Remodeling the Non-DIY way

Taking out a tile floor with power toolsConsidering a remodel to boost the value of your home? What a great idea!

Whether you're looking to sell soon to take advantage of the hot real estate market, or you just want to freshen things up and improve the look of your space, KCLS has some ways to help.

We have lots of books to give you ideas:

150 Best of the Best House Ideas

Bathroom Upgrades

How to Add Value to your Home

If you're in the market to upgrade aging appliances, check the reviews and ratings before dropping the big bucks. Use your library card to access Consumer Reports from the KCLS website. But if it's eco-friendly upgrades that interest you, these might help:

The Greened House Effect

No Regrets Remodeling

Of course, the biggest pain in the you know what when it comes to remodeling, especially if you're NOT a diy-er like me, is finding the right contractor. It's a tricky process, and I've gone through my own horror story with a contractor gone bad. Make sure you do your research. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industry has lots of helpful information to help you begin your search.

But, if you're currently in the thick of things and feeling like the house is literally falling down around you, may I suggest you make some green tea, put up your feet, and listen to some streaming music from hoopla? A couple of suggestions:

Meditation Music for the Senses

Acoustic Meditation

There now. Feel a little better? After you're sufficiently relaxed, take a deep breath and stop by the Washington State Attorney General's office if you need further help with a consumer complaint. (I'm really hoping it doesn't come to that.)

A home remodel can be an exciting journey, but it can also be scary. VERY scary. It's certainly an experience I hope not to take again any time soon. If it is one you are ready to handle, KCLS has resources to help.

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