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Monday, September 25, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

Steps to Working Well With Contractors

Knowing there are plenty of important questions you need to ask potential contractors isn't a startling revelation to homeowners, but exactly which ones are crucial to the hiring process might be a bigger mystery. HomeAdvisor consulted contracting experts to create the ultimate list of questions that will help homeowners learn everything they need to know in order to confidently choose who will make their home improvement dreams come true.

#1 "How long have you been in this business?"


Contracting businesses that have been in operation for many years have certainly worked through a lot of the growing pains that many companies deal with in their fledgling years.

"Companies with experience have created systems and controls to ensure their work is on time, on budget and of the highest quality," said Ken Kelly, President of Kelly Roofing in Naples, Florida.

While this is certainly true, some consumers may opt to go with someone who has years of experience in the industry but i ...

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017   /   by John Murdock -- CityScape Metro Group

Hurricane Harvey: Where, What & How To Donate

With Houston and other parts of Texas dealing with flooding and damages caused by the hurricane people everywhere are looking for ways to provide help to those affected. Here a few ways you can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 



Cash is king. While you may want to send food and other items, the infrastructure may not support those donations. Many organizations have been clear that cash, or cash equivalent, is preferred (but keep reading). Keep receipts if you intend to claim those donations on your tax return.
Stay put. Yes, we all want to get in our cars and help but don't rush to help without checking first. There are already professionals and trained volunteers on the scene, and due to the potential for more flooding, relief officials have asked that folks stay off the roads where possible. If your services are needed and you do volunteer, remember that you can claim a tax deduction for your out-of-pocket expenses but not for your time.
Be smart.  ...

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

HVAC Facts and Tips

HVAC... those four little words that control the status of comfort in our homes! 


What do they mean? HVAC is a shortened word for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. As you know, heating and cooling are HUGE when the weather turns hot and frigid during the summer and winter months.  Being up to date on how to keep your unit running efficiently and in good working order is key to avoiding a huge bill/repair cost during those busy seasons when systems tend to fail, and repairs are common!  Read on, and you will probably find something out you didn’t know before!
 
 
1. Factors such as rightsizing, system updating, and types of refrigerant used can significantly affect HVAC efficiency.
 
 
2. An electronic air cleaner is 40x more efficient than a standard throwaway filter in removing unwanted particles from your home.
 
 
3. A variable speed heat pump can trim energy costs by as much as 40%.
 
 
4. Y ...

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