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A Cheap Handyman Can Do More Harm Than Good

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Collecting and comparing price points is one of the most important pieces of information you’ll receive during your search for the right handyman. You want to make sure you’re getting the best quality at the best possible price, but prioritizing price over quality can be a risky approach.

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How can a rental property maintenance company make a landlord’s life easier?

rental homes can be more profitable for landlords using rental property maintenance servicesProperty owners and managers are all-too-familiar with the summer rush to fix up, prep and rent out the apartments and homes in their purview. Between summer downtime, children moving to new school districts and students starting new academic programs, July and August are two of the busiest months to rent an apartment – and end a lease agreement.

There’s a lot to do in the mad rush to prepare apartments for this quick turnover. Some, like repainting an apartment, are required by law in certain locales at certain intervals. Other minor jobs such as wood rot repair, or small handyman tasks like rehanging closet doors, need to be taken care of before a new tenant moves in, whether the old tenant was at fault or not. In a competitive market, property owners may need to do even more to spruce up or upgrade the entire unit to make it more appealing to renters. No matter the reason, July and August are still the season to tackle the little projects that added up over the lease term.

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HomeSquare’s Summer BBQ Safety Guide

safety important when grilling, as shown in this photo of man charcoal grillingIt’s that time of year again – time to break out the patio furniture and toss some hamburgers and fresh veggies on the grill!

Grilling is an extremely popular pastime, with about 75 percent of households owning at least one charcoal or gas grill. But before igniting the coals or the burners, it’s important to refresh your memory regarding proper cleaning, grill prep and usage so your dinner doesn’t turn into a charred mess – or a painful lesson in fire safety.

Food certainly tastes great cooked over a smoky grill, but working with open fire invites some risk. Grilling causes nearly 9,000 home fires each year, accidents that occur most often during the peak grilling season in July. Grill accidents cause $118 million in property damage every year and send 16,600 people to the emergency room, more than half of those for burns.

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Ask your local handyman these 5 questions before hiring

Questions to ask when hiring local handymanA little drywall patch here, a leaky faucet there — your “honey-do” list is piling up and it’s time to enlist the help of a local handyman who can help you out.

We may know some surefire red flags to avoid when starting the handyman search — high-pressure sales tactics and door-to-door solicitation, for example, are clear signs to run in the other direction. But do you know which questions to ask once your potential new handyman has passed this important “red flag test?” Just a few simple, direct questions should guide your local handyman selection process and help you choose a home maintenance professional who is well-equipped to tackle your “honey-do” list.

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Deck staining, painting, and sealing: oh my!

clean wooden stained deck with attached pergolaThe winter months aren’t kind to your home. Heavy snow, harsh ice, strong winds and bitter temperatures can be particularly rough, cosmetically and structurally.

Of all the parts of your home that are regularly exposed to the elements, your deck is one of the most vulnerable. It’s not just about the deck staining or paint fading over time — cold weather can worsen existing problems, wood rot can crop up if the water protection wears off, and in extreme cases, the beams can warp.

Thankfully, you don’t need to think about old man winter for several months. Spring is here, the sunshine is pouring down, and if you’re anything like us, you’re itching to spend longer hours outside in warm, breezy weather. The deck, of course, is the perfect place to host a party, eat dinner, or just relax and read a favorite book.

But before you head out, it pays to take a closer look at your deck. If it’s not quite ready for its summer debut, read on to find out what your options are for a “facelift” and to learn about other deck repair services you may need during a regular deck check.

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Why do I need gutter cleaning services?

overflowing gutters rain water pouring off roofGutters tend to be out of sight and out of mind – until they stop working how they’re supposed to.

As rain flows down the slope of the roof, it takes leaves, sticks and other debris along with it. This junk and sediment ends up sitting in the gutter – the gallons upon gallons of water flowing off the roof isn’t strong enough to push the mounds of wet leaves through and out of the gutter system. Improper drainage isn’t the only problem, either — backup could become so intrusive that it could cause roof-damaging rot.

Fortunately, regular maintenance and care, starting with a thorough gutter cleaning every spring and fall, can keep your gutters working and your roof in good shape!

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Bad water pressure? Plumbing services can help.

You might not think about water pressure every day, but you certainly miss it when it’s gone.Plumbing services can ensure great water pressure from your shower

Water pressure is the force which keeps the sink, shower, garden hose and toilet flowing strongly. It’s the reason you can take a long, relaxing shower and blast food off the dishes in the kitchen sink. Without adequate water pressure, a powerful stream reduces to an inadequate dribble – and we all know just how useless a weak stream of water can be. Sometimes, the total opposite is causing the problem: alarmingly strong pressure can make the sink or shower unusable.

Water pressure isn’t exactly an easy problem to diagnose. Some issues may be more basic, while others may call for extensive plumbing services. If you’re experiencing inconsistent or low water pressure, what could be causing the issue, and why should you call a plumber instead of tackling the problem yourself?

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Don’t panic! Learn when you truly need emergency maintenance

Lightning striking behind home, possibly triggering emergency maintenanceImagine coming home from a long day, ready to relax, unwind and spend an evening with your family, only to find that something has gone seriously awry in your home. Anything from a burst pipe to a broken door to an can cause a gigantic mess, and these unpleasant surprises are downright stressful or even panic-inducing.

Sure, we may expect home damage or broken appliances during a thunderstorm or hurricane, but home emergencies aren’t just related to the weather outside. Pushing off less-urgent repairs, lack of regular care or just plain old age: any and all of these will contribute to the “perfect storm” that  might send any element of your home into a tailspin. What’s worse than the problem itself, however, is being caught without a plan in place.

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Simple Electrical Services To Keep Your Home Humming

Large home at night with electrical services
Do you trip a circuit breaker every time you turn on your hairdryer? How about whenever you plug in your vacuum cleaner?

Yes, the circuit breaker is supposed to “trip” in order to safeguard your home’s electrical system. They’re designed to keep the appliances and electronics you plug in from drawing too much power or from short-circuiting. However, tripping the circuit breaker too much can actually cause some damage over time. A constant setting and resetting of the circuitry can put a lot of strain on your home’s wiring and could lead to an unsafe situation.

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The Good Local Handyman Cheat Sheet: What You Need To Know

Searching for a good local handymanYou’re all too familiar with the seemingly endless process when working to find a local handyman, contractor, plumber… really, any home maintenance professional who you need to rely on for dependable, affordable service.

The last thing you want to do is endure the long vetting process each time you need a project completed in your home. The trial and error cycle is exhausting – not to mention risky — and we don’t blame you for not wanting to go through it each and every time a drain clogs or your doorway needs to be repainted. You especially don’t want to have to conduct interviews and compare estimates when something goes seriously wrong and an emergency repair is needed.

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