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You see them advertise on the TV every day, orange aprons fluttering down the aisles at Home Depot, “You can do it! We can help!?”, the warm voice of Gene Hackman telling you “Lowes, lets build something together”. These big names spend big bucks to convince you that if you want to improve your home you need to do it up big time at their big name, big box, home improvement chain stores.
Whew, thats a mouthful and in a lot of ways very true too. Except for vinyl fencing. Oh, they sell vinyl fencing and their prices seem to meet the big box standards but everything is not always as it seems.
One of the first questions clients always ask me is, “How do you compare to them?” or “Why was our fence more expensive then theirs?” (If it was more). I found the best way to respond was by simply telling the truth. Sometimes our prices were more and sometimes they were less but one thing was certain. We always delivered a higher quality product.
I have nothing against them and have even advised certain people that the H. I. C.S. might better suit their unique needs. For example, I had a guy who was flipping a property and needed the cheapest fence he could buy. He wasnt concerned with how long the fence would last, he just wanted to sell the property. I suggested, Home Depot.
The key to big box store shopping is to know, what you are getting for the price you are paying. I highly urge you to go and look at their fencing first hand. Feel it, touch it, push it and you will see that it gives quite a bit. The panels are thinner and are generally hollow with no internal ribbing and reinforcement.
They also utilize a bracket system which is an inferior way to assemble vinyl fencing and requires external hardware which distract from the clean lines of vinyl. Their fencing usually comes pre-assembled.
Oh, I hear you out there, “Isnt that more convenient?”
Yes, assembled sections do provide more convenience but always remember that lower quality residential grade vinyl fencing normally comes assembled, as fence panels, while prime quality commercial grade vinyl fencing always comes unassembled.
Why? To be able to ship your order more securely so you receive it, complete and undamaged. It also allows you the opportunity to personally attend to each stage of construction, insuring the lifetime strength and durability of your fencing investment.
Keep in mind that the slide and pop assembly of commercial vinyl sections are very similar to “legos”, making them relatively easy to assemble. I, personally, am not a very handy man and I can tell you, from experience, they are not hard to put together.
One last thing to realize when evaluating prices between the H.I.C.S. and a vinyl fence dealer. The H.I.C.S. s panel pricing, generally, does not include the costs of posts and caps. This is very misleading.
They get you in on the appearance of a lower price, which is usually for the fence panel only. Then they add in these costly but essential items at the time of sale. Right when you have reached that point when you are ready to buy.
If you are looking to renovate or add cabinetry to your kitchen this year, make sure to check out all the information you can and collect all the informtion on what cabinet locations work and what don?t. When it comes to cabinet and shelving one area that is often forgotten or overlooked at the planning stage, is the over the sink shelf.
The over the sink shelf comes in handy but it is most underappreciated. It offers convenient storage space, where you can store your dishes, mugs, plates and even spices. Getting an over the sink shelf is as easy as 1-2-3 and can be purchased at Target, Ikea, Home Depot and other retailers selling discounted home goods, kitchen products/accessories and hardware. Placing a shelf over the sink can transform your kitchen by adding space for that wall mounted paper towel holder you always wanted and it can also fit perfectly on top of your stove top fan vents, for convenient installation. Also an over the sink shelf can offer great features, so be sure to go over them before making a purchase.
The type of wood as well as wood finish is an important feature when choosing an over the sink shelf. You want your wood in the kitchen to be of high quality, as it is the focal point of the home. When purchasing cabinetry, also be sure that your dimensions are right. Use a tape measure to measure the dimensions in your sink area and the area that you plan to use your shelf in. Also, if you need a custom size, consult a contractor and find out the best rates for installing your new over the sink shelf.
In addition to having storage space, an over the sink shelf can serve as the keystone cabinet in the overall design ensemble of your new kitchen. Especially if it attached to your fan hood, your over the sink shelf can demand all the attention. When installed properly and in the right location, it can also add d?cor to your home. When getting ready to renovate your kitchen, be sure to review the style of your pantry and see how an over the sink shelf can completely change the level of convenience, quality control and design in your kitchen.