Category Archives: Remodeling

5 Advantages of Hiring a Handyman For Small Updates & Repairs

advantages of a handyman

How my friend Sean saved at least $1,000 on remodels by hiring his SUPER A good friend of mine, Sean, has been living in his condo for about a year, until he started thinking of doing some updates to make it look nicer. Its a typical older condo in the suburbs of Boston that needed updates in the bathrooms, kitchen, a coat of fresh paint and a few other small touch ups. Many of these updates could easily be DIYed, even by someone without much experience. BUT… Sean has a Ph.D. in Math, and is as far from the DIY… Read more »

Carpet Installation Prices

Modern Carpet Flooring in the Living Room

We want to update the floors in our living room (currently its an old, worn-out carpet), and went to a bunch of different flooring shops and showrooms to check out our options and prices. We are debating between installing a new carpet or going for a hardwood floor. In all the stores we visited, we heard the same story: “while everyone loves hardwood, carpet is what actually sells.” The A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring showroom we visited is over 70,000 sq.ft. and over 75% of the floor space is taken up by carpet displays. According to the store manager, about… Read more »

Cost to Convert a Tub into a Walk-in Shower

Walk-in shower with glass door in small bathroom

Lack of space in the bathroom is an annoying issue in most apartments. One way to create more space is to replace the tub with a walk-in shower. This is a major renovation project, and cost is a huge consideration; installation and material prices start at $2,500 and can go as high as $15,000 or more. Despite the high cost, this is one of the most popular bathroom remodel projects. Installing a walk-in shower can transform your small bathroom into a modern space with a luxury look and feel. How Much Does It Cost to Convert a Tub Into a… Read more »

Cost to Install a Bathroom Fan

Bathroom Fan Installation

If your bathroom does not have good ventilation, its at risk for mold buildup, unpleasant odors, peeling paint and slow deterioration from water infiltration. When its not possible to add a window, the best option is to install an exhaust fan. This fan is designed to remove excessive moisture and will keep your bathroom nice and dry. There are many designs and styles available, so you can select a device that best suits your needs. We have collected the average costs to install an exhaust fan, to help you budget for this project. How Much Does it Cost to Install… Read more »

Ceiling Repair Cost for 2016

If the ceiling in your apartment is cracked, paint is chipping, or there is water damage, its time to repair it! If you see a problem, its best to fix it as soon as possible. Often, what appears to be a minor cosmetic problem can actually be an indicator of structural damage, and you will end up spending a lot more than if you would have called in a professional right away. We will break down average ceiling repair costs, as well as the most common problems. How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Ceiling? The average cost to… Read more »

7 Tile Design Tips for a Small Bathroom

Walk in Shower in a Luxury Bathroom with Stone Tile and Wood Accents

If you want to transform the look and feel of your small bathroom, tile can do the trick! With endless size, color and texture options, different tile materials offer a world of design possibilities. Use it on your walls or floor, as a backsplash over the vanity, an accent wall, or all of these together. No worries, tile will not break your bank, as there are materials, such as ceramic and porcelain that are budget-friendly. Here are 7 Tile Design Tips to help you start planning your remodel. How Much Does Tile Cost? Before getting into the design aspect, its… Read more »

Window Replacement Costs for 2016

Large windows and skylights in a loft style apartment

Are you thinking of replacing old windows in your apartment? Not only will new windows add greater aesthetic appeal to your space, they will also help keep your home better insulated from the temperature fluctuations outside. This means increased comfort, improved energy efficiency and hundreds of dollars of savings on heating and cooling costs in your pocket. The cost of new windows varies greatly and depends on numerous factors. To help you budget, we collected up to date replacement costs for the most popular window types and materials. How much does it cost to install new windows? On average, you… Read more »

Interior Painting Cost for 2017

Living Room Painting Ideas

One of the quickest and inexpensive ways to update the look of your entire apartment is to give it a fresh coat of paint. New paint can produce dramatic results, taking your home from drab to glam. This is a fairly quick and easy project that you can either do yourself or hire a contractor. So how much will it cost? We compiled the latest contractor labor and materials pricing for interior painting, along with the cost of going DIY. Average Cost to Paint an Apartment The cost of professional interior painting varies greatly and depends on a number of… Read more »

7 Eco-Friendly Flooring Options For Your Apartment

Ceramic Tile Flooring in a Modern Living Room

Does your apartment have really old floors that you want to replace? If in addition to comfort and style, you also care about the environmental footprint of your floors, there are a number of great materials to choose from. We review 7 of the most eco-friendly flooring materials that are ideal for apartments, along with their costs, pros & cons and room placement suggestions. Lets take a look at: 1. FSC Certified Hardwood Floors 2. Tile Flooring 3. Reclaimed Wood Floors 4. Bamboo Flooring 5. Cork Flooring 6. Ceramic Wood Floors 7. Cement Flooring 1. FSC Certified Hardwood Floors Do… Read more »