Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk is helping more UK consumers to source the perfect locally-based home improvement company thanks to the website’s dedicated local search facility.
Powerful local search capabilities like that available through Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk allow consumers to quickly and conveniently source the best locally-based home improvement company for their needs – whether they are looking for windows, solar panels or double glazing doors.
Peter Jakubek, Interactive Director at DoubleGlazingLocal.co.uk, says, “We are able to help our site users source the ideal home improvement company in their vicinity thanks to the power of our local search functionality. We want to help UK consumers continue to learn the lessons of unscrupulous traders – there are far too many cold-callers and dishonest suppliers around these days.”
“Our site and local search functionality only ever offer our users approved companies which have adhered to our strict standards and guidelines. Local search has helped us to build lots of new business and leads recently, with suppliers listed able to give quotes on everything from standard patio doors through to sash windows prices.”
Google continues to dominate the online local search sector, and is being joined by other services this year including those offered by Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. Companies are today aware that local search gives them enhanced exposure and access to new customers all over the country.
Peter Jakubek goes on, “Local search has helped us to build our own business and to offer better, approved companies to our users. Consumers know that they can trust Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk to put them in touch with the most trustworthy local suppliers in the home improvement space – for all solutions from standard windows through to even triple glazing.”
DoubleGlazingLocal.co.uk reports that consumers are now more aware of the tricks utilised by rogue salesman and cold callers, and third party recommendation is enabling them to make more informed choices of suppliers.
Continued economic difficulties have placed severe constraints on the budget of the average UK family. Today, most families look for ways to reduce their monthly expenses.
In addition to cutting out luxuries – such as satellite TV and high speed internet connection – many families are also looking for ways to reduce the cost of maintaining their homes. Homeowners can no longer afford the inflated charges levied by tradesmen. They have therefore resorted to DIY methods in order to repair small problems around their homes.
Until now, people have been hesitant to resort to DIY methods because they were regarded as too difficult. The current economic climate has left many families with no choice but to try their hand at DIY.
The internet, YouTube in particular, has become a popular reference guide for people interested in DIY. It is has become easy to find step-by-step instructions on how to repair almost any problem in the home.
The technological advancement of tools has also made it easier for the average person to build or repair household items. Older power tools were difficult to control, but this has changed. Today’s tools have versatile, user-friendly designs, suitable for any amateur.
In addition, DIY has also become easier because of multipurpose tools, which can complete a host of tasks. A modern Bosch power tool can often fulfil a variety of functions, making it unnecessary to invest in many new tools. The development of tool technology has resulted in affordable tools, which enable more people to attempt DIY projects.
DIY has become popular because it is easier and more affordable than it has ever been. Technological advancements and the internet have combined to make it possible for any person to complete a DIY project. Today, you no longer need to pay the exorbitant fees charged by a tradesman, because you have the option to do it yourself.
Today’s homeowners want their homes to be functional and attractive with pristine curb appeal, but it takes careful planning to decide on a home improvement project.
Sometimes a room addition is needed. Sometimes it’s landscaping. The homeowner might want to add a play area or a basketball court to the back yard for the kids. In all these projects it’s important to not overlook trees.
Trees can present problems for the home improvement weekend warrior that many planners fail to consider in improvement projects affecting the outside of the home.
Play areas and room additions may require the removal and relocation of trees, but if the tree is providing a valuable benefit, like shade, some homeowners don’t want to lose them.
Founder David Feinstein of Closets & Kitchens Van Go announced today that his company will be partnering with The Sliding Door Company to open a new joint showroom at 680 8th St, Suite 163, in San Francisco. Closets & Kitchens Van Go (http://www.ckvango.com) is an innovative kitchen and closet design/remodel company that offers a host of cabinetry for home and kitchen, countertops, and closet organizing solutions. Its mobile showroom services the entire Bay Area, offering consumers the convenience of finding high quality Bay Area kitchen and closet services locally. CK VANGO’s main office and manufacturing facility is in San Rafael, with affiliate locations throughout the Bay Area.
Closets & Kitchens Van Go offers complimentary in-home consultations via their mobile showrooms. With the help of one of CK VANGO’s knowledgeable designers, clients can create their own kitchen or closet design, and fill it with all the right accessories to address their individual needs. Closets & Kitchens Van Go offers locally made cabinetry with quality craftsmanship, along with building & construction services for almost any type of home improvement project, all very competitively priced.
David Feinstein, President of Closets Van Go & Kitchen Van Go, was asked “Why Partner with The Sliding Door Company?” Feinstein explained “It’s a very organic fit. The Sliding Door Company offers products that work so well with what we do. We both believe in using environmentally friendly materials. Their line of unique door options and room dividers complement our cabinetry and organizing systems. The showroom really highlights how beautifully we work together!”
Consumers will now have access to a wide variety of creative solutions for up-and-coming home improvement projects. The new joint showroom in San Francisco will allow potential customers to set private appointments with the showroom’s representative – Closets & Kitchens Van Go’s senior designer, Manon Demers. The official grand opening for the showroom is slated for May 5th, 2010. San Francisco kitchen design and Bay Area kitchen remodeling enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.
Ever wondered how your home would look with a hardwood floor? Well at the new Timberland Flooring website you can find out using the visualiser tool.
Timberland realise that most people find it hard to visualise the change a wooden floor will make to their home and therefore have introduced a new web tool which allows you to do this.
First you pick the room you are thinking of having a hardwood floor installed in. If for instance you choose to change your lounge you can choose a picture of a lounge. You then pick the wall colour – there is a selection of colours to choose f r o m so one of them is bound to be close to what you would like to see in your home. Then you choose the type of floor you want to install. there are fifty different types of flooring to choose f r o m ranging f r o m traditional oak or beech to more exotic olive or walnut.
The floors are also available as strip flooring or plank flooring and as oiled floors. each of these combinations are available for you to experiment with ensuring that you get a good idea of how the floor would look should you choose to install it in your home.
If, after playing with the visualiser you decide that you would like to find out how much a bespoke designed hardwood floor would cost you can then get in contact with Timberland through the website. Timberland are currently offering £250 discount if you do apply for a quote online. There is no obligation to buy, but Timberland floors are a great investment for your home.
In fact the consultation service that Timberland offers is so comprehensive that it takes into account the complete design of your premises and the package that the company offer you will be designed to suit your needs. Timberland want to ensure that every customer they produce a hardwood floor for is completely delighted with the results.
In the past two years, Acoustical Solutions, Inc. has teamed up with Jason Cameron and Tony ‘The Goose’ Siragusa of the hit DIY Network television show Man Caves to transform ordinary spaces into a masculine refuges – in the most recent project, Acoustical Solutions, Inc. worked to transform a storage basement into a recording studio for Charm City Cakes’ Chef Duff Goldman.
During the two-day renovation, Acoustical Solutions, Inc. installed Sonex® acoustical foam into the 14’ by 25’ storage basement with the help of hosts Jason Cameron and Tony Siragusa.
Goldman had been using the storage basement as a rehearsal space for his band, “Soihadto,” but said, “We have big amps, and we’re a loud band. When we’re playing, my staff has to pretty much leave.” Show producers called on Acoustical Solutions, Inc. to design a solution that would allow the Food Network host’s band to practice without disrupting the staff in the bakery, which is located directly above the rehearsal area.
Going into the two-day project, Acoustical Solutions, Inc. Sales Manager, David Ingersoll said, “we really have our work cut out for us. There are a lot of different contractors all working in the basement at the same time and the two day deadline will be approaching before any of us know it.” Ingersoll continued to say,“that there was plenty of recording and application equipment in the space.” When the project was completed, Ingersoll mentioned that “…with the equipment paired with Sonex® acoustical foam and a few big screen TVs, the space had become so nice [he] didn’t want to leave.”
The featured episode is scheduled to air on the DIY Network on October 19th, at 8:30pm ET and will run nightly until October 23.
For more information Sonex® acoustical foam, please contact Acoustical Solutions, Inc. by calling 1-800-782-5742 or by visiting www.AcousticalSolutions.com.
GW supplies are a Dartford based plumber’s merchant providing quality plumbing materials to the trade and public. They are concerned that many UK households are not aware of the anti scald products on the market and the damage hot water from the tap can do to your skin.
Every year 20 people die and 600 are badly injured from scalds caused by hot water. The Elderly and very young are most at risk from scalding. To prevent the growth of harmful legionella bacteria, hot water must be stored at 60°C or above. Unfortunately at this high temperature, healthy adult skin can be scalded with third degree burns in only five seconds.
The new Part G of the Building Regulations comes into force on 1st October 2009 and aims to help reduce the number of incidences of scalding by requiring that all baths and showers in new dwellings or new dwellings created by a change of use of an existing building have a device fitted that limits the temperature to 48°C. This is considered a safer temperature for adults and will help prevent these unnecessary deaths and injuries.
What’s the best way to limit water temperatures?
The most effective way of delivering safe hot water temperatures is by using a thermostatic mixing valve (TMV). A TMV will take the stored hot water and mix it in the correct proportions with the cold water supply to deliver a safe, stable temperature at point of use, whether it is a bath or basin.
TMVs are available in 15mm or 22mm pipe sizes.
While the legislative requirements of the new Part G only cover new dwellings or new dwellings created by a change of use of an existing building, Gurney & White Ltd and gwsupplies.co.uk believe in the interest of safety not only for the young and old, but for the safety of all. The installation of a TMV, either through the use of thermostatic bath shower mixers, or an under bath/basin thermostatic blending valve, should be standard practice for ANY bathroom refurbishment. Thermostatic mixing valves can also be added to existing plumbing to save an accident from happening.
Another advantage of fitting TMV blending valves is that of saving energy by not wasting hot water and thereby reducing the household’s carbon footprint.
GW Supplies stock a range of Intamix TMV blending valves in 15mm and 22mm sizes, and Inta, Bristan and Hansgrohe thermostatic bath shower mixers.
J.D. Roy Excavating, Inc., a leading site excavation contractor based in Manassas, VA, is pleased to announce that the company is celebrating its tenth year in business. When founded in 1999, J.D. Roy Excavating owned one backhoe and dump truck. The company now owns an extensive fleet of heavy equipment, performing turnkey residential, commercial and municipal site development work throughout Northern and Central Virginia with single projects ranging in value from $100K to over $3M.
Founder and president, Joe Roy is optimistic about the future and remains focused and active in the operations of the company. “We have been fortunate to establish critical relationships within the construction industry”, Joe Roy commented. “The key to our success has been the quality workforce we employ, as well as having a clear understanding of our capabilities as a contractor to provide the highest quality product for our clients. We are excited about the future and feel confident that we have successfully positioned ourselves as an organization to foster the future growth of J.D. Roy Excavating”, Joe Roy mentioned when discussing the ten year corporate milestone.
About J.D. Roy Excavating, Inc.
J.D. Roy Excavating is a Class A Virginia Contractor and performs all phases of site development work, including but not limited to, earthwork, site utilities, demolition, erosion control, paving, concrete flatwork as well as rock drilling and blasting. The company maintains a centrally located office and shop in Manassas, VA. J.D. Roy Excavating is a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors Virginia Chapter.
It is now ten months since the introduction of the new UK planning regulations that came in to effect on the 1 st October 2008 and here, ConservatoryLand, a major manufacturer and supplier of DIY conservatories report on the effects that they have had on the conservatory industry since then.
David Bingham, director of ConservatoryLand says “I have heard reports from certain large conservatory roof manufacturers that the volume of their roof orders have increased but their sales revenue has actually decreased in 2009 compared to that of 2008.
This is thought to have been caused partly due to the new planning permission regulations which are causing consumers to opt for smaller conservatories with a view to keeping within the new size criteria for which you do not now require planning permission approval.”
The size criteria elements within the new planning regulations that could be affecting this are:
• No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof
• Maximum depth of a single-storey rear extension of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house
• Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres
• Maximum depth of a rear extension of more than one storey of three metres including ground floor
• Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres
• Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house
• Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house
• Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house
Taking the above criteria in to consideration, it is clear to see why some manufacturers of conservatories and conservatory roofs are thinking that consumers are being guided in to buying smaller conservatories and are blaming this for a smaller average order value.
David Bingham Managing Director of Conservatory Land has given an insight into the conservatory industry and the current trend he is seeing. With 20 years personal experience in the industry he has given some useful advice and tips for anyone looking to buy a conservatory.
Currently, one of the UK’s most popular and appealing home improvement projects for homeowners is adding conservatories to their homes. The choice is vast and if you are considering a sizable investment it is wise to start with the company itself. Choose a company that has satisfactorily supplied or installed conservatories for friends, family or someone else you know. The next step is to decide what type of conservatory you want, or more importantly, what type will best suit your property and keep within your budget.
Measure the space you have available and decide what size you would like and which style would look best. Choose a style and size that will provide you with a usable, furnishable living space whilst at the same time not looking out of place or out of proportion with your property. This step is the most important one so take your time as you will only get once chance to get it right. No one wants to end up with a conservatory that is too small to be of reasonable use or too large for the size and style of your home. David Bingham went on to say “I have heard so many times, customers saying that they wish they had purchased a larger conservatory so that there was more room to seat the whole family for dinner or for watching TV, so choose carefully, but don’t over do it, it needs to be just right”.
Once you have decided on the size and style, be it an Edwardian, Victorian or a simple traditional lean-to conservatory, you need to decide on the actual design. There are three main designs to choose from, dwarf wall, full height glass to ground and full height bottom panels.
Then there are the doors. The most popular choice are French (double) doors but in some situations, sliding patio doors or bi fold doors and be more suitable for some conservatories depending of their location on your home and how you intend to use your conservatory. The company you choose will be able to give you further advice on design options and supply you with CAD drawings to help give you an idea of how the finished conservatory will look.
Colour is also very important. Modern PVCu profiles are available in many colours with the most common being white, mahogany, rosewood, golden (light) oak and more recently cream has been introduced. White PVCu is usually the cheapest option. It is a good idea to choose a colour that will best compliment the fabric of your property and your existing windows and doors.
The final step is to decide on glazing types, both for the frames and roof and you don’t necessarily need the exact same glazing type in the roof as the frames. Frame glazing for conservatories can take many different forms. The very basic frame glazing used in conservatories is clear toughened safety class, usually made up in double glazed sealed units.
However, you may want a higher insulating glass to help keep your conservatory warmer during the winter months such as Pilkington K Glass or a solar reflective glass to help keep it cooler in the summer such as Pilkington Activ Blue which is also self cleaning – or even a combination of both to help keep your conservatory more comfortable all year round. Your conservatory supplier will be able to give you advice and associated costs regarding this.
Then there’s the roof glazing which is very important. There are two basic materials, polycarbonate and glass.
You should decide how you would like your conservatory to look and consider your budget as glass roofs for conservatories are far more expensive and often require additional reinforcement of the frames and roof, further adding to the cost.
The main disadvantage with polycarbonate is the ‘drumming’ effect which can become very loud during heavy rain. Glass roofs can be a better option for conservatories as there is far less noise during rainfall.
David went onto say “I have tried to provide this advice with a view to helping anyone buying a conservatory, whether it is fully installed or a DIY conservatory to make sure that they get exactly what they want and need. When it comes to conservatories, especially DIY conservatories, getting it wrong can be a very expensive mistake and I like to think that ConservatoryLand is one company that can professionally advise on these issues”.
ContractorsCompare.com, the comparison site established for the benefit of tradesmen, has undergone a major renovation in order to deliver a more user-friendly experience by increasing visitors’ ease of usage.
The first change visitors will notice is to the homepage of ContractorsCompare.com. This page has been redesigned to include key services in prominent places, guiding the majority of users to their desired destinations.
The bulk of the reconstruction has taken place with the site’s navigation. Pages are now more easily found and accessed, leading to a reduced search time for users. Other benefits from the refurbishment include a tradesmens news page with regular updates from the contractors’ world and an RSS feed to help readers stay up to date.
Mark Farrimond, director at ContractorsCompare.com, said: “We hope the new look of the site will enable tradesmen to get a greater understanding of the products and services available from ContractorsCompare.com, not only insurance but also employment law advice, health and safety advice and tax advice. Tradesmen can compare quotes for public and employers liability insurance from leading insurers; AXA, Fortis, Groupama and MMA with more insurers to be added to the panel later in the year.
“Tradesmen can also compare prices on tools and equipment from some of the UK’s largest online retailers.”
The site was originally launched in December 2008 but has since undergone redesigns to increase usability and add function to the site – such as additional products and improved services, like the enhanced tool finding service.
ContractorsCompare.com also includes services such as an online chat facility for users to get instant help and advice as well, and a renewal reminder that will notify members when any of their insurance policies are running out.
ContractorsCompare.com is owned by ContractorsCompare.com Ltd, a company established by the directors of Allied Insurance Services Ltd to deliver tradesmen’s insurance to customers via the internet.
Allied Insurance Services were formed in 2001 and have for many years specialised in providing insurance to tradesmen and contractors in the UK. They became the appointed insurance broker to the Federation of Window Cleaners and the Painting & Decorating Association due to this specialism and excellent customer service. Using this expertise and their strong relationships within the insurance market ContractorsCompare.com was born.
ContractorsCompare.com Ltd now acts as an appointed representative of Allied Insurance Services Ltd for the purposes of introducing non-life insurance business. The company also acts as an introducer of life and financial services business to Allied Financial Services Ltd.
Selecting the correct kind of conservatory blind raises a number of complex issues which do not normally apply to blinds elsewhere in the house. Conservatory blinds are also more costly especially in large structures so it pays to make the correct choice in order to avoid the buyer´s remorse! In this article we will be focusing on the key issues.
It might be obvious but sometimes conservatory owners overlook the most common questions which are simply, “Why do I need conservatory blinds” Do I even want them at all? And if I install them will they do what I need them to do. Ask yourself, “Do I know what I want them to achieve?” If your answer is, “To keep the sun out” Take a look at the wider picture.
1. Reflect huge amounts of solar heat. South facing conservatories or those on bungalows where there is no top storey to offer shade need them.
2. Dissipate the excesses of solar radiation. Structures that face all directions but north usually need blinds that tackle the issue of heat.
3. Reduce uncomfortable areas of direct sunlight. A conservatory that has direct sun light is likely to have uncomfortable levels of heat even in winter on sunny days.
4. Protects furniture and plants
5. Provides privacy and protection
6. Gives the conservatory thermal insulation. In winter even a double glazed conservatory looses lots of heat as it radiates through the glass on those dark evenings. Blinds reduce radiated heat loss.
7. Resistance to dust, moisture and insects especially in rural areas.
8. Reflects light back to the conservatory on dark cold evenings. Conservatory lighting often struggles to illuminate a conservatory without blinds as the light radiates outwards into the night instead of returning into the conservatory.
Both these kinds of conservatory blinds have been around for a while so both can be said to look traditional yet both can be contemporary, this is to do with your choice of fabric. For roof blinds the main drawback with roller blinds is that when the blind is retracted the collection of dust that inevitably builds up gets transferred onto the front side of the fabric as the roller rolls the clean face on the dirt. With pleated blinds all dirt is kept on the protected side of the conservatory blind. Conservatories attract a lot of insects in the summer when doors and windows are open this should to be taken seriously rather than treated as a ´small issue´
Most pleated conservatory blinds can be operated by an extension pole and in most cases it is unnecessary to have lots of control cords. This is not the case with roller blinds.
On May16th, from 7pm to 9:30pm Harmony in the Garden, will be held at the St. Augustine Water and Stone Gallery. The event is hosted by businesses that offer top of the line products and services for homes and gardens. This evening offers discerning homeowners the chance to view ideas for their homes while in a luxurious setting with live music, wine, and cocktails, tastes of “Galanga” Fine Cuisine as well as door prizes from the Jacksonville area business hosts. Homeowners will also be able to enjoy renowned artists’ works displayed in a beautiful Zen garden. Collette Vale is reservations by phone at 904-808-8784. More information about the Water and Stone Gallery and their distinguished artists can be found at www.waterandstonegallery.com.
NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Jacksonville provides the latest in energy efficient LED lighting technology, custom lighting design, professional installation, and outdoor lighting repair. NiteLites outdoor lighting fixtures are weather resistant as they are made of copper and brass and are acid-etched for a durable design.
NiteLites is national outdoor lighting franchise and offers additional information about landscape and architectural lighting online at http://www.NiteLites.com. Throughout the U.S. there NiteLites outdoor lighting locations in over 40 cities including: NiteLites Outdoor Lights of Asheville, Greenville, SC 29601, 29602, 29603, 29605, 29607, 29609, 29611, 29615, 29616, and 29617. NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Atlanta 30305, 30319, 30327, Alpharetta 30004, 30005, 30022, 30305, 30319, Duluth, GA 30097, Marietta 30062, Roswell 30075, and Aiken 29801. NiteLites Architectural Lighting of Augusta, SC, Blythewood, SC 29016, Chapin 29036, Columbia 29290, Elgin 29045, Irmo 29063, Leesville 29070, Lexington 29072, and West Columbia 29169. NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Charleston 29401, 29403, 29407, 29412, 29414, 29419, 29492, Daniel Island 29445, Goose Creek 29445, Hanahan 29410, Isle of Palms 29451, Johns Island 29455, Kiawah Island 29455, Moncks Corner 29461, Mt. Pleasant 29464, North Charleston 29405, Sullivans Island 29482, Summerville 29483, 29485, Wadmalaw Island 29487, and Wando 29492. Arlington 60004, Bradenton 34209, Bernardsville 07924, Brentwood 37027, Bridgewater 08807, Branchburg 08876, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Boca Raton 33433, Bonita Springs 34135, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Central New Jersey 08857, Cape Coral 33914, Centerville 45458, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Charleston 29412, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Charlotte 28269, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Chicago 60604, Chicagoland 60004, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Cincinnati 45243, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Clearwater 33755, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Columbia 29212, NiteLites Landscape Lighting of Columbus 43230, Covington 41011, East Brunswick 08816, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Dayton 45423, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Delaware 19898, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Fort Myers 33908, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Fort Lauderdale 33326, Franklin 37064, Greenville 29601, Hilliard 43026 , NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Houston 77095, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Indianapolis 46032, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach 32240, Jupiter 33458, Katy 77450, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Lima 45805, Livingston 27391, Lynchburg 24083, Madison 53707, Maryland 20854, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Middle Tennessee 37075, Millburn 07041, Morristown 07962, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Mt. Pleasant 29464, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Myrtle Beach 29597, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Naples 34109, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Nashville 37221, Newport 41076, New Providence 07974, North Augusta 29841, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Northern Kentucky 41012, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Northern Virginia 22124, Novi 48377, Oxford 45056, Philadelphia 19118, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Roanoke 24018, Sanibel 33957, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Sarasota 34243, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Southeast Michigan 48380, Spartanburg 29304, Springboro 45066, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of St. Louis 63005, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of St. Petersburg 33715, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Toledo 43699, NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of Tampa 33647, Valrico 33594, Venice 34293, Wilmington 19808, Washington, DC 20510, Watchung 08089, West Caldwell 07006, West Orange 07052, Westerville 43081, and NiteLites Outdoor Lighting of West Palm Beach 33414.
ServiceSpider makes the online auction process that has long been used by companies like eBay, available for homeowners and contractors to buy and sell services on the Internet.
After beta testing for a year ServiceSpider releases a new version of their auction website with many new features such as forums. On ServiceSpider.com homeowners can save time and money by letting contractors compete for their home improvement needs.
Homeowner Haye Kesteloo came up with the idea for ServiceSpider while working on a bathroom remodel project in 2006. “As I started to contact different contractors to get quotes for my project, I found it difficult to establish what a fair price should be for a job well done.” Prices, time estimates, and other factors varied from one contractor to another, and Kesteloo found himself wondering if there wasn’t a better way to navigate the Home Improvement market using the Internet. Kesteloo decided to stop wondering and to make the idea a reality, helping homeowners and contractors in the process. With that plan in motion, ServiceSpider was born.
Most homeowners know how difficult and time consuming it can be to find the right contractor for a home improvement job. Scheduling appointments, checking references and licenses and other related issues can make a job seem much more difficult than it needs to be. This is where ServiceSpider comes in. As a homeowner, one needs only to go to http://www.servicespider.com, and create a posting about the job that needs to be done. Need a leaky shower fixed? Maybe it’s time to upgrade the electrical panel? Or perhaps it’s time to replace those old windows? Whatever the home improvement needs are, once the job is posted at ServiceSpider, the service request will show up on the site’s home page, and will be automatically send to matching service providers in the area. Free of charge to the homeowner, ServiceSpider will have pre-screened contractors offering competing bids for the job. One can even read the reviews from other homeowners on different contractors and see how they are rated.
Currently, in the greater New York area alone, there are over 700 service providers, so a match can be made quickly and efficiently. The homeowner chooses how, when and where they will be contacted, be it phone, fax, or email. The homeowner is in charge!
For Haye Kesteloo, making ServiceSpider a success is a full time job. He knows that finding the right contractor for the right job and for the right price can be a challenge, especially in the current economic climate. Kesteloo offers the following advice: “Take your time when choosing the right contractor. Don’t let yourself be hurried into making a decision. Make sure the contractor you hire is licensed and insured and that you receive a written contract.”
For additional information regarding ServiceSpider, please contact Haye Kesteloo directly or go to www.servicespider.com.
David Bingham, Managing Director at Conservatory Land stated that “Besides fitting a conservatory, they are one of the best ways of adding value to the home, as well as making the garden a much more accessible and enjoyable area for the whole family,” and went on to say “In the last 12 months, bi-fold doors have become a must-have on many homes and we always recommend them to our customers who are fitting a conservatory.”
Sliding bi-fold doors have the advantage of providing full access to the garden or patio area, which means that on a warm summer’s day homeowners can literally open up their home to the sunshine, dramatically connecting the indoor and outdoor space. Bi-fold doors can replace an existing patio door in a house or form part of a new conservatory.
The bi-folds’ amazing flexibility is seen in the various fold options, which make it easy to adjust the doors, depending on how much fresh air you require. Opening up to the largest 6.5 metres wide, bi-fold doors are certain to create a beautifully practical living space and ensuring circulation of healthy fresh air throughout your home.
Conservatory Land uses the market leading Eurocell profile system to make the sliding bi-fold doors because it has the reputation as one of the best quality systems on the market. Conservatory Land also sources from Eurocell because it is a local company, based in Derbyshire that offers a full range of windows, conservatories and doors. Offering a full range means being able to provide customers a perfect colour between the windows, conservatory and bi-fold, which is a great way to create a real “wow factor”.
Homeowners that choose bi-fold doors from Conservatory Land have been immediately impressed by the practicality and stunning aesthetics of the product. Because every home is unique, bi-fold doors are available in a choice of sizes, colours and woodgrain finishes. This extensive range of styles means that bi-fold doors can be individually selected to complement both traditional and contemporary homes.
Exceeding the minimum requirement for construction, security, safety, weather-tightness and strength, bi-fold doors are a great way for families to enjoy their garden and patio areas – the wide open space they create makes it easy to both hear and see children in the garden. When fitted into a new conservatory, it provides a truly stunning addition to any home.
Conservatory Land offers a wide range of high performance glass to ensure that your new bi-fold door, conservatory or windows provide you with an efficient and easy to heat home.
Customers wishing to view its bi-fold door range, along with a wide selection of conservatories, will find a welcoming atmosphere in its new showroom on Old Mill Lane Industrial Estate, in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
Acoustical Solutions, Inc. works with the DIY Network Television Series Man Caves, to create a dream theater and quite-rooms for the United Service Organization center at Camp Virginia. Episode will air multiple times On DIY Network between March 7 and May 23, 2009.
The DIY Network’s Man Caves television series transforms the United Service Organization center at Camp Virginia, to include a state-of-the-art movie theater and video-gaming station, as well as several quiet-rooms that troops can use to record audio and video messages to send to friends and family.
In order to create an environment for the military personnel to enjoy, Acoustical Solutions, Inc. recommended and supplied EcoSorpt™ acoustical panels, which are made of at least 85% post-industrial recycled content. The EcoSorpt™ acoustical panels were used to control noise levels in the military dream theater and quite-rooms. National Sales Manager for Acoustical Solutions, Inc., David Ingersoll said, “The eco-friendly sound panels absorb approximately 85% of harsh noises that bounce between the walls, ceiling and floor. Reducing the amount of excess noise from the theater increases the sound clarity, and allows the troops to really enjoy their movie.”
Acoustical Solutions, Inc. also provided Green Glue® sound damping compound, which is used to block outdoor noise from passing through the interior walls, effectively soundproofing the different spaces. Green Glue® sound damping compound is an inexpensive, yet highly effective solution for soundproofing new and existing walls, floors and ceilings.
For more information about EcoSorpt™ acoustical panels or Green Glue® sound damping compound, please contact Acoustical Solutions, Inc. by calling 1-800-782-5742 or by visiting www.AcousticalSolutions.com For more information on the DIY Network, Man Caves and show times please visit: www.diynetwork.com/mancaves
About Acoustical Solutions, Inc:
Acoustical Solutions, Inc. works with a wide variety of customers from worship facilities and office buildings to home theaters and construction companies looking for noise management. For 20 years, Acoustical Solutions, Inc. has provided the detailed expertise needed to serve the sound management community. Acoustical Solutions offers a full line of indoor and outdoor industrial, commercial, environmental and architectural noise control products.
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Optima Systems is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted for a prestigious Construction Marketing award 2008. The company, who specialises in demountable office walls, has been chosen as a finalist in the Best Use of a Website category. The judging panel liked Optima Systems’ use of flash animations to convey important and complex information about the inner workings of each partitioning system, as well as the overall site presentation.
The website was created by award-winning digital design agency, Cyber-Duck, whose previous accolades have included a gold Communicator award for its own website, www.cyber-duck.co.uk, along with various other highly coveted awards for its client’s websites.
The Construction Marketing Awards are universally recognised as a unique and highly regarded measure of excellence in construction marketing and business development and recognise the creativity, innovation and effectiveness of a company’s marketing strategy.
The black-tie awards ceremony will take place on 27th November in London and will play host to some of the biggest names in construction.
About Optima Systems: Optima offers the highest quality service and innovative design to secure consumer satisfaction and ensuring that their extensive range of partitioning systems are able to meet customers’ exacting specification supported by technical expertise to ensure successful project completion.
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