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How to Prepare Your Home for Painting

If you’re on a budget, you’re probably looking to cut corners wherever you can while still getting a professional to do the actual painting. One of the things that can save you a ton of money is preparing your home for painting before the contractor arrives. If you don’t, you’ll have to pay an additional fee for that service. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide for prepping your home for professional painters.

Move and cover furniture.

If you have any furniture against the walls, you’ll have to move them to the center of the room. If there isn’t enough space for everything, you might have to move some things out of the room altogether. Any furniture that remains in the room should be covered with plastic or a sheet to protect it from any potential paint splatters.

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Taking Advantage of Necessary Water Damage Repairs to Make a Few Upgrades

The recent tropical storms and hurricanes have reminded everyone that water damage is a common occurrence in Florida. If your home has recently sustained water damage, it might be a good opportunity to get some upgrades and renovations you’ve been putting off. Here are a few upgrades you can easily incorporate into your water damage repair project.

Flooring Upgrades

If any room in your home was immersed in water, even just an inch or two, you will likely need to replace the flooring. Carpets will definitely need to be replaced, as well as cheaper flooring materials like linoleum or other synthetic flooring. 

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Preparing to Remodel Your Kitchen

Have you been dreaming of the perfect kitchen for the holidays? Now is the perfect opportunity to get your kitchen ready for big family meals and preparing care packages.

Before you can jump into your remodel, you have to make a lot of preparations. You will be without the use of your kitchen during the entire period of the renovation, which means you’ll need to make other arrangements. Grilling or picnics are great options if you don’t want to order out every meal. Either way, not being able to cook is going to significantly increase your food bill for the month.

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What Should Never Happen During Your Roofing Job

Although some homeowners save up and plan for a new roof, sometimes the need comes up suddenly. When that happens, it can be tempting to go with the cheapest contractor around. Unfortunately, these cheap roofers are often unprotected by insurance, may not be a registered business, and will most likely cut corners. 

Whatever roofer you hire, monitor their progress and make sure they aren’t doing the following things.

Using Staples

Some roofers use staples to fasten on new shingles. Stapling shingles is faster and cheaper. However, staples are also much less reliable. Florida is prone to severe weather conditions, including very strong winds that can blow off your shingles if they aren’t fastened down properly.

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Building an Add On for Home Office Space

Are you one of the thousands of Americans working from home? If so, you have probably realized that working remotely has some disadvantages. Many of these can be solved by having your own office space. 

The Challenges of Working From Home

Working from home sounds great in the beginning, but you probably figured out pretty quickly that you just aren’t as productive. If you have children, pets, a partner, or any combination of these, your day is probably rife with distractions and interruptions. 

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Why You Should Get a Roof Inspection

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. The roof doesn’t just keep rain from coming into your home. It also protects your home by acting as a fire and wind break. Your home is only as safe and secure as your roof, so it’s important to take its condition seriously. As such, you should have your roof inspected from time to time. Here’s a guide to help you.

When you buy a home

Anytime you buy a new home you should have the roof inspected. The roof inspection will confirm the age of the roof and let you know if you need to think about replacement. It will also bring to light any problem areas so that they can be repaired before they become big problems.

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Build a Unique Space for Your Graduated Teen

The pandemic has disrupted plans for billions of people across the globe, but 2020 high school graduates are definitely one of the more devastated and widespread groups. Your teenager likely got cheated out of their graduation ceremony, or it was far from what they anticipated. College plans are on hold as we wait it out to see if universities will be able to open for the next term. And teens are finding themselves in a position in which they are supposed to be starting their life, but the world is standing still.

Since your teen probably won’t be going off to college anytime soon and you’ll need to all live together, it could be a great time to do some remodeling of your home. Giving your graduated teen the freedom and space they deserve as an adult will improve your pandemic experience until they can get back to living their lives. Here are some things to consider adding to your teen’s space.

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How Moisture in Your Walls Can Harm Your Family

Did you know that about half of homes have moisture in the walls? Moisture can gather in your walls as a result of plumbing issues or a leaky roof. Sometimes the damage causing the moisture is so minor that you have absolutely no indication that there is moisture gathering in your walls until the problem builds and becomes a severe and visible issue.

Moisture build-up in your walls may cause significant harm to your family. The most commonly known result of moisture in the home is the development of mold. Even people who do not normally have allergies can have allergy symptoms when exposed directly to mold. Breathing mold for a long period of time can lead to serious respiratory illness.

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Being Prepared for Storm Damage

It is no secret that Florida is prone to severe storms with high winds, hail, and sometimes hurricanes. It is important to be prepared for severe weather and the effects of it on your home and property. While there are some measures you can take to try to prevent storm damage, such as hurricane screens or shutters or impact resistant glass, it is also important to be prepared for the storm damage that is likely to eventually occur. Here are some ways you can be prepared to deal with storm damage.

Check Your Homeowner’s Policy

Does your homeowner’s insurance policy cover you fully for storm damage? Most policies in Florida do include coverage for damages caused by severe weather, but there are some exceptions. Most people will get flood insurance through FEMA. Make sure that all of your belongings and property is covered by the policy. You’ll be glad you double checked if you end up with costly storm damage that you can’t afford to pay for.

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The Role and Responsibilities of a General Contractor

If you are considering a remodel of your home, you might be looking into options for contractors. You will quickly discover that you will need to work with several subcontractors for different areas of the remodel, such as plumbing, wiring, cabinets, counters, etc. Each craft requires a different professional. Keeping up with all of these contractors and organizing the remodel can be a chore that most people are unprepared for.

This is when you want to use a general contractor. Many people think that a general contractor does all of the work of a remodel on their own, but this is usually not the case. A general contractor provides all of the materials and services necessary to complete your project. That means that some of the work they will do themselves, but other parts of the work will be given to trained and experienced subcontractors.

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