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Planning to remodel, repair, or build new? Read this first. Construction is expensive when things go right. When things go wrong, it can be financially devastating. Licensed, bonded, and insured is a term used loosely in the construction industry and therefore it is important to understand these basics of construction contracting.


Humidity may be culprit after recent re-roofing by Bill and Kevin Burnett, Inman News Q: My daughter and I share a duplex. Ever since the building was re-roofed about four years ago, I’ve heard knock-like sounds mostly at night. At first, I thought there were animals on the roof, but now I wonder. There is…


Consider professional refurbishing as alternative to replacement by Bill and Kevin Burnett, Inman News Q: We installed a pedestal sink about 10 years ago. In the last year or two it has developed hairline cracks. Most are around the drain, but there are also some on the back edge where the sink turns vertical. Is…


Moisture, incompatible materials likely to blame by Bill and Kevin Burnett, Inman News Q: In 2005, we painted our 1959 stucco house in the Washington Manor area of San Leandro, Calif., with elastomeric paint. Over the course of the week, I watched the contractor power-wash, scrape, then prime and roll on the new paint. Within…


For costly home projects, consider licensing, lawyer by Mary UmbergerIn her home state of Florida, Kia Ricchi has witnessed the devastation wrought by hurricanes for many years. A licensed contractor for more than a decade, she also has witnessed what her fellow Floridians have gone through in trying to put their physical lives back together….


Lawsuits against one manufacturer cast doubt on quality, recourse by Paul Bianchina Q: I am removing 20-year-old pressure-treated decking and would like to replace it with something else. I see where Home Depot is selling out all their Trex decking at a great price. After reading on the Internet about the red flags and lawsuits…


Floating’ variety needs room to breathe by Bill and Kevin Burnett, Inman NewsQ: In January, we installed floating bamboo engineered flooring over our concrete slab. The slab was poured the previous July, and in-floor radiant heat was added. We primed the concrete and added felt underlayment before installation. The flooring in one of the ground-floor…


by Michael Monteiro When it comes to tiny property repairs, a molehill can very easily become a mountain if it’s not resolved quickly. Whether you’re a DIY kind of person or would prefer to have a contractor or handyman take care of your property’s repairs, time is of the essence. Not only is it important…


by Robert Griswold Q: My sister lives on disability and recently hired a plumber to clear a stopped drain in her shower. The plumber said it was a hair clog and sent the landlord a bill for $137. The landlord turned around and sent the bill and a letter to my sister demanding that she…


by Bill and Kevin Burnett, Inman News There was a minor mishap in Kevin’s house last week. His wife, Heidi, and daughter, Katie, were moving some furniture in the master bedroom when Katie stumbled and fell against the door. No big deal, right? Katie’s a strapping 16-year-old; a little stumble is nothing for her. The…

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