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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.
7/25/2017
There are things you should consider whenever you are hiring someone to work on your property or in your home. BBB has tips on all aspects of hiring a contractor from doing your research to getting quotes to signing your contract, and there are also some specific things to think about when you are planning a remodeling project.
7/25/2017
Whether you are doing repairs, adding on to your home or renovating a room, you may decide you need help with that project you are finally tackling. That’s where a contractor comes in.  A contractor is anybody you hire to provide materials and labor to complete a job. Some contractors focus on a specific type of project, like plumbing or tiling or painting, while others will work on any type of project. For larger projects, a general contractor may also serve as a project manager working with other vendors to get all the work done. Hiring your contractor is one of the most important steps for your project. Hire the right one and you can relax knowing that your project is being handled. Hire the wrong one and you could be facing a wide range of problems from unfinished work to being sued if workers aren’t paid. These are tips to think about when you set out to hire a contractor and will serve you well when hiring anybody to work in your home:
7/25/2017
Use caution when hiring a home improvement contractor. Scams abound, especially following a major storm, flood, or other weather event when many homeowners are trying to repair their houses. But contractor scams can happen any time, so be wary of high-pressure sales tactics, up front fees, and fly-by-night businesses. Con artists will take homeowners’ money and deliver slipshod work… or no work at all.
7/25/2017
When you purchase an expensive item like a car, television, or appliance, you expect a manufacturer’s warranty to assure that it works properly. Did you know that you can also get a warranty for a new home? Some builders offer a warranty (their own or from a third party), but you can also purchase one yourself. You can even have both: a warranty or service contract that you buy may supplement or extend what is offered by your builder.
7/25/2017
National Night Out is a yearly event promoting police-community partnerships. On August 1, 2017, the 34th annual National Night Out will help citizens all over the United States and Canada bolster their defenses against crime by strengthening community bonds and educating people on how they can participate in creating safer neighborhoods. Texas will celebrate on the first Tuesday in October. Better Business Bureau has simple tips you can use to stay secure and help make your community safer.
7/27/2017
Whether you have an emergency or a planned project, finding the right plumber for your job is the crucial first step. Better Business Bureau (BBB) has tips to keep in mind when hiring any contractor to work in your home. Here are specific tips for a successful plumbing project.
7/27/2017
Having to replace or repair your roof can be an overwhelming prospect. It’s one of the biggest projects you may have to consider for your home and can be expensive and time consuming.
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.
8/10/2015
Millions of homeowners seek to secure their homes, families and belongings with a home security system (also called a burglar alarm). In fact, last year Better Business Bureau received nearly 600,000 inquiries from consumers researching alarm system companies.
8/17/2015
Millions of homeowners seek to secure their homes, families and belongings with a home security system (also called a burglar alarm). In fact, last year Better Business Bureau received nearly 600,000 inquiries from consumers researching alarm system companies.
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
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