For Homeowners

Win $100 in House Cleaning This Week Only!

Heroic is a team of neat freaks. We like to keep things tidy and judging by the number of house cleaners that have been recommended on Heroic, you probably do to.

That’s why we’re giving away $100 in house cleaning this week from Distinctive Cleaning. Spring is right around the corner and you probably have a lot of projects in store.  Since all home projects need to be cleaned up, we thought this was the perfect time dole out some free cleaning help.

Carpet cleaning, window washing, indoor cleaning, post construction cleaning, etc.

Just go to Heroic, recommend a provider, and you’ll be automatically entered to win the $100. BUT, this isn’t a random drawing. We’re going to be choosing the BEST written recommendation.  So, take a few minutes (that’s not much for the chance at $100) and craft a well-deserved recommendation of one of your favorite local service providers.

It could be your regular lawn care guy, an event service like catering, a framing specialist, or anyone else from the neighborhood who has recently impressed you with their level of customer service. Now is a good time to get them entered.

Recommendations must be submitted by 12pm CDT on Friday, March 15.

Check out our Facebook page and our Twitter feed to see if you won.  We have many more of these promotions in store, so keep an eye out for the next one coming soon!

 

Free Tickets to the MPLS Home and Garden Show

Make Your House A #HeroicHome This Year
Get tips and inspiration at the MPLS Home and Garden Show
Looking for plans this weekend? Heroic has you covered with FREE tickets to the MPLS Home and Garden show going on now through March 3, 2013.

The show has hundreds of expert home service providers and celebrity guests  offering practical advice, great deals, and new ideas for your home and garden.

Sounds Great! How do I get tickets? Add a recommendation on Heroic! 

Go to Heroic between now and March 3, 2013 (If you haven’t signed up, get to it! Heroic is a FREE place for friends and neighbors to share recommendations of favorite service providers)
Recommend a favorite service pro
And we’ll send you an email confirmation and details on how you can pick up your tickets

Going solo? You just need to enter one recommendation.
You and friend? Enter two recommendations.
The whole famn damily? Enter a recommendation for each member!

Email us at Hello at BeHeroic dot com for more information.

And the #HeroicHome inspiration doesn’t stop there…

Follow us @HeroicLive - we’ll be live tweeting from the event with photos, tips, and cool prizes.  Retweet us for prizes.

See you at the show!

 

 

 

 

Prepare Your Home for Sale: 5 pros you’ll want to hire

The housing market is staging a comeback. Five years after the housing bubble burst, a generation of young adults who opted not to enter into homeownership during the peak of the recession are now shopping for a home. This is good news for local economies, but it is unknown if the shopping spree will last. The supply of houses on the market has not yet equaled the demand. The concern is that buyers will become disinterested if they do not find the house they have been holding out for, which may kill the momentum of the recovery. If you are one of the homeowners who is considering taking advantage of buyer-interest before it wanes, there are many things to consider before putting your home on the market. How you prepare your home for sale will have a direct effect on the outcome of your experience. Here are a few suggestions on whom to consult for assistance before you put your home on the market.

1. A Local Real Estate Agent

Real estate agents know from experience that a well-prepared home will sell faster and at a higher price. More importantly, they can guide you on where to invest your money and how much you should spend. Remodeling your kitchen, for instance, may not be necessary when new knobs on the cabinets will satisfy buyer’s expectations. A knowledgable agent will be able to provide the guidance that you need.

Like doctors, not all agents are equal. Before you hire an agent, get a referral from a friend or neighbor.

2. An Interior/Exterior Painter

A welcoming entryway is a must when selling your home. Impress your potential buyers right-off-the-bat with a freshly painted front door. A new coat of bright paint […]

5 Reasons to ‘Hire Local’

We’ve all heard of ‘Buy Local’ campaigns promoting the value-driven shops that add character and diversity to their neighborhoods. Rewarding local business owners with our dollars and loyalty has a tremendous social and economic benefit to the community. Local store owners usually live nearby and feel a greater responsibility to the community, themselves supporting local organizations and causes while paying local taxes and putting much of their earned income back into neighboring businesses. As big box retailers eye the service market, we must view our local independent service professionals in the same light. They too add to the character of our communities, provide exceptional value, and are champions of customer service. To continue the progress of successful ‘buy local’ campaigns, remember to ‘hire local’ the next time you need a hand around the house or repairs for your car, lawn equipment, or bicycle.

When faced with the need to hire an expert, keep these five reasons in mind when you pick up the phone or go to the computer.

1. Local businesses produce more income, jobs, and taxes for communities than big box retailers do. According to Intuit, for every $100 given to locally owned businesses, including service professionals, $45 of that stays in the local economy. Compare this to just $15 of every $100 spent at big-box retailers.

2. Local service professionals are more likely to use local banks, media to advertise, and other local services.

3. Supporting local businesses contributes to a community’s character and economic diversity. One-of-a-kind businesses and service providers connect with community members on an individual level, not only boosting the friendliness of a neighborhood but also increasing safety and security. Local independent providers buck the trend of homogenized big-box stores whose service providers […]

How To Reward Great Service

Great service is rare. Not just a handshake and a smile. Those are standard. The bare minimum.

Great service is when you have to restrain yourself from shouting ’I love you, Man’ to the person who just repaired your bike in less than 12 hours for half the cost of local competitors.

The value of reliable, quality service is unquantifiable yet easily recognizable.

Understanding of value of excellent service is the unfortunate result of many teeth-gritting experiences that ended with the mumbling of the old saying ‘fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…,’ well, you know the rest. These experiences serve as reminders of the value of great service but more importantly of our responsibility to reward those who provide it.

Rewarding the workers who put in the time and effort to delight their customers is our collective responsibility to one another. The providers of outstanding service deserve our attention, time, and of course, money. Equally, the responsibility that we share is to the other members of our community, who deserve our recommendations.

And how do we reward good customer service and fulfill that responsibility? With our trust.
trust noun ˈtrəst: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something.
The relationships that we build with our family, friends, and neighbors are built on trust. We trust that our neighbor will look after our home when we are out of town, the same way we trust our friends to lend a hand during our next move.

By referring the best service providers to our friends and family we are rewarding their hard work with our trust. Sharing positive recommendations does us all a great service and fulfills our responsibility to each other.

 

How To Be A Good Neighbor; Shovel the entire sidewalk

 

The Twin Cities is one of the most walkable metro areas in the world. With thousands of miles of sidewalks and trails, many of our most enjoyable destinations are accessible by foot. As Minneapolis and the metro area move closer towards becoming a pedestrian city, there are a few things that we all need to consider. When the snow falls, shoveling the sidewalk is a simple way we can all be a better neighbor. If being considerate isn’t enough motivation, it’s also the law.

There is another reason, more compelling than all, to put in a little extra effort when shoveling the sidewalk.

Walking through the streets of Minneapolis after a snow fall can be challenging. It was until I recently stumbled upon an eye opening article on the MPRNews website that I started to pay closer attention to exactly how challenging it could be to navigate the city for some of our neighbors.

Haddayr Copley-Woods, is a copywriter, blogger, and mother. She is also a wheelchair user. In her 2010 article recently revisited by MPR, ‘If you think driving your car on ice is hard, try a wheelchair’, she describes the unnoticed (by most of us) obstacles that test the mental toughness of any wheelchair user during an icy Minnesota winter.

“I see things I never noticed before: snow plowed into accessible parking, slush-covered ramps, sheer ice at handicapped drop-offs,” she describes in the article.

Taking a closer look, the majority of our sidewalks are not cleared edge to edge. Nor are the entry ways to and from the street. As Copley-Woods points out, this is not surprising. Most of us that are shoveling the sidewalks are not disabled and therefore do not think beyond our own needs. […]

5 Big Ideas for Those Who Love Small Spaces

Designing for small spaces can be tricky. As more people begin to downsize and embrace the benefits of living small, the number of resources to tap into is growing. Here are 5 great blog posts to inspire your small design thinking.

1. 33 Best Small Space Design Tips from Apartment Therapy

These user generated ideas range from simple tips like how to keep your place clean to the more challenging task of going vertical, using space all the way up to the ceiling.

 

2. Let’s Get Small from Dwell

The people at Dwell are masters at small. Let’s Get Small teaches readers the lifestyle changes that are need in order to fit into a smaller space, the benefits of which they outline frequently.

 

3. 35 Cozy Reading Corners Making it Easy to Enjoy Every Book to the Fullest by Fresh home.

Don’t let the super long, wordy title confuse you. This post is full of beautiful images meant to inspire those who fully enjoy a book on a rainy day.

 

4. 11 Small Homes Eco That Live Large from The Huffington Post

Check out a 13 slide display of some pretty awesome eco homes. These tiny homes show that you can still live large when going small.

 

5. The Secret To Happiness: Live like a college student from Mint

Mint explores the benefits of small living from strictly a personal finance point of view. More importantly, they do a convincing job explaining why this will make you happier.

Twin Cities Home Remodeling Market Prime for Growth

It has been years since good news has hit the Twin Cities home remodeling market. After taking a beating during the housing crisis, two important indicators are on the rise that could lead to a speedier recovery. November marked the sixth straight month of rising home prices and the number of building permits issued this year is up 107 percent over last year. With new home purchases fueling larger projects for home remodelers, this is exciting news for an industry on the mend.

Many in the Twin Cities home remodeling market have seen both smaller projects and more competition over the past few years. Since housing prices took a tumble, many homeowners decided to stay put and improve their home, as opposed to moving. But cautious spenders opted for small projects with smaller budgets. Competition to win these jobs increased as builders scrambled to snatch up as much business as possible, large or small.

People are now feeling more confident in the economy and this has translated into an increase in home sales. The U.S. Commerce Department said last Wednesday that home sales were up 17 percent compared to last year. While this increase means more projects for builders, it is also attracting a lot of outside housing companies to aggressively pursue the Twin Cities market. With this being the case, it is even more important for homeowners to do their research before hiring.

Despite difficulties, the future looks bright for local home remodeling companies. According to the residential remodeling index, Minneapolis ranks second in the nation in the top 100 U.S. remodeling markets. Many believe that this marks the beginning of a big upward trend in Minnesota.

Sharing Referrals for Better Home Hiring

(Photo caption: Like a potluck, if we each bring a little, together we’ll have a lot.)

We learned the benefit of sharing long ago; if we each have a little, collectively we have a lot. At the time, your parents likely didn’t explain the affect this could have on your bank account as an adult. As a homeowner, sharing referrals for home service providers with friends can save you a lot of money. Hiring the right home service professional not only impacts the quality of work done on your home, but can also have a dramatic impact on your home budget.

First time homeowners and seasoned home veterans both struggle to find trustworthy home professionals. We each may have a few favorites but lack a complete list.

What if we were able to connect with friends and neighbors so that a short list of home service pros instantly became a full list of test-driven and proven professionals with reviews by people you know, whose opinions you trust? And what if it were free?

Introducing Heroic 2.0

Heroic is a free place to share home service referrals with friends and neighbors. As opposed to a paid list of reviews from strangers, Heroic is meant to act as a platform to facilitate the word of mouth trust that already exists between you, your friends, and your neighbors.

Easily signing in via Facebook or email gets you started. Not to worry, you’ll always have complete control over your privacy. Invite your trusted friends directly from the Heroic platform and start sharing referrals. Connecting with neighbors and hiring locally will also be encouraged.

Who is this for?

First-time homeowners and new home buyers with a long list of home improvement jobs are most excited about our upcoming […]

4 Big Ideas for Large Walls

Covering a big wall can be a challenge. Large white spaces can make a room feel light, but are also rather boring. A large wall is an opportunity to stretch the imagination and chase a big idea. As you can see from the design ideas below, big art to cover large walls does not always need a huge budget.

Contemporary Spaces design by New York Artist And Artisan Janna Makaeva

Eclectic Dining Room design by Other Metro Artist And Artisan Subway-Sign.com

Modern Hall design by Orange County Media And Blogs Dana Nichols

Contemporary Living Room design by Other Metro Interior Designer Linda Paul