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Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your New Storage Unit

Monday, December 12th, 2016



If you are in need of a new storage unit, there are some things you need to look for and evaluate before you simply sign a contract and rent the first unit that you stumble across. To get the most out of your storage unit, you need to make sure that it meets your needs and that it serves the purpose you need it to. Below, we will provide you with some tips to help ensure that you DO get the most out of your new unit.

1. Choose the Storage Facility Wisely

What this means is that you do not want to choose a storage facility simply because it is the first one that you come across. You need to make sure that you look at the facility and evaluate everything that it has to offer you. For example, if you are looking for a storage facility located near close amenities, you do not want to choose one that is out in the middle of nowhere.

2. Look at the Features and Don’t Dwell on the Price

The price of the storage unit is not as important as you may think and most storage facilities are competitively priced, so they may only be a couple of bucks off from each other. You need to focus your time and energy on the facility itself and determining if it is the right match for you. For instance, is there security on site? Do the units come with alarms? Is there a climate controlled option? These things matter!

3. Pack Your Items Properly

What good is a storage unit if you simply throw all of your items into it without any rhyme or reason. Yeah, it is a place for you to put the things away from your home, but you will not come back to items that have been properly protected.

You need to take some time to pack up your items correctly and make sure that they are not too crowded or placed in an area within your storage unit where they can become damaged.

4. Determine the Needs of Your Items

One mistake that new storage unit renters make is that they do not realize that their items cannot sit out in the weather elements. This leads to furniture warping, electronics breaking, and more. It is crucial that you take some time to inventory the items that you need to store and then determine what the best climate is for them. It is important to rent a climate controlled unit when you need to store furniture, antiques, and valuables.

Renting a storage unit is not a difficult task, but you must know what it is that you are getting into. If you do not spend time looking for the right unit to meet your needs, you will find that your items are not stored the best way they can be and you may regret your decision to place your items in storage.

Unique, Affordable Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016


one of many unique, affordable ways to celebrate your anniversary

There’s never a bad time to be grateful for and celebrate the love you’ve found with another, and at no other time is it more important than on your anniversary. If you’re looking for ways that you and your special someone can celebrate six months, a year, or even 25 years together without breaking the budget, read on.

Channel Your Inner Ghost
No, I don’t mean you should get spooky. Think “Ghost” as in Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, the movie where they have a romantic (if supernatural) date over pottery clay. Head out on a date and get in the artistic state of mind with a pottery throwing class or go to a ceramics studio like Color Me Mine and paint some pre-thrown glassware or pottery together. You’ll have fun exploring your artistic sides together and come home with mementos of your fun anniversary date.

Play Hooky from Work
If your anniversary falls on a weekday, why not play hooky and spend a day frolicking together? Not only is it a great way to spend some quality time alone with each other, but it also is reported to have great mental benefits. Choose a day when you both know you can get time off, and plan to do whatever your hearts’ desire—as long as it’s not work or other life responsibilities. You’ll need to make a commitment to sticking to the plan; regardless of whether that plan is to stay in bed all day and order delivery food, or to head to your local beach and soak up some rays while the rest of your poor colleagues are stuck in the office.

A Handwritten Letter
Use your personal words to explain to your sweetheart just how much they mean to you in a handwritten letter. This is romantic to its core, and harkens back to the romantic poets and playwrights of the olden days. This is a tangible piece of your love, something that can’t be bought, and something that can’t be recreated. Sweet and personal, any guy or gal is sure to appreciate the effort and heartfelt sentimental behind this gift and will definitely treasure it for years to come.

Make Delicacies Yourself
If the budget is tight but you still want to indulge, try your hand at some culinary delicacies in your own kitchen. While the grocery trip might be more expensive than your weekly shopping list, buying and cooking your own filet mignon is going to be a lot cheaper than heading to a four-star restaurant and paying for the service on top of the steak. Sit together and plan out your dream meal, then start looking up recipes and techniques to make your favorites. This will give you both something exciting to look forward to, and makes your date into a more interactive experience that will transport you both back to the days of the exciting unknown that was the beginning of your relationship. You can set the atmosphere in your home by spreading out a tablecloth (hint, hint: a pressed white sheet works in a pinch), lighting some candles, and putting on a little bit of mood music. All the allure of a fancy restaurant, without the exorbitant price tag. Make sure you both still dress up for the occasion, and try to avoid seeing each other before you’re both ready. It’ll provide a little more nervous anticipation to the evening.

A Weeklong Event
Make your anniversary into a weeklong affair and start rolling out small presents or surprises early. Surprise him with a delivery of his favorite meal on Monday, send him with a special note in his pocket Tuesday, make his favorite dinner Wednesday, send a racy text on Thursday, and finish up the week with a sweet anniversary gift of your choosing. Showering your attention all over your special someone for an entire week is sure to improve the romance in your relationship and make for a wonderful anniversary celebration.

If you have an anniversary coming up, make the occasion special without depleting your bank account. Incorporate these unique and inexpensive celebratory ideas into your occasion. If you do decide you want to  splurge on a limo rental or professional massage, let TalkLocal help connect you to a local pro.

Five Scams to Watch Out for During Tax Season

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016


Getting your tax information sorted and filed conjures up enough stress in itself, and when you add the potential of being scammed by opportunistic thieves, tax season becomes even more daunting. Awareness is key; take a look at the most common scams thieves use during the tax season and protect yourself and your family from the efforts of opportunistic con artists.

1. Identity Theft
Let’s start with the largest threat—identity theft. You might hate filing your taxes, but a scammer would love to get ahold of your information and file them for you, then reap the rewards of your tax return. By filing early, you can better avoid this issue. Within this scam, con artists will steal your personal information, like your social security number, then file a tax return under your name. Most people affected by this scam don’t realize what has happened until after they actually file and the IRS lets them know one has already been filed. In 2013 alone, the IRS claims to have thwarted 14.6 million attempts at fraudulent returns, resulting in an excess of $15 billion in refunds. Protect your social security number, and don’t give out any sensitive information unless you’re using a professional tax preparer or registered tax filing system.

2. A Shady Email
The IRS won’t email you, let’s just get that out there right away. Very few cases see IRS agents sending important information to your personal email account, so any message received claiming to be from the government agency should be regarded with suspicion. Recent scams that capitalize on email captures have asked taxpayers to update sensitive information on their tax portal—a fake but convincing feature on a website of the scammer’s making. Always make sure any website regarding IRS dealings begins with Scammers may use variations in order to make their site seem more legitimate, so tread carefully.

3. A Call from the IRS
An unexpected call from the IRS can have you shaking in your boots, but the government agency warns that these calls can’t always be taken at their word. In recent years, the IRS has noted an increasing trend of scam phone calls looking to swindle taxpayers out of their sensitive information. These scammers can convincingly pose as IRS agents; some skilled scammers have been able to hack the phone number so that it looks as if the call is coming from a registered IRS number. These so-called agents will ask for multitudes of sensitive information—if an individual isn’t easy to sway, they may be slapped with threats of audits, tax levies, and even jail time. These scams are usually highly sophisticated, and it can be tough to determine whether the caller is a scam artist or actual government agent. Should this situation happen to you, call the IRS and get confirmation of the agent who has been calling you.

4. Miracle Return Offers
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is—especially when it comes to lofty promises of inflated tax returns. If someone offers to help you file in order to gain you a higher return, and they don’t ask to see your records, run away as quickly as possible. Never sign a blank tax form—this is a clear indication the individual in question is attempting to scam you. Use a certified and trusted tax filing service or the help of a professional from a company like CTax to ensure your information stays safe and you do everything by the book with the IRS—no one wants to land in hot water with the government.

5. A Charity Scam
It’s a sad fact, but those looking for donations to nonprofit organizations and charities don’t always have well-meaning intentions. If you’re approached by a nonprofit or similar charitable organization, especially during tax season, make sure you do your research. These scammers are cunning; the websites may look completely legitimate. For an easy safeguard against these types of scams, always be sure the charity is listed as a 501(c)(3) before donating. There are many scammers prepared to target hardworking taxpayers, and if you want to keep your personal information and assets protected, it’s essential to remain aware of the potential for scams.

If you need help filing your taxes before the April 15th deadline, let TalkLocal help you find a local tax professional.

Granny Pod: Multi-Family and Senior Living Solution

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016


As baby boomers begin to retire, what will happen to them? Where will they live? Retirement villages, nursing homes, or their own homes? What does a child do when their aging parent can no longer live independently? “Move them in,” you say, but what happens if there’s no space for their parent in their home? Well, that’s where the granny pod comes in — granny flat if you’re Australian. Of course, I personally prefer the term  “auxiliary dwelling units for the elder gentlewoman or man of exquisite taste and resourcefulness”.

What’s a “granny pod,” you ask? It’s basically a tiny home but much cooler (and safer). They’re “tiny home”-like structures that can be placed in your backyard. Most contain a kitchenette, a bedroom that also functions as a common area, and a bathroom. It’s like a deluxe master suite right in your backyard.

What makes a granny pod different than a tiny home? Well, for one thing, they have a cooler name. They’re also equipped with a lot of high end medical technology. The MedCottage, for example, boasts additional features, such as a virtual companion, a lift, video system that monitors at ankle level (no granny peep show here), pressurized ventilation, and the floor is specially cushioned in case of falls. Basically, in comparison to the tiny house, it’s the cousin at the family reunion who always has the latest gadgets.

Sounds great and all, but what’s the catch? Well, there are a few restrictions. (You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you?) For one thing, these auxiliary dwelling units can only legally house one person. Also, there are sometimes zoning law restrictions that prevent people from getting granny pods. So, always check to see if you’re permitted to have one in your backyard.

Oooh, I’m interested! How much does it cost? They cost roughly $125,000, give or take a few thousand. Before you freak out, some companies will buy back your granny pod when it’s no longer needed (approximately $40,000). Also, the average cost of an assisted living facility is $42,000 a year. At those rates, it practically pays for itself.

So basically, we say that the granny pod is the perfect solution to keeping mom or dad close and letting her or him maintain their independence. If you need to get your lawn in order so you can move mom or dad in, give Talklocal a call and we’ll connect you with a landscaper in no time.

Bubble Bath Day: The Best Hot Tubs For Your Budget

Friday, January 8th, 2016



Oh the joy of bubble baths! When we were young, we avoided baths like the plague. Now, bubble baths are our tranquil safe havens. They bring us comfort after a long, hard day. They renew our energy and give us peace. They’re our great escape. If you’re looking to branch out and escape from the typical bubble bath, then you should consider purchasing a hot tub, especially for Bubble Bath Day. We’ve tracked down the best hot tubs for every budget based on price, jets, and occupancy number. We’re sure to have something for you. So, run your bath water, add some bubbles, relax, and contemplate your life with a hot tub.

Budget Friendly: Coleman Lay-Z Spa Inflatable Tub

For less than $500, this inflatable tub is the best in its price range. It gives you that luxury feeling without the price tag. In lieu of jets, there are bubbles to give you the spa-like feel. The Lay-Z Spa is easy to set up. It’s inflatable, which means it’s easier to store or move around if the need should arise. All in all, the Coleman Lay-Z Spa Inflatable Tub gets the job done!

The Best of Both Worlds: Canadian Spa Company Toronto

This whirlpool tub is a great fit for those who want the look and amenities of a top-notch jacuzzi but are budget conscious. This jacuzzi boasts 44 jets and seats 5 to 6 adults. That’s just enough jets and friends for a spa party! The hot tub also includes built-in speakers, LED lights, and even aromatherapy. You get all of this for just under $6,000, which is a bargain when you think about all the spa parties you’ll have in your backyard.

Splurge: Jacuzzi J-495

This hot tub is known as the “designer spacious entertainer” and for good reason. This top of the line model sports 62 jets, heats to a 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and holds 8-9 adults, which is great for all the friends you can invite over. This jacuzzi has 9 different types of jets, but what else would you expect from the brand that started a movement? Priced at over $12,000, this is definitely an investment so check with your local real estate agent about your neighborhood property value. In many cases, a hot tub will increase your property value.

So, whether you have an unlimited budget or the idea of a hot tub is a splurge in and of itself, this list has something for everyone. If you’re interested in getting a more permanent version, then call us at TalkLocal.

What to Do with Your Leftover Pumpkins

Monday, November 2nd, 2015


Halloween has come and gone and all you’re left with is leftover candy, the dread of the upcoming gift buying rush, and pumpkins…lots of pumpkins. Now, comes the question: what can you do with all of that leftover pumpkin? While the obvious answer is to throw them away, there are more productive, nutritious, and delicious things to do with each part of those gourds. Here are just a few ideas!

Warning: If a pumpkin has been carved and left out for 24 hours, they can be unsafe to eat.

Pumpkin Seeds

Well, pumpkin seeds are simple enough to recognize and do things with. First, you can the bake them and eat them because they are delicious and nutritious. Or you can choose to eat them raw or give them some salt for a bit of taste. They’re also good in brownies. Maybe after you taste them, you decide you aren’t a fan of the taste. That’s perfectly fine. If they’re not your thing, you can take them to your local park and feed them to the birds.

Pumpkin Guts

Sounds gross. Pumpkin guts are the annoying stringy bits that are attached to the pumpkin seeds. While there aren’t as many uses for them as the other parts, they can still be used to make pumpkin stock. Separate the guts from the seeds and then put them in a pot of water and boil it for about 30 minutes (or until the water changes color). After that, strain the guts from the broth and plan what you want to use your pumpkin broth for. Maybe a good soup.

Pumpkin Flesh

Another gross term but this is different from the guts. This is the part that’s on the inside of the shell and with it, you can turn the pulp into a puree and do all kinds of amazing things with it. To get to that pulp, cut your pumpkin in half and take out all of the seeds and guts (which you’ve probably already done for our first things). Afterwards, place the pumpkin (cut-side down) in a baking dish with about a cup of water then bake it for 90 minutes (or until the flesh is tender).Then, all you have to do is scoop out the flesh and puree it in a food processor.

Now, that you have that delightful puree, what can you do with it? Everything! You can use it for your pies, your butter and even pumpkin face masks which are great for your face because pumpkins are filled with zinc and vitamins A, C, and E.

Pumpkin Shell

And all that leaves is the outside which you probably already turned into a Jack-O-Lantern. With what’s left of the pumpkin, why not create a really cute planter for your garden? If the pumpkin’s been carved, pack the soil really tightly to ensure none gets out of the face. Best thing: out in your garden, the pumpkin will compost naturally and fertilize your garden. Just make sure you’ve removed all the seed otherwise you may end up planting something unexpected.If the pumpkin garden decor isn’t your style, just add it to the compose pile so that your garden can still benefit from the pumpkin’s nutrients come planting season.

Need more ideas? Here are plenty, the possibilities are endless. Was there a pumpkin leftover favorite that we missed? Comment and let us know.

And as always, if you need help with booking a home service, especially as the holiday season ramps up, give TalkLocal a ring.

Ten Top Book Reads for Book Lovers Day

Sunday, November 1st, 2015


Winding down after weeks of stress can be a challenge. A challenge not made any easier by the fact that summer vacation has come and gone. Now that you’re back in the swing of things, you finally find some time to relax again only to discover that your brain refuses to play along and chooses instead to continuously nag you with worry after worry. Rather than beat yourself over the head until you literally fall unconscious only to have your stresses haunt you in your sleep, try distracting your brain with an interesting read instead.

Mystery, adventure, romance, fantasy/sci-fi, and humor are great genres for challenging your brain in a fun way. Even how-to books can be just as fun, providing even more of a mental escape as they challenge you to learn while inspiring you to dream big. So, in celebration of Book Lovers Day, here are 10 great reads that will get your mind off of everything else:

365 Days

DIY: 365 Days of DIY: A Collection of DIY, DIY Household Hacks, DIY Cleaning and Organizing, DIY Projects, and More DIY Tips to Make Your Life Easier (With Over 45 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas)” by White Lemon – Wow! That is a long title, but it gives you a great idea of what to expect. We know those of you who love TalkLocal are also advent DIYers. So, here’s a book for you to have a fun thing to do for every day of the year.

Humans of NY

Humans of New York: Stories” by Brandon Stanton – You might have already liked this page on Facebook, but now, Brandon Stanton is compiling a collection of the photos and quotes he’s taken from people all around New York in his marvelous book.

Cabin Porn

Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere” by Zach Klein – Not focusing on the name, Cabin Porn is a book filled with beautiful scenery and homes filled with people’s cabin creations that let you enjoy the moment and get inspired.

Adult Coloring Book

Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns” by Blue Star Coloring – You remember how relaxing it was to color, but then you grew out of it? Well, Blue Star realizes the importance of it in your adult life, and is providing you a book with beautiful designs that you can color to your heart’s content.


The Epicurious Cookbook: More Than 250 of Our Best-Loved Four-Fork Recipes for Weeknights, Weekends & Special Occasions” by Tanya Steel and the Editors of Epicurious – For those of you who enjoy the Epicurious website, it is now in book form! So many delicious and delightful recipes for you to try one at a time. Just start from the beginning and work your way up, or dive straight into your favorite traditional holiday recipes.

Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel” by Harper Lee – Did you know that Harper Lee’s famous novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” was actually a rewrite of an earlier work? That original work, the aforementioned “Go Set a Watchman” is very different from the story you know and love, but it’s a great read none-the-less.

Wreath Recipe

The Wreath Recipe Book: Year-Round Wreaths, Swags, and Other Decorations to Make with Seasonal Branches” by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo – Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are all around the corner, and you’re going to need pretty things to decorate your home. So what’s prettier than wreaths made from your own backyard? Answer: nothing.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson – In an effort to get to know the man behind so many gadgets we use in our daily  lives, there’s his fascinating biography. Getting a closer look into his mindset and imagination may influence your own creativity.

Unlimited Memory

Unlimited Memory: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and be More Productive” by Kevin Horsley – Who doesn’t want to be able to remember more stuff? This book is meant to give you ways that will help you tap into your brain’s potential (sadly, it won’t be like Lucy where you’d be able to stop time…or will it?).


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo – Sometimes, all you need for your home to look nicer is to declutter and reorganize, but it’s easier said than done. That’s why we have handy how-to books to tell you how to make it easier and make your home look so much lovelier.

And there are ten fun books you can look at to calm the ever raging storm that is your brain. And while you’re reading those books, why not find a handyman through TalkLocal who will take care of whatever house project that’s plaguing you? Happy reading.

A&M Construction & Roofing, Congrats on Being TalkLocal’s Featured Business for April

Friday, April 10th, 2015

By Tiffany Watson


 A&M Construction & Roofing Featured Business

 A&M Construction & Roofing, owned by Mario Armendarez, is especially known for having great prices, outstanding craftsmanship, and unmatched customer service. It’s also one of the quality construction and roofing companies which routinely earns the trust and loyalty of TalkLocal users as well as consumers across the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. So, it’s no surprise that TalkLocal selected A&M Construction & Roofing to be its Featured Business of the Month for April.

Here at TalkLocal, we like to give credit and recognition to the local small businesses who have been helping TalkLocal users since TalkLocal’s launch in late 2011. It’s quality businesses, like A&M Construction & Roofing, that are helping TalkLocal establish a nationwide brand able to connect consumers and pros in minutes.

April’s Business of the Month winner, A&M Construction & Roofing, is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area and operates under the Golden Rule and company motto, “Treat Others As We Would Have Them Treat Us.”

Owner Mario Armendarez is extremely proud that his company maintains what he calls the “highest degree of integrity and excellence in service.” Mario is committed to saving money for his customers. So, helping them with insurance claims where possible, sometimes getting 60-70% of the construction costs covered by insurance, is just one of the ways he goes above and beyond to service his customers.

Year after year and roof after roof, the A&M Construction & Roofing company adds extra value by providing free roofing inspection and consulting, premium materials, and bilingual staff. Customers describe Mr. Amendarez’s work ethic as “phenomenal and impressive.”

One loyal customer named Karen told us that she was extremely pleased with the level of administrative support and guidance she received while handling her home repairs and filing an insurance claim. Karen reported that the “company has helped many people make it financially possible to file a claim with their insurance and does an excellent job at assisting its clients in that process. They are friendly and personable with each and every step.”

TalkLocal is excited to celebrate one of our many great local businesses, and we invite Dallas-Fort Worth area residents to check out any time they’re in need. It can be Hail & Wind Storm Repair, Construction, Remodeling, Severe Weather Specialist, Tornado Specialist, and more; if it’s construction and roofing related, then A&M will take care of it.

Of course, even if you live outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, TalkLocal makes it easy to find great local pros, just like A&M, in over 50 service categories. So, visit or download the app for free on iPhone and Android.

Unscrupulous Business Practices Exposed: No April Fools Joke

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

By Timothy Lodge


April Fools Day is the time of the year when everyone brings out their inner jester. Your friends, coworkers, and family members are bound to be scheming their own dirty tricks and foolish pranks all so they can exploit your gullibility and have a laugh at your expense. Harmless pranksters aside, there are some tricksters out to gain far more than a chuckle at your very real and substantial expense. And, we have to be on guard against them all year around. Take a small business, for example. Many engage in unscrupulous business practices, playing dirty tricks on consumers, cheating them out of their money. No one is more familiar with the unscrupulous business practices prevalent in their industries than the honest business owner who has to compete on an unfair playing field.  That’s why we’ve reached out to our networked businesses to expose some of the dirty tricks that some of their competitors like to play on customers and, worst of all, their wallets!

Taking The Easy Way Out At The Customer’s Expense

Businesses have an interest in getting customers out of the door as quickly as possible. That may be why one computer pro, Christopher: owner of our January Business of the Month Cheaper Than A Geek, sees this problem so prevalent among his competitors. As Christopher explains, “Often our competitors, when facing a difficult virus infection, will instead take the easy way out. They WIPE OUT the operating system and reinstall Windows! This delete’s the customer’s files, settings and programs! We have heard stories of this occurring when they don’t even warn the customer what they are doing!” Perhaps Christopher’s willingness to do extra work to avoid inconveniencing his customers is why he got such an outpouring of votes and positive feedback in January. So, next time a computer pro tells you he needs to wipe out your system, consider getting a second opinion from pros like these guys in Crofton, MD.

The Lowball

Competing with businesses that operate unfairly is hard enough, but when it’s a major chain, it can be even more difficult. This time, it’s a big box store employing a dirty trick – “the lowball” which Raymond Sass of Newton, CT Handyman Connection calls what he here describes. “One of the big box stores advertises a low price for many of their services, which lures customers away from legitimate contractors who quote a fair price,” Sass explains, adding that when it comes time for the company to actually do the job, “the customer finds the lowball price was for a simple job, and many of the normally necessary parts of the job weren’t included. The job winds up costing the homeowner more than we quoted originally.” Sass’ story proves that low prices might not always get the job done, so it’s important to always confirm what’s included.

Selling Customers Things They Don’t Need

According to David Bustamante of Climate Control in Austin, TX, “an air conditioning company will pay their employees commission on any new parts or equipment they sell. The employee not being ethical, and wanting to earn more wages, will lie to the homeowner and tell them they need this new part or new piece of equipment, and the homeowner, not having any idea what is really wrong, having to trust this serviceman, and is uncomfortable, will probably agree and authorize the repairs, even though they were deceived.” This tale illustrates why it’s so important to get multiple quotes on any major repair, there’s security in numbers.

Simple Misdiagnosis Costing Customers Thousands

Of course, even an honest mistake can cost customers thousands. Another HVAC pro discussed how a technician, if not thorough, can miss a simple fix that would prevent the need for a costly replacement. “There may be a simple burnt wire, or a weak capacitor”, the pro lamented, adding that if the technician misses it, “they will condemn the compressor, which is the heart of the refrigeration system, and that can lead to thousands of dollars to repair, when in reality it could’ve of been repaired for a lot less.” Although the error may not be intentional, not such a lackluster effort to avoid a more costly repair is callous at best, and self-serving at worst. It also once again underscores the value of multiple quotes.

Brand Theft Motto

Grand Theft Auto may be financially devastating, and identity theft can ruin your credit; but, brand theft is no less unfair than either. Bill Farley of House Doctors Handyman Professionals in Arlington Texas must have established a very well-known and reputable brand to fall victim to this dirty trick. He says that “using our registered company name as though it was theirs… deceives the customer into thinking they are getting the original. It’s like having a hamburger place and calling it McDonald’s Hamburgers”. Bill’s story illustrates why consumers should research businesses before hiring them, even if they selected them based on a referral. It’s easy to be confused by similar company names or fooled by intentional knock-offs.

Thanks to all of our local businesses for delivering great service to our customers and sharing their insights here.

Have you ever had any of these dirty tricks done to you? Are you tired of shady small business practices? To protect yourself from tricks such as these you should always ask questions and do plenty of research when deciding on a contractor or small business. To get a free guide on things you should do before hiring a contractor, scroll to the bottom of this blog entry and click “Get The Guide”!