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Check Credentials On Home Improvement Pitches – Waff-tv: News, Weather And Sports For Huntsville, Al

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“If someone came by, you can either use your cell phone to check with the BBB, your iPad, or you can tell them to leave a card and you can check them out with the BBB and call them back if you are interested,” Mason said. Be leery of the “I just finished a job in your neighborhood” line. “They just did a job down the road for a neighbor and they have leftover materials,” explained Mason. “and they can do a discounted job for you. Every time we hear of a paving scam, we hear that was said.” Bottom line never enter into a contract with a company you have not checked out. Always read the contract carefully, and pay attention to the details. “We have had people quoted a paving job in square feet instead of square yards,” Mason said.


Buildingonline Eupdate News: Lowe’s Brings Home Improvement Network To Every Store In The Nation | Construction Industry News

Owensboro man indicted in home improvement scam » Evansville Courier & Press

If a Lowe’s customer needs a professional for a service Lowe’s does not currently offer, such as handyman, painting or landscaping services, employees can access the Porch network of pros on their mobile devices and in-store terminals to identify local providers. “From day one, Porch has been on a mission to make home improvement simple, easy, and delightful,” said Matt Ehrlichman, chief executive officer of Porch. “We launched our product just over six months ago and thanks to the enthusiastic feedback and support of our customers, Porch is becoming a true center of gravity for home improvement professionals and homeowners, enabling them to connect and work together like never before. Our team is excited to continue our collaboration with Lowe’s to improve every facet of the home improvement experience.” The partnership with Porch is the latest in a series of technology initiatives Lowe’s has introduced to enhance the in-store support employees can offer customers, including equipping employees with iPhones to help customers access information, view how-to videos, or locate product in the store efficiently.

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Home Depot Drops As Q1 Results Miss Views On Harsh Winter – Proactiveinvestors (na)

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Home Improvement Tips To Prepare For The Summer Storm Season – Gilroy Dispatch: Seasonal

Premier Painting and Home Improvement Company in Santa Clarita CA – KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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Us April Existing-home Sales Show Modest Improvement Behind Gaining Inventory @ Forex Factory

Monthly sales gains in the West and South offset a modest decline in the Midwest while the Northeast was unchanged. Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 1.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.65 million in April from 4.59 million in March, but are 6.8 percent below the 4.99 million-unit level in April 2013. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief … (

The median price of existing homes increased by 5.2% from its year-ago level, thereby representing a modest deceleration from the 6.9% pace in March and 8.7% pace in February. There were 4.65 million existing homes sold in the US in April 2014 on a seasonally adjusted and annualized basis, which was a 1.3% increase from the unrevised 4.59 million annualized units sold in March. The level of sales in April was slightly below the 4.69 million sales that had been expected by the market, although it marked the first monthly gain since December 2013. The improvement in resale activity reflected an increase in sales of single-family homes (0.5%) to 4.06 million annualized units as well as a rise in condos and co-ops sales (7.3%) to 0.59 million. A pickup in activity in the West and South (4.9% and 1.0%, respectively) contributed to the overall gain in the month. In contrast, existing home sales in the Midwest dipped (-1.0%) while activity in the Northeast held steady following a 9.1% bounce in the previous month.

Optimism In The South Florida Home Improvement Industry Is High For The Upcoming Fort Lauderdale Home Design And Remodeling Show | Benzinga

Carlos Garcias of Artistic Custom Wood, an exhibitor at the Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show this spring said that sales were strong. Lee Goldsticker, owner of Lazy Lee Closet Systems said he met the best customers of the highest quality at the show. The Ft Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show will transform the Broward County Convention Center into a home improvement paradise the weekend following Memorial Day. The show is best described as a one-stop, interactive marketplace featuring thousands of products for home improvement, remodeling, interior design updates, outdoor improvements and enhanced South Florida lifestyles, said Sharon Berube, spokesperson for the Show. And this year’s event has special showcases that match the energy and interest of South Floridians. Special features at this show include: Design seminars with HGTV’s John Gidding (Curb Appeal). John will share his international outlook on design in seminars Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm.

Home Improvement Stores in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated | Benzinga

Nonetheless, overall industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 2.2% to $143.6 billion in the five years to 2014. The recovery in sales has increased industry profitability; margins have increased from 7.0% of revenue in 2009 to an estimated 9.8% in 2014. As the economy continues to recover, favorable conditions will likely continue through 2019. The number of housing starts is expected to increase further, likely leading to a rise in demand for home improvement supplies. As such, revenue is forecast to increase, however, IBISWorld expects industry profit to fall slightly, as industry expansion forces prices down and pushes labor and marketing costs up. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Home Improvement Stores industry in the US industry report page. Follow IBISWorld on Twitter:!/IBISWorld Friend IBISWorld on Facebook: IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics The Home Improvement Stores industry sells a range of home repair and maintenance goods, such as hardware, tools, electrical goods, lumber and structural material for construction and renovations. Hardware stores, which are generally smaller and consequently sell fewer items, are excluded from this industry.

Va Boss Admits Stealing Home Improvements – Hartford Courant

Venita Godfrey-Smith, 47, of New Haven pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Hartford to theft of government property. The government estimates it lost from $15,000 and $20,000 on work at Godfrey-Smith’s house. Federal prosecutors said Godfrey-Smith was a supervisor in facilities management at the Veterans Affair Medical Center, responsible for repairing doors, replacing locks and other minor maintenance projects. Between 2010 and 2013, the government says she ordered her employees to perform a variety of improvement projects at her home, including the deck, carpet installation and bathroom and kitchen renovations Godfrey-Smith instructed her employees to use veterans Affairs materials, tools and vehicles while working at her home. In some cases, she ordered them to buy materials using her government issued credit card, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said some of the work was done during business hours.. Godfrey-Smith is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S.

Treehouse Inc. Reports Receiving More Capital Investment – Austin Business Journal

has reported receiving nearly $500,000 of a planned $700,000 financing. The Austin-based company collected the capital from 19 investors, according to a Friday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission . President Jason Ballard couldnt immediately be reached for comment. TreeHouse, founded in 2011, operates an environmentally friendly home improvement store. In October 2011, the company opened its first location at the Westgate Shopping Center in South Austin.

Séamus Plunkett Sees Plenty Of Room For Improvement For Laois Despite Big Win Over Carlow – Hurling | The Irish Times – Mon, May 12, 2014

Carlow’s Diarmuid Byrne with Laois’s Stephen Maher during the Leinster senior hurling championship clash at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It was a straightforward finish for the Portlaoise man from close range, after being found by Willie Hyland. LAOIS: E Reilly; JA Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton, J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, T Delaney, D Palmer (0-1), P Whelan (0-1), S Maher (0-12, 8fs), C Dwyer (0-2), W Hyland (0-2), N Foyle (0-1), R King (0-2), T Fitzgerald (1-0). Subs: J Campion (0-1) for T Delaney (ht), J Brophy for Dwyer (55), B Reddin for Fitzgerald (62), C Dunne for King (67), D Maher for JA Delaney (70). CARLOW: B Treacy; A Corcoran, P Doyle, G Kelly, HP OByrne, D English, R Coady, J Kavanagh, C Wall (0-1), P Coady, S Kavanagh, J Doyle, M Kavanagh (0-1), A Gaule (0-1), D Murphy (0-10, 9fs).

The Home Depot, Inc. (hd) News: Home Depot Is Capitalizing On Economic Recovery – Seeking Alpha

According to ComScore, there was a 10% increase in online spending during 2013 holiday season, and retailers have seen a strong growth on their sites. These are strong indications of changing buying behavior of customers, and no segment of the retail industry, including the home improvement segment, should ignore it. Companies that are slow to move to mobile platforms will find it hard to compete with their competitors like HD that have already built their presence on mobile devices. HD has a strategic focus on capitalizing on this trend, and it is investing in mobile web and mobile app capabilities and improving the functionality of its website. Home Depot’s focus on its online and mobile presence is likely to strengthen HD’s position, especially compared to the very large number of smaller retailers that lack the scale to undertake any such expansion.