Choosing An Insulation & Ventilation Company For Your Home

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Your home’s health, reliability, structure, and foundation are all extremely dependent on not only the quality of the insulation and ventilation that you decide to install, but the quality of the installation of the products as well.

Unfortunately, there are massive amounts of energy lost every day because of poorly insulated or ventilated homes. Not only does this waste large quantities of fuel, it contributes to a large increase in your monthly bill payments, and also negatively impacts the environment with the fuel waste.

In many cases, homeowners tend to avoid the insulation/ventilation replacement process because of the initial financial investments. While they tend to be on the higher side, in the long run, your investment will pay off and end up saving you money for years to come.

We spoke with the expert attic & crawl space insulation and ventilation experts over at House Rangers to see what tips they had for the process.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go through an entire professional installation of insulation or a ventilation system in your home, and there are many affordable, do-it-yourself options for help fix the majority of insulation/ventilation issues throughout your house.


What many homeowners don’t think about is how in order to have an efficient energy flow throughout your home, you need not only a quality insulation system, but a comparable ventilation system as well, which helps prevent moisture and condensation buildup in your foundation because of the heat.

There are many options and variations of both insulation and ventilation that accommodates a variety of factors, such as:

  • Your budget
  • Your home’s age and construction quality
  • Your plans on what type of insulation/ventilation your home requires
  • The climate and environment of your home
  • The current state of your insulation system
  • The current state of your ventilation system

Once you’ve gone through your process of deciding exactly the various needs of your home and budget are, you can go through the vetting steps of choosing a great contractor to take care of the insulating and ventilation process.

Some of the most important factors to consider when choosing on a company include any certifications/awards the company has, how experienced the company employees are, if the company has the proper licenses/insurance for the job, and various reviews from former customers about the company.

If at any point during the process you feel as if the company isn’t the quality you are looking for – just remember – you are the customer, and you get to decide who to choose in the end!


Comparing Siding Variations For Your Home

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When you decide to make a major home renovation to your house, it can be hard to choose on the exact type of siding you’d like to incorporate – whether you are considering traditional vinyl siding, more old-fashioned wood siding, or something completely different such as a James Hardie brand siding, which incorporates a little bit of both worlds to create a completely unique siding product!


In general, going with a premium siding such as James Hardie is overall better for your home and it’s future health and exterior performance.

There are many negatives to installing vinyl siding on your home’s exterior, such as:

  • Vinyl siding has a tendency to melt and/or burn when exposed to any significant source of heat or flame – which can lead to major incidents that are easily avoidable
  • Vinyl siding can’t be painted, and the color that you decide on initially has a high tendency to fade and look older and worn down over time. This can make it difficult to prepare for matching other aspects of your home’s exterior to your siding, such as shutters.
  • Vinyl siding is very weak compared to a hybrid siding, and can become very brittle and fragile when exposed to weather extremes. There are plenty of cases of vinyl siding being damaged by hail, strong winds, and other aspects that your home is generally exposed to on a constant basis.
  • Vinyl siding, even at its most premium form, is generally only 5/100″ thick. This contributes to the fragility of the product.

While vinyl siding is generally a lot more inexpensive and easier on your budget, the pay-offs that are included such as these negatives tend to cost more in the long run, especially if you own your home or plan on owning it in the future.


Another aspect of siding that many don’t realize is how the siding itself will react to the environment, climate, and various situation that your home is located in.

If you want to pursue another alternative siding, such as wood-based siding, there are also many negatives that happen to come into consideration as well, including:

  • Wood siding can rot when exposed to moisture, this is one of the most common issues with wood siding that leads to replacement being needed.
  • Wood siding, when exposed to levels of moisture, also tends to shrink, swell, and crack, which severely impacts both the look and the actual performance of the siding as well.
  • Wood siding is also one of the most vulnerable siding choices to various pests and the exterior environment – squirrels, rats, mice, and plenty of other pests love to chew through wood siding in order to make themselves a comfy nest within your walls.

In general, one of the biggest factors to include when deciding on a great siding product is not only where your home is located, but the companies that are around to take on the work.

There are, unfortunately, plenty of home contracting companies who aren’t certified or experienced to work with a variety of siding choices, and may make mistakes or cause costly errors in the future during the installation process.


It’s absolutely vital that you take the time to do a proper vetting process of the contracting company you decide upon. Be sure to check that they have their proper certifications and insurance, and that they are competent and qualified to perform the work on your home.

Blue Ridge Exteriors, a home-siding contractor that is based out of Richmond, Virginia, says to look for a few certifications in general to help decide if a contractor is up to par for your exterior siding installation task, including:

  • Being an Elite Preferred Contractor within the James Hardie Contractor Alliance
  • Being certified with the Better Business Bureau
  • Being an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm

And there are plenty more “specific” certifications that may apply to your situation that you’d want to look into.

Developing A Detailed Business Plan For A Franchise

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When you decide to take the plunge and turn into a budding entrepreneur, it’s absolutely vital that you take the time necessary to develop and implement a highly-detailed business plan. One of the biggest downfalls of most franchisees when beginning their journey into the business world is improper or not enough planning prior to jumping in. Not only can this result in a horrible initial growth phase for your new business, but can also create major pitfalls and potential financial and personal losses due to unnecessary expenses that should have been accounted for initially.

So with all of that being said, take pride in the fact that you’ve decided that owning a franchise is a good investment for yourself! This is a major milestone in anyone’s life, and becoming a franchisee is a huge accomplishment. Now that you’ve decided to make that first move in the business-centered direction, taking the time to properly plan out your business development, with or without a business-growth adviser, should be the next priority on your list. We’ve compiled some of what we believe to be major factors to take into consideration when developing your business, and created an extensive list below. Take these steps, put your own personal situational twist on them, and start becoming a successful business owner today!

  1. Ensure You Are Knowledgeable of All Business Regulations/Policies/Laws/Legislation – This is our first point, and the only one, if you decide to skip over the rest of the article, to truly focus on and develop. There are countless examples of new business owners who decide to start a company only to have some unforeseen legal loophole or business practice that comes into play and shuts everything down. Not only could these legalities cause you to potentially close down your business, but you could also be out all of the money, time, and effort that you put into your franchise as well such as the initial franchising costs that are required to be deposited.
  2. Take The Time To Research Your Business Niche & Area  – Too often, new business owners think they have a wonderful idea that has no competition in the market, and rush into their new opportunity without doing their due diligence and properly researching not only the business field they are in, but the competition and amount of potential customers that may utilize the business. For example, if you are in a competitive business category in a major city, it may be harder to get a foothold than if you were starting up a very unique business in a smaller city. While the populations are vastly different, you will be building trust and authority with the smaller crowd more easily, allowing you to dominate the business!

Deciding to begin a business or take on responsibility of owning a franchise is a big decision. It’s extremely important that you take the right steps to prepare for the new actions and procedures you’ll be creating and developing. Once you’ve done your research, and have decided to take the steps to start a business, don’t halfheartedly go about the required work and foundation based steps. Staying in the right mindset when times are tough, or especially when starting out, can be the difference between a successful, booming business and one that drops off the face of the business world within a span of a few months.

Exhibition Displays: Three Things To Think About When Planning For A Trade Show

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Attending a big trade show or conference on behalf of your company this year? Congratulations! Trade shows are great ways to promote your product, do some networking, and get some attention for your business. However – you’ll have a lot to think about when planning out your exhibition. Here are three things to keep in mind when planning for your upcoming tradeshow.

1. Remember Your Budget

At the end of the day, your budget should always be considered. When making this big of a purchase, you’ll want to shop around and get several quotes to ensure you’ve done your due diligence before choosing a company to work with. The amount of money you have to work with will definitely factor into what kind of exhibition display you can get, but thankfully there are many types of trade show displays that can fit most budgets. It should go without saying, but in a lot of ways you get what you pay for when it comes to exhibition displays. You can find very cheap options, but they might not come with warranties, show up exactly as you envisioned, or hold up over time. Custom designed trade show exhibits generally cost the most, followed by modular exhibition displays and pop-up displays and banners. There are other things to consider beyond the cost of designing and manufacturing your exhibition display. You’ll want to keep things in mind like shipping, labor involved in setup, and other services involved in transportation.

2. How Much Space Do You Have?

Generally speaking, you’ll know how much space you have to work with well in advance of your trade show. Using this space wisely can be tricky. For instance, if you have a 10×20 space and only a 10×10 exhibition display, you might end up with lots of unused space. If you have a large booth space, a pop-up display will look small in the area, whereas things can get cramped very quickly if you’re trying to fit a large custom exhibit into a small space. Many trade show design companies offer custom and modular exhibits that are made of several separate modules. This way they can be built up with multiple pieces for larger spaces or stripped down to the core essentials in smaller areas.

3. Will You Re-Use Your Exhibition Displays?

Many people think lose sight of the future when designing exhibition displays. The design process can be exciting and you will be focused on making a big splash at your upcoming trade show. However, investing in a custom or modular exhibition display that can be reused in a multitude of spaces can pay off in the long run. If you’re attending multiple trade shows over the course of the year and into the future, having options for setup in different spaces with a modular exhibition display is a game-changer. You should work with an agency that not only assists with the design of your exhibition display, but provides a guarantee on how long it should last and a warranty in case anything goes wrong. You should also think about storing your display and how easy it is to set up and break down.

Taking On A Senior Care Franchise

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Senior Care Franchise

Not interested in owning a Carpet Cleaning business? These blog posts will feature different franchise opportunities that could be the perfect fit for you. Elderly in-home care services may be more appealing to your skills and background. Luckily for you, a franchise called Seniors Helping Seniors exists!

Seniors Helping Seniors is a franchise community that offers at home assistance by seniors, for seniors. Whether it is light housework, transportation, meal prep, or more serious concerns with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or memory loss, they can help. Non-medical caregivers are matched with the appropriate senior to meet all of their needs.

Taking on a senior care franchise, can be quite the leap in your professional career. Choosing the right franchise in your area, can help lead to more business too – check out one of their franchise owners at Seniors Helping Seniors of Cabarrus & Rowan Counties, based out of North Carolina.


The Impact

Seniors Helping Seniors is based off opportunities for you to do good and help the community. This business is within a market that has been exploding in demand – seniors aged 85 and above. Did you know that is one of the fastest growing age groups in the United States?

The other great thing about choosing a franchise, is the business operations, ideas, hurdles, etc have already been thought of and successfully tackled into growth. Easy entry into your market, and a high level of support is a great way to take on your dreams of owning your own business. They have been around for almost 20 years serving the senior care field. Why not feel great about helping seniors and have a successful business? The best part about their business plan is both the caregiver and recipient benefit. Companionship is a key point in their strategy, which is easy to achieve when someone who is close to their age, and has experienced or is going through similar struggles as them can assist them daily.

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Choosing The Best Business For You

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Oftentimes, when an individual is planning on taking on a potential franchising opportunity, they may be unsure of which business field they want to be involved in. Many potential business owners come from a wide variety of backgrounds, all having a small amount of pull on which business they want to pursue. Some individuals decide to pursue a business that is similar to what they may have gone to school for, so that they can utilize their formal education in a business setting.

In other cases, individuals who want to start a business find a field that they love and enjoy working in, and do their absolute best to ensure that customers who frequent their business are left with nothing but positive experiences and a great customer service process.

There are many different types of business opportunities available, and it’s vital that you do your proper research and planning before you decide to invest a significant portion of your livelihood into the business. Some things to consider are whether your business would be based on physical services or e-commerce style products, the competition of your business field (both online and in local areas), your educational or personal work-related background, and the amount of time and income you have to devote to the new opportunity.

Once you have the proper planning and research completed, it’s absolutely vital that you take the necessary steps before launching to ensure that you aren’t throwing your money into an endless pit with no quantitative end results. There is a reason that many franchise owners tend not to last very long in the industry. Many times, this is because of poor planning up front, and not doing enough market research and review before diving in.

If you want to pursue a great field that you are passionate about and are looking to incorporate into your daily lifestyle, one of my best tips I can give out is to write down all of your interests, your passions, hobbies, your background, what you have job experience in, and any other aspects that may fit in to your business, and make a simple pros and cons list. This basic foundation list can help you create a valid base for building your business professionally and efficiently.

With plenty of examples in the world about businesses going from scratch to booming, it can be difficult gaining a foothold in the new startup world when you have so much competition. This is where your prior research, planning, and reviews would come in to play and allow you to have a leg up on them, in terms of your business knowledge, your preparation, and your overall customer experience.

It may make sense to choose a franchise-based business, where you pay an upfront cost to own a portion of an already existing company. In many cases, this can be just the opportunity to help you own a business without having to go through the hassle and mess of starting it up from the ground on your own. Often, franchises tend to be chain locations that will receive steady business, think of companies such as convenience stores, fast food locations, and various home service companies.

There are businesses such as Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning that specialize in allowing you to be an owner of an individual franchise based in the city or region of your choice.

While these franchise opportunities can sometimes be a pit hole for the unaware business owner, they can also open the doors to a multitude of other opportunities to take advantage of, both through your connections that you’ve made and the experience you’ve gained during the process.

Taking On A Carpet Cleaning Franchise

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If you are one of the individuals who has tons of drive and determination, and have decided to take on the responsibility of running and owning a carpet cleaning franchise, then congratulations! You have joined the ranks of some of the most successful franchise owners in the field.

Home service-based franchises are shown to succeed in more cases than those franchises in other job fields. This is more than likely because everyone, regardless of their home or lifestyle, could use a carpet revitalization every now and then. Whether they are looking for a full-house carpet clean, or want their historic family rug restored, they will call you.

Taking on a franchise, and a carpet cleaning one in particular, can be quite the immense task if you aren’t prepared, both physically and mentally. If you have no experience or prior work in the carpet cleaning industry, be prepared to take many certification courses, and spend time learning the ins and outs of the industry as much as possible. Choosing a carpet cleaning franchise in a sunnier state, with nicer weather, can help lead to more business as well – check out our friends over at Kasandjo’s Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning, based out of beautiful Florida.

It’s also important that you are physically prepared for the demands of running a carpet cleaning franchise. If you have team members who aren’t able to come in to work, or need occasional backup for extensive, longer jobs, then you may be needed to go on-site to help out. Carpet cleaning can be a strenuous process, especially if you have any issues with your joints or muscles, more specifically your lower back. You will be constantly bending over, moving, and reaching into tight spaces so it’s always a good idea to get a proper stretch in before you head to the job site. This will limit any potential injuries that may arise during the job process.

Once your carpet cleaning franchise is off the ground, gaining clients and improving your business should be the next course of action. Many times, franchise owners can greatly increase traffic to their company through pure word-of-mouth, with friends and former customers referring people they know.

Some important things to consider when owning a franchise are how you intend to grow your business, whether through creating a website and driving traffic via digital marketing, or hoping to increase your local presence with print and physical advertising, and relying on word of mouth referrals from former customers? Based on your clients, your location, and your business, there are many different ways to go about this on-going task. Building a solid foundation for your franchise in terms of customers and positive experiences will go a long way in improving your franchise experience in the prosperous years to come.

Embracing the Unknown – Starting a Franchise

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The beginnings

It can be scary, and very risky, to decide to start a franchise, or become an entrepreneur and build your own business. There are many factors that may come in to play, depending on your current personal and professional situations.

If you have a family, for example, you may be a little more hesitant to jump out of your current lifestyle to take the leap into becoming an entrepreneur or franchisee. On the other hand, if you are a young, single individual, who has a decent amount of savings and a great idea, that hesitation is a lot less.



One of the biggest factors that should go into your plan for beginning a business should be the preparation and research beforehand. It is absolutely vital that you truly dive into the many aspects of the business type, the field, the competition, and all of the legal processes and procedures you will have to go through as well.

The Transition Phase

One of the next steps you’ll be taking on your path to becoming a successful franchisee and following your dreams can be referred to as the transition phase. After all of your research, your meetings, the guidance and advice given to you, and once you’ve decided to take the plunge, you will now be a true entrepreneur.

Sticking to your instincts, and ensuring that you are financially and personally stable, will help to ensure that your business remains successful and continues to flourish. The beginning of a franchise and transition phase are some of the hardest, and it can take massive amounts of determination, effort, and hard work in order for that to happen. Even then, unfortunately, it doesn’t work out sometimes.

Realizing Your Reward

It’s extremely important to understand when you are making gains, even if they aren’t financial gains that are measurable. During the entire process of starting out a franchise or new business, you will be learning an extensive range of information, regarding businesses, finances, laws, policies, procedures, taxes, and everything in between.

Take advantage of these seemingly tough moments to appreciate the knowledge, skills, and expertise that you are learning and growing with. It is this that will help you go from running a 3rd rate franchise, to becoming a truly successful, multi-state franchise, such as N-Hance of Augusta/Aiken.