Four Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Home

Cluttered Office Space

When you first purchase a home, you may think it will be the only home that you will ever live in. However, life changes can happen in an instant. From starting a family to having your elderly parents move in, the house may start to feel overcrowded, too small, or just not right for you. There are several signs to look for that could be clear indicators that you’ve outgrown your home and may want to renovate, remodel, or move entirely to suit your present and future needs.

Changes to Family Size

Major life changes are always clear indicators that the house isn’t living up to your expectations. The house may feel overcrowded with kids, relatives, and even pets. If you run out of spare space to hold all your possessions, or your family has to share bedrooms, the house may feel too small. The opposite also holds true. A house may feel too large for your present needs. If family moves out or your kids go to college, the home can be too large to maintain or you may not know what to do with the spare bedrooms.

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Our Best Tips for Maintaining Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding Maintenance

Many homeowners select vinyl siding due to its longevity, beauty, and minimal maintenance costs. Vinyl siding can last for decades, but only if it is taken care of correctly. Check out our best tips on how to maintain your siding so it remains in good condition and lasts for a long time.

Clean Regularly

Don’t just rely on the rain to wash off surface dirt. Grime, stains, mildew, mold, and residues can set into the siding if left on the surface. So you want to perform periodic cleanings to prevent these problems from ruining your siding.

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Five Things to Look Out for When Viewing a Home

What to look for when viewing a home

When spring weather arrives, more people will be out looking at homes to purchase for a big move. They will be checking out the interiors to make sure that there is enough space for the family while also seeing what types of views they have from their backyards. However, there are some major things to evaluate on their home that could signal that the home needs serious repairs. Also, there may be some situations that could cause future problems if they are not addressed early on. Here are 5 things to look out for when evaluating homes to purchase.

Property Trees

Trees offer a great shady place for the family to have some backyard fun on hot days. Yet they can also pose serious risks when they are close to the house. Look to see how close large trees are to the house. Even if the trees aren’t close enough to fall in the direction of the house during dangerous storms, the canopy can stretch out and over the roof. The branches can poke through the shingles and drop leaves to clog gutters.

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What to Consider When Budgeting for a New Roof

Budgeting new roof expenses

When it comes to budgeting your money for a new roof, there is never a basic setlist of prices. Each home is different, based on the size and complexity of the roof. There will also be major differences depending on the type of damage that may be present for the roof, and the materials that will be used for repairs or replacement. Here are some considerations when you are planning to budget your finances toward a new roof:

Obtain Inspections

Before starting your budget, you need to understand what you are budgeting for when it comes to the roof. Obtaining a roof inspection at the very beginning allows you to gain a clearer picture of the true state of your roof. The roofing contractor may spot other issues that cannot be seen from the ground that should be repaired or replaced. With this information, you can determine whether your roof only needs repairs or if you’ll need to get a new roof.

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Big Home Maintenance Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning and home maintenance

People are getting ready for the annual spring cleaning. While most people focus on getting each room cleaned up and organized, your spring cleaning should also involve getting some big home maintenance projects done. Here are some ways to create the perfect checklist to ensure all the projects are done right.

Inspections

Now with the warmer weather here, you want to inspect all areas of the home. Start from the foundation and get all the way to checking for leaks, damaged siding, drafty windows, and roof problems. Also check all your home’s interior systems, such as your central air, furnace, and air conditioning units.

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How to Prep Skylights for the Spring Sunshine

Skylight Spring Maintenance

After the winter, your skylights may look a little dirty and in need of repair. Before the spring sunshine and rain comes to visit your home, you want to get them clean and in working order. Here are a few ways to prep the skylights for spring:

Clean Skylights

Dirt, dust, and grime can get on the inside and outside of skylights. You do not need any heavy industrial cleaner. A simple mild soap and some water can help loosen the dirt and grime along the crevices and across the surface. To get the glass shiny, a mild glass cleaner that is non-abrasive and a soft pad works well for skylights.

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Is Maintaining a Chimney Costly?

Chimney Repair

Many homes in the area come with a working fireplace. Maintaining the fireplace may range in price based on the size, how often it is used, and the types of resources it burns. Here are the general costs that a chimney may impose on your budget, and ways to lower repair and maintenance expenses.

General Costs

Typically, the severity of the damage will determine the price based on where it is located. Small cracks create smaller costs ranging around $100. However, if this damage is not prevented then water may enter into the cracks, loosening mortar and causing greater problems. The repairs may raise costs up to $700 when dealing with water problems and tens of thousands of dollars for a full chimney replacement.

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5 Common Siding Problems to Watch Out For

Common siding issues

Think of your siding as your clothing. It can offer protection when covering up all the important areas of the body. The same holds true with your siding. When your siding is in working order, it can keep the weather and fluctuating temperatures outside. However, the siding will not last long if it is not properly maintained. Here are several problems to look for and ways to fix the issues:

Faded or Peeling Paint

The paint along the siding not only provides a great look for your home but also protects the siding from damage. Depending on the color of the paint, it can also reflect sunlight away from your home to keep it cooler. Peeling paint leaves the surface exposed to the outdoor elements and may form cracks so that moisture can enter. Faded paint could cause the value of your home to decrease due to a lower curb appeal. Painting or replacing your siding can restore the home to its original beauty and increase the siding’s longevity.

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Three Ways to Give Your Home a Little TLC

Roof Shingle Repair

During the winter months, it can feel relaxing to just sit back and turn on a movie, turn up the music, or just play games with family. However, don’t forget to give your home a little TLC during these months to make every room more comfortable and enjoyable to be in. Taking time to work on the small items now can prevent them from becoming larger issues later. Here are three ways to get your home more functional and beautiful.

Deep Clean the Rooms

Since your family is spending so much time indoors, clutter, spills, and smells can start to permeate throughout the house. Giving each room a deep cleaning can make every space sparkle and allow you to find possible issues, such as pests. Your deep cleaning routine will be […]

Four Things You Can Do to Increase Your Home’s Energy-Efficiency

Home Energy Efficiency App

Finding ways to make your home energy efficient can help you maintain a comfortable home while lowering your utility costs. There are several different ways to increase the home’s efficiency. The methods you pick may provide these benefits immediately or for the long term. They may also have varying initial costs that will pay off over time when lowering your energy bills.

Fireplace Heating

Heating your home provides a good option to keep the rooms warm during the winter months without dreading the higher electricity or heating fuel costs. If you already own a fireplace, consider placing an insert that may help reduce heated air loss. By keeping more heated air in the home, you will not have to turn on the furnace as often.

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