Category: Money Matters


Top 5 Places to Recoup Renovation Dollars

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Why Does My Tile Estimate Say “Straight-Set Only”?

At times, it's necessary to draft our agreement or estimate before you finalize your tile orders and layouts.  You may see phrases like, "straight-set" or "porcelain or ceramic installation only".  Why? We start our estimate based on the simplest layout and easiest product to work with.  We keep it honest and don't inflate our price, "just in case".  We will write an addendum to your agreement when final choices are made. Why should this matter to you?  Your design may quickly drive up... read more


Hidden Treasures In Your Attic

Who wouldn’t want to find an old bundle of cash or a trinket worthy of The Antiques Road Show up in the attic?  You might be sitting under something far more valuable than you think when it comes to extra space for home renovations. According to a recent AARP survey, a full third of respondents ages 18 to 49 reported living with parents or in-laws.  If you’re facing a similar situation, or your youngsters are converting your living room into a romper room, keep in mind that attic... read more


Triumph Over Power Outages!

Bad weather is the #1 cause of power outages.  As extreme storms increase, have you been considering a permanent backup generator? Besides getting the lights back on, the reasons why our customers request a permanently installed generator are to keep the following running: Heating/Cooling Hot Water Sump Pump Cooking Appliances Food Refrigeration Internet & Television Did you know a backup source of power can actually save you money in the long run?  The alternative... read more


Our Policy on Lead-Safety

Many contractors take shortcuts to save money and stick to deadlines.  We personally believe nothing we do should compromise your health and complying with the law.  Here's what you need to know about lead safety.   In 2007 the ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry) released a toxicological report nearly 600 pages long.  And by now, we all are aware of the health risks when lead is ingested, inhaled or seeps into our water supply. Lead is commonly found in... read more