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Tips for Building or Remodeling Your Home – How to Save and Where to Spend

Whether you are building a new home or remodeling, there are points to consider when establishing your financial investment and achieving your desired outcome.
Plan with the Future in Mind Determine your priorities and goals.Decide where you want to splurge and where you can save.Choose what is important to you and your lifestyle.Consider resale value. Next, do your homework so you can invest wisely. Look for a reputable and licensed builder who has experience constructing the style of home you want in the location you want, especially if it is near the coast. Check references, view previous projects and interview more than one builder. Also, any trade partners should be experienced, licensed, and insured. Respected tradespeople are well worth the investment.

Insulation – The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. R-value is the metric used to measure the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. Good – fiberglass batts; Better – cellulose insu…

Weathering the Storm - Post Blizzard Home Maintenance

 The blizzard has come and gone, but while the weather has settled it is critical not to neglect proper assessment for possible home damage. 

Heavy snow is a notable cause of substantial property damage. Damage can range from dislodged shingles, collapsed roofs, water leaks, flooding, etc. Failure to take action when these problems arise can result in payment denial of home insurance companies. For this reason, it is important to look for, photograph and report these problems in a timely fashion. 

Following a snowstorm or blizzard, as stated prior, it is crucial to check for home damage. Things a homeowner should look for include signs of water leakage, ventilation issues, roofing deconstruction and unstable windows. Water spots on a home's ceiling are a sure sign of water leakage/ventilation issues. 

Determining possible damage to a home's roof will require roof access. Be sure to use a plastic shovel to remove significant snow build up in an effort to prevent any further damage. If shingles have detached from the roof, determine which are salvageable.  

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Following the storm, flooding can become an issue due to melting ice and/or damaged water pipes. If flooding problems arise, it is important that homeowners power off their electrical supply prior to tending to water build-up. Homeowners should also proceed cautiously and wear protective gear in the case that sewage pipes have also been damaged. 

Once the storm has passed, it is very important that homeowner's do not forget the significance of assessing their home for damage. Homeowners should look for any sign that indicates unstable windows, water leaks, ventilation issues and damaged roofing. 


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