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Dealing with Winter Storm Damage

Some people enjoy the warm summer weather and wearing bathing suits while suntanning, others prefer the brisk frost of a cold winter morning. Regardless of your personal preference, there are things you can do to prepare for potential storm damage to your home which inevitably occurs when the winter storms blow through. Ideally, you repair potential problems before they become disastrous, but some types of damage simply cannot be foreseen and have to be addressed as it happens. The solution comes in the form of preparation, and part of such preparation is to have a good standing relationship with a contractor who is ready to conduct repairs as they come up and are needed.

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The Problems Caused by a Frozen Gutter

In the northern portions of the United States, winter weather causes a particular type of problem in the form of frozen water in the gutters of a home or building. Although it is an unfortunate problem, it is also quite common and there is an easy solution. To rephrase that statement, there is an easy resolution if the problem is addressed immediately before it causes further damage.

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Can You Remodel during Winter Weather?

Building and remodeling of homes is a job typically conducted during warm summer weather, and is therefore often overlooked as a potential winter job. You would be correct to assume the work is easier to do during nice weather, but that doesn't mean it can't be done in the cold. The disadvantage is the work may take longer than usual because there are some days when winter weather prevents your contractor from safely conducting the job. The upside is your contractor needs the work and is less pressed for time during winter months when less work is happening as a general state of affairs.

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Ice Dams: What to expect from your home insurance

Ice dams are problematic for homeowners. Created by the accumulation of melting ice and snow, ice dams can wreak havoc on your roof. Ice dams can lead to water leaks and damage your roof, which could leave you at the mercy of your insurance company.

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3 Tips to Make Your Bathroom an Oasis

Your bathroom should be a place where you can relax and forget about anything that stressed you. It should be a place that renews your spirit so that you can take on the challenges that await you in the morning. Unfortunately, many homeowners ignore their bathroom. In fact, some homeowners’ bathrooms may contribute to their tension. Well, now is the time for you to start a bathroom remodel that creates a spa-inspired bathroom that helps you jump-start your day.

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Winter's Coming. Don't Ignore Your Insulation

Minnesota’s winter weather isn’t for everyone. To make matters worse, the days are longer in the winter, meaning we have fewer hours of sunlight that could lessen the impact of our uncomfortable winter days. The easiest way to reduce the impact of temperatures just above zero is to stay warm by ensuring your insulation is in top-notch shape.

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Green Kitchen Remodel Ideas That Don't Break the Bank

Remodeling your kitchen is a delightful way to achieve a fresh look and incorporate a sustainable design. Unfortunately, a green kitchen remodel can easily break the budget. Fortunately, you can protect the environment by trying these three budget-friendly, green kitchen ideas.

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Fighting the Cold with a Fireplace

When the weather turns cold in the winter, nothing is so nice a a warm fireplace to set the mood for a romantic evening or cozy comfort when coming in from the cold in the afternoon. Gas log fireplaces offer the convenience of turning the flame on or off with ease, but a wood burning fireplace offers the traditional charm and smell of a traditional home heating source. Whichever you choose, it will serve as a supplemental heat source to lower your power bill. You should also be aware there is more architecture behind the scenes than the fire you enjoy so much.

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There Is Still Time to Prepare for Winter Weather

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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Contractors and the Services they Provide: Good, Better, and Best

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.

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