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Join the new national pastime.

Whether it's updating a kitchen or bath, opening up a living area, or a major addition, remodeling has become a national pastime. We clog home improvement stores, pore over magazines, and crunch the numbers, all in pursuit of homes that feel better, look better and perform better. Of course, it's often a smart investment, too, as your home value will increase with a good remodeling job.

Both do-it-yourselfers and homeowners who hire contractors can take a more informed approach to remodeling and renovation with these resources.

The Lingo: The building industry has its own language. It pays to learn it.

How to Find a Good Remodeling Contractor: For such a major project, you want to get the best. We'll help you through the process.

Ten Questions to Ask a Remodeler: Don't hire a contractor until you know the answers.

Find Me a Remodeler: Search for PATH Remodeler Partners by state.

The Contract: Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you've covered all your bases. (Yes, you really do have to get everything in writing.)

The Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor: This helpful tool will show you how to cost-effectively improve the energy efficiency of your house during any remodeling job. You'll love it.

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR: Find a professional who will show you how to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.

Energy Efficient Mortgages Program: This program allows homeowners and homebuyers to finance money-saving, energy-efficient home improvements on their FHA-insured home purchase or refinancing mortgage.

Worth a Visit: Sites Off-PATH: We aren't (always) the last word on this stuff.

Content updated on 1/5/2007

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