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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Mar 25, 2014

The past five months have produced one of the coldest winters on record in Central New York. With the start of spring, now is the time to inspect your home for winter damage, both inside and out. Our “Spring Home Maintenance Tips” is a guide on what to check for in and around your home. If you suspect a problem or are unsure if you have a problem, we recommend contacting a professional contractor.

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Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance, Decks

Project of the Month: Master Bath with Walk-in Shower and Walk-in Closet

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Mar 4, 2014

Our “Project of the Month” is a master bathroom remodel in Fayetteville, NY featuring a large walk-in shower without doors, a walk-in closet, and a vanity with his and her sinks and white painted semi-custom cabinets.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Cabinets, Walk-In Showers, Projects of the Month, Closets

Project of the Month: Onondaga Hill Kitchen Makeover

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Feb 4, 2014

Small changes can make a big impact in a kitchen. Adding new counters or appliances, a sink, a backsplash, cabinet hardware, updated light fixtures and other minor renovations can create a more functional, user-friendly and attractive kitchen for preparing meals, informal dining and entertaining. Homeowners like "makeovers" because they can be done in a short period of time, they’re not too costly, there is minimal inconvenience and they can really revive a home.

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Topics: Kitchens, Countertops, Projects of the Month

6 Garage Storage Ideas for Packing Away Summer

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Sep 4, 2012

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Topics: Storage

6 Great Reasons to Consider Composite Decking

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Jul 31, 2012

If you have a deck in need of repair or replacement, or plan to build a deck, choosing the right decking material is the first step. Your options include composite decking, pressure treated wood, other woods, vinyl, plastic and metal.

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Topics: Cost vs. Value, Decks

Redecorating Ideas for Wallpapered and Masonry Walls

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Jul 10, 2012

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Topics: How-To Tips, Design Trends and Ideas, Painting

How to Hire a Reputable Home Repair Contractor and Avoid Scams

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Jul 3, 2012

I am dismayed when I hear about a homeowner who has been scammed by a person who calls himself a handyman or home repair contractor. Scam artists seem to “pop up” when the weather gets warm, sometimes going door-to-door asking for work or will even stuff a flyer into a mailbox offering to do a variety of home repair services. There are also people who work as “independents” and offer a very low price to do a job. Sadly, they may not have the experience, skills or tools to do the job right. Shoddy work puts a homeowner in the position of having to pay twice for the job, once for the initial work and again to have the work done right.

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Topics: Repair and Maintenance, Hiring a Contractor, HomeRepair by McClurg

How to Keep Your Home in Top Shape [Free Checklist]

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, May 1, 2012

Homes are like people. In order to be in the best shape possible, you have to pay attention to the signs that something may be wrong. For our homes, we do this each spring and fall with a home maintenance check-up.

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Topics: Repair and Maintenance, Roofs, HomeRepair by McClurg

Facts You Need to Know About Hardwood Flooring Care and Maintenance

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Oct 25, 2011

We install hardwood flooring for many customers who remodel their homes. Hardwoods come in a variety of woods, colors, plank sizes and finishes. The flooring can be installed with accents and in patterns to add architectural interest to a room.

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Topics: Flooring

Why You Need to Check Your Chimney Now

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Aug 30, 2011

As summer draws to an end, this is the ideal time to get our homes ready for winter. One thing you’ll definitely want to check is your chimney, especially if you have a wood-burning fireplace that you will be using when cold weather hits.  

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Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance, Fireplaces

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