Siding Replacement Wars: James Hardie vs. LP SmartSide in a Battle for Contractors, Builders, and You

- LP SmartSide. Some are more comfortable because they have heard of Hardie and they like the name brand recognition. Again, this is what happens when contractors believe strongly in a product and have good experiences with the reps from that company. With My 3 Quotes, I can collect quotes for customers using any siding on the market. That’s not to say that I don’t think they are both great products; I’ve had many happy customers with each one. When asked for my opinion on LP vs. I used to work at a large contractor that sold installed services for both products. Some like the look of one woodgrain over the other and that makes their decision. Hardie, I simply tell customers that I believe LP has more advantages and you’ll pay less. Others may have been referred by a friend or neighbor and want whatever they have. . All of the 10 sales reps that worked there recommended LP over Hardie to customers, despite the fact that the Hardie job would be a higher ticket sale ..More

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Attention Minnesota Home Inspectors: ASHI Heartland Chapter is Back

- I would try to convince my dad to join ASHI, but he was very turned off by an elitist attitude from what was probably a small number of local ASHI members.  I’ve never experienced any of that myself, but I’ve heard about it enough to know that it’s real.  He had attended a few chapter meetings and wasn’t interested in associating with those folks. .  I’ve heard these same sentiments from many other local home inspectors, as well as from inspectors in other parts of the country ..More

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 2: Exterior Water Management

-  For this week’s post I was planning to cover the rest of the exterior, but I was crazy to think I could do that in a single blog post.  I think the exterior will need to be split up into at least three separate posts: water management, siding, and everything else. In last weeks blog post, I gave advice on how homeowners can inspect their own roof and chimney. ..More

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2014

-  This winning caption was submitted by Eric Aune. “Call us if the mountains turn blue” – from our recent caption contest. ..More

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Moisture Testing Homes with Vinyl Siding

-  I suspect those were little pieces of rotted wall sheathing blowing into the home during periods of heavy wind, but I’m not 100% sure. Remember, the only visible evidence of this water damage was the little black flecks that had made their way through the window and landed on the carpet. ..More

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