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Home Remodeling Washington DC

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 Washington, DC listed below.

Eco Painting
2023200679
1512 Corcoran Street NW, Studio 33
Washington, DC

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Green Home, LLC
3012779660
4108 32nd St.
Mount Rainier, MD

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Jos. Klockner & Company
3012703033
6480 Sligo Mill Rd.
Takoma Park, MD

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Capitol Greenroofs
301-452-1144
5806 9th Road North
Arlington, VA
 
David Baumbach
703-534-5662
6516 Roosevelt St
Falls Church, VA
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Home Remodeling

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Aztec Construction LLC
2024571168
1629 K St NW #300
Washington, DC

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Community Forklift, LLC
3019855180
4671 Tanglewood Dr.
Edmonston, MD

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Helicon Works
3014045578
7108 Holly Ave.
Takoma Park, MD

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ECOliving Homes
2403962051
9614 Parkwood Dr.
Bethesda, MD

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Amicus Green Building Center
3015718590
4080A Howard Ave.
Kensington, MD

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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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