INEXPENSIVE HOME PROJECTS FOR SUMMER

Gutter CleaningEven in the best of times, most of us are operating on a tight budget, and, let’s face it—2020 hasn’t exactly presented us with the best of times. Thanks to COVID-19, social isolation, and general uncertainty about what tomorrow brings, we’re all trying to stretch a dollar further than ever before.

Brighter days lie ahead, but that doesn’t mean that things around our homes are going to wait for a more convenient time to wear out or to break down. Now, with the warmer, sunnier months at hand this is an ideal time to tackle those jobs you’ve been putting off for a while. Here is a list of several things that can be handled without having to spend a lot of money:

Clean your gutters. Mother Nature has had months to deposit dead leaves, dirt and other debris in them, where they decompose, hold stagnant run-off snowmelt and rain, and, over time, start to damage the gutter itself. Cleaning them out is not a pleasant job, but it can be done fairly quickly and efficiently.

Re-stain or seal your wood decks. Winter and water are not wood’s best friends, so providing your deck and wooden walkways with a layer of protection against the elements extends its life and adds to its natural beauty.

Power wash your home’s exterior. Pressure washing eliminates years of the unattractive build-up of mildew, soot, dirt and grime from your house’s exterior. It’s equally effective on brick, stucco, aluminum, steel and wood. It’s also a great way to prepare your home’s exterior for painting.

Mulch your lawn and garden. Experts recommend mulching right after spring planting. This helps control weeds, retain moisture, enrich soil nutrients and insulate plants from frost and heavy rains.

Repaint exterior trim, fascia and doors. These can all be painted easily without a huge outlay of time, effort or cost, and they have a big impact on your home’s appearance.

Repaint or replace your mailbox. This is another task that can be managed in a short amount of time. We don’t typically give a lot of thought to our mailbox’s appearance… it’s one of those things we look at every day without ever really looking at it. It may be time to give that reliable old thing a facelift.

Wash your windows. Yes, this is a task that nobody particularly likes to do. But it transforms both the exterior and brightens up your home’s interior.

These are all tasks that don’t require any specialized skills to accomplish—just a commitment of time and effort. And remember, too, that your local Ace Handyman Services office has half-day or full-day packages that allow you to bundle together several minor repair jobs in a single visit. Call and speak with the office manager who will listen carefully to your specific needs and help you put together a list of to-do items that one of their friendly and professional Craftsmen can tackle on your behalf.

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Insulating Your Home’s Exterior for the Warm Summer Months Ahead

We tend to think of insulation as something we do to keep heat inside our homes, but the fact is, it’s nearly as important to keep “the cool” inside during the summer months. According to www.energy.gov, heat consistently flows from warmer to cooler—however it can manage it: through interior ceilings, walls and floors—wherever there is a difference in temperature. So, in summer’s soaring heat while your air conditioner is cranking away, the warmer outside air is like a persistent intruder, constantly looking for ways to break into your house.

As we transition from winter into spring, now would be a perfect time to look at ways to keep the refreshing cool air from escaping your home, replaced by the baking temperatures of summer.

Caulking and weatherstripping are two easy and effective air-sealing techniques. Caulking fills cracks and openings around stationary elements such as window frames, while weatherstripping addresses and seals components that move, such as doors and operable windows.

Your home probably already has double-pane windows, but if not, this would be an excellent time to install the low-emissivity types. Window-tinting, particularly on west- and south-facing panes can also assist in both keeping warm air outside in the summer and cold air outside in the winter.

An equally effective means of insulating your home is to plant shrubbery or trees in front of those same west- and south-facing windows. Of course, the challenge there is that it will take a few years for these to grow tall enough to do the job; but when they are fully matured, greenery provides not only efficient protection against heat- and coolant-loss, it lends beauty to your home, as well. So even while you employ other, more immediate means of keeping your house’s temperature moderated, consider these longer-term gardening measures, as well.

Perhaps the biggest culprit when it comes to energy-loss (warm or cold) is your attic. Attics can be black holes, sucking up heat in the winter months, and hoarding cooler air in warmer ones. The reasons for this can be numerous—the space is unfinished, there are gaps around pipes, flues, exhaust fans, recessed lighting, or, over time, there’s been damage to your roof. The best way of determining how to fix this particular problem is to conduct an energy-audit.

That’s a project that will likely have to be postponed in this current climate of social distancing. However, the other measures can easily be accomplished right now. You probably have the extra time on hand to undertake projects such as new window installation, caulking, weatherstripping and tree-planting. But if not, Ace Handyman Services is ready and equipped to tackle these challenges for you. Our craftsmen are following stringent guidelines during these uncertain times, working with face masks and gloves, and focusing on exterior projects that will keep you and your family at a safe and respectful distance, all while bringing helpful to your home!

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PUTTING TOGETHER THAT OUTDOOR SPRING TO-DO LIST

We’re in that transitional time of year where it isn’t done being winter, but it’s not quite spring yet, either. Daylight and warmer temperatures are in short supply, making it a challenge to get motivated to do anything–even just scheduling a craftsman to paint that dingy entryway, repair that loose step, fix that dripping kitchen faucet or any of the other annoying little problems you’ve been conveniently ignoring for a while now.

But shake off those late-winter blahs… there are a couple of reasons why right now is the best time to get those repair projects tackled.

First of all, summer is a time for fun and recreation. Maybe you’ve got some vacation trips planned; maybe you’ll have friends and family visiting. You want to be at the pool or on the golf course, not dodging tools, paint, tarps, and workmen every which way you turn. And you want your guests to see your home at its absolute best, with everything in top working order and looking great.

Secondly, summer is generally the peak time for home repair demands. If you wait until May or June to call to schedule cabinet installation, painting, bathroom caulking, sink replacement, changing out old light fixtures, or any other job you’ve been putting off, you may find yourself waiting a lot longer than you’d planned before that reliable, trusted handyman company has an opening in their schedule.

The late winter/early spring months are traditionally slower times across the home repair and remodel industry, so arranging for a craftsman in March or early April is likely going to yield much faster results. It’s also possible that you’ll find there are great deals to be had by booking in this slower time of year.

Ace Handyman Services works hard to be the go-to repair company of choice, and they’ve come up with a couple of customer-friendly packages that people are finding especially appealing during these gloomy, not-quite spring, not-yet-done-being winter days.

Take a few minutes to check out the offers page for your local Ace Handyman Services office. Year-round, they offer Half-Day and Full-Day Deals that allow you to put together a to-do list of things you most want to tackle around your home. But there are often additional deals to be had this time of year. Check out our website or give the office a call where the friendly TEAM Coordinator who answers the phone will be happy to listen to your needs and to help you arrive at an arrangement best suited to your individual needs and wishes.

Let us help you love your home in the best, most efficient way possible.

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MAKE YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS GREEN WITH ENVY THIS SAINT PATRICK’S DAY WITH A FEW UPGRADES TO YOUR HOME

But first, did you know:

– That Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival?

– That Saint Patrick, a 5th-century missionary and bishop in Ireland, is famed for, among other things, driving all snakes out of Ireland? This legend is actually based on the fact that he converted thousands of pagan Irish to Christianity; the “snakes” he drove out were actually druids converted to the new religion!

– That, for a period of time in the late 1700s, BLUE became the color to represent the holiday—due to The Order of St. Patrick, an Anglo-Irish chivalric order? Fortunately, GREEN later regained its position as the official color of the date.

Now that we’re in a proper frame of mind for observing Saint Patrick’s Day, here are a few household “facelifts” you might want to consider tackling this month. These can be accomplished with a minimum of fuss and without spending a whole lot of “green:”

– Update your kitchen or bathroom faucets

– Install a new low-Learnwater flow toilet (great for reducing your water bill)

– Replace that old caulking in your bathroom and kitchen

– Paint an accent wall

– Get organized and install some shelves

– Spruce up your entryway with a new light fixture

– and much, much more!

March is a great month to tackle some of those smaller household upgrades that can make such a difference in your home without depleting your wallet. Talk to the TEAM Coordinator at your local Ace Handyman Services office to see about scheduling a visit in honor of Saint Patrick today!

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Have You Been Checking Your Home on a Monthly Basis?

While you may not realize, there are a number of benefits to performing monthly maintenance checks around your home. It is a worthwhile way to prevent more extensive, more expensive problems from occurring in the future. By regularly reviewing critical areas of your home, or hiring a home improvement expert to check all is running properly, you can catch potential issues and schedule repairs before conditions worsen.

One area we pride ourselves in is bringing honesty and integrity to the Home Improvement industry. That said, we take our customers’ confidence in us seriously. As a result, the expertise and advice we provide to you, our Home Owners, is based on what is best for you, your home, and your wallet. Consider these important reasons for checking your home each month:

Your Home is Your Most Valuable Asset
By keeping up with your home’s minor repairs each month, you are performing a great service to your investment. Rather than waiting until there is an urgent problem, regularly keeping up with minor fixes and home maintenance will help avoid emergency repairs down the road. The minimal cost to prevent problems will seem like nothing compared to the unanticipated price you will pay in the event of an urgent home improvement matter. For example, consider the small expense associated with having an expert check the shingles or tiles on your roof compared to the thousands of dollars it would cost to repair or replace your roof altogether due to a lack of maintenance.

Your Time is Valuable
In addition to saving money, you will also save yourself a giant headache in the future if, you let things go around your home. There is not enough time in a day as it is, so imagine having to squeeze in time to deal with a nightmare home repair, like tearing out walls to replace a leaky pipe that could have been avoided. Now there’s a messy problem to address! Had your plumbing been inspected more frequently, a smaller, less troublesome issue may have been detected sooner

Enjoy the Beauty of Your Home
Maintaining your home on a monthly basis not only helps keep things around the house in order and functioning correctly, it also improves the aesthetics and beauty of your home. No one enjoys seeing cracks in their caulking or holes in their drywall. Spend your time at home with the peace of mind knowing that your place is attractive and at its best rather than stressing about all the things that need to be done.

Our multi-skilled Craftsmen can do it all including tackle your monthly to-do list. Save yourself time, money, and the headache of trying to get to it all yourself. Call or book online today.

 

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“Springify” Your Home!

It’s still Winter out there, but Spring is just around the corner.  It’s a great time to create a list of items and tasks around your home that may be needed when the flowers start to bloom, and the days get longer.  We are here to help you out, so we captured a list of easy items that will help you love your home! 

Deck & Patio’s
Take a look for loose or splintered boards, as well as warped or misshapen boards that will only get worse with the changing of the season.  While doing that, also look for any protruding screws or nails that could be a safety danger.

Your patio or deck may also be in need of a fresh coat of sealant or stain.  This is a project that needs a bit warmer weather. Your deck can always use a nice power-wash to clean it up for enjoyment this spring and summer.

For those of you have that composite decking, look for a lot of the same items as for standard wood decks, but we always suggest you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations how to care for it.

The Outdoor Tune-Up Package may be a great option for those that want or need a little help with their Deck, Patio and Fencing.

Interior Projects
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Bathroom!  Refreshing a bathroom with a simple vanity and toilet upgrade, a fresh coat of paint, or even re-tiling the floor are great projects that may add value to your home while also increasing pride you feel when having friends and families over.

Kitchen Backsplash.  A cost-effective way to transform your beloved kitchen.  With numerous tile options, this is a very popular way many homeowners create that unique feel for their home.  If you find yourself adding this project to your list, consider our Kitchen Backsplash Package, which features the Handyman Matters Collection of mosaic tile!

A quick and easy upgrade, that also can be preventative in nature is to swap out your faucets and handles. While checking for leaks and loose connections, which is always recommended, consider upgrading to a new finish or design.  It’s incredible what a small change like this can do for your home.

Inspect the Exterior of your home.
“It’s always a good idea to walk around your home and property to proactively identify any issues or repair needs.” stated Mark Douglass, Vice President at Handyman Matters.  “Winter and the season can be tough on a home.  Locating areas of concern and addressing it sooner rather than later is advisable.  This could minimize a much more difficult and costlier repair in the future.”

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WHO NEEDS RESOLUTIONS, WHEN WE’VE GOT SOLUTIONS.

At the start of a new year, we’re all aspiring for personal growth and improvement, we’re full of ambition and resolutions. Whether it’s to lose weight, become more active, or get organized, we all have great intentions to make these essential changes in our lives.

Then reality kicks in…work, school, kids, family, and other commitments take over…and before we know it months have flown by and we’ve yet to accomplish a single goal for 2019.

Well, don’t beat yourself up too hard as we can help you cross a bunch of things off your to-do list.

Take-Your-Pick 123_v2With Take YOUR Pick 1-2-3, you can choose one of our pre-built packages, like Organization & Shelving, OR pick two OR three home improvement projects (like installing shelves, tiling a kitchen backsplash, and repairing drywall, for example) to take advantage of our Winter Season Promotion.

Not only will you get the job done properly and professionally, but you’ll also get a GIFT CARD from a top retailer while you’re at it!

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PARTY PERFECTION FOR THE BIG GAME!

You’ve got the word out–the party’s at your place. You found your seven-layer nachos secret recipe that you bookmarked last year, but there’s one very critical problem with your party plans for the Big Game…the 37’’ TV just isn’t going to cut it. With the Big Game quickly approaching, you only have a few weeks to purchase a new big screen AND get that 75” bad boy mounted on the living room wall.

Why not leave it to the experts at Handyman Matters?

Our “Mount a TV Package” is the perfect solution. You buy the TV, and our professional Craftsmen will do the rest! They will assemble the mount and hardware, connect the cables, install a U-Channel* to hide the wires, and professionally mount your television to the precise viewing location of your choice. And that’s it, game on…literally!

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Picture it…everyone hanging out at your house, you & your buddies gathered around, rooting for your team, and the ladies staring at Adam Levine as if he is performing his half-time show right in your living room. Party perfection!

So, call or book a “Mount a TV” package online today, before it’s too late.

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Tackling Some Post-Holiday Projects Around Your Home

The holidays have passed, the decorations are down, the guests have returned home, and we’re still looking at a few more months of cold temperatures and long dreary nights…  It’s easy to let the winter doldrums take hold.  But it’s also a great time to tackle a handful of those household repair projects that you haven’t been able to get to the rest of the year.  And the odds are it will boost your spirits when you can finally cross a few of those items off your to-do list.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Select just two or three projects you’d most like to tackle (as well as the budget and time you have to allot to them), and see these through to completion.  Focus on indoor projects that won’t be delayed or made more complicated by the weather.  Here are some suggestions, ranging from small to larger tasks:

Check doorknobs, hinges, cabinet pulls and drawer nobs around the house that may need tightening.  Change out your furnace filter.  Upgrade your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Reorganize a closet and other storage areas with an eye toward decluttering.

January is a great month for updating your home’s lighting.  Maybe you’ve been contemplating adding recessed lights or under cabinet lights.  Now would also be a fine time to install a ceiling fan.

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Organize the garage, the area that most notoriously becomes a convenient dumping ground for everything that you couldn’t find anyplace else to store.  Consider putting up shelves and possibly a peg board for hanging tools.  Inventory those boxes, gardening implements and sporting goods to see what should remain and what needs to go away.  Take the time to clearly mark boxes when you place them on shelves or return them to overhead storage so that you can know at a glance what they contain.  It saves time and reduces frustration later.

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If you’re feeling particularly ambitious and your budget will permit, winter is the perfect time to renovate your kitchen or your bathroom.  Go as simple as adding a backsplash, painting walls, adding new cabinets, or if you like, go for something bigger—an entire remodel!  If you’ve got more than one bathroom, then an upgrade is a minor inconvenience, at best.  If you’re looking to change up your kitchen completely, then that will require a little more advance planning.  Ensure that all the supplies are on site and that you have back-up cooking preparations in place before you begin, so that you don’t find yourself stranded in mid-remodel.

The best way to begin any winter home project is with a pencil and a pad of paper.  Conduct a walk-through of your home, identifying and writing down all the things that could use some attention and tender loving care.  Once the list is complete, prioritize the tasks you’ve identified.  As mentioned earlier, pick the two or three that seem most important to you personally, and tackle those.  Keep the list for reference further down the road.  When these upgrades are complete, you can move on to the next items you’d like to see finished.

Handle those chores that you are most comfortable undertaking on your own; if your free time is limited or you have any doubt about your abilities to successfully complete the projects you’ve selected, call in the experts to ensure things are done quickly and correctly.  Your local Handyman Matters office has qualified craftsmen who can efficiently undertake virtually anything you might have on that list.

KEEPING YOUR HOME SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

While the December holidays evoke a spirit of peace on Earth and goodwill toward all, not everyone embraces that philosophy, so just to be sure, it makes sense to take a few extra steps to keep your home and your loved ones safe this upcoming season.

We’ve become pretty well-schooled in the idea of having packages delivered to our offices if no one is going to be home, or having a neighbor bring in any parcels that are left unattended on our porches or by our front doors.  You don’t want items stolen any time of the year, but particularly when these are intended to be gifts.  However, your precaution shouldn’t stop there.

Most folks like to display their Christmas tree in front of a living room window where they can be enjoyed not just by family members, but by neighbors and folks passing in front of your home.  But if you’ve also placed gifts under the tree, this inadvertently creates an invitation to burglars.  Better to either keep the gifts hidden elsewhere or move your tree to a spot away from windows or other places with a view.

If you will be traveling during the holidays, it’s best to notify a trusted neighbor or engage a reputable housesitter to keep an eye on your property while you are away.  Arrange to have someone shovel your walks if it snows in your absence, and rather than discontinuing your mail or newspaper delivery, which can be a signal that no one will be at home, have someone collect these and keep them safe for you until your return.  Put a few lights on a timer, or better yet, have a friend or neighbor come over to leave on different lights on different nights so that a “pattern” isn’t readily obvious to anyone who might be checking out your place.

In this age of oversharing of information on social media, keep your travel plans offline.  Don’t post that you’ll be out of town, or where you are going, or for how long.

One of the best deterrents, of course, is to install a home security system that triggers alarms and that can alert you to any suspicious activity taking place, no matter where you may be when it occurs.  Some of these systems are easily installed with a minimum of fuss; others—hardwired security, for instance—can present more of a challenge, and may require the assistance of a professional service such as Handyman Matters who have Craftsmen well-versed in such installations.

There’s a lot of things going on this time of year that require our attention; worrying about the security of our home shouldn’t have to be one of them.

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