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:[email protected]
631-360-7722

Painting and Restoring Rattan Garden Furniture

A set of rattan garden furniture is quickly becoming a fixture of any British garden, patio or private outdoor area. This material has captured the heart of many a garden owner with its combination of sturdiness, durability and visual appeal, and these sets are long-standing best sellers within the British home and garden industry as a result.

If one shortcoming can be attributed to rattan, however, it is the fact that it tends to damage in the long run. In other words, rattan garden furniture tends to get ratty. Fortunately for home-owners dealing with this problem, rattan pieces can be brought back to tip-top shape simply and inexpensively – and this article will describe how.

Painting Rattan Garden Furniture

The best way to bring a piece of rattan garden furniture back to life is to give it a coat of varnish or paint – although home-owners are advised that painting rattan diminishes its market value. Still, if the pieces in a set are starting to look tatty or frayed, it is not entirely a bad idea to spruce them up a bit.

To paint a piece of rattan garden furniture, a home-owner should start by applying an undercoat of primer to it. A primer is a solution often used by painters to ensure the paint will adhere well to their material of choice, and the use of such a product can go a long way towards helping a restored piece look good.

Once a coat of primer has been applied, the item is ready for re-painting. Home-owners are advised that traditional liquid paint is not the best choice for painting rattan furniture; rather, spray-paint should be used wherever possible, as it provides a much smoother and even finish. Restorers should likewise not be afraid to apply more than one coat of paint to their piece; the more coats are layered atop one another, the more even the end result will look.

Once the piece is fully re-painted, it should be left to dry overnight. Any missed spots or patches can then be corrected with some final re-touching, to ensure the refurbished piece looks as good as new!

Home-owners seeking to restore their rattan pieces should note that this process is ideally carried out outdoors, or in a well-ventilated space. Care should also be taken to ensure the item is thoroughly wiped down prior to applying the primer and paint, to help remove any impurities and achieve optimal results.

Restoring Rattan Garden Furniture

Painting is not the only way to restore run-down or frayed rattan garden furniture. Home-owners wishing to preserve their set’s original look can simply carry out a very simple restoration process, which has the added perk of not devaluing vintage or highly re-sellable pieces.

Restoring a piece of rattan furniture without using paint calls for linseed oil and a soft brush. Once these tools are at hand, the piece should be carefully inspected to suss out any cracks, splits or scuffs in the material. The linseed oil should then be applied to these areas in repeated layers, until it begins to run off. This indicates the rattan has absorbed as much oil as it can, making any further layers moot. By this point, restorers should be able to see a measure of change in the piece’s appearance, as a result of the rattan absorbing the oil and using it to fill and correct its own imperfections. Once all the scuffs, cracks and splits have been dealt with, the piece should wiped down and left to dry overnight, just like freshly-painted pieces.

Either or both of these methods can ensure rattan garden furniture is revitalised and made to look as good as new again. Home-owners fretting about their frayed, cracked rattan set can therefore rest easy in the knowledge that the solution to their problem is easy, inexpensive and will not take up much of their time.

What’s the Best Home Business Opportunity – YourNetBiz Or Stuffing Envelopes?

YourNetBiz, a Turnkey Internet Marketing program, and stuffing envelopes for money are two home business opportunities that can enable you to make extra money. They may seem so different that you may wonder why I would compare YourNetBiz with stuffing envelopes. Well, here’s the reason.

Many people search for home business opportunities to make extra money and often select the opportunity based on what they think they can be successful with. At first glance, working from home and making money online can appear to be significantly more difficult than stuffing envelopes. So, let’s look at both home business opportunities and compare what is required with each.

Can I make a lot of money stuffing envelopes?

In my opinion no! The process cannot be automated, so your income relies on the number of hours you commit to it. In other words you are trading your time for money. Its also repetitive, uninspiring work and, for most people to sustain anything long term, there needs to be some passion and motivation involved. That being said there is no investment required by you, apart from your time.

What is YourNetBiz?

YourNetBiz is a home based business opportunity in the form of a Turnkey Internet Marketing Training Program that you can resell and make from $300 to $2000 per sale. The opportunity consists of the Internet Marketing system itself, but you also get a suite of Internet Marketing products that you can resell and keep all of the profits, training products to develop your own knowledge of Internet Marketing, live Internet Training webinars and, at the top entry level, membership of a travel club called Primo vacations.

Is it difficult to make money with yourNetBiz?

The YourNetBiz Turnkey Internet Marketing Program offers complete beginners the opportunity to promote the program, learn how to market and make money online at the same time. Apart from basic computer skills there are no specific skills required for you to start, the program teaches you all the skills required and I know many complete beginners who have enjoyed success with it. It does require an investment (starting from $495 and rising to $2995 for the top package) but here you are investing in a real business opportunity that’s already built for you.

Let’s compare the two.

1. It takes the same amount of time to build a successful home business, with a program such as YourNetBiz, as it does to generate a modest income stuffing envelopes.
2. Once you learn how to make money online effectively you can build business after business, stuffing envelopes is a one tier opportunity!
3. A home business opportunity such as YourNetBiz can be automated, allowing you to create your own time freedom and create choice in your life. Stuffing envelopes, in my opinion, does not offer that.

So, in summary I would say this.

Don’t limit your opportunity to make money, working from home, by the belief that making money online is too difficult. It is not, but it does require commitment, hard work and determination.

Don’t limit your opportunity to make money, working from home, by selecting something that cannot be automated.

Generating a greater financial return for your time often requires an initial investment, but the right investment can create the financial independence that might just change your life!

Popular Outdoor Furniture for Backyard Parties, Family Gatherings or Yard and Garden

It can be very accommodating and relaxing to have outdoor furniture in your yard. You can place furniture accessories in your front or back-yard depending on how much space you have. Outdoor furniture is useful for when you have outdoor parties, family gatherings or just a place for the family to hang out and spend time together. Some popular backyard furniture accessories to purchase include cedar bridges, picnic tables, cedar gliders or garden benches.

Picnic tables are great for gatherings with friends or families when you are hosting a barbeque or just a time to gather together and chat. When you have a few of them, children can sit at tables with each other to play games or eat and the adults can enjoy some cards and drinks together. Picnic tables can be especially cozy if you add a few umbrellas to keep out harmful sun rays too. To keep from getting splinters or to protect from hazardous weather conditions, you might think about purchasing a table cover your picnic table too.

If you have a talented carpenter in the family, you can build your own garden bridge or picnic table built to your requested customizations. Although, if you don’t have this luxury, you can still purchase noteworthy garden bridges, picnic tables or other quality outdoor furniture at home and garden centers and websites.

There are also a variety of picnic tables that you can buy as well. Some of these types include wooden picnic table with attached benches or moveable benches or with additional high back chairs. While you may not be able to buy them in one piece, some may require some assembly. Be sure you read the directions carefully!

Another relaxing piece of backyard furniture to own are cedar gliders. Cedar gliders can look almost rustic like or even have a country-type style. They are similar to a porch swing, but the main difference is that they sit on the ground. While you are relaxing in the glider, you simply glide back and forth just as you would in a swing. These are perfect for a lazy day of reading your favorite book in the yard. If you are looking for some quite privacy, you can also place on of these under a tree for some shade or in a place in your yard where you won’t be extremely close to the neighbors. After some time gliding away in one of these, in might even make a nice chatting place too. If you have multiple members in your family, you can always purchase a couple of these to sit in-one for the children and then the other for adults if you don’t want to buy one directly from a home and garden store, some specialized furniture stores might build one with custom sizes that you choose. You can have a large or small one-or perhaps even a combination of gliders built.

Garden benches are pretty accessories to place in a flower garden. These look beautiful sitting in a garden full of colorful flowers. Garden benches can be created just for decoration or they also can be an extra item to sit on in the yard. You can buy large or small garden benches, depending on what you will be using it for. If it will be used for relaxing, you might want to buy a larger one. For cute decorations, small garden benches will look lovely in any spring or summer flower garden. Garden benches can be made of cedar, bamboo, aluminum or even concrete. When you are buying a garden bench, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. First you want to measure the area that you plan on placing the bench. This will help you decide on the size that you will need. Then you also need to keep your budget in mind so that you have an idea of how much money that you are willing to spend. Last of all, you can think of what type of material you want your garden bench to be made of. Once you have all of these questions answered, you can pick out the perfect bench for your garden.

All of these types of furniture make wonderful accessories to any front or back-yard. They are ideal for relaxing, family gathering or for just decoration. Whatever the cause for the purchase, all of them will look great, no matter where you place them.

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