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Magnolia Home Remodeling Group of Union Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018


Union, New Jersey – Magnolia Home Remodeling Group of Union has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The family owned and operated remodeling company that specializes in both interior and exterior remodeling, was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

"The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year's recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise."

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About Magnolia Home Remodeling Group

Magnolia Home Remodeling Group is a Home Remodeling and Home Improvement Contractor in New Jersey installing Vinyl Siding, Roofing, Windows, as well as Kitchen, Bathroom & Basement Remodeling. We also offer porch remodeling, decks, masonry, patios and more, with a variety of affordable product choices to fit any budget.

Magnolia Home Remodeling Group also facilitates affordable, no-hassle financing. Programs with flexible solutions will allow you to finance any of your home improvement projects. We offer 100% home improvement financing with no interest or reduced interest plans and low monthly payments. Please contact us today to learn more about our affordable home remodeling services in New Jersey. You will always speak to an owner.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit



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Union Public Library, Union

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