Educational Consumer Tips


Browse by category or using the listing below to scroll through all recent tips:
43 Article(s) Found.
4/29/2014
The best way to avoid trouble with any business transaction is to be a knowledgeable consumer. Better Business Bureau has prepared the following 27 Questions For Homeowners to quiz your knowledge about remodeling, re-roofing, re-siding, waterproofing and other home improvements. Each question indicates an area in which complaints have been reported to BBB. Weigh every word carefully and check every question. If you already have an offer for the work compare it against the quiz and see if you sho
4/29/2014
Regardless of the reason, if you are interested in moving into a new apartment you must do your homework to find a reputable apartment complex with a reliable landlord. Refer to these tips when searching for an apartment to rent.
4/29/2014
Regardless of the reason, if you are interested in moving into a new apartment you must do your homework to find a reputable apartment complex with a reliable landlord. Refer to these tips when searching for an apartment to rent.
4/29/2014
Hiring a building contractor is a big commitment. It is important to be confident that the business you choose will give you the best deal for your money. Consumers should carefully research all of their prospective contracting candidates to prevent scams. Use these helpful tips when searching for a reliable building contractor.
4/29/2014
A home swimming pool can bring years of enjoyment; an in-ground pool can represent a permanent improvement to your property. But plan carefully before you build a swimming pool. Following is basic information about swimming pools and guidelines to help you with the important decisions you'll be making when you decide to buy a pool of your own.
4/29/2014
Choosing the type of cabinets for your home can be a bigger decision than you expect. Cabinets can have a large impact on the style of your kitchen and they are one of the first things you see when you walk into the room. Use the following tips as a guide when choosing a cabinet maker.
4/29/2014
Every spring, paving scammers are on the lookout for homeowners they can scam. These scammers will offer you a deal, take your money, but leave your driveway looking worse than before. Beware of any paving businesses that come to your home and solicit work. Use these tips when searching for a reliable driveway paving business.
4/29/2014
Adding a fence to your home can be both appealing and functional. An attractive fence can even add value to your home, but if the fence is not installed by a quality fencing contractor it can be an eyesore for you and your neighbors. Use these tips when hiring a fencing contractor.
4/29/2014
If you are interested in adding or renovating your driveway, walkway or outdoor patio, a concrete contractor specializes in the craftsmanship necessary for this work. It's crucial to hire a reputable contractor with experience and the right tools for the job. Refer to these tips when searching for a concrete contractor for your next outdoor project. 
5/1/2014
Looking to hire a general contractor? Here are some helpful tips for your search:
Get multiple estimates
Check references
Get everything in writing
5/1/2014
Looking to hire a reliable plumber? Here are some helpful tips for your search:
Get multiple estimates
Check references
Get everything in writing
5/1/2014
Are you looking to hire someone to fix or repair small improvements around your home but don’t think the job is big enough for a contractor?  A handyman is the perfect person for the job. Use the following tips as a guide when searching for a reliable handyman to hire.
5/1/2014
Looking to hire a reliable heating contractor? Here are some helpful tips for your search:
Do your research
Ask for recommendations
Get everything in writing
5/1/2014
It is crucial for a heating contractor to be reliable and have expertise about maintenance and service. Due to the complexity of heating systems, the contractor must be a qualified professional. By doing your homework you can hire someone that knows the facts about saving money and energy. Use these helpful tips when you are in need of a heating contractor.
5/1/2014
Looking for a reliable contractor? Here are some helpful tips for your search:
Shop around
Get multiple estimates
Get everything in writing
5/1/2014
If you are interested in furniture, cabinets, or a remodel involving wood, a carpenter is the right person to hire for the job. Carpenters are skilled in many areas of home improvement. Refer to these tips when searching for a carpenter to hire.
5/1/2014
If you often cozy up by your fireplace to relax it’s important to have the chimney cleaned and inspected annually to ensure safety. A reputable chimney sweeper will be able to clean and detect any dangerous problems within the chimney. Refer to these tips when hiring a chimney sweeper.
5/1/2014
Hiring a reliable contractor is the most important step when beginning a home improvement project. Consumers should research all potential options and carefully examine the contractor's previous projects. Consumers should be cautious when hiring a contractor and learn to recognize signs of fraud to prevent a scam.
5/1/2014
A beautifully landscaped lawn is both appealing and environmentally friendly, but it can be tricky for a do-it-yourself project. Hiring a landscape contractor will give homeowners the professional help needed when dealing with the area surrounding their home. It is important to be attentive and do thorough research before hiring a landscape contractor.
5/1/2014
Looking to hire a landscaper? Here are some helpful tips for your search:
Ask for recommendations
Get at least three estimates
Check out references
1 2 3