Tuesday Tips: 6 Ways to Give Your Home Better Curb Appeal

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Is the outside of your home looking a little tired? Are you feeling like it needs a change or a face lift? Our team has come up with several ways to make your home stand out and have more curb appeal.  These changes can easily be done on a budget! Paint the front door, trim, and shutters: When picking out a new paint color for your door, GO BOLD! This makes your house "pop" and can really change the look of your whole house. But make sure that the color you choose matches your home and are of the same color scheme.  Liven up the color of your trim & shutters with either going light to dark, or possibly from dark to light.  Hint: talk to your local paint store professionals to discover what colors are "in" right now. Install new house numbers: A unique way to jazz up your house numbers is to mount them on a wood board, or metal sheet before installing them on your home. If there is extra room you can even add something like a small floral or greenery planter box under it. … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: Foundation Cracks

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With all this rain we have been getting and the snow coming soon, now is a great time to talk about foundation cracks: the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Good: There aren't any good cracks, however, there are common cracks that are easier to fix than others. Michigan soil creates lots of settling, so it's very common to see small cracks in the floors of your basement. Unless there is a large change in elevation, these are cracks that shouldn't give you any issues with water, moisture, etc. The Bad: Vertical cracks are a little more concerning.  In Michigan it is very common to see them stemming from basement windows. These vertical cracks tend to allow water or moisture through them into your basement. Vertical cracks aren't "the ugly" because most often the are less expensive to fix than a horizontal crack repair. Contractors will drill holes on either side of the crack and pump the holes with an epoxy. This allows the epoxy to fill in all cracks and fissures, hold out water … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips – 7 Ways to Get the Outside of Your Home Ready for Fall

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It's that time of year again, many of you don't want to admit it, but it's getting colder and Winter is just around the corner. This means we need to get the outside of our houses ready for the change in seasons. Below are some tips to help you get ready :) OUTSIDE YOUR HOME 1.  Roof Check:  Ensure you don't have loose or missing shingles. 2.  Clean fireplace: If you have one & use it, have it professionally serviced. 3.  Clean gutters and add extenders: Get those leaves out!  Extenders are necessary to push water away from your foundation. 4.  Check Sump pump: If you have one,  make sure it's in good working order.  It is recommended to have it professionally serviced once a year. 5.  Turn off outside faucets & remove hoses:  This will prevent freezing of your pipes from built up water inside the pipes. 6.  Blow out Sprinklers. 7.  Fertilize lawn:  It's not too late to have this done now.  It's recommended to have one last fertilization done before the 1st snow fall … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips-6 Ways to Prepare the Inside of Your Home for Fall

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It's that time of year again, many of you don't want to admit it, but it's getting colder and Winter is just around the corner. This means we need to get the inside of our houses ready for the change of seasons. Below are some tips to help you get ready: 1.  Change furnace filters: Best practice is every 3 months. 2.  Winterize A/C: The best way to do this is a tarp over the unit and place board that's the size diameter of the unit on top of it to protect it from falling branches or icicles. 3.  Program thermostat:  Change your settings to accommodate the cooler weather. 4.  Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors:  Make sure your batteries are newer and the units are properly working. 5.  Clean humidifiers: Make sure your humidifiers are clean & working with new filters. 6.  Change screens to storm windows. Now with the cooler weather, put up those storm windows to conserve energy! We hope these tips keep you safe this Fall and Winter season, and hopefully it … [Read more...]