If you are thinking about hiring a contractor, then you should check out the ten tips listed in this Houzz article: What to Look for in a Contractor’s Contract (written by Kenny Grono of Buckminster Green). The tips are just a starting point, but they will get you thinking about the important issues before the contractor starts working on your house.
According to the Eye on Housing blog, the cost of building materials have increased quickly. This is the result of the housing recovery that has gained momentum since the start of 2012. Overall producer prices have increased by less than 3%. On the other hand, softwood lumber (30%), OSB (80%) and gypsum (26%) prices are higher than at the start of last year.
According to the latest figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau, sales of new homes increased in January by 28.9% from a year ago, and 15.6% since December. On an annual seasonally-adjusted basis, newly built, single-family homes sold at a 437,000 pace. New home sales increased in every region. The West had the biggest gain at 45.3%. The Northeast posted a 27.6% increase, and the Midwest saw an increase of 11.1%. The South had the lowest increase (3.2%).
This week, Parr Lumber is hosting four CCB Continued Education Credits courses. The classes are Therma-Tru Doors and Installation, Upcoming Legislation in Oregon, Jeld-Wen Windows Features, Benefits and Installation, and Weyerhaeuser Trus Joist Engineered Wood Products Design and Installation.