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Home Improvement, Remodeling

  1. How can I minimize water damage?

    With the advent of spring and the rainy season, many parts of the country are heading into the wettest part of the year. Water damage ó whether from rain, flooding or a plumbing leak ó can be swiftly damaging and quite expensive. The average water damage restoration job costs about $3,100. Two efforts can save serious amounts of money: preventative maintenance and fast cleanup. Hereís a rundown of how to protect yourself.

    Prevent the leaks

    Your most effective tool against ...
  2. Peeling paint

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ID:	11414Peeling paint is a burr under the saddle of many homeowners, Iím afraid, and the causes are numerous.

    The best way to understand why paint peels is to think about all of the things you have that do hold their paint without peeling. How about your car or truck, or your aluminum siding, gutters and downspouts? Even lawn mowers, snowblowers and other outdoor tools fall into that category. So does the outside of my 20-year-old house, which has fiber cement siding. ...
  3. How can I find a reliable pro?

    So, letís look at eight questions to ask when hiring a pro to make sure they take your home as seriously as you do.

    1. What are my options?

    Be sure to consider offers from multiple pros and understand what adjustments can be made to each before settling on one. Even if youíre in a hurry to finish a project, itís worth it to take your time to do thorough research on potential pros. The cheapest option may ultimately cost more in damages or repairs, so if it sounds too good ...
  4. Maintain your homeís health through the years

    When it comes to home-improvement projects on your house thatís coming of age, thereís no denying that your roof, windows, and air conditioning and heating units might be getting moody, temperamental or give you the silent treatment altogether.

    As your home ages, it will require more upkeep and improvements. Itís especially important to stay on top of some of the more potentially troublesome elements of your home ó ones that can cause you massive headaches and put a huge dent in your ...
  5. Make home improvements without breaking the bank

    Is it possible to keep costs manageable while still making impactful upgrades to my home?

    Home renovations require patience, planning and more patience, but not massive amounts of money. You just have to think like a pro. Keep costs down and spirits up by taking advantage of these professionally proven tips and techniques in order to achieve the look and feel you want ó minus the hassles.

    Lights. Make sure your kitchen has the illumination you need and want. Any kitchen ...
  6. Pressure Washing

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ID:	11401Pressure washing offers a great way to quickly blast dirt and grime from exterior surfaces, such as your house, driveways and decks. This process can quickly and efficiently freshen up a surface.

    Pressure washing basically uses a water pump and electric or gasoline motor to power a high-pressure hose and sprayer to generate an extremely powerful spray. In some cases, detergents or other chemicals are used to enhance the effect.

    Sometimes the ...
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