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As the saying goes, “Winter is Coming,” but there is time to prepare so you can remain as comfortable as possible when the cold months get here. There are fairly obvious preparations such as changing the filters in your HVAC system and having it inspected to assure efficient functioning, having your chimney cleaned and inspected for damage in an older home, or making sure your windows are functioning properly and not allowing a draft in. Other preparations are more subtle things which may not be a daily concern for you.
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As a homeowner you've probably worked with a contractor on occasion but it's likely not someone you work with regularly. When a job comes up and you need a contractor for either repairs or upgrades and renovations, there are a few aspects of the business you should be aware of before hiring. You know to get three price quotes, but price isn't the end-all, be-all consideration toward who you hire. Of course you want the best price, but just as important is for the job to be conducted professionally and efficiently, and done right.
Whether you live in a new house built to generic standards for sales appeal or an older house which needs some TLC or customization to suit your style, carpentry upgrades are a relatively simple and inexpensive way to make the house you like into the home you love. An experienced contractor will know what the project needs structurally while incorporating your tastes into the overall design.
During the winter months, your fireplace and chimney work together to warm your home in a cost-effective manner. With most households only using their fireplace a few months out of the year, it’s easy to forget or to assume that your fireplace and chimney doesn’t have to be maintained from year to year. If you fail to maintain your chimney, you could be placing you and your family in a lot of danger. Without proper maintenance, any of the following scenarios can happen: