Have a Home Improvement Idea? Get Started with a Qualified Contractor

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When’s the last time you looked around your home and thought of at least one change you’d make today? Chances are, those thoughts aren’t too far gone. Adding an extra window in a dark stairwell can dramatically change the look and feel of your home. Turning that bonus room into an official bedroom by adding a closet is an easy way to increase the value of your home, or just create an extra storage solution.

These dreams are attainable with the right general contractor or builder. But how do you know if you’re getting the best deal at the right price with a trusted contractor? Responsible Contractors’ goal is to connect consumers with qualified, responsible contractors they can trust.

We define “responsible” as those contractors who are licensed, bonded, insured and can provide at least three verifiable references.

How do I choose the best contractor for my needs?

Browse our trusted from A to Z directory of contractors. It’s easy, free to search and anonymous. Each contractor has a description of their work, customer testimonials and often a photo gallery of past work. Look for the contractor based on the scope of work needed, review profiles and view their website for more information. Contact them for a free consultation, price quote and estimated completion time.

Do you save my information or put me on email list?

If you choose to contact a contractor through our site, you are connected directly with the contractor via their email. None of your information is saved when you use our site. You can subscribe to our monthly newsletter – visit our Contact Us page.

What if I am unhappy with a contractor?

We do our best to provide you with as much information as possible and to verify licenses and references but the choice to contact or use a contractor is always up to you. We recommend interviewing and getting bids from multiple contractors. If you have a serious problem with a contractor, please let us know as listings are reviewed regularly.

If you have used one of our contractors who made your home dreams come true, let us know! We always love sharing testimonials.

To get started on your project, click here to visit our list of responsible contractors by specialty.

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3 Home Projects You Should Never DIY

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In the age of Pinterest and HGTV, there lives an inner do-it-yourself professional inside all of us. Homeowners are feeling more empowered and creative about their wish lists thanks to easy how-to-guides on the web and television shows. The 2017 Houzz and Home survey concluded that spending is up for home renovations among millennials and first-time buyers. But while simple projects are great for saving money, and a fun hobby for some, here are three projects you should leave to the real professionals.

1. Painting kitchen cabinets

Painting interior walls is generally a simple project for even the basic homeowner. With the help of home project stores you can get the right paint and tools needed to complete your project. But that doesn’t mean you can paint everything like a pro – and that includes kitchen cabinets. The buildup of grease and oils mean the cabinets need to be thoroughly cleaned with a degreasing agent distributed through a sprayer. Unless you’re a professional painter, most homeowners don’t know how to successfully use the specialized and expensive equipment. Leave the cabinet painting to a responsible contractor who can get the job done quickly and with perfect results.

2. Roof and gutter maintenance and repairs

Just because you can use a ladder to get up on the roof and hang Christmas lights doesn’t mean you should be up there with a hammer and nails attempting to fix that “small” leak in the shingles. Amateur work can cause more problems to what may be a simple fix for a contractor to complete. Not to mention the level of safety and caution that a professional is trained in. Stay safe and call a responsible contractor for any roof repairs, maintenance or replacement. Get a detailed estimate of the work to be done and ask for references of similar completing roofing projects.

Quick Tip: Preventative maintenance, cleaning, and regular inspection of your roof can not only save you money and headaches when the weather turns bad, but can make your roof last longer and even save you money on homeowner’s insurance.

3. Window replacement

Go to any home project store and you can find an aisle of new and sleek windows to choose from. Does this mean you should pick out your style, bring it home and install it yourself? Unless you’re a professional, we cautiously advise that you don’t. There are specialized tools and safety knowledge needed to make sure the windows are installed and sealed properly and don’t hurt you in the process – you are working with glass after all. If you want to replace your windows, contact a responsible contractor who has the know-how to safely and accurately install new windows.

Quick Tip: According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), homes lose up to one third of their heat through their windows and doors. You can increase your energy efficiency and save money by replacing your old windows. The greater the R-value is on your window, the less money you have to spend on energy bills. Low-E glass is up to four times more efficient than clear glass.

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No Exterior Detail Too Small with Perdue Builders & Supply

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Residents in the Pacific Northwest face unique weather year-round, which can have a significant impact on the quality and maintenance of the home’s exterior. These circumstances can make choosing the right product overwhelming. For more than 30 years, Perdue Builders & Supply has been committed to providing valuable and accurate information to assist you in product choice for your siding, windows, painting, doors and decks.

Siding replacement is one of the most common home improvement projects that homeowners undertake. When looking at siding options, remember to check the durability, longevity, workability, and versatility of the material.

Perdue Builders & Supply specialize in the siding choices for your home and offers a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty to guarantee customer satisfaction. They are premier providers of top-quality products such as: wood, vinyl, fiber-cement, stone and brick.

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Q: How do I decide which siding material to use?

A: You have several choices when it comes to siding your home, from traditional wood siding to more advanced materials like fiber cement. The decision on which is best for your home depends on many factors, including how long you plan to remain in your home, local weather conditions, budget and your tolerance for maintenance.

TIP: Consider adding aesthetically-pleasing stone as an accent to your home’s exterior. Stone adds an appealing layer to your home’s exterior, and looks gorgeous in the forest environment of the Pacific Northwest. The crew at Perdue Builders & Supply will work with you to create stone accents that complement your home.

Replacing your windows overtime can improve the air quality of your home and help save on energy costs. If your windows are updated, they are going to help hold in cold air when running the air conditioner, or keep your house warm instead of letting heat escape.

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Q: Why should I consider getting replacement windows?

A: According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average home loses more than 30 percent of its heat through windows. Modern replacement windows are durable and help to lower monthly energy costs, increase the value of your home, reduce maintenance hassles and add beauty to the interior and exterior.

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“I want to express my thanks to you and your staff and let you know the new windows are everything I expected. The bedrooms of my home are no longer drafty and cold and the kids have noticed the reduced road noise. I look forward to inviting you folks over again when it is time to replace a few more windows. Thanks again.” Jeff & Family, Edmonds

Whether you wish to install siding or take advantage of one of their other exterior services, contact Perdue Builders & Supply for a free estimate.

All photos are provided through the portfolio of Perdue Builders & Supply.

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Expand Your Living Space with a Custom Outdoor Deck by Northwest Decks

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Imagine your dream outdoor space. Does it include a large deck with plenty of seating for entertaining guests? Or is it a quaint area just spacious enough to support a grill and table for a family of four? The possibilities for deck designs are endless – and the experienced crew at Northwest Decks can help you determine the right deck size, materials and style for you.

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Northwest Decks have been serving the area since 1999 and continue to pride themselves on being a customer-oriented small business. Whether you’re looking to build a grand, custom deck or a sensible outdoor living area, they will meet your needs with expertly crafted decks that stand up to the test of time.

During the warmer and drier months, we spend most of our time outdoors, which for homeowners includes relaxing and entertaining on your backyard deck. But take a close look around for any rotted or broken boards – these can cause a major safety issue for you and your guests. Along with traffic, weather can also cause damage to your deck, so selecting the right material for your deck is important to the quality and longevity of your project. Whether you’re looking to make repairs to an existing structure or design a new deck, the crew at Northwest Decks can create custom decking solutions.

Northwest Decks is your solution for composite decking and are recognized as a Trex ProGold certified installer. Trex, a wood-alternative solution, is known to be the world’s number one decking brand. It offers a low maintenance, high performance and elegant backyard retreat that is weather resistant for decades. Not sure if Trex is right for your home? Northwest Decks is happy to schedule a free consultation and provide a no obligation quote.

Alternatively, if you want a traditional wood deck, Northwest Decks can help select the type of wood appropriate for your design and style need, such as Cedar, Tigerwood, Ipe and more. Wood decking is natural, strong and least expensive. However, it should be re-stained and treated at least every two to three years.

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Northwest Decks is also well-versed in the required building permits needed for a new deck. So forget the hassle and allow them to handle the process of permit submissions while you sit back and dream about your new deck.

If you’re looking to sell your home, remember that a safe, updated and high-quality design deck can increase the value and saleability of your home. Northwest Decks offers full inspections and reports of your deck for real estate agents or home-buyers.

“I adore Northwest Decks! The quality is awesome and their work is impeccable. They went above and beyond, keeping me informed, finishing on time, and even created a specially designed gate for my children. I would recommend them to anyone.” Kristina H., Gig Harbor

Ready to take the next step? Click here to contact Northwest Decks for a free consultation.

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Concrete, Etc. Proves Concrete Doesn’t Have to be Boring

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Forget everything you think you know about concrete; it can be far from boring and ubiquitous. Almost every home has a paved driveway, but few homeowners have one that adds curb appeal and value to their home. Driveways don’t have to be drab, instead, decorative concrete is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to instantly elevate your home’s look. Concrete allows you to be creative and stretch your imagination, but it is also an affordable material that requires little maintenance over time. Concrete is very durable and is able to withstand wear and tear from daily use for decades.

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Hiring a contractor to work at your home or commercial property can be stressful, especially with an element as permanent as concrete. Concrete, Etc. is committed to designing quality concrete projects with great service. The team at Concrete, Etc. is known for their flexible and creative problem solving for any concrete structure or fixture.

Concrete, Etc. is known for their high-quality work, no matter the size of the project. Many of their first projects from 27 years ago are still standing and functioning as well as on day one.

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A clean and safe driveway, parking lot or sidewalk is the first thing guests or customers will see when entering your property. Curb appeal will increase the value of your home, help you sell faster, and for commercial properties, gives your customers a beautiful and safe welcoming.

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Concrete, Etc. is a reliable concrete partner for your commercial site.  Their services include: custom design and constructions, drainage, radiant heated floors, parking lots, game courts, retaining walls, and site utilities.

For the home, Concrete, Etc. can upgrade your home’s concrete, both inside and out, with repairs, replacements and new installations. Their projects include: exposed aggregate concrete, foundations, retaining walls, site preparation, excavation and concrete hauling.

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Concrete, Etc. offers complete concrete services from front to pack including design, delivery and haul away of any debris.

“Top notch professional work. They have done multiple projects for us including removing and building new garage, concrete driveway, concrete steps and even a concrete parking garage. They watch the details and don’t miss stuff. The inspectors loved them. Everything is always well coordinated and the pricing is fair. On top of that, they are very nice people to work with.” Gary, North Tacoma

“Super honest and I couldn’t be happier with their work. They poured a pad, walkway, and back porch. Knowing what I wanted, they made some little changes to my original design that really improved it. Great concrete contractor.” Dale, Lake Tapps

Click here to contact Concrete, Etc.

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Is your home making you sick? This 5-point checklist may help improve your health

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Do you have a sick house? According to WebMD, “Sick-building syndrome,” otherwise known as “indoor air quality” by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, can cause symptoms such as watering eyes, headaches, dry skin, nausea, heart palpitations, nosebleeds and chronic fatigue. Use this checklist to give your house a thorough physical and call in the professional if you identify a major concern.

Indoor Pollution

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HVAC is the biggest culprit or indoor pollution which can lead to respiratory issues such as asthma, allergies, coughing and headaches. Air-conditioning can leave traces of water in the ducts that become the breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

What you can do

In addition to changing your air filters as directed for your system, you should also have your ducts professionally cleaned once every 2 to 3 years. If it’s been years since your heating system had a check-up, get it looked at and potentially updated to make it operate efficiently and cleanly.

Invisible mold

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Water leaks that you can’t see can lead to hidden mold growth, making you sick without seeing the cause.  High humidity can also promote a breeding ground for mold. Mold is one of the greatest dangers to your home and family and can grow in as little as 48 hours on organic sources such as wood and drywall.

What you can do

If your house suffered from significant water damage, you need to call a professional immediately to have the area investigated for potential mold growth. If you spot any leaky areas, clean and dry the area and then contact a professional for mold remediation. Even without leaks, your home is still susceptible to old growth. You can help prevent this by purchasing a humidity monitor to measure, run fan vents when showering and cooking and open the windows when the outside has drier air.  If necessary, invest in a dehumidifier. Also take proactive measures to prevent moisture intrusion by properly diverting rainwater away from the house and watch for any sign of a drip on plumbing fixtures.

Dust mites

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Warning: you might start to feel itchy reading this. Look at your couches, chairs, pillows and mattress – it’s likely these microscopic bugs are enjoying a relaxing hangout where you like to lay. Dust mites thrive on the humidity and warmth provided by our bodies, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, live in every home, but can be especially problematic for someone who suffers from asthma or allergies.

What you can do

Small traces of dust mites might be inevitable in every home, but you can eliminate a large percentage of them with recurrent upkeep. Wash sheets and towels once a week in hot water to kill dust mites and bacteria and thoroughly dry before using or putting away. Also vacuum carpets, curtains and furniture, and dust frequently.

Bathroom dangers

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What’s designed to get you clean can also be disgusting and lead to health concerns for you and your family. Take a look at your shower head, when’s the last time it was cleaned? What about your bath mat? Shower heads carry high amounts of bacteria called Mycobacterium avium that once inhaled or swallowed can cause lung infections or pulmonary disease. When you step out of the shower, you’re helping to create the perfect breeding ground for mold, bacteria and dust mites on your bath mat. Go throw it in the washer now and make sure it’s completely dry before putting it back on the floor. Continue to wash it 1-2 times a month, and to help prevent the bacteria from growing, dry off before you step on the mat.

What you can do  

Clean your showerhead often and consider changing it out once a year. Wash your bath mat in cold water; schedule the wash on the same day as you wash sheets to help you be consistent.

Carpet and hardwood floors

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Your carpet is a cozy place for a lot of little dust mites and other critters to build their own homes. But when not properly maintained, your floors can contribute to allergies and other respiratory issues. Dust and allergens build up quickly, especially with pets, so it’s important that your carpets are cleaned frequently. Your hardwood floors can seep water damage easily and help push around dust particles in the air. With water spills, your floors can also rot and grow hidden mold.

What you can do

Along with vacuuming at least once a week, try to prevent outside particles like dirt and dust from tracking across your house. Take your shoes off at the door and keep a welcome mat outside your door to wipe your shoes off before you enter. Hardwood is a more environmentally- friendly and hypoallergenic choice than carpet, but requires proper care and treatment to ensure its longevity and beauty. Clean up any spills right away, like from your pet’s water dish or dropped ice cubes that fall from the fridge.

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Northwest Restoration Emergency Services Available 24/7 to Address Your Urgent Issues

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Responsible Contractors are available for more than just exciting kitchen remodels or a new exterior paint job. The right contractor can also restore your home after an emergency.

Unfortunately, tragic situations such as flooding or fire can happen to your home or commercial property. Thankfully, Northwest Restoration Emergency Services, your local experts in restoration, provides an urgent response to these issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Northwest Restoration was founded by Lance Tone and Jack Turney as a full-service local restoration company serving residential and commercial properties in Kitsap & Pierce counties. The team has more than two decades of experience in the restoration field with a comprehensive understanding of the restoration business. You will feel confident in your restoration and repairs with a staff that has hands-on technical knowledge, expertise in insurance industry practices, current regulations and health codes, and a comprehensive understanding of customers’ unique concerns and requirements.

24/7 Emergency Services – Fast Response to Your Urgent Issues

Emergency situations such as water and fire damage to your home require immediate restoration service. Northwest Restoration Emergency Services offers urgent superior restoration services at an affordable price.

Services include:

  • Water damage and mold remediation
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Bio cleanup

Mold is one of the greatest dangers to your home and family. It is paramount that it be safely removed after water damage. Mold grows quickly on organic sources such as wood and drywall, and in as little as 48 hours can thrive in environments where there has been significant water damage. Sometimes mold is hidden and needs to be detected by a professional after leaking pipes, roofs or cracked foundations in homes. The crew at Northwest Restoration Emergency Services are certified water damage technicians through the IICRC and Restoration Science Academy (RSA). They have the knowledge and expertise to find and eliminate the moisture so that the mold can be permanently remediated and removed.

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Buildings and houses that have undergone fire and smoke damage also need to be attended to immediately. If your home suffered fire and smoke damage you’ll want to get back into a restored and safe home right away. Contact the expert technicians at Northwest Restoration Emergency Services who will use the best technology to perform repair and restoration as quickly as possible.

A tragic accident can also require professional bio cleanup such as biohazard remediation and blood cleaning. This is not a job for just any ordinary clean up company, you need professionals trained in the very specific science of bio clean up. Northwest Restoration will make sure you don’t have to deal with the aftermath of such tragedies alone.

Testimonials  

“I have been living in Kitsap for 41 years. This is the very first time that I have absolutely nothing bad to say about a contractor who did work for me in my home! Northwest Restoration & Emergency Services is the way to go. That’s all I really have to say. Punctual and on time. Keeps to the schedule, works carefully, cleans up during and after the work is done. Did a great job for a fair price. Totally professional company and easy to work with. If you want the work done promptly, properly and on time and without hassle, this is the company to call!”
C. Spencer

“Very happy with service. We had water damage from a leak and they handled the complete restoration. I have used them several occasions since for repairs.” Jun, Poulsbo, WA

Keep Northwest Restoration & Emergency Services’ number (360-696-9111) accessible along with your other important documents for easy retrieval during an emergency. When unfortunate instances occur, you don’t need to have additional stress about the cleanup and safe restoration and remediation of your home or commercial property. Hire the experts and trust the experienced team at Northwest Restoration & Emergency Services.

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