Landscaping Your Home The Right Way

When selling or improving your home, the interior of the house is the place which we spend most of the time worrying about.  Is the kitchen up to date with the appliances? Are the countertops in good condition?  Is the bathroom on the first floor well maintained?

If selling the home your priority this year, make sure the outside of the home is being taken care of, and the landscaping makes a good impression to the potential buyer.  Shrubs, gravel, unleveled driveways, branches hanging from trees, are some of the easy to spot maintenance jobs you need to do before putting your home for sale.

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7 Landscaping Trends to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Aside from location, location, location, your home’s landscaping is one of the first things to make an impression on a potential buyer. And it’s not just curb appeal, although that is important.

Amenities like an outdoor fire pit or brick barbecue pit are not all created equal. The same goes for trees, shrubs, and outdoor lighting. If you don’t want to spend some real money on dressing up the outdoor space around the house, then don’t spend anything at all.

Jennifer Geddes at Realtor.com has created a list of seven landscaping trends to avoid as you get your home ready to sell. Her list follows.

Landscaping laid out with a ruler
Nice, neat lines used to be the trend for planting flower beds and bushes, but today’s outdoor look is much more natural.

The same cheap trees everyone has
Choose trees wisely, including eastern red cedar, sugar maple, Colorado blue spruce, and myrtle. Steer clear of the ones that rain leaves and needles (pecan, oak, sweet gum, eastern white pine), and your look will be neater and easier to maintain. And when it comes to placement in your yard, think strategically.


Certain landscaping materials prone to fast-spreading fire, officials say

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – What materials do you use in landscaping your yard? Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue released a new public service announcement warning homeowners and property management companies against using pine straw and similar products.

“When landscaping, use noncombustible material like rock instead of pine straw or mulch,” urges Lt. Jonathan Evans with MBFR. “If it can catch on fire, don’t let it touch your house.”

Fire officials warn that it’s not just landscaping material that can fuel fires near your home.

“Dry grass can be fuel for wildfires, so keep your grass and lawns hydrated and maintained,” suggests Lt. Evans.


Consider investing some green in your landscaping to increase your home’s worth

SIOUX CITY | If you want to turn your backyard into an oasis as seen on HGTV, be prepared to spend some money.

Mike Lutt, owner of Country Nursery Inc. in Wayne, Nebraska, said that makeover could cost anywhere from $1,000 to more than $200,000 depending on your wants, needs and square footage. The average cost of an outdoor patio is $12,000 to 15,000.

“People are going from wooden decks and synthetic Terex decking to a raised paver patio for the same cost,” said Lutt, who said multi-level raised paver patios allow homeowners to incorporate more elements and designs into their outdoor spaces. “It used to be just slapped up against the house. Now, they bring it out further.”

Lutt said there are benefits to using VERSA-LOK retaining walls, made of high-strength, low-absorption concrete, and Willow Creek Paving Stones, composed of high-strength aggregates. He said these materials don’t have to be stained or sealed as wood does, and they don’t fade.

Protecting Your Basement From Spring Rains

Spring weather is here and along with it comes the rain.  It is inevitable that as homeowners we want to ensure the basement of our home is dry and free of humidity, mold or mildew, and that is a safe place to spend time with our kids.  Knowing if you have a problem with your basement, is the first step in solving a problem that may go undetected for years.  The humidity in your basement may be an early indicator to problems with water leaking into the basement of your home.  Taking care of humidity issues right away, ensure your foundation won’t sustain damages that are more troublesome and can jeopardize the structure of your home.

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Many people associate a wet basement with seeing water, but that’s not the only symptom of a potential problem, according to Wes Pfleiger, marketing manager at Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing.

In addition to water seepage, loose or crumbling mortar between stones and plaster, mold and mildew, musty odors and cracks or dark spots in basement walls and floors can all be signs of a basement with a water problem.

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing is primed to educate consumers as a vendor at the Northeastern PA Home and Better Living Show April 8 and 9 at the Lodge at Montage, 1000 Montage Mountain Road in Scranton.

The event is presented by the Home Builders Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania and sponsored by Scranton Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Window World and Bath Fitter/Kitchen Saver.

Pfleiger said trained professionals from the 52-year-old company will be on hand at the event to answer “any and all questions” about basement waterproofing. Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing will also offer free, no-obligation basement inspections for home show visitors.


Basement flooding season begins

(WTNH) — I have been lucky to never see basement flooding in my house, but whether you’ve lived in your house for 20, 30, or even 40 years, it does not mean it can’t happen to you. So how do you prevent it from happening in the future, and if it does, what can you do to make sure it doesn’t happen again? Well let’s find out.

Weeks of above average rainfall and lots of snow melt have helped us hugely to lower our drought numbers, but with a saturated ground and more rain on the way, your basement may flood over the coming weeks, so what can you do?

“It’s real imperative for residents throughout the state to be looking for signs of water seepage. Is it damp around cracks, and the floor wall seam. Is it damp to the touch? These are all indications that the soil around the outside of the house is over saturated and it could be poised to flood any time,” said Mike Lane, Sales, Connecticut Basement Systems.

There are some things you can do to help prevent this. Buy gutter extenders to keep water from dripping close to your foundation, and try to make sure that if you live on a hill, rain water gets routed away from your home. If all else fails, call a professional.


Preparing Your Home For Spring

Springtime can be a very enjoyable season if you have no issues with the basement.  Spring showers can play havoc with the humidity level and water seepage in your basement, and around the foundation of your home.  Water into the basement of your home can damage the structural integrity of your foundation, your belongings, and your living space.

Leaving humidity problems and foundation problems till later, can end up costing you more than expected.  If you do not know what type of basement problem you have, call Pioneer Basement Solutions for a hassle free consultation.


External versus interior waterproofing: Hire the right contractor

When you are looking to waterproof your basement, the experts at H&N Basement Worx in Hamilton want you to know there are different options to consider so that you don’t hire the wrong contractor for the job.

When a basement has leakage, there are two waterproofing solutions available to fix the problem: internal and external. If there is a drain tile or weeping tile system malfunction, you will likely need an internal waterproofing system. This involves the installation of a de-watering system to better manage water that passes under or through your foundation.

Exterior waterproofing will stop water from coming into contact with your foundation walls altogether. This is achieved by rerouting the water towards the weeping tile, which then moves the water away from the base of your foundation, keeping your basement dry.


Neglecting Your Home’s Crawl Space Could Cost You Big

When was the last time you checked out the crawl space under your house? It’s an area most homeowners avoid because no one relishes the ideas of crawling through cobwebs or encountering some creepy creatures in dark corners.

But leave the crawl space unchecked and you could find yourself facing a serious foundation issue. The crawl space is part of your home’s overall structural system and if it begins to experience problems, those issues will seep into other parts of your home. The result can be unpleasant and expensive.

How do you know if have a problem in your crawl space? Look for these signs:

  • Drywall cracks in the interior
  • Uneven, sagging or bouncing floors
  • Foul odors in the home
  • Heightened allergies or asthma symptoms

By their very nature, crawl spaces are prone to dampness. Add springtime rains and possible flooding, and it’s a recipe for a damp disaster. Many Charleston area homes also experienced some flooding or, at a minimum, heavy rainfall after both the historic flooding in October 2015 and Hurricane Matthew a year later in October 2016.


Preventing the problems of wet basement season

While most people welcome the arrival of spring, the experts at H&N Basement Worx in Hamilton know that along with springtime also comes wet basement season, which is a huge hassle for unsuspecting homeowners.

A wet basement occurs when water comes in through the foundation of your home, through cracks or foundational damage, or when something has gone wrong with your existing waterproofing system.

In the spring, weather becomes warmer and higher volumes of water can accumulate quickly due to melting snow, ground thaw and spring rainfall. If your home has cracks in the foundation or a basement that has not been properly waterproofed, the result is a wet basement.

Whatever the cause, the experts at H&N Basement Worx offers complete foundation repair services and will quickly diagnose and repair your problem with the latest, most efficient waterproofing and repair solutions.


 

Roof Tips To Keep Your Home Young

When looking to buy a house, most buyers look at the most expensive home repairs in the house they are looking to buy, to gauge whether the price they intend to offer is reasonable.  A house that is a good deal on paper, may turn out to be a disaster when the appraisal is done.  A roof that needs repairs, or a complete overhaul, is an expensive home repair that should be taken into consideration when buying a home.  A faulty foundation or one that needs repairs, is not something you can overlook.  A 30 year old furnace is not something you want to be stuck with, when you first buy the home. Or a 30 year old air conditioning system that will probably will not last much longer.

When buying a house, look for these expensive home repairs before you make an offer.  If they are in good condition, then the price may be right.  Have a thoroughly certified home inspection before you sign those papers.

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5 Factors That Can Deteriorate Roofs Faster

Los Angeles, CA, March 26, 2017 –(PR.com)– Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a roofing and foundation repair and foundation construction company, is informing the public on five factors that can deteriorate roofs faster, causing problems and roof leaks.

As stated by Julian Construction, roofs are built using various types of materials such as slate, rubber slate, wood shake, asphalt and metal. Eventually, these materials of the roof will wear out over time and need repair or replacement. While a good roof can last for a long time, there are certain factors that can accelerate the deterioration process.

See those listed below:
1. Design Issues: When a roof isn’t designed correctly in the first place, it can lead to sagging and splitting, as well as water and sediment accumulation. All of which are serious issues.

2. Improper installation: An improperly installed roof lowers the life expectancy of that roof. The issues you will encounter are similar to those found in a faulty design, such as poor drainage.


Kuffa: Quick answers to common house problems

Let’s try something different. I have decided to give myself a challenge.

Have you ever found yourself researching a problem around the house and after doing so becoming more confused than ever?

When inspecting a house I always try to explain verbally all of my observations and what impact it may have on the house.  When doing this I can see many times that I am losing my client because they become confused and just don’t understand.  What I have learned to do is summarize these observations as simply as possible so that they can understand.

Personally, I have the same problem.  So, I have decided to challenge myself by trying to make things more simple for you.   Here are some common and popular house problems that I will try to simplify in 15 words or less.

Question:

How can I tell if a roof is getting old?

Answer:

Stains, granular loss, “curling”, brittle to the touch, missing pieces and patches.

Question:

What is the biggest enemy to a house?

Answer:

Water (rain, ground, plumbing leaks), shade, overgrowth and neglect.

Question:

What do I need to do to keep my basement dry?


How to Repair Your Roof

Roof repairs are to homeownership what good nutrition is to overall health — a necessary component of keeping things in working order. They may not be the most glamorous projects, but they are definite musts. Here is a beginner’s guide to keeping your roof intact and your home dry.

While it’s obvious that you need to immediately address an active roof leak, it’s also wise to move quickly on more minor problems such as missing or loose shingles. That way, you can prevent water damage from starting or, if it’s already begun, from spreading further. A minority of homeowners may be willing to climb onto their roofs, but for reasons of safety and expertise, most will want to call a professional roofer.

What’s involved: For a leaking roof, the first step is identifying its location. “Most leaks exist where there’s already a pre-existing roof penetration,” says John Koch, a roofing contractor at John Koch Construction in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Leaks tend to develop near a chimney, venting pipe, screw or satellite dish, or in a valley “where two different roof pitches meet,” Koch says.


 

Home Renovation Projects and Insurance Coverage

Home renovation projects are a sure way to improve your living space, spruce up the home and increase the value of your home.  Adding a room or a whole section to your home, requires capital and great companies to make the process less difficult. Obtaining permits, contractors, and financing takes a lot of the joy out of a home renovation project, but most often than not the whole process can give you a sense of accomplishment, and the extra room you were needing.

If you already have most of the contractors ready to go, the financing approved, and the permits are in your possession, now is the time to call your insurance agent, and talk about the new home insurance policy you are going to need. As the renovation goes, you need to keep the insurance agent informed of the progress.  Accidents do happen and you need to be able to be financially covered if anything disastrous should occur.

Did you make sure the contractor or companies you hired have their own insurance coverage?

Accidents within your property may be catastrophic if you do not protect yourself.  Before you allowed a contractor to start the work, make sure he has insurance coverage/liability insurance and workers compensation up to date before he starts.  If they do not have the proper paperwork and an employee gets hurt, you can be sued for damages.

Receipts, contracts and any other pertinent information regarding the renovation should be kept within easy reach till the project is done, the insurance agent notified of all the changes, appraisals done and checked, and the construction is done to your specifications.  Any receipt related to the construction should be kept filed and safe should any problem emerge.

Almost anyone that starts a renovation project have an idea of what they want. They want the extra space,  a better kitchen, a bigger bathroom, or a new looking master bedroom. Regardless of what you want to do to your home, having an idea of what renovation projects will give you the most ROI can be financially advantageous for you.  If you are selling your home, and want to get the most for your investment, there are many home renovation companies that clearly state the best home renovations projects for you if you are selling or only improving your home.

As always, inform yourself before starting hiring and signing documents for a project done in your home. If you need more information about Insurance coverage or any other insurance issues, go to the Insurance Information Institute to learn more. 


Keeping Your Basement Dry To Enjoy The Extra Room

Families that choose to finish their basement to acquire the needed extra space, have to first make sure the basement is dry and will stay dry for the foreseeable future.  Remodeling or finishing the basement to make room for a man cave or a children’s play room requires to have a basement that is waterproofed.  If your basement is  home to your washer and dryer, or any other home appliance, keeping them in a basement that is dry will assure you of their long life, and hopefully maintenance free due to the humidity in the basement. For more about this and other topics, follow the links below.


Heart of the Home: Keeping your basement dry

With spring right around the corner, the timing seemed to be perfect when I heard from the folks at U.S. Waterproofing, a basement waterproofing service company.

“We get the most calls in the spring, when people sell their home or from people who just bought one,” said Matt Stock, president of U.S. Waterproofing. “It’s those calls from buyers — who have a surprise, undisclosed and expensive basement leak — that break our hearts. We know they weren’t prepared for that kind of expense upon moving into their new home.”

A third-generation family member in the basement waterproofing business, Stock said he began assisting his family in all-things-basements when he was 12.

In 2012, Stock launched the U.S. Waterproofing Learning Center, to educate homeowners, real estate agents, home inspectors and others concerned with home improvement, waterproofing, and repair. Below, he dishes out some good, sound advice.


Homeowner wants to turn basement into man cave

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Dear Jerry: Our house is newly built in Webster-Penfield in 2016.  The basement cinder block walls have dimple board on the outside that is somehow tied in with the French drain — whatever that is……

I always recommend that folks live in a house at least a year prior to finishing a basement, mostly to monitor potential water issues.  Given what you’ve said about waterproofing, there may be adequate water protection on the exterior.  If you’ve had no water issues to date, I think you can continue with your project.

First I would remove the existing insulation. If there is separate joist or rim band insulation, that’s fine. If not, I’d add that material now. Next, I’d apply a waterproofing such as Drylok on the concrete blocks, following directions and being careful not to let the masonry paint get on the floor or seep into the trough around the perimeter of the slab.  A roll of felt paper, used as floor protection, will be helpful here. Any debris in the trench should be removed.

Normally, I would recommend drilling weep holes in the block cavities closest to the floor. That way, any water that makes its way onto the walls from the exterior can drain out of the blocks and into the trench.  You might check with your builder to find out exactly what kind of waterproofing and drainage systems were done to the basement during construction.  If he or she deems this adequate, then you may want to omit the weep holes.


With these tips from the happy homeowner playbook, create the ideal setting for that top-rated washer/dryer pair from CR’s tests

Carrying loads of dirty laundry from the bedroom down to the basement or utility room is a cumbersome task at best. So if your washer and dryer are still parked in one of those far-away spaces, it’s time to bring them out of the shadows and into your main living area.

In addition to making life more convenient, the move could pay for itself when you sell your home. In a 2017 survey of homebuyers by the National Association of Home Builders, a dedicated laundry room was No. 1 on the list of most desired home features, considered essential or desirable by 90 percent of respondents. It’s also high on the must-haves for millennials, who now represent the largest home-buying cohort, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Home remodelers are hot on the laundry room trend as well. “When the house can support it, what’s not to like about a separate laundry room?” says Dale Contant, president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and owner of Atlanta Design & Build, a residential remodeling firm based in Marietta, Ga.


 

Is Your Basement Prepared for Spring?

Spring weather has arrived sooner than we were expecting.  Temperatures in northeast Ohio are some of the warmest in more than a hundred years according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration NOAA, it also predicts cooler and wetter temperatures for the northeastern part of the United States.  If we are taking South Carolina’s weather as an example as what’s to come in northeast Ohio, we are going to need a lot of umbrellas for this spring season.

Keeping the water away from the foundation of your home and basement can be a very inexpensive fix. Checking the perimeter of your home is a good idea. It can give you a clear view of where water is sitting, and not draining away from the foundation.  If you have an old sump pump, check to see if it’s in working condition. You may need it when you least expect it, only to find out that is not longer serviceable.

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Solving basement problems

 Basements and crawl spaces are often a home’s “dirty little secret,” problems put off until homeowners grow weary of leaks, flooding, cracks, buckles, undesirable smells and vapors emanating from below, or want to get the best price when they sell. Often I’ve conjured making my basement a “Halloween horror maze,” but usually more sobrietous moments prevail.
Years ago, after sweeping too much water after downpours toward my basement drain, I conferred with colleague Larry Gilliland, a tree-stump removal contractor, whose son Brad had launched Brad Gilliland Excavating & Basement Waterproofing. I invited father and son to my dungeon and never will forget Brad’s innocent remark that I apparently used my basement “for storage.” “Junk pile” might have been more apropos.
“When a home is put up for sale, I strongly recommend any basement problems be fixed before it’s listed,” notes Bloomington Realtor Henry Nethery. “Otherwise, the sale might be jeopardized, or the homeowner wind up paying more for repairs.

Governor Henry McMaster has declared March 5-11 “South Carolina Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week.”It is all to remind residents to be prepared for potential sever weather across the state, specifically focusing on tornadoes and flooding.
There will be a state-wide tornado drill March 9, to include all public schools and a few other entities.South Carolina Emergency Management is also teaming up with the National Weather Service to release a number of reminders for before, during, and after these severe weather events, listed below.
Prepare for any Emergency·

Develop an Emergency Action Plan for your home, place of business or other that includes what you would do in case of major emergency or disaster.· Develop a communication plan that enables you to reach out to family members when normal lines of communication are not functioning.· Have an emergency kit for your home, place of work and vehicle. Remember, “The First 72 are on You.


With spring right around the corner, the timing seemed to be perfect when I heard from the folks at U.S. Waterproofing, a basement waterproofing service company.“We get the most calls in the spring, when people sell their home or from people who just bought one,” said Matt Stock, president of U.S. Waterproofing.
“It’s those calls from buyers — who have a surprise, undisclosed and expensive basement leak — that break our hearts. We know they weren’t prepared for that kind of expense upon moving into their new home.”

A third-generation family member in the basement waterproofing business, Stock said he began assisting his family in all-things-basements when he was 12.In 2012, Stock launched the U.S. Waterproofing Learning Center, to educate homeowners, real estate agents, home inspectors and others concerned with home improvement, waterproofing, and repair. Below, he dishes out some good, sound advice.


 

The Dangers of A Flooded Basement

California has for many years been dealing with droughts that year after year seem to be expected.  This year’s flooding across the Northwest has come with many unexpected surprises.  Flooding across the Northwest has affected many families, businesses, and public places. Floods are natural disasters that affect many people and cost the lives of many others.  The financial repercussion of flooding in the United States cost about $3.5 billion a year, and causes 128 deaths, reaching a maximum of 554 lives lost in 1972.

Flooding across many homes is expected.  The dangers lurking in your basement are real and you should take all precautions before you start.  Death by electrocution is a very serious matter when you are dealing with a flooded basement. If you are not sure what steps to take before  entering a flooded basement, call an expert electrician to help you.

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When Nature Attacks: Tree Roots, Earth, and Ground Water Damage

Ah, trees, Earth, and water. Our Pacific Northwest home wouldn’t be what it is without them. Green, fragrant, and oh so scenic, we all love our luscious tree friends. Of course, the earth is what we’re all here for. Mountains and hills, all rolling into scenic shores. Take one look at an aerial shot of Seattle, and you’ll see, the city’s geography is completely shaped by bodies of water. From Elliot Bay to Lake Washington to the Duwamish River, Seattle is a city defined, and complimented by its waterways. Not to mention all the rain. All of this foliage, land, and moisture, as lovely as it is, can wreak havoc on your home! Tree roots, Earth and ground water can cause serious and costly damage to your home and property. Get prepared, so you’re not caught off guard when nature attacks!

Tree Root Damage

As beautiful as they are, trees can cause some serious damage to pipes. Powerful and versatile, tree roots seek water and they will stop at next to nothing, pipes included, to get it.


Man electrocuted in flood-prone basement

A tradesman who was electrocuted on Brisbane’s southside on Monday morning is understood to have been working in a basement prone to flooding when he was killed.The man was working underneath a rented commercial kitchen at Annerley but had not been contracted by the catering company, Zen Catering.

The basement is accessed through a neighbouring property.

“It is understood a tradesman engaged by the property’s landlord was working in the basement, which is prone to flooding, when the incident occurred,” Zen Catering’s director Steve Morris said in a statement.

Police and Energex workers were at the Palmerston Street site earlier on Monday and Workplace Health and Safety officers will investigate.


Water run-off causes flooding in Spokane homes

SPOKANE, Wash. – If you live near a stream or river, flooding is probably something you’ve had to deal with before. But now, this winter is bringing unwelcome water to places you might not expect.

On the upper South Hill, something hidden beneath the soil is triggering urban flooding as well.

The homes and businesses around 57th and Regal sit on depressions in the ground called “Basalt Saucers.” When we have this much rain and snowmelt, the saucers fill up like this swale and end up in people’s basements because it can’t drain through the solid rock up here.

Out in the Spokane Valley, a different problem occurs where water can’t percolate through a bullet proof layer of ice. Up until now, only sunlight poured through Pam and Jeff Miller’s window wells in their basement. But on Thursday, it was something else.

“I came downstairs and as soon as I stepped on the carpet, water went up and over my shoe,” said Jeff Miller.
That’s when the Miller’s tasked their seven children with finding and stopping the leak.

“It was clear it was coming from the yard,” said Pam Miller, “because there was just a sheet of ice and the rain was coming down, hitting the ice, and then running off under the deck and into the window well downstairs.”


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Humidity In The Basement? Read This

Where is the humidity in your basement coming from:  There are a few reason as to the why, but the three main reasons are:

1. Ground water or rain water seeping into the basement

2. External air that enters the basement and condenses on cool surfaces

3. Leaks from pipes in your basement, bathrooms or leaky faucets that are constantly on.

How do you know you have too much humidity in your basement?

Having a humidifier in the basement of your home is a great solution to your humidity problems, but if you are collecting a gallon of water in the container of the humidifier every single day, then you may have other issues that are far more serious.  Sitting water around the foundation of you home and seeping to the basement of your home may be a reason why you have so much humidity in your basement.  Making sure water does not sit around the foundation of your home, could be the only solution you need. 

Providing a clear and an unobstructed path for the rain water to find a way far enough from the foundation of your home, is a solution that does not cost a lot of money and can solve a problem for your in the future.

What to do in case you need a waterproofing Company?

A Google search for a basement waterproofing company will give you about 896,000 results in about .82 seconds.  How do you  choose one?  I researched landscaping companies by doing a Google search once.  Their rating ( 5 stars, 4stars, etc…) were very good. When I tried to find them at the BBB online, some of them didn’t even exist even though they were rated as a 4 start company using other home improvement sites. They were either long gone, or their rating at the BBB was very bad.Be careful when choosing.  Not all home improvement sites have the same level of ratings for the companies that advertise there. Waterproofing companies, or landscaping companies that are listed on those sites should be checked thoroughly using the BBB, or asking those companies for testimonials that are not from family members or friends. And you should truly check those testimonials before committing to anything with a company. Don’t sign anything and do not advance huge quantities of money before the work begins.

Do you need to check a company using the BBB?

Then, here is a link for you to do so, but remember that is only the first step.  You need to talk to the people that will be doing the work at your home, and if you don’t feel “right” about them, choose another one with a good rating and begin the process again.

BBB – The Better Business Bureau Locator

BBB of Akron, Ohio  – It serves the counties of  Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit & Wayne Counties.


Declutter Your Home by Starting Small

We, at some point or another have a messy home.  It is inevitable.  With the busy lives we lead, cleaning our homes are relegated to the weekend, and only if we have no children that have sports meets during those two days. We are busy, there’s no doubt about it.  But, a messy home is very different from being a hoarder.  Clutter is somewhat expected, but hoarding to the point of having no space in your home to live in, is something different.

We tend to do many home improvements in our home that are purely aesthetic, and that’s good.  But, decluttering a home can be, for sure, the beginning of having a beautiful home without spending money.  Getting rid of stuff is good.  Start small.  A closet, or even a closet shelf is all you need to do  to begin the process of decluttering your home.

For more about this topic, follow the links below.


How to Declutter Your Home: Clutter Busting Tips & Tricks!

When your home is cluttered, it doesn’t just feel like your living space is unorganized and messy. It also feels like your life is unorganized and messy. In this “How to Declutter Your Home” guide, we take a look at several decluttering methods to help you find one that’s manageable for you!

Why Is Your Home Cluttered?

This is an important place to start when thinking about decluttering your home. Whether your struggle is that you don’t have an effective organization system, your number of possessions has grown but your living space hasn’t, or a combination of reasons, identifying why you have clutter will help you determine the tips, tricks, and methods that will most effectively help you get started toward a cleaner, more organized home.

You Don’t Have Enough Space

Maybe your home doesn’t have the amount of space necessary to hold all of your things. Or maybe you don’t know how to effectively utilize the space you have. Either way, you need a space-saving solution and/or storage solution.


As Jenny Lee decides 2017 is the year to tackle the clutter in her home, she seeks advice from County Down declutterer Gwen Montgomery.

I AM a hoarder. I’ve always tried to deny it, but now that I’ve admitted it I am determined 2017 is the year I’m going to tackle it and declutter my home.

My home really doesn’t look too cluttered – every now and again I do clear out – the problem is I take an out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitude, and rather than bring stuff to a charity shop or skip, it all just goes into storage upstairs in the attic.

Our house has the potential to be expanded upwards but my dream of our attic being converted into a much-needed office space and playroom is being hampered by it being crammed with clutter – my clutter.


Thinking about decluttering? Start small to build your confidence

Professional organizer Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton joined Post staff writer Jura Koncius last week on our home front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

What is the best room of the house to start with when trying to declutter?

I always recommend starting with a smaller area (coat closet, pantry or linen closet). It will make you feel like you’ve accomplished something and will also help you build confidence! Most people get discouraged because they start with larger projects and tend to lose steam after having to make decisions when encountering all of the stuff. By starting small, you avoid the decision fatigue, and it sets you up to feel good about your project and organizing in general.