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5 Steps for a Home Remodel

Published on August 03, 2018

Step 1 - Identify Reasons for Remodeling

Deciding whether to undertake simple aesthetic changes or a full remodel can be difficult. One of the best ways to decide is to figure out why you are remodeling in the first place, whether it's to make your new house feel more like home or to update a 1950s-era kitchen.

Step 2 - Set Your Budget

Every home is unique in structure, age, quality and craftsmanship, which all impact the price of a remodel. Since no one can see through walls before demolition, the quote you receive will likely not be 100 percent accurate. However, a qualified remodeling company will be open and honest about the issues and challenges it might face during the process. Account for these adjustments by planning for any "surprises" with a 10 percent cushion, just in case. 

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Home Construction Arbitration Rules

Published on July 24, 2018 by Michael Sandner, Litigation Attorney

The American Arbitration Association, commonly referred to as the “AAA” provides numerous structures for dispute resolution.  What many businesses and contractors are unaware of however is that to leverage to the most beneficial set of rules they typically need to be specified in a party’s contract.  All too often, contractors and businesses have formed utilizing “off the rack” documents that simply make generic reference to “Arbitration” without specifying any particular form or forum, or even a specific set of rules.  

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Tee off with Miami Valley and Ohio Valley NARI!

Published on July 24, 2018

Join us for a day of golf at our Miami Valley and Ohio Valley Joint Golf Outing presented by Hamilton Parker! 

 

Event Details:

Thursday, August 16

Shaker Run Golf Club

1320 Golf Club Drive

Lebanon, OH 45036

 

Register as an individual golfer or foursome! Each golf registration includes a game of golf, a boxed lunch, five (5) drink tickets and a buffet dinner. 

Individual - $115

Foursome - $400

 

Not a golfer? Join us for a delicious dinner buffet at $20 per person.

 

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for helping with this event!

 

  

 

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What are the Biggest Mistakes that Small Remodeling Businesses Make?

Published on July 06, 2017

How often has this happened to you? Your crew is coming in for the night from working on a project and they say something like, "by the way the homeowner had us change the type of tile in the bathroom." Do you and/or your onsite lead know what do it if the homeowner wants to make changes after the original contract has been finalized?  Join us on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 as Michael Sandner of Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling shares with you his expertise and knowledge when it comes to the legal side of the remodeling industry.

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Basic Ladder Safety

Published on July 05, 2017

Ladders are tools. Many of the basic safety rules that apply to most tools also apply to the safe use of a ladder:

Factors contributing to falls from ladders include haste, sudden movement, lack of attention, the condition of the ladder (worn or damaged), the user's age or physical condition, or both, and the user's footwear.

Although the user's weight or size typically does not increase the likelihood of a fall, improper climbing posture creates user clumsiness and may cause falls. Reduce your chances of falling during the climb by:

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Three Design Schemes that are Heating Up this Summer

Published on July 05, 2017 by Kacey Bradley

Try one of these popular interior suggestions to win over clients . . .

While you may not be an interior designer, color schemes and design are all part of the remodel planning process that the client expects your suggestions and feedback on. You're the pro with the solutions and expertise, and the client knows it.

One of the benefits for a client of hiring a pro to remodel is your ability to see the bigger picture, imagining the home as a canvas full of potential. Help homeowners take advantage of your insight by suggesting these popular design schemes this summer.

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Miami Valley Remodeling Company Receives Top National Award

Published on April 13, 2017 by NARI National

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) announced the National CotY (Contractor of the Year)Winners in the 2017 competition, of which one is a member of the Miami Valley Chapter based in Dayton area.

Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis. Earlier this year, NARI named 172 Regional CotYwinners with 27 team members who advanced as finalists to the national level. NARI announced a National winner in each of the 37 categories at its Evening of ExcellenceSM reception, held recently in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The competition received nearly 400 entries, which totaled over $103 million worth of remodeling projects.

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Group-Rating Safety Accountability

Published on April 13, 2017

Each year Ohio employers have the opportunity to participate in BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program or Group-Retrospective-Rating Program. While these programs are not required, they do provide you with an opportunity to significantly reduce your workers’ compensation premiums, while increasing your awareness of safety and risk-management strategies.

Workplace safety is an important component of these programs. To succeed in accident prevention, we encourage you to use the many resources available to you. We believe a group-rating program is a partnership that includes you and your employees, your sponsoring organization or third-party administrator (TPA) and BWC. Each has specific roles and responsibilities, all designed to assist in preventing workplace accidents. This letter outlines the safety services expectations you should have as an employer enrolled in a group-rating program.

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The Passing of Harold W. Requarth

Published on July 06, 2016

Harold W. Requarth 1925-2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of longtime President and CEO of the Requarth Co. Harold W. Requarth.  Harold was the fourth generation leader of the company founded in 1860 by his great grandfather, and successfully steered it through periods of growth and economic and market challenges for more than three decades.

Harold started with the Requarth Co. while attending Fairview High School, working part-time in their architectural drafting room. When WWII began, Harold left to serve our nation in the Merchant Marine. After the war, he enrolled at Ohio University, where he earned an engineering degree in 1950.

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman Supports Technical Education Plan

Published on April 01, 2016

Portman Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Career & Technical Education

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience by making courses more relevant to students’ future careers. The bill would provide federal funding for partnerships between school districts, employers and institutions of higher education in Ohio and other states that integrate high-quality career and technical education (CTE) programs into high schools. Portman serves as co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus.

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