Are You Getting An Estimate, A Quote, Or A Bid?

If you’re a typical homeowner who’s eying a renovation, you’ve solicited “estimates” from contractors. Unfortunately, an estimate is an imprecise word that seems to generate confusion. Is an estimate a “bid”? Is it a “final quote”? There can be a huge difference between what homeowners think they’re getting when they receive estimates for their projects […]

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A Danger Lurks In Your Home Right Now… And How To Stop It.

What system in your home is most likely to cause serious damage if something goes wrong? Plumbing? A/C? As a remodeling contractor with over 34 years’ experience, I can tell you the answer:   It is your plumbing system.  I get calls to fix water leak damage on a steady basis:  fallen sheetrock and insulation, ruined […]

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Does Doing It Yourself Really Save You Money?

In tough economic times like these, people look to save money any way they can. One increasingly popular strategy: Going the do-it-yourself route instead of paying a professional for home maintenance and repair projects. An April 2012 Merrill Edge survey of “mass affluent” Americans (defined as people with $50,000 to $250,000 of investible assets) found that in […]

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8 Steps to a Water-Wise Bathroom

Fix leaky toilets. A leaky toilet can waste up to 600 gallons of water per month! To check for leaks, put several drops of food coloring into the tank. If the color makes its way into the bowl, the toilet is leaking. For more information on detecting toilet leaks, visit the Toiletology 101 website Repair dripping faucets. […]

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Secrets To Finding A Contractor You Can Trust

I’ll bet you dollars to donuts you have heard some nightmare stories about working with contractors. Maybe it has even happened to you! Sure enough, there are a lot of bad characters in the remodeling and contracting industry. Finding a reputable remodeler is not as scary as you might think.There are a lot of great […]

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