Consumer Protection

Don’t Waste Money on a Door at the Big Box Stores

June 18, 2011
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Did you ever hear the saying, “buy cheap, buy twice?” That saying is very important when considering purchasing a door. I get calls all the time from customers who thought they were saving money by buying from a big home improvement store only to be frustrated when it comes time to get their doors or…

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Buyer Beware Fly-by-Night Contractors

January 30, 2011
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There are plenty of contractors out there that will tell you what you want to hear — they have an unbelievably low price, they’ll do a great job for you and you’ll be a happy customer. Wouldn’t it be awesome if that was always true? It’s not. I often hear customers tell me that they…

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Soffit and Fascia Do’s and Don’ts

January 8, 2011
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“Yeah, I can do that” has become a commonplace phrase as unemployment has soared and the market has generated a surplus of unlicensed handymen. One day they are installing carpeting and the next day they tell you they’re an expert installing soffit. So how do you know what is the right way to do things…

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Finding a Qualified Contractor

September 27, 2010
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You’ve heard the stories.  Contractor wins job.  Contractor takes down payment.  Contractor disappears. How do you know how to find a great contractor?  Unfortunately there are no guarantees.  What’s worse, some of the rating organizations and agencies sell high ratings to contractors.  Smart consumers approach their home improvement projects with knowledge of what the do’s…

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Window Research and Questions to Ask

July 25, 2010
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The economy is just starting to rev back up and you need new windows.  How can you make sure you get a good value for your money? Many people believe they have done their research because they did what some TV personality has said, “get 3 estimates”.   Does that assure that you will get…

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Consumer Alert: Lead Safe Renovating Not Exempt for Wisconsin

July 14, 2010
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Not sure if your contractor is following the rules? You could be the one that pays the price. When ordering windows, be sure to always work with a contractor who is a certified Lead Safe Renovator and who follows lead safe practices.

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