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Difference of a NARI Contractor

Q. Our company has been a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for many years and we are often asked, “What does a NARI membership mean to me as a homeowner? A. The goal of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is to help homeowners find the right professional partner

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Top 10 Signs A Contractor Is Untrustworthy

Avoiding Home Improvement Scams NARI’s Top Ten Signs a Contractor is Untrustworthy You can’t verify the name, address, telephone number or credentials of the remodeler. The salesperson tries to pressure you into signing a contract. The salesperson tells you a special price is available only if you sign the contract “today.” No references are furnished.

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What Are The Best Questions To Ask A Remodeling Contractor?

Below are questions that I and other NARI (National Association Remodeling Industry) members recommend you ask before signing a remodeling contract: How long have you been in business? Who will be assigned as project supervisor for the job? Who will be working on the project? Are they employees or subcontractors? Does your company carry workers

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Composite Decking Versus Wood?

Q. We are thinking about replacing our deck off the back of our house, how does composite decking compare to wood? A. Different from pure plastic lumber, composite decking is a wood-based product. Plastic is added to improve its durability. In the creation of composite decking usually wood sawdust and plastic are heated and mixed

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Preventing Falls Among Seniors

Preventing Falls Among Seniors As a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, many times over the years I have been asked what steps a senior can take to protect themselves from accidently falling in their homes. I’d like to take this opportunity to emphasize that falls are not just the result of getting older. Many falls can be

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Keeping The Bugs Out!

Q. Now that it’s summertime, do you have any suggestions for keeping bugs out and my home pest-free? A. Here are some steps you can take now that will assist in keeping the bugs out of your home for years to come. Inside Your Home The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends a few things

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How Can I Find A Contractor That I Can Trust?

Q. How Do I Select A Contractor I Can Trust? A. During the warm weather, homeowners often make summer the time to do some home improvement projects. Whether you are looking to redo your kitchen and bath, or replace your home’s roof or built a deck, it is essential that you find a contractor that

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How Can I Make My Small Bathroom Feel Luxurious?

BIG ideas for a Small Bathroom: 1. Think Functionality First Identify fixtures that may be taking up valuable space and ask yourself if these can be replaced with smaller fixtures or appliances. Get rid of unnecessary clutter so you can make the best use of your space. 2. Line Your Bath with Quality When purchasing

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Selecting the Best Bath Vanity Top

How do I go about choosing the best bathroom vanity top? If you’re looking for a bathroom countertop—usually called a vanity top—look for something that will stand up to water, soap, toothpaste, cosmetics, and alcohol- and acetone-based liquids. Most bathroom vanity tops are surfaced with one of the following materials. Granite and Marble Though marble

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