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Spring

When’s the best time to remodel?

The changing seasons bring a lot of color to our world, but they can also mean putting projects you want to do on your home on delay. You don’t want to be redoing a roof in the middle of rainy season, or pouring concrete when the ground is frozen. Picking the right time of year for your remodel goals can mean the difference between a successful project done on time and on budget, and a remodel that drags on for weeks and hits half a dozen snags. Below, we’ve compiled a list of just a few things to consider when …

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What will the home of the future look like?

It seems like technology is constantly evolving around us, changing the way we do just about everything, from how we talk to each other, to how we work, and even how we live. In light of this, last week we asked our home network experts to peer into the future and tells us what trends they see already developing in the housing industry, and describe what the homes of the future might look like. They came back with a lot of fascinating insight into the demographics of future homeowners, and how that will affect housing trends. Here are just a …

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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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What is your dream project?

It’s easy to focus in too much on the toils that come along with working in the home improvement industry, and forget the fun parts. To lighten the mood and get to know our experts just a little bit better on a personal level, last week we asked them to describe their dream projects–the ones they would love to work on if budget were no option and they could just go crazy. We found out that home industry professionals can be quite imaginative! Here are just a few of their dream projects. Grand View Builders If given the opportunity to …

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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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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 resources do home improvement professionals use?

Even the most practiced professional sometimes runs into a new problem he or she doesn’t know how to handle, or encounters a situation where they need help. Whether it’s just learning how to do a new kind of installation or needing a specific specialty item to do work that you aren’t familiar with, knowing where to turn when you’re in a little over your head is part of the job. There are lots of different places to turn when you need advice or assistance, but not all resources are created equal. That’s why we asked our home industry experts where …

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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’s the most ridiculous thing a client has done?

Most of the time, home owners who turn to professionals understand what the professional is there to do: ensure that the job is finished correctly, safely, and on budget. Sometimes, though, you come across a home owner who thinks he or she knows best how the job should be done, and just won’t listen to common sense. It seems like all home improvement professionals have stories about this kind of client, which is why last week we asked our experts to share their favorite ridiculous customer stories. We noticed when reading these stories that they tended to fit into three …

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What’s the most dangerous part of your job?

Most home owners don’t think of home improvement as being particularly dangerous. Sure, you have to watch where you step on a construction site, but the work itself is pretty straight-forward and easy to learn, right? Not according to our experts. Last week, we asked our home maintenance professionals what the most dangerous parts of their jobs are, and their answers were often surprising. Here are just a few of the hidden risks involved in three major categories of home improvement. All of them are excellent reminders of why you should hire professionals and not try to DIY all of …