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What are red flags for home professionals?

Hiring a professional to work in your house is a touchy thing. You want to get the best work for your dollar, but not all of the “professionals” out there will give you the kind of quality work you’re looking for, or even be honest about how much it will cost you in the end. To help homeowners figure out how to tell the true professionals from the scam artists, we turned to our home industry experts to find out what the red flags are for the home expert industry. Here’s a list of the biggest red flags they pointed …

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When should you refuse a project?

When you work in a service industry, you often find yourself at the mercy of your clients’ whims. Many homeowners do research into what trends are popular and what options are available to them beforehand, and sometimes they have bad information and want something that is either impractical or unsafe. Dealing with a situation where a customer wants you to circumvent the rules for a project can be a tricky, delicate process, and it’s a tough situation for both the homeowner who isn’t getting what he or she wanted, and for the professional who might even have to walk away …

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What laws do you often have to work around?

Working in the home improvement industry requires a wide base of knowledge. You have to know how to handle your tools, how to talk to clients, and how to manage your finances and keep your company afloat. As if all that weren’t enough, the home improvement industry is also highly regulated, which means that keeping your work safe and within legal parameters also requires you to be a lawyer, capable of understanding what the codes mean for your clients’ projects. Working within legal restrictions can be challenging and frustrating. That’s why we turned to our experts, to find out how …

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What mistakes have you made and learned from?

It would be nice if you could do things perfectly all the time, but nobody is perfect. Whether you like it or not, mistakes are a part of every industry–and that’s actually a good thing. Mistakes are how you know that you are pushing yourself and learning new things, and they present an opportunity to improve the way you run your business. So long as you approach them with the correct attitude, mistakes aren’t a problem at all. We asked our experts to share some of the things they’ve learned from making mistakes over the years, and their advice for …

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Sidestep the Dangers of Your Stairs

You might not think of climbing the stairs as a risky endeavor, but you probably should. In the United States, a child with a stair-related injury is admitted to the ER every six minutes, and many other stair-related accidents go unreported. Luckily, these accidents are preventable. Educating yourself about the dangers of an improperly constructed staircase can save you and your family from future tumbles. Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates and info from our Home Expert Network. Sidestep the Dangers …

Pests

Pesky House Pests

Pests are annoying, costly, and downright dangerous. So when pests enter your home, it should be your highest priority to get rid of them. In most cases, hiring an exterminator is the fastest, most cost-effective way to rid your home of problem pests. Figure out what kind of pests you have, what removal options are available and get to exterminating. The infographic below was created out of joint collaboration between our staff writers and our Expert Network professionals. Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all …

Home Hazards

Caution! Home Health Invaders

Keeping your home safe and secure is the most important priority as a homeowner. But sometimes, it’s hard to know that you are even being exposed to harm. From toxins in the air to mold in your walls, there are lots of threats to your home’s health that you can’t even see. To help ensure that we know how to keep our home free of these hard-to-see invaders, we asked our home improvement experts for some tips. With their help and our own research, we created the infographic below to help guide you towards a safer, healthier home. Our Home …

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6 Updates for a Healthier Home

When you’re at home, the last thing you want to be worrying about is what dangers might be lurking around every corner. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize the real risks posed by threats they can’t even see. That’s why we turned to our experts, to find out what updates and changes homeowners can make to keep their homes safe, and to help them rest easy at night. Our experts had a lot of suggestions, ranging from minor home adjustments to more major undertakings.

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4 Everyday Elements Homeowners Take for Granted

Living a modern life comes with a great deal of conveniences that are easily taken for granted. Its pretty common to never give a second thought to the pipes and wires in your walls, the humming appliances that clean your dishes and clothes, and even the fact that you can go to sleep at night without worry of insects joining you. All of these modern conveniences make our lives easier and safer, but rarely get the recognition they deserve. In honor of World Plumbing Day, which celebrates the vital but under-appreciated role plumbing plays in human health and safety, we …

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Breaking Down Break-Ins

Getting robbed is one of the most traumatic experiences a person can go through and a primary concern for all homeowners who want to keep their families and their possessions safe. We asked our experts for some tips on ensuring that your home is as secure as possible. With their help and our own research, we created the infographic below to help guide you towards a safer, burglar-proof home. Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates and info from our Home Expert …