Show of hands … How many of you enjoy doing Do It Yourself projects? It could be anything from painting a room, perhaps using an interesting painting technique like sponging or venetian plaster like I did. Or perhaps you’ve refinished your basement? Maybe your project involved tearing out a wall in a room and re-dry walling? Putting in a sky light? Re-finishing your kitchen, installing ceramic tile backsplash, Re-finishing antiques? Being creative and taking something old and worn and painting it or adding trim and making it into something new and functional?
Well, for those of you who have planned projects and hired someone to complete the job, or have a past, present or future do it yourself remodeling project you might be very interested in visiting RemodelingMySpace.com. Not only does this site aim to be your one stop place for just about everything to do with remodeling from How To video’s and articles, to scores of resources, but they are currently holding a contest.
This is an ideal contest for anyone who is planning or currently involved in a remodeling job.
The contest is called “Remodel, Blog and Win” and the grand prize winner will win $5,000 dollars! I’m going to tell you all about the contest, but I just wanted to let those of you who are not doing any remodeling projects that you too can win $250 by registering to vote in the contest.
Are you having a baby or have you already had one? Did you spend time fixing up the babies room? Yes? Well guess what – that’s a remodeling project.
As many of you know I’m a true do it yourselfer. I love renovating and doing projects to improve my home and garden. I know that many of you have mentioned your own past, present and future remodeling projects on this site whenever I’ve discussed my own. I hope that many of you will consider entering this fantastic contest.
Contest Benefits for Bloggers
This is a contest that delivers. Even if you don’t end up being the grand prize winner you can still reap many rewards just by entering:
1. YOU COULD WIN $5000! If you’re the grand prize winner
2. “People’s Choice” Award of $1000
3. Increased Exposure For Your Blog – This remodeling contest will be heavily promoted throughout the duration of the contest, and having entered – your site will be listed on the blog contestant’s list. This will generate exposure for your site and increase your sites traffic as homeowners, bloggers, and press visit your site to see your entry.
4. Increased Traffic For Your Blog – The public will be voting on entrants for the Peoples Choice Award, and this will cause registered and non-registered voters to visit your site in order to cast their vote, so this is another way that this contest will boost your sites traffic.
5. Link Juice For Your Blog – As I said earlier once you enter the contest there will be a link to your site posted on the Remodeling My Space site. One of the rules of the contest is that you must link to one of the sites resources that you thought was helpful for your project. There will be a lot of links going back and forth from contestants, the sites and other sites that discuss the contest like I’m doing now. Occasionally some of the contestants blogs will be linked to in order to highlight their project and blog postings.
6. Meet Other Bloggers Not In Your Niche
7. Create Valuable Content For Your Blog
8. Elevate Your Creative Mojo
9. Learn New Stuff With Our Tools
10. Get Inspired To Get Work Done Around The House!
11. contractors.com will also be cross promoting the site and thus your blog entries.
Now, I’ve only summarized a few of the ways that this contest will be beneficial to those who enter. Please visit the site to read more about the contest benefits for bloggers.
So what are the rules and how do you enter?
Now, if I list all of the information about entering and the rules here, this article will be far too long. I’m just going to highlight some of the important information that you should know, and you can continue to read the rest of the contest information at Remodel My Space.
This is a contest for anyone who has already started a remodeling project or who is about to start one. Everyone will have a chance to win. The judging criteria for the grand prize is based on creativity in both your actual remodeling project and how you go about showing your projects progress on your blog. Your budget, or the amount of resources available to you doesn’t factor in to the judging criteria. Creativity is key.
The contest began at midnight March 1st, 2007, and it will end at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on Friday, August 24, 2007. Contest winners will be announced Saturday September 1st, 2007. Public voting and automatic entry into the random voter draw will begin at 12:00:01 a.m. EST on Friday, May 1, 2007, or once they have 100 contestants – whichever comes first.
Entries can consist of projects and blog postings that began before the contests start date.
The grand prize of $5000 will be judged by a judging panel made up of 6 judges. 3 of the judges will be blogging experts, and 3 will be home improvement experts. The judges haven’t been announced yet, but they will be listed at least 30 days before the contest deadline.
Entries will be judged for best use of space, best use of materials, as in choices in decorating with color, and best use of your available budget for the project. Whether your project is big or small, done on an interior or exterior room it will be eligible for entry into the contest.
You can complete your project on your own, work as a team, or hire a professional contractor to complete your project.
Now to enter the contest you have to be able to show the judges and all the voters what your project looks like, perhaps even a step by step, start to finish article or series of posts. RemodelMySpace.com would like you to show your entries via blogs. If you don’t have a blog yet, no worries, you can take a look at their list of free blogging resources and start a blog or page at sites like MySpace, Blogger, or WordPress just to name a few.
Your blog posts will be judged for “Best use of blog space” as in – is your story an interesting read? Inclusion of pictures, images and videos including before and after pictures are encouraged. So is explaining your projects steps, what materials you used and how you used them. Did you tell your readers about resources you used to plan your project or about sites that inspired your design?
The Peoples Choice Award of $1000 US will go to the contestant with the highest number of votes.
As I mentioned earlier there will also be a prize of $250 for a random voter. Register on the site to vote in the contest to gain eligibility.
There’s already been a few great entries into the contest. Want to check out your potential competition or just get some great ideas for a future project? Visit the contest entries page.
One of the entrants – Grassroots Modern – is an all round great blog for those looking for modern renovation ideas. They have an ongoing kitchen remodeling project and they are keeping their readers up to date with postings on their progress.
Another contestant to visit would be Carley Brook Farm. This site has some great posts about planning your budget for a remodeling project, and fantastic “how to” articles. Check out their posts about frozen winter pipes, old plaster walls, and scraping painted wall paper. This is definitely a site to bookmark if you are doing a lot of work on your home and want to read about the trials and triumphs of others before you tackle your own project.
The last entrant I’ll discuss is 10K kitchen remodel. Almost everyone becomes interested in remodeling their kitchen at some point. I certainly belong in that group, and I’m interested in doing it as inexpensively as possible which of course means I’m going to get my own hands dirty. The owners of 10k kitchen remodel would also like to complete their kitchen remodeling project for a reasonably low cost of only 10K. That’s a tight budget for a complete kitchen remodel but it can be done, and this site will show you how they are managing to remodel their kitchen without spending too much money.
Are you up to the challenge? I think this is a worthwhile contest, and I’m certain that many of you would qualify for some aspect of this contest. Please do visit the site and read all of the contest information. There’s nothing complicated about the contest, and of course there are a lot of benefits as far as site promotion goes for all of the bloggers who enter too.
But wait! There’s more!
As for the RemodelingMySpace site itself? If you are working on, or planning any kind of remodeling projects, you simply must visit this site. I could easily write another one or two posts about this site as it’s just chock full of free resources. You’ll find all kinds of how to articles and ideas, photo galleries full of design ideas, how to and do it yourself videos, and useful tools like the remodeling cost estimator, and measurement conversion tools.
RemodelingMySpace also has free software downloads like Googles 3D remodeling software. Then there’s the online home value estimator.
Plus for those of you who are not DIY’ers there’s the contractor finder/locator. You can find a contractor for just about any kind of remodeling work pretty much anywhere in North America using contractors.com contractor finder. There are listings for contractors who build home additions, decks and porches, kitchen, basement and bathroom renovations and many more. Use the Contractor finder/locator search tool on RemodelingMySpace’s front page to find a contractor that suits your needs in your area.
I really could go on and on about this site. RemodelingMySpace.com has a motto and it’s “The Best Ideas Come From Sharing…”. They live up to their motto. Their site is so full of information that I don’t think they will have any trouble becoming the authority site for anyone who’s planning any kind of renovation or remodeling project. I’ve already bookmarked the site, and I’m going to link to it in my blogroll for easy reference as well. That’s how strongly I feel about this sites importance as a top resource for DIY’ers. There’s a wealth of information within the site. I urge you to begin exploring now.