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Quick Home Repairs to Make Before Guests Arrive

make home repairs before holiday guests arrive

Home repairs happen throughout the year. The most important repairs before the holidays are ones that might cause an accident when you’ve got guests visiting. Taking care of these repairs now will make your holidays go more smoothly and you’ll relax knowing your home is holiday ready.

Sidewalks, Stairs and Home Repairs

When you live in a house you have a routine which might include skipping that wobbly first step up to the front porch. Family members might never use the front door because you enter the house through the back door that goes right into the kitchen.

Your guests will use the... 

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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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Spring Checklist Helps You Maintain Your Investment

Wood decks require ongoing maintenance - cleaning, repairs & sealing/staining

Your home is a major investment so if you want to protect and maintain your investment you must consistently perform routine home maintenance. And as the temperatures rise, spring is an ideal time to evaluate your home and see where you can make repairs that will help you retain your home’s value. This spring checklist will help you keep track of necessary home repairs and may even identify what routine maintenance you’ve not considered.

Did you know that the average length of time you’re likely to spend in your home is 10+ years?  Consider this: if you bought a 10 year... 

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Home Repairs After Storms

home repair requires tools & skills

Home repair after a storm is complicated and stressful, as everything is an unknown, unplanned and you want to get things done as quickly as possible. First you need to make temporary repairs to avoid further damage and then there’s cleanup which provides some time to think through and plan your repair priorities. Next you need to address any water problems as these multiple rapidly if left unchecked.

Then you can start through the list of items needing attention. Seldom will you have the time or skills to do most tasks yourself, and don’t worry as you likely will still spend... 

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Home Inspections: Who Does What After the Inspection

When buying a home, whether used or new, buyers should always get a home inspection. Buyers understand that they may not recognize defects in older homes, i.e. how soon the roof or hot water system will need to be replaced. New homes can also have defects if the builder, or more likely one of their sub-contractors, took short cuts which weren’t caught during periodic inspections as we all get too busy at times.

The goal of a home inspection is to get advice from an impartial third party, to have them use their expertise to determine if there are any home... 

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When to Replace Exterior Home Components?

New siding is needed every 20 to 50 years, depending on type of material uses

Just like buying new tires for your car, key components of your home need to be replaced on a fairly predictable schedule. Unfortunately most home owners don’t plan for these expenses, and then get caught with a whooping bill for a new roof, new furnace or worse, multiple expenses in the same year.

This article provides a list of the most common exterior home components needing ongoing replacement. It will be followed by a companion article, listing common interior home components that need replacing and you’re going to be more familiar with things like a new refrigerator, washing machine, etc.

A good... 

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How to Decide: Repair or Replace?

Plumber Fixing Toilet

Home repairs are confusing when you’re not familiar with your choices – alternative fixtures, materials and whether you should repair or replace something. Today’s consumer economy drives us to constantly buy new things, throwing the old away. Products are designed to be disposable, i.e. toilets with plastic moving parts are designed to have a limited lifetime, and demonstrate that you get what you pay for.

When many homeowners think they’ve got a problem, they ignore it or hope it will go away. It’s too bad as often, a quick home repair can stop the problem from growing, especially when it involves... 

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Preventing Problems Before an Emergency

Unfortunately you don't get an owners manual with your home

When you buy a car it comes with an owners manual. Unfortunately very few builders provide an owners manual for the homes they build. It’s too difficult. A builder might buy 90% of the materials for a house from the local building supply company but they’re a distributor handling products from 1,000s of manufacturers. No one involved in home construction has the type of quality control that car manufacturers have.

Your home maintenance strategy reflects your personality and your lifestyle. There are lots of homeowners who know they could figure out how to replace a floor board in the deck or... 

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Home Repair: Who Can You Trust?

Successful companies are ones that build strong customer loyalty

Home repair is something every homeowner must deal with although it’s not how we want to spend our time or money. The unfortunate thing about home repairs is many repairs could be avoided with the right home maintenance strategy … but there’s no owners manual for homeowners!

Without a home maintenance strategy, the default is a home repair strategy and that will cost you more money! That’s why we offer lots of home maintenance tips to help you save money as we both would enjoy more fun projects like remodeling a bathroom or updating your kitchen counter top. We hope that... 

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