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Types of Contractor Estimates

there are different types of contractor estimates

There are different types of contractor estimates. Understanding how the different estimates work can make the dialog between homeowners and contractors more comfortable. Everyone has heard contractor horror stories, and there isn’t a contractor out there who doesn’t have a homeowner horror story or two … although a professional will never bad mouth a previous client to a potential client.  

The key to a successful relationship with your contractor is communication. It is crucial to establish a relationship so you feel comfortable asking questions as the project progresses.

As a homeowner you must have a good understanding of the work you are... 

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Time for Caulking Windows & Doors?

caulking windows keeps water out

Most homeowners think about sinks and bathtubs when they hear someone talk about caulking. You might not realize caulking windows and doors is a great way to stop drafts in your home. It’s more common to leave exterior caulking to when you paint your home but reviewing and replacing exterior caulking to reduce your winter heating bills can be done at anytime.

We’ll use caulking windows to explain why caulking is important and then summarize other areas of your home’s where caulking can help stop air and water from entering your home.

How Caulking Windows Works

Think of your home’s exterior walls like... 

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Home Maintenance Can Save You Money

home maintenance requires the right tools & materials

Home maintenance isn’t as much fun as gardening or playing golf, but it’s important for homeowners to protect their investment in their home. What we all lack is enough time to have fun and relax, so maybe it’s time to hire a handyman to come quarterly and take care of your punchlist, much the way a cleaning service helps you keep your home clean.

We might be biased but we don’t understand why everyone things paying someone to clean is a great idea, but they’d rather do their own home maintenance? Your handyman will bring the right tools and basic materials... 

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Home Warranties Provide Buyer Security

a home warranty reduces the risk of serious problems needing repairs

Home warranties make a a home more attractive to prospective buyers because they’re protected from major repairs during their first year of ownership when they’re getting familiar with their new home. Sellers will often pay for a home warranty to make their home more attractive and many homeowners maintain their warranty year-after-year to avoid worrying about replacing major home systems or appliance when required.

There are different types of home warranties depending on whether you’re buying an existing or new home. You’ll should read the fine print for any home warranty to understand what’s covered and the rules you must follow to... 

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Estimates: How Honest or Simply Sales?

estimates consider the time used to buy supplies

Remodeling and home repair estimates are a lot like store price tags on clothes. For those who only want to buy things on sale, you tend to pick the lowest price. With clothing, you may forget about the seam that splits open on the first washing or turtleneck sweaters where the elasticity doesn’t last through one season … or like me, you might recognize the problem and change where you shop for clothing.

So let me share some real stories from my experience running my businesses, as you might have one or two stories while we have lots of stories from working... 

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Caulking Tips for Homeowners

caulking windows keeps water out

Caulking is a routine home maintenance job. It’s very important but there’s little to remind us when old caulking fails to keep the water out, or air is leaking and raising our utility bills. Caulking won’t stick like a door that’s difficult to close but it may crack or separate from the window it’s protecting, so it no longer provides an airtight seal against water, air, dust and insects.

That’s why we offer quarterly home maintenance checklists, to remind you about items that need ongoing maintenance and repairs. This spring you’ll easily spot the screens than have holes and need to... 

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Home Offices on a Budget

home office furniture is perfect for creating a home office, with flexibility when you move

Almost everyone needs a home office these days. The more important question is who’s going to use the home office and how are they going to use it? There’s a big difference between needing a home office to collect and pay family bills, and file paperwork you need to keep longer. Maybe you’re a teacher and spend some evenings doing lesson plans and grading papers? Some corporate employees work at home most of the week and there are a growing number of entrepreneurs running businesses from a home office. What do you need your home office for? Do you feel that... 

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Confused About Home Inspections?

home inspections help homeowners save money

When you bought your home, you probably had a home inspection and hopefully there weren’t any surprises. Everyone should get a home inspection to identify major problems before the closing, even if you’re buying a brand new home as some things get forgotten at the end.

The real question is whether you should get another home inspection after you’ve been in the house for 5 years or more as most problems aren’t obvious, until there’s no hot water or worse, the hot water tank emptied it’s contents all over the floor (it happens if you forget to replace the anode rod).  An... 

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Would You Buy Your House?

Would you buy this single family home?

Would you buy your house today? If you’re watching the shows on Home and Garden TV, you might be lulled into thinking that houses on the market are either completely run down (HGTV Property Brothers) or they’re move-in-ready with open concept living space and granite counter tops.

These shows can’t possibly represent your average neighborhood and a visit to several open houses should put you in touch with reality. However you should see that regular maintenance of your home’s exterior envelope and internal systems (electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling) plus periodic updating of your most loved home features, will make you... 

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Children’s Swingsets: Tips to Buy & Assemble

Children's swingsets provide great outdoor playspace

Swing sets and spring seem to go together. The box stores assemble and display a swing set near the front of the store and parents buy them. What you might not recognize is just like the candy on display at the grocery store check-out line, these swing sets are often an impulse purchase that maybe needs a little more research before you buy?

When you’re at the store, you only see the physical swing set so it’s hard to imagine exactly where it will go in your yard, and very few yards have a perfectly level space without trees. Instead you... 

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