Home Maintenance and Repair Tips and Checklists

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Hiring a contractor

By Austin White / April 8, 2016
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You’ve done enough research to know you’re going need multiple resources, a plumber, an electrician and a carpenter. To get this done right, you’re going to need a good contractor. Before you panic, here are the things you need to know about hiring a contractor

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Bathrooms Improvements You Can Make

By Austin White / March 23, 2016
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When it comes time to sell you’ll want your bathrooms to be a show place.

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Maintaining your appliances

By Austin White / March 21, 2016
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Replacing home appliances is expensive. And while nothing lasts forever, there are some steps you can take to extend the life of your appliances. Not only will they last longer, you are likely to avoid costly repairs along the way.…

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Mold and Mildew

Doing Battle with Mold and Mildew

By Austin White / March 20, 2016
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Mold and mildew are common problems. Battling and preventing from starting to grwo is really just about controlling and managing the moisture in your home.

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5 Basic Considerations for Choosing Exterior Colors

By Austin White / March 15, 2016
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There’s no denying that a fresh coat of paint can go a long way. Fresh color can increase your home’s value and greatly improve its curb appeal.

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Nest Thermostat

What is Nest

By Austin White / March 23, 2015
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Reinvent the antiquated home thermostat and enable it with new technology then use it as hub or springboard to create other products for the home.

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Getting Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

By Austin White / February 26, 2015
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There’s nothing like sitting before a warm cozy fire as winter rages outside. Your fireplace can be dangerous if not properly maintained. Whether you rely on your fireplace as a source of heat or use only occasionally for atmosphere, you’ll want to make sure it’s safe.

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10 Things You Should Know Before Shoveling Snow

By Austin White / February 25, 2015
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How often have we heard that shoveling snow is not good for you? For those of us who remember a time before snow blowers and electric powered snow shovels and mountains of snow so high we could build elaborate forts and tunnels, the dangers of shoveling are real.

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Protecting your home from falling trees

By Austin White / January 13, 2015
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With winter just around the corner and the last leaves falling, it’s time to take a good look around your backyard, for trees and tree limbs that may need attention. Falling trees can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage and can even result in loss of life. Taking real time to inspect the trees in your yard can minimize the risk of a potential disaster.

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Fall Leaves

Making the Most of Falling Leaves

By Austin White / December 4, 2014
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Many of us of a certain age have a childhood memory of raking leaves into large piles and burning them by the roadside. Huddled in the twilight amidst barren trees, the pungent smoke of cherry and oak leaves rising in the first cold air of autumn evokes a very different time.

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