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Big Contractor vs One-Man Show: How To Choose?

Big Contractor vs One-Man Show: How To Choose?

There are bound to be some home improvement projects that won’t fit into your skill set. They may not even fit into your best friend or neighbor’s skill set. And that means you’ll need to hire somebody else. This is where things can get tricky. DIY enthusiasts know the value […]

3 Ways to Compare Carpet Installation Quotes

3 Ways to Compare Carpet Installation Quotes

This week our editor Timothy Dahl is in Dalton, GA (the unofficial carpet capital of the world) visiting with Shaw Floors. We thought this was the perfect time to breakdown the process of getting carpet bids for installation. Here’s our process. It’s nearly here. You’ve worked hard on a renovation […]

Contractors as Kitchen Designers?

Contractors as Kitchen Designers?

In this series kitchen designer, Cheryl Clendenon, is going to share some answers to popular questions for folks considering hiring a designer. “My contractor can help me with all the decisions I need to make.” Really? This might be so if you have a contractor who specializes in design/build projects […]

Taste of Life as a Contractor in France

Taste of Life as a Contractor in France

It’s inevitable that, when living and working as a ‘Jobbing Builder’ in France, you are eventually going to have what are known as ‘One of those days’, Well yesterday, for me, was such a day! In all truth it didn’t start that badly, even though it was a cold and […]

Angie’s List: Is It Working for You?

We’ve mentioned Angie’s List as a referral site for contractors, designers and tradespeople but we want to know from you if you’ve found success using this service and would recommend it to others? They seem to have made a few changes lately and are pumping money into marketing but should […]

Contractor References: Do Their Suppliers Tolerate them?

Contractor References: Do Their Suppliers Tolerate them?

Step 3 Request three references from long-time material suppliers. Your eventual contractor’s financial solvency is important: if they don’t pay their bills, you get stuck with either a lien on your property or have to pay the bill yourself. Just disputing such a scenario in court costs time and money, […]

Time to Do-It-Yourself

Time to Do-It-Yourself

As news about the economy worsens we try to stay positive and focused on the expenses we can control. The outlook at big box retailers such as Home Depot and Lowes have not been good but that should translate into savings for homeowners looking to buy materials at a better […]

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

A new addition to our blogroll is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). They have a long-standing history and their core purpose is “to advance and promote the remodeling industry’s professionalism, product and vital public purpose.” As a homeowner you can use their site to search for remodelers […]

Handyman Hiring Tips

Handyman Hiring Tips

No time, money, or know-how to fix a household problem? In New York city we have Supers who are on call (usually) and hopefully can fix leaking faucets, broken radiators, or sticky doors, but homeowners are on their own and for smaller household fixes a certified or licensed contractor is […]