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Types of Roofs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Choosing a new roof is a decision that will affect your home for decades to come—that’s the intention, at least. Depending on your selection and the investment you’re ready to make, various types of roofs can last anywhere from 10 to 100 years. Questions to ask before selecting your roofing material Is the weight of […]

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7 Ways to Lower Heating Bills

For an average single home, energy costs total approximately $2,200 per year—46% of which is spent on heating and cooling! With proper maintenance and use of these seven tips, you’ll be receiving lower heating bills in no time. 7 Ways to Lower Heating Bills 1. Eliminate air drafts Air drafts allow cold air to enter […]

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Winter Home Maintenance Tips for Michigan Homeowners

Sometimes, brutal Michigan winters can feel like “survival of the fittest.” Is your home prepared to withstand the cold season? Following these important winter home maintenance tips can help prevent damage and costly home repairs. Check for interior water leaks Areas to check: Faucets Shower head Water heaters Toilets Swimming pool Attic Water damage can […]

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Resolutions: 5 Home Improvement Ideas for 2015

Middle of winter Make a plan. What would you like to accomplish in your home this year—Exterior renovations or Interior renovations? Minor renovations? Make that list first and determine which projects add to the long-term value of your home. Then, inspect your budget to see what you can comfortably allocate to home improvement this year. […]

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How to Identify an Ice Dam

Ice dams are masses of ice that lodge at the edge of your roof and block the melting snow from draining off. This occurs because the heat from your attic causes the snow on your roof to melt. But, the edges of your roof are not warmed by the attic’s heat, therefore causing the melted […]

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Do I Need Additional Home Insulation?

Ensuring your home insulation is adequately installed provides better temperature control, as well as extra cost savings. Regardless of the season or climate region your home is located in, insulation helps keep homes both warm and cool. Warning signs that you need to add home insulation Only about 20% of homes built before 1980 had […]

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7 Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter – Don’t Forget About #5!

Frozen pipes can be more than just inconvenient; they can be downright expensive. With the potential to damage multiple areas of your home, frozen pipes are a nuisance to be avoided. Frozen pipes occur due to three main reasons: sudden drops in temperature, inadequate insulation and thermostats being set too low. What can I do […]

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Prepare Your Chimney for Winter

Are you ready to enjoy the coziness of your fireplace this winter? Of course you are – but is your chimney ready? Ensuring your chimney is ready for winter is crucial before setting the first fire of the season ablaze. From 2009-2011, an average of 24,300 house fires were reported every year at the fault […]

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How Do I File an Insurance Claim?

Being a homeowner can come with many risks. Luckily, homeowners insurance can be a great support system in the event of a disaster. While we hope to never need to, filing a homeowners insurance claim can save you thousands and help to restore your home. Filing an insurance claim can feel like a hassle. But, […]

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Home Storm Damage FAQ

One of the biggest threats to your home is storm damage. When it comes time to do storm damage repair, hiring the right insurance repair contractor is not only key to a quality job, it can also help you get the maximum value out of your insurance claim. Whether your home is currently in need […]

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