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do i need to have a contractors license in order to start a small home improvement business?

Question by firzout4u: do i need to have a contractors license in order to start a small home improvement business?
trying to start a small home improvement business and no one knows whether or not i have to have a contractors license or whether i just need to have insurance. i think i might need at least a class C license but i’m not sure. any advise/answers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Answer by J thinker
In any personal business you need to get contractors license and permit.

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(PRWEB) March 04, 2014 – the Online Home Improvement Store – has made their goal to deliver the right product to the consumer. With that in mind, shopping and home design tips, as well as special product selections are being introduced.

Apron sinks are usually associated with very traditional farmhouse kitchens – a style that’s classic, hardy, and designed for heavy use. But these old fashioned sinks have gotten a few facelifts in design, material, and overall style that means they can work in a variety of different kitchens. has introduced a guide to spice up this iconic fixture.

Farmhouse kitchens are generally pretty simple – clean and open with white cabinets and maybe wood floors or countertops. To make the style look and feel more unique, consider dressing it down: instead of full cabinets, give the apron sink a cloth skirt surrounded with open shelves, and accessorize with attractive containers, dishes, or even pantry items. This will give the kitchen an earthier, more rustic quality that’s tied together by the classic sink.

Farmhouse style kitchens dress up well, too. Take that same classic white fireclay apron sink and put it in a kitchen with hardwood floors, detailed woodwork on the cabinets, antique hardware, and elegant fabric window dressings, and the space will have a different look entirely – a sophisticated French country style than a classic American farmhouse. The apron sink will act as the focal point of the space, giving it that hint of practical usefulness that will keep the kitchen from feeling too ornate to use.

Apron sinks don’t have to be made of fireclay or porcelain. They can also be made of metal, like copper. Copper apron sinks are thick, heavy, and often handmade, with a beautiful hand-hammered texture, natural weathered patina, and ornate copper scrollwork or other detailing on the front of the apron. This type of kitchen sink should be paired with a very ornate, traditional kitchen, and works especially well with a French country style that’s a little less country and a little more aristocratic feeling.

Copper apron sinks can also have a very rugged, hand made appearance if the surface is left unadorned. These have the same gorgeous patina that more ornate sinks do, but rather than having the ornate scrollwork like the sink above, they’re left with a simple, dimpled texture that showcases their artisan craftsmanship. These are better for slightly more rustic kitchens, especially ones with a cabin or southwestern theme, where the sink will help contribute to the rugged, hand-hewn quality of the space.

Stainless steel apron sinks are also starting to become quite popular, but have a much more modern look and feel. Sleek stainless steel aprons pair beautifully with matching appliances and offer a slightly more industrial feel than classic down-home fireclay sinks. But while this pairing of old and new might seem a bit odd, it actually makes a lot of sense. After all, stainless steel is a very practical, durable material and apron sinks are specifically designed for heavy use, meaning this unique combination offers the utility of a professional grade restaurant sink with a slightly homier appearance.

Stainless steel sinks apron sinks can also work spectacularly well in a more traditional kitchen. Pairing a brushed steel sink with classic white cabinets fitted with matching hardware creates a stunning transitional style that combines the charm of a more traditional space with just enough of a contemporary feel that the space doesn’t feel old fashioned.

To see more of these styles in action, check out the full article here. is not only a home improvement superstore, it also provides expert design tips and a comprehensive shopping guide, taking the ideas from professional interior designers, and offering tips to the consumers on how to pick the products to best suit their needs.

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Should I use a General Contractor or Specialist?

Question by mrkurt426: Should I use a General Contractor or Specialist?
I have an older home that needs several things done: new roof, porch repair, plumbing and electrical upgrades, and remodeling of the kitchen and bathroom. What are the advantages of using a general contractor to do the work, as opposed to hiring companies that specialize in one kind of home improvement?

Best answer:

Answer by Sparky
depends on the building sode laws in the country you live. A GOOD general contractor should have a selection of specialists (electrician, plumbers, carpenters etc) that are used regular and trusted by the contractor. Whereas if you select your own you may chose a bad one!

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Should Contractor or Construction Company collects sales tax on home renovations & home improvement in NJ ?

Question by maxdavid: Should Contractor or Construction Company collects sales tax on home renovations & home improvement in NJ ?
Please advise if construction company should collect sales tax. What the consequences if did not collect sales tax from clients?

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Answer by tro
you need to check your sales tax laws of NJ
very likely a contractor does not individually show sales tax but his overall bid will include sales tax if any that would be required
generally when a new product is produced, sales tax is charge when it is sold
if the contractor bought specific items he added to the construction, if he was exempt for sales tax when he bought it he needs to charge when he bills the customer. ie light sconces he installed on the posts of the gateway to the household(he didn’t make them, he might have been able to buy them tax exempt, but sales tax has to be collected on those items for the state)
for the most part contractors are not registered with the state sales tax agency since they really don’t deal in retail sales

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Executive Homes Realty Announces Listing Opportunities for Home Sellers

(PRWEB) February 11, 2014

Executive Homes Realty, an experienced and successful real estate company operating out of the Bay Area, has announced that it will be offering continued opportunities for listings to home sellers. The company is known for its comprehensive approach to real estate sales, having brokered the sale of all manner of homes from condominiums to large, luxurious estates.

The announcement comes at a time when many sellers may be in need of a realty company with a thorough knowledge of the complexities of the Bay Area market. According to the owner of Executive Homes Realty, his company is able to offer such a precise knowledge.

“The Bay Area is a challenging and complicated market, so it is necessary for any realty company doing business here to understand its nature,” said Joseph Sabeh, Jr., owner of Executive Homes Realty. “We have many years of experience in this industry, and we have exceptional knowledge of this particular area and the intricacies this market presents.”

In addition to their knowledge and experience, Executive Home Realty utilizes a unique approach when it comes to the sale of homes. The methodology they use is “as comprehensive as it is aggressive,” underscoring the company’s belief in the use of multifaceted and individualized techniques in each home sale.

Executive Homes Realty boasts an in-house team which they use to improve many aspects of a home they have listed in order to generate significant interest on the part of prospective buyers.

“Part of our process is the use of agents, contractors and interior designers, all of whom come in to transform the home to its most attractive state,” said Sabeh. “This ensures that we are able to attract the greatest number of potential target buyers.”

The approach is indeed unique and has proven to be quite effective. The company has sold homes throughout the Bay Area, including neighborhoods such as San Jose, San Francisco, Pleasanton, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Gilroy, Fremont and Danville.

The company also makes use of numerous social media outlets and considers the Internet an extremely valuable resource.

“We have to make use of every avenue available to us to ensure that we are able to serve our clients well,” said Sabeh. “The Internet and social media – along with a number of other outlets – help us serve our clients to the best of our abilities.”

AJ Paulraj, Andea Goldsmith & Henry Samueli Comment On MIMO, 5G and a Remarkable Wireless Future

Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) March 03, 2014

“Remarkable Wireless Future: More Megabits Soon, Gigabits to Come,” a free webinar sponsored by the Marconi Society, takes place March 6, 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. New York, 6 p.m. London.

MIMO inventor A.J. Paulraj, Stanford Professor and entrepreneur Andrea Goldsmith & Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli will explain technology that will bring extraordinary gains in wireless speeds.

No one is better able to describe the future of mobile than Stanford Professor A.J. Paulraj. He invented MIMO in 1993, a technology included in the iPhone5 and most current routers and mobile phones. He’s been working on gigabit wireless for more than a decade and is a leader in research for 5G wireless.

Henry Samueli, whose work led to the explosive growth of the consumer broadband industry, predicts a rapid evolution of wireless based on MIMO technology. “Smartphones will evolve to desktop computer performance levels within only a few years and by 2015 mobile Internet usage will overtake desktops with smartphones use growing four times faster than overall phone growth,” Samueli says. Samueli, the 2012 Marconi Prize winner, is co-founder and CTO of Broadcom, a world leading wireless chipmaker.

Goldsmith has led Stanford researchers working on massive MIMO systems, cognitive radio and green wireless system design. “The evolution of MIMO from broadband (10 Mb/s) to Gb/s rates should only be a matter of time as hardware for multichannel radio-frequency chains and digital signal processors become more affordable,” she says. Goldsmith founded Accelera , a company that creates wireless network virtualization technology, and Quantenna Communications, Inc., a leading developer of 802.11ac and 802.11, semiconductor solutions targeted at devices such as wireless set-top boxes, residential gateways video bridges, and other devices that deliver highly reliable broadband multimedia video and data services over Wi-Fi anywhere in the home.

“Deutsche Telekom is advertising LTE speeds of over 100 megabits and Sprint Spark in the U.S. is demonstrating speeds over 50 megabits,” says webinar moderator Dave Burstein, a technology writer and Editor of Fast Net News . “Networks around the world are testing speeds in the hundreds of megabits. Over the next few years those speeds will be available in many countries. Multi-antenna MIMO and carrier aggregation are delivering speeds five and ten times as fast as early LTE. 5G will take us even further, possibly within a decade.”

MIMO stands for “multiple-input and multiple-output, a technology that uses multiple antennas at both the transmitter and receiver to improve spectral efficiency—meaning that more bits per second can be transmitted. It has become integral to modern wireless communication standards including 4G, 3GPP LTE (Long Term Evolution) and WiMAX. MIMO is now being applied to other communications technology with similar gains.

You can register for the event here. More details may be found here.

The webinar series “Marconi Expertise” is an initiative of the Marconi Society to bring the knowledge of the engineering leaders to today’s issues. The Marconi Fellows include many of the most honored engineers in the world.

About the Marconi Society

The Marconi Society was established in 1974 through an endowment set up by Gioia Marconi Braga, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented radio (wireless telegraphy). Through symposia, conferences, forums and publications, the Marconi Society promotes awareness of major innovations in communication theory, technology and applications with particular attention to understanding how they change and benefit society. Additional information can be found at


Hatti Hamlin, Executive Director


Contractor’s proposal: pay half up front or buy materials directly?

Question by jbrandtc: Contractor’s proposal: pay half up front or buy materials directly?
I want to replace the windows and doors on my house. A contractor’s bid lists requests half the payment up front and balance due upon completion.

Is it smarter for me to pay the contractor for his time and go to the home improvement store together, where I can pay for the materials directly?

Any other tips, suggestions, links that would help me?

Best answer:

Answer by molly s
I would buy the materials myself, that way, if he poops out on you as some contractors have been known to do, at least you still have the stuff and can get someone else without laying out any more cash..with this method, you pay him for labor AFTER the completion of the job.
its a good idea if you are pressed for time to make an addition to the contract that there will be financial penalties if his crew takes longer that the time allocated for the project, this means he will make less if they drag their feet and thats good for you the customer…I have been there and done this..nothing more frustrating than a contractor who is johnny on the spot till they get the cash then never return a call.

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