Consumer Education

How to Choose a Contractor – And Live to Tell About It

So you’ve decided that you need to hire a contractor for a home improvement project. But you’ve heard horror story after horror story about other people being taken. How do you protect yourself from the same fate? These helpful articles will tell you exactly how to choose a contractor, and live to tell about it.

The 7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

Finding the right contractor is probably the single most important decision you will have to make regarding your home improvement project – even more so than the design itself…   Read More >>

How to Avoid Being Scammed

Have you ever been scammed by a contractor? We certainly hope not – it is definitely no fun. Here is an article that can help you remain “un-scammed”…   Read More >>

How to Buy Roofing

Dealing With A Roofing Contractor

Check out this article on how to deal with a roofing contractor when you are ready to talk about a new roof…   Read More >>

Glossary of Roofing and Replacement Window Terms 

Do you know an ice dam from a frieze? Where would you find your fascia? Did you think a rake was only a garden tool? If all this sounds like Greek to you, don’t feel bad. Just visit our Glossary of Roofing & Replacement Window Terms – so next time your neighbor asks you to check out his flashing, you won’t call the police – you’ll know that he’s talking about his roof!…   Read More >>

Warning Signs Your Roof is in Trouble

Many factors affect the life-span of your roof. Knowing about your environment and the following will help you make informed roof system buying decisions…   Read More >>

How to Buy Windows

So you’ve decided that you need to replace your windows. Where to start? These helpful articles shed some light on what to think about, and what questions to ask.

Glossary of Roofing & Replacement Window Terms

Do you know your cam lock from your weep flap? Where would you find your mullion? Did you think an apron was only something your mother wore in the kitchen? If all this sounds like Greek to you, don’t feel bad. Just visit our Glossary of Roofing & Replacement Window Terms – so next time your neighbor asks you to check out his fenestration, you won’t call the police – you’ll know that he’s talking about his windows!…   Read More >>

How to Buy Siding

So you’ve decided that you want to re-side your home. Where to start? These helpful articles shed some light on what to think about, what to ask, and what the answers really mean.

Glossary of Siding Terms

Check out this glossary of siding terms, so you’ll know what your contractor is talking about!…   Read More >>

How to Remodel Your Home

Hot Trends in Home Remodeling

Here’s a preview of some of the latest trends in remodeling and new-home design options…   Read More >>

Remodel with an Eye Toward Resale

Homeowners who are thinking about a remodeling project should consider their own needs and desires as well as those of the home’s future inhabitants…   Read More >>

Remodeling’s Payoff

The “Cost vs. Value Report,” published each year in conjunction with Remodeling magazine, gives you a city-by-city guide on what various home projects will pay back at resale…   Read More >>