The Ultimate Guide to Painting Your Home

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Painting your home is a simple and cost-effective way to dramatically transform the look and feel of your space, but in order to achieve a flawless finish, you’ll need proper planning and technique.  Not sure where to start? No worries! From how to choose the right paint finish for your interior walls to how to…

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Everything You Need To Know About Cabinets, Hardware & Countertops

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How to choose the right cabinets, hardware and countertop materials for your home Kitchen and bathroom renovations continue to be one of the most popular home improvements—and for good reason! Kitchen and bathroom remodels are an excellent home investment. Homeowners typically yield a return on investment of 70% or more. And more than just increasing…

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How to Remove Carpet

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Beyond the aesthetics of a carpeting upgrade in your living space, carpet removal can offer a myriad of unexpected health benefits for you and your family. Considering the average carpet has a serviceable lifespan of approximately ten years, it stands to reason that a great amount of bacteria and other organisms can get trapped within…

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DIY vs. Hiring A Contractor or Handyman

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Anyone handy around the house takes pride in their DIY home improvement accomplishments. Often, being successful at one task—such as laying tile or painting—leads you to try other, more challenging jobs. If you’re a quick learner, that’s great, but sometimes trying to do everything on your own can backfire. One thing is for sure, before…

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Are Home Improvements Tax Deductible?

Home Improvement Tax Deductions

Putting in the time and money to renovate your home is a fantastic way to boost its value, but are those projects considered tax-deductible? Unfortunately, they’re probably not. Home improvements on a personal residence are generally not eligible for tax breaks when you go to file. There are, however, a few exceptions for certain home…

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Choosing The Right Countertops For Your Renovation

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One of the most defining features of any kitchen is the countertop. Whether you are doing a full kitchen remodel or simply updating your surfaces, finding the right countertops is absolutely critical. To help you select the right countertop for your kitchen, we’ve compiled a list of the pros and cons of common materials.  …

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8 Must-Have Tools for the DIY Enthusiast

The holiday season has arrived, but many people are still scrambling to complete their holiday shopping. At Doug Ashy, we understand that finding the perfect gifts for a DIY enthusiast can be tough—especially if you’re not exactly sure what to get them.  We’ve got you covered with this list of our top tools and accessories…

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Renovating with a Full House

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The holidays are fast approaching and that means many homeowners start looking at their old, cluttered kitchens and other tired living spaces wondering what they can do to renovate them. While many homeowners prefer to leave the house during renovations, it’s not always cost-effective to live out of a hotel for an undetermined amount of time—or…

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How to Market Yourself as a Contractor

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As a contractor, you likely have a lot of experience working in your industry. However, this experience may not include much marketing expertise. Many contractors make the mistake of overlooking the importance of marketing, but without the ability to market yourself to the right audience you can run into many problems getting your business off…

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Winter Energy Efficiency Tips & Tricks

To help fight off the spike in electricity costs this winter, we’ve put together a guide to ensure that your home stays energy efficient throughout the cold winter months. Many of these tips are inexpensive to implement and can help you save large amounts of money in the long run. Cheap Energy Efficient Solutions Minimizing…

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