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February 1, 2017
Featured Products from International Builders Show 2017!

Our Estimator/Project Manager, Matt Cecko, recently was in Orlando for National Association Home Builders International Builders' Show. While he spent most of the time in meetings representing the CMBA as president, he was able to walk through the vendor show. Here are a some products from IBS that we'd like to highlight.

Formica Writable 

Formica has come out with a new product that is just like wipe off boards! The Writable Surfaces are available in a few patterns as well as classic white. They can be mounted on walls, cabinets, countertops, etc. Formica Writable would be perfect for many applications -- kitchens, kids play rooms, homework zones & more. They would work great in businesses for brainstorming sessions too! 

Formica Writable

Sterling Shower Bench

Sterling shower surround is a product we use for our clients quite frequently. They now have the option of a removable bench! Ladies and aging adults can definitely appreciate having a small bench in the shower. An added bonus: the benches are economical! 

Sterling Shower Bench

Kohler Workstation Sink 

This Kohler kitchen sink is one of many brands that are helping make food prep a breeze. There are several workstation accessory options available including a cutting board and colander.

Kohler Workstation Sink

 

Azek Lanscape Pavers

Azek interlocking pavers are made from a high performance composite material, but look like natural stone. They are easy to install, durable, come in a variety of colors and are made with 95% recycled material! Azek pavers are great for patios, walkways, decks, driveways and more. 

Azek Pavers

 

Kitchen Products

Cambria Quartz - Roxwell

Cambria Quartz Countertops

New Cambria designs! We like the wavy pattern in Roxwell. One of the many great features of Cambria is all designs are the same price. Click here to check out all the design palette options.  

Kitchen - Wall Mounted Pot Filler

Wall Mounted Pot Filler

A wall mounted pot filler is a super convenient feature to include in a kitchen. The photo is of a pot filler from Moen. This kitchen design idea is especially nice for anyone that loves cooking and/or doesn't love going to the gym (a pot full of water is heavy!!)

Kitchen Cabinetry Options

Custom Cabinetry

Customize your kitchen cabinetry with elements that are fitting for your lifestyle. Some options include: garbage & recycling compartments, kitchen utensils, coffee bars, pull out pantries, spice racks and more.

 

Bathroom Products

Bathroom Soaking Tub 

Freestanding Bathtub

Freestanding bathtubs have been gaining popularity over the last few years. Their simple, beautiful design creates a focal point feature and spa-like feel to any bathroom. Freestanding bathtubs are available in a variety of shapes and styles.

Panasonic Bathroom Fan 

Panasonic Bathroom Fan

We can't stress enough the importance of having and using your bathroom fan. Panasonic has a bathroom fan with an adjustable CFM. This element is great if after installation it is determined your bathroom needs additional airflow. 

Bathroom Shower Heads 

Shower Head Options 

Steam shower, rain shower head, multiple shower heads, body sprays...so many shower options to choose from!

 

Exterior Products

Andersen Windows VeriLock

Andersen Windows VeriLock

Andersen windows & doors with VeriLock technology have integrated security sensors that can tell you when they are opened or not locked. As an Andersen Certified Installer, we are trained to properly install Andersen windows & doors.

GAF Shingles

GAF Roof Shingles

GAF makes a quality shingle product. If you'd like something a little different than your standard shingle, check out their Sienna collection - provides a classic old world elegance at an affordable price. Home Check Plus is proud to be a GAF Certified Installer. 

Velux Skylights

Velux Skylights

Skylights are a great way to create additional light in any room. We've installed Velux skylights in many of our clients' homes. 

January 31, 2017
HCP Wins Best of Houzz 2017!

All of us at Home Check Plus are so honored to receive "Best of Customer Service" on Houzz

We truly value our clients and strive to provide them with the best service and workmanship in the home remodeling industry. Building client relationships where they trust us, are happy with their remodeling experience and choose us again for their next project is very important to us. Home Check Plus is celebrating our 20th year in business this year - we'd like to say THANK YOU to our wonderful clients for the many years of success and we look forward to another 20 years of servicing your home remodeling needs.  

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews. A "Best of Houzz 2017" badge will appear on our profile as a sign of our commitment to excellence.

Check out our Houzz profile, here.

If you've had a positive experience working with Home Check Plus, we'd love for you to write a review for us. Click here.

Not familiar with Houzz? Well, it is the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The website has tons of photos, so it is great for getting design ideas for all types of home projects. Let's say you want to remodel your kitchen -- you can create a "Kitchen Remodel" ideabook and save photos of kitchen design elements you like. Then share your idea book with Home Check Plus! 

January 10, 2017
Matt Cecko CMBA President 2017

A note from Matt...

Hello, my name is Matt Cecko, and I'm the 2017 Central Minnesota Builders Association President. Since 2005, I have worked as a project manager for Dale Gruber's Home Check Plus, an experienced full-service home remodeling contractor in St. Cloud.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I was born and raised in Little Falls and reside in St. Augusta with my wife Rachael. We have been married for four years and have two wonderful children, Flynn and Flora, who keep us on our toes! Flynn is two and a half and Flora is nine months. 

Being the 2017 CMBA President is something I've been looking forward to. For more than a decade, I have been an active CMBA member, serving as the President of the Remodeler's Council in 2010 and the Chair of the Spike Club in 2011, and currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Builders Association of Minnesota.

As the 2017 president, you will find I am passionate about the housing industry and can't wait to see what the New Year brings. My goals as CMBA president are to help recruit new members, strengthen membership value, create revenue from the On The Level magazine to ensure future publications, advocate for all aspects of the housing industry and to continue to invest in our future workforce with programs like, "Tools for School." It is so important to expose our youth to our industry. 

Happy New Year to you and your family!

-Matt Cecko

September 1, 2016
DGC & HCP Olympics Recap!

At Home Check Plus, we love the Olympics (who doesn't?). Since none of us our quite athletically gifted to make it to Rio, we decided to host our own Olympics on Osseo (Avenue). The DGC & HCP Olympics lasted 2 1/2 weeks and involved opening ceremonies - including the passing of the torch, highly competitive events, medals...we did it all. The staff was divided into the following teams:

Receders 3 1/2 - Travis, Doug, Bob and Dale
The Young & The Restless - Roger, Kevin and Randy
Slap Hands - Matt, Hope, Tony and Dawson
Change Order One - Bear, Paul and Steve

Continue reading for a complete recap of the DGC & HCP Olympics 2016.

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Hammer Throw

We kicked off the DGC & HCP Olympics with the carpenter's version of the hammer throw. The rules were simple - throw 12 inflatable hammers into five gallon buckets - the person who gets the most in the bucket, wins. Believe it or not, Tony Knier (who has only one good arm at the moment) won gold! Bob Eisenreich received the silver medal and Hope Schroeder bronze.

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Randy Olson

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Hope Schroeder 
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Roger Kirchner

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Steve Raeker

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Bob Eisenreich 

Ladder Sprint

Ladder Sprint was the second event. For this event, the athletes had to channel their inner Usain Bolt and sprint to a ladder staged near one of our buildings, climb up the ladder, grab a tape measure on the building's roof, step back down the ladder and run back. Two lessons learned: loafers don't make good running shoes and we have a small dip in our lot (almost caused a wipeout).

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Doug Heinen
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Dawson Harris
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Bear Holtslander
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Dale Gruber 
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Matt Cecko 

Team Water Balloon Toss

Team Water Balloon Toss closed out the games. It was a tough battle, but team Slap Hands won gold, silver went to Receders 3 1/2 and The Young & The Restless got their first medal of the games, taking home the bronze. 

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 Closing Ceremonies 

As you can see from the final medal count, Team Slap Hands dominated the games, receiving a total of 6 medals! Congratulations to all DGC & HCP Olympic athletes...you did great!! 

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March 8, 2016
NEW Andersen Windows Security Technology!

Check this out, Andersen's VeriLock technology can tell you not only when your windows and doors are open, but also whether or not they are locked! 

Benefits of Andersen windows & doors with VeriLock include:

  • Connected Home - Now you can monitor your windows and doors when you're away from home like you can monitor your thermostat or lighting.
     
  • Preserve Beauty - The wireless sensors are integrated into their windows and doors.
     
  • Maintains Warranty - Other sensors require drilling, which can void warranties.
     
  • Maximizes Energy Efficiency - Air escapes through unlocked windows and doors. VeriLock sensors tell you which windows and doors are opened or unlocked to help manage air loss. 

Interested in learning more about Andersen windows? Or want to get a quote on replacing your windows (we work with all brands)? CALL US at 320-529-4800 or email matt@homecheckplus.com

 

From andersenwindows.com

February 10, 2016
Remodeling Cost vs Value

Remodeling Magazine's annual Cost vs. Value report is out! This report compares the average cost of  popular remodeling projects with the value the projects retain if one were to sell their home. The national average is 64.4%, which is the 2nd highest in the last eight years!

If you're looking to make some improvements to your home before putting it on the market, this report can help you gauge your ROI. However, many of our clients remodel their home to better suit their needs/wants and you can't exactly put a dollar amount on enjoying your home. 

Click here for the report. 

January 21, 2016
HCP wins Best of Houzz Award!!

All of us at Home Check Plus are so honored to receive "Best of Customer Service" on Houzz

We truly value our clients and strive to provide them with the best service and workmanship in the home remodeling industry. Building client relationships where they trust us, are happy with their remodeling experience and choose us again for their next project is very important to us. So, THANK YOU to our wonderful clients we had the opportunity to work with this year! 

Check out our Houzz profile, here.

If you've had a positive experience working with Home Check Plus, we'd love for you to write a review for us. Click here.

Not familiar with Houzz? Well, it is the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The website has tons of photos, so it is great for getting design ideas for all types of home projects. Let's say you want to remodel your kitchen -- you can create a "Kitchen Remodel" ideabook and save photos of kitchen design elements you like. Then share your idea book with Home Check Plus! 

 

June 10, 2015
Save NOW on Andersen Windows & Doors!

Andersen Windows & Doors has an awesome rebate going on now through July 4, 2015! Replace your windows and they'll replace your cash!

  • $25 rebate for each 400 series window purchased
  • $100 rebate for each 400 series patio door purchased

Home Check Plus is a Certified Installer of Andersen Windows & Doors. We are trained on how to properly install Andersen products. 

Contact us at 320-529-4800 for your FREE window replacement quote! Be sure to ask us about our INSTALLATION DISCOUNT!

 

April 29, 2015
Certified Andersen Installer

Choosing the right installer is one of the most important aspects of a window purchase. A proper installation is critical to the proper performance of the product. Our Carpenters, Paul Gruber, Dawson Harris and Travis Wensmann are Certified Installers of Andersen Windows & Doors. Paul, Dawson and Travis went through the three day training program at Andersen headquarters in Bayport, MN. 

As an Andersen Certified Installer, we are...

Experienced
We are specifically trained and certified to install Andersen® windows and patio doors.

Tested
Andersen Certified Installers experience rigorous hands-on training to become certified.

Informed
Andersen Certified Installers receive ongoing product information and support from Andersen.

Supported
Andersen Certified Installers have access to Andersen Certified Installer Concierge Services which provides installers with personal support through help-desk representatives and on-line tools and resources.

Trusted
Andersen Certified Installers stand behind their work, and Andersen stands behind them.

If you're looking to replace your windows, email info@homecheckplus.com or call us at 320-529-4800.


Certified Andersen Installer - Home Check Plus St. Cloud

Certified Andersen Installer - Home Check Plus St  Cloud

October 23, 2014
New Cambria Colors!

Cambria Quartz is one of many great countertop material options. Here's why: 

  • There are a wide variety of colors and appearances to match anyone's style.
  • All colors are the same price! No price tiers.
  • Cambria is very durable, not as porous.
  • Low maintenance - no sealing needed.
  • Lifetime, limited warranty. Includes both residential and commercial applications.
  • Quality in fabrication and installation. Cambria fabricates all their own product installed in Minnesota and has only a select few certified installers. 

Cambria is always adding new colors to their selection. Here are some of the latest - Ellesmere, Seagrove, Nevern, Hampshire, Galloway and Wentwood. Click here to see the complete Cambria design palette

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Ellesmere
 
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Seagrove
 
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Nevern
 
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Hampshire
 
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Galloway
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Wentwood
September 30, 2014
NOW HIRING!! Carpenters & Foremans!

Home Check Plus and Dale Gruber Construction are now hiring! We have carpenter and foreman positions available. Excellent benefits. consistant work through winter months and all local work! Click on the carpenter and foreman job opening for more information. Apply today!

St. Cloud Carpentry Job Openings:

Carpenter

Carpenter Foreman

Send your resume to rachel@homecheckplus.com, mail it to: 120 Osseo Avenue North, St. Cloud, MN 56303 or visit our office and fill out an application.

July 2, 2014
DaVinci - Composite Slate Roof

Slate roofing tiles are arguably the most beautiful roofing product available! They are also fire resistant, environmentally friendly and they can last a long time. Unfortunately, natural slate tiles can be easily damaged and are a significant investment. Fortunately, there are DaVinci Slate shingles! These synthetic slate shingles have the beauty of a natural slate without the shortcomings. DaVinci Slate roofs are:

  • Extremely durable
  • Natural slate appearance
  • Easy installation
  • Fraction of the cost of natural slate
  • Maintenance free

DaVinci Slate products include three lines of composite slate: 

  1. Single Width Valore
  2. Multi-Width DaVinci
  3. Bellaforte

The DaVinci slate roofing materials are manufactured from a state-of-the-art engineered polymer, fashioned to look like genuine slate roofing, and are available in a broad palette of beautiful and distinctive colors and blends. You can even create your own custom color scheme!

Click here for a complete DaVinci Slate Comparison Guide

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June 10, 2014
Andersen Window Rebate!

Andersen Windows has an awesome rebate going on now through July 12, 2014! Replace your windows and they'll replace your cash! 

  •  $25 rebate for each 400 series window purchased
  • $100 rebate for each 400 series patio door purchased

Andersen® 400 Series windows and doors provide a classic blend of engineering and craftsmanship, featuring extensive sizes, shapes, styles and colors.


Contact us at 320-529-4800 for your free window replacement quote!

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April 8, 2014
Win Prizes from Spirit 92.9!

Want to WIN $500 Cash, a weekend getaway to Whitefish Lodge in Crosslake or designer jewelry?? These prizes and others could be yours! Simply participate in the Spirit 92.9's Virtual Family Lifestyle Expo for your chance to win! Home Check Plus is happy to support the event and excited to be one of the participating companies. CLICK HERE for details and good luck!!

 

 

 

 

 

February 26, 2014
CMBA HomeShow!

Come visit Home Check Plus at the CMBA HomeShow March 7-9th at River's Edge Convention Center, St Cloud. Stop by our booth #1302 to get ideas and discuss your next remodeling project!

We'll be giving away FREE tickets to the HomeShow on our Facebook page, so make sure to LIKE Home Check Plus on Facebook!

Hours:
Friday 12pm-9pm
Saturday 9am-7pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

Seminars & Entertainment:

  • Mike Moran - Free Appraisals!
  • Kids Build a Butterfly House
  • Home Buying & Selling Seminars
  • Home Improvement Seminars
  • Fish Fry on Friday
  • Alan Godage & Sundown on Friday! 

Adults $5 | Seniors $4| 12 & under free. Click here for $1.00 off admission coupon.

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January 28, 2014
Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report

Remodeling Magazine's annual Cost vs. Value report is now out! A few projects with the highest return on your investment are:

1. Window Replacement (wood)

Andersen Wood Window

2. Deck Addition (wood)

Deck - After - Treated Wood

3. Minor Kitchen Remodel

 Kitchen Remodel

4. Basement Remodel

Entertainment Area

Click here for the complete Cost vs. Value report.

January 17, 2014
Construction Project Manager/Estimator Job Opening

We are currently looking for a full-time experience project manager/estimator.  We offer excellent benefits and competitive salaries. 

Responsibilities

  • Review project plans/specifications and prepare bid proposals.
  • Represent the company well by establishing good relationships with employees, homeowners, subcontractors and vendors.
  • Create project schedule and ensure that construction activities are progressing according to schedule.
  • Manage site work logistics effectively and efficiently.
  • Communicate effectively with other construction team members

Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Trade school diploma or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years experience in estimating & project coordination of residential and light commercial building and remodeling projects
  • 1-2 years experience in drawing with DATA CAD or equivalent
  • Must be fluent in Microsoft Word, Excel & Outlook
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and make effective decisions.
  • Strong leadership, problem solving and teamwork skills
  • Positive attitude and professional customer service skills
  • Must have a vehicle, valid MN driver's license
 

How to Apply 

Send your resume to rachel@homecheckplus.com, mail it to: 120 Osseo Avenue North, St. Cloud, MN 56303 or visit our office and fill out an application.

 

November 19, 2013
Dale Gruber Construction celebrates 30 years!

Dale Gruber Construction is celebrating 30 years! Wow! I started my own business in the fall of 1983 with a pick-up truck full of tools and a dream to build a business based on integrity, value and customer service. With hard work, long hours and determination, I made that dream into reality. Looking back on the last 30 years, I'm very proud of the company I've built and I'm looking forward to another 30+ years of "building today for a better tomorrow."

I must thank our many loyal customers; associations such as the CMBA, ABC & the Chamber and companies like Mathew Hall Lumber who gave us leads in the early years. I'd also like to thank our current employees – Steve, the office manager/controller, who's been with us for more than 20 years, Matt, who's been the estimator/project manager for Home Check Plus (our residential remodeling division) for 8 years, Rachel (my daughter), who has advanced our presence with her unbelievable marketing skills for the past 5 years, the field guys Tony, Roger & Doug, who have been with us for many years and Paul, Travis & Bear who joined the team more recently. Last but not least, the rest of my family – my oldest daughter, Medora, who is a teacher, my youngest daughter, Meghan, who has her own architectural design business and my wife, Dianne, who has been there for me through all these years.

So with all the support mentioned above, the Dale Gruber Construction team is excited to continue serving our customers for many more years to come with the same integrity, value and customer service.

Thanks everyone for the past 30 years. It has been great!!

-Dale

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August 20, 2013
CMBA Tour of Homes!

Mark your calendars, folks -- the CMBA Tour of Homes is just around the corner and this year Home Check Plus will be showcasing a custom-built home! The design includes large open spaces, tall ceilings with tray & vaulted areas, and expansive window walls with great views of the river area. The home has beautiful custom cabinetry, granite & Cambria quartz countertops, and hardwood & tile floors. A built-in fireplace with Cambria hearth is an amazing focal point of the living area & a must see! Exterior features include worry-free stucco and cultured stone, vaulted wood beam entry, 3-stall garage and a beautiful landscaped yard with stamped concrete patio overlooking the Sauk River. Here's some photos of the home, but make sure to stop by September 13-15, 20-22, 2013 to see the beautiful features in person!

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Kitchen Custom Built Home - Living Room
Bathroom Bathroom

August 7, 2013
Warning Signs of Storm Damage!

Did storms run through where you live recently? Sure, it is fun to check out photos off the hail and stormy clouds, but the next step is to check out your home for any possible storm damage. Here are some tips for identifying storm damage...

Common Signs of Roof Damage

  • Missing shingles
  • Bruises or dented asphalt shingles
  • Cracked or broken tile, slate, or concrete shingles
  • Granules collecting in gutters or downspouts
  • Leaks in your roof or ceiling
  • Dents on vents, gutters or flashing

Common Signs of Exterior or Siding Damage

  • Dings and dents
  • Cracks and splitting
  • Holes and breaks
  • Chipping and discoloration

Common Signs of Window Damage

  • Shattered windows
  • Cracks and holes
  • Broken panes
  • Damaged frame

If you think your home may have storm damage, give us a call at 320-529-4800 -- we're here to help! Note: we advise you to be cautious of storm chaser contractors...click here for some tips from the Central Minnesota Builders Association about hiring a contractor for your storm damage.

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