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  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. 3 Spring Renovation Ideas For Your Home

    Do you hear that? It's the sweet sound of birds chirping in the morning and leaves gently rustling in the breeze because, at long last, spring is slowly settling itself in for the long haul. You can gradually begin to take the layers of coats, scarfs, sweaters, and hats off and open up a window or two. You can finally let some fresh air inside your home without risking a deep freeze in the living room.

    Itís been a long winter ó one that has been darker and lonelier than most. Now that ...
  3. What should I look for in a housecleaning service?

    With the advent of spring after a long and difficult winter, itís time to think about a deep housecleaning. You can certainly handle it yourself, but by hiring a professional cleaner, youíre giving back to yourself the gift of time to spend on family, friends, hobbies ó anything other than scrubbing every inch of your home!

    One of your first decisions when hiring a cleaning pro is whether to go with a company or a solo cleaner. Each comes with their own pros and cons.

    Cleaning ...
  4. 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. ...
  5. Essential questions to ask your furniture movers

    Relocation is one of the life events that generates a major stress. The move itself is a mixture of the fear of change and the unknown, as well as the fear of making a moving mistake. Therefore, experts recommend planning this process and having the help of specialists, especially if your are moving your whole household with you. But, what are the essential question sto ask your furniture movers so that your things arrive safely and you do not get unpleasant surprises regarding the service or the ...
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  6. 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 ...
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