Professional Movers versus the DIY Approach

Mar 20, 2012 No Comments

If you’re moving to a one-bedroom apartment across town, it may seem more attractive to get a few buddies to help you relocate, rather than paying for a professional moving company to do the job for you. However, there are several benefits to using professionals even for short distance moves. For instance, should you take […]

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Contractor Agreements: The Right Way to Get it in Writing

Mar 06, 2012 No Comments

When it comes to signing a written agreement with a contractor, the bottom line is who does the document protect—you or him? Obviously, you want the former. This is how to help make sure it goes down that way: First, don’t accept a boilerplate agreement that the contractor may want to give you when you […]

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How Better Windows Save Businesses Money

Feb 20, 2012 No Comments

Energy efficiency isn’t only valuable for the little guys. The installation of energy efficient windows in office, community or educational spaces can have a dramatic impact on heating and air-conditioning bills, particularly when window designs that maximize natural light are combined with cost-saving lighting options like control dimmers, automated shading and light redirection. The windows […]

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An Open and Shut Case for Shutters

Feb 06, 2012 No Comments

When the wind howls outside your windows, is there anything you can do short of worrying that you’re whole house is going to be swept to the Land of Oz? Window shutters may be the answer. Operable varieties of shutters placed on the outside of your home’s windows can protect against such things as extreme […]

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One Crucial Window Replacement Element You May be Ignoring

Jan 20, 2012 No Comments

When homeowners shop for replacement windows, one of the biggest mistakes made is overlooking an essential element of the purchase—the warranty offered on the product/parts and labor. The most important aspect of making sure your purchase is properly protected is to get a warranty in writing. If all you get is somebody’s word that he […]

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Five Pointers on Packing for a Successful Move

Jan 04, 2012 No Comments

Packing is one of the most arduous parts of moving and can wear you to a frazzle if you don’t plan properly. Here are some tips that should make the task a little less of a chore. Start Early. If you leave things to the last minute, chances you’re sure to become overwhelmed. Packing, like […]

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What Paul Revere’s Contractor Has to Do With Yours

Dec 19, 2011 No Comments

A largely unregulated home improvement trade has been around basically since Paul Revere had someone swap out a bad log in his cabin.  First, those involved in tasks like these were simply called laborers, then handymen, and finally independent contractors. Although there have been many great strides made toward establishing professional standards for contractors over […]

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Buying Building Materials Online: What to Expect

Dec 05, 2011 No Comments

You shop for everything else online, so why not buy your home renovation materials that way, too?  There are many good reasons to follow the e-track, but also some hurdles to satisfaction you might encounter along the way. Basically, if you have some idea of what you’re looking for, buying materials online is easy and […]

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The Secret to Picking the Right Contractor

Nov 21, 2011 No Comments

There are basically three types of contractors: 1) the persnickety price gouger who will charge top dollar for any home renovation project because he thinks he’s an artiste; 2) the unreliable low-baller who will give you the cheapest estimate just to get your business and then wreck your home; and 3) the dependable craftsman who […]

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Cat Got Your Painter?

Nov 07, 2011 No Comments

The last time you hired a painter to do work in your home, he was so overcome by an allergic reaction to your cats that he rushed through the job just so he could get out of your house sooner. Alas, his haste showed in the finished product. Oops. You forgot to inquire about his […]

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