Top 4 Tips for Vinyl Replacement Windows

Top 4 Tips for Vinyl Replacement Windows
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There are a number of reasons to start thinking about vinyl replacement windows even if you already have vinyl windows in your current home. Adding an artistic touch, taking advantage of energy rebates, and the ROI your home will attain from a vinyl replacement window are all great reasons to start window-shopping today.

Here are the Top 4 tips from HomeProHub when thinking about vinyl replacement windows.

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The most common mistakes homeowners make when choosing a home improvement contractor

Homeowner beware

Consumer complaints and lawsuits regarding home improvements are on the rise according to Ripoff Reports; a homeowner that does not do their homework before embarking on a project could find themselves with poor workmanship, inferior products, health and safety issues or even legal problems. [more]

Will Bay Area Construction Industry Rebound Result in More Fraud?

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Photo credit: ArmchairBuilder.com

For those living in the greater Bay Area, there’s a pretty interesting article this week regarding the construction industry’s big rebound from The Great Recession. Written by George Avalos of the Oakland Tribune – and also posted here in the Mercury News – the article speaks to the dramatic increase in construction jobs in the Bay Area.

Here are a few stats that really grabbed our attention:

  • Construction industry added 13,800 jobs between March 2012-2013
  • The industry saw job totals expand by 10.5% compared to just 2.7% for total jobs in the Bay
  • Much of this growth is due to leading tech companies such as Apple and Google buying and leasing space to expand their businesses

While we are absolutely thrilled that the construction industry has shown massive resilience here in the Bay Area, an unfortunate side effect will be contractor scammers and frauds that attempt to get their undeserving slice of the pie.

That’s why we recently launched the HomeProHub Referral Service. You can leverage our free network to not only help you find and hire a legit contractor, but also you’ll have us at your side the entire time throughout the project to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Contact us today for free to learn more. We’d love to hear from you.

How Sure are You That Your Contractor is Paying His Subcontractors?

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Photo by Demi-Brooke

This is a very important topic that most homeowners don’t know about. This article over on eHow says it best:

Many property owners don’t realize that if their contractor fails to pay his subcontractors, the property owners are then liable for paying the subcontractors.

How scary is that? This means you could end up having to pay not only your contractor, but also those subcontractors as well. That’s why we can’t stress enough the importance of having an unbiased expert on your side to make sure there’s no language in the contract that’s trying to pull a fast one on you.

Not sure about the language in a contract you’re about to sign or just want to make sure you’re in good hands? Reach out to us for free and we’ll make sure everything in your contract is in tip-top shape!

This Old Clock Tower was Converted Into a Penthouse

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Located in the trendy DUMBO (down under the Manhattan bridge overpass) neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York is One Main Street; a 126-unit loft conversion by David Walentas (creator of the DUMBO neighbourhood) in 1998. The former cardboard box factory was originally built in 1915 and features a beautiful clock tower.

Walentas renamed it the Clocktower Building with the pièce de résistance being a 3-floor penthouse spanning over 6,813 square feet (633 sq. m) and defined by four 14-ft glass clocks on every wall. The three bedroom, 3.5 bathroom penthouse offers 360-degree views, soaring 16-50 ft ceilings, a glass-enclosed private elevator and a skyroof cabana and open deck.

The property was first listed in 2009 for a cool $25 million but has remained unsold on the market, unable to find a buyer willing to purchase what would be the most expensive property ever bought in Brooklyn. In 2011 the property…

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