kitchen appliance packages

If you’re remodeling your kitchen you might be considering kitchen appliance packages since choosing “bundles”, with some retailers, promises moderate savings. While on the surface, the advertised savings may seem an attractive benefit to a ballooning remodel budget, there are some things you need to know before placing that order. At least you will be…

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building your own home

When building your own home you’re faced with a number of decisions that will impact cost and schedule and every owner hopes to anticipate as many costs as possible — that means including reasonable contingencies. Initially an owner will need to answer a few questions before even starting the design process: Will you purchase a…

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things to look for when buying a house

It’s hard not to get excited about the prospect of owning a new home but there are things to look for when buying a house that are often not considered. Aesthetics, the home’s overall appearance, seem to be front and center over some of the more practical considerations that don’t often reveal themselves until you’ve…

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Mechanics Lien Release Form

To understand the benefits of a mechanics lien release form, essential for any new construction, remodel or renovation, you might ask what is a mechanics lien? A mechanic’s lien is an option offered through a state’s legislative policy that protects a general contractor or trade contractor from a non-paying or untimely paying owner for contracted…

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defect law changes

The state of Nevada is currently proposing construction defect law changes which clearly favor the builder and not the homeowner or customer. This proposed amendment to Nevada’s defect law bears watching because should this pass, will it then set a┬áprecedence for other states? Nevada contractors are claiming that the current defect law is putting them…

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Energy Tax Credit

Are you missing an opportunity for an energy tax credit or home improvement rebate? There’s free money available by way of incentives if you know where to look. Many of us have the best intentions when it comes to conserving energy and natural resources but few realize there are rewards available at the local, state…

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Project Management Method

When managing a project there is a process involved to determine, in order, tasks and actions to be executed to achieve desired results. The project management method is applied not only in construction but consciously or subconsciously to events that occur in daily life. Whether building a house, landscaping your yard or taking on a…

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metal theft

Metal theft is not something new to the construction industry but with high unemployment and a less than thriving economy, it is on the rise. The price per pound today for stolen copper is upwards of $4.00 per pound versus about $0.80 a few years ago. There’s more of a demand now than ever for…

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Construction Mistakes

In a perfect world there would never be any construction mistakes when we undertake a home improvement project. When hiring a contractor to perform work in and around your home it’s good to know, in advance, how to protect your investment. The assumption that your homeowner’s insurance or the contractor’s insurance will cover any unfortunate…

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Differing Site Conditions

Owners, contractors and subcontractors all agree that site conditions are an important part of the cost of construction. Site conditions will include both the characteristics of pre-existing structures as well as subsurface soil conditions in the area where new construction is to be performed. An owner’s goal is to make sure the project design is…

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