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Building and Remodeling
Homeowners taking on a home improvement or home renovation project receive a lot of promises. The home improvement contracts, change orders, project guarantees and product warranties which consumers must deal with all seem to have one thing in common: the goal of customer satisfaction.  But...
Electric

Major weather events like Hurricane Sandy leave a lot of obvious structural damage in their wake. But there can also be hidden damage that turns into big expenses later on.

A season of weather extremes is just beginning, and no matter where you live, it’s important to do a thorough inspection...

Replacement Windows

When it comes time to replace your windows, how can you be confident you’re choosing the right contractor for the job?  Hiring a window installer is similar to hiring other professionals in the building industry – you should do your research beforehand to ensure a good outcome.

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Getting Building Permits for Remodeling Projects

Getting building permits for your remodeling project can be the trickiest and most overlooked part of the remodeling process.  But beware: if a contractor asks you to get building permits yourself, consider it a red flag, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)....

Basements

April showers won't just bring May flowers, but leaking wet basements too if homeowners don't maintain good outside drainage conditions. Wet basements are one of life's biggest headaches, yet waterproofing is generally easy to accomplish.

When basements leak, people panic. The trouble,...

Building and Remodeling

Thinking about the home improvements you’ll be making this fall?  If you’ll be hiring contractors to help, make sure they’re properly insured.  If not, you may end up footing the bill in the event of an accident or a renovation gone awry.  

In many areas of the United States, sole...