Recipe Saboteurs

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Excerpt: Home Improvement is not just about hammers, nails and drywall.  It’s about improving everything about what makes your house a home!  Why are we crazy about kitchen remodels?  Because we love to EAT GREAT FOOD! One of the best cooks I personally know is Jennifer Lamoureux.  She has been gracious enough to share with us a cautionary tale that all would be home gourmets should heed… (the words are hers…the sick & twisted graphics are all me!  hee hee hee) In matters of the home, my dad is a total type A personality and my mom is not. I am somewhere in…

Justice Denied for Roof Customer in Hampton

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Excerpt: The following is a true story: Mr. Miller had a steep roof. It was so steep that he couldn’t walk on it. After a large storm, he needed a new roof. He contracted with a local roofing contractor to replace the roof for an amount over $10,000. The contractors replaced his roof and he paid them. He trusted that the contractor had done the job he had contracted for. At the end of the job, from as far as he could tell, it looked OK from the ground. Two months after Mr. Miller paid the contractor, the roof started to leak in several…

How To Make A Wise Contractor Selection

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Excerpt: Hiring a contractor for a home improvement project in Virginia Beach doesn’t have to be an exercise in pain and frustration. Unfortunately for many homeowners, it is just that. The key to making a successful home improvement investment lies in the selection of the contractor. Here in Hampton Roads, we’re a consumer product based society. Most of the products that we buy off of shelves at the department stores, the lot at the dealership or on the internet have already been assembled at the factory. We can hold them in our hands, kick the tires, smell the scent, listen to it work,…

The Most Important Decision In Your Remodeling Project

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Excerpt: What is the most important decision a homeowner can make on any project they may consider buying for their home? Authorities agree that the critical success factor in any home improvement project is the selection of the contractor. Perhaps like no other business, home improvement contracting has the reputation of generating more customer complaints than any other field. Sadly, for the industry as a whole, this reputation is well deserved. Due to a low barrier of entry into the industry and a high demand for its services, home improvement contracting is plagued with many individuals & companies that continue to underperform…

Beware of House Flippers in Virginia Beach

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Excerpt: “A fool and their money are soon parted.” -Thomas Tusser in Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie, 1573 There are many “great deals” in the housing market in today’s economy.   But how do you protect yourself against professional “house flippers” who may be unscrupulous?   These professionals buy a distressed property for a low price, apply some cosmetic fixes and then sell it for at a much higher price.  This is known as “Flipping a House”.  The unsuspecting new buyer may be buying a home with many problems that will be very costly to fix. As a home buyer, to protect your…

A New Use For Your Old Tackle Box

Excited about fishing this season?  We’ve heard the tuna are biting right off of Sandbridge in Virginia Beach!  Not sure what to do with some of your old fishing gear?  How about that old tackle box? We’ve even heard it said about someone with a lot of piercings that “their face looks like a bad tackle box.” We feel pretty confident in saying that this tackle box doesn’t meet electrical building code here in Virginia Beach.

Perhaps use a licensed electrician when "tackling" your electrical project?

The Fungal Jungle…under your home??

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Excerpt: Moisture in crawlspaces in Hampton Roads, Virginia is a big issue.  It will create problems in many different parts of your home, to include the Air Conditioning system and the Attic! This little guy is a happy resident of a wet crawl space:  I received the following pictures from Chris DeBoer of Bales Termite and Pest Control in Newport News, Virginia about some of the Clean Space encapsulation projects they’ve done to rectify bad crawlspace moisture issues. Keith Bales, the owner of Bales Pest Control,  did a radio show with me for several years on WNIS 790 AM radio in Norfolk:  “The Hampton Roads Home…

CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS!

Special thanks to Dan & Elizabeth Guinn for these beauties!  (Dan is the real deal, energy consultant, you can read his stuff here: http://danguinnhomes.com/wordpress/blog/) And here’s Dan’s contact info : Dan Guinn GCI Energy Consultants/Dan Guinn Homes Energy Audits-Green Verification-Green Construction-Remodeling Office# (804)695-2578 Mobile#(757)438-8624 (to be clear, none of the pictures below had anything to do with Dan…other than his laughter and generosity of sharing them with us!)  

   

Working from Home Tips from the Coach!

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Excerpt: Many of our clients work from home.   One of  our clients who does is Pat Weber, who is a “Personal Coach for the Sales Reluctant”. We’ve had the pleasure of both working on her beautiful home in Williamsburg as a contractor as well as being entertained there as a guest. When it comes to working from home, she knows her stuff!  I asked her if we could post this great article she wrote on her blog.  We were thrilled when she consented!  So, here it is:   How do you minimize family distractions when working from home It had to happen. Someone did ask,…

The Lazy-Shoe-Zen shoe organizer for your closet

Special thanks to Rhonda Burgin at Burgin Construction for telling us about this great product that can turn that 24″ deep corner in your closet into perhaps the most organized area in your walk-in!  You can get all the details here: Rev-a Shelf