The Story Of The One-Legger

hph one legThe story of the one-legger may sound like a horror story at first. It’s not a traditional horror story, but it’s pretty darn close.

There are a lot of surprising nuances when it comes to the world of home improvement sales. This is especially true regarding the process home improvement companies go through to train their salespeople on how to effectively sell projects to homeowners during the in-home sales environment.

Let’s examine a situation known as the “one-legger,” which essentially is when a contractor or salesperson comes to your home to do a sales pitch on why you should select him to do your project. The appointment is scheduled with both homeowners expecting to be present, but when the contractor or salesperson shows up only one of the two parties (or legs) is there.

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Gas fireplaces get even safer – Tri-County Times: Home Improvement

Whether it’s to provide heat on cold winter days or to set the mood on romantic spring evenings, a glowing fire creates an appealing home atmo…

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Here’s Why Noise Reduction Windows Keep the Peace

noise_reduction_windowOne thing homeowners notice immediately after installing a noise reduction window replacement is how quiet their home becomes. The neighbor’s yapping Chihuahua is muted and you’ll never hear the garbage truck roaring by at 6 a.m. again. The benefits of a noise reduction window are especially true if you live close to a busy street or freeway. It’s absolutely amazing the way sound remains outside of your home.

Homeowners who are replacing old single pane, aluminum-framed windows will notice the biggest improvement. Installing simple, but well-built double-pane vinyl windows, can have a dramatic impact for the homeowner when it comes to noise reduction. Choosing the right noise reduction window to best fit your specific need is very important. For example, a home near an airport may require a higher Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating (we’ll break down STC Ratings in a moment) than the homeowner that simply deals with traffic or the occasional barking dog. As you can imagine, there are numerous models and manufactures of a noise reduction window. To get a clear picture of what’s best for your home, consult with an expert to help you make the best decision.

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Why Installing Steel Roofing is a Big Decision

Installing Steel RoofingInstalling steel roofing (also commonly known as a standing-seam steel roof) is by nature very expensive. However, if you consider the strong warranties, customizable features, and beauty it can add to your home it just might be worth the cost.

Today you’re going to learn about installing steel roofing and why this may be a nice option for your home. But before you run out there and hire a random contractor to perform the work, there are some important tips to keep in mind.

Let’s check ‘em out.

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How to Detect a Contractor Scam

How to Detect a ScamWe’ve written quite a bit so far about questions to ask prospective contractors that can go a long way to saving you thousands of dollars at the hands of unscrupulous individuals. If you think the worst thing a contractor can do is to rush a job or use cheap labor, think again. It’s a heck of a lot more than that. Check out some of these home improvement “experts” turned fugitives over at the Department of Consumer Affairs.

If you’re anything like us, it’s tough to read through the descriptions of what these truly awful human beings have done to homeowners. These phony contractors prey on the weak, elderly, and basically anyone else they can rip off. So how can you make sure that you’re not the next victim of a contractor scam? Here’s what you need look for.

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