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Tips from the Pros

Welcome to your source for helpful tips and pointers from recognized local professionals in home building, remodeling, and home improvement projects. Do you have a do-it-yourself home improvement project on the horizon? Are you considering buying or selling a home? Do you need tips from industry professionals on remodeling your home or building the custom home of your dreams?

What Makes a Good Estimator?

45 HBA members and associates turned out August 13th to learn what it takes to be a good estimator.  Some of these characteristics include, accuracy, efficiency, good time management, ability to spot mistakes, good documentation, ability to read blue prints, good organization skills, ability to ask good questions, and simply being able to admit when ... Read More

KY3 - Ask an Expert - Call an HBA Home Pro

KY3 has graciously invited the HBA of Greater Springfield to participate in their "Call an Expert" on a quarterly basis. For August we are all set for the topic of Landscaping. After contacting all the HBA Landscapers we have the following companies answering phones on August 14th from 4:30 until 7:00. Accent Curbz Advanced Lawn ... Read More

What You Can't See May Harm You - Radon

You can’t see it, taste it, or smell it, but radon gas could be a problem in your home or business. Radon comes from natural decay of uranium in rock and soil and can be found in most areas across the United States. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United ... Read More

Energy Star is Like a Good Chocolate Chip Recipe

I seldom meet a chocolate chip cookie I do not like. Occasionally, I come across one that is to “die for.” You know what I am talking about, the ones that are so good they should be illegal - maybe not in Colorado or Washington, but I digress. You would think that all chocolate chip ... Read More

Do You "Like" HBA? Check out the All-New HBA Facebook Page

To better serve members, the HBA of Greater Springfield has completely overhauled re-launched its official facebook page. The HBA's enhanced presence on the massively popular social media platform officially launches today (September 10). The HBA's new and improved facebook page has received a massive overhaul leading up to today's re-launch. Facebook is a rapidly-evolving medium that ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: How Green is Greene?

Greene County has been "green" for years.  My Grandmother decades ago told me things like, “take care of the land and it will take care of you. Waste not, want not.”  And of course, “Turn off the light when you ain't using it.”  Yes, she said "ain't" and she also had no “i-de” she was ... Read More

KOLR: New Home Building Trends in the Ozarks

During the final weekend of the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield's 59th annual Parade of Homes, KOLR-10 reporter Melanie Chapman checked in with builders and home shoppers. In this story, builder Rusty MacLachlan and HBA CEO Matt Morrow discuss how, even though the past few years have been difficult, the Ozarks market is poised ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: The Sound of Green is Free

You have to love words that don't go together, words like "sound", "green" and "free". Placed in a sentence as in this title, they don't appear to make sense. The confusion is that you first have to know what the sound of green is to understand why it is free. If you are thinking "green" ... Read More