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Remodeling Can Add Value to Your Home, but Choose Projects Carefully

The ultimate reason East Tennessee homeowners take on any home remodeling project as an owner-occupant is the enjoyment they get from living in an updated home. But there can be another benefit—raising the value of the home so you make more money in an eventual sale.   Investopedia says the return on investment—or ROI–of any given…
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Listen Up… Good Communications Essential to Remodeling Success

  Share Your Vision with  Photos, Magazines, Drawings, Sketches When you undertake a home remodeling project, good communication is essential. In fact, you could say it ranks right up there with the experience and know-how of the remodeling crew.  Regardless of their talent, they can’t satisfy you, the customer, without fully sharing your vision and…
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Consider Adding an Extra Bedroom to Boost Home Value

East Tennessee homeowners are even more thrilled with their investment as residential prices jumped more than 20 percent in the past year, selling for a median price of about $280,000.  Redfin, a national real estate brokerage, says many homes locally are selling above list price and going quickly – about 48 days after listing. If…
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Will Your Homeowners Insurance Cover Roof Damage?

This year’s Farmer’s Almanac predicted a cold and snowy winter for East Tennessee, and through the first month of 2022, the prediction has proved correct. A series of snowstorms has created treacherous traveling conditions and forced school closures.  For some homeowners, it has also raised concerns about the safety of your roof. The most dangerous…
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It’s 2022.  Winter – and Cold Outside.

  Don’t Overlook Winter Roof Maintenance We have to assume one of our two or three annual snow events is right around the corner. Sometimes, you hear long-time East Tennesseans say, “we always had more snow when I was younger.”  And they are right. The National Weather Service says average yearly snowfall values for East…
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Take Care when Installing Roof Decorations during Holidays

  Now that Thanksgiving is over and leftovers are gone, East Tennesseans are now turning their attention to the upcoming holidays.  Already we’re seeing retailers decorate as the season approaches, and homeowners are digging out last year’s boxes of lights and tinsel from storage. There’s something magical about that lighted sleigh piloted by Santa sitting…
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Small Renovation Ideas Yield BIG Results

When your Budget is Limited, Think about a Smart Add-on to a Room Breathe new life into eye-catching areas of your home to brighten, refresh and lift the vibe of the room. Below are just a few ideas to get you started.   When you’re ready to discuss your remodeling project – big or small…
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Sloping Hillsides Pose Many Challenges for Home Construction

The hilly terrain of East Tennessee offers some of the most magnificent locations for building a house anywhere. It’s no secret why some of the most coveted homes in our area are built on slopes. For one, you can enjoy stunning vistas of green valleys or wooded forests below, clear sky views above, and uninterrupted…
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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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