Thumbnail 4 musts when hiring a home improvement contractor

4 musts when hiring a home improvement contractor

Q: I'm now getting estimates to add a front porch to my house. What is the standard way to check on the licensing and insurance of the contractor, and the standard method of payment, such as certain percentage paid upfront or at the finish? --C...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, Mar 8, 2013
Thumbnail 9 pre-winter maintenance tasks you can’t afford to skip

9 pre-winter maintenance tasks you can’t afford to skip

It's hard to believe fall is already here. That means it's time to make an inspection of your house for any hidden defects that might morph into major problems. An ounce of prevention early on can stave off major repair bills later. Here's our ...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012
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12 steps to winterize your home

The leaves are turning, the mornings are getting chilly, and winter isn't too far away. It's time once again for my annual checklist of important things that I recommend you do to get your home ready for the coming change of seasons. On the ins...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, Oct 12, 2012
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10 home winterization musts

It's been a mild winter throughout most of the country so far. That means we still have time to run through a foul-weather checklist. Here are 10 "must do's" to have a warm, cozy and safe winter. 1. Check attic insulation. A foot of bl...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012
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Caulking Tips: 10 Ways To Do A Better Caulking Job

Caulking seems like a pretty easy thing to do, and all in all it is. But there are some tricks of the trade that can make a big difference between a smooth, hassle-free caulking job and one that's frustrating and perhaps a little sloppier than ...
By Paul Bianchina | Monday, Nov 28, 2011
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2 big problems with venting dryer vertically

DEAR BARRY: When we bought our condo, the home inspector said we might have trouble with the dryer vent, and he sure was right. The laundry is located in the middle of our home, in a hall closet; so the dryer has to vent vertically, up through ...
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011
Thumbnail 10 ways to winterize your home

10 ways to winterize your home

Fall is in the air already, which means that another chilly winter can't be too far behind. So before the cold weather arrives, here's your annual checklist of things to do to get your home ready for the change of season. Inside your home Chec...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, Oct 14, 2011
Thumbnail Nipping ‘ice dams’ in the bud

Nipping ‘ice dams’ in the bud

As winter's cold weather approaches again, you may be remembering back to those frightening buildups of ice on your roof that you've had to contend with in years past. Known as ice dams, they can present a lot of potential problems for your roofin...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, Dec 3, 2010
Thumbnail 12 ways to winterize your home

12 ways to winterize your home

As the seasons change and we get ready to move inside once again, there are a number of things you want to take care of in order to improve comfort, ensure safety and keep those winter utility bills as low as possible. Outside the house ___ Che...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, Oct 15, 2010
Snow removal with a smile

Snow removal with a smile

If you live where it snows, moving that white stuff off the driveway or the front walk is not exactly the most enviable of tasks. But it has to be done, both for safety and accessibility. In many areas of the country, snow removal is even necessary i...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, Feb 19, 2010
Solution for icy gutters

Solution for icy gutters

With winter's storms comes the problem of ice buildup on the roof. No one relishes the thought of dragging out a ladder and trying to get all that ice out of the gutter. But if you allow it to build up in there, you are essentially forming the founda...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, Jan 22, 2010
Freeze-proof your pipes

Freeze-proof your pipes

As winter temperatures go down, the risk of a frozen pipe goes up. Pipes can freeze in homes of any age and condition, and no matter what type of material your pipes are made from. So don't make the mistake of thinking that because your house is new ...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, Jan 8, 2010