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Eric Gonzalez

Expert Contributor

Eric is a passionate entrepreneur with great focus, discipline, and determination, looking to contribute to the greater good. He seeks to remain a great entrepreneur through ethical and superior business practices while at the same time creating profound relationships and impacting everyone he meets. He aims to help and lead all those who surround him by and inspire them to be the best person they can be to themselves and the rest of the world.

As founder of Regions Commercial Roofing, Inc., Eric’s main focus is to lead a company that uses innovative practices and up-to-date technology to provide clients nationwide with great service and deliver top-of-the-line roofing services.

Core Values: Personal Development, Teamwork, Loyalty, Success, Accountability, Respect, and Honesty

Mission Statement: To continuously use the best practices and technology in roofing to create life-changing experiences and long-lasting impact.

Favorite quote: “Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become.” – Jim Rohn

Most Recent Posts:

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The Proudest Cities in the US, According to Reddit

Traffic memes, complaints about real estate prices, sunrise pictures, stories about local heroes, and links to local handypeople—city subreddits are alive and kicking in 2022, with many being home to hundreds of thousands of members. To see what’s on each city’s (hive) mind, we analyzed the top 50 posts of all time from 30 major…

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How Safe Is Your Neighborhood? Tools and Tips to Help You Find Out

Home buyers and renters alike understand the need to settle down in a safe neighborhood. So whether you plan to invest in real estate for your growing family or rent an apartment in a bustling community, you want to know what to expect in terms of safety. This guide breaks down some of the ways…

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The Most Popular House Styles, According to Each State

Finding a home that’s perfect for you is not just about the right timing—it’s also about finding the right style. The popularity of certain house styles depends on various factors, from the region and climate to neighborhood and personal preference. Whatever the reason for their preferences, we wanted to determine the most popular house styles…

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Study: The Cheugiest Home Decor of 2022

Home decor trends come and go, but when are they officially past their prime or, dare we say, cheugy (pronounced chew-gee)? If you’ve never heard the term, it describes anything people generally feel is uncool, dated, or trying too hard. Things that have recently been dubbed “cheugy” include skinny jeans, avocado toast, and “live, laugh,…

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15 of the Best Plants and Bushes for Privacy

No matter how much you love your neighborhood, everyone needs their privacy. While fences work, they may not provide the level of privacy and style you want. Plants, however, not only provide an extra level of privacy, but can also add beauty to your yard by creating a more natural-looking barrier. If you want to…

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25+ Home-Related Projects to Entertain Every Age Group

If you’re working on a renovation project, it might be tempting to order pizza and set the kids up with a movie to keep them occupied. But why not let them get in on the action instead? Depending on their age group, you can involve your children in different aspects of renovation projects, from measuring…

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Study: How Americans Really Feel About ADUs and Tiny Homes

It’s not unusual for people to downsize when they get older. However, these days, it’s not just empty nesters and retirees who are downsizing. Searches for tiny houses have increased 680% over the past 10 years, and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are growing at a rate of 9% per year. Homeowners and would-be homeowners of…

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Warm Light vs. Cool Light: How Light Color Affects Your Home

Have you ever thrown a log on the fire and basked in its warm glow? Or entered a store with fluorescent lighting and been taken aback by how bright it was? This contrast is an example of warm versus cool light. Warm white light will emit more of a reddish hue, while cool white light…

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What Is the Appeal of Older Homes? [Study]

Key Takeaways Our Instagram study showed that New York (11,214), Massachusetts (8,662), and California (6,901) had the most historic home posts. Hawaii had the most expensive historic homes in the U.S. ($5,502,855 on average), while Kansas had the least expensive ($290,477). Millennials who chose to purchase older homes over newer ones saved an average of…

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How to Safely Get Rid of 50 Household Items

Every now and then, it’s a good idea to give your home a once-over and clear some space. Whether you’re preparing for a renovation or you just need a little extra room, take the time to assess your belongings. Chances are, you’ll find plenty of items that you can get rid of to free up…

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Study Reveals the Best and Worst Neighbors in America

In the 1970s, more than two in five people said they spent at least one social evening a month with a neighbor. However, as the world has changed, so has our relationship with our neighbors. In a recent study, we found that, now, just over half talk to their neighbors once a week or less…

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Tile vs. Wood Flooring

Photo: Pixel-Shot / Adobe Stock Tile and wood flooring are both solid choices as part of an upscale aesthetic in your home. Wood is warm and inviting with a traditional, luxurious appearance that’s hard to beat. Natural stone tile has a rugged, earthy appearance that’s super-contemporary yet timeless, and manufactured tile, like porcelain or ceramic,…

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Which Is Better: Pocket Doors or Barn Doors?

Photo: Allison / Adobe Stock Barn doors and pocket doors are space-saving sliding doors. Pocket doors are more unobtrusive, as they slide into a compartment inside the wall cavity. Barn doors, on the other hand, slide close to, but outside of, the wall. Let’s take a look at the other differences between these popular residential…

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Study Reveals Americans’ Homebuying Deal-Breakers

The housing market has surged in the past year or so, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Homes are disappearing off the market faster than they have in years, and they are selling for more than before. According to a recent study, October 2021’s median listing price was $380,000. That’s a 22%…

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Electric vs. Gas Fireplace: Which Is Better for Your Home?

Photo: Emilija Randjelovic / iStock / Getty Images Nothing ties a room together like a warm, cozy fireplace. But what are your options if your home doesn’t already have a chimney? You could consider adding either an electric or gas fireplace. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so we’ll break down everything you need to…

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How to Choose a Water Filter for Your Home in 8 Simple Steps

Photo: baloon111 / iStock / Getty Images Do you know what’s floating in your tap water? In the United States, we often take for granted that water coming from the tap is safe to drink. Still, trace levels of germs, chemicals, and minerals make it into the water we use to drink, bathe and wash…

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Comparing the Pros and Cons of Fiberglass and Steel Doors

Photo: bmak / Adobe Stock Fiberglass and steel are common options for household doors, and neither require extensive maintenance. Fiberglass is usually the more expensive choice, while being more energy-efficient. Steel is slightly more durable, but isn’t as customizable. This guide can help you determine which choice is best for you by laying out key…

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Round vs. Elongated Toilets: Pros and Cons

Photo: New Africa / Adobe Stock Your toilet is a major component of your bathroom design. There are two common toilet types used in the United States: round and elongated. Both function very similarly, and the major differences lie within their appearance, comfort, and cost. While elongated toilets take up more space, they are usually…

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Comparing the Pros and Cons of a One-Piece and Two-Piece Toilet

Photo: ADDICTIVE STOCK / Adobe Stock Reviewed by Jeff Botelho, Licensed Journeyman Plumber.Written by HomeAdvisor. Integral to any bathroom, the toilet is available in many shapes and configurations. One-piece and two-piece toilets both perform well, although one-piece toilets are sleeker and more durable but also more expensive. Two-piece toilets are the more cost-effective option and…

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Comparing the Pros and Cons of LED and Incandescent Christmas Lights

Photo: ReeldealHD Images / Adobe Stock When styling your Christmas lights, you’ve got options. Both LED and incandescent Christmas lights will get the job done, but there are some key differences you should know. For one, LED lights are the more energy-efficient option, while incandescent lights win on being the more inexpensive option. Before you…

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Comparing the Pros and Cons of Wood and Gas Firepits

Photo: rh2010 / Adobe Stock An outdoor firepit is a great way to upgrade your patio to enjoy time outdoors without a disruptive overhaul. Wood and gas firepits are both excellent choices, and each comes with its advantages and drawbacks. Gas firepits are perfect for those who want something easy to maintain without a smoky…

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Comparing the Pros and Cons of Stucco and Brick Exteriors

Photo: wajan / Adobe Stock Stucco and brick siding are popular exterior property coverings and can increase curb appeal. Stucco is more budget-friendly and is available in a wider range of finishes, but brick has a higher-end look and has better fire and moisture resistance. Let’s look at some of the key differences between these…

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Comparing the Pros and Cons of Cellulose and Fiberglass Insulation

Photo: photosbysabkapl / Reviewed by Ezra Lanaido, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.Written by HomeAdvisor. Cellulose and fiberglass are two popular types of residential insulation. When used in the right environment, both effectively reduce energy waste. Fiberglass is more affordable and inhibits mold growth. Cellulose is more costly per square foot but does not…

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Study: Cities With the Highest Return on Investment From Home Renovations

Home improvement and remodeling projects have been increasingly popular as more people hang out at home. Spending on home improvement averaged $8,305 over 2020, which is a $745 increase from 2019. The most popular projects were bathroom and kitchen remodels. On average, homeowners spent $2,995 on each project.  And though they may have been fun,…

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Comparing the Pros and Cons of a Sun Tunnel and Skylight

alexandre zveiger / Adobe Stock When choosing options to let more light into your home, sun tunnels and skylights provide the​​ opportunity without requiring extensive renovations. However, there are a few differences between the two. While skylights open to the outside and function much like windows, sun tunnels don’t open and are shaped like tubes,…

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Comparing the Pros and Cons of Raised Patios and Decks

rh2010 / Adobe Stock Raised patios and decks are both fantastic options as a centerpiece of your outdoor space. They’re both great-looking and durable, with plenty of room to host outdoor seating, grills, and various leisure-based activities. These backyard showstoppers may offer the opportunity for outdoor family fun, but there are some fundamental differences in…

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Arbor vs. Pergola

Javani LLC / Crafting an outdoor area can be an ongoing project, and there are several ways to spruce it up, such as building an arbor or pergola. Although people sometimes think of these structures as indistinguishable, there are some key differences. While arbors often serve as decorative doorways, pergolas are a great way…

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What Is an ADU? The Complete Guide to Accessory Dwelling Units

Photo: jacoblund / iStock / Getty Images On This Page: What Is an ADU? Types of ADUs Benefits of ADUs ADUs and the Environment ADU Laws You Should Know FAQs If you’re a homeowner, you may be wondering how you can increase your property’s value. Perhaps you’ve been exploring ways to use your home to…

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Comparing the Pros and Cons of Shaker and Traditional Cabinets

teksomolika – When choosing cabinets for your home, the difference between Shaker and traditional styles is mainly aesthetic. Shaker cabinets are usually found in more contemporary-style homes, whereas traditional, or raised panel cabinets, often fit better in a more conventional-style home. Table of Contents What’s the Difference Between Shaker and Traditional Cabinets? Shaker Cabinets…

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Survey: 1 in 4 Americans Severely Underestimate This Home Improvement Cost

AleksandarNakic/E+ via Getty Images With extra time spent at home during the pandemic, more Americans took an interest in fixing up or upgrading their houses.  In fact, average household spending on home services increased to $13,140, up from $9,080 in 2019. Did this increased activity lead to more informed homeowners when it comes to home…

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What Do Your Neighbors Think About Your Holiday Decorations? [Study]

Key Takeaways Three out of four Gen Zers preferred sparkling or flashing Christmas lights over standard lights, while millennials liked them the least. More than one in five respondents said neighbors leaving their holiday decorations up for too long had a negative impact on how they perceived them. One out of four respondents got inspiration…

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What Makes the Perfect Kitchen and the Best Hosts? [Study]

Key Takeaways Six out of 10 homeowners felt the ideal stove had four burners, and they preferred gas (57%) as the perfect cooktop style over electric (31.6%). Efficiency and functionality (44.3%) were ranked of highest importance in a perfect kitchen.  Forty-seven percent of respondents said they had a pan or kitchen tool that no one…

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25 Affordable Ways to Keep Your House Warm in Winter

Photo: Anastasiia Shavshyna / E+ / Getty Images An ideal time to start winterizing your home is before the snow season hits. Heating the house during the winter, however, consumes a lot of energy. It’s also when homeowners typically experience a spike in their utility bills. A home energy audit from a local professional can…

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What Is Radiant Cooling? – Most homeowners are familiar with radiant heating systems, even if they aren’t aware of the term. Hydronic floor heaters are common, and they use radiant methods to heat properties instead of pumping out forced air. Using radiant cooling methods to lower the temperatures in homes is also possible, but few residential properties…

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Classic vs. Luxury Shingles

Robert Kirk/E+ via Getty Images Choosing between classic and luxury shingles can be tricky when you’re ready to upgrade your roof. Is it worth it to invest in classic shingles, or should you opt for premium shingles? Aside from cost, there are other differences between these different types of shingles. Classic shingles, like cedar and…

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Blinds vs. Curtains: Which One Is Right for Your Home?

Thanasis Zovoilis/The Image Bank via Getty Images If you are choosing between installing blinds and curtains in your home, consider the style and look you want; your climate control, lighting and energy efficiency goals; and the costs involved in their installation and maintenance. This guide will help you decide whether curtains or blinds are best…

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Types of Light Bulbs: Your Ultimate Buying Guide

Photo: Delmaine Donson / E+ / Getty Images Choosing the perfect light fixture and an accompanying light bulb can completely transform a room. That’s why choosing the right lighting for your dining room chandelier or bedside table lamp is so important. Don’t worry—we’re here to help make the decision process easier.  Below, we’ll discuss different…

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How to Disaster-Proof Your Home

Natural disasters are nerve-wracking and unpredictable. Whether it’s a California earthquake, a Gulf Coast hurricane, an Oklahoma tornado or an ice storm in Texas, disasters add up to millions of dollars of losses each year. Preparing for natural disasters before they strike will ensure that you and your home are safer. The good news is…

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How to Make Your House Smell Good (+ DIY Scent Recipes)

Photo: AleksandarNakic / E+ / Getty Images From active kids to beloved indoor pets, our homes can naturally retain odors over time, including unpleasant ones. While air fresheners can help mask certain smells, these can inevitably contribute to strong odors inside. If you desire a nose-friendly atmosphere that is fresh and inviting, you’re in the…

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Tile vs Laminate Flooring

phototropic/E+ via Getty Images Tile and laminate are both smart flooring choices, with ample varieties to suit any budget. Tile is generally more expensive but also more durable than laminate. Laminate is less expensive and better suited to DIY installation. Explore the pros and cons of tile and laminate to decide which is the best…

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The Costs and Differences Between Heat Pumps and Furnaces

TheRabbitHolePictures/iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images Investing in a heating system for your home is no small task. Unlike the purchase of a simple air conditioning unit, heating systems can be completely different depending on your needs. Most first-time heating system buyers are overwhelmed by the sheer options before them when they go…

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Is Your Carpet Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat? [Study]

When choosing between flooring options in your home, personal taste matters. Some prefer the cozy, warm look and feel of carpets, while others prefer a sleek laminate or hardwood finish. Personal preference aside, however, hardwood or tile floors offer one key benefit over carpet: They are much easier to clean. And while you might think…

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Gas vs. Electric Furnaces: Pros, Cons and Differences

Cavan Images/Cavan via Getty Images There’s rarely a clear-cut answer on whether or not to opt for a gas or electric furnace. While both warm your home efficiently, much depends on local fuel prices, your home’s size and winter temperatures. Gas furnaces usually cost more to buy and install but are usually less expensive to…

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Is Gardening Easier or Harder Than It Looks? [Survey]

Gardening is on a dramatic rise in the U.S.—demand for seeds in the spring of 2021 matched the blooming sales of the previous spring, when many states were implementing lockdown measures for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic. But increased participation doesn’t necessarily mean gardening is easy for everyone. Some expectations for gardening, especially…

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Survey Reveals How Handy Americans Really Are

As a homeowner, all those tasks your landlord used to do—and your parents did before them—are now on your shoulders. You’ve either got to figure out how to do them yourself or pay someone else to do them. Either way, it would help if you knew how to do a few things around the house….

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How To Build a Rain Garden Step-by-Step

Rain gardens are perfect solutions if you want to prevent stormwater runoff from flooding and damaging your yard, driveway, and home’s foundation. After heavy rain, water might pool in your yard due to poor soil drainage, often collecting pollutants from fertilizer, pet waste, pesticides and chemicals from the streets and gutters. The excess water can…

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Everything You Need to Know About Architectural vs. 3-Tab Shingles

Photo: Mint Images/Mint Images RF/Getty Images Reviewed by Eric Gonzalez, Founder of Regions Commercial Roofing, Inc.Written by HomeAdvisor. Many homeowners look at architectural shingles and 3-tabs as two different types of roofing materials. While they are both asphalt roofing products, which make up 70% of all roofs, there are many differences between the two. On…

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Mess and Stress: Survey Reveals How Dirty Homes Impact Well-Being

You know the old saying: Mess equals stress. While it may not always be that simple, we wanted to see what kind of effect a messy house had on people’s moods and well-being. Quite a lot, as it turns out. We recently surveyed more than 1,000 Americans about their experience keeping their homes clean, and…

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20 Fire Safety Tips for Your Home (+Printables)

Photo: FG Trade / E+ / Getty Images Although thinking about the possibility of a house fire is never fun, it’s immensely important to have a plan. Preparedness keeps your family and housemates safe and makes it easier for firefighters to protect you. Not only do you need to educate your family members or roommates…

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Finished Basement Ideas to Inspire Your Space

Photo: Edwin Tan / E+ / Getty Images Finishing a basement is one of the most exciting home projects possible. Not only are you increasing the value of your home, but you’re also maximizing the amount of space you can enjoy with loved ones.  Since there are all kinds of approaches you can take to…

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16 Affordable Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

Photo: sturti / E+ / Getty Images Whether you’re planning to put your home on the market or not, making improvements is always a good idea. You’re likely to appreciate your house more and make the most of your space when you invest in highlighting its features. Plus, correcting easily fixable issues that bring your…

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Types of Paint and Finishes: How to Choose the Right One

You know the color of paint you want, but you arrive at your local hardware store only to find that choosing the color is just the beginning of your painting project. There you find a dizzying array of options, from matte paint to gloss paint to semi-gloss paint, from flat finish to satin finish. Then…

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13 Laundry Room Makeover Tips for Any Budget

Photo: Rawpixel / iStock / Getty Images Even if it’s not a central part of your home, chances are that your laundry room could majorly benefit from a makeover. Since our surroundings influence us more than we realize, it’s possible that giving your laundry area a facelift could positively impact your attitude around household chores….

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Who Rules the Renovation? How Couples Navigate Home Improvements

Over the last 18 months, many of us have spent more time at home than usual—a lot more. Homes became offices, schools, gyms, and art studios when stay-at-home orders took effect. This change had a big effect on the home improvement market as people took a closer look at their surroundings and imagined changes to…

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Are These the Most Disliked Home Maintenance Tasks in America? [Survey]

Buying a house is something many aspire to do, but maintaining it isn’t always as exciting. Once the rush of being handed the keys is over, many new homeowners have trouble getting accustomed to the time and dedication needed for upkeep. For this reason, we’ve surveyed 1,000 homeowners to learn more about their opinion (and…

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How to Choose the Best House Siding Options for Your Home

Photo: jhorrocks / iStock / Getty Images Whether you’re picking out siding for your new home or updating your current house, you’re probably weighing the pros and cons of each option. After all, the size and texture of your siding panels can greatly change your home’s aesthetic. Your exterior paint color and window types play…

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How to Paint Popcorn & Textured Ceilings

August 4, 2021 Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert.Written by HomeAdvisor. It is possible to paint a popcorn or textured ceiling. However, you have to approach the process differently than you would a flat one. The steps appear to be identical between the two types, but you have to take certain precautions…

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How to Find & Hire a Masonry Contractor

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Do You Have Masonry Work That Needs to be Done? Bricklayers and stonemasons have constructed some of the longest-standing buildings, which makes it easy to understand why people want their homes made of brick or stone. These pros build and repair installations like load-bearing walls, landscape…

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Masonry Contractors

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. On This Page: What Does a Mason Do? Masons work with a range of materials like stone, brick and concrete to install chimneys, retaining walls, patios and entire homes. Their broad expertise is a largely untapped resource for homeowners. Even the simplest feature can enhance a…

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How To: Build A Gas Fire Pit in 10 Steps

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. A fire pit is a great way to enjoy time outside. This easy DIY project is great for all skill levels and customizable to your own backyard or patio. It can be built in grass, on concrete, or patio pavers. Gather around a warm and cozy…

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DIY or Hire a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor?

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Need a Bathroom Remodel? – DIY vs. Hire a Pro Bathroom remodels and additions have one of the highest returns on investment among all home projects. When shopping for homes, buyers look for how many bedrooms and baths a home has, not kitchens or laundry rooms….

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Checklist of Questions to Ask When Hiring a Roofer

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. On This Page: Questions to Ask a Roofer Roofing Quotes Licensing, Insurance, Warranties Roofing Companies Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist: Preparing for Roofing Replacement Questions to Ask a Roofer Hiring a roofer is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make for your home. Few…

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How to Hire a HVAC Contractor: Questions to Ask a Heating & AC Pro

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Looking for a HVAC Specialist? If your home’s climate control system fails, you’ll want the problem fixed quickly. Should you tackle the job yourself or hire a pro? Since heating and cooling systems have extremely complex equipment, it’s best to leave this task to a licensed,…

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Hiring a Basement Contractor: Finishing, Remodeling & Waterproofing

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Basement professionals run the gamut of home improvement contractors. You can find a company that offers comprehensive finishing services. Or you can find a handful of pros to complete the project piecemeal, starting with a waterproofing company and then plumbing, electrical, and flooring experts. You need…

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How to Find & Hire the Right Deck Carpenter or Contractor

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Need a Deck Built? A new deck is a substantial investment and a very visible addition to your home and landscape. Planning the deck itself requires significant thought. That’s why you need to take time to find a builder with the experience and know-how to get…

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The Ultimate Dog-Friendly Landscaping Guide

A backyard is an enjoyable place for dogs and humans, but it’s important to make sure your space fits your needs as well as Fido’s. Dog-friendly landscaping and human-friendly landscaping aren’t automatically the same thing. While you may view your outdoor space as a spot to relax or grow a vegetable garden, your pooch doesn’t…

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New Homeowner Checklist: 7 Steps for a Smooth Transition

Photo: Morsa Images / E+ / Getty Images Nothing quite compares to the exhilarating feeling of receiving the keys to your new home. After a flurry of paperwork and logistics, it’s understandable you don’t want to wait another minute before settling in. However, you’ll thank yourself later if you can take a step back and…

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How to Get Rid of a Musty Smell in Your Basement + Other Nuisances

Photo: Opat Suvi / Shutterstock If you notice a strong, musty smell whenever you spend time in your basement, you’re probably curious about the most efficient and least expensive solution. Mold and mildew are the common culprits of the unpleasant odor. Naturally, mold spores build up more easily in basements due to their tendency to…

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Washer & Dryer Maintenance & Cleaning Tips

July 22, 2021 Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PAWritten by HomeAdvisor. 3 Washer & Dryer Maintenance Tips Maintaining your washer and dryer is an important part of improving the safety and efficiency of your home. Here’s how to keep both in great shape: Add a drip…

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Benefits to Hiring Window Washers

July 22, 2021 Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PAWritten by HomeAdvisor. Benefits of Clean Windows Windows improve the look of your home, let in fresh air, and make your house more energy-efficient. This guide will explore the benefits of keeping your windows clean all year round….

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Vinyl vs. Wood Fence Comparison Guide

Left/Bottom: Jason – Top/Right: Vastram – Whether you want a new look for your yard, a safer area for your children and pets, or just a bit more privacy, installing a new fence is a great idea. Vinyl and wood both offer benefits, including multiple styles, life expectancy, and affordability. Here are some…

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Odor Control and Removal

July 16, 2021 Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PAWritten by HomeAdvisor. It’s one thing if your home has a little clutter or disorganization. Spending an hour to straighten your home for guests or a party is a natural activity for most homeowners. When the invisible, invasive…

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How To Clean Marble Floors

July 16, 2021 Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PAWritten by HomeAdvisor. On This Page: How to Clean Marble Floors By Hand Cleaning Grooves or Grout Between Marble Tile Floors How to Polish Marble Floors Using Steam Cleaners Maintaining Marble Floors Marble is a beautiful, natural stone…

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Building vs. Buying a Home: How to Make the Right Decision

Photo: PhotoAttractive / E+ / Getty Images When deciding whether to build a house or buy a house, there’s a wide range of pros and cons to consider. It’s nearly impossible to answer the question of which is better since so much depends on region, economic factors and personal preferences.  Typically, there isn’t a huge…

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What Are the Differences Between a Deck and Patio?

Photo: Iriana Shiyan / Adobe Stock Decks and patios both help you make the most of your outdoor space for entertaining, cooking and relaxing. One of the key differences is that patios are laid directly on the ground while decks are raised structures with a support frame underneath. Both are great choices for creating an…

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What Are the Main Differences Between Concrete vs Cement?

Tom Merton/OJO Images via Getty Images Reviewed by Ezra Laniado, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor. When considering concrete vs. cement, it’s important to understand that the two terms are not interchangeable. Cement is the major ingredient used to make concrete mix, along with sand, gravel, water and sometimes other materials. When you refer to…

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Should I Use Cedar or Pressure-Treated Pine for Decks and Fences?

Left/Bottom: bruceman/E+ via Getty Images Right/Top: Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Moment via Getty Images Reviewed by Andy Kilborn, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.Written by HomeAdvisor. If you’re deciding between cedar and pressure-treated wood, both have their strengths. Cedar is a more durable and attractive choice but can get pricey for those on a budget. Pressure-treated…

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How to Choose a Ceiling Fan for Any Room

Photo: Chee Gin Tan / E+ / Getty Images One of the best ways to make your home comfortable through all four seasons is to install ceiling fans by local pros. By circulating warm air in the winter and a cool breeze in the summer, these appliances can help regulate your home’s temperature. In doing…

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9 Versatile Garage Floor Ideas

Photo: PhotoAttractive / Getty Images The best flooring for a garage ultimately depends on how you plan to use it. The garage is a versatile room you can convert to fit your lifestyle. Every part of this space offers opportunities for customization, and that includes the floor. For example, you can coat your floor with…

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26 Home Movie Theater Ideas for Every Style

Photo: bbernard / Shutterstock Do you dream of having a dedicated space to screen your favorite films and binge your go-to Netflix series? Regardless of your lifestyle or budget, there are plenty of options to bring your vision to life with the help of a local home theater installation expert. Once you’ve nailed down the…

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How to Lighten a Dark Room With No Natural Light: 7 Easy Solutions

Everyone loves a room flooded with natural light, but sometimes our homes don’t give us that opportunity. Some folks luck out with sunlight pouring in through generously sized windows, but in other cases, windowless walls can make entire rooms feel dark. While your home’s orientation is most likely out of your control, there are ways…

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High Humidity in Your House: 5 Potential Solutions

If you’ve ever dealt with high humidity in your house, you understand the desire to control the sticky dampness as soon as you start feeling it. The sense of relief when you figure out how to decrease and regulate humidity is immeasurable. How do you reduce moisture without completely drying out your home? If you…

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18 Eye-Catching Updates That’ll Modernize Your Home

If you’re wondering how to make your house look more modern, you might be envisioning an extensive (and expensive) remodeling project that takes many months to complete. Before you dive down that rabbit hole, consider tackling a smaller-scale project to make your home feel more current.  The true cost of a home renovation varies depending…

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What Is Window Glazing? How and Why to Do It

Having properly sealed windows in your home can offer many benefits, including maximizing your curb appeal. If you’re looking to repair a window or two in your home, it’s important to know what window glazing is before getting started. Proper reglazing can help repair any deterioration and more efficiently contain the heating and cooling energy…

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Standard Shower Sizes for 5 Types of Showers

The standard shower size is 36 x 36 inches to comply with ADA accessibility requirements. You won’t find showers much smaller than that, since the International Residential Code sets the minimum shower size at 30 x 30 inches. This smallest size is often reserved for maximizing space in small bathrooms. Before you begin your new…

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How To Clean a Shower

May 18, 2021 Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PAWritten by HomeAdvisor. Over time, your shower can become grimy and dirty. Hard water and other mineral buildup can even lead to staining your fiberglass or tiled surround if not cleaned regularly. Luckily, it should only take a…

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How To Clean Shower Doors

Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PA Glass and fiberglass shower doors help prevent the hassle of hanging curtain rods and replacing liners. But over time, permanent doors can accumulate soap scum and hard mineral deposits. A cleaning service can help with removing scum fully and effectively….

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How To Clean Tile Floors

May 18, 2021 Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PAWritten by HomeAdvisor. On This Page: Cleaning & Maintaining Tile Floors How to Clean Ceramic Tile Floors Cleaning Natural Stone Tiles Vinyl Tiles How to Clean Grout How to Use a Steam Cleaner on Tile Floors Average Cost…

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20 Easy Home Improvements for Beginners

Considering the fact that you spend so much of your life at home, you owe it to yourself to make sure you create environments you enjoy and that support your well-being. Through a strategic blend of DIY tactics and help from service pros, you’re bound to strike the perfect balance to accomplish your goals and…

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41 Home Energy-Saving Tips for Every Season

Saving energy is an attainable goal for any household. Several factors can affect your energy consumption, like your home’s square footage or your family size, but everyone can take advantage of home energy-saving tips. You might even want to begin a sustainable home improvement project to address sources of energy waste. To lower your energy…

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10 Aging in Place Home Modifications for Seniors

With the advent of new technology and home health care services, a growing number of people are choosing to age in place rather than move to assisted living facilities. According to AARP, nearly 90 percent of people over the age of 65 want to stay in their homes as long as possible, and 80 percent…

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Marble vs. Granite Countertops

Left/Top: © RonFullHD/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images. Bottom/Right: © R.Tsubin/Moment/Getty Images. Marble and granite are both popular home renovation materials that add elegance and value to your property. Whether you’re installing a new bathroom floor or replacing your kitchen countertops, these natural stones are both great choices. Marble, with its distinctive appearance, is considered…

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20 Home Staging Statistics and Tips

A home stager’s job is to make your house look its best so it’s appealing to as many buyers as possible. Through strategic home styling and simple upgrades, home staging can make the home-selling process much easier and more lucrative. In a hot seller’s market where there are many prospective buyers, it might seem like…

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Best Countertop Types: Comparing Top Materials

© PBNJ Productions/Getty Images. With an ever-growing list of materials, designs and price points, choosing new countertops can feel intimidating. Fortunately, there’s help. Use this quick guide to kickstart your research and find the best countertops for your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. On This Page: How to Choose Countertops Types of Countertops Granite Quartz…

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How to Clean a Bathroom

April 15, 2021 Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PAWritten by HomeAdvisor. The bathroom is often one of the trickiest spaces to clean in your home. Whether you struggle with maneuvering the tight spaces, cleaning various surfaces or removing extensive grime and buildup – this chore can…

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The Best Tile for Shower Floors

© coralimages – The best tile for shower floors depends on your budget, the size of the space, and the aesthetic you want. In the U.S., the most popular shower floor tiles include porcelain, ceramic, glass, travertine and pebble. Use our guide to find a tile type that’s durable, fits your budget and is…

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