Maintenance

How to Inspect a Roof for Leaks

Your home’s roof is the first line of defense against the harsh beating of the elements. Unfortunately, though, most of us forget that when it comes time to cross things off our preventative maintenance checklist. Whether it’s from strong winds, ferocious ice storms or simply old age, roofing materials can break at any moment. But […]

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Six Summer Projects to Perk Up Your Home

Summer is here! That means you are likely thinking about vacations. Many individuals and families start thinking about the open road or the open skies now, planning trips for Michigan’s warmer months. However, there is an equally popular method of taking a vacation while staying at home — the staycation. With lives busy and commutes […]

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I Have Emergency Basement Flooding: What to do Next

So you have emergency flooding, and now you’re trying to figure out where to start with the cleanup and repairs. Step one: don’t panic. Whether water is creeping in the basement’s foundation or from an overflowing sump pump, most basements can be salvaged with proper flood remediation. Heavy rain storms pose a serious risk of […]

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Preventing or Fixing Overflowing Washing Machine

It’s like the scene from a movie – the overflow of bubbles pouring from your washing machine, covering the floor and seeping into any materials close by. Sometimes overflows occur because of regular wear and tear to the machine while other instances are from a lack of simple system upkeep. Following a few best practices […]

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6 Costly Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you’re completing a home project yourself or hiring a contractor, home renovation mistakes can cost you unnecessary expenses. Many home projects can be done after a quick stop on YouTube. The home renovation tutorials online are endless, and can help you with a wide range of home updates and maintenance techniques–––both small and large. […]

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How to Keep Your House Cooler in the Summer

We all love the summer warmth—that is until every cool area on your pillow disappears while you’re trying to sleep. Keeping the temperature comfortable can be pricey, but there are many budget-friendly tips on how to keep your house cooler in the summer. Easy Tips on How to Keep Your House Cooler in the Summer […]

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Summer Home Maintenance for Michigan Residents

This year has already been full of storms. While your suntan may be suffering so far due to the heavy rainfall, your home may also be at risk. Mid-June to mid-July is our busiest thunderstorm and severe weather season, making summer home maintenance a high priority to protect your home. Exterior Summer Home Maintenance Roof […]

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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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