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12 Things You Should Always Ask a Contractor Before Building a House

The idea of building a new home is exciting. However, if you don't ask your contractor the right questions prior to building, you could be left confused or disappointed with the process.

Construction Officials Critical of Virginia’s New Emergency Safety Standards

Last week, Virginia became the first state to enforce a set of new safety standards in response to rising risks...


Why Houses are So Expensive to Build

Find out what's driving housing prices up and why so many people struggle to find affordable housing options.


5 Essential Tips for Pro Carpenters

Five game-changing pro tips for carpenters who want to up their game and get more efficient on the jobsite.


Electrical Questions Answered By An Electrical Inspector

Everything you wanted to know about breaker panels and more. A veteran electrical inspector answers your questions.

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‘Shark Tank’ Star and Lowes Launch Home Improvement Competition

From specially designed hauling handles to an innovative soil testing system, hundreds of small business owners competed to be featured...


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Which Home Improvement Projects Are Most Popular in 2021?

Good news, contractors: Home improvement spending is expected to rise in 2021, and the majority of home owners are planning...

New Legislation Seeks To Expand National Apprenticeship System

The U.S. House passed a bill that could lead to a boom in apprenticeships. It awaits Senate approval.


13 Frontline Workers Receive Home Repair Relief From Super Bowl Campaign

Lowe's also donated $100,000 toward home repairs in Tampa.

Home Depot Reveals Improved Pro Paint Rewards Program

The Home Depot is further expanding their pro loyalty program with the addition of rewards for paint purchases.


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9 Things Carpenters ALWAYS Do Working On Their Homes

Ever wonder what practices, principles, tools and materials pro carpenters can't live without? Discover nine of them so you can...

Builder Confidence Holds Strong as 2020 Ends

2020 was a uniquely challenging yet busy year for the home building industry. Will that productivity continue into 2021?


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Vintage Family Handyman Feature from 1986: New Building Techniques for Remodelers

To celebrate Family Handyman's 70th anniversary, we're sharing some of our favorite articles from the past. Check out these home-building...


Unique Industry Insights from Three Female Construction Leaders

In honor of Women's Entrepreneurship Day, we caught up with three women who built businesses and thrived in the traditionally...

Home Depot to Give Employees Permanent Pay Raise

This has been a particularly rewarding year for The Home Depot thanks to fervent public interest in home improvement and...


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26 Things That Changed DIY Forever

Innovations that improved home improvement.

Continued Growth in Single Family Starts Keeps Home Building on Track

Consistent demand for housing has led to one of the busiest periods for home building in years. And it doesn't...


Summer Home Buying Surge Slows in September

New home sales in September dropped for the first time in months. Is this a sign of further declines to...


SURVEY: Contractors Concerned With Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

COVID-19 isn't going away soon, leaving contractors to figure out how to work through.


Lumber Prices Finally Fell in October (But Are Still Way Too High)

Lumber prices dropped in early October, but not nearly enough, and now home builders and lawmakers are working together to...


Can Homeowners Insist Contractors Wear Masks In Their Homes?

Social interaction is an essential part of most home repairs, but can be dangerous in the midst of a pandemic....


Young Professionals Week for Home Builders Starts Oct. 12

The week will include webinars and other events showcasing life as a young professional in the home building industry.


New Company ‘RenoRun’ Delivers Materials Directly to Your Jobsite

RenoRun wants to bring you everything you need for a job directly to the jobsite.


DOL Proposes Rule to Clarify the Definition of an Independent Contractor

Independent contractor or employee? The U.S. Department of Labor wants to simplify that question.

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ICC Publishes Guidelines for Virtual Building Inspections

The coronavirus pandemic has made remote virtual inspections a necessity. But are they here to stay?


Florida Contractor Charged With PPP Fraud

And he might have gotten away with it, too...


Homebuilding Sector Drives Construction Employment Surge

Residential construction led the way to another positive month for construction employment.


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Bosch’s New Thermal Camera a ‘Staple for Any Toolbox’

The camera gives DIYers and pros an easy way to accurately measure, visualize and analyze thermal variance on almost any...


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Nonprofit Helps Girls Build the World They Want to See

Girls Garage is the manifestation of Emily Pilloton's mission to 'inspire a community of fearless builder girls everywhere.'


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14 Things Home Depot Employees Won’t Tell You

The Home Depot offers a wealth of materials, resources and a customer-friendly return policy. But there are a few secrets...