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Why is the "Cheap Guy" the cheap guy?

A chronic theme that I encounter in the building industry is stories from people who repeat the usual list of complaints about the guy who built or remodeled their home.  They will complain about the shoddy workmanship, the lack of communication, the chea

Can I get a bid?

02 Apr 2010 | Tags :bid, Budget, cost savings, FAQ

At Murphy Bros., most of our work is designed and built by our in house staff, but we are regularly introduced to people whom have started working with another designer, draftsman or architect before they meet us.  Our high service standards, quality craf

Be Smart When Selecting a Contractor

Questions to ask your contractor and things to consider before you sign a contract: How will my project be designed? Do you have designers on staff or do you sub out the design work? What are the qualifications of the design staff? How many revisions

Musty Odors?

18 Mar 2010 | Tags :FAQ, handyman, Mold, repairs, spring

A musty smell in the house is a sure sign that a mold is present in a growing state. If you have allergies, asthma, or are concerned about other problems associated with mold growing in your house; you should contact a professional that specializes in mol

Homeowners Spring Checklist

10 Mar 2010 | Tags :FAQ, maintenance, repairs, spring

Wash windows and window screens Test smoke and CO detectors and change batteries. Exterior House Check-up Inspect the roof for damage from winter cold and ice, missing or broken shingles, damaged or missing vents or flashin

MN Home & Landscape Expo

07 Jan 2010 | Tags :203K, FAQ, Home Show

Murphy Bros. will be at the MN Home & Landscape Expo this weekend at the Metrodome.  Contact Aaron if you want free tickets, or shoot me an email: Stop by if you are looking for ideas, want to learn more about us, or have interest in the

Red Flags

10 Red Flags when hiring a Contractor - Here are some simple alerts to listen for or to verify when deciding on who to trust to work on your home. The contractor says "I can save you a lot of money if you pull the building permit" The contractor does

Basements: The Undiscovered Jewel

We homeowners are always interested in finding ways to increase the value of our homes - this is even more important in our current economy, where buyers are pickier and every nook and corner of space needs to be maximized for value and function. A baseme

Insurance Covered Losses: How to Proceed

From a property owner's perspective, insurance claims can be a huge frustration or a relatively easy process.  It often depends on how you choose to get the repairs done.  Most policies provide coverage that will pay for a professional restoration company

Cold MN Days: Condensation on inside of windows???

27 Jan 2009 | Tags :cold, FAQ, home improvement, remodeling, windows, Winter

We recently installed some new Low E, Argon windows for a client (a second project for them), which increased the energy efficiency of the home. The homeowner emailed asking about condensation on the windows on our cold Minnesota days. I thought I might p

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