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VCG Construction Explains Why Homeowners Should Hire Licensed General Contractors with Sufficient Insurance

Homeowners confused about when and if a contractor needs to hold a license, or if it really matters, are not alone. Each state has its own set of licensing rules and regulations. Fortunately, Pennsylvania enacted the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act in an effort to thwart dishonest contractors and their fraudulent actions. In effect as […]

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Time Running Out For Beverly Hills Homeowners to Switch to Fire Retardant Roofing

Beverly Hills’ dry and hot climate, seasonal Santa Ana winds, and topography increase the risk of homes and other structures being destroyed in wildfires. The Bel Air fire of 1961, one of the worst in city history with more than 450 homes destroyed brought about major changes in the city fire code. Now homeowners with […]

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Helping your Contractor Avoid Permitting Delays

When it comes to a remodeling, a homeowner has many details to consider. For instance, what color paint to choose, granite or marble countertops, what size of tile squares, which new flooring material best completes the modern look for a room? But one detail that can easily get overlooked is the permitting process. Tina Shiachi, […]

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Advice on Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

There are many quality contractors to choose from, unfortunately there are also unlicensed and inexperienced contractors willing to undertake any project, qualified or not, in order to make money. “Finding a contractor who is licensed and insured is mandatory. If something goes awry on a job, recourse is important,” said Richard Summers from Richard Summers […]

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Tips for Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

Most homeowners will find it necessary to hire a contractor at one time or another. Since homeowners must protect the biggest investment they will probably make during their lifetime, it pays to be an informed, cautious customer. Before you hire a contractor, here are a few things to keep in mind: 1. Plan the project […]

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Tips for Hiring a Good Electrician

About 1000 people in the United States die each year as a result of electrocution. Don’t become a statistic. Homeowners shouldn’t risk their life trying to deal with electrical problems. It’s always better to get a qualified electrician to do the work. However, finding a qualified electrical contractor can be challenging. Robert Schlumbrecht, owner of Schlumbrecht’s […]

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Tips for Hiring a Drywall Contractor

To avoid the frustrating experience of finding bulges and rifts on a finished wall, homeowners will want to take special steps to find a skilled drywall contractor.  Achieving the desired smooth surfaces on walls and corners will depend on a contractor’s skills, right tools, careful planning, and attention to detail. Since there are scam artists […]

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What You Should Consider Before Managing Your Own Remodeling Project

Has the DIY craze gone too far? Some homeowners have been looking to cut corners by being their own project manager, overseeing the project themselves and hiring their own subcontractors to save money. To help better understand this question, we sat down with Paul Allen from Allen Remodel to get his thoughts. Do you have […]

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Why You Should Consider Going with a Design-Build Company

By combining design and construction experience, a homeowner can realize the benefits of “one stop shopping” at its best. The construction process becomes more simple and efficient. “Using one general contractor to complete the entire design and building process can reduce unseen construction costs and save time,” says owner of Bargain Construction, Ben Bahadori, a general […]

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How to Protect Yourself When Working With a New Contractor

Almost every homeowner will need to hire a contractor at some point in their lives, whether it’s adding a room for a growing family, remodeling a dilapidated kitchen, or simply getting new storm windows. A house is most likely a person’s most valuable asset, so homeowners would be wise to take certain precautions when hiring […]

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