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Oct 10, 2016

Md. firm’s app aids do-it-yourselfers in home projects

Diyz LLC, a mobile app firm based in Towson, recently launched its free home improvement help app for iOS and Android devices. Called Diyz and pronounced “dee-eye-wise,” as a play on the DIY acronym for do-it-yourself projects, the app provides instructions accompanied by tutorial videos, suggestions for tool purchases, and the option to chat by video […]

Oct 21, 2013

License-holder’s death could be costly to contractor

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge will allow a Gaithersburg couple to pursue their nearly $400,000 counterclaim against a home improvement contractor who sued them for a fraction of that amount.

Sep 4, 2012

Construction spending fell 0.9 percent

WASHINGTON — U.S. construction spending fell in July from June by the largest amount in a year, weighed down by a big drop in home improvement projects. But spending on construction of single-family homes and apartments increased again, a hopeful sign for the modest housing recovery. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that overall construction spending […]

Dec 22, 2011

Va. man accused of ripping off Md. homeowners

ROCKVILLE — A Virginia man is accused of ripping off several Maryland homeowners by falsely promising home improvement work. Montgomery County Police say Karl Leroy Davis, of Alexandria, would meet with homeowners, promise to make home improvements and then cash a check without doing the work. Police say he wouldn’t answer when homeowners tried to […]

Jun 1, 2011

Construction spending rose 0.4 percent in April

WASHINGTON — Builders began work on more home-remodeling projects in April. But increase barely lifted construction spending above its lowest level in more than a decade, a sign that the troubled industry remains too weak to help the economy. The Commerce Department says construction spending rose 0.4 percent in April. The strength came from a […]

Nov 15, 2010

Lower costs help Lowe’s 3Q profit rise by 19 percent

Lowe’s Cos.’ said Monday shoppers are spending on smaller painting and gardening projects but still avoiding major renovations because of worries about the economy. But the home-improvement retailer said it is focused on reining in inventory and costs, which helped its third-quarter profit improve, and gaining a bigger chunk of the market. “Consumers are not […]

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