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Tommy Guns and Bootleg Liquor: Remnants of Prohibition, Found During Renovations

Finding evidence from a crime is pretty scary, but when the crime happened almost a century before, it’s pretty cool. Due to Prohibition, secrecy surrounding the consumption, trafficking, and manufacturing of alcohol was a must. Sometimes, the secret was kept so well that it survived undiscovered and intact decade after decade until an unsuspecting homeowner…

Don’t Be Enticed By Too Low a Price CAVEAT # 6

CAVEAT # 6:          Low Estimates and Missing Security If you receive an estimate that is lower than expected, investigate whether the remodeling company saves on expenses by not carrying proper insurance, licenses, workers compensation or does not get required building permits or inspections when needed.  Reputable companies always take these requirements seriously, and consider insurance,…

Don’t Be Enticed By Too Low a Price CAVEAT # 5

CAVEAT # 5:          Some Allowances Can Cost You Big Time A common practice in remodeling is for a remodeler to provide you an estimate/contract price that is based in part on “allowances.” These are place holders in the budget that should cover the products and parts of the project that you want for your project…

Don’t Be Enticed By Too Low a Price CAVEAT # 4

CAVEAT # 4:          Low Estimates and Less Skilled Labor In every industry, workers with the highest level of skill and experience command the highest salaries.  The remodeling industry is not exception.  If you receive an estimate that is surprisingly low, you should question whether less skilled, less experienced workers are going to be working on…

Don’t Be Enticed By Too Low a Price CAVEAT # 3

CAVEAT # 3:          Desperate Companies Resort to Fire Sale Prices A lower-than-expected price is a red flag rather than a green light.  When the economy creates tough times for remodeling businesses, some may resort to booking jobs at any price in order to retain their staff and trades people in the short-term.  An experienced, reputable…

Don’t Be Enticed By Too Low a Price CAVEAT # 2

Remember: “Remodeling horror stories often begin with a great price,” an astute industry expert once said. Although consumers regularly use price as one of several deciding factors in making major purchasing decisions, savvy homeowners know that too-low of a price can signal big problems and major unexpected costs ahead. CAVEAT # 2:          Floor Planning Can…

Don’t Be Enticed By Too Low a Price

“Remodeling horror stories often begin with a great price,” an astute industry expert once said. Although consumers regularly use price as one of several deciding factors in making major purchasing decisions, savvy homeowners know that too-low of a price can signal big problems and major unexpected costs ahead. In it’s first blog series of the…

Making Sure a Jobsite Stays Clean

Many consumers have had issues regarding the definition of clean up as it relates to the construction project.  Some contractors assume you don’t want to pay carpenters wages to have someone clean up the construction site.  Some contractors clean up at the end of each business day and use terms like “broom-swept clean” to describe…

How Can You Know If Your Contractor Has Skilled Craftsmen?

Some companies pay a lot of attention to your home’s details.  They are concerned about matching the details of the trim, the windows or the species of the wood.  Every house is unique in some particular way, especially if you live in an older home.  Do you want some thought given to the project and…

Does Your Contractor Stand By His Work?

There is often a lot of confusion about guarantees and warranty work, both on the part of the homeowner and the contractor.  Many contractors fail to be clear about the guarantees they make about their finished products. A guarantee is an assurance that certain conditions will be fulfilled, especially that a product will be of…

 
 
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