Project & Trade Articles

Homeowner - Contractor

  • Actual Cost of Elevation vs. Xactimate Cost Estimating
    Murray Wennerlund

    When tasked to estimate the costs of elevation for a new home you have to use tools that clearly identify the specific components to be used in your project. Many in the industry use the same formulas used for slab-on-grade builds as they do for elevated.

  • Permit Application Denham Springs LA. Learn the Cost Formula before you write the check!
    Murray Wennerlund

    When you need to learn how the city, county, parish calculates the value of your new home. Its could be better to use the formula your municipality offers instead of guessing what the value for your new construction project is.

  • Signs your contractor isn't listening to you or just doesn't want the job.
    Murray Wennerlund

    You might find it difficult finding a contractor these days with all the RoboCalls and Spam they get from registering their businesses with contact email addresses, phone numbers and such. Follow our experiences in Louisiana trying get a price quote.

  • Do you feel hot air coming out of your eaves and soffit vents? Do you have a ridge ventilation designed home?
    Writers Pool

    We trust our professionals to do things correctly the first time each and every time they are tasked the work. But sometimes we get a new sub-contractor that hasnt had the time to gain experience of just how to do things right the first time.

  • Louisiana State Contractors Licensing information from a Homeowners understanding
    Murray Wennerlund

    So many of us trust our contractors to do us right. Many of us dont know there are over 4,000 licensed and insured contractors in the state covering foundations to electrical. But all to often we hire a general contractor that hires unlicensed workers.

  • HUD CDBG-DR Grants are designed for Low to Moderate Income families are you qualified?
    Murray Wennerlund

    After a declared disaster FEMA is first to offer GRANTS then second is HUD CDBG-DR GRANTS you need to know your AMI percentage to be able to plan. If your AMI is below the value listed on this page for your area then DO NOT sign an SBA LOAN.

  • Louisiana Homeowners Assistance Program Task Force gets brief from public over statutory and regulatory issues
    Murray Wennerlund

    We the people of Louisiana have heard all about this big SBA fix. We might believe you if you start following the active fixes currently in place. We call your attention to laws and regulations that our Senators Kennedy and Cassidy worked to get us all.

  • Homeowners have no state protections from Licensed Contractors that outsource work to UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS.

    When you feel safe about your contractor and you have a copy of their business license, state building license, certificate of proof of general liability and workers compensation insurance both valued at 100,000 you think youre protected. Not so fast!

  • How to Create your Contractor Contract Checklist for Homeowners
    Writers Pool

    When I use the word "Contractor" what I really mean is the person or group of people you are hiring to do a project to which you are not going to do anything to or be involved with other than setting up the original order and contract.

  • How to select trees for your yard to make your property look beautiful

    What type of tree can I plant on my property? What would grow best in my area?

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Craftsman Cottage style home with full width front and rear porches. Home designed with center courtyard with...

Craftsman Cottage style home with full width front and rear porches. Home designed with center courtyard with...