<![CDATA[AmazingPlans.com Blog]]> http://amazingplans.com/news/ Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:36:08 +0000 http://amazingplans.com/skin/frontend/default/theme216/images/rss_48.png <![CDATA[AmazingPlans.com Blog]]> http://amazingplans.com/news/ Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Hire The Best Roofer For The Job By Asking The Right Questions]]> http://amazingplans.com/news/best_roofer/ Roofing is a process that you are not likely to be familiar with until it comes time to put a new roof on your own home. Even then, you will need to learn a great deal about what products to use and the procedures that meet your roofing needs.

Therefore, it is crucial to know that you can rely on your roofing contractor to provide you with good advice about such things. The key is to find the best roofer to do the job.

The questions you ask your Oklahoma roofer will help you determine their reputation, experience and reliability, as well as their dedication to provide you with the best roofing system for your money.

The best roofer will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. It just makes good sense to get several bids on your roofing job, to ask several different contractors these important questions. Confidence that you have chosen the best will help make sure that you get a quality roof and your hard-earned money is spent wisely.

Knowing Which Questions To Ask

It is not only important to find a roofing contractor that is willing to answer your questions, it is also imperative that you know which questions to ask. The following questions should help you to easily determine the reliability, reputation and experience of a contractor and appraise their dedication to job performance.

What is the complete name and address of your company?

Having the full name and address of the roofing company can be an important factor. In addition to other details, you will be able to learn how long the company has been in business. If you are given a post office box for an address, be sure to ask for the full street address. Look for the best roofer with an office near you because a company near your home is likely to provide better service and quicker a quicker response time.

Do you have insurance?

A roofer should carry comprehensive liability insurance in addition to workers’ compensation insurance in order to protect their customers in the event of an accident. Ask to see the certificates of insurance before the job is started.

Can you provide referrals or references from previous jobs?

Ask to see photos of completed work, if possible. However, that many of the best roofers may not have photos. Ask for a list of at least ten names and phone numbers for previous customers, preferably within the past year. You do not have to call all ten, but picking a couple at random will get you the information you need.

The majority of homeowners know very little when it comes to choosing the best roofer. After all, it is not something that many people concern themselves with on a regular basis. However, it is important to make an informed choice when the time comes to replace your roof. You need to be able to find the right roofer, one who is able to advise you on the best procedures and products for your roofing job.

About the Author: Scott Gray is currently an handyman expert and web publisher who enjoys providing tips to consumers and homeowners. For more information about home repairs in Richmond BC be sure to visit everydayhandyman.com.

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Wed, 17 Aug 2011 02:25:49 +0000
<![CDATA[The Best Insulation Types to Keep Your Home Comfortable Year Round]]> http://amazingplans.com/news/best_insulation_types/ The best insulation types are both energy efficient as well as cost effective. Without proper insulation in your home it will be excessively drafty and cold, which will keep your furnace working overtime all winter long to stay comfortable. The same is true for air conditioning in the summertime.

Adequate insulation will make it possible for your home to keep the temperature you set on your central heating or cooling system, no matter how hot or cold it may be outside of your home.

Selecting the appropriate insulation type, the correct amount of insulation and ensuring it is installed properly in your new or existing home's ceilings, walls, foundations and floors will help keep your home not just comfortable, but energy efficient and economical as well.

The Different Insulation Types

The insulation that you pick for your home is a major decision. You must take a number of factors into consideration, such as:

- the climate in your region

- your way of life

- the size and shape of your home

- the type of heating system in your home

Choosing the best insulation for your home is an important issue in determining the level of comfort inside of your home, not just now but for several years after the insulation is installed. Insulation will also determine energy efficiently, which of course will determine the amount of money you spend keeping you home comfortable throughout the seasons.

There are a number of different insulation types. Some types are more efficient than others are; in addition, some are also much healthier.

The age of your home usually determines the insulation type that the builder used. New insulation types are being developed and researched in order to improve the energy rating of newly constructed homes continuously.

Blanket: batts and rolls
This type is made from fiberglass, plastic fibers, natural fibers or mineral wood, such as rock or slag. You would use this insulation on unfinished walls, including floors, ceilings and foundation walls. It is installed by fitting in in between the joists, beams and studs. The great thing about pink fiberglass insulation and other insulation types in this category, is the ability to get the job done on your own.

Concrete block
This insulation type comes in the form of foam beads or liquid foam, which is made from polystyrene, such as Styrofoam, as well as polyisocyanurate or polyurethane. It can also be found in perlite or vermiculite pellets. This insulation is used on unfinished walls, such as foundation walls for major renovations and new construction. Skills in masonry are required for working with this insulation type.

Rigid foam or foam board
This insulation type, although made from the same materials as concrete block insulation, can be used in the same areas as blanket insulation. However, it must be covered with building-code approved material, such as gypsum board when used for interior application for fire safety. Likewise, exterior applications much be covered with weatherproofing.

Insulating concrete forms, or ICFs
These are foam blocks or boards that can be used on unfinished walls, such as foundation walls, as part of the building structure.

Loose-fill
This insulation type is made from fiberglass, mineral wool or cellulose. It can be used on existing walls or open wall cavities. In addition, it can also be used as attic insulation and in other hard-to-reach places. This insulation can be blown into place with special equipment, or poured in some cases.

Reflective system
You can use this insulation type in your floors, ceilings and unfinished walls. It comes in the form of cardboard, polyethylene bubbles, plastic film or foil-faced kraft paper.

Rigid fibrous or fiber
Made from mineral wool or fiberglass, this insulation type is used in ducts and other places where temperatures are high.

Spray insulation
This insulation type is made from cementitious, phenolic, polyisocyanurate or polyurethane and works well on enclosed existing walls, open wall cavities as well as unfinished attic floors.

Structural insulated panels, or SIPs
Straw core insulation, liquid foam insulation core or foam board, this insulation type works no new roofs, as well as unfinished ceilings, floors and walls.

As you can see, the options are in abundance when it comes to insulation types. No matter if you need basement insulation for a new home or attic insulation for an existing home, one of these insulation types is sure to get the job done.

About the Author:
Scott Gray is currently an expert handyman and web publisher who enjoys providing tips to consumers and homeowners. For more information about home repairs in Richmond BC, and what the best insulation types are be sure to visit everydayhandyman.com.

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Thu, 04 Aug 2011 14:07:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Build Now or Regret It Later!]]> http://amazingplans.com/news/build_now_regret_later/ It may seem obvious, but the opportunity to build your own home has never been more profitable.  And if you are looking to use a custom home plan, then it makes even more sense to jump on the chance to build that dream house you’ve always wanted.  Consider the following when deciding on whether to build or wait:


    * You’ve probably heard it a million times, but interest rates are the lowest they’ve ever been.  And not just compared to 20 years ago--even within the last 12 months, 15-year mortgage rates have dropped below what was thought to be the bottom of the rate plunge.


    * Materials costs fluctuate dramatically.  For example: lumber costs are on the rise since they bottomed out in 2009, but are lower now than they’ve been all year.  Even if you can’t take advantage of the immediate savings, the actual cost of building a house is on the incline, so the sooner, the better.


    * New home prices are an average of 14% lower than they were just 4 years ago.  That translates into more house for your money!  You can pocket the savings, or use them to upgrade your home (extra bedroom, vaulted ceilings, jacuzzi, etc.).


    * Consequently, prices for real property (where you’ll build your house!) are also down.  If you are looking to build on a new lot, you can take advantage of the buyers’ market and snag a deal on 3 of the most important factors of your new home: location, location, location!


    * Finally, with home construction down, contractors are looking for work.  Again, the buyer has the power for negotiating discounts and upgrades.  You can get a bargain on the builder fees or labor costs, or perhaps the contractor will throw in a little something extra when you choose them over the competition.



In each case, the homeowner comes out on top.  It make clear financial sense, not to mention the opportunities that may not even exist in the near future.  So what are you waiting for?  Take this once-in-a-lifetime chance, and build now......or regret it later!                    


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Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:25:04 +0000
<![CDATA[5 Simple Tips for Saving Money on Building Your Home]]> http://amazingplans.com/news/5-tips-for-saving-money/ No matter what the occasion, saving money is always a good thing.  But when it comes to building your dream home, making financially wise choices can really impact your wallet.  Especially in today’s economy, everyone is looking to make their money work harder for them, and with housing construction where it is, you are sure to find some good deals for your American dream.  Here are just 5 ways to make every dollar count when building a new house:

#1.    Plan ahead!
Nothing can ruin your budget more than not having one!  From floor tiles to floor plans, everything from start to finish should be as accurately planned as possible.  Of course, that also means to plan for the unexpected!  Those who have the cold, hard numbers for every nook and cranny can safely say they know how much they are going to spend.  Being thorough on your planning means you can see how much those budget windows will actually save you in the long run.  Even if you go all out for that three-car garage, the double fireplace, or the granite counter-tops with beveled edge, knowing your financial boundaries before you even break ground will prevent your dream home from becoming a nightmare.

#2.    Shop around!
Whether you are looking for a builder or just someone to hang curtains, do not hesitate to look around and see what kind of prices you are offered.  It is a buyer’s market, my friend, so remember that people will compete for your business!  Often you may even be able to negotiate prices, or get some pretty sweet upgrades, just to lock in the deal.  One word of caution: do not decide on price alone!  Sometimes things are cheap for that very reason---they are cheap!  Do your homework and find the best bang for your buck.

#3.    Save the earth, save some money!
Nowadays, everyone is “going green.”  And while doing your part to protect the planet is a noble cause in and of itself, it's nice to have the added bonus that being environmentally-friendly can save you some green in the process.  Check out specials from manufacturers and installers.  Everyone from high-efficiency air-conditioner salesmen to roofers installing heat-reflective shingles are offering discounts, not to mention the tax credits associated with many energy-efficient solutions.  Sure, some things may cost a little more up front, but the long-term savings will outweigh the initial cost.

#4.    That’s what friends are for!
Know a plumber?  Someone who does drywall?  Don't hesitate to call in a favor from a friend in the business.  They will appreciate the work, and they are less likely to cut corners for someone they know personally.  You can even take this step further and do some of the work yourself.  You may not be Bob Vila, and you don’t want to jeopardize the inspections (or your safety!), but you may be able to put on some finishing touches at a fraction of the cost.  Have a painting party, and you will have great memories to go with those savings!

#5.    Know your territory!
After the fact, it's amazing what people notice and would like to change about their homes that never crossed their minds before construction started.  Think of things you can take advantage of now, to save some big bucks later.  Consider the sunlight, rain, humidity, and wind to which your home will be exposed.  Moving some windows, changing roof pitches, or raising the doorstep may not be immediate thoughts, but will pay off big time when Mother Nature comes knocking.  Colors, building materials, all sorts of factors can come in to play depending on the climate and location of your house.  You can protect your investment and your wallet by thinking of those factors you cannot control!

This is just a small list of money-saving strategies for those wishing to pinch their pennies.  Regardless of your location, style of home, square-footage, or taste for decor, there is always a way to save some dough, without sacrificing your custom-planned home.

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Wed, 22 Jun 2011 03:03:34 +0000