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Finding a Quality Roofing Contractor The vast majority of roofers are honest and do good work, but every once in a while, homeowners get hooked by “storm chasers,” roofing contractors who come in after a major weather event to fix homes that were damaged by recent storms. These roofers can’t always be trusted to do the job right—and sometimes they… Read more
What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the home automation industry? This year, we can expect the trend of voice control to grow. Being able to control the entire home with a voice command opens the door to more convenience and it will become a control mechanism that homeowners will rely on—and even expect—in 2017. Whether… Read more
What’s the main thing you wished customers understood about the home tech industry? We’re excited for customers to understand that home tech can be for everyone. There’s a misconception that it’s extremely expensive to automate your home, but that’s not the case! We’ve approached the smart home with simplicity for the consumer as a top priority. The smart home should… Read more
Phil Ardizzone founded AT&R Trapping in 1986 in Montgomery County, MD to humanely remove animals from homes and businesses and provide long-term solutions to homeowners and commercial industries that are faced with problems resulting from nuisance wildlife. Ardizzone offered these suggestions if you find you have unwelcome wildlife taking up residence in and around your home or property. It seems… Read more
What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the home tech industry? Recently, the industry has taken a turn toward smart homes and home automation solutions. Not only are customers interested in protecting their homes, but they want to control their door locks, lights, and thermostats, too. We constantly evaluate new products to add to our product… Read more
Architect Bill Hutchins has been designing homes and renovations for three decades in locales as far-reaching as California, North Carolina, Baja Mexico and Nepal. His innovative firm, Helicon Works Architects, functions as a collaborative—a unique group of architects and natural builders, as well as a project manager, lighting designer, wood artisan, metal craftsman, renewable energy systems building scientist, interior designer,… Read more
Edward G. Wenz, Jr. is a certified lead abatement expert working in the state of Michigan on the Flint drinking water crisis. As a principal in the Contractors Training Institute and the Lead Renovator Training company, he also trains contractors and helps homeowners address lead problems in their home water pipes. He has this advice for anyone who is concerned… Read more
Justin Jaques is a home improvement contractor who also specializes in hanging holiday lights. Here’s his advice for homeowners on working with contractors to hang and maintain festive outdoor lighting. Why should a homeowner call a contractor to hang their holiday lights? People are getting busier all the time—especially around the chaotic holiday season—and find they don’t have time to… Read more
Many homeowners don’t realize even realize how noisy, dusty, or uncomfortable their windows have become until they have them replaced. And new windows offer more than a chance to change your home’s look. They may also help you with noise insulation in your bedroom or keep the sun off your back in your kitchen. To understand how new windows can… Read more
Are you the type who likes to do everything yourself, no matter how technical it might be? If so, this interview is for you. We interviewed Dave Donaldson, senior design engineer at GoGreenSolar, a company dedicated to helping homeowners install their own solar systems. The company also produces DIY solar kits and provides design and installation services. If someone wants… Read more