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Obtaining Usable Bids – Identify the Misleading

Posted on 14th May 2016 by Empire Works

Obtaining formal bids begins with specifications for the work to be done.  As we all know, the bids received are not always apples-to-apples because there are various ways of approaching a scope of work.  For instance, painting with one coat or two.  A bid for one coat of paint naturally will cost less than the […]

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Hire a Qualified Contractor – Ensure the Contractor is Properly Licensed

Posted on 16th April 2016 by Empire Works

You need to hire a qualified contractor to minimize liability to the association. Ensure you hire a qualified contractor by confirming he is properly licensed. To ensure a contractor is properly licensed go to the contractor’s state website in your specific state.  The process in each state will differ slightly because each contractor’s state website will differ from […]

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Wood Replacement – The How-to for HOAs

Posted on 23rd February 2016 by Empire Works

Have you recently walked your property, noticed damaged wood, and became instantly overwhelmed?  You’re not alone.  Just the mere thought of wood replacement can be incredibly overwhelming. The obvious solution is to hire the right contractor but there’s a bit more to it than that. Here’s the process you should follow when dealing with wood replacement. Understand […]

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Preparing for the Estimator

Posted on 9th June 2014 by Empire Works

When your property needs work done, painting or reconstruction, there are steps you will need to take before the work actually begins.  An important step is the contractor coming to your property to properly bid the work.  Here’s what you can do on your end to ensure the estimator’s visit is an efficient one. Before the estimate […]

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Did You Hire a Qualified Contractor?

Posted on 2nd June 2014 by Empire Works

You have a process for hiring contractors which likely includes a pre-qualification screening of the contractor’s license.  After all, the first step to ensuring your contractor is qualified to work on your property is to verify his license. However, this relatively easy step becomes increasingly more complicated when the contractor you hired to work on your […]

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Ready for Summer? Is Your Property Ready?

Posted on 26th May 2014 by Empire Works

We west coast states have been experiencing an incredibly hot spring.  In fact, it’s so hot for most of us that spring feels like summer. We sit at work sweating and complaining and then we blast the A.C. on the car ride home.  This west coast heat wave has left us no other choice but […]

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