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Getting Started in Home Improvement

It’s a hard world out there for anybody just getting started in a career. Many young would-be professionals don’t know where to start when it comes to finding a good job, much less starting their own business. This is especially evident in home improvement, where many professionals are running their own companies, which they built from the ground up. Needless to say, getting started in the home improvement industry is a daunting task! Where do you even start? Why We’re Asking: Our experts have all been around the block a few times in their respective fields, and most of them …

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Working Within the Law

Working in the home improvement industry isn’t as simple as learning how to use your tools and all the tricks of the trade. You also have to be an expert in all of the complicated rules and regulations surrounding your industry–and know how to get around them. Just understanding a legal code is hard enough, but it takes a professional to understand all the ways to work around and within in. Your average homeowner would be quite lost! Why We’re Asking: Building codes and regulation are a fact of life when it comes to construction and remodels. You can’t get …

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Ridiculous Customer Stories

When you work in the home improvement industry, you get to know a lot of different types of people. Clients come from all walks of life, and they all have their own ideas about home improvement and how it should work. Most of the time, this isn’t a huge problem, because home owners will usually take professional advice when it’s offered. Sometimes, though, homeowners think they know better, and it can lead to some pretty crazy scenarios. This week, we want to hear your stories about the most ridiculous things that you have heard or seen from clients, and how …

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Dangerous Jobs

The home improvement industry is not very well understood by the average lay-person. Plumbing, wiring, pest control–the average home owner doesn’t understand the kind of work that is necessary to do these things correctly, without putting anybody at risk. That’s why professionals exist, to make sure the job is done safely and effectively. The danger involved in these jobs is often under-estimated by home owners who think they can do it for themselves, but a little education can go a long way. Why We’re Asking: Our experts have been around the block in their respective industries a number of times, …

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Learning from Mistakes

It would be nice if we lived in a world where mistakes never happened. Everybody would be perfect at their jobs, customers would always be satisfied, and projects would always be completed on-time and on budget. Sadly, we don’t live in that world; making mistakes part of the learning process, and everybody has to deal with the consequences. If you approach them with the right attitude, you can turn even the biggest of mistakes into a chance to improve. That’s why we look to our experts for how they handle mishaps–and how aspiring workers can learn from their attitudes. Why …

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Aging in Place for Homeowners

If you’re lucky enough to be an able-bodied person, you’ve probably never walked around your home and considered what you would have to change if you or a loved one were not so fortunate. Unfortunately, both accidents and aging can render a person unable to get around without a wheelchair or cane, and things like stairs and narrow hallways suddenly become a huge problem. Adapting a home for the elderly or disabled can be a complicated and expensive process, and homeowners who find themselves needing to do it are often at a loss for where to start. Why We’re Asking: …

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Common Customer Calls

When you run your own business, maintaining a good relationship with your client base is very important. You want your customers to feel comfortable calling you when a problem arises. Sometimes, though, it feels like the same problems are happening over and over, and you’re constantly fielding the same phone calls, which can get old. What problems do your customers call about most often? Why We’re Asking Knowing what problems arise most frequently and how to fix them can make life easier. It puts a level of predictability into what can be a very unpredictable industry. Plus, sometimes clients call …

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Upcycling, Recycling and Removing Old Junk

Last week, we asked our experts for their best advice on how to help homeowners fight clutter and keep their homes organized. One of the most common bits of advice we got was to just throw things away. You don’t need all that junk you’ve got lying around. But sometimes, throwing things away is more complicated than you might expect. What’s recyclable? How do you properly dispose of old electronics or other non-standard refuse? What things can be upcycled into stylish and useful new house items? Why We’re Asking: Far too often, homeowners end up keeping things that they no …

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The Keys to De-Cluttering

Accumulating “stuff” is far easier than we realize. It seems that suddenly, you look around you and realize that all of your living space has been invaded by clutter, and you can barely walk across the room without tripping over something. This is a problem that faces all homeowners, and sometimes getting rid of all of that stuff just isn’t an option. How can you store it all without giving up your space? Why We’re Asking Knowing how to organize your space can be a challenge, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Luckily, there are countless tricks and special products …

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Making Your Man Cave

The home building industry is no stranger to flash-in-the-pan trends, but sometimes an idea will take hold of the public imagination in a way that lasts for a while. One of the latest long-term trends in home remodeling is homeowners adding what is commonly called “a man cave” to their home–a special room designated for cool things like video games, large-screen televisions, and pool tables with adjacent bar. But just because an idea is popular doesn’t mean it’s a good one. Why We’re Asking: The idea of having a “man cave” is a cool one, but there are many elements …