Nine Home Renovation Superstars Sign on for Season Two of HGTV’s ROCK THE BLOCK

Nine Home Renovation Superstars Sign on for Season Two of HGTV's ROCK THE BLOCK

Let’s get ready to rock! HGTV has announced the challengers for the second season of its hit competition series Rock the Block. Set to premiere in early 2021, the new season, hosted by highly skilled carpenter, craftsman and designer, Ty Pennington, will have double the star power with eight of the network’s brightest home renovation and design experts pairing up to completely transform identical three-story suburban properties in just one month. The 2021 ROCK THE BLOCK partner teams are: home renovator and contractor Mike Holmes (Holmes On Homes) and Chicago’s fearless home reno and design expert Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab); designing dads Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent (Nate and Jeremiah: Save My House); HGTV’s first Design Star winner David Bromstad (My Lottery Dream Home) with the eighth Design Star winner Tiffany Brooks (50K Three Ways); and the couple who can build and design an entire home in 100 days, Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt (100 Day Dream Home.) With a $225,000 budget and a whole lot of teamwork, the dueling duos hope to win major bragging rights and their names on a street sign.

“Nothing says high stakes like double the stardom, double the personalities, and double the fun!” said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. “Expect to see impressive displays of strategy, creativity and incredible designs from these top stars in ROCK THE BLOCK – definitely bring the popcorn.”

The season also will boast bold build and design challenges; in-show surprises; and appearances from special guest judges.

Fans can access fun content from the first season of ROCK THE BLOCK on, including before and after photos and videos, as well as find loads of behind-the-scenes extras. Viewers also can interact via social media using #RocktheBlock and will be able to follow along on the @HGTV stars’ reno journeys on Instagram

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A Sign of Home Improvement Market Health

It seems just about everyone is staying busy at home during the pandemic by tackling DIY home improvement projects. And to do all of those home improvement projects, we need tools! This might be why business is booming for Harbor Freight.

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Harbor Freight Is Opening New Stores

The discount tool and equipment retailer has been opening new stores across the country at a rapid rate. Harbor Freight boasts more than 1,050 stores in almost every state, and they are currently considering hundreds of new locations across the U.S., according to their website. Hiring is up as well, with 2,800 current openings. The jobs feature mostly retail positions, but corporate positions are also available in web development, accounting, human resources and marketing.

The quick expansion of Harbor Freight is an accurate representation of the home improvement industry as a whole. According to the Home Improvement Research Institute, 2020 has seen an explosion in home improvement spending. The latest estimates show $439 billion in sales, with the largest boost coming from consumers, who are expected to spend 11 percent more this year than they did in 2019.

What Is Harbor Freight?

In case you don’t already know, Harbor Freight is a privately owned discount tool retailer headquartered in Calabasas, Cal. Founded in 1977 as a family business offering mail-order tools, it has since expanded to the nation-wide business it is today. Harbor Freight carries more than 7,000 tools and accessories, including hand tools, air and power tools, shop equipment and automotive tools.

Compared to other home improvement stores like Lowe’s and The Home Depot, Harbor Freight’s tool prices are more affordable — dirt cheap, in fact. However, the quality of the products isn’t always up to par. Savvy customers have discovered which tools at Harbor

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More Americans sign contracts to buy homes in August


SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting the hot U.S. housing market will continue to churn well into fall.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its index of pending sales rose 8.8% to a record high of 132.8. An index of 100 represents the level of contract activity in 2001. It had sunk to a low of 69 in April, when buyers and sellers were sidelined as the coronavirus swept through the U.S.

Contract signings are a barometer of finalized purchases over the next two months, so this

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7 Key Things Sub – Contractors Must Check Before You Sign That Contract!

1 Who Are You Actually Contracting With?

OK, I accept that this sounds really obvious but how much do you actually know about the organisation that you are getting into a contract with? More importantly will they be around to pay you when the time comes?

There will always be other factors to take into account when deciding on whether or not to enter into the contract. Not least of which, will no doubt be your workload at the time. It is obviously much easier to be selective in times of plenty.

Being willing to place an order with you is only one small part of what you should be looking for in a relationship with a customer. A customer that is likely to become insolvent, or who can’t or won’t, pay is worse than no customer at all and a customer who takes too long to pay, makes unreasonable reductions or sets off money unfairly, could turn out to be your worst nightmare!

You cannot rely solely on the apparent size of the customer. Not all large companies pay their debts on time and some national contractors are the worst payers of all.

If you have worked for an organisation before, then you will have a pretty good idea as to whether or not they pay on time or are quick to make deductions or raise set-offs.

However, don’t assume that because the Manchester office of XYZ national contractor is a good payer, the same will apply to the Bristol office. A lot will depend upon the particular circumstances within that company and within each branch. Whether things go well, may come down to your relationship with individuals within an organisation rather than the inherent culture of the organisation itself.

As a minimum, bank and trade references should be …

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