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Getting the Exterior of your Home Ready for Winter

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Just a few tips on how to keep your home’s exterior “winterize” for the upcoming winter months:

Things to do before the cold weather starts Outside the Home:

– Check the gutter systems outside your home. Be mindful for any broken or leaking gutters, and repair them as soon possible. Clear out any leaves and other debris that tend to collect over the summer and fall seasons. Doing this will reduce the risks of leaks and blockages during freezing weather.

– Insulate any water pipes in exposed places.

– Make sure the roof is in good condition. Check for loose or missing tiles and for any cracks in the chimney. If you’ve been putting off the task replacing the shingles over the last few years, well now’s a good time to get them replaced. Hire a professional roofing contractor to patch up any gaps and replace shingles.

– Central Air conditioning systems : Take a hose with the spray head set to “jet” or the highest pressure you have and clean the fan blades and condensing coils of clear of debris and dirt. Left unprotected the condensing unit can be damaged by wet leaves and debris that contribute to rusting and freezing of internal components. Although these units are designed for outdoor use, covering them with a breathable waterproof cover made for that purpose will extending the life and efficient performance of the unit.

– Exterior Faucets
Commonly Known as hose bibs or sill-cocks, the exterior faucet needs to have its water supply turned off inside the house, and you also need to drain water from it by opening up the exterior faucet. You may also want to consider an insulated cover for the hose bib. Your garden hoses should be disconnected from the sill cocks or outside faucets and drained if stored outside.

– Any outdoor furniture and garden accessories, lighting, should be stored in a dry place such a shed or a garage. If you lack storage space and have the room, you may even use space in your basement to protect your items from the winter elements.
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Benefits of Contracts

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A  contract is a renovator’s most important tool.

 Having it “in writing,” is what  homeowners today expect from a  professional renovator .

A written contract protects homeowners as wells as  their investment in their home, and gives an

indication that their renovator is legitimate and does business in a professional manner.

As a professional renovator, the benefits of  using a written contract,  automatically  set yourself apart from fly-by-night or

underground operators. The best way to push “those people” out of the marketplace

is to show your clients  what it takes to “do it right” and be professional.

A good, solid contract is also the foundation for a positive renovation experience

for both you and your clients. It helps build their confidence and your relationship.

Most importantly, it helps to prevent any confusion,  misunderstandings and false expectations

that can lead to a breakdown in your relationship and cause issues with the project.

“Renovation” covers a lot of different projects, done

by many different types of companies. Whether you

are a one-person operation doing small repair and

renovation jobs, or you run a large design-building

crew company  hired  to do an upscale complete whole-house

remodeling, you need a contract.

We welcome any  stories  you’d like to share on our blog on today’s blog: Benefits of Contracts!

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