Tag: Improvements

Home Renovation Companies

For those of you homeowners that like to get the job done by renovation companies,should definitely be aware of the best home renovation companies that are available to you, so that you can take full advantage of this. After all you are going to need the proper supplies for your home renovation needs, and finding them at an affordable price is always a good thing.These companies offer one of the largest and most varied selections out there, including building materials, doors and windows, electrical, floor covering, hardware, heating and venting, paint, plumbing, and more.

Homeowners lacking the time and talent to remodel their homes, there are many home renovation companies that can provide the professional results being sought. When considering a remodeling project you will want to contract with one of the home renovation companies specializing in the type of project being considered. While some contractors have the necessary crews with the experience to provide all types of work, others may be limited in the type of remodeling jobs they can complete.

Just as most homeowners would not call a plumber to install a new electric line, if the homeowner is planning to replace the floors in their kitchen, they should not call a painter. Depending on the type of work being done, the home renovation companies contacted should have the experience for that type of work. There is also a good chance that contacting home renovation companies that offer to do all the work the prices may be slightly higher than specialized companies. When home renovation companies only do one types of work, they may have extra parts and fixtures left over from previous jobs and without the need to buy new ones for your job, may offer a savings on the work. Home renovation companies that have to hire outside contractors to perform some of the work may also add a small fee just for making the calls and arranging the work.

The biggest complaint many home renovation companies have with the consumer is knowing who is calling the shots on the job. Opinions on what is to be done offer differ between spouses and the poor guy doing the work is often caught in arguments between the couple. One may have contracted the job and seemingly they are in agreement, but part way through one may decide they want something different and the head of the home renovation companies are left trying to figure out which one is in charge.

In most cases, it is better to hire a contractor and work out the details with them. The couple should then stay out of the way and let them do their job so the project is finished on time, within budget and is what the couple is paying to be done. Many home renovation companies prefer working this way as opposed to the homeowner hiring six different contractors for each phase of the project. It also helps in the timing of the job as one person can … Read More

Four Reasons Why You Would Use Louver Doors In Your Home

When it comes to finding a great look for your home that is both functional and eye appealing, you simply cannot beat interior Louver doors. Typically seen in bi-fold fashion on closets, these doors are now beginning to be appreciated in many other applications around the home, for good reason. Whether you are on the hunt for a door that doubles as an accent piece for your décor or simply need to improve the air movement in your home, Louvre doors will not let you down.

Convenience in Tight Places

Like with other styles of bi-folding doors, there is a certain level of ease that comes with this style of Louver doors. They can be used in relatively tight places without completely blocking the flow of traffic because they do not swing open. However, unlike a solid-front style, this slotted variety offers much more. The introduction of standard cut doors with the attractive shutter like design also allows for a consistency throughout a hallway or entry, so closets, bedrooms, and bathrooms share the unique style.

Air Flow

Louver doors provide superior air flow due to their design, whether they are hiding a large closet or operating as a standard bedroom entryway. The great thing about this is that it allows warm or cool air to travel between rooms, even when the door is shut. Of course, for the closet, this is nice so the air doesn’t get stale around clothing, blankets, or toiletries. For bedrooms or other spaces within the room, a Louver door can represent cost savings and comfort as air conditioning or heat easily passes through.


Proper airflow between spaces also means better ventilation. Would you like to close off a utility closet? Do you have a mud room that tends to be damp or a finished basement? A Louvre door might be the perfect option. It provides the ventilation and airflow that some systems require and can cut down on moisture by moving air over it. That’s not the best part, either; this style of door can serve several important functions, but, more importantly, it looks great in the process.

Visual Appeal

There is no doubt about it; a little detail can go a long way toward making a space beautiful. While a classic front door will serve the purpose of dividing the house, it doesn’t have the same pizzazz as this style. A Louvre door can work with nearly any décor, transitioning easily between homeowners and between changing trends, always offering a sense of interest and beauty.… Read More

Vanilla Ice, Rapper, Reality Star And Home Remodeling Expert

When you mention the name Vanilla Ice, most people only remember the rapper with the bad haircut and that interminable hook that gets stuck in your head before you can stop it.

However that was a long time ago, over twenty years in fact, and these days Rob Van Winkle is still making a lot of money but in a very different way, as a new show debuting on the cable channel The DIY Network showcases.

For the last two decades Van Winkle has been a “house flipper” and he says that even in a down real estate market he’s still making money.

The new show “The Vanilla Ice Project”, began on Thursday October 14th at 9pm. The first episode chronicled one of his current remodeling projects, a 7,000 square foot mansion in Wellington, Florida.

He paid $420,000 for the house and after adding $300,000 in home improvements he intends to put it on the market for a cool $1 million.

Exactly what has Ice added to the home so far? A full home theater in the attic is just one of the new features and it not only boasts electric curtains but “mood sensing” lighting as well.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about all this is that Van Winkle does most of the actual remodeling work himself. Upcoming episodes of the show feature Ice and  his new crew creating a racetrack in the garage, completely renovating a swimming pool and installing some very high end cabinets in a formerly dilapidated kitchen which had been ruined when the previous occupants decided to rip out and take most of the built ins with them.… Read More

Winter: a Renovation Project

Winter: a Renovation Project

Winter’s a renovation project? About this time of year (early March), we in the upper Midwest wish it finished already. The contractor is taking too long. Yet, perhaps we see the wisdom of Thomson’s words: winter isn’t ruin, but, rather, a force for renewal. To which there’s a degree of truth (but only a degree). I feel so sorry for those of you living in the subtropics. Do you see what you’re missing? Shall we send you some renovation via a north wind?

By the way, two to four more inches of snow predicted for tonight and tomorrow in Northeast Wisconsin (March when this photo was posted). Next week? Predicted temperatures in the 50s F. I think I’m sensing the completion of the project.

Where sits the soul, intense, collected, cool,
Bright as the skies, and as the season keen.
All nature feels the renovating force
Of Winter, only to the thoughtless eye
In ruin seen . . . .

—from "The Seasons: Winter," by James Thomson

(for Poetography, Theme 164—Bright; Literary Reference in Pictures)

Posted by mseyb on 2016-03-04 17:41:15

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How To Write A Repair Request – It’s In The Details

Disclaimer: While your Realtor may draft a repair request for you, or you may do it yourself, I strongly recommend seeking competent guidance from an attorney who specializes in real estate matters. Real estate agents cannot give legal advice unless specifically qualified to do so.

One of the major components of any quality real estate sales and purchase contract is the inspection contingencies. Once you have agreed to the basic terms and conditions with a seller, you should have allowed yourself a reasonable time period to fully inspect the property using any resource you see fit. It is very typical to find numerous items that may need attention during this period and you must decide what should be repaired and what you can deal with later.

The sales and purchase contract should have detailed instructions on how to handle any requests for repairs, and you should review these instructions with your Realtor before drafting a repair request. Failing to follow these instructions can be just a bad as failing to adequately express your expectations. Make sure you understand what you must do and what your recourse could be or you may end up purchasing a property with significant defects.

Let’s develop a scenario to use as an example of the many possible solutions to finding problems and getting them satisfactorily resolved. One situation I recently observed a friend go through with the sale of her home was the repair of a ceiling with water damage from a previous water leak. The buyers noticed the stain on the ceiling and the seller had disclosed the fact the roof had leaked and was repaired. The seller had sufficient documentation to prove this fact and provided it to the buyers.

The buyers took issue with the condition of the ceiling during the inspection phase and make a request to have the ceiling repaired. The exact wording of the repair request was “seller to repair ceiling in the living room”. This request was properly presented to the seller according to the contract and was agreed upon by both parties. At this point, all parties involved were content with the the status of the transaction.

Obviously, for this to be a good example for our discussion, something has to go wrong, right? Well, something did go wrong, and it led to some very heated arguments and accusations. The buyers’ intentions with the repair request was to have the ceiling opened up, inspected for further water damage and mold, and then repaired and painted to match the surrounding ceiling. The seller’s intention was to replace the affected area on the ceiling with new drywall and mud, but not repaint or inspect for other damage.

Now, re-read the exact wording of the repair request. Who has the correct interpretation of the intent of the request? The seller or the buyer? In my opinion, both viewed the extremely vague wording of the request to their advantage and failed to recognize the other party’s intentions. Both could be correct, … Read More

Home Depot Stores Operations Improvement Plan Project

In order to become more competitive, a particular company should use principles and techniques of operations management, such as identification, planning, analysis, design, testing, implementation, and review of a selected improvement plan (OIP); should be able to analyze candidate processes within the company to select a substantive process of appropriate scope to meet the operations improvement plan objectives; should be able to select and apply appropriate tools and techniques to the creation of an operations improvement plan; should be able to identify applicable ISO certification standards and incorporate appropriately to fortify the improvement process and finally, should be able to identify the anticipated costs and benefits associated with the operations improvement plan(Kenneth, 2008).

Operations Improvement Plan

The Home Depot is still guided today by those values established by its founders: “excellent customer service, taking care of people, entrepreneurial spirit, respect for all people, building strong relationships, doing the right thing, giving back to communities, and creating shareholder value. From the beginning, The Home Depot developed strategic product alliances directly with industry-leading manufacturers to deliver the most exclusive assortments to customers” (Home Depot, 2008).

I have been working at Home Depot fro almost three years.  I have been asking myself, why some particular skus are always out of stock.  I mistakenly though that theses skus have been always in high demand that their suppliers may have not produced enough to satisfy their clients.  I curiously asked that question in receiving department and realized that nobody knew the causes:” What factors could be contributing to the problem”?   I decided to consider this question as my Professional Challenge Project.  Is this out of stock a” failure of strategic planning at the operational level at Home Depot”? Have they ever tried a “continuum of change, not only in physical technologies but in managerial technologies as well”?  Many companies, including Home Depot “are coming to the realization that their survival depends on the capability to manage production as a premier strategic function” (Kasul, 1995).

Out of stocks skus is a key challenge facing Home Depot Stores.  I did identify a set of three support processes that could help Home Depot best serve its customers the product or service they need, in a speedy manner. Theses processes are: Pack in, Pack down and Inter store cross merchandises. All these three processes complete each other to make “Order Fulfillment Process” work as planned.  I know the importance of these processes from my own observations.  They are the bone of product availability to customers.  Does Home Depot uses any technology to help the human workforce to accurately deliver good results?  According to my fishbone diagrame, I realized that the picture showed multiple causes of out of stock.  Then, I had to draw a flowchart to pinpoint where the changes might be most effective.  Consequently, receiving department became the target, where out of stock might have been originated.  This was confirmed later by the results of my survey and interview.

First, “Pack-out” is a process where products coming in … Read More