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When it comes to building a new pool in your back yard, there are a few things you should consider before choosing the right builder to do the job. 

  • How long has the builder you are thinking about been established in the construction business?

There is a common understanding that the company is stable if it stays on one location and continues operations there. It displays the stability of a swimming pool contractor. It can also allow you to go to their site and observe it yourself as you are going to invest the right amount of money.

  • Warranty of Workmanship

The warranty of quality coming from a swimming pool builder can lead you to hire him or her. You must discuss all the points that will be a part of the warranty and its duration. According to law, the minimum duration of the warranty must be one year. So if a warranty applies for more than a year, it means you are not accountable for paying them for repairs and rework, which is due to their mistake during construction and installation. 

  • Reviews, Ratings, and Reputation

There is the most helpful service in this era named “Internet.” You can check their online ratings provided by their former customers. You must observe the unsatisfied customer’s comment and see how they responded to the complaints. You can read the feedbacks to assess their reputation and reliability. After all the evaluation, you can make up the final decision.

  • Does the Pool Builder provide references (both recent and older) for you to contact?

References can be another source of finding out the reliability of a contractor. It helps you to find out the experience of others. Usually, quality builders do not hesitate to provide references. 

  • What trade and business organizations is the Pool Builder a member of or associated with?

If the pool builder is a part of a trade and business organization, it means he or she has a strong commitment to the industry. They will try their heart out for providing you quality work so that their industry could prosper. 

  • What type of equipment does the Pool Builder provide?

The product’s quality largely depends on the equipment used in the production process. There are different types of equipment available that differentiate on cost, technology, and quality. So while involved in designing your pool with the builder must ensure the right equipment’s which will help you in constructing the pool of your dreams.

  • Read the contract ahead of time and make sure you understand the payment process.

Carefully read the contract and amount you are due to pay if the pool builder asks you for the extra money, which is not the part of the agreement, then you must reject it straightforwardly. As long as you stay within the agreed guidelines, things will flow smoothly.

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Created 09/08/2020

Tip #1. Ask for references:  When you've got a handful of options for the handyman, you know it is time to ask for references from your friends, family or even neighbors. That will narrow down the list. 

Tip #2. Test your handyman on smaller projects first:  As we go through our list of home improvement fixes to reach for the top priorities, we always start with the baby steps, and that's the same technique you should use for the handyman jobs. Assign them smaller projects, and examine if they complete it just the way you wanted it to be as they come on time and give you a taste of their expertise. Once they pass that test, you may move on to the more significant projects. 

Tip #3. Know what you want:  The more precise you are about your needs, the better your project will turn out. This happens because no one can read your mind, and you need to speak your mind to put your needs out there. For example, if you need to paint a kitchen wall, then discuss the type of paint you want, the number of coats of paints and if you want the hinges painted or not. If you do not communicate what you want, the contractor will think about the job from their perspective and judgment, and their decision might not meet your needs and desires. 

Tip #4. Check the previous reviews:  Ask the recent clients about their work and take some time out to call their former clients and ask for their opinion about that particular handyman. 

Tip #5. Ask for permits:  Most jobs do not require any permits, but that doesn't mean none of the jobs require permits. Some jobs require permits from the city or the country. Your handyman will pull permits for you, and then you need to play your part of the job because you don't want to violate any laws. 

Tip #6. Get estimates in written form:  Get all the details in the written form to have a guaranteed piece of writing. Make sure to write down all information in regards to the cost, material, schedule, and just everything in general. 

Tip #7. Watch out for door-to-door handymen:  Most door-to-door handymen are a scam. The professionals wouldn't need to solicit; rather, their work will speak for themselves. Beware of handymen who pressure you get to get building permits, cash in advance, or force you to make a quick decision. 

Tip #8. Don't choose the cheapest in town:  It would be much better if you avoid being frugal considering a handyman for an important home project. While looking for a professional handyman, there comes some cost - because, believe it or not, with the lowest pricing comes the risk of unprofessional work, and none of us want that to happen. 

Tip #9. Do not pay for upfront payment:  There is a high probability that if a handyman asks you for a down payment, even if it's just 10% of the total budget, that person would be a scam. A right expert would never ask you for any down payments, and if something gets out of the budget, then they will ask you to pay to the supplier directly. 

Tip #10. Check the insurance and license:  Many states have processes to get the handymen certified. One must check out the handymen's license and certifications. Make sure to see their expertise on a piece of paper.


Created 09/02/2020

With the current pandemic, parents around the world have had to make the tough decision of either homeschooling their children or sending them back to school. In some states, where schools remain closed, students do not have the option to sit in a classroom and are required to participate in virtual learning systems. Even though this form of learning isn't ideal (for some people) , you can still bring a little of the classroom atmosphere into your home. Here are a few ideas on how to set up an at-home classroom.

  • Create a designated learning area- An office, an empty walk-in closet, a clear space in the corner of a room, your loft, etc. are all great spots for your homeschool classroom. 
  • Add comfortable furniture- Sitting in the same area all day can become boring very quickly. Incorporate flexible seating options to your space. Opt for a desk with a chair, bean bag chairs, couches, stools, or even a carpet to sit and lay on.
  • Storage- Extra space in your home can be very minimal. Storage bins, baskets, shelves, etc. are a great place to store items when they are not being used.
  • Stock up on school supplies- Just because your child's teacher is on the computer screen doesn't mean they will not need supplies. They will need to write down notes or solve problems on paper. Also, having things like crayons and markers will allow your child to get creative if art classes and creative activities aren't being assigned.
  • Decorate- Pin your child's artwork or assignments to the wall. Hang up charts with colors, alphabets, the world map, the anatomy of a skeleton, etc. What is added to your walls will depend on your child's grade level along with what they are learning in class.

 

The possibilities are endless when creating a classroom in your home. These temporary classroom solutions are great while your child is learning from home, but can also be used after the pandemic is over as great study space. We hope everyone has an amazing school year and continues to be safe!

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Created 08/19/2020

Whether you use your washing machine daily or once a week, it should work when needed. Washing machines can last for years, but what are the signs that you need to replace it?

  1. Noise- If your washer is making more noise than usual, this may be a sign that you need to replace it. Excess noise coming from your washer can sometimes be a minor issue that can be fixed. Call a professional first to take a look at it before spending extra money to buy a new one.
  2. Moving- Your washing machine should not move from side to side violently. It also should not move out of its current space from its movement.
  3. Leaking- There should not be water underneath your washing machine after you wash your clothes.
  4. Age- Washing machines typically last for 10-12 years. If it is older than that, it could be a sign you need a new washer.
  5. Clothes are still dirty- When you remove your clothes, they should not smell or appear dirty.
  6. Your drum is not rotating- If your washing machine fills with water, but does not rotate once filled it needs to be replaced.
  7. Water does not drain- Your clothes should go through an end cycle where the washing machine rings out your clothes keeping them damp. If you notice your drum is still full of water or your clothes are soaking wet, you may need to replace your washer.

These are a few signs that you may need to replace your current washing machine. To reiterate, it is always best to check with a professional to see if there is an option to repair your washing machine before purchasing a new one.

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Created 06/18/2020

Home Pro's Guide is now accepting guest bloggers and article writers. If you are a contractor who has valuable tips for homeowners or other home improvement business owners, Home Pro's Guide is ready to share your work with thousands of homeowners in the Florida tri-county area and nationwide.

Before submitting a guest blog or article, be sure to explore our site to see what types of blogs and articles we publish. Then, follow these simple guidelines to ensure that your article or blog is accepted and shared with homeowners and contractors across the country.

Here is a list of some of our more popular topics:

  • Awnings & Patio Covers
  • Bathroom Renovation
  • Choosing A Contractor
  • Closet Solutions
  • Concrete & Paving
  • Decks, Patios & Gazebos
  • Fences
  • Flooring
  • Heating, Ventilation & Cooling
  • Kitchen Renovation
  • Landscaping
  • Lighting
  • Marble & Granite Care
  • Mold Remediation
  • Painting & Wall Paper
  • Permits
  • Pest Control
  • Plumbing
  • Pools & Ponds
  • Rain Gutters

 

Writing Your Blog Or Article

  • Your writing must be high quality, original content.
  • You may submit a photograph that is relevant to the content. Please attach the image file and be sure to credit the source of the photo if applicable.
  • Include an About the Author section. You may include links back to your business's website, as long as the post is not promotional. Include an image of the author from gravatar.com, using the email address used in your article or blog submission
  • Articles and blogs should be 600 words or less.
  • Submit your work in Word format to info@homeprosguide.com.

 

Follow these simple guidelines and your home improvement blog or article will be viewed by homeowners across the country.


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Created 06/16/2020

If you own a new home improvement business, your mailbox will soon be filled with opportunities to join organizations, participates in shows, and advertise in both print and online directories. How do you evaluate which opportunities are a good use of your time and financial resources? Other contractors you know may be willing to share some insights, but you must focus on what will give you the best exposure and the best credibility in your community.

Bridge The Confidence Gap

Keep in mind that when homeowners choose a remodeling contractor, they are taking a leap of faith. If they are novices to home improvement, they may not know what they want and are afraid that you will take advantage of that. You want to convince a new client that you have the knowledge and skills to help them at a fair price. The samples of all your past work and referrals from satisfied clients will do part of the job, but the professional credentials you bear will help you as well.

One of the easiest ways to begin developing professional credentials is to join the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a national organization with local chapters as well. Open to companies at least 1-year-old, with business practices in line with the NARI Code of Ethics, membership as an at-large national member costs less than $300 a year. Belonging to a local chapter costs about $500. All professionals in the company are covered by one corporate membership.

The organization, founded over 50 years ago, includes professional remodeling contractors, product manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, trade publications, utilities, and lending institutions. By joining forces with NARI and using their logo on your materials, you identify yourself as part of the best of the best in home remodeling.

How Can NARI Membership Help You

Based on a recent study, NARI members have a competitive advantage in an economy recovering from a recession. Members reported a 14% increase in average sales in 2012, when compared to sales figures for home remodeling specialists nationwide, and look forward to a bright 2013. Over 38% of the members reported annual sales over $1 million, while 3% indicated they employed dedicated sales employees. Your NARI membership assures your customers that you are a full time remodeling professional who follows a code of professional ethics.

Affiliation with NARI might be a special advantage if you live in a major city, as 55% of remodeling spending occurs in the top 35 markets. Your membership will make you stand out to consumers from a larger pool of contractors, plus offer you the support of a local chapter.

Benefits of Joining

Educational opportunities: NARI educates consumers on what to look for in a remodeler and publishes materials on general remodeling topics, which you can distribute to your clients and potential customers. You can even link to informational videos to enhance your website. The group offers educational opportunities to you through certification programs and courses, and provides informal ongoing knowledge through its newsletters and blogs.

Marketing opportunities: You also benefit from NARI's consumer marketing and lead generation efforts. Your name is listed in various online directories, and your name will come up when a customer enters a location in the "Search for our Remodeler" box on the websites. For added exposure, you can participate in trade and consumer shows backed by the organization, and even participate in discounted advertising campaigns.

Discounts: As a NARI member, you can receive lower prices on supplies you need through group purchasing discounts, have access to consumer marketing tools, and even get reduced rates on health and liability insurance.

Networking opportunities: By participating at the national and local level, you will network with other professionals, which can lead to referrals.

For a relatively small investment, your company can reap major benefits from joining and participating in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.


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Created 06/15/2020

As a contractor, you'll find that a few clients know exactly what they want, hire you to do it, write you a check, and you're done. Many clients, however, have only a vague vision of what they want, and need your help in bringing that vision to life. For those particular clients, you can add a whole new level of service if you have design expertise or an interior decorator on your staff.

Traditionally, contractors are called in to carry out the plans of an interior designer, who may have prepared an elegant open plan that failed to account for the realities of construction within a budget. When you start work, you may find the need to add costly hidden steel support beams add posts to a room, or reroute extensive plumbing, heating, and electrical wiring to follow the plan. You discuss your dilemma with the homeowner, who may refer you to the designer, a person with whom you have no direct relationship. You may be able to come to a compromise, the client may come up with more money, but often things can get ugly between all three parties.

Benefits Of A Shared Vision

Having a designer work with you on your team assures that aesthetics, function, and structural integrity are all in harmony. Often called the design-build concept, this approach benefits your clients in many ways.

  • Designers, contractors and architects who work together in the earlier stages of a project understand the goals and desired outcome, resulting in a shared focus on how to get things done. If unexpected problems pop up in the construction phase, the team can more quickly make decisions as to how to proceed. There is less territoriality and more respect among the professionals, and the client benefits from the unified approach.

  • Many contractors have a great sense of design, and some interior designers are familiar with proper construction techniques; however the team approach assures that the customer is getting the joint expertise he needs. The designer might suggest how to better configure rooms for traffic flow, and how to add details such as electrical outlets, that will make a room functional. The contractor, however, has expert knowledge of building codes and what is physically possible given the underlying structure of the building and the budget. When interior designers and contractors work together, there is better communication, which eliminates mistakes and the need to redo things.

  • In the world of home repair and remodeling, many customers appreciate one-stop shopping. Once a customer indicates what he or she wants, agrees to a budget, and approves design choices, the design-build team can offer a turnkey product to the busy homeowner, often at a lower price.

  • A good design-build team communicates about projects. If a customer decides on a change or upgrade, everyone on the design-build team feels the repercussions and makes the appropriate changes. An extra window the customer wants may require budget adjustments in other parts of the project, or changes to other decorative or structural items.

How Design-Build Benefits You

As a contractor, you may forge an ongoing professional relationship with the designer you have worked with on a particular job, or hire a new designer to your staff. You can even build teams that include specialists, such as lighting designers, to provide more comprehensive services. Since some clients will want design services, but not continue with the project, you may be able to obtain revenue from just the design side of your business. 

When you can offer potential customers design-build expertise, you put yourself in the running for more extensive and more lucrative jobs. Your portfolio and in person referrals will reflect client satisfaction with the total package achieved.

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Created 06/12/2020

As a home improvement contractor, you want to provide the best solutions for your clients, but sometimes you might find that part of a project is outside your expertise. Rather than telling the homeowner that they need to find another contractor to do what you can't, you can save the day by suggesting and bringing in a specialist to complete parts of the job.

However, you want to make sure that anyone you bring in measures up to your standards, as your client may hold you responsible if the other person does poor work. If you have a database of preferred contractors, you will always have resources to help you do a great job for your clients. You can advance your own reputation (and be able to accept more jobs) by calling on people you trust.

Who Should Be In Your Vendor Database?

In the home improvement industry, no man is an island. No matter how skilled you are, you will always need to know other reliable craftsmen with additional or complementary skills. If you are a great carpenter, you may occasionally require a plumber or an electrician. Being able to do multiple tasks is an asset, but a complex job may require professionals with specialized expertise, licensure, and certifications that you don't have. You should make it a goal to find professionals with skills to complement and supplement your own skills. Creating a vendor database is a formalized type of networking.

Developing A Vendor Database

From day one when you started your business, you probably knew a few experts that you could use as the core of your database. You probably worked with them in the past. If you haven't already made arrangements to use each other, contact them to formalize the relationship. Then plan to add more resources throughout the course of normal business operations. Here are some places to look:

Watch who's good. If you're working on projects in customers' homes or on a commercial job site, you may meet other tradesmen that have been hired. If you like their work style and ethics, make sure to get their contact information for future use.

Attend home shows. When you go to home shows, you're likely to see other professionals promoting their services. Talk to the vendors you meet there to see what holes they can fill in your service offerings. If customers are there as well, pay attention to who they recommend.

Join professional organizations. Consider your local Chamber of Commerce, BBB or other niche organization or association. Some of the people you meet there can help you if you need a professional in another specialty, or they may be interested in using your services themselves. Even in an online world, it's always nice to put a face with a company name, so try to actually attend local events.

Make your database both deep and wide. Some jobs require professionals such as designers, architects, or inspectors. Make sure to include this type of expertise in your database as well. You may need a professional opinion about whether a wall is structural, whether you can reroute water pipes, or whether a proposed technique is up to code. Having a vast professional network is useful for getting advice and suggestions, especially if you're in a pinch and need a quick answer.

Monitoring Industry Trends

Since you're the expert, your customers might expect you to know about new trends in your industry. Talk to your peers and read professional publications, online and off, to learn the latest home remodeling techniques, materials, color palettes, and more. Your database should include this information about the industry as well as contractor names. As you expand your knowledge of the industry, you'll know what specialties should be added to your contractor base.

As you build your database, make sure to note any feedback you receive from customers or any observations you have about your contacts. If you hear that someone is too pricey or lacks skills, you can decide whether or not to use them again. If you have received jobs in return from any vendors, make sure to keep track of that too.

Your database is your network of trusted vendors. Develop it and watch your business grow.

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Created 06/11/2020

When you set up your home improvement business, you not only need a physical address, but a home on the internet too. Since you offer the services you perform in person, you may wonder why. According to Google, 97% of customers start their search for businesses online these days. Still wondering why an online presence is necessary?

 

Why Do You Need A Website?

 

Your website can effectively pre-sell you and what you offer. When a customer is interested in your business, they want to know some specifics, such your hours, your prices, your length of time in business, and whether you can do exactly what they need. If your potential customer finds three other sites that provide all the information they're looking for (and your site doesn't), it is highly unlikely you'll be receiving a call from that customer.

 

Consumers are demanding these days; they want to find what they're looking for fast, and they want the information they need to be delivered quickly, easily and in an organized manner. They're not going to jump through hoops to give you their business.

 

Creating A Website Is Easy

 

Creating a simple website for your home improvement business is easy. You can procure custom design services or use a template from companies such as GoDaddy, 1and1, or WordPress that offer a home improvement theme. You can add your own photos and information to these sites.

 

Whether you hire out the job or do it yourself, you should consult with (and maybe hire) an online marketing company to assure that you have your site built on the proper keywords. You want people to find you! Google keeps changing the rules for how this happens, so acquiring some professional expertise might be worth your while.

 

Know What Your Site COULD Have:

 

Your site should have the basics about where you are, what you do, and when you're open, but your website can offer so much more:

  • You can explain your services in great detail, even down to specific brands you install or the work you do. If you specialize in mobile home repair, you can emphasize how choosing a contractor familiar with mobile homes is a better choice than a general repair service.

  • You can offer general and more specific information about the processes you use, alternative ways of doing it, and the pro's and con's of different methods. If you offer faux painting, you can describe the finishes and where to use them, plus add pictures to show what faux painting looks like.

  • You can personalize the site so potential customers can familiarize themselves with you. By adding pictures and describing your experience on your About Page, you can add a human touch to your business. People want to know that you are a lifelong community resident and had 15 years of home repair experience even before you opened the doors of your own company.

What Your Site Absolutely SHOULD Have:

  • Your site should have a Contact Us Page that lists your name, address, email, cell, website, and social media links so the visitors have several ways to contact you. Make sure to list your name, address, and phone number the same as you have it on your business cards, stationary, and other materials.

  • In today's digital age, a lot of people prefer online and email communication over a phone conversation. Before they waste their time talking to you, many customers want a quick way to contact you to see if you're a potential candidate. Therefore it is highly recommended to have a contact form on your site so that visitors can quickly send you a message. Be sure to follow-up! This mode of contact is just as important as the phone ringing.

Why Bother To Add More Than The Basics To Your Site?

 

Current research indicates that most people visit a website several times before deciding to buy. The more relevant content you have, the more reason they have to come back. Having an attractive, useful website can give you the competitive edge in securing one-time and recurring business.

 

In today's online business environment, setting up a website for your home improvement business is easy and necessary.

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Created 06/10/2020
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