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    Basement Options, Part 1: Flooring

    Welcome to the first part of a three-part blog series on basement options. As remodeling experts, we know that there are many decisions that go into refinishing or remodeling a basement. Some of those decisions will be based solely on the needs and wants of the homeowner; whereas other decisions may need to be made quickly based on an immediate ... Read More

    by mdvremodeling on July 31, 2014Comments (0)
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    Everything You Need to Know About Age-in-Place Remodeling

    If you’re like the majority of Americans over the age of 45, you want to continue living in a familiar environment throughout your maturing years. According to AARP, many older homeowners would prefer to age-in-place, which means to live in their home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age or physical ability level. But ... Read More

    by mdvremodeling on July 31, 2014Comments (0)
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    Will Green Keep You Out of the Red?

    There is an underserviced niche in my market area that has proven to be very lucrative to me. While I am very sure it is different from area to area and in different regions across the country, here in Western New York the whole push to the Green movement and environmental friendliness was slow to really catch on and while it has begun to get re... Read More

    by ReubenD on July 28, 2014Comments (0)
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    Most Business Owners Don't Actually Own a Business

    ReubenD's recent blog, "Taking the Plunge on People and Equipment", was great. He made some great suggestions for tackling an issue with which many contractors struggle. That said, I have to disagree with his opening line that deciding when to hire additional people or invest in new equipment is "one of the hardest decisions to make in any busin... Read More

    by BenLanders on July 26, 2014Comments (1)
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    Creative Drainage Solution

    I bought a house as a “quick cash sale” – basically I pay 75% of value of house to homeowner but offer it to close nearly immediately. If title is okay can usually close in 5 days or so. Does not work often but often enough to run the ad in newspapers on weekends and all the cheap magazine type buy swap sell type places and on ... Read More

    by ReubenD on July 25, 2014Comments (0)
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    What To Do If (When) An Owner Doesn't Pay

    The past six months for me and my company have been the most difficult to date.  And this is including the first two or three years where we basically made just enough money to survive (that actually wasn't that bad, surprisingly, and actually kind of fun).  But this time around, we were expecting to get paid at the end of a job when, ... Read More

    by constructonomics on July 24, 2014Comments (0)
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    Making More on Windows and Doors

    My primary business is buying distressed homes through my Real Estate Business, doing any needed refurbing and upgrades to improve salability with my home remodeling and building business, then selling the homes at a profit.  Since the majority of the time in Western New York we are talking about 30-60 year old homes, one of the first place... Read More

    by ReubenD on July 24, 2014Comments (0)
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    Protective Equipment – Must Have by Painters and Floor Fitters

    No matter how skilled a worker is, that person is always exposed to various health and safety risks at the job site. Workers are exposed to environmental, chemical, radiological, and mechanical hazards and even seemingly minor risks can result in serious injuries. Hence, it is very important that workers use protective gear and under-go proactiv... Read More

    by PennCoat on July 23, 2014Comments (1)
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    Taking the Plunge on People and Equipment

    One of the hardest decisions to make in any business is when to hire new people or people with specialized skills, and when to invest in new equipment. Not hiring the people can cost you money, jobs, and profit. Every time you need to hire outside of your company for work being done you are adding another level of somebody else needing to make a... Read More

    by ReubenD on July 23, 2014Comments (0)
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    A Strange Background for a Contractor/Builder

    Reading through the Contractor Talk forum has once again reminded me of the unique path that I followed to entering the Contractor / Builder professions. It is very different than the typical route taken by the other professionals on here and the difference in perspective becomes very obvious as I read through the posts. I think that is one of t... Read More

    by ReubenD on July 23, 2014Comments (0)
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