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Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Hammer Reports from ICC the Builder

Building a house can seem like a daunting task, and for anyone who has not been through the process before, it could mean feeling a lot of stress. With the right thought process and mentality throughout the build process, you can enjoy building your dream house, almost as much as living in it.

Before building a house, know what you want. Narrow down to three floor plans, along with the reasons you like them. Use the wealth of incredibly detailed sources out there to collect ideas for what you like. There are so many online sources like Pinterest, HGTV and Houzz that are well known, but don’t forget to look elsewhere (have you checked out our Houzz site yet?) Whether it’s a herringbone tile, brick archways, or specific flooring or ceiling treatment, knowing what you want will help you and your builder minimize surprises, while delivering your dream home exactly how you want it.

This brings up the second tip. Be flexible. Contractors and builders know their profession well, and want nothing more than to take your plans, and turn them into something beautiful for you and your family. Any good builder will take a great amount of pride in the work they do, so if they make a recommendation, it’s not to squash your dream. Builders have to work within budgets, time frames, and environmental factors that often can change. If a problem or question comes up, be open minded and work through the issue with your builder in a way that’s agreeable to both parties.

Being open minded in general will help you and your builder. Realize that you’ve signed a contract with your builder, so read that contract, all of it. Know what was stated in that contract, and as importantly, what wasn’t in the contract. Most builders won’t have any issue making changes to a plan during the build, but do realize that it will likely cost you time and money depending on how big a change you are asking for.

Finally, let the professionals do the work. You’ve gone through a vigorous process of choosing a builder; now let them do what you are paying them to do. That doesn’t mean don’t check in with them regularly, but micromanaging your builder won’t help things get completed any faster, or cheaper for that matter. Trust your builder to build a house that will be a good reflection on them as a professional, and be a happy home for you and your family for a lifetime.

Use these tips and have an enjoyable experience when it comes to building (or remodeling) your house. And if you do have a wonderful experience with your builder, don’t forget to tell others about it. The absolute best thing you can do for a builder is let them know publicly how amazing your experience was. Give them reviews online and refer them to others for builds or remodels. Word of mouth reviews are better than any billboard or portfolio out there!

And don’t forget to contact Inselmini Construction Company, Inc. for your stress free home build or remodel. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016


Recently released economic data point to several good reasons to consider your options as a homeowner in 2016, and now is the perfect time to start the process.  Mortgage rates are still below 4% and existing home sales are rising (up 11% from last year).  There are low-down payment and no-down payment mortgages available and banks are doing a much better job approving purchase loans.  Nationally there’s a scarcity of new homes for sale.  Active buyers are finding it hard to find homes to purchase which leads to multiple-offer situations and difficult negotiations.  Home prices are also on the rise. 

Why act now?  The trends in the current housing market will continue until more homes become available.  It’s simply a matter of supply and demand economics.  Current homeowners will have to move up to larger, more expensive homes therefore opening the market for first time home buyers.  Real estate developments and spec homes must be made available to first time buyers and “move-up” buyers.  Even baby boomers looking to scale down contribute to the overall market activity. 

There has not been a better time than now to consider building or buying a new home.  With low mortgage rates and the cost of materials nearly flat, it’s an economical decision if you are in the market.  We hope you’ll consider Inselmini Construction Company for your next new home.  

Until next time - this is The Hammer Reports

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Hammer Reports from ICC the Builder

Are you starting the New Year with a Renovation Project?

Maybe you’ve thought about this renovation for a long time.  You’ve anticipated the project, the problems, and the outcome.  You’ve saved some money, interviewed a few different contractors (hopefully) and gotten more than one price.

You’ve spoken to the contractor’s references and seen examples of the type of work the contractor does.  The decision is made and you are ready to go!

Here are a few things you may NOT have thought about ……or questions you may want to ask your contractor (if you haven’t already).

1.  Is there a firm timetable for getting the job done?  When will the project start, how long will it take and when is it going to be done?

2.  Will the adjacent areas be protected during the renovation and will the area be left tidy at the end of the work day?  Don’t forget you still have to live in the house and renovations are a huge disruption in the flow of living.

3.  Will the contractor be on-the-job daily or just the workers?  Who is your communication point?

4.  What time do they start in the morning?  Most contractors are on the job site and prepared to begin at 7:00am.

5.  How can the contractor be reached during the project or afterwards?

6.  Have you reviewed the entire contract?  Is it clear what will be done and what it will cost?

7.  Did you ask your contractor for a Certificate of Insurance?  If the contractor has employees the Certificate must show there is Worker’s Compensation Insurance as well.  Don’t be afraid to ask.  It’s not being pushy….it’s being prudent!

8.  Good luck.  NOW you are ready to go.

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Hammer Reports from ICC the Builder

With great pleasure we'd like to announce our new affiliation with Donald Gardner Architectural Design Group. If you want to check out some of their exceptional new home designs, we have a direct link from our website's “Why Choose Us” page or go to www.dongardner.com we think you’ll be impressed.

At Inselmini Construction Company, we are striving to stay diverse. The market for new home construction and renovation has changed over the past five years and we're proud of our ability to change along with it. Most of 2011 and 2012, we ran a full crew of men dedicated solely to roof replacements. Throughout 2013 and 2014 we've returned to our “roots” of custom home building and commercial construction but we continue to work on renovation projects in Indian Lake and Hidden Valley. Next month we are heading to Fayette County to begin construction of a new custom home. 

Locally, we are finishing up two projects in the Ravenwood development (Brinkerton Road past Pitt/Greensburg campus). This is a great spot to build if you're thinking about a new home.  The plan is thoughtfully laid out and the home sites are spacious. It is conveniently located close to businesses and major transportation, yet tucked away in a charming country setting.

Another local spot to visit is Palmer Place. Home sites are available in this premier gated community located in Latrobe and developed by golfing legend, Arnold Palmer. Berkshire Hathaway, formerly Prudential Preferred Realty, is giving the development a fresh look with new signage and an exciting new marketing plan. Next time you are out taking a drive, put this spot on your route.

Have a great summer!
Until next time - this is The Hammer Reports  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Hammer Reports from ICC the Builder

Happy 2014!

We recently came across a great news item about light bulbs – yes, light bulbs. Did you know that a ban on 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs went into effect on January 1 of this year? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. In a recent study by an independent research company, less than 1/3 of adults knew these light bulbs would no longer be available.

Incandescent 40 & 60 watt bulbs represented 60% of all the light bulbs sold in the U.S. The study also found only 10% of the 1,000 adults surveyed, were familiar with energy-efficient light bulbs such as LEDs (light-emitting diode) and CFLs (compact fluorescent light).  These energy-efficient light bulbs use up to 75% less energy and can last 25 times longer than the incandescent bulb.

credit: homechannelnews.com
As you can see on this infographic, one of the issues with energy-efficient lighting for your home is that not of all of these bulbs are dimmable. Good news is that dimmable CFLs and LEDs are available at your local hardware and Big Box stores. However, please know that regular and dimmable energy-efficient bulbs are not interchangeable. You cannot use a “dimmable” bulb where you don’t have a dimmer switch.

Please feel free to contact us with your questions. You can use the contact form available on our website or post a question on ICC's Facebook page. We’re happy to help in any way we can!

Until next time – this is The Hammer Reports

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Hammer Reports from ICC the Builder

We are excited to launch a redesign for Inselmini Construction Company’s website. We've been working for months to present a modern, new website that conveys the same quality experience that you've come to know from ICC the Builder.

Here’s what’s new

  • Under the custom homes section is a “home building process” to help you get organized for building a new home. We have also included a section about green building because we know energy-efficiency and the footprint we leave on our environment is important.
  • Our photo gallery is reorganized to showcase ICC’s quality craftsmanship, exquisite finishes and creative solutions for home building and renovation projects.
  • There are direct links to Inselmini Construction’s Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn pages. Check out these pages and we hope you’ll share the content. We’d sure appreciate you sharing your ICC experiences with your family and friends!
  • There’s a form via the “Contact Us” link at the top of each page so you can tell us more about your building project.
  • And this “News” section – where we’ll share what’s happening at Inselmini Construction Company and provide helpful homeowner hints, industry news, and happenings in our community. Your feedback is important to us. So, we invite you to send us the topics that you’d like to learn more about such as current trends and maintenance in home building, commercial construction or renovations. We look forward to hearing from you!
In closing, we’d like to give a big shout-out to Scot and Jane Noel of CME Websites, who designed and is hosting our awesome, new website.

Until next time - this is The Hammer Reports.