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Finding & Hiring a Draftsperson: What They Do, Questions to Ask

Who Draws House Plans? Before your custom home, remodel or expansion begins, you’ll need technical house plans for your general contractor to follow. If you already have an engineer and a design, you’ll need a draftsperson to turn that design into a blueprint for the construction crew. If you need comprehensive services that includes the…

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Find & Hire a Professional Organization Service

Need Help Cleaning & Organizing Your House? Hiring a home organizer is as much about understanding your needs as it is about finding the right pro. When your space gets messy and you’re unable to keep up, an expert can help. Professional organizers can help you clean any area and develop a plan to keep…

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How to Find a Certified Professional Tile Installer

Need Tile Work? Planning to remodel your kitchen, bathroom or flooring? Tile can be an excellent choice for its durability and timeless appeal. It’s best to have a professional do the work. This guide shows you everything you need to knowpro about hiring a tiler, from the best ways to start your search to the…

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Solar Energy: Common Questions & What to Ask When Hiring Installers

Need a Solar System Contractor? A solar energy system is a big investment. It’s important to find a quality contractor for your product selection and installation. As intimidating as that seems, with the right information, you can make the best decisions for your home, your energy needs and your wallet. In this guide, we answer…

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How to Find a Good Home Builder

Finding a Builder to Build a House An experienced professional can help you design and construct the home of your dreams. This guide will help you find and choose the right one. On This Page: What is a Home Builder? The term “home builder” can apply to any contractor involved in constructing residential housing. However,…

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How to Find & Hire a Professional Pest Control Company

Finding a reputable pest control company is important to maintaining a safe, healthy home. Protect your family and your investment by taking the right steps throughout the selection process. On This Page: What Do Exterminators vs. Pest Control Companies Do? How Does it Work? What Do Companies Use? Side Effects of the Chemical Sprays &…

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9 Construction Nightmares & How to Solve Them

Building your own home or starting a renovation can be risky. You want to know the risks, anticipate, plan and solve them. Learn what often goes wrong on a custom building or renovation project and find possible solutions. 1. Incorrect custom orders PROBLEM: You’ve ordered a custom material. Whether it’s cut incorrectly or there’s an…

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Landscape Architect & Designer Hiring Guide: Differences & Interview Questions

Hiring a Landscape Designer or Architect Though they’re commonly mistaken for each other, land designers and architects focus on different areas of your property. A landscape architect has a formal license and can lay out a plan for your entire yard, including structural changes. A designer focuses on the plants and typically has a horticultural…

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Saltwater vs. Chlorine Pools: What’s the Difference?

Left/Top: © anucha sirivisansuwan / Moment/Getty Images. Right/Right: © Changyu Lu / Moment / Getty Images. Chlorine and saltwater are the two most popular pool systems. And whether you have an above-ground or inground pool, you need to know how to keep the water clean and safe. Saltwater is a healthy, environmentally friendly option and…

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