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?

Preparing to Buy in 2016

It’s summer time and the home-buying market is heating up. Savvy buyers are looking to lock in attractive interest rates while they still remain low - the time to start preparing is now. These tips will help put you in a better position to find a home that’s just right. Make your Checklist First-time home ... Read More

Homeownership Benefits Extend Well Beyond Property Boundaries

Most Americans consider homeownership to be the single best long-term investment and a primary source of financial security, especially as home values continue to strengthen. Despite the economic rollercoaster during the recession, homeownership has endured as the foundation of the American Dream. For that reason, the home building industry is celebrating National Homeownership Month in ... Read More

Curb Appeal with a New Front Door - Southern Supply

If you're looking for a new front door for your home, Southern Supply provides many attractive door material options including wood, steel and fiberglass and endless features from simple to dramatic. front doors Photo by Southern Supply - Browse entryway photos front doors

Considering Siding – How to Choose

Siding is exposed to Mother Nature all day, every day, for years. Weather, water, time, fire and pests—all can lead to trouble. Southern Supply offers a wide array of siding to fit your tastes, budget and needs. siding and stone veneer   So how to choose siding? Consider the following points… • Moisture and rot ... Read More

Connecting our Community to Renewable Energy

Did you know that the largest solar farm in the state of Missouri is located right here in Springfield? City Utilities contracted for the construction of the 4.95 megawatt (AC) renewable energy project in 2013, and began receiving the energy in July 2014. Although this energy is still more expensive than that from traditional sources, ... Read More

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