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Use this 6-Step Home Remodeling "Quick Guide" to review your home utility/HVAC needs. It assembles information you need and outlines it using a step-by-step view.

Step 1: Analyze the Numbers

Before you start any home utility or HVAC replacement, run some financial numbers to determine whether your project is a smart investment.

The numbers include the estimated costs, home value assessment, financing costs, and other related calculations.

Review cost-related issues to home utility (remodeling) vs. buying a new home.

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link to notes: analyze the numbers
estimate the cost of your project
get your home value

 

Step 2: Collect Ideas

Your 2nd step in home utility/HVAC is deciding what you would like to do and collecting ideas.

This includes reviewing -

  • home utility pics,
  • HVAC ideas,
  • architectural plans,
  • floor layouts,
  • home gallery,
  • home utility/HVAC information,
  • home utility/HVAC shopping and more.

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Step 3: Plan the Needed Specs

Step 3 is sketching your ideas on paper (or digitally) and developing the spec plan.

The spec plan determines what type of home utility and HVAC considerations that will be needed. It will also contain the product specifications for each utility element such as heating, cooling, ventilation, electric other.

You will use the spec plan and architectural design to bid the project out to a contractor.

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Step 4: Find a Contractor

Step 4 is finding and negotiating the contract with a home utility/HVAC contractor.

Give your remodeling ideas and specs to a contractor for review and bid analysis.

Use the local network (aligned with HomeAdvisor) to find the right contractor for your project.

Review guides for contractor selection and negotiation.

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Step 5: Financing Your Project

Step 5 is arranging financing once you select the contractor and finalize the contract for your project.

Using the equity value in your home is one of the best financing option for home renovation. Start with a home equity line of credit or a bank equity program.

Other options may include cash-out refinancing, personal savings, and/or financing from home improvement contractors.

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Step 6: Manage the Project

Step 6 is where the project begins.

It starts with setting up the work area, removing everything that needs to be replaced, installing venting and electrical where needed, putting in the final touches, etc.

It also means working with the contractor, managing the project, and getting the remodeling project inspected before releasing any funds.

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working with the contractor
managing the home remodeling project
about a home project inspections
find home inspector

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View Home Utility/HVAC Ideas

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The 2nd step in home utility/HVAC is deciding what you would like to do. This includes reviewing home utility ideas, architectural styles, home pics and more.

View A: HVAC Photo Remodeling

Our collection of photo remodeling ideas for home utility/HVAC.

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HVAC & utilies
green home
automation & security

 

View B: House Plans & Resources

An excellent resource for remodeling trends is to view house plans from leading architects and 3rd party resources.

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house plans
more house plans
architectural styles

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HVAC design
alternative heating/cooling ideas
home ventilation
home utility products

3rd party resources

heating and cooling
weatherize home
home energy guides
home energy savings

 

View C: Gallery

View our selected gallery modules for energy-utlility home.

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gallery: going green
gallery: types home lighting

 

View D: Room-by-Room Shopping

We love HVAC though we don't think about it much "until ..." So when that until happens, shop your home heating and cooling needs among multiple merchants.

view Amazon's Bestsellers home heating, home cooling, portable heating and cooling, water heating, air quality, controls, and other HVAC stuff ...

bestsellers: air cooling
bestsellers: air quality
bestsellers: fans
bestsellers: HVAC controls
bestsellers: HVAC filters
bestsellers: home heating
bestsellers: water heating

 

 

View E: Home Improvement Directory

Finally, view this indexed directory to product information from manufacturers and retail operations.

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search: insulation
search: heating and cooling
search: water heating

 

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Topics on Ventilation

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Energy-efficient homes need to maintain their indoor air quality through mechanical ventilation. This goes for both existing and new homes.

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A Selection of Home Heating & Cooling Topics For Your Home

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Heating and Cooling Your Home

The HVAC is one of the the most expensive appliances we have. So invest in a good system. You will appreciate it during the hot summer days and those cold winter nights.

Let's start with this step-by-step guide after you review the HVAC ideas and topics above to help plan and manage your home HVAC system.