Britons also going for home improvement to revamp home sales

It looks like Americans aren't the only ones in a lurch with the housing crisis. Britons are also feeling the heat and are trying to engage in some quick remodeling to turn the tides. In fact, some recent studies show that as many as 62 percent of Britons took on home improvement projects to boost saleability -- including off-road parking, installing new gardens, and building apartments over garages. The Telegraph has more For example, creating off-road ...

Posted at June 7, 2011 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
 
 
Beware of mark-ups on your construction work

Apparently there's been an uptick in construction companies doing mark-ups on their work so that when they offer a discount it looks like they're giving you a good deal. One company is warning its customers how to spot such tricksters so that they don't get conned into paying a mediocre price for any work. As one of the largest paving stone installation firms in Southern California, Pacific Pavingstone Inc of Sun Valley knows a thing ...

Posted at June 4, 2011 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
 
 
Setting a deadline for garage demolition

It's not only important to set deadlines for contractors to get work done, it's just as pertinent sometimes to charge a penalty if the deadline isn't met. The city in this article had the right idea to set a 90-day deadline in which a $500 fee is extracted for every day that goes by after the deadline that the contractor doesn't finish: Salzmann said the fine provision has been included to emphasize the importance of ...

Posted at June 2, 2011 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
 
 
Is remodeling a bathroom worth $32,000?

Citizens in the City of Newburgh don't seem to think so. City Council was set to vote on whether to remodel the antiquated and rundown bathroom in the West End Firehouse when public outcry resulted in them tabling the decision. “Being a property owner for almost 40 years in the city of Newburgh, I know how much it costs to renovate a bathroom,” said Broadway resident Dick Peterson. “They have a guy in the mall ...

Posted at May 27, 2011 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
 
 
Four ideas for Kitchen, Bathroom, Flooring and Patio remodeling

After deciding to remodel one of the rooms in your house, the options and possibilities can be overwhelming. Which contractor should you choose? What kind of remodeling will increase the value of your home? What companies can you trust? The American Chronicle has published four tips on these very topics. They range from asking the company for photos beforehand to get an idea of their work to considering the longterm stability of the project. Tip 3: ...

Posted at May 26, 2011 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
 
 
Female general contractor fits right in with her fellow males

The San Francisco Chronicle has a cool article about Marie De LaParra, a general contractor who has to weave her way through a male-dominated field. She's the founder and owner of BMB Construction/Properties, a firm that rehabilitates faded Victorian beauties. Now, De LaParra is branching out with an ambitious and far more complex project: developing a $3 million, 12-unit senior-housing complex in Oakland. The design, by the Oakland architectural firm AE3 Partners, will among the ...

Posted at May 23, 2011 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
 
 
Home Improvement stores suffering from housing slump

According to Reuters, home improvement retail stores are continuing to post weaker results, especially as consumer spending falls. Home Depot Inc, Lowe's Cos, and Sears Holdings Corp are the major companies expecting low fourth-quarter earnings. While falling home sales and construction have been a major hit to results over the past year, these retailers have also been hurt as consumers aware of falling home prices pulled back from big-ticket projects such as kitchen remodeling. There's ...

Posted at May 23, 2011 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
 
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