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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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How can you cut costs without compromising quality?

Whether you’re building a home from scratch or planning a remodel, doing home improvement or construction work can get costly very quickly. It’s unsurprising, then, that homeowners are always looking for ways to save money and cut down on their budget. However, there are many aspects of a construction budget that should never be compromised, and too often homeowners settle for shoddy work because of a savings opportunity. How can you cut back on your cost without compromising quality or, more importantly, safety? Our home experts have some suggestions for where you can save money. Get Professional Advice It may …

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How do you prepare a home for the disabled or elderly?

When you’ve just bought your dream home or are designing and building it yourself, you might not want to think about the future when you may not be so able-bodied. Sadly, youth doesn’t last forever, and homeowners who want to age in place must take this into consideration from the get-go. Preparing a home for the elderly or disabled can be more complicated and more costly than you might think, and it’s not just about adding hand holds in the bathroom! Luckily, our experts have a lot of advice to make it easier on you. Expert Steve Robinson points us …

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How can homeowners fight clutter?

If you live in your own home, chances are that clutter is a problem for you. We’ve all seen the way that extra papers and junk can accumulate around the edges of our lives. It sometimes feels like no matter how much cleaning you do, there is always more mess. And the clutter isn’t just harmful to your peace of mind. As expert Joseph Molluso reminds us, “This large amount of clutter can hinder the way that we service the clients home. Not only is it a fire hazard, but it’s also a harbor-age for pests.” Luckily, our experts have …

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What’s the deal with “man caves”?

Home owning trends come and go, but some have more longevity than others. The Man Cave is a concept that has come into style in the last few decades and seems to be here to stay. After all, what’s not to like about a whole room dedicated to your recreational interests? But as with any other construction or remodeling project, building your perfect Man Cave can get complicated very quickly. Depending on what kinds of elements you want to include in your sanctuary, things can get costly and there is a lot of potential for the build to go wrong. …

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How do you handle an unhappy client?

Everybody has heard the old saying, “the customer is always right.” When you work in the service industry, your clients are your most important resource, and alienating them could mean disaster for your business. But customers are not always reasonable, and sometimes you come up against one who’s unhappy with you and your work, and not always for a good reason. How can you get out of a bad situation with a dissatisfied customer? We asked our experts for their advice on resolving client conflicts. They had a lot of great suggestions that you can implement in your company right …

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How can homeowners live green in 2013?

Now more than ever, it is important to consider the environment and the impact you are having on the planet as you go about your daily life. Of course, with all the issues facing our world today, it can be quite overwhelming trying to find ways to help. Going green can get expensive and time-consuming very quickly. Luckily, our home experts have taken the time to come up with some easy ways for you to go green without feeling too overwhelmed. Adopt a few of these quick tricks and you’ll be environmentally friendly in no time. 1. Use a clothes …

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To DIY or not to DIY?

For the price-conscious homeowner, DIY might seem like a great way to save yourself some money on home improvement and repair projects. After all, professional repairs can sometimes seem prohibitively expensive, and the cost of professional repairs around the house can add up quickly. It’s easy to see why some homeowners are tempted to attempt repairs themselves. However, there is a reason that professionals exist, and there are many situations in which DIY should never be attempted. You could end up costing yourself more in the long run, or permanently damaging yourself or your home. With help from our experts, …

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What challenges do historic homeowners face?

For many people, owning a historic home is a dream come true. The classic style and old-world charm attracts homeowners all across the country, ready to get their hands dirty rebuilding that Victorian-style beauty on the corner or that old west-style ranch across town. But many historic homeowners quickly discover that owning a historic home is much more complicated than you might think. From zoning regulations and historical society rules to structural damage, old homes can really throw you for a spin. How can you be sure you haven’t bitten off more than you can chew? We asked our experts …

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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 …