Five Home Security Innovations You Shouldn’t Be Without

Jun 01, 2012 No Comments

With advances in security system technology coming at a breakneck pace, home crime detection and deterrence is entering a new era. Here are some key features that homeowners who want to protect their family and assets to the max should be sure to investigate: – Self-monitoring capability. Remember how you had to worry if your […]

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What’s on Your Home Improvement Horizon

May 23, 2012 No Comments

If you’ve ever thought of gambling on the future of home improvement, it is a sure bet that technology will be at the heart of it. Here are some changes in the works: Your home’s den will cease to be known as the place where the worn family sofa, TV and dog is located—instead it […]

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Go Green and Get Green From Uncle Sam With Home Improvements

May 04, 2012 No Comments

As the tax deadline looms, there has never been a better time to research how your 2011 energy efficient home improvement projects could save you money. The tax benefits for small home improvement projects can pay big dividends. Whether you installed energy efficient windows, purchased modern HVAC units or renovated your roofing, home owners can […]

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How to Hire the Right Contractor and Avoid Project Headaches

Apr 04, 2012 No Comments

Not all home services contractors are created equal. Home improvement contractors have their own unique talents and specializations; therefore, hiring a particular contractor should be based on your need and their expertise. Of course, their expertise shouldn’t be your only criteria. Licensing, certifications, expertise and affordability are other important considerations. By hiring licensed and certified […]

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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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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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