Manufactured Homes: Home Expert Awards

Purchasing a manufactured home is obviously a huge investment. Standard steps include checking your credit and then choosing your home and its unique details. But there is much more that goes into purchasing a manufactured home than these standard steps. It is important to know the regulations of the region where you will be placing your home. It needs to meet local, county, regional, state, and HUD building codes. It is also important to make sure that your investment will appreciate in value over time. A good rule of thumb is that mobile homes placed on rental properties tend to …

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Favorite Marketing Tools: Home Expert Awards

At the end of the day, all business is about marketing, convincing a customer that they want your product enough to pay for it. The strategies used by businesses to initiate those conversations and make that argument have changed dramatically over the last century, the last decade, even the last year. From bright signs next to highways to catchy jingles on commercials to complex digital marketing strategies, though the goal stays the same, the tools have become incredibly diverse.

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Building Codes: Home Expert Awards

Whether you’re engaged in home repair, renovation, or new construction, there are hundreds of decisions to be made and hours of research to be done. From deciding between contractors to choosing materials and design, the list of steps for even simple projects can often be daunting. At the end of it all, the last thing a homeowner wants to deal with is a code violation, especially one they didn’t know about.


Tips on Winterizing Your House – Home Expert Awards

The fall is a busy time for everyone, particularly homeowners. Preparing for the winter involves a slew of tasks, from making sure that the outside of your home is ready for the elements to reviving your interior design to reflect the change in season. Performing preventative maintenance can go a long way to ensure you won’t have to deal with any emergencies in the middle of winter, emergencies that almost always seem to come at the worst possible times, like when family is visiting for the holidays.

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Protecting Against Bad Products: Home Expert Awards

Every year, thousands of new products hit the home improvement market. They all promise better results, purporting to do the job faster, stronger, and cheaper. But not all new products are an improvement. In fact, some are downright failures. With an ever-increasing number of DIY projects being undertaken, it’s important for homeowners to be able to trust the products they’re using.

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How to Avoid Scams After a Storm – Home Expert Awards

Last week, tropical storm Isaac turned into a fully blown hurricane. Now, thousands of homeowners in Louisiana are dealing with flooded homes, power outages and extensive property damage. As they begin to pick up the pieces, many families are desperately searching for help, which can put them at risk for scams.

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The Value of Green Certifications – Home Expert Awards

The word green gets thrown around a lot these days: green products, green behavior, green thinking. If it’s not green then it’s eco-friendly, sustainable, low-impact, environmentally sound or any number of keywords meant to convey that what you’re doing is better for the world we live in. Despite the hype, most homeowners truly believe that green living is important.


How does Seasonality Affect Design – Home Expert Awards

August is already speeding by and soon September’s fall chill will set in. As homeowners say goodbye to warmer temperatures, lots of things start to change. Barbecues are replaced with cozy meals around the kitchen table. Hot days spent in the shade of a tree become cold nights spent inside by a fireplace. In short, there is a general transition towards the warmth and comfort of indoor spaces.

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Energy Saving Freebies – Home Expert Awards

The task of completing an energy-efficient retrofit on your home is often intimidating. Comparing features and benefits with start-up and installation costs can deter many from making their home more green. For research-weary homeowners, looking for tax incentives, rebates and freebies for those electrical efficiency upgrades only complicates the process.


Top Tips for Choosing Toilets: Home Expert Awards

More than any other appliance, toilets create special relationships with their owners. Depending on your past experiences, your toilet is something that can inspire feelings of great trepidation (overflowing bowls!) or great trust. Ensuring that your toilet is something you can count on starts with your initial purchase.