HomeTips Company Profile
Original DBA Name: Don Vandervort's HomeTips
Founder: Don Vandervort
CEO and Manager: Don Vandervort
In Business Since: 1975
Years in Profession: 38 Years
Previous Positions: President, HomeTips, Inc.; Senior Editor, Home Magazine; Building Editor, Sunset Books
Business Address: 3715 Market Street, Suite 205, Glendale, California, 91208, United States
Business Phone: 818-248-6900
Fax: 818 248-5959
Completed FAQ Shopping Interview: 9/20/2008
InfoFAQ Exclusive Interview: "Home Improvement "
Company Information: HomeTips Information
Website: HomeTips Website
Web Design: In House
Other Websites: RemodelGuide.com, NewToolNews.com
Online Store URL: HomeTips Store
Online Store Design: In House
Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
Merchant Category: Home Improvement Information & Advice
Company Description: "HomeTips is a leading source of advice for home improvement, home repair, buying consumer products, and gardening." - Don Vandervort
Services Include: Web Publishing, Book Publishing, Video Production, Author, Spokesperson, On-Camera Television Performing, Magazine Article Writing, Expert Interviewee
About the Founder: Don Vandervort, HomeTips's founder, is a nationally recognized home improvement expert. His books, magazine articles, television appearances, and Web sites have provided a solid foundation of home-related information to millions of homeowners for more than 30 years.
Vandervort, who began his career as the Building Editor at Sunset Books
(Time-Warner) in 1970, established HomeTips in 1975. During his 38 years as a
home improvement writer and editor, he has written more than 30 books and more
than 150 magazine articles.
In addition to writing books, Don designed and produced furniture and home products in the mid-1970s. Based upon his “Chair In A Box,” exhibited at the prestigious California Design Show of 1976, he was one of the first to launch “knockdown” or “RTA” (ready-to-assemble) furniture in the U.S. His chairs and other home products sold nationally to stores such as Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel.
From 1990 to 1992, Don worked as Senior Editor/ Building & Architecture at Home Magazine.
HomeTips.com, founded by Don in 1996, has grown to become one of the premier home-improvement sites on the Web, with more than 850,000 visitors per month.
MMS Quote from the Owner:"Your home is likely to be your most valuable asset, so it's critically important to make highly informed decisions when improving it." - Don Vandervort
Most Popular Products: Home Improvement Books
Popular Help Section: Home Improvement Help
I just wanted to say THANKS SO MUCH! Your site
helped me ENORMOUSLY!!! THANKS!!!
Thank you so much as I repaired my dryer easily with your tip. It was the thermo switch and saved a repairman cost or even the cost of a new dryer.
- Andrew Spencer
Thanks for the site on changing a sink disposal unit. It was so easy to follow the directions and worked flawlessly the 1st time. Quite an accomplishment for a klutz like me.
- David Zeigler
Your web-site has very useful information. I was glad to find the section on pocket doors and have now revised my addition plans to avoid putting in an accordion door in favor of a larger pocket door. Your site is definitely in my "favorites" now.
- Dave Wildman
I am a single mother , Wow I marked this page to my favorites, my garbage disposal was humming but not working and it is hooked to my dishwasher so I couldn't even wash dishes. I played and played trying to figure it out and then I thought what the heck I would look on line.....From the time I typed garbage disposal to the time I got it working (thanks to your easy to use site) was maybe 5 minutes. As I said you are now bookmarked to my favorite sites list....Thank-you so much.
- Carrie Mulanax
HomeTips.com Popular Categories:
Improvement - Looking to do some household installations and repairs?
Do-it-yourself projects are a great way to save money while taking care of
common home improvements, plus, you get to feel the satisfaction of a job well
done. HomeTips provides detailed, illustrated step-by-step guides for hundreds
of DIY household installations and repair projects.
Air Conditioning and Air Conditioners - As global temperatures continue to steadily increase, more and more people are looking for ways to cool down their homes. Whether you live in a multi-story house, an apartment, or dorm room, there's a model of air conditioner just right for you. HomeTips has buying and installation information on everything from whole-house ventral air conditioning systems, to room- or wall-mounted models, to portable, stand-alone a/c units. You will also find information on how to save energy and money while cooling your house with natural cooling solutions, including ceiling fans, custom window glazing and ventilation.
Furnaces & Heaters - When cold weather strikes, it is essential to stay warm and safe. HomeTips offers in-depth buying guides for energy-efficient furnaces, pellet stoves, direct-vent fireplaces, radiant floor heating, and more.
House Inspectors and New Home Warranties - Whether buying or selling a home, a qualified house inspector can give you an accurate appraisal of a home's value, and point out potential problems and dangers. A new home warranty insures your home, including appliances, electronics, heating and cooling systems, electrical fixtures, and plumbing against expensive repairs. A home warranty will cover the cost of repair or replacement.
Bathroom Remodeling - A bathroom remodel can be the most valuable improvement you can do for your home. New flooring, cabinets, countertops, windows and lighting add beauty and convenience, while plumbing improvements and ventilation can give you worry-free service for years to come. And when it comes time to sell your home, a remodeled bathroom can give you the best return on dollars of any room in the house.
Kitchen Remodeling & Appliances - A kitchen remodel can completely revitalize the look and feel of a home. From simple improvements such as cabinet refacing and accent lighting to new appliances, countertops, and fixtures, HomeTips offers the help you need to make smart kitchen remodeling decisions.
Attic & Basement Remodeling - An unused or poorly-organized basement or attic is, in essence, a diamond in the rough. With the right know-how, converting a basement or attic can add generous square footage of livable, enjoyable space to your home. Browse HomeTips' archive of information on how to effectively convert these often-unused spaces on any type of budget.
Hiring Contractors - Whether you are looking for skilled professionals to do simple tasks and repairs around the house or general contractors to manage a major home remodeling project, HomeTips has the advice on how to find the right one for your needs. The HomeTips Find A Pro section provides access to hundreds of pre-screened home improvement and repair specialists right in your area.
Garage Flooring - A finished garage floor creates a clean and aesthetically-pleasing garage space. Several garage flooring options are available, from paints, epoxy and finishes, to tile grids and floor mats that piece together to provide a resilient and appealing surface. HomeTips has detailed explanations of the various garage flooring solutions available, with pros and cons of each.
Roofing and Gutters - This comprehensive guide to roofing provides detailed descriptions of various roofing materials, buying guides and illustrated step-by-step DIY installation and repair advice. The section on gutters provides information on various gutter materials and installation advice, as well as articles on how and when to clean your gutters and downspouts.
Books, Articles and Publications
Clientele: HomeTips has produced books for Sunset Books, Ballantine/Random House, and Perseus Books and provided extensive Web content for Microsoft and ServiceMagic.com. In addition, Don has been a spokesperson for Proctor & Gamble and American Standard and the resident home-improvement expert on MSN's Home Advisor site.
For six years, MSN promoted Don as their home-improvement expert with links from hundreds of pages on the MSN.com site. In addition, Don Vandervort has been highly visible on other important sites such as:
Most Popular Books: As an author/editor,
Vandervort has written more than 30 books, including: Home Magazine's How Your
House Works (Ballantine/Random House, 1995) and The Home Problem Solver (Perseus,
2000). He has also written many Sunset books, including Basic Carpentry, How to
Build Decks, Furniture You Can Make, How to Build Fences & Gates, Outdoor
Furniture, Insulation & Weatherstripping, Tables & Chairs, Patio Roofs &
Gazebos, Screened Rooms, Children's Furniture, Making Your Home Child Safe,
Building Barbecues, and Roofing & Siding.
In addition, HomeTips has produced numerous books, including Lowe's Complete Home Improvement & Repair, a 560-page bible of home improvement techniques; Lowe's Complete Kitchen Book; Lowe's Complete Bathroom Book; Screened Rooms; Gazebos; This Old House Complete Remodeling, and Sunset's Curb Appeal.
Magazine Articles: Don Vandervort has written over 150 features for major home improvement magazines, including Home Magazine, Bob Vila's American Home, Sunset, Sports Illustrated, Home Mechanix, American Homestyle & Gardening, Today's
Homeowner, and Practical Homeowner.
Awards & Affiliations:
AdSense Partner - Winner of 2007 International AdSense Case Study Video
Winner of the 2000 Telly Award for “Best How-to Show” (Segment host)
Board Member of the Safety
Advisory Board of Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Don Vandervort has appeared nationally Saturday and Sunday mornings as a segment host on HGTV's The Fix, which received the 2000 Telly Award for “Best How-to Show,” and on the DIY Network. He has been featured as a home-improvement expert on Dan
Rather's 48 Hours (CBS News), many segments of ABC Television's HOME show, and the HGTV shows Help at Home and Working from Home.
Web Articles / Mentioned In:
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Magazine Articles / Featured In:
Vandervort has been a featured expert in numerous publications, including U.S. News & World Report, Maxim, Saturday Evening Post, and Bottom Line Personal.
Radio & TV Interviews: Dozens of radio and television interviews throughout the U.S. including a radio interview with Herb Weisbaum, Consumer Man on KOMO, also with Elaine Mikk on Home Innovations Radio.
MSN Real Estate Articles: Written by Don or that interview him as an expert:
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