Here's help for home remodeling

Perhaps you’re wondering, where to get advice on remodeling a kitchen or making an older home more energy efficient.

Try the Home Remodeling Fair on March 20 sponsored by the Home Repair Resource Center. The event will be held at the Lee Road Library. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., presentations begin at 10 and end at 2:15.

Contractors, product suppliers, architects and other experts will share their knowledge. Participants can go to workshops, ask questions at ‘advice tables’ and even meet with an architect for a free 25-minute consultation. Register for “Ask an Architect” by calling 216-381-6100 beginning March 1. Time slots fill quickly.

Presentations include kitchen and bathroom remodeling, roof replacement, basement waterproofing, new windows, garage replacement and new heating systems. On these and other big-ticket projects it is important to make good decisions on whom to hire for the work and selecting the right products.

Presenters also will focus on conserving resources, such as retrofitting old houses for energy savings and installing a rain barrel. All speakers have been asked to incorporate sustainability and green remodeling into their presentations.  

Representatives from the City of Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga County, and other organizations will be available to advise homeowners on researching the history of their house, checking for liens, verifying property taxes, understanding building codes and arranging financing. Attendees also should look for the handouts, books, videos and contractor evaluations available through HRRC’s resource library.   

The fair is free and open to residents of any community. The full schedule can be found on HRRC's Web site,

Rebecca Stager is the Repair Education Programs Coordinator for the Home Repair Resource Center.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 4:13 PM, 02.16.2010