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At Higgins Building & Remodeling we emphasize quality in all that we do. Fred Higgins started right out of high school in 1973 to work for his father's 20 year old construction company before going into partnership with him in 1977, and became the sole owner of the business in 1990.
Earl Higgins always insisted that the work be of the highest quality so that every customer would receive a job well done and his crew would feel pride in their work.
Fred Higgins continues this tradition to this day. He is an experienced general contractor, a licensed construction supervisor and holds a home improvement license.
Higgins Building & Remodeling provides all carpentry & general contracting services mostly in the remodeling field, with a few custom homes mixed in. Whatever our customers need, whether installing a new window or door, updating a kitchen or bath, renovating an existing space or adding a new room, building a deck, porch, out building or even an entire house, as professional building contractors we can handle jobs of any size.
For over 35 years, we have continued to provide the best in workmanship and courteous, friendly service.
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Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home
Kitchen: Whether large or small in scope, renovating your kitchen is always money well spent. In recent years the trend has moved away from formal living areas to the kitchen really being the focus of the home. Entertaining has become more casual and many people are not even bothering with formal dining and living rooms anymore. With that, there has become and increased focus on the kitchen not just being functional but also attractive and decorated.
Kitchen renovations can be as large as tearing everything out and replacing it all, to just replacing old appliances, from refacing cabinets to simply replacing cabinet hardware.
ROI at resale: 75-80% according to the 2008 annual survey by Remodeling Magazine
Bathrooms: Along with kitchens, this area of the home gives the largest return on your investment.
A mid-range bathroom remodel, one in which everything is replaced with comparable items and all plumbing lines remain where they are located, gives the largest return on your investment.
If you can't afford or don't want to do full upgrades, consider refacing the cabinets, changing out hardware for something more contemporary. Shiny brass and chrome are currently on the outdated list having been replaced in favor of satin nickel and oil rubbed bronze. [ Entire article... ]
Best Home Improvement Projects for Your Money
Steel entry door replacement: Homeowners who install a steel front door recoup on average nearly 129 percent of the project's cost when they sell the home, according to the report. Sal Alfano, the editorial director Remodeling magazine, says that's in part because a steel door is less expensive than the alternatives. A fiberglass front door replacement project, for example, costs about three times more than a steel door replacement, according to the report. But a steel door can still be attractive enough to boost your home's curb appeal. "A brand new door makes a big first impression on somebody who is looking at the house," Alfano says.
Attic bedroom: Homeowners who turn their dusty old attic into a functional bedroom recoup on average about 83 percent of the project's cost when they sell the home, according to the report. At around $49,000 a job, converting an attic into a bedroom is certainly more expensive than replacing your front door. But when it comes to adding new livable space to your home, building an attic bedroom is often easier on your budget than the alternatives. A family room addition, for example, can run around $83,000. "When you are adding to the footprint of the house you have foundation costs, dirt work, and all of that," says Paul Zuch, the president of Capital Improvements. "But if you are doing an attic conversion you don't have all of those."
Wood deck addition: Homeowners who add a wooden deck to their properties recoup on average nearly 81 percent of the project's cost when they sell the home, according to the report. Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman, deputy home editor at Consumer Reports, says the wooden deck's appeal is linked to today's more thrift-conscious consumers, who are looking to save money by spending more time at home. "Since they are staying home they want to enjoy their exterior, they want to enjoy their outdoors," Kuperszmid Lehrman says. "So [adding a deck] is one of those areas that can add value." Like steel, the popularity of wooden decks is also associated with costs. A similar project built from composite materials can run you about 50 percent more. Lipford, meanwhile, highlights another key benefit of building a wooden deck. "That's not heated and cooled space, but it is an opportunity to make you feel like you have a lot more space in your home than you actually have," Lipford said.