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Which type of paint – and painting services – do you need?

painting services offered by HomeSquarePainting a home isn’t as easy as choosing a color.

There are cracks to fill, wood rot to repair and old stucco to smooth before the roller even sees a drop of paint. Without a perfectly-primed surface, your brand-new paint color runs the risk of looking old, raggedy and bumpy before it even sees the lights of day. Not to mention, selecting the wrong finish can highlight any imperfections left behind, resulting in your brand-new paint finish looking tired and worn before your friends, neighbors and guests even get to see it.

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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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Wallpapering the stairs? Blank canvas alert!

wallpaper on stairway risersBy guest author Shawna Feeley

Wallpapering the stair risers is a great way to add a pop of color and interest to an otherwise predictable space. You can also add paint to the steps, railings or the balusters and Newell post if you want to have some serious fun.  Your staircase is a blank canvas just waiting for a little TLC.  Depending on the paper you chose, you can take your stairs from boring to fun or bland to stylish in just one weekend. Warning: you can lose an afternoon collecting ideas on Pinterest!   Here are a few of my favorites.

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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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Wanna Hang Out? Yes Please!

hanging sofa on house porchBy guest author Shawna Feeley

I bought a hanging chair with a stand last year in the hopes of recreating a moment from an amazing Costa Rican vacation house.  The stand was very cumbersome and swinging from the stand did not have the appeal I was hoping for.  I decided this spring that it had to be hung properly, from my porch ceiling, and that, my friend, has made all the difference.  The waterfall sounds more soothing and the moss is a bit greener in my neck of the woods.  Hanging swings, sofas, beds and lounge chairs are a great way to add a vacation feel to your home. Here are some of my favorite pins.

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Kitchen hood cleaning and beyond: what unexpected items need cleaning in your home?

copper kitchen hoodWhen’s the last time you moved the fridge to clean behind it? What about the little crack
between the stove and the countertop? If you’re like most homeowners, you may not pay as much attention to the areas in your home that you can’t see. And even if you have taken the plunge, you may not be eager to revisit: those long-neglected crevices filled with goop and grime can produce some gag-worthy smells when that debris is finally dislodged.

Cleaning for appearances is one thing, but have you ever thought about the importance of a deep scrub for proper home maintenance? Thorough cleanings go beyond a quick wipe-down here and there when you’re expecting guests. This attentive service ensures that your expensive appliances, freshly-painted walls and pristine floors remain in like-new condition for as long as possible.

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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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