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Your 2016 Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Oct 11, 2016

Fall is the ideal time to do a maintenance check of your home to assure that it is ready for the winter months ahead. Each year we provide a list of things that homeowners should check in the fall to identify problems before they become major and costly home repairs.

During the summer of 2016, Central New Yorkers experienced unusual hot and dry weather conditions. The long run of days without rain coupled with many days in the 90s not only took a toll on lawns and landscapes but also on the exteriors of many homes.

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Topics: Repair and Maintenance

How to Get Your Deck Ready for Summer Fun

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Next week marks the beginning of May and Deck Safety Month®. Now that the snow has melted it’s time to check your deck to be sure it is ready for the summer months ahead.

Here are seven areas of a deck that should be routinely checked every spring for problems:

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Topics: How-To Tips, Decks

6 Areas of Your Home to Check for Winter Damage

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Apr 12, 2016

The weather we encounter each winter here in Central New York — harsh winds, heavy snow loads, icicles, rain and snow that freezes and thaws — can cause significant damage to our homes.

Early spring is the ideal time to inspect your home, both inside and out, for signs of trouble. Spotting problems early is essential to keeping your home and property in good condition and minimizing repair costs.

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Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Fall is the ideal time to do a maintenance check of your home to assure that you are ready for the winter months ahead. By checking your home in the fall and again in the spring after winter has passed you will be able to identify problems before they become major and expensive home repairs.

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Topics: Repair and Maintenance

Remodeling? What to Salvage, Repurpose and Donate

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Aug 25, 2015

When planning a home remodeling project it’s important to consider what items can be salvaged, repurposed and donated.

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Topics: Renovating, Project Planning

Project of the Month: Kitchen With Two Islands

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Jul 7, 2015

The kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s important that the space meets the needs of the people who live there. Our Project of the Month is a 15-by-26 foot kitchen with dark oak cabinets that was redesigned to function more efficiently for an active family of five in Fayetteville, NY.

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Projects of the Month

Is Your Deck Ready for Summer? [Free Deck Safety Inspection Checklist]

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Apr 28, 2015

May is Deck Safety Month®. If you own a home with a deck, it’s time to get ready for summer outdoor living by ensuring that your deck is safe to use. According to the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) only 40 percent of existing decks are completely safe.

To help you get started, we developed a “7-Point Deck Safety Inspection Checklist” to guide you through the process and show you what to look for.

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Topics: Decks

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Mar 24, 2015

Are you ready for the snow to thaw, warmer temperatures and for the start of spring? Syracuse and the Central New York region have once again experienced record snowfall. As of March 15th, 116 inches of snow has fallen so far making Syracuse the snowiest city in the nation with a population of over 100,000. Our area also had many record cold days, especially throughout the month of February.

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Topics: Repair and Maintenance

Project of the Month: Lower Level Living Space Remodel in Fayetteville

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Basements in many homes are underutilized. The owners of this Fayetteville home remodeled a 1500 square foot basement into a multi-purpose lower level living space featuring a new exercise room, new flooring, new lighting, new ceiling, wall paint, upgrades for storage and a bathroom renovation.

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Topics: Basement Conversions, Insurance Claims, Projects of the Month

How to Prepare Your Home for a Central New York Winter

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Nov 25, 2014

It’s important to regularly inspect your house for wear and tear. Now is the time to prepare for the winter months ahead by checking both the inside and the exterior of your home for signs of damage or deterioration. Finding a problem during a routine check and fixing it right away may save you money and aggravation. If you do find a problem, or suspect a problem, consider contacting a home repair specialist.

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Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance

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