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Sources for Home Improvement News

Like all industries, the many different fields in home improvement are constantly evolving and changing. As strategies and information develop, it is important for professionals to keep up-to-date about the latest developments in their respective specialties, to ensure that homeowners are always getting the best possible work. But where do you go to get trustworthy information about developments in your field? Why We’re Asking Keeping up with developments in your field can be a full-time job. Knowing where to get the best, most reliable information about advancements in technology and other important improvements is essential to keeping on top of …

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Home Improvement on Television

It seems like there’s a reality TV show for just about everything these days, whether it’s crab fishing or chocolate-making, and the home improvement industry has not escaped. In fact, TV shows about rebuilding or redesigning or even just buying homes have flooded the networks, which means a lot of exposure for the industries–as well as a lot of misinformation. After all, “reality” television tends to resemble actual reality less than one might assume, and these shows can often give both homeowners and people looking to get into the home improvement industry the wrong idea about how it really works. …

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Best Time for a Remodel

As the seasons change, so do the activities that people like to participate in. Things like biking or hiking or just hanging out at the park are solidly summer activities, while the winter invites plans that stay indoors. Changes in weather can inspire a desire for other kinds of changes, too. Like home renovations. But the itch to remodel doesn’t always come at the best time for it. If a homeowner wants to avoid disrupting their lives too much, and get through a project quickly, they should think about what time of year their remodel is planned for, because some …

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The Future of the Home Industry

We live in a time of evolving technologies, and industries across the board are changing constantly. The home improvement industry is no exception, and the future may look very different than the present. To find out more about where the home improvement industry is going, we’re turning to our experts to see what changes they’re already noticing. Why We’re Asking Anticipating future changes is important in any industry, but it’s also fun to speculate about how things might be done differently. We live in a time where lots of changes are already happening, and it’s easier than ever to extrapolate …

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Red Flags for Professionals

Working in the home improvement industry means being reliable and trustworthy. Building a good reputation is how you find more work, and keep clients coming back. Unfortunately, not everybody in the industry is as honest as our eLocal experts, and there are many professionals who cut corners or deliver sub-par work. Spotting these less than scrupulous professionals before working with them is a not only helpful, but necessary skill to have. Why We’re Asking The experts here on the eLocal Home Expert Network take their work, and client satisfaction, very seriously, and always try to deliver the best results possible. …

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Dream Projects

Working in the home improvement industry means working for clients. Your job is to make homeowners’ housing dreams come true, whatever they may be. But home professionals usually got into the business due to a personal interest in their profession, and they often have their own ideas about what the perfect lighting setup or housing layout would look like. Unfortunately, client tastes come first, and so they rarely have the opportunity to work on that dream project. Which is why we at eLocal want to find out what those dream projects are. Why We’re Asking Our professionals all have a …

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Cutting Costs Without Cutting Corners

When it comes to remodels and home improvement, homeowners are always looking for ways to get the best bargain for their buck, and sometimes they cut costs in the wrong places. Finances are tight with everyone, but there are both right ways and wrong ways to trim down a budget, and choosing the wrong way could result in a lot more problems down the road. As any professional knows, you don’t have to compromise quality to save money. Why We’re Asking When finances are tight, it’s tempting to cut corners to save money, but that can be both unsafe and …

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Designing a Home from Scratch

Growing up, lots of people have grand plans about their one-day dream homes, which they will build from scratch. It’s a popular fantasy because everybody has their own idea of what the perfect house will look like, and what features it has to have. Unfortunately, knowing the basics of designing a safe, practical house is a bit less common. Thus, when somebody finally has a chance to design their own home, things can get out of hand quickly. What things are essential to keep in mind when designing a house from scratch? Why We’re Asking While there are lots of …

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Refusing to Do Projects

There’s a popular phrase that goes, “the customer is always right,” and many people in the service industry try to live by that idiom. But the fact is, the customer is not always right. Often, homeowners will get ideas about what they want on their homes that aren’t practical, or could even be downright dangerous. This is even worse when a poor design choice becomes a popular trend, whether it’s a particularly poor choice of roofing materials or a circulation system that doesn’t ventilate. It might get awkward with the customer, but there are some things a good professional will …

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Best Resources for Home Improvement Professionals

Half the battle of being successful in an industry is simply knowing where to look to find out what you need to know to solve any problem presented to you. With smart phones and the internet, accessing information is easier than ever, but there is a lot of bad information out there and finding a resource that is both helpful and trustworthy can be quite a challenge. This week, we’re exploring the resources our home improvement professionals use in their every day life, to find out where the experts turn when they need a little advice themselves. Why We’re Asking …