Nonprofit: Habitat for Humanity Missoula plans home improvement store
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2014-07-07T06:15:00Z Nonprofit: Habitat for Humanity Missoula plans home improvement storeBy MARY GERBER of the Missoulian missoulian.com

Habitat for Humanity of Missoula is getting ready to open a Habitat ReStore in the early fall and invites the Missoula community to help stock the store. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to build affordable homes. Missoula is the last major city in Montana to open one.

Donations will be accepted starting Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3655 Highway 200 E. in East Missoula and every Saturday after. Call Terri at 549-8210 or visit habitatmsla.org/restore/ with questions.

Members of the Missoula County Tavern Owners Association as well as four local breweries (Bayern, Big Sky, Draught Works and Kettlehouse) announce the next Garden City Community Brew. The Lemon Lager brewed by Big Sky Brewing Company will debut Thursday at Downtown Tonight at Caras Park. In addition, many local…………… continues on The Missoulian

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Homeowners should be aware of home improvement scams
News from Lincoln Journal Star:

Due to weather-related damages recently, some people are out to make a buck with home-improvement promises. It is important to be on top of the types of repairs that need to be done and what the estimated costs should be. Make sure anyone offering to do repairs is legitimate. If there is any doubt in your mind, check with the Better Business Bureau and never give any money up front.

To protect you from home repair fraud the Nebraska Consumer Protection Division offers the following advice.

Beware of:

* Door-to-door repair people.

* Contractors using high-pressure sales tactics.

* Any contractor unwilling to provide an estimate or references.

* Unreasonable pressure to make the decision immediately.

* Demands for up-front payment for services.

Other suggestions:

* If you have repairs that need to be fixed always use a local well-established contractor.

* Ask for references so you can check whether previous customers were pleased with the contractors work.

* Get up to three bids for the work. If the bid seems too good to be true, it probably is.

* Check to see whether the contractor is registered in Nebraska by calling 402-595-3095.

If you are concerned or suspect a scam contact:

Consumer Protection Division

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