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Out and about: Our 2015 Show Schedule!

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‘Tis the season!  The early start to the home improvement season!  Okay, okay, we agree with you– home improvement projects are always great year round!

With the holidays behind us, many of us getting an early start on New Year’s resolutions and if you have one that includes replacing windows, doors, siding, shutters, insulation and/or adding a patio cover in the greater Sacramento area– we’re here to help you!

We’ll conveniently be at some of the area’s largest home and garden shows starting this month, so if you’re out and about, look for us– we’d love to see you!

January 23, 24 and 25:  See us at the Northern California Home & Garden Show

February 28, March 1 and 2: See us at the Sacramento Home and Garden Show

March 27, 28 and 29: See us at the Yuba City Spring Home and Garden Show

April 25 and 26: See us at the Nevada County Expo

And if you can’t wait and want a FREE quote now, just fill this out and we’ll get back to you within one business day!

Happy 2015, everyone!

Top 5 Projects to Boost Home Value

We can tell you how replacing your windows and doors or adding insulation can help you save on your energy bills.  It’s another thing to tell you how much it will help raise your home value if you’re in the market for selling your home and want the most for it!  The Sacramento housing market has had it’s ups and downs, and we can help you with so many of the most recommended home improvement projects to take care of before putting your house on the market!

Check out this Top 5 list of the Best Home Improvement Projects for Increasing Property Value from realestate.com:

Most appraisers have stories of homeowners irate over the fact that the special remodeling job they performed added zero value to their home. The imported Italian tile you used in your entryway or the pool in the backyard may be of immense value to you while you live in the home, but unfortunately they aren’t items that buyers shopping in your neighborhood value.  To get the most bang for your home improvement buck, consider these 5 best home improvements:

1. Indoor Systems

Make your home move-in ready for buyers by improving major systems like heating up to codeBefore you consider cosmetic and even functional improvements (such as adding additional square footage) to the home, make all needed upgrades, repairs or replacements to the home’s major systems. Major systems include plumbing, heating, electrical and sewer systems, among others.

Buyers want assurance that these basic items are in working order and won’t need to be replaced or repaired in the near future, an issue that will most likely be addressed in the home inspection.  Older homes may require updated wiring and plumbing. An old roof should be replaced. Address problems with heating and air-conditioning units.

2. Outdoor Replacement Projects

Replacement projects will give you more added value than remodeling projects, according to Remodeling Magazine. Fortunately for homeowners, these types of projects are also the least expensive and add to the home’s curb appeal. Consider replacing the garage door, siding, the front door and windows. The average return on investment for these projects is almost 72 percent.

The ROI on replacing garage doors, siding, front doors and windows is almost 72%!

The magazine suggests fiber-cement or foam-backed vinyl siding, adding a steel entry door, and vinyl window replacement.

3. Attic Bedroom

The number one home improvement project as far as recouping a return on your investment is the addition of an attic bedroom, according to Remodeling Magazine. At a nationwide average cost of a little over $50,000, expect to recoup 72.5 percent of the cost of adding the attic bedroom when you sell the home.
Increase home value by adding an attic bedroom

4. Add an Additional Bathroom

Over the past few decades, the kitchen was the average homebuyer’s focal point when choosing a home. In 2011 bathrooms became more important to buyers than kitchens. That said, an additional bathroom, even a half bathroom, adds significant value to your home, according to the experts at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

A half bath may add up to 10.5 percent to a home’s value, while a full bath can tack on an additional 20 percent. Of course, the amount of additional value you will receive varies according to the home’s other features.

The price of adding another bathroom to the house varies as well, depending on region. If you live on the West Coast, plan on paying almost $50,000 for a new bathroom, according to Remodeling Magazine. The magazine also states that, at the sale of the home, you’ll recoup almost 67 percent of the cost of the additional bedroom. East Coasters can plan on spending a bit less – around $41,000, but will recoup less as well – 47.7 percent of the cost.

Tip: If you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford a bathroom addition, give the existing bathrooms a facelift. A fresh coat of paint, new fixtures and new flooring will add value and make the home show better.

5. Kitchen Improvements

Kitchens tend to be the heart of a family home so anything you do to improve your  kitchen will add value. Again, painting the kitchen should be the first step, whether you plan an entire remodel of the room or just a minor facelift. Vinyl flooring tends to make the room look dated, so consider replacing it with laminate or tile. New cabinetry, kitchen sink fixtures and updated lighting will all add value.

Tip: Folks on a budget can still increase value by sanding and then painting or staining cabinetry and adding new hardware and by purchasing new (matching) appliances and new countertops.

Ready for us to give you a FREE quote on your next home improvement project?  The first step is clicking here and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

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We love what we do and we LOVE when you provide us feedback!  Thank you Irma, of Grimes, CA, for your Angie’s List A review on the 8 windows we replaced in your home:

Hawkins Exteriors replaced 8 windows in my home—sliders, single-hung and double-hung.  My home was probably built in the 1930-1940’s (not original owner) and still had the original windows.  I had already replaced 3 small windows and the 8 bedroom and front windows remained.  I contacted Hawkins to see if they serviced our area and after confirming that they did, I made an appointment for someone to come out for an estimate.  Gary Hawkins came out 2 times (first for an estimate and then to evaluate the job to be done.)  I appreciate the recommendations he made and he said it would be a few weeks for the windows to come in.  The day the windows were installed the workers arrived on time and got right to work.  They asked if I had any questions or if I wished them to begin in a certain room, which I did.  They were friendly, very polite and professional.  They said it would be an all day job, but they finished in about 5-6 hours.  They did an excellent job!  I am very happy with my new windows.  As I  mentioned before, my home is very old and needs some work.  I will surely call Hawkins Exteriors for my next home improvement project.  Thank you Gary and Hawkins Exteriors for a great job and your outstanding person to person service.”

Labor Day Weekend

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Labor Day is upon us and the Fall Season will soon follow with the holidays not that far behind.  ‘Tis the season for family and friends to visit!  And so September is the launch of the year’s second busiest home improvement cycle!  We understand you’ll be hosting, we understand you want your home to look its best and though it may be the holidays that inspire you to start these end of the year projects, let’s face it, you’ll benefit year round with the comfort and energy savings on bills as well!

So what exactly do you picture tackling first?

  • Those single pane windows that have been letting the cool air slip out of your house all summer and will soon be letting the warm air slip out this winter?
  • That front door that is the first impression everyone has of your home when they enter and is barely hanging on the hinges?
  • The insulation in your attic that is so thin you imagine if the heat escapes from your body through your head, just how much is escaping through your attic?
  • You’re preparing to say goodbye to your beloved backyard BBQ’s because no matter how many times you’ve considered adding a patio to add outdoor living space to your home, you just haven’t actually pulled the trigger yet.
  • You drive up to your home and see the paint peeling and swear you just paid to have your home painted and yet it’s obviously time for it to be painted again.  You’ve heard that if you have siding installed you’ll never have to paint again and well, maybe it’s finally time for that investment?

Whatever the home improvement project is that you’re thinking (and over-thinking!), NOW is the time to make the phone call to atleast get a quote.  Let us brainstorm with you on which project to take on and which to save for next Spring.  Fill out this form for a FREE quote and let us bring you the comfort and savings you deserve!

BBB Report Card is an A+!

BBBOne thing is to be able to say you’ve been in business for over 50+ years (we’re celebrating our 58th year in business this year!) but another is to be able to stand behind your work and guarantee customer satisfaction.  We’re proud we received Angie’s List Super Service Award last year but the other consistent grade we’ve received has been from the Better Business Bureau– and it’s an award we take tremendous pride in.

The BBB assigns letter grades from A+ (highest) to F (lowest). The criteria the BBB looks at in grading each business is detailed here.  We have consistently received an A+ grade from the BBB for years.

We work hard to make sure our customers feel confident we’ll provide them with quality products and quality work.  Whether it’s a window replacement, siding, patio cover or insulation job, we will always make sure the job is done right the first time.  We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business and nothing makes us happier than when you send us referral business.

If you’d like to read up on our BBB review, please visit the BBB website here.

If you’d like us to provide you with a FREE estimate for your next home improvement project, just fill out our online form here and we’ll be happy to follow up with you.

 

Auburn Spring Home Show this Weekend

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80 degree sunshine is the forecast for this weekend which is perfect Spring weather to get us all in the mood for home improvement projects!  We’re excited to be at the Auburn Spring Home Show this weekend (Friday, 5/16 through Sunday, 5/18) at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

Would you like a FREE ticket to this show?  Click through here and enter your information for free admission to this weekend’s show!  (You’ll also be entered to win a free bird house!)

Can’t make it out the show but still would love to get a FREE quote from us on your next home improvement project?  Just fill out our contact form here and we’ll follow up with you!

Hawkins Spring Specials

design-56We’ve had a great time seeing everyone at the Home and Garden shows!  It looks like everyone’s ready to get started on their home improvement projects!  We’ve been sharing our Spring Specials and are now rolling them out online:

$50 rebate for each new window

$100 rebate for entry or patio doors

FREE attic insulation with the purchase of all new siding

Are you ready to start your Spring home improvement project and want a FREE quote form us?  Fill out our contact form and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you!