Category Archives: Home Improvement Tips

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Home Improvement Sales

In any industry, you will find companies who thrive and those who struggle. Aside from companies who thrive for a short period of time riding a trend, most businesses that enjoy continued growth and success have two things going for them: quality work and/or products; and a high level of customer service. Nordstrom has long
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Preventing Ice Dams on Your Home

Ice damming on your home’s roof is caused by fluctuating weather conditions during winter. Snow and ice that accumulates on your roof, then thaws and re-freezes can cause a build-up of ice at your roof’s edge. This build up is often highly concentrated, and when thawing begins, it can over saturate your roof, causing leaks.
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The Contractor Game – Home Improvement Sales Tactics NOT to Fall For

As with any industry, in home improvement you have your reputable contractors and you have your dishonest ones. Then you have a whole layer of contractors who, while licensed, employ sales tactics that we consider to be borderline. Why? Because many of them are designed to pressure customers into making quick decisions without the benefit of
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Winter is a Great Time for Exterior Home Improvements

Typically most homeowners don’t pay much attention to the exterior of their homes during the winter months, unless of course there is an issue. However winter can be one of the best times to have a professional do exterior improvements such as roofing, windows, siding and gutters. While very low temperatures and inclement weather can
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How to Weather the Winter Cold – Home Energy Tips

Temperatures in the single digits…not one, but several rounds of arctic vortex weather events last year…the weather in Maryland and Virginia can be extreme. Sustained frigid weather may be the norm for people living far to our north, but for those of us here not so much! Not only does extreme weather wear on us
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April Showers Bring May Repairs

Finally, spring has arrived and we can start to put the cold in the past and begin to enjoy the warm sunny seasons ahead. But before we do, it is important to inspect your home’s exterior for any damages that winter may have left behind. Preventative maintenance is the key to detecting any repairs that
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The Many Dangers of Clogged Gutters

The purpose of gutters is to collect water and direct it away from a house and its foundation. Gutters cannot perform their intended service if they become clogged. Instead, water will be rerouted to an area of lesser resistance. If this happens, your house is at risk for many problems both inside and out. Leaves,
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