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I like Pinterest Users

I am humbled and grateful that we are well over 1000 when repins and likes are added together. We are also flattered that our followers are edging close to 100.  I know that in the grand scheme of the Pinterest world these are very modest numbers, but it’s a real milestone for us. 

Our most popular boards have been Decks with Pergolas Trellis, Screened Rooms, Wood Decks, Composite Decks, Patio Rooms Sunrooms, Windows and Doors, and Awnings.  In addition to those boards we have Deck Blogs, Patio Rooms Sunrooms Blogs, Awning Blogs, and Window Blogs.

We would like to give a sincere “thank you” to those of you who have deemed our projects and photos worthy of liking, repining and following. 

To any future visitors, we hope you will find our photos and blogs worthy of your time.

 

 

Keywords: awnings  patio rooms  decks  windows  deck 
Posted by Jim Brown on February 28th, 2014    0 comments
What Can You Expect When an Arch Home Improvements Representative Visits Your Home?

When we visit your home our goal is to determine if we can do what you want done. 

 

In order to do that, we will ask you a number of questions to analyze your needs. We are there to answer any questions you have. 

 

When we started our business back in 1991 we decided to specialize in a few things.  We don’t do everything. If we can do what you need done, you will have the option of moving forward.  If it’s something we don’t do, we will let you know.  Sometimes we are able to refer you to someone who can do the job.

 

If you decide to move ahead, we will give you an exact no hassle price.


 

Here’s what we leave out.

 

  • Long drawn out sales meetings
  • High Pressure
  • Crazy buy it now discounts
  • Foreign technical talk
  • Confusing Pricing Games

If you would benefit from a visit, please let us know.


Related:

TEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK A REMODELER BEFORE HE TOUCHES YOUR HOME

How to Choose a Home Improvement Company

 

Posted by Jim Brown on November 28th, 2012    0 comments
TEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK A REMODELER BEFORE HE TOUCHES YOUR HOME

“Ten Crucial Questions to Ask a Remodeler Before He Touches Your Home” is for general informational purposes only.  All rights are reserved by Arch Home Improvements.  Any duplicating is strictly prohibited without the written consent of  Arch Home Improvements.  


1. DO THEY HAVE A SHOWROOM?

Even though you may never even visit their showroom, the fact that a company has invested tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in a showroom shows stability.

http://www.archhomeimprovements.com/photos/welcome-to-the-largest-showroom-in-the-area/page-1

2. DO THEY HAVE UNSOLICITED TESTEMONIALS FROM REAL CUSTOMERS that describe their results with words such as great, beautiful, excellent, wonderful experience, conscientious, special interest, fantastic, fulfilled my dream, very happy and superb. Legitimate companies create happy customers.

http://www.archhomeimprovements.com/testimonials

 3. HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN IN BUSINESS?

80% of home improvements companies are out of business in five years.

4. ARE THEY A MEMBER OF THE BBB?

http://www.archhomeimprovements.com/pages/affliations-and-certificates

The BBB has a listing of most companies. Check to see if they are a member and how many complaints they've had.

 5. ARE THEY A MEMBER OF THE LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?

In general, members of Chambers of Commerce are trustworthy.

http://www.archhomeimprovements.com/pages/affliations-and-certificates

 6. HOW EXPERIENCED ARE THE INSTALLERS?

No matter how great a product is, if it is not installed properly it can't perform properly.

 7. DO THEY INSTALL EVERYTHING?

A specialist that does a few things well will be more of an expert than someone who tries to be all things to all people.

 8. WILL THEY GIVE YOU AN EXACT PRICE OR ONLY AN ESTIMATE?

In almost every case a competent contractor can give you an exact price.

 9. WILL YOU GET A WRITTEN AGREEMENT OUTLINING WHAT WORK WILL BE DONE?

If it's not in writing you have no protection.

10. WILL THEY CAREFULLY EXPLAIN THE QUALITY OF MATERIAL TO BE USED AND WHY ONE PRODUCT IS RECOMMENDED OVER ANOTHER?

Depending on the type of job being done, the quality of the material could make a huge difference in performance, longevity, maintenance, and ascetics.

To contact us for more information CLICK HERE or call 800-800-9343

 

Related:

What Can You Expect When an Arch Home Improvements Representative Visits Your Home?


How to Choose a Home Improvement Company


Keywords: product  awnings  patio rooms  decks  windows 
Posted by Jim Brown on March 4th, 2010    0 comments
Reduce Condensation on your Windows

Why do I get Condensation on my Windows?

 Why is it on the outside?

Outside condensation happens when damp air comes into contact with surfaces that are cool, such as glass. This happens when the dew point in the air is higher than the temperature of the glass. It happens most often in the spring and fall when a warm day is followed by a cooler night.

How does Low-E glass help reduce outside condensation?

Low-E glass reduces the amount of heat that escapes from the interior of your home to the outside glass surface. You can save up to 50% heat loss by using an efficient Low-E coated glass. Since the window is warmer on the outside condensation occurs. This actually shows that the low-E is working properly.

Why is it on the Inside

If there is high humidity in your home, it will form on the coolest surface. That is usually your windows. The warmer the air and the higher the humidity the more the moisture will condense on your windows.

Why does condensation form on the bottom of the sash?

As warm air cools it falls and drops to the bottom of the sash. It then condenses.

How can I reduce the condensation on my windows?

1. Use the exhaust fan in your kitchen, laundry room and bathroom

2. Vent your clothes dryer to the outside

3. Make sure all humidifiers are turned off

4. Use a de-humidifier

  To contact us, or  for more information CLICK HERE or call 800-800-9343

Related:

How Much Should Windows Cost?

What to Expect From the Under $200 Per Window Guys

8 Reasons Why We Don't Sell Windows For Under $200

TEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK A REMODELER BEFORE HE TOUCHES YOUR HOME

 

Keywords: condensation  window  windows 
Posted by Jim Brown on February 5th, 2010    0 comments
What About Price?

Get the Best Price

David Weiss, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau, tells us “For the uninitiated, choosing a remodeler can be a daunting task.”  We agree. One reason the choice is so daunting is the different prices you may receive on the “same” project.  We all want to get the best deal, so how can we justify paying the right price?

We’ve heard it all our lives, “You get what you pay for.”  As much as we might wish it otherwise, this statement is generally true.  More than 100 years ago English writer John Ruskin stated, “It’s unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little.  When you pay too much, you lose a little-that is all.  When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.  The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot-it can’t be done!

If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run.  And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.”

Weiss, mentioned at the beginning of this blog, further indicates that a remarkably lower price means that the company’s performance will likely be lower as well.

Why is this the case? 

The two main factors in determining the price of home improvements are material and labor.

A low price could be an indication that the materials are cheap or the labor is cheap or both.  Cheap materials are an indicator of inferior quality.  Cheap labor probably means that the person is not a skilled professional.  The results of this can range from unsatisfactory to disastrous. 

Another reason for a low price is that a contractor may never have done a job like yours   and doesn’t fully understand what the job entails.

A low price could also mean that the contractor does not have appropriate insurance or worker compensation.  This omission can expose an unwary homeowner to significant legal risk.  Further, a low price can mean that the contractor has not built service requirements into his pricing.   We get calls from homeowners that can’t get their remodeler to come out to look at their problem.  Sadly, this shows the wisdom of John Ruskin’s advice.

Even worse, there are unscrupulous contractors that intentionally underestimate a price and draft a contract that is “fuzzy”, then up charge at every opportunity.  Weiss said these situations often end up on the desks at the Better Business Bureau.

A good remodeling job is one that can be enjoyed for decades.

So, how can you protect yourself?

Please take advantage of “Seven Little Known Secrets for Successfully and Beautifully Remodeling Your Home!”  Get your FREE download on this website.

To contact us for more information CLICK HERE or call 800-800-9343

Related:

How Much Should Windows Cost?

What to Expect From the Under $200 Per Window Guys

TEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK A REMODELER BEFORE HE TOUCHES YOUR HOME

8 Reasons Why We Don't Sell Windows For Under $200

Posted by Anonymous on September 1st, 2009    0 comments
8 Reasons Why We Don't Sell Windows For Under $200

COMPANIES ARE COMPETING TO SELL THE CHEAPEST WINDOW.  WE CHOOSE NOT TO  COMPETE.  WHY?

1.    Our logo states:   "Because Quality STILL Matters".

2.    IF a service call is needed there is no extra charge during the warranty period.

3.     Windows under $200 require more service calls than we have time for.

4.    Our largest source of business is repeat customers and referrals from satisfied customers.

5.    We don't use "bait and switch" tactics.

6.    "Extras" are included in our price.

7.    Our windows meet and exceed "Energy Star" requirements.

8.    If I meet you in a dark alley , I don't want to be afraid

Arch Home Improvements will save you money on utility bills, plus you'll have quality windows installed properly.

Related:

How Much Should Windows Cost?

What to Expect From the Under $200 Per Window Guys

 Reduce Condensation on your Windows

TEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK A REMODELER BEFORE HE TOUCHES YOUR HOME

 

Posted by Jim Brown on January 20th, 2009    0 comments
What to Expect From the Under $200 Per Window Guys

 

You've seen the ads, "Double Hung Windows for Under $200". 

We know, almost instinctively, that something must be missing, but we've heard it so often that we could begin to believe it really is a bargain.  It isn't.  What we've heard all our lives, "You get what you pay for," is true for windows.

But, what kind of quality and service can you expect?  Is this the final price of a window you would actually want in your home?

Typically the under $200 windows don't come close to being energy star compliant.  Energy star is a rating set up by the federal government to rate various products on energy use or savings.  Sometimes these windows can be "doctored up" to meet the requirements.  This, of course, comes with a price tag and you still have a low-end window.

One complaint mentioned in "Replacement Contractor", a magazine for home improvement professionals, is that "the low-price guys use bait-and-switch advertising to get a foot in the door, then upsell gullible homeowners."

Another complaint "Replacement Contractor" quoted is "'bottom feeder' subcontractors who will install the product in half or a third of the normal time because they're being paid half or a third of market rate. And another: Low-price companies don't stand behind their product because, should there be a problem, they don't make enough profit to be able to afford to service it once it's installed."

And finally "Replacement Contractor" quotes this, "How could anyone sell a window, at retail, and install it, for less than what manufacturers typically charge dealers or distributors on a per-unit basis?"

"Replacement Contractor" discusses one company's tag line which says "Simply the best for less."  It seems the "The Better Business Bureau" doesn't agree.  The magazine says, "the two organizations have engaged in an ongoing dispute, with the national ...organization finally electing to withdraw from the BBB."

No one wants to pay too much, but English writer John Ruskin said the following:

"It's unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little.  When you pay too much, you lose a little-that is all.  When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.  The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot-it can't be done!

If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run.  And if you do that, you will  have enough to pay for something better."  

So then, how much should you pay for good quality windows that are properly installed?

Another magazine "Remodeling" has some great guidelines, not only for window projects, but for many projects.  Simply go to www.costvsvalue.com and find out what real estate appraisers and other true professionals know windows and other projects should cost.

In many cases we are able to beat these prices.  One reason is that we buy directly from the manufacturer. 

If you have any questions about windows or any other project, I would be delighted to discuss them with you.

Related:

How Much Should Windows Cost?

8 Reasons Why We Don't Sell Windows For Under $200

Reduce Condensation on your Windows

TEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK A REMODELER BEFORE HE TOUCHES YOUR HOME

 

Keywords: double hung windows  window    windows 
Posted by Jim Brown on January 19th, 2009    0 comments
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