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  • 16 May 2022 1:12 PM | Patricia Voerding (Administrator)

    Flooded basements are both stressful and expensive and, much of the time, seem to come out of nowhere. That said, if you’ve noticed that your basement is flooding, don’t panic — there are just a few key steps you’ll need to take. First, confirm that the basement is safe to enter. Make sure to turn off the electricity and gas before heading down and be wary of any electrical wires or water damage to the ceiling. Sometimes, it won’t be safe to enter until the water has been drained completely. After that, you can find the source of the flood and remove or drain the water. Ask us about how you can begin repairing and renovating your basement after a flood.

  • 13 Apr 2022 1:56 PM | Patricia Voerding (Administrator)

    Real estate properties come in far more than just one form. Rather, a variety of different niches exist on the market. Depending on the niche you select, the amount of income you’re bringing in could vary, depending on the current state of the market. That being said, what are some of the current best specialties for bringing in money via real estate? You could consider getting into commercial real estate or look into eco-friendly properties. Another option could be foreclosures or short sales. Finally, a couple of additional booming niches are luxury real estate and foreign investment. There are so many ways you can bring in a solid income working in real estate. Ask us about selecting a specialty and maximizing income today.

  • 15 Mar 2022 12:48 PM | Patricia Voerding (Administrator)

    As time goes by, the public is becoming progressively more conscious about how their lifestyle impacts the health and wellbeing of the planet. For this reason (and more), eco-friendly homes have become more common. However, just because the home you purchased wasn’t a “green” home, that doesn’t mean you can’t make some eco-friendly improvements. During construction, try to stick to sustainable materials local to your region. You could also install some brand-new energy-efficient appliances and/or solar panels and keep your HVAC system well-maintained and running as efficiently as possible. Be sure to get rid of your old lightbulbs and invest in some energy-efficient bulbs instead. Contact us for a guide on eco-friendly home improvement.

  • 14 Feb 2022 1:08 PM | Patricia Voerding (Administrator)

    If you’re looking to keep your home in its best possible condition (and really, who isn’t), you will need to stay on top of a few essential home maintenance tasks. Neglecting these duties can make a significant impact on the state of your home—even leading to a lower property value. So, make sure to deep clean your home periodically. A casual cleaning isn’t going to be enough all of the time. You can also consider having your carpets professionally cleaned about once each year. Resealing your countertops is yet another home maintenance task that is often forgotten but actually important to the state of your home. At the end of the day, it takes work to keep a property in top shape. Contact us about perfecting your home maintenance routine today.

  • 31 Jan 2022 2:58 PM | Patricia Voerding (Administrator)

    Not every home improvement project needs to break your budget. If you’re looking to give your home a new breath of life, there are ways you can do this for just a few thousand dollars or less. For instance, instead of remodeling your entire kitchen right away, consider starting a bit smaller. You could start out by just replacing the countertops or refinishing your kitchen cabinets. In a similar vein, rather than remodel your entire bathroom, make a few upgrades; new lighting or a fresh coat of paint can make a surprisingly huge difference. It might even be time to replace your old, worn-out carpet with new hardwood flooring. Just take it one room at a time. Want further guidance on how to spruce up your home on a budget? Get in touch with us today!

  • 20 Dec 2021 2:55 PM | Patricia Voerding (Administrator)

    Have you considered insulating your garage in the past? Or, is this a home improvement project that has never crossed your mind? Either way, now could be the perfect time to tackle this beneficial project. By insulating your property’s garage, you’ll be able to successfully regulate the temperature within the space. Insulating can also lead to new safety precautions due to this additional layer of protection around cables and electrical wires. It’s also possible that insulation will prevent carbon monoxide from working its way through the walls before entering your living spaces. To stay comfortable and safe, consider insulating your garage today. Contact us for further guidance or expert advice.

  • 15 Nov 2021 2:45 PM | Patricia Voerding (Administrator)

    Interested in remodeling your shower, but unsure where to begin? If you’re looking to upgrade your shower, there are several possible routes to the renovation—and, of course, it will depend upon your personal needs or preferences. Maybe you feel that it’s time to upgrade from a standard shower to a shower and tub combo. You could also work to improve the storage capabilities of your shower by creating new niches or shelves. If possible, you can even consider installing a window nearby; this can help to maximize light within your shower. How about adding a seat or a new door? However you decide to upgrade, happy renovating! For advice on shower renovations, contact us today.

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  • 04 Oct 2021 4:29 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    The weather is getting colder and colder, and it’s the perfect time to begin strategizing how to keep your home nice and toasty. In particular, how can a homeowner successfully keep their basement heated? To start, you can add additional insulation or install (or even just replace) carpet. Replacing doors and windows is another option for those looking to keep their basement warm during the colder months. Added heat vents, space heaters, and heated flooring are also commonly used ideas. Keeping your basement (and, by extension, the rest of your home) warm doesn’t need to be difficult. All it takes is a few simple adjustments—and we’re here to provide additional guidance, should you need it.

  • 01 Sep 2021 2:36 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    Each season means new opportunities for home improvement, but what should you focus on during the fall? It’s always a good idea to add a fresh coat of paint to your house while the weather is still comfortable. It’s also important to make sure your patio and deck are prepared for the upcoming winter months. Put away any furniture and check for any cracks or dents that water could seep into and freeze, causing serious trouble. Finally, have your heating system and chimney professionally inspected to make sure you’re good to go when the colder weather comes around. Ask us how you can best take care of your home this autumn.

  • 03 Aug 2021 4:25 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    Deciding upon a roofing material isn’t necessarily a straightforward task. Maybe you have just realized that your current roof is worn out and you’re going to need to install a new one as soon as possible, but you’ve never dealt with roofing before and don’t understand how to choose the best material. This can lead to a stressful and frustrating situation for any homeowner.

    As you begin to perform your research, one roofing material you’ll certainly come across seems simple: Metal. Although it can be tempting to default to the asphalt shingles you might have become accustomed to, this isn’t always going to be the wisest decision—at least, depending upon your taste and personal priorities. Still, in many of the areas where shingling falls short, you’ll soon notice that metal rises to the top.

    Metal Roofing Regulates Temperature

    If you’re looking to keep the temperature within your home well-regulated, a metal roofing system could be the choice for you. Unlike asphalt shingles, metal doesn’t absorb and hold onto heat from the sun, transferring that heat into your home to get in the way of your HVAC system’s efficiency, quickly leading to higher bills. Over a period of time, costs like those add up.

    Metal roofing reflects heat from the sun rather than absorbing it. This means that the sun’s heat isn’t going to be transferred into your property, heating up the interior, and making your air conditioner’s job more difficult.

    Metal Roofing is an Investment, But It Lasts

    If you’re hoping to avoid a pricey upfront cost for your new roof, then metal roofing probably isn’t the option for you. Other popular materials (such as asphalt shingles) have a much lower upfront cost, for instance.

    However, if you’re able to invest in your new roofing system, metal could be a great option. Metal roofs have a higher upfront installation cost, but they also require very little maintenance, so you aren’t going to be paying for a slew of expensive repairs over the years. In addition, they tend to last considerably longer than other common roofing materials before requiring a replacement.

    Looking for advice or guidance on choosing a roofing material for your property? Contact us today.

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