Landscape Tips

Mature Plant Size Beware, that cute little evergreen beside your front steps may be a baby giant redwood. One of the most frequent homeowner mistakes is to pick a lovely plant at a nursery, without realizing its mature size. Always check the plant label and ask the supplier how large the plant will want to grow. Even if a plant …

Don’t Get Scammed: Find a Qualified Contractor

There are thousands of legitimate, ethical contractors in business around the country. Unfortunately, there are also scam artists looking to cheat you out of your money who pose as legitimate contractors. These “fly-by-night” operators often show up in communities impacted by natural disasters to try to scam distressed home owners into paying for shoddy repairs or work that they will …

Hard Water in Your Home?

Get answers to all your questions about hard water in your home.   What does it mean to have “hard” or “soft” water? Hard water contains a noticeable amount of dissolved minerals, namely calcium and magnesium, but also chalk and lime. Soft water is treated water that only contains sodium. What are some indicators of hard water around your home? …

Heated Driveways, Sidewalks, and Patios

Heated Driveways, Sidewalks, and Patios The world now knows what snowfall amounts Erie can expect thanks to the record 120”+ reported this past December. Keep your winter access areas clear of snow with heated pavements. Concrete unit pavers, poured concrete and asphalt paving can be installed with a snowmelt heating system. Controls can regulate the system to operate efficiently only …

Protect Your Home From Holiday Break-ins

‘Tis the season for giving — and for taking. Unfortunately, the holiday season has become a prime time for criminals to go shopping in unprotected homes. FBI data shows that burglaries in the United States spike in November and December each year. The National Crime Prevention Council recommends home owners take extra precautions to protect their homes during the holidays. …

Housing Trends for Baby Boomers

New Features Keep Pace with this Active Generation Baby boomers, who were the largest American generation until the Millennials took over, are either retired or quickly nearing retirement age. Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964 and who count more than 76 million, may be getting older, but they are definitely not ready to head to the retirement home! The boomer …

Hiring a Reputable Contractor in PA

If you’re planning a home project or remodel, hire a professional with excellent credentials. The best results are achieved when professionals do the work. You can find these professionals at the Builders Association of Northwest Pa. at 814-833-3999 Doing your research upfront is the single biggest step to making sure that the job gets done right. Contractors are only as …

What to Look For When Signing a Home Improvement Contract

If you’re looking to hire a contractor to work on your home or property this year, you should be familiar with the PA Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (HICPA). This law requires contractors to keep registration up-to-date with the state of Pennsylvania and also outlines what should be included in a home improvement contract. So what should you look for …

Don’t Forget the Trees!

When building your house, don’t forget to plan for the trees. The benefits of tree planting are far reaching as they relate your personality to the neighborhood and add value and character to your property. Trees are a powerhouse of environmental control and a low maintenance workhorse for aesthetics and function. Talk to a Landscape Architect to choose the trees …

Storm Damage to Trees and Shrubs

After the severe storms this past fall and winter, now is an optimal time to evaluate your landscape for possible damaged. Trees and Shrubs that have been neglected will take the brunt of the damage due to poor structure and overweight limbs. A Certified Arborist can review the damage and recommend necessary action. All storm damaged limbs should be removed …

Permeable Pavers: an important water quality component

Permeable pavers provide protection against increasing threats of contaminated drinking water and flooding due to development. As new urban areas are created and existing ones built out, infiltration of natural rainfall is disrupted by rooftops, paving and other impermeable surfaces. Surface water that once was absorbed by more natural landscapes now rushes overland to receiving streams, rivers, and storm sewers. …

Battelle Institute – Study on Water Softeners

Battelle Study Press Release – by Water Quality Association Water softeners can save significant amounts of money and energy in the home, a major new study by the independent Battelle Institute revealed. Softeners help preserve the efficiency of water heaters and major appliances and keep showers and faucets unclogged, the report found. The study was commissioned by the Water Quality …

Should All New Homes Have Fire Sprinklers

Builders Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania 09-24-09 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SHOULD ALL NEW HOMES HAVE FIRE SPRINKLERS? Erie, PA – A group of local builders and developers met yesterday at the Builders Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania to discuss changes occurring to Residential Building Code. Included in that is the possibility that all new home construction would require mandatory fire sprinklers by …

New Home Sales Remain Flat In August

NAHB E-Release: New-Home Sales Remain Flat in August FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Paul Lopez (202) 266-8409 plopez@nahb.org www.nahb.org NEW-HOME SALES REMAIN FLAT IN AUGUST WASHINGTON, Sept 24 – Sales of newly built, single-family homes were unchanged in August, holding at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 288,000 units and matching July’s revised sales figures, according to data released by the …

Consumers Reminded to ask for HIC#

Builders Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania 09-16-09 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONSUMERS REMINDED TO ASK HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS FOR STATE REGISTRATION NUMBER Homeowner education still important to prevent home improvement fraud ERIE, PA

Commonwealth Rules Against PBA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Pyne August 26, 2010 717-730-4380, ext. 3011 (office) 717-712-3984 (cell) lpyne@PaBuilders.org COMMONWEALTH COURT RULES AGAINST PENNSYLVANIA’S NEW HOMEBUYERS LEMOYNE, Pa. – On August 25, 2010 Commonwealth Court ruled unanimously against new homebuyers through their chief advocate the Pennsylvania Builders Association in the case to roll back the 2009 Uniform Construction Code to the 2006 Code …

New Home Sales at Record Low

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Paul Lopez 202-266-8409 plopez@nahb.org www.nahb.org New-Homes Sales Fall to Record Low in July WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 – Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 12.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 276,000 units in July, according to data released by the U.S. Commerce Department today. This was the lowest sales rate for new homes …

Builder Confidence Declines for 3rd Month

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Paul Lopez 202-266-8409 plopez@nahb.org www.nahb.org BUILDER CONFIDENCE DECLINES IN AUGUST WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 – Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes edged down for a third consecutive month in August, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. The HMI declined one point to 13, …

Remodeling Dips

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kelly Mack 202-266-8451 kmack@nahb.org www.nahb.org Remodeling Dips but Shows Signs of Stabilization WASHINGTON, July 29 – The remodeling market slid backward during the second quarter, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI). The RMI (combining current and future market indicators) sunk to 40.7 from 47.9 in the first quarter. …

Builder Confidence Declines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Paul Lopez 202-266-8409 plopez@nahb.org www.nahb.org BUILDER CONFIDENCE DECLINES IN JULY WASHINGTON, July 19

NAHB To Sue EPA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Calli Schmidt 202-266-8132 cschmidt@nahb.org www.nahb.org NAHB TO SUE EPA OVER LEAD PAINT REGULATIONS WASHINGTON, July 8–A coalition of housing industry groups joined the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today in announcing plans to file a lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for removing the “opt-out” provision from its Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting …