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Home Expert Awards: Home Improvement on Television

Media portrayals of “reality” often fall far short of real life. This is just as true about home improvement television as any other variety, but that doesn’t mean all home improvement shows are bad. It’s possible to separate the realistic from the absurd, with a little help from our home industry Experts. We asked for their insights about what reality television gets right–and what it gets horribly wrong. Here are a few of their comments.

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Future Home Industry: Home Expert Awards

Like most industries, the home improvement business is rapidly changing in today’s technology-heavy world. From social media and global communication to innovations in tools and technologies, advancements are changing the way home improvement professionals do business, and this will continue happening into the future. To get a better idea of what home improvement might look like in ten or twenty years, we asked our home experts to share their visions of the future, and tell us what their plans are to keep up with a changing industry. Here are some of their comments.

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Home Expert Awards: Professional Red Flags

Hiring a professional to do work in your home takes a great deal of trust, and many homeowners have concerns about being scammed or taken advantage of, or even just getting poor workmanship. When you aren’t an insider, it’s hard to know how to tell if a home industry professional is going to be unprofessional. That’s why we turned to our home expert network–to help us identify some red flag behaviors that homeowners can use to protect themselves from untrustworthy workers. Below are just a few of the red flags identified by our experts!

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Home Expert Awards: Dream Projects

Whatever part you belong to, the home improvement business is a creative one. It’s about building things and making a house into the best home it can be, whether that’s through layout, better lighting, improved plumbing, or figuring out how to get rid of the pest problem without causing problems elsewhere. Given this creativity, it’s no surprise that our experts have their own ideas about what dream projects they’d like to do, but maybe haven’t had the chance. That’s why we asked them to share those dream projects with us!

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Home Expert Awards: Cutting Costs

Remodeling or building a home is expensive–there’s no way around that. If you want things done well, you have to spend money for a quality product. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be budget-conscious and look for ways to save without compromising quality. To help homeowners figure out where it’s safe to cut financial corners, and where you should just absorb the cost, we asked our home industry experts for their advice. Here are some of their top comments, and some advice that can help you save money without cutting too many corners.

Home Expert Awards: Designing a Home

Everybody has their own idea about what makes a dream home, and for some people, making that home real means designing it from scratch. But planning an entire house isn’t an easy feat, possible for everyone, and many of the homeowners looking to build from scratch have never done so before. With so many possible pitfalls, it’s easy for things to go awry, especially if you don’t know where to start. Luckily, our experts have a lot of experience with all aspects of home building and planning, and they had a lot of great advice when we put the question …

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Refusing Projects: Home Expert Awards

Working in the home improvement industry means you have to be aware of trends in homeowner taste, and work on a variety of different projects that might not always reflect your own taste in projects. Sometimes, though, a certain type of project or design will become popular, and you won’t feel comfortable doing it. This might be because the design element is impractical, or even downright dangerous. At the end of the day, your work reflects your company, and there are some projects that you just don’t want to be associated with. But how can you handle it when a …

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Resources for Home Improvement: Home Expert Awards

When you’re running a business, it can be easy to get in over your head if you don’t know where to turn for help. Nobody’s business exists in a vacuum, and you often find yourself needing to work with other professionals, or asking for advice from someone more experienced. Nobody knows everything, and knowing where to find reliable information, and good materials, is incredibly important if your company is going to succeed in the long run. We wanted to know what resources our experts turn to when they need advice, tools, or materials that aren’t so easy to find.

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Getting Started in Home Improvement: Home Expert Awards

Getting started in a new career is always a challenge, no matter how well educated you are in the field. The home improvement industry is no different; figuring out how to run a business and find customers and make sure everything runs smoothly can get complicated quickly. It’s enough to intimidate even the most determined of would-be home improvement professionals! How can you get started without losing your mind? To find the answer to this question, we turned to our home experts, all of whom have built successful careers in the home improvement industry.

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Working Within the Law: Home Expert Awards

Working in the home improvement industry comes with a lot of unique challenges. Learning how to navigate the legal codes and restrictions around home building and maintenance is just as important as learning to use all of the tools of the various trades, because the last thing you want is to be on the wrong side of the law. Sometimes it feels like you have to be a lawyer yourself just to keep up with them, which is why becoming a licensed professional before doing home work is so important. We wanted to know how home improvement experts work within …