The Charitable Side of Remodeling

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: In the news, Necessary home improvements
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We’ve all heard the advice about getting three estimates and checking references before hiring a remodeling company, but here’s how to go a little deeper. Ask your contractor or supplier what they do to give back to the community. You may be amazed at what goes on behind the scenes.

Giving Away Replacement Windows

Castle Windows, Inc., a leading replacement windows supplier in New Jersey, donated $35,000 worth of vinyl windows to Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County, for example. A donation like that can make a big difference for an organization that builds houses for people with financial needs. The donation included replacement windows in a large assortment of sizes, adding flexibility for the organization as they plan different size houses.

Remodeling to Help the Troops

Other organizations are building homes for injured American troops, helping to offset the cost of readjusting to life outside of the military. According to thekansan.com newspaper, efforts by Homes for our Troops has made a big difference for many injured military personnel.

When interviewing contractors and suppliers, ask what they do to give back. It might not be as big as donating $35,000 in replacement windows or building homes for our troops, but look for remodeling companies that:

  • Donate landscaping material to a local school or nursing home
  • Repair homes for the elderly
  • Donate faucets, countertops, or flooring to charities
  • Give preference to hiring workers from the community

There also are ways that you can help. If you have kitchen cabinets or other building materials you don’t need, try the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They are always on the look out for good products. The perfect way to green!

As they say, what goes around comes around. It’s nice to see how remodeling companies are giving back.

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