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Getting ready to sell? Here are some of the top remodeling projects
As the summer home selling season approaches, home owners considering planning to place their properties on the market should know about remodeling projects that return the most value and increase selling likelihood with better curb appeal or popular features. Housing market data reveals that small, smart remodels reward home owners with better return on investment and can help update a home for a better sale. The following are some of the top remodeling projects; use these to begin planning your conversion during National Remodeling Month.
PA local associations receive NAHB Association Excellence Awards
The Association Excellence Awards strive to honor HBAs, EOs, staff and volunteer leaders for their successful programs in the previous year. On April 8, the winners for the 2014 Association Excellence Awards — HBA Awards were selected from over 100 applicants.
PBA is excited to announce that four Pennsylvania locals have received six of these prestigious awards!
Attorney general sues York County home improvement company, owner
Central Penn Business Journal
Attorney General Kathleen Kane is suing a York County home improvement company and its owner, claiming they accepted money from customers without performing the work.
The lawsuit against National Barn Co. LLC and Lowell K. Thomas II was filed by the Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection.
Home prices up in 85 percent of cities
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Home prices climbed in 85 percent of U.S. metropolitan areas in the first quarter of 2015, as low mortgage rates and the strongest labor market in almost seven years spurred demand by buyers.
The median price of a previously owned single-family home rose from a year earlier in 148 of the 174 areas measured, the National Association of Realtors said in a recent report.
Number of unemployed construction workers drops to 14-year low
Associated General Contractors of America via For Construction Pros
Construction firms added 45,000 jobs in April and 280,000 over 12 months, as the sector's unemployment rate fell to a nine-year April low of 7.5 percent, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that even as the industry continues to expand, growth has been erratic and inconsistent.
7 ways to do your business more harm than good
Small Business Trends
Every business owner works hard daily to help their company. Unfortunately, there are many actions they take that do more harm than good. Here are the top seven and what to do about them.
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Record numbers of construction workers participate in National Fall Safety Stand-Down
Every day, construction workers leave home to build our homes, our businesses and our bridges. By day's end, not all of them will return. Each year, hundreds of workers die and thousands more suffer serious injuries because they fell and lacked the right safety equipment or knowledge to prevent it.
For construction workers, falls are the leading cause of death. OSHA's fall protection standard is the most frequently cited standard. The two are not unrelated.
Housing market continues its gradual recovery
Realty Biz News
According to the National Association of Home Builders, markets in 68 out of approximately 360 metro areas throughout the country returned to or even exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity during the first quarter of this year.
How to find potential employees to see if they fit the job
For Construction Pros
There is a lot of risk involved when adding a new employee. That's why construction contractors should always interview for fit. Interviewing for fit means interviewing to make sure the person you might hire fits the current position you are trying to fill and not worrying about how that person may do in a higher position further down the road.
Should you file a mechanics lien claim? 3 things to consider
By Scott Wolfe
Those who furnish labor or materials to a construction project have the right to file a mechanics lien claim in the event of nonpayment. This is a remedy first established in America by founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and it has persisted throughout the nation's history with laws in every state. Those unpaid on a construction project, therefore, may find themselves contemplating the use of the mechanics lien remedy. This article will explore some things to consider when deciding whether or not to use this remedy.
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