Preparing Your Home for Fall

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Here are some tips to prepare your home for a New England Fall.

BeFunky_thGC8T2VYZ.jpg Check windows & doors for air and water leaks

BeFunky_thGC8T2VYZ.jpgCheck gutters & downspouts for proper drainage

BeFunky_thGC8T2VYZ.jpg Check roof for damaged or missing shingles

BeFunky_thGC8T2VYZ.jpg Check waste pipe flanges & chimneys for leaks

BeFunky_thGC8T2VYZ.jpg Check handrails and railings for safety

BeFunky_thGC8T2VYZ.jpg Have your chimney cleaned, and ready for those warm, cozy fires

BeFunky_thGC8T2VYZ.jpg Insulate and weatherstrip to have your home all sealed up for winter

Please give us a call if you find any issues or need help with any preparations for fall 508-823-2413.

Spring Cleanup Checklist

After a cold, snowy winter, I think we are all looking forward to  a nice spring. 

Here are some spring clean up ideas to think about to prepare your home:

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  • Check gutters & downspouts for proper drainage and debris.
  • Check waste pipe flanges and chimneys for leaks.
  • Check decks, porches and stairs for damage or rot.
  • Check hand rails to make sure they are secure.
  • Check your basement for cracks and leaks.
  • Check for damaged or missing roof shingles.
  • Check to make sure siding is properly secured.

Give us a call if you have any concerns you would like addressed 508-823-2413

What to do with frozen pipes and how to prevent them

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Frozen pipes are more than just a minor inconvenience, they are destructive and disruptive.  Frozen water does not just stop flowing through pipes, it actually expands and can cause pipes to crack or burst.

An 8″ crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water per day!  That unexpected flood can ruin floors, furnishings, appliances, and many other valuables.

Each winter, more than 250,000 U.S. households have their homes destroyed and their lives disrupted by frozen pipes.  Often times, pipes burst when residence turn down the thermostat in an effort to save money, not considering the potential damage that could occur.  If they are gone for a long period of time, the water damage can quickly turn to mold.

Here are some tips to manage and prevent frozen pipes.

If your water pipes freeze, immediately turn off the water at your home’s main shutoff valve and call a plumber.

Protect your pipes; a few simple actions may protect your pipes the next time temperatures drop.

Let water trickle from an indoor faucet located along an exterior wall.  This dripping water provides relief from the excessive pressure that builds between the faucet and ice blockage when freezing occurs.  If there is no excessive water pressure, the pipe won’t burst – even if the water inside the pipe freezes.  Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes under sinks along exterior walls.

Before next winter comes around, consider insulating the pipes in your crawl space and attic, which are especially susceptible to freezing.  Pipe insulation cannot prevent water from freezing in pipes, but it can increase the time needed for freezing to occur.  Disconnect garden hoses and turn off outside water.

Give us a call for an estimate on insulation or repairing after a burst.

Preparing Your Home for Cold Weather

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If you haven’t gotten your home ready for winter, now is definitely the time.   Here are some tips to get you and your home ready for the cold:

1. Check your windows and doors for air and water leaks

2. Check gutters and downspouts for proper drainage

3. Inspect roofs for missing shingles.  Also, clean leaves and debris out of gutters and ensure that downspouts are in place and secured.

4. Check waste pipe flanges and chimneys for leaks

5. Check that your siding is properly secured

6. Visually check your foundation. Take a walk around your house and  inspect your foundation by looking for cracks.

7. Check decks, porches, and stairs for damage or rot

8. Turn off water supply to exterior faucets and drain hoses. Burst water pipes are usually found when temperatures warm and pipes thaw.

9. Mark off walk-ways and drive-ways before snow fall, this may help locate specific areas in need of snow removal.

10. Prepare an emergency kit. When the power goes out, you’ll be thankful for having a bin of “needed” items: blankets, candles, matches, flashlights with batteries, first aid kit, manual can opener, non-perishable food and bottled water.

Give us a call if you need any assistance.  Hurry, before the first snowfall sticks!

Considering a Home Office?

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For convenience and efficiency, home offices are critical to our growing mobile workforce.  Even if you don’t work from home, a functional home office can help you manage your household operations.

One benefit to having a home office is that business owners have the opportunity to deduct the use of a home office that is specifically used for conducting business. This is called the home office deduction. Even though the word “home” is part of this term, this deduction can apply to any kind of residence, including apartments and mobile homes. It can be utilized by homeowners and renters alike.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for a home office remodeling project.

  • Location is important; you need a space that separates you from your home’s activity centers.
  • Consider how your office will be used.  Will your workstation accomodate your computer, printer, scanner, fax machine ?  Who will  use the office space?
  • Identify your furniture and specialized equipment.  What kind of seating arrangement do you need?  Do you need art boards or white boards?

Develop a plan that includes a target date for completion and the amount of money you are able to invest in this project.

When your ready, give us a call and we will take a project from the initial concept and ideas and professionally manage the project until completion.

Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Extended through 2013

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Passed at the beginning of the new year to avoid tax increases for most Americans, as well as significant, across-the-board spending cuts, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is bringing back energy efficient tax credits for windows, doors and skylights. 

The bill reinstates the tax credits that expired at the end of 2011 and extends them through the end of 2013.

The homeowner tax credits have been reinstated at the 2011 levels of up to 10% of the cost of building envelope improvements with a maximum deduction of $500.

The credits, in place retroactively for 2012 and in effect through the end of 2013, also include a maximum credit of $200 for windows.  This tax credit is available to homeowners to have not already taken this tax credit in previous years.

Give us a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment for an estimate.

Spring Cleanup Checklist

After a pretty chilly winter, I think we are all looking forward to spring.  Here are some spring clean up ideas to think about to prepare your home:

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Check gutters & downspouts for proper drainage.

Check waste pipe flanges and chimneys for leaks.

Check decks, porches and stairs for damage or rot.

Check hand rails to make sure they are secure.

Check your basement for cracks and leaks.

Check for damaged or missing roof shingles.

Check to make sure siding is properly secured.

 

Give us a call if you have any concerns you would like addressed 508-823-2413