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Hiring for a home project? Get 3 bids

By Jean Chatzky • Bankrate.com

Whether you’re prepping your home to sell or tackling projects after a long winter, you want to strike a balance between cheaping out and blowing your budget. That’s Money Rule No. 39: “Always get three bids. Never take the high one.”

Unless you’re a skilled Do-It-Yourselfer, you’re going to need to bring in the pros for most major maintenance projects. And though making time for multiple meetings

How to get that look: 5 gorgeous bathrooms

By Dana Dratch • Bankrate.com

Who doesn’t want a beautiful bathroom?

Whether you want a walk-in shower or a jetted spa tub, bathrooms can offer a little luxury tucked away in your very own home.

If you’re planning a master bath renovation, you know that such an indulgence doesn’t come cheap.

In construction or renovation, “the bathroom, per square foot, is one of the most expensive things in your house,” says Michael Hydeck, MCR,

Dreaming of a new kitchen?

By Dana Dratch • Bankrate.com

Dreaming of a new kitchen? Maybe you have visions of a large center island and plenty of space to make cookies or roll out pastry dough. Or you want to trade a cramped, claustrophobic kitchen for a room that’s open and accessible to your living space.

But a professional kitchen renovation isn’t cheap.

“The most expensive room in the house is the kitchen,” says Paul DiMeo, designer and