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Mar 20, 2017
Feb 19, 2018

I do not work on pools, but used to have an in ground with vinyl liner in my home.  The first thing that came to mind when I started reading your post was switch to salt water.  Then I read that you mentioned that!  I don't know all the benefits why you should, but I thought the largest were that they are easier to maintain and don't require as much chemical as a chlorinated pool.  Some people I know say that they are much more enjoyable to swim in as well.  

John Ford asked:

Feb 17, 2014
Feb 19, 2018

If you do not know what you are doing, hire someone who does!  

Oct 12, 2015
Feb 19, 2018

Arc faults can trip easily.  "Updated the electrical" is a broad term.  It is hard to judge if this is substandard work without knowing the scope of work or if permits were obtained.  Did they have permits and inspections?  If the work was permitted and completed poorly, you may have some other options of how to proceed if the electrician remains unresponsive. 

Roy Clarke asked:

Sep 3, 2015
Feb 19, 2018

You definitely want to make sure the person is licensed and that they obtain the proper permits for this.  Most "discount" electric panel change-outs are not done well or properly.  Proper licensing and permitting will protect you.  Try to be home when the inspector comes or contact your municipality directly to verify the inspection was done.  Do this BEFORE paying in full.  

C E asked:

Jul 16, 2015
Feb 19, 2018

I'm actually not seeing a wire sticking out of the wall to connect to (in either picture).  There should be a wire sticking out somewhere, unless they also clipped that off, or stuffed it behind the window.  Also, did they leave behind the other half of the sensor?  As others said, wireless may be an option if all else fails in your scenario. 

Jan 11, 2018
Feb 13, 2018

As a roofing contractor, of course I am going to suggest an upgrade to your roofing system. And that's not just a biased opinion either. Working with a lot of realtors in our area it has been proven that the roof can be as much as 40% of your curb appeal. Especially when the system incudes things like the right color drip edge on the rakes and eaves, and high profile ridge caps. Both of those items are relatively inexpensive and can make a very noticibale difference compared to homes that don't have them. Selecting the proper type of shingle of course also plays a huge role. About 95% of re-roofs these days use a standard architectural tpye compositions shingle but picking something from the designer line can realy make your home stand apart. Then again, other rof covering options besides ashphalt shingles can make an even greater impact. 

As a GAF Master Elite Copntractor, we are partial to their line of products and I have included a link below to their designer apshpalt series.

Good luck!

http://www.gaf.com/Roofing/Residential/Products/Shingles/Designer

Jan 11, 2018
Feb 11, 2018

I agree with Chris.  The Cost vs Value report is the "go to" guide and is impartial.  Personally, I like to focus on first impressions and curb appeal.  Exterior dressings like corwn mouldings and simple shrub pruning is a great low cost way to give the home a wow factor.

Jan 11, 2018

You might also contact a couple of local realtors to see what people in your area are looking for in the home they want to purchase.

Peter Polce asked:

Mar 28, 2017
Jan 16, 2018

Contact the Floor Jack rep at the corporation that manufactures. They should have a list of vendors and send you proper installation standards. Best of Luck. Also we would recommend a structural engineer for your assistance.  Best of Luck #GuildQuality #ProTip

Jan 11, 2018
Jan 12, 2018

Check out the 2018 Cost vs Value Report from Remodeling Magazine.

2018 Remodeling Cost vs Value Report

This will give you an idea of the average return on your investment in the region where you live.

The one factor it will not give you is number of intangibles you may receive from the project you're considering.

  • Lifestyle enhancement
  • Number of years living in your new space
  • New opportunities the space now provides

Make sure those are also part of your equation before making a final decision on the impact a remodeling project may make on the "value" of your home.

Jan 11, 2018
Jan 11, 2018

I would recommend that you look at remodeling magazine. They do an annual study of cost versus value For mini interior and exterior home improvements.

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