Southern-California-based Burgin Construction Inc. has been a finalist in every Best Construction Blog competition since this competition started about five years ago. The blog won first place in 2012. I think its success relates both to the blog’s intrinsic quality and the passion of readers to support it.
You can see this support, in part, in the numbers. As I write this review, Burgin’s blog has seventh-place in the popular vote list. However, unlike other contenders, I don’t think Burgin pushes too hard on the campaigning to employees, winning easy votes. Instead, the votes arrive from the company’s clients and blog readers. So as a rule we don’t see a massive flurry of votes (which happens when a business for example sends out an email encouraging support) but a more steady, but significant, stream of supporters.
(The rules allow for massive voting campaigns — these can help the blog get into the seven top spots — but the final decision through independent judges prevents this type of campaigning from overriding other important considerations of blog quality.)
Burgin’s blog postings combine lighthearted comment, general observations, company news and information of special relevance to renovators and homeowners. There’s also a nifty Facebook “Like Box” feature that integrates the blog with the company’s overall effective social media marketing.
A recent post describes how you can use Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs Value report.
When homeowners make the decision to remodel their home, there are typically two things that are of utmost importance: How much will the project cost, and how much of its value can you recover later?
Each year, “Remodeling” magazine’s annual “Cost vs. Value Report” breaks down home improvement national data to give us in-depth insights into national and regional statistics.
How much homeowners can expect to receive from home improvements when selling their home depends on the job and the region of the country they live in.
The Cost vs. Value Report is a great starting point in discussions with buyers and sellers about the cost and value of remodeling but there are also factors that vary from house to house and sale to sale that impact “value”. These include: determining what updates are typical for the neighborhood, the quality of the work, and how important the improvement is to a particular buyer.
The West Coast stands out when one breaks down the Cost vs. Value numbers by census division. The Pacific division posted an overall cost-value ratio of 74.0%. That’s the highest bang for your buck in the nation!
To learn more, download your own copy of the Remodeling magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value Report here.
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I think Burgin Construction’s blog has a good chance of being a finalist contender again this year.
You can vote for this blog and others here.