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How one North Carolina remodeler is thinking ahead and expanding his business to Maine, where he wants to retire.
Replacement and repair jobs appeal to homeowners because they are relatively inexpensive and help a home hold its value.
State programs help employers cutting employee hours to retain staff by offering financial aid to compensate for lost wages.
Some remodelers are rehiring laid-off employees and reinstating benefits they cut during the recession.
With both trades and suppliers overstretched in a tough economy, remodelers are finding it challenging to keep projects competitively priced and on schedule.