Need a Roofing Contractor? Here are Some Questions to Ask:

If you stay in a home for any length of time, you eventually find yourself needing a new roof or roof repair. When the time comes, it’s a good idea to seek out a few bids from different contractors . When speaking with the contractors, you may want to ask the following questions: How Much Experience Do You Have? A more experienced roofing contractor might be your best bet. Not only will they have more years of roofing experience,but they may also know the regional climate and weather conditions better and what roofing materials are better to use. A company that does shoddy work, cuts corners, or is consistently not delivering on time and within budget is not likely to last long in one area, so a company that has a long-standing history in the same area may...

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Part 3 of 3 – Prepping Your Home For Colder Weather

Part 3 of 3 Tis the season for vibrant reds, golden yellows and vivid oranges, pumpkins, and refreshingly cool temps. But, it also means winter isn’t far away. Our first post covered a few projects including lighting, landscaping/composting and hiding trash containers.  Part 2 of 3 touched on freeze-proofing exterior faucets, getting your entry guest-ready, building a mudroom bench with storage and maintaining your washer and dryer. Continuing on, here are more things that can help your home brace for the cold and save you some cash. Give Your Fireplace a Facelift Chipped bricks, a stained hearth, and years of accumulated soot can turn what should be the focal point of a living room into an eyesore. Replacing a hearth and surround—either with seamless...

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Fall Has Arrived! Start Prepping Your Home Now For Cooler Weather

part 1 of 3 Tis the season for vibrant reds, golden yellows and vivid oranges, pumpkins, and refreshingly cool temps. But, it also means winter isn’t far away. Here are a few projects—from looking after your exterior to maintaining your heating system—that can help your home brace for the cold and save you some cash.  Install and Maintain Paths and Walkways When crossing your muddy yard to fetch the daily paper turns into an obstacle course of slips and slides, perhaps it’s time to think about an alternative path—literally. Holiday guests to come would also appreciate safe passage to your door. So, take a weekend to lay a brick walkway. Make sure you check sidewalks and driveways for cracks. If you don’t fill them now, water can seep in...

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How to Lower Home Energy Bills

How to Lower Home Energy Bills There are several sources of energy that makes our lives easier every day. We tend to take it for granted because it’s “just there”. Energy lights up our home every night, keeps us warm during cold winter, allows us to be entertained, and makes our living environment pleasant no matter what time of the day. We use energy from the moment we check our clocks in the morning to keeping us warm as we rest during the night. I think most of us would agree that it would be so hard to live without! It would seem that we have sufficient energy supply for a lifetime, but that does not mean that we shouldn’t try to conserve it. After all, most energy has a price; and that price is something we have to pay with cash. If...

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Finally! FHA Mortgage Relief Refinance Available For A Limited Time

*UPDATE* This incredible refinance offer is now set to expire. You will need to contact us by Thursday, June 21, 2012.  Click here to see if you qualify for this FHA Streamline Refinance. In an update to guidelines, the FHA eliminated verification for nearly everything on an FHA Streamline Refinance mortgage application.  There is now no verification of income or employment! What Is An FHA Streamline Refinance? The FHA Streamline Refinance is a special mortgage product, reserved for homeowners with existing FHA mortgages. Homeowners with conventional mortgages via Fannie Mae or Freddie can’t use it. FHA Streamline Refinances are the fastest, simplest way for FHA-insured homeowners to refinance their respective mortgages. The FHA Streamline...

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“Found Money” Doesn’t Have To Be Hard To Find!

There is an easy way to identify every applicable tax rebate, refund and incentive on federal, state and county levels – for going green with your house.  Click here to be directed to an interactive website to see what’s available to you in your state. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, or DSIRE, is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy...

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