Consumer Protection

Nonreputable Contractors Use Mold Scare Tactics

December 20, 2015
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Be careful when a contractor tells you that you have mold and without having the experience or medical background, alerts you to an issue that may not be a problem.  Two or three times a year I visit customers who have had contractors come by and just scare them — and for what reason?  Sometimes…

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Q: How much are gutters by the foot?

August 15, 2015
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Some companies try to shortcut the details of how they’re going to do your gutters by telling you a “per foot” price.  This misleads customers into thinking that a linear foot counts as a gutter foot.  Be wary of companies that offer the “by the foot” pricing. Here’s why: Marketing hype sometimes sucks people into…

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Roof Inspections — You get what you pay for

May 29, 2015
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Yesterday I saw the face of a new homeowner go ashen when I showed her what the price of replacing her roof would be.  She had a home inspection and the inspector didn’t tell inform her of the extent of her roof problems.  As part of his quickie-inspection he recommended in his report that she have a…

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Ridge Cap Shingles Important as the Rest of your Roof Parts

May 13, 2015
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Customers sometimes ask, “why is your quote higher than another contractor”?  The answer is simple — they’re not using the same quality materials or they’re shorting you on underlayments all together. I’ve gone to houses only to see that the roof would fail the inspection of any city inspector if they actually checked to see how…

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Q: How do I know if a company mortars their glass block?

March 12, 2015
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A: This is a common question and in order to get the straight answer from a company you have to ask a few more questions. Here’s why: Many homeowners who do their homework prior to having a company come out for an estimate know that mortar is the best way to put together a window,…

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Buying from a House Flipper? Use Caution

March 4, 2015
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As a professional remodeler I see the good, the bad and the ugly.  Being an educated buyer is your best defense against inheriting someone else’s problem. Common problems that I see regularly are that low quality materials were used on house flipper projects and low quality installation practices were used.  This is not to say…

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Can Gutters be repitched?

September 18, 2014
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I receive at least one call a week from frustrated homeowners, house flippers or investors asking me to re-pitch poorly installed gutters.  Their thought is that it will be a cheap and cost effective way to make improperly installed gutters function well. They are mistaken. Here’s why: Gutters have a piece of flashing that is…

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Gutter Protection Reviews

July 11, 2014
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I’ll start by saying that there is no such thing as a legitimate review of gutter protection done by climate.  I’ve seen many review sites, the best known is Consumer Reports.  Unfortunately in their assessment, they did not control for climate. Here is Wisconsin the main thing that people overlook is quite possibly the most…

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Selecting a Contractor — the Do’s and the Don’ts

June 19, 2014
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As a contractor I’m often asked by friends what they should look for in a contractor.  Of course I always joke with them that they should find someone just like me, but since I specialize in certain products, that’s not always possible. So here’s the scoop. Spend the time to check out your contractor before…

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Safeguards Available If You Fear Downpayments for Home Improvements

September 27, 2012
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Occasionally I run into a customer who is afraid of giving a downpayment for work that they want done. They may have been burned in the past or just don’t trust themselves enough to have adequately checked out a business. If, for any reason, you do not trust the person who is trying to sell…

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