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Finishing Your Basement Boosts Home Value

Does your house have a basement?   Due to our hilly terrain, many East Tennessee homes do.  But many of them are “unfinished”, meaning they may not have finished walls, electrical, plumbing or other essentials to make them livable. So, they become dark, sketchy underground caverns used mostly for storage – a place we don’t…
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Excavation is a Garrett Specialty, too!

Most East Tennesseans know Garrett Construction as a quality roofing company that has replaced and repaired aging and damaged roofs all across our region. Many also recognize us as a leading construction firm that serves as general contractor for residential and commercial projects throughout the Greater Knoxville area. Expert Excavation Services from Garrett But we…
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Color is Important Consideration in Roof Selection

What is the easiest part of getting a new roof? Some would say choosing the color of your shingles. The attitude is “pick a color, any color.” Well, it’s not that easy.   The National Roofing Contractors Association reports the color shingle you choose can affect multiple different areas from your heating and cooling bill…
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Housing Demand Grows in East Tennessee

Roof Inspections are Critical when Buying or Selling Your Home The pandemic-driven demand for homes in East Tennessee sent 2020 home sales in our region to the highest level since 2006.  Tennessee claimed the number one spot on U-Haul’s list of destination states, and Knoxville ranked 32nd in the country on Realtor.com’s list of top…
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Do-It-Yourselfers Turning to Professional Remodelers Post-Pandemic

As the COVID-19  pandemic raged in 2020, East Tennessee homeowners grabbed hammers and screwdrivers and launched a flurry of do-it-yourself remodeling projects to adapt their homes to the new requirements of a stay-at-home economy.  Home offices, improved kitchens, decks and inviting outdoor spaces topped the list. The pandemic created an endless field day for do-it-yourselfers…
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Pandemic Spurs Interest in Home Remodeling

More time at home during the COVID pandemic has spurred interest in home remodeling.  Updating existing homes is also getting a boost from low interest rates, a slowdown in new home construction and more reliance on existing housing that requires update and repair. What’s leading the list among home improvements? Flooring, paneling, and ceiling-tile improvement…
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5 Tips for a Successful Home Remodel

Dreaming of Remodeling? It’s a thought that’s always tucked in the back of our minds.  We’ve thought about it dozens of times. It’s those questions about our house that nag us and eventually demand answers.      How can I get more closet space?  I’m tired of having all my clothes packed in.  I can’t…
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A Free Roof Inspection Can Pay Dividends

Garrett Construction is pleased to offer free roof inspections to Knoxville and East Tennessee homeowners.  Like a medical checkup by your family doctor, your roof inspection looks for problems that may be visible on the surface and goes a little deeper to make sure your roof system is in good condition. A roof inspection can…
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We Answer Homeowners’ Questions about Their Roofs

From time to time, we like to use this forum to answer questions we receive from homeowners.  These questions represent areas of general interest that many people inquire about.  We hope you find this information useful. If my roof leaks, do I need a new roof? It depends on why your roof is leaking. Older…
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Yes, Roofs Can Be Replaced in Winter Weather

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Roof problems know no season, and Knoxville area homeowners can expect roofing issues to emerge in the winter just as in any other time of year.  While winter roof repairs and replacements do pose special challenges due to colder temperatures and the possibility of snow and ice, there’s no reason to…
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