Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

Homeowner’s can save substantially on home repair costs with some basic periodic maintenance. This seasonal list identifies steps you can take by season and includes monthly, quarterly, biannual, and annual maintenance items in an easy to use checklist format.     Winter December   ☐ Inspect, and possibly change out HVAC filters ☐ Clean kitchen sink disposal ☐ Clean range hood filters ☐ Inspect your fire extinguisher(s) ☐ _______________________________________ ☐ _______________________________________ ☐ _______________________________________ January   ☐ Inspect, and possibly change out HVAC filters ☐ Clean kitchen sink disposal ☐ Clean range hood filters ☐ Inspect your fire extinguisher(s) ☐ _______________________________________ ☐ _______________________________________ ☐ _______________________________________ February   ☐ Inspect, and possibly change out HVAC filters ☐ Clean kitchen sink disposal ☐ Clean range hood filters ☐…

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Home Remodel Tips

Home Remodel Tips The following home remodel tips were provided courtesy of Erdmann Exterior Designs How To Prep For A Home Remodel Remodeling can be stressful whether you are working with a contractor or you are doing it all yourself. It is important to understand which tasks you are capable of taking on yourself and when you should bring in a professional. ROME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY Be sure to do some research on the type of project you are looking for. If you are willing to compromise on a few things you could potentially save thousands of dollars. When you can, always go with stock options and sizes. Custom is always going to cost you more. You can also save money by planning…

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3 Easy Home Improvement Projects You Can Tackle Right Now

(BPT) – During the milder months – like summer and fall – homeowners naturally tend to prioritize working on the exterior of their houses, because the weather is nice. But in the winter, we’re more apt to tackle smaller home improvement projects inside. This seems like a no brainer, right? After all, no one wants to redo landscaping when it’s 35 degrees outside. With that in mind, Chip Gaines, host of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and lead contractor/owner of Magnolia Homes, offers these three easy home improvement projects to help you make the most of your winter indoors. Repaint your walls While you’re holed up inside the house decorating for the holidays or just escaping the cold, you may start noticing places on your walls in…

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Four Projects to keep water out of your basement

Most yards can soak up a few days of rain without puddling. But eventually every yard runs out of storage capacity. Then groundwater follows the path of least resistance – often into that big hole in the ground, your basement. These four drainage projects can help. Two are simple improvements at the foundation that direct water away from the house. Two require excavation (a contractor with a back hoe) to greatly increase water-holding capacity. Increase the slope   Overflows from gutters and downspouts can erode the ground next to the foundation, leaving a gully that traps water in the worst place – next to the foundation. Filling the gully helps. Adding enough fill to create a slope away from the house helps even more. Ideally,…

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6 Kitchen and Bath Upgrades that are “the whole package”

Let’s face it – once you get past high school, the people who go farthest in life are the ones who are the “whole package,” those who balance style, good looks and brains. The same can be said of kitchen and bath upgrades. The ones that will stand the test of time – the ones you’ll love as much in five years as you do the day they’re installed – are the improvements that blend style and intelligence. Sure you might fall in love with that $5,000 built-in coffee maker, but are you going to adore it as much when you’re still paying for it five years from now? And when you sell your home one day, will buyers agree with you that it was…

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Spring Lawn Care Guide

Spring Lawn Care Guide By: Julie Day As the world outside finally begins to turn green after a long winter, it’s time once again to pay attention to your lawn. Spring is a sensitive time for your yard – the soil is spongy, the plants are tender, and the weather is unpredictable. Your lawn will thank you for being gentle this time of year, but it will also thank you for addressing a few important spring tasks. Here’s how to go about taking care of your lawn in the spring. Types of Grass Spring lawn care depends on the type of grass you are growing: Cool-season grasses include fescue, bluegrass, and rye. They have two growth spurts – a moderate one in the spring, and…

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Household Tip – How to Stop Disposal From Backing Up Into Other Sink

Because your disposal breaks up food and other debris, it is not uncommon for a drain to become clogged. If running your garbage disposal causes water to back up into the other sink, you may have a clog in the drain lines. You should fix this as soon as possible because food material and debris will eventually begin to smell as it sits in the drain. The material trapped in the drain builds up until the pipe is fully blocked, causing the water to back up through the drain pipe that the sink and the disposal share. The good news is that unblocking a garbage disposal drain is a task you can do yourself, without an expensive call to a plumber. 1.      Fill the sink…

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The Homeowner’s Helper offers homeowners access to informative Better Business Bureau alerts!

As  a member of the Better Business Bureau, I have access to informative BBB alerts to help the homeowner avoid the seemingly ever growing number of scams impacting the homeowner. I am happy to share this valuable information to anyone interested. Simply inform me of your interest via email at tony@thehomeownershelper.com and I will include you on my subscriber BBB alert subscriber list. I can assure you that you find this information helpful and it may just help you avoid becoming a victim of that next fraud/scam. The BBB alert email list is separate from my monthly newsletter list which you can also subscribe to at the top of my website home page. The monthly email newsletters offer useful tips to help the homeowner with…

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The Homeowner’s Helper Offering New Free Home Improvement Fraud Prevention Service

FORT WAYNE— The Homeowner’s Helper, a free home improvement referral service based in Fort Wayne, is offering a public service to help prevent homeowners from getting scammed by unscrupulous home repair providers—not only in the aftermath of recent storms, but anytime. Homeowners needing repair work can call The Homeowner’s Helper Home Improvement Fraud Prevention Service at (260) 676-2032 to ask questions about how to find and check out the right contractor for storm repair and any other home improvement jobs. The Homeowner’s Helper owner and President Tony Messuri said that the free Fraud Prevention Service can help prevent homeowners from being taken advantage of by unethical contractors that come out in droves when homeowners are in urgent need of home repairs—which commonly occurs after severe…

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Northeast Indiana’s Premier Home Improvement Service, The Homeowner’s Helper, Warns Against Home Improvement Scams: Provides Tips on How to Avoid Falling Victim This Summer

FORT WAYNE–Summer is the prime season for tackling home improvement and maintenance projects, and it’s also when scammers to take advantage of unwary homeowners, particularly the elderly who can’t do work themselves, warns Tony Messuri, president and owner of The Homeowner’s Helper, a free home improvement referral service based in Fort Wayne. He said that con artists are active in northeast Indiana. In 2011, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Northeast Indiana received 387 complaints against plumbing, roofing, heating and air, general and other types of contractors. The BBB helped resolve 77.63 percent of the cases. “That means nearly a quarter of people filing complaints are out of luck – and there are likely many more cases that go unreported,” Messuri said. “Homeowners can avoid…

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