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What Is a Punch List?

A punch list is a document that is often created to list key milestones in construction, especially right before the project is finished. A punch list can also go by many other names, such as the deficiency list, snag list, or punch-out list. 

This list is usually made by the owner, contractor, architect, or any other stakeholder during the final tour and visual inspection of the property. 

The punch list spells out work that has not been completed correctly, or does not conform to the contract specifications. It typically includes repairs, alterations, and unaddressed items that need to be finished before the final payment will be released. Continue reading “What Is a Punch List?”

How to Choose a New Home Design That Fits Your Needs

If buying your first house is a significant achievement, constructing your first home is a monumental task. If you’re planning to hire a contractor to build the home you’ve always wanted, a house to raise your family, or a relaxing and cozy retirement cottage, you’ll want to ensure that you have the best information possible from the professionals in order to make your vision come true!

Here are some tips about how to pick a design that suits your needs so that you can enjoy your new home for many years to come: Continue reading “How to Choose a New Home Design That Fits Your Needs”

4 Small Things You Should Not Forget to Include in Your New Home

Building a new home is exciting. But, before you dive into your wishlist, take a moment to double-check the small, yet important things we’ve listed below. Once you have these items checked off the list, you’ll be ready to dream big!

1. Outlets

When you’re dreaming of waterfall countertops and mosaic backsplashes, the last thing you want to do is stop and discuss outlet placement. But, when you are actually living in the space, you’ll be happy you placed these features in a thoughtful way!

In general, you will want outlets by the master bed, in closets, next to vanities, and even in the garage. Continue reading “4 Small Things You Should Not Forget to Include in Your New Home”

The Best Renovations to Do in the Fall

As the summer heat dissipates and cooler weather prevails in the fall, you have a great opportunity to get some important things done around the house before the cold winter weather arrives. 

While there might be dozens of projects on your list, some may be better to do now than others. 

Autumn Home Improvement Projects

There are certain home renovations that are best to do in the fall to better prepare your house for the winter ahead. Here are some of the most time-sensitive repairs and improvements that you might want to pursue this autumn: Continue reading “The Best Renovations to Do in the Fall”

How to Navigate Your Insurance Policy and Responsibilities After a Disaster Occurs

Chaos often strikes unexpectedly. In the aftermath of a disaster, it can be challenging to ascertain what needs to be done and how to prioritize, especially if you weren’t prepared

 One of the first things you’ll need to address is your insurance policy to determine what damage is covered and your responsibilities. While this may not sound too difficult, it’s an entirely different matter when you factor in the added elements of stress and grief in the wake of devastation. 

 To make this process a little smoother, here are some of the key things you’ll want to focus on as you navigate your policy:

Evaluate the Damage

Before you look at your policy, it’s helpful to evaluate the type and extent of the damage you’re looking for. You don’t have to be an expert on these matters, but any details you can provide your insurance company will help the process move a little smoother. For example, what did your area experience? A hurricane? What category? Walk around the property and take notes and pictures first to get an idea of what you’re dealing with in advance. Continue reading “How to Navigate Your Insurance Policy and Responsibilities After a Disaster Occurs”

How Do The Different Hurricane Categories Affect Roofs?

Hurricane Categories Affect RoofsIf you live in Panama City, hurricane preparation is simply a part of life. Part of this preparation includes knowing what to expect with regard to roof damage. Many of our customers wonder, “How much will each hurricane category affect my roof?” In this guide, we’ll explore the answer.

What Are Hurricane Categories?

There are five categories of hurricanes. These are divided according to the rate of sustained winds: 

  • Category 1:  74-95 MPH winds
  • Category 2:  96-110 MPH winds
  • Category 3:  111-129 MPH winds
  • Category 4:  130-156 MPH winds
  • Category 5:  157+ MPH winds

Anything over Category 2 is considered to be an extreme weather event. While any of these can affect your roof, each category may cause distinctive effects. Continue reading “How Do The Different Hurricane Categories Affect Roofs?”

How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Hurricane SeasonHurricane season can be a terrifying time for anyone. When the sky darkens and the winds pick up, however, you’ll breathe easier when you know that you’ve done everything you can to prepare your home against hurricane damage. 

In this post, we’ll go over some of the ways that you can make sure that your home is protected in time for the hurricane season.

Use the Right Roofing Material

Hurricanes can produce winds up to and exceeding 130 mph, which means that your roof needs to be as secure as possible. With the wrong material, your home can open up like a can, exposing your home’s interior to the storm. Continue reading “How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season”

Do’s and Don’ts of Water Damage Restoration

Water damage is one of the most severe problems that can affect your home. Improper and inadequate restoration can lead to long-term consequences like mold or even a compromised structure. 

Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to water damage restoration.

Water Damage MBCDon’t Wait

When you’ve got water coming into your home from any source, you have a serious problem. Water that is left in place can destroy your personal property, along with the structure of your home. It’s important to get the source of the water addressed and mitigation underway right away.

Do Secure the Area

In the case of water damage from burst pipes or other sources within the home, turn off the water supply immediately. Shut down your home’s power, as well. 

If the water is coming in from outside, cover the exposed structure with tarps to prevent more water from entering your home. Continue reading “Do’s and Don’ts of Water Damage Restoration”

Top Kitchen Designs to Consider When Renovating Your Home

Are you looking for some kitchen inspiration? As one of the most-used places in your home, even a small change in your kitchen can provide a new outlook on your space. And a full remodel is a treat that can entirely transform your home.

Before you begin, you’ll want to make sure you have a plan for your space from start to finish. Here are a few top design ideas to consider for your new kitchen.

Open Shelving

Instead of opting for additional bulky kitchen cabinets for more storage, make your space feel inviting and airy by opting for open shelving. Display mugs, cookbooks, wine glasses, and more, or tuck everything away in elegant baskets. Continue reading “Top Kitchen Designs to Consider When Renovating Your Home”

What You Need to Know About Your Roof and Hurricanes

Everyone has seen the terrifying images of entire neighborhoods wrecked after a hurricane. Some of the most jarring images to see relate to roof damage. As one of the largest pieces of the home and an essential component of a shelter, roof damage can make a home entirely uninhabitable.

When it comes to protecting your home from hurricanes, the roof is one of the best places to start. Protection and reinforcement can be the difference between a safe space and incredible damage.

Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Your Roof and Hurricanes”