Choosing the right flooring for your home

If you’re ready to replace the floors in your house, you’ve likely looked at the big three options: wood, vinyl, and ceramic. While each has its merits, some fare better and last longer in specific locations within the home.

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Pittsburgh named best bargain in the US

We’ve always known it, but now everybody does — according to SmartAsset, Pittsburgh is the “most undervalued city in America.” The distinction was mentioned in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review which reports that “SmartAsset has crunched the numbers —unemployment rates, prices per square foot, high school graduation rates, crime rate, entertainment establishment density, average days with precipitation, average number of days with bad weather — and found Pittsburgh to be the best deal.” Our city also placed very highly when it comes to education. Of all of the cities evaluated, Pittsburgh had a 93% high school graduation rate, the second highest. 37% of adults have at least a a bachelor’s degree.  So, out-of-towners, what are you waiting for? If you’re looking to relocate to Pittsburgh, contact us and we will be happy to...

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Finding the Right Contractor

If you’re about to embark on a home renovation, you’re probably in the middle of trying to get contractor bids. You likely started out by asking friends who they’ve used—or even read over reviews on Angie’s List or a similar service. Now the fun begins—having contractors come over, assess the project, give you a timeline, and finally a bid on project cost. While it can be tempting to go with the lowest bid, be sure that the contractor truly understands the scope of work. Be certain to get a detailed write-up of the project and how the contractor plans to implement it every step of the way. Compare the project plans from each contractor to be sure that they match up. While the process might be slightly different, the major steps to get to the end project should be mostly the same. If you notice any big gaps in one proposal, ask about it. It’s possible that the contractor overlooked it or that it’s something that you don’t really need. It’s better to ask questions now than to wait until you’re well into the project. And be sure to get a timeline. If you really need the timeline to be firm, build language into your contract that states it needs to be done by a certain date—and set the ramifications should that date be surpassed. Of course you’ll need...

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The Great Mulch Debate

If you’re getting your yard ready for summer and you’re about to mulch, here are some quick tips to help you choose between rubber and wood mulch.

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