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Home Remodeling Essex Junction VT

Living on your own while you’re home away for college opens you up to many new experiences. Something you should always take wherever you go is a basic toolkit. There will come a time when you’re glad you have it. DIY home remodeling isn’t as hard as you think and there are countless of how-tos on the Internet that will help you with any home improvement projects you get into. Please scroll down to learn more and get access to the home improvement stores in Essex Junction, VT listed below.

Planet Hardwood
8024824404
401 Barber Rd.
St. George, VT

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Master Built Construction
(802) 872-9500
1 Market Pl
Essex Junction, VT
 
Sears Home Services
8888675309
160 Boyer Circle
WILLISTON, VT

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Close To Home
802 861-3200
1364 Marshall Ave
Williston, VT
 
North County Construction
8024533457
196 Main St
Burlington, VT
Services
Home Renovation, Interior Painting, Drainage Systems, Foundation Repair, General Contractor
Years in Business
1981

Chittenden Builders and Remodelers
8023105284
rte 7
charlotte, VT

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Kitchen Crafters Inc The
(802) 879-9444
25 Cascade Ct
Essex Junction, VT
 
Saniglaze
8027343319
83 Plateau Road
Williston, VT
Hours
Mon 08:30 AM-05:00 PM;Tue 08:30 AM-05:00 PM;Wed 08:30 AM-05:00 PM;Thu 08:30 AM-05:00 PM;Fri 08:30 AM

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Celtic Roofing Inc
(802) 860-2043
195 Flynn Ave
Burlington, VT
 
Abode Contracting LLC
(802) 865-0697
41 Charlotte St
Burlington, VT
 
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Trying Cheap and Easy Renovations

By Matthew Demmer
Do It Yourself Network has instructions on how to do almost anything to your apartment that you could possibly want to do.

You don’t have to be Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor to give your new spot some minor upgrades. Even though you’re just renting the place, there are still many cheap and easy home improvements that can help to make a tenement feel like a brand new condo. Head over to Home Depot and

, for a small cost, you can hide those light boxes your landlord put in with some more attractive fixtures. Is your shower low pressured? Install a high-pressure shower head. Are your doors creaky? Spray some WD-40 on the hinges. Do the lights give off an eerie glow? Switch the bulbs to compact fluorescents. Other cheap and easy fix-er-ups include replacing cabinet knobs, door handles, and toilet seats. Just remember that you’re still renting, so don’t go too overboard. Also, ask permission from your landlord before making any major adjustments, and make sure to keep the old bits and pieces so you can reinstall them upon your exit.

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So Fresh and So Clean

Before you start any renovation, the house is going to have to be clean. And I don’t mean kick the dirt under the cabinet clean, but a deep, professional job here. Technically, landlords are supposed to have this done before you move in, but they frequently don’t, and even if they do, they’ll usually just go for a guy with a dirty mop and a dustbuster. Unless you feel like scrubbing five tenant’s worth of crusted soap scum and hair from the inner railing of your shower door, probably best to hire someone to do it for you. Professional cleaners usually offer a few different services, but the higher-end companies like MerryMaids will run around $25 /hr per maid. One should be enough to tackle all of the places where you don’t want to go: around the toilet, the shower, the fridge, the stove, the sink, etc. On the cheaper end, you could check sites like CraigsList or the classifieds to find anybody that’s strapped for cash and doesn’t mind doing some dirty work.

A Basic Toolkit

It’s always good to have a toolkit lying around the house just in case you need to put something together, take something apart, or play handyman with your girlfriend. A basic toolkit should include

  • A screwdriver set with small, medium, and large flathead and Phillips screwdrivers or a cordless electric screwdriver/drill
  • A pair of needlenosed, lock-jaw, slipjoint, and lineman’s pliers
  • A hammer (to hammer in the evening all across this land)
  • A roll of duct, electrical, and masking tape
  • A utility knife with a set of extra blades
  • A set of vari-sized screws and nails
  • A handsaw (with a wooden handle)
  • A level
  • A measuring tape

Baby Steps

All too often it’s the little things that make a difference in the way a rental apartment feels. Replacing preexisting appliances and str...

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