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Construction Consultant

4 tips to help you make your decision on getting an addition in Maryland

Here are 4 things to think about when thinking about getting an addition in Maryland over moving.  Many factors come into play when you are considering building an addition.  While being Maryland Addition Contractors, We have learned a lot about helping homeowners make the right decision.

Increase Home Value

Will the addition over develop your area?  If your house will not increase the value of the home due to the economic climate of the area then you should consider moving. If you’re in a great area and you see a lot of appreciation in the market then it might be best to get the addition.  There is such a thing as over development.

Cost of Addition over Cost of moving

Build an addition or is it time to move out of your existing home?   It is best to think through moving out of your house, but with higher mortgage rates, closing costs on a new home are you really getting more bang for your buck?

Equity in your home

Do you have enough equity in your home to cover the construction costs?  If you do then this will be like a new mortgage but you will be able to afford your new addition.

Taxes / Schools

Is your family growing but you need more space?   If you already have kids in school then in some cases you probably do not want to relocate so getting an addition might be the best case to keep your family happy.  Also if you move and the taxes or school districts are not as good then you will ultimately be paying more in the long run.

We are happy to help you decide on an addition in Maryland, as we are licensed contractors in the areas of Towson, Baltimore County, Carney, and Parkville. So do not hesitate and call us today.

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Roofing Systems

5 benefits of getting a roof inspection

  1. Avoid Costly Problems
     “Our grandparents all said it is better to be safe than sorry” if you catch any problem early you have a better chance of avoiding real damage.
  2. A Thorough Inspection Is Necessary at Least Once Per Year
    If you have not received a free inspection you should schedule one today!
  3. Legitimate Roofers Won’t Charge for a Roof Inspection
    If there is nothing wrong with your roof its best to have one handy you never know when you will need someone in an emergency, it’s always good to have a good roofers contact information you trust.
  4. Make Insurance Claims Easier
    If there is something wrong then you can most likely claim in on your insurance as recent storms damage roofs often.
  5. Peace of Mind
    There is nothing like knowing your family is safe or you will avoid costly repairs in the future.
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Kitchen Remodel

Cost of a kitchen Remodel in Baltimore County

The first step in determining kitchen renovation estimates is considering your kitchen as a whole. Before you get to the smaller questions, such as whether to reface your cabinets or replace them, ask yourself the big questions. What do you want from your kitchen? How do you want it to look and function? Is the size and configuration right? You don’t have to replace everything at once, either. You can reface or refinish your cabinets instead of replacing them, which could save you time and money.

Where Will the Money Go?

According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, kitchen remodeling costs break down as follows:

  • Design fees: 4%
  • Installation: 17%
  • Appliances and ventilation: 14%
  • Cabinetry and hardware: 29%
  • Countertops: 10%
  • Lighting: 5%
  • Flooring: 7%
  • Doors and windows: 4%
  • Walls and ceilings: 5%
  • Faucets and plumbing: 4%
  • Other: 1%

For example, cabinets take up almost 30 percent of the kitchen remodel budget, but you can save by investing in stock kitchen cabinets rather than custom cabinets. Also, you can do some of the installation and replacement yourself. You can also break up the projects over time so you can save for one project at a time. You also don’t have to do everything, depending on the state of your kitchen.

Choosing the right kitchen contractor in Baltimore County will also make the world of different get started with Xpress Contracting today!


Source: Home Advisor


1: The Kitchen Is Still King

Buyers of all kinds have long focused on the kitchen, but it holds particular sway over the newest wave of first-time homeowners. A “modern/updated kitchen” topped the list of ideal home features in our survey of millennials, registering as most important to more than a third of respondents. If you plan to sell, don’t rip your kitchen down to the studs; a smaller investment can have a serious impact. For as little as $5,000, you should be able to add a new suite of appliances, as well as a new countertop and flooring, resulting in a fresh, coordinated look. Applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls or cabinets, and updating the hardware, can also breath new life into space.

Value-Added Buzzwords
Stainless steel. 
Though it has been around for decades, this appliance finish conveys clean, contemporary design, so it will signal “updated” in the mind of the buyer. For the latest spin on stainless, look for new versions of black stainless steel from KitchenAid, LG, and Samsung, each with a softer, less reflective finish but the same cachet as the original.

Quartz countertops. Engineered from stone chips, resins, and pigments, quartz has started to challenge granite and marble as the go-to material in higher-end kitchens. It shrugged off heat, scratches, cuts, and stains in our tests, and it requires none of the upkeep of comparably priced natural stones. Expect to spend $40 to $100 per square foot, installed.

Potential bump in sale price: 3 to 7 percent

2: Make Floor Plans Work Harder

Bigger isn’t necessarily better in today’s market, but strategically increasing the amount of living space is sure to boost home value. An “open floor plan with flexible living space” was second only to an updated kitchen on millennials’ list of most desired features.

Finishing a basement is the most common way to add usable square footage to a home. Most homeowners spend between about $10,000 and roughly $27,000 converting a basement, depending on the size of the space, according to estimates from HomeAdvisor, a website that connects homeowners with prescreened service professionals. Attic conversions are another option. The average attic remodels in 2014 cost $50,000.

Many younger buyers will envision the additional living spaces as a dedicated office, especially if they work from home.

Value-Added Buzzwords
Flex rooms.
 Also known as double-duty rooms, you’ll see flex rooms advertised as an additional living area that can serve a variety of purposes, from a guest bedroom to a game room to an exercise room to a study room for the kids.

Mother-in-law apartment. These spaces go by many names, including “granny flats,” “casitas,” and the technical sounding “accessory dwelling unit,” or ADU. They can house an additional family member or provide rental income—­allowing baby boomers to afford their house once they retire or helping millennials pay the mortgage. More municipalities, particularly in Western cities, are amending zoning laws to allow for ADUs.

Upstairs laundry rooms. Younger buyers, in particular, say they want a dedicated laundry room, perhaps off the kitchen or even near second-floor bedrooms.

Potential bump: 4 to 6 percent

3: Don’t Let Your Home Be an Energy Hog

Lowering your home’s energy costs will save you money for as long as you live there and is expected to be a major selling point down the line. Indeed, “energy-­efficient” was second only to “safe community” on the list of attributes that would most influence a purchase decision, according to a 2015 survey by the National Association of Home Builders.

Older homeowners who have felt the sting of escalating energy costs tend to be driving the interest. But there are some early adopters among younger buyers, too, especially in regions of the country with the more extreme weather. s.

And don’t forget about water heating, which accounts for 16 percent of energy costs in the typical home. Spending $1,800 to $2,400 on a new unit is another way to impress efficiency-minded buyers.

Value-Added Buzzwords
High-efficiency windows.
 Energy Star certified windows can lower your home’s energy bills by 7 to 15 percent.

That will be a selling point with buyers, though replacing every window in a home costs anywhere from $8,000 to $24,000, so you probably won’t recoup the entire investment if you plan to sell right away.

LED lights. Some listings emphasize their “green” credentials by mentioning the presence of LED lighting. Choose the Feit Electric 60 Watt Replacement 9.5W LED, a $7 bulb that delivers superb light quality and has a 23-year life expectancy.

Potential bump: 1 to 3 percent

4: Keep It Simple and Stress-Free

Stain-prone stone countertops, grime-­collecting ornate cabinets, and dust-­catching wall-to-wall carpet used to be symbols of luxury, but today’s homebuyers are more likely to equate them with extra work. Beyond a home’s cosmetic finishes, it’s important to keep the major mechanical systems in working order. Many first-time buyers will have used up much of their savings on the down payment, so they want to know that the heating system, plumbing, and electricity have been recently updated. Central air conditioning is also in demand because it eliminates the need to switch window units in and out. ­HomeAdvisor puts the average cost nationwide at just more than $5,000.

Value-Added Buzzwords
Updated systems.
 In addition to including the age of the system, it helps if you can also point to its reliability. For example, Consumer Reports surveys have found American Standard and Trane to be among the least repair-prone manufacturers of gas furnaces.

New roof. This will help assuage fears of water damage, ice dams, squirrel infestation, and other home disasters that can result from an old, shoddy roof. For a typical 2,300-square-foot house, you might be able to put on a new asphalt shingle roof for as little as $6,000.

Hardwood floors. More carpets are being replaced with long-wearing hardwood flooring with a durable factory finish. Engineered wood flooring, which uses a thin veneer of real wood or bamboo over structural plywood, tends not to wear as well as the solid stuff, though it has the same look and tends to cost less, making it a good choice if you plan to sell soon.

Potential bump: 3 to 5 percent

5: Build a Home for ‘the Ages’

By 2040, there are expected to be almost 80 million seniors accounting for 21 percent of the population. The existing housing stock isn’t equipped to safely accommodate that many older people—too many steep staircases, narrow walker-­unfriendly doorways, and slippery step-in bathtubs and showers. Forward-thinking homeowners are making necessary improvements to their home now—and those changes will benefit people of all ages, not just seniors. According to a 2015 survey by ­HomeAdvisor, 56 percent of homeowners who hired a pro for aging-related projects were younger than 65, and 10 percent were younger than 50.

Value-Added Buzzwords
Walk-in shower. 
“People in the 50-plus age range don’t want to step over the tub to take a shower,” Pekel says. Curbless showers eliminate the threshold between the shower and surrounding bathroom, making them wheelchair accessible, not to mention sleek and streamlined.

Master on main. A floor plan in which the master bedroom is on the first floor reduces the need to climb stairs.

Comfort-height toilets. These toilets are a few inches taller, which makes getting on and off easier. Most top flushers in our tests are comfort height, including the Glacier Bay N2428E two-piece toilet, which sells at Home Depot for $100.

Potential bump: 1 to 2 percent

6: Paint Is Still a Potent Upgrade

Paint keeps your home looking its best while also defending its surfaces from wear, tear, and the elements. If you’re getting ready to sell, don’t blow thousands having every square inch repainted.

Value-Added Buzzwords
Neutral color scheme.
 Whites and off-whites remain the top-selling interior colors and will appeal to most homebuyers, allowing them to envision the space as their own. Neutrals appeal to all generations of buyers, according to Jule Eller, trend and style director at Lowe’s.

High-quality paints. Home Depot’s Behr Marquee, $43 per gallon, is our top-rated interior paint. For outdoor projects, Behr Premium Plus Ultra Exterior, $39 per gallon, and Clark+Kensington Exterior from Ace Hardware, $35 per gallon, offered the best protection.

Potential bump: 1 to 2 percent

7: Remember the Great Outdoors

Your home’s property is another opportunity to expand its living space. Adding a deck or patio, with room for seating and a built-in or freestanding grill, is a way to create a defined space for outdoor living on a large or small scale.

But remember the rule of low upkeep, especially if your future buyer is likely to be a millennial. “They love outdoor spaces, but whereas prior generations might have gone for the pool, Gen Yers recognize the maintenance costs associated with it,” Berger says. “They’d much rather see an outdoor fire pit surrounded by a simple seating arrangement.” Don’t go for overly lush landscapes, especially in drought-stricken regions with high water costs.

Value-Added Buzzwords

Curb appeal. Trimming overgrown shrubs and making minor repairs to the façade, including painting the front door, can deliver quick results. Replacing worn-out siding is a major undertaking, costing $12,000 on average, but it can give your home a complete facelift.

Water-smart yard. Replacing a section of turfgrass with native ground covers or pea gravel will reduce the maintenance costs while adding visual interest.

Potential bump: 3 to 5 percent

8: Make Sure Your New Technology Is Smart

High-tech features offer notoriously bad returns on investment because technologies tend to evolve quickly.

But certain smart devices add to home value and interest, including programmable thermostats. “I’ll often install a Nest thermostat in a home that doesn’t have one because it creates the impression that this is a high-tech home,” Berger says.

We’re seeing the same benefit with a range of products, such as lights, door locks, and security systems. Those smart features have broad appeal with millennials, “who grew up on smartphones, so they’re used to being able to control things at their fingertips,” Endres says. “And they’ll pay 3 to 5 percent more for a home with the right amenities.”

Value-Added Buzzwords

Programmable thermostat. The Nest is widely recognized, but the Honeywell RTH9590WF, $300, proved easier to use in our tests. Both models can be controlled from a smartphone or computer.

Whole-house generator. Power failures are a reality for more homeowners. Stationary generators can usually power the entire property. A professionally installed unit can range from $7,000 to $15,000, according to Porch, a website connecting consumers with home service pros. The Generac 6241, $3,500, excluding installation, is a top pick.

Potential bump: 3 to 5 percent

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the March 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

Source: Consumer Reports 

Kitchen Renovations are Still King!

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House Renovation

Remodeling your kitchen can bring huge RETURNS!

Get Returns with a New Kitchen in Maryland Baltimore County, remodeling your kitchen is the best way to return on your investment with increasing your home by 20%, remember to spend 20% of your homes value, Get a free estimate today!  You recover about 87% of your investment, Also this much more desired than a redone bathroom.  If you want to increase the value of your home then kitchens are the best way to do so!

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House Renovation

Harford County Storm Leaves 30K Without Power, 33 Roads Closed

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — With more than 30,000 residents without power Saturday morning in Harford County, officials have opened warming centers. Meanwhile, several roads are closed.

After hours of closures and traffic delays, all bridges are openSaturday morning. The Tydings Bridge is in full wind restrictions, meaning tractor trailers less than 64,000 pounds are prohibited; and the Hatem Bridge is under a wind warning, which stipulates drivers of motorcycles, flatbed trucks, autos with cargo racks and other vehicles subject to high winds should use caution.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Saturday morning indicating that while winds have died down, drivers and pedestrians should use caution; loosened objects like tree limbs or other debris may topple over. Wind gusts of 40 to 45 may persist until the early afternoon, so additional power outages are possible.

There are 29,564 Harford County BGE customers without power and 556 Delmarva Power customers who have reported outages as of 10:15 a.m. on Saturday. That means 26.67 percent of Harford County is without power, according to estimates.

Here are places to warm up and charge devices:

  • Fallston High School, 2301 Carrs Mill Road in Fallston
  • Darlington Volunteer Fire Company, 2600 Castleton Road in Darlington
  • Harford County Public Library branches; see locations

Rec centers in Havre de Grace, Churchville (Level Building only), Forest Hill, and Emmorton are without power. All others have power and are open.

Contact BGE at 1-877-778-2222 for outages or 1-800-685-0123 for downed wires or Delmarva Power at 1-800-898-8042.

There are 40 roads closed and 61 roads partially blocked as of noon, according to county, state and municipal officials and readers:

  • 1300 Stockton Road
  • 2600 Cullum Road
  • 3400 block James Run Road
  • 3400 James Run Road
  • 3700 Hilltop Drive
  • 500 Robinhood Road
  • Atkisson Road near Singer Road
  • Country Club Rd & Manor Circle
  • Old Stepney Road
  • Otter Point Road
  • Poole Road
  • Ring Factory Road near one-lane bridge
  • Robin Hood Road
  • Robin Hood Road near Sherwood Lane
  • Singer Road (Clayton at MD 152)
  • Stockton Road at Atkinson Road
  • Stockton Road between Clayton and Mountain roads
  • Tollgate Road behind Harford Mall
  • Wheel Road between MD 543 and Schucks Road
  • Whitaker Mill and Old Joppa
  • 1200 Stafford Road
  • 1300 Quaker Church Road
  • 2900 Grier Nursery
  • 3800 W. Chapel Road
  • 4000 Sandy Hook Road
  • Delp Road
  • Gibson Road – two trees down at MD 543 and Sandy Hook
  • Gravel Hill Road
  • Macton and Davis
  • Silver Road
  • 1400 Knopp Road
  • 2200 Jerrys Road
  • 3100 Rocks Chrome Hill Road
  • 3600 Anderson Lane
  • Jerrys Road
  • Old York Road
  • Salem Church Road and Green Hill Drive
  • US 40 between MD 715 to MD 543 – wires down, detours in place
  • US 40 at West Bel Air – signal out, through traffic allowed, right turn only from West Bel Air Avenue and APG
  • Law Street between West Bel Air Avenue and Custis – wires down in roadway, no through access
  • Edmond Street between Warren and Washington – wires down in roadway, no through access
  • Bowling Alley to Walker Street – wires down in roadway, no through access
  • MD 155 at McCommons Road
  • MD 165 at Fawn Grove Road
  • US 40 at MD 7
  • MD 22 at Prospect Mill Road
  • MD 161 south at Springhill Drive (northbound is open)


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