4 Little Known Secrets to Successfully Remodel Your Home

Dear Homeowner,
We want your next remodeling project to meet your expectations. Of course, we want to be your home improvement company of choice. However, regardless of who you ultimately choose, we offer this guide as an informational tool helping you to avoid the scams and unscrupulous tactics that are rife within the home improvement industry.

By reading this report, you will learn:
• How to discern the truth regarding the biggest misconceptions about home construction.
• How to avoid common scams used to pressure homeowners into buying.
• How to choose the RIGHT CONTRACTOR for your project.

We know it’s sometimes hard to figure out the “good guys” from the “bad guys.” For this very reason, we proudly offer this report.

SECRET #1 – Avoid The Two Biggest Misconceptions About Remodeling

Misconception #1: Taking a contractor’s word simply at face value.

Request to see all claims in writing. Believing simply what a contractor tells you can be a costly mistake. If a contractor claims to be a member of a particular organization, there is certainly nothing wrong with asking to see proof. Hearsay is not admissible in a court of law, and so should be the case when it comes to dealing with your biggest investment – your home.

Misconception #2: Going with the lowest price saves you money.

This statement is not necessarily true. Everyone wants three things when making a purchase: 1) Low Price, 2) Best Quality, and 3) Best Service. It’s nearly impossible to get all three. As the old adage goes, “You can’t get something for nothing.” Before accepting a low price, consider the level of service involved, the type of company you are choosing, the design of your project, and the specifications of your project. Price should always be weighed, but value is always the more important consideration.

SECRET #2 – Elude High Pressure Sales

Beware of high pressure tactics; they are intended to get you to sign a contract immediately. A good deal of skepticism is recommended for any offer that states, “You must sign now!” If you are offered a limited time special, ask for documentation or samples of flyers stating to that effect. Legitimate companies make legitimized “limited time only” offers.

SECRET #3 – Beware Of Door-To-Door Handymen

These people may not be contractors at all. Never allow them into your home until you have checked them out thoroughly. Even if they turn out to be real contractors, door-to-door contractors are notorious for providing incomplete or sub-par work. There is no real savings if you spend your time tracking down a contractor to finish the job, or, worse yet, you must hire another contractor to correct the other’s inferior work.

SECRET #4 – Ask These Questions Before Hiring Any Contractor

“Are you licensed?” Make sure your contractor is deemed by your state to have the proficiency and knowledge to work on your home.

“Do you carry general liability insurance?” This type of insurance protects your property in case of damage caused by the contracting company.

“Do you carry workman’s compensation insurance?” This insurance protects you from liability if a worker is injured while on your property. Some contractors claim that your homeowners insurance will sufficiently cover them. This statement is simply not true. In most cases, your homeowners insurance excludes injuries sustained by hired workers.

“Are you a member of the Better Business Bureau or any other building association?” Conscientious contractors usually belong to multiple associations. These associations investigate contractors’ backgrounds and references as well. Therefore, undesirable contractors are usually weeded out of these organizations.

“Will you pull the required permits?” A reputable contractor will pull a permit on every job where one is required. Some contractors may ask you to pull your own permit. This could be a warning sign that the contractor is not licensed to do the specified work. In addition, some insurance companies will not cover work that is done without a proper permit.

“Do you guarantee your work?” This one is simple. If a contractor can’t guarantee it, then don’t buy it.

“How do you handle your clean-up?” A clean work site is fundamental to a smooth remodeling project. Your contractor should dispose of any debris at the end of each day. Your home should be left “broom swept.”

Feel smarter? We hope so.

Now, you should be properly prepared to solicit estimates for your upcoming project. At Majors Home Improvement, we know it’s necessary for you to feel comfortable with your contractor. We hope you find this information useful to that end.

We are proud of the fact that we avoid high pressure sales tactics, follow local and state laws, and offer all of our guarantees in writing. In our opinion, there is no other way to do business. We value your trust, and we are pleased that you are considering us for your home improvement needs. We hope that you will allow us to give you a competitive estimate on your next job. After all, estimates are FREE!

Best of luck with your remodeling plans!

Windows & Doors -Tax Credit Up To $1,500

Majors Select® windows and patio doors help increase your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. Buy today to qualify for a federal income tax credit of 30% of the product cost – up to $1,500.*

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“the Act”) provides federal tax credits for eligible building envelope components that improve energy efficiency. To meet the eligibility performance criteria under the Act, windows, doors and skylights must have both a U-Factor equal to or less than 0.30 and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) equal to or less than 0.30.
Qualifying and Claiming Tax Credit is Easy**

To get in on the energy cost savings, as well as the attractive tax incentives:

  • Purchase qualifying windows or doors from Majors Home Improvement, then save your sales receipt and the NFRC/ENERGY STAR label with your tax documents. **
  • Have your windows or doors installed between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010.
  • Claim the tax credit on your federal filing for the 2009 and/or 2010 tax year.

A “qualifying” window or door is one that carries both a U-Factor equal to or less than 0.30 and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) equal to or less than 0.30.

2009/2010 FEDERAL ENERGY TAX CREDIT DETAILS

  • Tax credit applies to “qualified energy efficient improvements” which include exterior windows, doors and skylights, for the taxpayer’s principal residence in the United States.**
  • Tax credit is for the cost of the product only and does not include installation costs. Be sure to ask for a sales receipt that shows the cost of the product only.
  • Tax credit is 30% of the amount paid for the product up to a maximum of $1,500 combined for 2009 and 2010 (including other eligible items listed in the IRS Notice).**

For more information, check out the ENERGY STAR guidelines at the ENERGY STAR® website.

*Many Majors Home Improvement products with Low-E glass meet the performance requirements for the tax credit when used for remodeling or replacement. Please consult your tax planner and review all IRS guidelines. Majors Home Improvement is not a tax advisor.

**The above is the best available information and is a partial summary of the revisions to the federal tax code (U.S. Code Title 26, Section 25C) as updated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Taxpayers should check IRS Notice 2009-53 for further details on the tax credit. Other energy efficient improvements may apply; check IRS website for more details and updates.

The information discussed in this communication relates to tax credits for existing “non-business” properties (defined as the taxpayer’s principal residence in the United States.) For information about tax credits for homebuilders for new construction in 2009, please refer to the IRS Website.

Majors Home Improvement bears no responsibility for validating or obtaining the tax credit and expressly disclaims any responsibility for determining whether a particular purchase or application qualifies for the tax credit. Further, Majors Home Improvement does not intend to and is not providing legal or tax advice and recommends that purchasers consult their own tax advisor or the IRS to determine whether the products they purchase for a particular application qualify for the tax credit.