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3 Simple Tips for Building Homes of Your Own Success

Building Homes of Your Own is a computer game where you are challenged to get a loan, select and purchase property, design and build a house, and sell it for a profit. There are three levels to the game, Urban or Suburban, Rivers and Lakes, and Coastline. For each progressive level you will be given a larger loan for your budget. On the third level, Coastline, you will receive a loan for more than 1 million dollars.

Construction Technology Engineering is the main focus of the software. It is meant to be as close as possible to real world situations in the building homes industry. Many students in Technology Education and Engineering class utilize this software to learn the steps to planning and building a house.

Here are some of the main tips for being successful in the Building Homes of Your Own game. First, you need to remember that … Read More

The Dangers of Mold in Homes

Impact of Mold on Infrastructure

Mold grows on almost any surface on the planet but it has an especially destructive effect on organic materials. On infrastructure, mold can eat away at the organic material and leave the building unstable. One big problem with this kind of fungus is that they usually start growing in places which are not visible to the human eye such as under the floorboards, behind walls and under the sink. This means that they may have established a large colony or population before the homeowners can make arrangements for their elimination. The result of this delay can mean that the mold may have already started degrading the organic material that they are growing on such as the floorboards, the beams and the framework behind the walls.

Aside from the actual degradation of the materials, mold can also leave dark or black marks on the material that … Read More

How To Market Luxury Homes Online

This article is for a realtor or for a home owner preparing to sell a luxury home.

If you are a real estate agent a significant and lucrative way to operate your business is to work to get listings. If you have the nicer listings in the area then all the better. If you have the inventory then other area agents have to work with you to sell your inventory. You, effectively have them working as your agents selling your inventory to their buyers. It is a great situation.

So how do you get more and better listings? This is the big question. What I recommend is to do something that is different and exciting for the home owner. After all it is the home owner that selects the listing agent. Therefore, if you properly impress the home owner with how you will market their home then you are well … Read More

Heat Pump Specialists – Helps to Keep Your Homes Warm/Cool Corresponding to Outside Weather

Heat pumps offer dual functionality and are an efficient means and a great alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. So it is useful for summer and winter weathers with moderate heating and cooling according to the temperatures. They run on electricity and their main function is to move air i.e., by moving heat from a cool place to a warmer place. So during winter, it moves heat from outside into your homes and warms your place while in summer, it removes the heat from home and moves it outside. It is greatly energy efficient, heat pumps cost one quarter as compared to conventional modes of heating or cooling units.

High-temperature pumps are the best forms of heating your homes or cooling them according to the weather, they keep you warm during winters and cool you during summers. They are truly efficient modes that cost you less and give best results. … Read More

A Guide to Vacation Rental Home Options

You might just be planning a short holiday – in which case you’ll likely be weighing up the pros and cons of staying in a hotel room versus renting private accommodation. The decision you make here is dependent on a number of factors, namely how long you’re going to be away for.

If your stay spans only two or three nights, a hotel room may be worth consideration – especially if you’re going to be out and about during the day. Hotels can provide a great solution for individuals or couples, as long as you’re prepared to eat out at restaurants or order room service.

If you’re travelling in a larger group or as a family, however, hotel rooms can be very limiting in terms of space. The same applies if you’re planning on being away for more than a couple of days, as a hotel stay can feel very … Read More

Benefits of Custom Homes

When it comes to investing your hard earned cash into a home, you have two options. You can buy an existing property, maybe do some renovations to make it your own, or you can build your own custom home based on your unique needs and requirements.

For many people the building process is a long and daunting one, often one they don’t want to go through, but with the right builder by your side, a custom home provides you with a range of benefits you wouldn’t ordinarily get when it comes to buying an existing property and changing it accordingly. In fact buying an existing property and making changes will cost you more in the long run than building your own.

The first benefit to a custom home is that you get to enjoy a unique design that has been drawn specifically for you based on what you like and … Read More

Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Roofing Contractors

When it comes to an area like Houston, Texas that face hurricanes on a regular basis, you’re likely to find a wide selection of roofing contractors- it’s a much needed service. However, with so many companies available, you’re likely to run into one who can’t be trusted. Make sure you avoid these mistakes when hiring roofing contractors.

1. Not reading the contract before you sign it- The purpose of a contract is to ensure that both parties abide by the set rules. The roofer wants to make sure he gets paid when he does the work. Seems fair enough, right? Well, in the roofing business, not all contracts are created equally. While some roofing contractors just want guaranteed payment, those with less integrity may try to really stick it to you with some outrageous things thrown into the contract. With that in mind, read the contract thoroughly before you sign … Read More

Green Homes – Green Home Building For Eco Friendly Living

Green homes are houses that are kinder to the planet. They use lesser energy, produce less waste, and are a healthier environment for the people inside. Green homes come out of a philosophy of being more eco-friendly to the environment. They save on electricity, find ways to cut down on carbon-waste and general energy consumption. Green homes can put money in your pocket, and give you the peace of mind you are doing your bit to help sustain our planet.

Energy

Most of us would to make the world a little “greener” by reducing our home energy consumption. There has been improvement in building techniques and materials over the last couple of decades, which means that homes are becoming more energy efficient. Do you dream of a house with no carbon emissions and zero-net-energy use? This can be achieved with a strategy that includes alternative energy sources, and conscientious fabrication … Read More

Protect Your Investment – Build a Custom RV Garage

After investing thousands of dollars in the recreational vehicle of your dreams, what better way to protect your investment than with an RV garage? If you own a recreational vehicle, you already know that most RV’s are too tall and long to fit in a standard garage.

Most homes do not come standard equipped with RV garages. Fortunately, there is a solution to this dilemma. You can have a custom RV garage built or you can purchase a prefabricated RV garage that you can assemble yourself on your property.

Prefabricated garages are made from materials such as steel, vinyl siding, cedar, or other wood siding. Lighter weight aluminum RV garages are also available, but are less likely to endure extreme weather conditions like more durable materials will.

Purchasing a custom designed RV garage enables it to be built to your specific needs as well as allows it to be built … Read More

Home Building Contractors – Why Do My Clients Hate Me?

Most Building Contractors I know get it wrong. They place their priorities on the project, rather than on their clients.

 

Why is that? As simple as it seems to say that the customer comes first, in home building, it’s not an easy task. I can definitely empathize with the builder. The more complicated and personal a provided service is the greater the risk that clients will become confused, emotional, and eventually accusatory.

 

A Home Builder or Baby Sitter?

 

A complaint I often hear is that builders want to be builders, not baby sitters. Builders want to do what they do best … build! Isn’t that the job after all? And by doing their best to build a beautiful home, won’t that satisfy the customer? Whether or not that makes sense, the fact is, it usually doesn’t work.

 

The reason many builders think like this is they … Read More