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?

Earth Day Ideas for Conservation and Efficiency

Using modern technology, it's possible to start conserving up to 80% of the water typically used in older versions of ordinary plumbing fixtures. Explore Kohler's residential products that will help you to start saving. Kohler offers a wide array of WaterSense labeled High-Efficiency Toilets (HET) that can save a family of four up to 16,500 ... Read More

Outdoor decorating at it’s finest!

With so many of today’s homeowners desiring to expand their living spaces, it’s only natural to incorporate the GREAT outdoors in your next decorating project. Whether it’s a porch, patio, sunroom or four season room, outdoor decorating can become a beautiful extension of your home. And, as with other rooms in your home, it all ... Read More

Should You Take the Plunge and Invest in a Pool?

Having a pool in the backyard can certainly make a splash during the summer, but you should do your homework before committing to such a large investment. The Wall Street Journal reports that an in-ground swimming pool can cost anywhere between $25,000 and $50,000. Before breaking ground on your own pool and taking out a ... Read More

Blue Book – Monthly Market Update - March

The real estate market in Southwest Missouri remains strong. The number of sales and home prices are on the rise. Large increases in the prices of homes sold continued from last month’s report. Inventory remains lower than it was in 2015. Low inventory means less competition on the market, making it a great time to ... Read More

Tips on Finding & Hiring Your Builder or Remodeler

Checklist for finding and hiring a home builder or remodeler: Make sure the builder or home remodeler has a permanent business location. Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction ... Read More

Siding that Looks like Shake, Plaster, or Lap Style

Are you tired of your home looking like every other vinyl clad home, but can't do brick? Consider permanent James Hardie prefinished siding. Your home can have the look of shake, plaster, lap style, or any combination of these styles. Their finishes are guaranteed for 15 years and with our almost virtual visible nail application. It ... Read More

Builder Breakfast Quick Tip

Builders should NOT simply advertise they are "green" builders, without further explanation. Include a credible standard and explain that standard in marketing materials. For example - National Green Building Standard (ICC 700). You can have your own standard, but make sure it is spelled our and not misleading. This can be addressed in your body ... Read More

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