Ice Dams ~ A Refresher

 |  Home Maintenance, Resources to Hire Professionals, Safety

Many homeowners in Minnesota are all too familiar with ice dams.   This is the ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents proper drainage of melting snow.  The resulting water can back up behind the dam and cause extensive damage to a home by leaking into the walls, ceilings and insulation.  This can also result in mold and mildew within the home.  Ice dams occur due to temperature fluctuations above and below the roof line over an extended period of time.  The following has been prepared by one of our Community Resources, Rayco Construction located in the Twin C...

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Call 811 Before You Dig

 |  Home Maintenance, Safety

For all of you contractors,  homeowners, and other weekend warriors out there who are anxious to start those outdoor projects ~ Be sure to call 811 before you start any excavation on your property.   This service will connect you to participating utility companies such as electric, gas, cable and phone to alert them as to any planned digging so they can mark the appropriate location of their underground lines.

A 48 – hour notice is needed to give workers time to come out to mark the property.

Ii is free, it will keep you and yours safe, and it’s the law.

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Five Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market

 |  Home Maintenance, Home Organization, Real Estate News, Selling a Home
  • Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.
  • Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets...
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Preparing Your Home for the Spring Market

 |  Home Maintenance, Real Estate News, Selling a Home
 Below are five steps that you can take before putting your home on the market.

 

  • Have a pre-sale home inspection.   Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.

 

  • Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other ki...
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Holiday Safety Tips

 |  Home Maintenance, Safety

The holidays are an exciting time of year for both children and adults.   It is also a time to be aware of general safety in your home.   The following tips are published with permission from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, 2011).

Whatever your heritage and traditions, have a very happy and safe holiday season!

Trees

  1. When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness.  A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and w...
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Fall Ladder Safety

 |  Home Maintenance, Safety

Fall is on the way.  In fact, it’s less than two weeks away, so get out while you can and enjoy these warmer temperatures!  As you prepare your home for the upcoming winter months, you may find yourself on a ladder cleaning gutters, looking at your roof, or attending to windows.    Every year there are over 164,000 emergency room visits in the US relating to ladders (Ross, 2011).  There are over 300 ladder related fatalities every year (American Ladder Institute, 2011).  Do not take shortcuts.   Below are a few tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (2011) to h...

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Color Trends Spring 2011

 |  Home Maintenance

 The following submission was created by Diane Hennen, Allied Member ASID at Euro Nest, a resource listed for you in our business directory.

The way we live and what is happening has influenced the color trends.   Last year the Pantone 2010 color of the year was Turquoise.  This served as an escape for many .  The new Pantone 2011 color of the year is Honeysuckle which emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor.

Honeysuckle is an intense reddish pink color can lift our spirits...

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Ice Dams

Many homeowners in Minnesota are all too familiar with ice dams.   This is the ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents proper drainage of melting snow.  The resulting water can back up behind the dam and cause extensive damage to a home by leaking into the walls, ceilings and insulation.  This can also result in mold and mildew within the home.  Ice dams occur due to temperature fluctuations above and below the roof line over an extended period of time.
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