differences between professional contractors and handyman services.

Professional Contractor Vs. Handyman Services

Despite the fact that you might find a handyman to handle all your remodeling projects, understand that there are things that should only be done by professional contractors. A handyman is limited in such a way that there are certainly specialized trades that he may not be qualified and licensed to handle.

Remodeling projects that involve plumbing work and electrical work should be done by well-trained professionals and require licensing. That means you should first find out if the handyman has been licensed to handle such projects. If not, you should find a specialized company that’s licensed and insured. Remember specialized trades like plumbing and others usually have local code requirements that must be met during repair or installation.

If you hire someone who isn’t well informed on the local code requirements, you might pay more to fix the mistakes made by the unlicensed individual. You can avoid such and other damages that may occur by working with a licensed contractor.

When it comes to large remodeling projects like home addition, you need to work with a highly qualified general contractor. Such projects need technical expertise and utilize specialized equipment and machinery. They also need more than one type of licensing which means you must work with a highly professional contractor. As much as a qualified handyman may be able to fix some of your smaller projects, he is not fit to tackle such huge projects.

The difference between a handyman and a remodeling contractor, therefore, lies in the fact that one is able to deal with huge remodeling projects that take time and need a lot of coordination while the other can only handle smaller projects that require a few hours or just a day.

If you find a company that has both a general contractor’s license and handymen who can handle your small projects, that’s still fine. Just make sure whoever is working on your project is licensed and experienced in what they are doing.

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