Having completed over 20,000 jobs, the Better Business Bureau Torch Award winning Aloha Construction sees the same mistakes too many times not to say something. They contributed an article to Realty Times listing the four most common errors they see with tips on how to avoid making them.
First they see people trying to sell their homes make the wrong upgrades to increase the value. Aloha Construction sees many homeowners who add an extra room or bathroom to their house but ignore fundamental upgrades such as siding and roofs. Extra square feet is a bonus but if the roof leaks when it rains then the house needs work and this condition reduces the market value considerably. There are also the aesthetic reasons for improving the roof and siding, making the house look newer and presenting a better appearance for potential buyers.
Homeowners also neglect to get regular home inspections. By keeping up with inspections an owner can catch problems before they become catastrophes. Finding our you roof shingles are about to collapse is easier and cheaper to fix than waiting for the roof to cave in. With free once a year home inspections, Aloha Construction helps the homeowner work with the insurance company to minimize the deductible and help ensure the homeowner gets the best deal at the right time.
Aloha Construction also sees many homeowners neglecting basic maintenance like cleaning their gutters and downspouts. This simple process can remove a great deal of stress on a roof and walls and help them last longer, but many homeowners simply take this aspect of home maintenance for granted.
The final big mistake Aloha Construction lists is people skimping on their home repairs. Whether trying to do it for themselves or simply taking a cheap bidder over a more expensive but also more qualified one, mistakes and poor work can do long term damage to a home. Aloha Construction recommend always asking if the company is licensed, bonded and insured. If not the dangers of inadequate work increase, leading to bigger repair costs down the road when the problems inevitably come back.
Robert Ivy, the executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), has built an impressive and successful career. Throughout his career his work has been recognized and celebrated.
Recently Ivy received the highest honor of his career when he was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This high honor is given out annually by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). The award recognizes people who have created a lifetime of success in the art through performing, creating or supporting. The CEO of AIA is the first architect ever to receive the award and is among only a select few artists from Mississippi who have received this award. That list of people includes writer Eudora Welty, artist Walter Anderson and well known actor Morgan Freeman.
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A graduate of Tulane University, Robert Ivy has received high praise from those around the architecture industry. MIAL President Nancy LaForge believes no one is better when it comes to making architecture more accessible to those who are in the general public. AIA President Carl Elefante also spoke very highly of Ivy saying he is s an ambassador for our profession. Ivy has a wide array of skills including working as an author, commentator and a practicing architect. Ivy also has experience as the former editor-in-chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. While working there, he also led McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media during its growth in China.
This is not the first time Robert Ivy has been recognized for his accomplishments. His work with Architectural Record earned him a number of honors including the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence. The Architectural Record earned a large number of awards including 7 Ozzies, 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards and he 2008 MPA Digital Award for Website of the Year: Enthusiast.
Robert Ivy’s recognition does not stop there. In 2009 he was given the the Crain Award. A few years earlier he was recognized by his former company McGraw-Hill when he received the McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence. Robert Ivy had the high honor of being named a ‘Master Architect.’ This honor, given by the fraternity has only been given to a total of seven architects. Ivy is the only one to receive the award in the 21st century. His work has clearly made a huge impact amongst a large number of people.
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