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Homes by Vanderbuilt Achieves Success in the Relief of Buyer Stress

In Home and Family on May 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm

The sales teams at Homes by Vanderbuilt know that purchasing a new home can be an exciting but stress-filled experience. That’s why the team at Homes by Vanderbuilt works hard to create peace-of-mind for the buyer at all points in the process of buying their home.

One Homes by Vanderbuilt home buyer said that with the experienced Homes by Vanderbuilt crews overseeing the foundation, delivery, set-up, installation and trim work, the process becomes like clockwork, fascinating in its perfectly coordinated joint effort. Another satisfied client said he found the whole Homes by Vanderbuilt building process fantastic and will highly recommend Homes by Vanderbuilt to friends and family in the future.

The excellent workmanship evident in every stage of Homes by Vanderbuilt manufacture through to installation goes a long way to reassuring Homes by Vanderbuilt buyers that one of the largest purchases in their lives was a good decision. One Homes by Vanderbuilt customer said it was the daily progress reports and projections by the on-site Homes by Vanderbuilt trim crew that brought her into the process and allowed her to more personally experience the completion of her new Homes by Vanderbuilt modular home.

From footing to set-up, the Homes by Vanderbuilt crews are the on-site people that new homeowners can turn to for help and answers — and Homes by Vanderbuilt’s commitment to excellence is rewarded time and again by customer testimonials and referrals. Sometimes it’s the smaller items during installation that cause the most stress, like replacing a cabinet or fixing a porch. The consistent feedback from Homes by Vanderbuilt buyers is that these issues become non-issues, because they are addressed with complete customer satisfaction by the Homes by Vanderbuilt trim crews in a manner that is always friendly, professional and courteous.

Homes by Vanderbuilt not only builds modular homes, but continues to build on its reputation for excellence in the business with unsparing attention to details, top quality workmanship and unrivalled customer service.

What Customers Are Saying About Homes by Vanderbuilt:

“I was very pleased with their work. Homes by Vanderbuilt were there early, worked late, and did a super job. [Homes by Vanderbuilt] were very likeable, courteous, answered any questions we had, and just did a wonderful job cleaning up the mess! I was very satisfied. Any last minute problems were very minor, but were taken care of nonetheless.
Thomas – Madison, NC

“Everyone has been a pleasure to work with. [Homes by Vanderbuilt] has a great organization and a very helpful staff. Thank you so much!”
Ken & Ann – Monroe, NC

“Give these [Homes by Vanderbuilt] guys a raise!”
Raymond – Whitakers, NC

We are thoroughly pleased to have had Gary and his Homes by Vanderbuilt teamwork on our home. Their professionalism, courtesy and commitment to excellence in their work are commendable. We certainly would recommend Homes by Vanderbuilt to others considering your modular homes.
David – Elberon, VA

“The Homes by Vanderbuilt trim crew did better than outstanding. Nothing short of awesome describes their work. They put their all into the work, and it shows. They were friendly, did the trim work with the utmost professionalism, and even went out of their way to bring little extras to the home so I would not have to wait for a service call. In my book Homes by Vanderbuilt is the best!”
Imogene – Angier, NC

“This Homes by Vanderbuilt crew is an asset to your business. They have multiple skills that are needed in their work. They are very courteous, respectful, and prompt in responding to your requests.”
Jerry – North Carolina

I am very pleased with the work and communication. The Homes by Vanderbuilt team was very friendly and courteous.
Iowa – Yadkinville, NC

“The Homes by Vanderbuilt trim crew was very friendly, courteous, and helpful. Homes by Vanderbuilt were also very professional and knew their job.”
Edward – Manson, NC

Home Installation Professionals Discuss the Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring

In Home and Family on March 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Hardwood flooring is one of the most highly regarded flooring materials in the housing market. Homeowners and builders alike prefer the quality and the appeal of hardwood flooring. Brian Weinstock and the Home Installation Professionals note that adding hardwood flooring to a renovation project immediately increases the value and beauty of a home. Furthermore, according to Home Installation Professionals, wood flooring is a renewable resource that brings an elegant calming tone to any room.

Home Installation Professionals prefers hardwood flooring for their renovations because it rarely needs replacing. Homeowners love hardwood floors because they are durable and easy to care for. Home Installation Professionals also recommends installing hardwood flooring during renovations because of the significant and instant value it adds to a home.

Hardwood floors, says Home Installation Professionals, have a great deal of aesthetic variety. A homeowner can opt for simple, uniform flooring. But, with the help of craftsmen like Home Installation Professionals, a homeowner can alternatively choose lovely patterns and creative inlays for a hardwood floor. Home Installation Professionals says that installing hardwood floors can be both a fun and artistic experience for a homeowner.

On a more practical note, Home Installation Professionals points out that hardwood floors have excellent hypoallergenic qualities. Home Installation Professionals notes that it is much easier to gather up allergens from hardwood flooring versus the allergen-trapping tendency of carpet. Home Installation Professionals cites recent EPA findings that show hardwood floors reduce the accumulation of toxins in the home. In turn, this contributes to improved indoor air quality.

This easy-to-clean attribute of hardwood flooring also makes it an excellent choice in homes with children. Additionally, says Home Installation Professionals, the durability of hardwood keeps it shining and beautiful for years, even with children or pets running around the house. Home Installation Professionals concludes that these are several smart and compelling reasons to choose hardwood flooring for your next renovation project. Call Brian Weinstock and the pros at Home Installation Professionals to find out more about the merits of different flooring materials.

Chef Ben Vaughn’s Kitchen Wisdom – Roasted Potatoes and Fewer Dishes

In Home and Family on January 26, 2010 at 6:13 am

Chef Ben Vaughn agrees with many of his fans and readers – washing dirty dishes is the least enjoyable part of cooking. However, Chef Ben Vaughn admits that it is impossible to get any good cooking done without making a lot of dirty dishes. Chef Ben Vaughn’s least favorite items to wash are the pots and roasting pans. They usually have to be washed by hand and that can be a real drag when you are absorbed in the art of culinary creation. Here, Chef Ben Vaughn offers some of his unique kitchen wisdom about how to save a little washing labor.

Roasted potatoes use up large roasting pans, and Chef Ben Vaughn knows they are a real bear to wash. There is a way to roast potatoes without using a roasting pan at all, says Chef Ben Vaughn. It just takes a little imagination and aluminum foil. Cut each potato in half, instructs Chef Ben Vaughn, leaving the skin on. Cut the potatoes long ways so that you have the greatest exposed area of potato. Spread a little margarine on the cut half of each potato. Chef Ben Vaughn says you may also sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the potatoes. Now preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Next, says Chef Ben Vaughn, while your oven is preheating, place the buttered sides of the potatoes down on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Make sure the aluminum foil is large enough so that you can fold it over the potatoes after you’ve laid them out. What you want to do, says Chef Ben Vaughn, is make sure you can fold the foil over the potatoes and seal them into a pouch. Now place the potatoes in the preheated oven and bake them for half an hour.

When they’re done, unwrap the potatoes and you are ready to go. Throw out the foil and the mess is over. Chef Ben Vaughn reports that this is a simple and effective way to roast potatoes while saving arduous dish washing later. The other beauty of this method, mentions Chef Ben Vaughn, is that it uses much less fat than other methods of roasting potatoes. Enjoy!

Mastercraft Exteriors Works to Keep Weather Where it Belongs – Outside

In Home and Family on November 4, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Tearing the roof off? Don’t make another move without the professionals at Mastercraft Exteriors.

White Bear Lake, MN, November 04, 2009 — Your home is your sanctuary. When time or stormy weather make your sanctuary vulnerable to the elements, you need to quickly find reliable help. But how do you go about this? Chances are, like most people, you never think about a roofer until you really need one.

Mastercraft Exteriors is a full service, nationwide contracting enterprise that has been delivering top quality home exteriors for well over a decade. Full service means just that. The specialists at Mastercraft Exteriors know much more than how to simply repair a weather-beaten home. They are also experts at negotiating with your insurance company to get you the money you need to make those necessary repairs.

“We are a family owned and operated business that has not forgotten what excellent service is all about,” says Richard Spanton, Jr., founder of Mastercraft Exteriors.

Located in the Midwest, land of some of the most treacherous storms on the continent, Mastercraft Exteriors has been helping to keep those storms out of homes since 1996. Whether your home has been affected by hail damage, tattered siding, or a leaky roof, Mastercraft Exteriors has the knowledge, reputation, and experience to solve your problems. Call Mastercraft Exteriors at their toll-free number and get help today!

Mastercraft Exteriors
2340 Country Road J
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
877-ROOFS-02 (Toll Free)

Richard Spanton Jr | Rewards of Dedication | Richard Spanton Jr

In Home and Family on September 1, 2009 at 3:34 am

Richard Spanton, Jr. Knows the Rewards of Dedication – By Richard Spanton Jr.

Richard Spanton, Jr. shows that there is no limit to achievement–if you put your mind to it.


Des Moines, IA, August 29, 2009 — Not only has Richard Spanton, Jr. achieved success, but he has done it on many levels. He provides for his family while sustaining his passions. To this day, he cultivates agricultural projects that keep him connected to his childhood. These same projects have also provided him with the inspiration to succeed in other forms of business.

Richard Spanton Jr. started a roofing and siding company called Mastercraft Exteriors in 1996. With dedication, in under two decades, a nationwide vision for this company has been realized. But Richard Spanton, Jr. does not simply measure his success according to Mastercraft Exteriors.  His dedication to family comes first.

Coming from farming roots, Richard Spanton, Jr. maintains an elk farm with his brother Matt and their father, Richard Spanton, Sr. He has also opened up a luxury bed and breakfast located in an orchard with his loving wife Chrissie Spanton. His mother Saundra offers her culinary expertise to the luxury lodging.

Where does Richard Spanton, Jr. find the time and the energy for all of these projects? It is the love he has for and that he receives from his family that motivates him. He says that is the key to his success.

Contact Richard Spanton, Jr. at:

Mastercraft Exteriors

604 Locust Street, Suite 222

Des Moines, IA 50309

877-ROOFS-02 (Toll Free)

Mastercraft Exteriors | National Dedication | Mastercraft Exteriors

In Home and Family on August 30, 2009 at 3:35 am

Local Experience and National Dedication Is Found in Mastercraft Exteriors – By Mastercraft Exteriors

Founded by visionary Richard Spanton, Jr., Mastercraft Exteriors is a nationwide leader in roofing, gutters, and siding.

White Bear Lake, MN, August 29, 2009 — During his childhood, Richard Spanton, Jr. was taught many skills of the land. When he wasn’t playing hockey, his father was teaching him the essentials of farming and animal husbandry.

In his adulthood, with a firm grasp of the realities of a life lived off the land, Richard Spanton, Jr. decided that industrial fortification promised a sound financial future. A family man with agricultural roots, Mastercraft Exteriors is his full-service home exteriors company.

Richard Spanton, Jr. founded Mastercraft Exeriors in 1996.  He had seen firsthand the damage and anxiety inflicted upon his neighbors by extreme weather conditions. He wanted to help those members of his community by being a contractor they could trust.

“We want to provide you with a long lasting professional relationship,” says Mastercraft Exteriors founder, Richard Spanton, Jr. “A relationship that gives you a sense of comfort when your job is finished.”

Since those early shop days, the Mastercraft Exteriors enterprise has grown into a nationwide operation. Whether it’s a ferocious Midwest storm or a coastal hurricane that has damaged the exterior of your home, call Mastercraft Exteriors at their toll free number to get it fixed. They’ll even help you negotiate with your insurance company.


Mastercraft Exteriors

2340 Country Road J

White Bear Lake, MN 55110

877-ROOFS-02 (Toll Free)


Brian Weinstock | Rehabilitation Communication | Brian Weinstock

In Home and Family on August 15, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Rehabilitation Communication – By Brian Weinstock

When remodeling your home, Home Installation Professionals urge you to tap into one of your most basic human skills – communication.

When renovating your home, you’re a most valuable asset. So don’t risk disappointment by not speaking your mind.  Consistently communicate with your contractor.  Brian Weinstock, a prominent name in the field, urges homeowners to establish a rapport with their contractor.  Set expectations together, review your plan often, and talk through issues as soon as they arise – not near the end of the project.

Many people hire a contractor, and then expect the renovation to magically appear at the end of their wait.  Though it is the contractor’s job to produce labor and materials, they are not mind readers.  A seasoned contractor like Brian Weinstock expects that, if you have a question or a doubt about a particular project, you will communicate with him before that project is far along.

“Selecting a contractor is a very important decision,” agrees Tom Black, an Illinois homeowner who contracted Brian Weinstock of Home Installation Professionals. “It’s not only about the total cost of the job or the timing of the job.  It’s about choosing to be in a close relationship with your contractor while making some big decisions.”

Choose a veteran contractor like Brian Weinstock.  Call around.  Find someone who is available and responsive.  Remember to communicate periodically with your contractor.  In this way you will preemptively iron out any kinks before they become expensive and taxing problems.


Brian Weinstock

Home Installation Professionals

Covering all of Northeastern Illinois


A Bailey Plumbing | Making Home Efficient | A Bailey Plumbing

In Home and Family on August 13, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Making Your Home More Efficient – By A Bailey Plumbing

Have you heard it said that cleanliness is next to godliness? Well, if you’ve got a furnace, cleaning or replacing the filters once a month will keep it working at top efficiency. Also clean your air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed, and make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes. It won’t guarantee holiness, but you will save money on your heating bills.

Do you have a gas furnace or stove? Then you might consider a gas hot water heater as well. You’ll save money extending the gas line to your water heater, as natural gas and propane water heaters are about 3 times less expensive to operate than their electric counterparts. This is one time when having gas can actually bring you a lot of relief.

When was the last time you had your water heater professionally inspected? It should be checked out by a certified plumbing technician a minimum of once a year. Not only will this keep it in top working order, but your unit should also be checked for possible carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide is serious business. It’s colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly. Don’t take chances with your family’ safety. It’s more than a money-saving tip, it could be a life-saving tip as well.

And speaking of safety, chemicals belong in a laboratory—not down your drain! Chemical cleaners have a triple whammy of disadvantages—they’re dangerous to use, harmful to your pipes, and polluting to the environment. A kinder, gentler, yet effective solution to clearing drains is the use of a biologically active drain cleaner.

What does that mean? All-natural, good bacteria and enzymes literally eat away the clogs in your system without damaging the pipes. Sounds gross? Well, unlike harsh chemicals, bio-cleaning products are safe for children, pets, and the planet. So go green and be clean—call A. Bailey Plumbing to get hooked up with product.

About A Bailey Plumbing

When Chris and Joanne Bailey started A Bailey Plumbing in the late eighties they had no idea how tied they would become to their community. More then twenty years later, Bailey Plumbing is known throughout the area for their slogan “same day service with a smile”. Chris is a master plumber by trade and a good friend by personality. Their business is family owned and operated and they are happy keeping it that way. “A Bailey Plumbing has built its reputation on the principles of quality service, respect, and unwavering commitment to you and your home,” Chris recently told a local group.

The firm combines good old-fashioned hard work with the most current technologies to create a service experience second to none. This speaks most clearly in both their 100% money back guarantee and their A+ accredited business rating from the Better Business Bureau. The company has been a BBB accredited business since December 2001. That means A Bailey Plumbing supports the BBB’s services to the public and meets BBB Accreditation standards. A Bailey Plumbing is fully licensed and bonded as well as registered with the New Jersey State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers.

CALL 800-392-3981 TODAY! Or Contact us via E-MAIL at

Brian Weinstock | While Choosing Contractors | Brian Weinstock

In Home and Family on August 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm

When Choosing Contractors, Caution Is Advised – By Brian Weinstock

Is it time to remodel?  There are a lot of contractors out there.  How will you decide?  Before plunging in, look into long standing organizations, like Home Installation Professionals.

Nearly all contractors have the rudimentary skills necessary to produce a new kitchen or bathroom for an eager client.  But a select few go above and beyond.  It is the consumer’s responsibility to dig deeper than just a low-ball price and an impressive truck full of tools.

Always research contractors and home remodeling firms.  Do they have the experience to back up their claims?  Look for a contractor who is a member of their business community.  A contractor like Brian Weinstock, who has a base of dedicated professionals to bring their combined expertise to bear on your project.

“Know exactly what you are getting,” counsels Brian Weinstock, “and in turn have a much better chance of making the perfect investment.”

For example, is your prospective contractor operating under the auspices of a particular trade organization?  Is he or she licensed and bonded in your state?  Does he, like Brian Weinstock of Home Installation Professionals, have access to the design professionals and skilled tradesman necessary to bring your remodel to completion?

Brian Weinstock is an educator, engineer, builder and home inspector with over 31 years experience in the field. He holds degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and College of Lake County, Grayslake.  He currently owns and operates Home Installation Professionals, faithfully serving all of Northeastern Illinois.


Brian Weinstock

Home Installation Professionals

Covering all of Northeastern Illinois

847-804-8012 says “Don’t hit a sour note when moving a piano”

In Home and Family on July 11, 2009 at 7:48 pm


by Robert Carmack,

There are many funny cartoons and movies that feature situations involving people trying to move a big heavy piano. Pianos can be very difficult to move, especially if they’re heavy antiques and heirlooms passed on from generations and you don’t utilize professionals like Here are some ways for you to move your piano to another room, or if you want to bring your piano with you as you move residences.

The grand piano is the first thing that comes to mind when people say “piano.” The strings of a grand piano are laid out horizontally along a specially-shaped case. Most grand pianos are used for ballrooms, auditoriums, music halls, and are often rented out for recitals and other formal functions. reminds you that he strings, keys, and hammer mechanisms of a grand piano are quite sensitive; you may accidentally cause the strings to go out of tune if you move the grand piano the wrong way. The lacquered case of a grand piano may also get pitted, chipped, or scratched.

If you do not use a professional service such as you will need at least three people to move a grand piano. To move a grand piano, follow these steps:

  1. Secure the lid of the piano with elastic bands or nylon straps.
  2. Lift the piano from the front left leg, and carefully prop it on a jack.
  3. Remove the front left leg, and carefully position the corner on the piano skid.
  4. Remove the rear left leg, and lower the piano to its flat side on the skid.
  5. Lift the piano up, using the edge of the piano as a lever. Once the piano is propped up on its flat side, remove the front right leg of the piano.
  6. Protect the piano on the skid with blankets or other padding, and secure the instrument with cables or rope.
  7. Move the piano very carefully while it’s secured on the skid.

It is always best to spend the money and hire a professional such as Long after you have saved a little money the scratches in the lacquer remain.

Robert Carmack is the owner of located in Chantilly, Virginia. With more than thirty years of experience in light hauling, local moving, regional moving and long haul national moving operations Mr. Carmack shares his insights from years of experience and overseeing thousands of moves through may be reached at 703-378-1616.