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ECP National Foundation Repair and Basement Waterproofing Workshop

clock September 23, 2013 06:39 by author
Contractors from ECP's National Network attend a full day workshop that covers every aspect of the foundation repair business.

 

Contractors from ECP's National Network of foundation specialist relax after a full day of Workshop presentations at the Royals game in Kansas City.

 

ECP is proud to announce that the 2013 ECP Contractors Workshop was a huge success. Contractors from across the country attended the educational workshop that covered subjects that ranged from Structural Repair of Walls to Understanding Cashflow in business.
"The 2013 Workshop was a success" according to Jeff Tully, GM of ECP. "The response from the contractors was very positive and the networking opportunity was fantastic", Tully went on to say.



Drought could cause foundation problems

clock July 31, 2013 06:50 by author
Droughts in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are causing foundation problems for homeowners.

 

 

 

According to the US Drought Monitor, much of the Midwest is experiencing a drought. From Texas and Oklahoma to Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska about 30 percent is in an extreme drought situation. This is on the heels of a several drought condition for the past three years.

 When soil becomes too dry, foundations can settle or sink in to the soil. As the soils expand and then shrink, it leaves cracks in the yard around your home. The Better Business Bureau encourages consumers looking for foundation repair services to take the time to find a professional to avoid a major shift in their finances.

 According to Earth Contact Products, July, August and September is when cracks in the soil often appear. During times of excessive moisture changes you must inspect your foundation and note movement signs that signal a problem. Not all problems are disastrous; they may be a signal of something that can be corrected, and if caught early they can be easily remedied.

 

 BBB and ECP recommends the following tips for consumers in need of foundation repair services:

Check your coverage. Some homeowner’s policies will cover foundation repair, so check with your insurance coverage prior to signing a repair contract.

Do your homework. Check with BBB at bbb.org or through BBB’s free mobile app before choosing a contractor. Get referrals from friends and neighbors.

Request an on-site inspection. So that you can be given an accurate estimate, have the company come to your house to inspect the damage.

Hire a Professional Engineer to identify damage and provide a course of action.

Beware of red flags. High pressure sales tactics, full upfront payment or comparatively low estimates that may potentially increase before job end, are all red flags to look out for.

 Ask about warranties. Most businesses will offer information about how they plan to handle any repairs covered under a warranty. A manufactures product warranty and a workmanship warranty should be included with quality foundation repair contractors.

 Review your contract. Be sure to read, understand, and agree with everything listed in your contract. Do not sign a contract that has blank lines or items you don’t agree with.

 



New Homes Sales on the Rise

clock July 25, 2013 09:04 by author
New construction homes are growing at a fast pace in the last five years.

According to the NAHB sales of newly built, single-family homes surged 8.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted, annual rate of 497,000 units in June, their fastest pace in the last five years, according to data released today by HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.
 
“New-home buyers are returning to the market in larger numbers as firming prices, shrinking inventories of homes for sale and improving local economies convince them that now is the time to make their move,” said Rick Judson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “Meanwhile, the very low supply of new homes on the market is indicative of the difficulty that builders are having in keeping up with demand due to availability issues with regard to materials, credit, labor and lots for development.”
 
“The takeaway from this report is that the housing recovery is solidly on track and isn’t going to be derailed by slightly higher mortgage rates,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “After years of fence-sitting, buyers are back and are ready to move forward with an investment in homeownership.” Looking ahead, he said he anticipates further, though more incremental gains in sales through the end of this year.
 
Three out of four regions saw solid gains in new-home sales activity in June, with the Northeast, South and West posting increases of 18.5 percent, 10.9 percent and 13.8 percent, respectively. 
 
The inventory of new homes for sale declined to 161,000 units in June, marking a razor-thin, 3.9-month supply at the current sales pace. The months’ supply of homes for sale has not fallen below this level since March of 2004.  



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