Home Improvement Books

Home Improvement and Repair Books are a very useful resource when it comes to home improvement DIY. Home repair is an unavoidable circumstance faced by everyone at one stage or the other. Any home owner is supposed to be prepared for this dreaded situation as constant wear and tear of home appliances and various other climatic conditions lead to home repairs and improvement.

Home Improvements, big or small cannot be ignored or postponed as doing any such activity leads to more aggravated problems and higher is the expenditure. However, everyone desires to run away or avoid such hassles such as the leaking roof, termites in the framework, seeping basement, squirrels in the attic, furnace failing, broken down air conditioner, and many more simple home repairs as well as home improvement like adding on rooms or installing a new kitchen.

Improvement books can help the novice when it comes to home repair and home re-modeling. Home repairs being a common problem is almost solved individually. Only when technical involvement is high, the professionals are asked to attend. As they turn to be expensive, people are trying to solve their own problems. Not only are the professionals expensive, but are also time consuming. To avoid such grave conditions, improvement books have come as a great source of relief. There are many books written by experts and exceptional professionals who have come out and published books to give ideas to solve home repairs and improvements to save money and time.

Home improvement books are one of the best ways to protect your expensive investment. Though homes are the highly prized investment, they often call less maintenance than a car. However, you should fix any problem of your home repair before it completely breaks down. By following the tips and solutions provided in the books, it is possible to evade the financial stake. These books offer you a seasonal plan of checking all the particular areas that may create problems. You can follow the illustrated instruction of what, where and when to do. You can comprehend by reading the book, when it is actually time to call for a professional. You can treat the home improvement books as the most trustworthy home maintenance official program that guides and steers you in making the apposite choices.

The Essence of a Marketing Manager in a Home Improvement Company

So you want to hire a Marketing Manager. Someone suggests you go to a headhunter or a dot com site. You get inundated with resumes from those with degrees in marketing or those with marketing backgrounds in major corporations – ad nauseam. Unfortunately, most of these applicants cannot fill the job.

The most appropriate applicant as a Marketing Manager for a lead based home improvement company has usually worked for a company with “in home” salespeople. They have a feel for what will pull leads in various advertising mediums; they understand the kind and quality of leads the company needs, as well as the kind and styles of the salespeople who will be issued the lead. A Marketing Manager in the home improvement business has the responsibility of keeping the lead pipeline full.

The ideal Marketing Manager will have to understand budget limitations, lead issuance and control factors and, above all, that leads are a precious commodity. Most leads are obtained expensively, and once acquired remain viable until your company or a competitor sells the product of interest to the prospect. Your Marketing Manager has to understand database management, confirmation and rehash scripting, how to negotiate with the media, event sources and S.F.I. relationships with big box and other similar “brand” sources. If a call center is involved, the ability to hire, train and supervise others is a necessity.

None of the above obviates the possibility that you won’t find “a diamond” without the experience defined. However, prepare yourself for training and control in the early stages because Marketing Managers in home improvement organizations are still an enigma.

Cues: Write the job description before you hire. Detail issues such as: what performance is expected, what budget to maintain (including the cost of the marketing manager) along with territory and product limitations. Compensate with a base salary and incentives for meeting budget requirements. Finally, evaluate these 3 considerations regarding the applicant: Can they do the job? Will they do the job? Do they fit?

The Home Improvement Nightmare-Who’s To Blame and How To Avoid It

Unless you live in a remote part of the country with no television, newspaper or other people to talk to, there is a good chance you have heard or read about a home improvement scam or project gone wrong. It seems to be a fact in this country that when you go about doing a home improvement project you will usually encounter countless problems, delays and shoddy work.

The home improvement experience leaves most people stressed and vowing never to do another project again! So it is not surprising to hear that home improvement complaints rank at the top of consumer complaints nationwide year after year. Where does the blame fall for this epidemic of home improvement problems?

I am proud to say I was a home improvement contractor for almost 30 years and I was fortunate enough to win some of the industry’s highest awards. However, it has never ceased to amaze me the poor home improvement decisions that I have seen so many homeowners make. One of the more notable mistakes I would see done over and over again was when a homeowner would blindly hire someone to do a project because the person was a friend or a friend of a friend. To me this reasoning makes no sense.

Friendship and craftsmanship are not related, but for some reason a lot of people believe other wise. Another great example of homeowner apathy is hiring someone to do a project without ever putting anything in writing. Who in their right mind would ever agree to such a disastrous situation? Another very similar blunder would be for a homeowner to blindly accept an estimate on the back of a business card. Usually the only information that has room on the back of a business card is the PRICE.

A major mistake made by many people doing a home improvement project is letting price dictate the decision on who to hire. More problems occur because homeowners pick the lowest price they can find. Why? It is very simple. You can only produce a high quality project at a certain cost. High quality materials, expert labor, appropriate insurances and a reasonable profit to stay in business, cost a certain amount of money.

If someone can do that same project under that amount, what do you think is going to happen when the job is being done? That’s right, the person or company is going to do anything they can to try and make a profit. All of the possibilities that could result from the person you hired, as the low bidder, trying to make a profit, are simply all BAD for the homeowner. In home improvements you get exactly what you pay for.

Let’s not forget to put some of the blame on people looking to work on your home. Over the years I have seen some of my competitors commit heinous business practices. (Surprise!!) I have seen contractors switch materials to lesser quality without customer approval, use unqualified labor, overcharge homeowners for “unforeseen problems”, try to up sell the customer once the project starts, etc.,etc.,etc…….it makes you wonder if you can trust anyone?

So where does the blame fall for all the home improvement complaints year after year? I guess it would be easy to blame the homeowner for not educating themselves on what to do when attempting a project. However the next question would be where does a homeowner get “educated”? Maybe a better question would be when does a homeowner find the time to get “educated”? Education is a great tool if you have the time to do the research. Most people don’t have the time or want to take the time to do hours and hours of research on how to go about getting a home improvement done correctly.

Oops I almost forgot Uncle Sam. A lot of people, including myself, think the government makes it too easy for someone, who has no ethics or skills, to do home improvement work. Why are there still some states that do not have licensing for people doing home improvements? And in the states that do have licensing, why are some of these states issuing licenses without the applicant needing to demonstrate any type of competence in home improvement work? This is like giving out a driver’s license without taking a road test. Doesn’t make much sense to me.

One last situation to blame, one that I would never forgive myself for not mentioning. Home improvement television shows have become the latest fad in television. You can hardly change television channels without a home improvement program popping up. The influx of home improvement shows on television has been phenomenal. However, most of these shows tend to unrealistically glorify the home improvement project as being easy to do with nothing ever going wrong. The last time I looked, nothing ever goes perfect, including home improvement projects. Little, if any information is mentioned on these shows, about how not to be “taken to the cleaners” when doing a project.

One would have to conclude that there is plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the problems homeowners face when attempting a home improvement project. Unfortunately, most of these problems have been around for many years and if you are expecting a “quick fix”, I think you might be waiting a very long time.

Since I retired from the home improvement industry two (2) years ago I decided it was time to stop worrying about who or what to blame about the constant wave of home improvement complaints (it really seems to be a waste of energy since nothing seems to change) and to put together a way for homeowners to fight back and get the home improvement results that they deserve.

This is why I founded The Home Improvement Success Club of America (TM). The club’s website, which I hope you will visit, can be found at http://www.homeimprovementsuccess.com. This is a one-of-a-kind club that guides homeowners on how to get high quality, problem free, home improvement results.

Membership to this club includes The Home Improvement Success System, a complete how-to home improvement system that details all the steps you need to take to make your project a success. The club membership also includes a web forum to ask questions, phone consultations, monthly newsletters, teleseminars, teleclasses and written evaluations of member estimates and contracts.

This club guarantees to short cut the time homeowners need to learn how to complete any home improvement project. You are shown what to do and what to avoid. All the information that you receive from this club you could spend months trying to find, but by joining this club it is at your finger tips 24/7.

To do a home improvement project correctly you need to follow five (5) steps. These steps are:

1. Define your project based on your needs, finances and structural constraints.

2. Determine who can complete the project.

3. Evaluate perspective candidates (including yourself) who you may want to use to complete the project.

4. Prepare a contract that is “thorough” and protects you from poor home improvement situations.

5. Completing certain tasks when the project is being built.

These five steps seem relatively easy to understand but it’s the “particulars” (exactly what to say and do) of each step where most people fall short. Knowing these “particulars” are what makes or breaks your project. Membership to this club will guide you to completing a home improvement project without all the problems and aggravation that most people go through.

If you are interested in protecting your home from the home improvement nightmare, than visit The Home Improvement Success Club of America Website. Joining this club is the next best thing to getting “Home Improvement Insurance”. All Club memberships come with a 30 day money back guarantee.

By Hank Jaworowski, CR
Founder and President of The Home Improvement Success Club of America(TM)

The Home Improvement Success Club of America(TM)
http://www.homeimprovementsuccess.com
e-mail:Hank@homeimprovementsuccess.com
631-360-7722

Do it Yourself Home Improvement Tips and Ideas

There are different approaches to manage a home improvement project. One common strategy is to “Do it Yourself” (DIY). Most homeowners usually prefer to do the work themselves when they remodel or improve their homes instead of hiring contractors or professionals to do the job. The reason why people do the beautification by themselves is so they can save money. Hiring contractors would require you to pay them professional fees in order to cut down costs, its best to do it yourself. Doing the work by yourself even allows you to make your own choices and decisions.

There are many things that can come to mind when thinking about what home improvements you want to take on in your home. Here are some Do it Yourself home improvement tips to make your home attractive and comfortable:

Flooring – Install laminate flooring. Laminate floors are attractive and can give your home a wonderful look. It is durable as compared to carpets at a lower cost as compared to natural floor materials. You may also replace vinyl flooring because it is easier to install it, you can simply glue it down with adhesive. Vinyl flooring is a practical, durable and usually an attractive choice for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and baths.

Carpets– Install carpet. Carpets offer distinctive decorative advantages over other materials that may help to pull your room together. It is an excellent choice if the flooring in your home is no longer in good condition and carpet is even cheaper than hardwood or tiles and much easier to clean and maintain. Carpets are also considered a great insulator for your home, so when you are heating or cooling your home, you will be able to do it more efficiently.

Wallpapers and Painting – Wallpapers are very pleasing to the eye. It can brighten a room, add lots of character, make it warm and cozy and even make it look bigger. Wallpapers are usually great in bedrooms. It is one of the easiest home improvement projects that you can do. Painting is the most popular and practical wall treatment because it is the easiest, fastest and the least expensive way to give your room an instant makeover. You may choose from latex paints or oil based paints.

Windows – You may choose to install blinds or put curtains to add style make your windows look great. Window blinds has been often used as a home d├ęcor item. They are responsible in blocking the sun rays so it blocks the light from entering the room. Blinds also serve as window shades on your windows so it reduces eye strain and headache. Curtains add a certain style on your windows. It adds elegance to a room and you can choose from a variety of attractive and colorful curtains available.