Category Archives: Contractors

What is a Sample Home Improvement Contract Usually Missing?

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Photo credit: Steve Snodgrass

This is how screwed up the process of working with a contractor can be: let’s pretend you didn’t ask for a sample home improvement contract before you went forward with the project. In retrospect it’s no biggie, right? You took all of the safeguards when choosing a window contractor. You spoke with nearly a dozen of them. You did your homework. You researched his license, insurance, past projects, and basically chose a professional that excelled at everything you checked out.

Your positives feelings were verified when the final project was completed on time, on budget, and looked simply spectacular. You invited all your family and friends over to check it out. Why wouldn’t you brag? You are the shining example of how to complete a home remodeling project from start to finish.

And then you get a letter stating a lien had been placed on your home. Where did this come from and what now?

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The Hidden Truth Behind Vinyl Window Pricing

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Photo credit: Cooperweb

Recently we talked about some top tips for vinyl replacement windows. Today we want to chat a little bit about pricing. Vinyl window pricing is the topic that about 7 out of 10 homeowners want to talk about with us when the conversation turns to replacement windows. This is because the pricing model is so convoluted, murky, and unclear – not to mention all the marketing noise and gimmicks homeowners have to sift through – that nobody can really figure out the truth.

That is until now. Today’s blog will lend you a helping hand so you can make sense of everything you read and hear regarding vinyl window pricing. After reading this article, you’ll have a much better understanding of the pricing tiers that vinyl windows come in and how this can help you make the best possible decision for your home.

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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!

How To Avoid Contractor Fraud

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Photo credit: ivanpw

Avoiding the potential of contractor fraud is about as easy as escaping from Alcatraz Island in the 1930’s. While we’ve previously touched upon the subject of home improvement contractor questions you should ask, we’d like to focus a bit more in-depth on avoiding those fraudulent souls determined to rip you off.

So how can you ensure that you won’t become a victim of contractor fraud? It all starts with the hiring process.

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