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What Are Your Monthly Home Expenses?

many items go into monthly home expenses

When you bought your house, did you really look at all your monthly home expenses? You probably focused on how much you could afford to spend for your new house based on mortgage payments. You might have been limited by how much the bank was willing to loan you, combined with your down payment. The banks are helpful to a point – they make sure you’ll be able to pay principal, interest, taxes and insurance, everything needed to protect the asset behind your home loan.

What few homeowners add into the equation of how much home they can afford, are all... 

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Home Repairs: Reasons to Call a Handyman

home repairs often mean getting on a ladder

Homeowners might tackle home repairs two or three times a year and that’s great. A handyman is doing home repairs around 200 days a year, which is why they’ve got the tools and experience to get things done quickly and with quality.

If you buy a new home, your builder’s warranty should cover repairs during the first year but after that you’re like every other owner, responsible for home maintenance and … sadly, your house doesn’t come with an owners manual.

Most homeowners don’t enjoy doing home repairs, and we understand that often it’s as simple as not enough time. There are... 

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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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Deciding Who Does What When Building a Deck

deck designs vary in complexity to build a deck

How often can you read directions once and finish a task without more questions? When doing something unfamiliar, do you find yourself doing it more than once to get it right? The internet is great for doing research but it requires time and patience to read directions several times, from a few different angles and then you’ve got to map out the steps to take to get something done.

Lots of homeowners build decks. Many of these aren’t installed correctly, so they’re one of the top 10 handyman projects. We get to deal with homeowners who are worried or downright angry,... 

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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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Homeowner Tips for Saving Water

fix water leaks right away to save water & problems with mold and wood rot

There are billions of people living under severe water stress conditions, meaning they have difficulty getting enough fresh water for drinking, bathing and growing food. For those of us living in the US with easy access to fresh water unless there’s a drought, we don’t realize some of our communities are focusing on how to protect and expand local water supplies.

The reality is less than 1% of the water on Earth can be used by people! That’s why there’s a new WaterSense program similar to EnergyStar, to help us use our water wisely and not waste it.

When looking at water use... 

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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Winter House

Like bears who hibernate through the winter, we tend to spend more time inside our homes during the winter months. Which is the perfect time to focus on things inside your house, things we often forget about with the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living.

We’ve created a few tables that will you can focus on a few things each week or month. Safety is always a top priority and then you want to protect your home by minimizing any potential water  damage. Then it’s time to consider ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency as those savings will come every... 

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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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Prevent Moisture, Mildew & Mold

It’s easy to take our water for granted, we just turn on the faucet or shower and we get all the water we want. We need water, but only in the right places. Standing water or high levels of humidity support the growth of mold and mildew which can cause trouble for your home and health problems for you and your family.

Molds and mildew are microscopic organisms that live wherever they can get food and water, i.e they’re living organisms like us. Even though we may have a negative association with mold and mildew, they do serve a purpose in... 

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