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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Repair or Replace?

Broken appliances beg the question: repair or replace? Sometimes it’s easy. If an appliance is new and the repair is covered by warranty, you call for a repair. Otherwise, the best option is determined by weighing several factors, starting with…

Appliance Age: The life expectancy of appliances typically falls within these ranges:

Refrigerator: 15-19 years
Clothes Dryer: 13-14 years
Clothes Washer: 11-13 years
Dishwasher: 9-11 years
Range, Electric: 12 years
Range, Gas: 13 years
Water Heater, Electric: 14 years
Water Heater, Gas: 11-13 years

If the service life remaining is limited, replacement sounds logical. Yet, if the appliance is merely “middle-aged,” weigh that against…

Cost of the Repair: A repair fee that’s more than half the cost of a new appliance is a reasonable guideline for replacement.

Energy Efficiency: Appliances have two costs – purchase price and operating price. Typically, the newer the appliance, the better the energy efficiency rating.

Don’t Let Winter Whittle Your Lawn Away

Warm weather may be over, but there’s still plenty to do to get your lawn ready for the months of shorter days and lower temperatures…
 
  • Less Is More

OK, first things first: clean up the yard. The truth is, leaves that aren’t raked can actually suffocate the grass beneath.
 
  • Keep Evergreens Green

Ever notice how your evergreens tend to brown once spring comes around? It’s because of a process known as desiccation.

Basically, the trees dry out over the winter because of sun and wind exposure. And
since the ground is frozen, the trees can’t get that lost moisture back. To help, wait
as long as you can before giving them one last heavy watering for the season.
 
  • Baby Your Trees

Sunscald can occur when the temperature fluctuates quickly. Newly planted trees can be protected from this by wrapping their trunks in burlap or plastic wraps – just check your local lawn care or hardware store.

Bathroom Remodeling

Bathrooms are among the most popular remodeling projects. You can take many steps to keep costs down when remodeling.
So, what should you do?

We’ve got some answers.
 
  • Plan carefully. Once construction begins, changes can be expensive. Decide on the features that are important to you, and set aside the budget dollars to make that happen.
  • Consider simple improvements. Instead of replacing items, consider re-glazing them. Also, don’t overlook the power of new accessories.
  • Don’t try to cut corners on structural, plumbing or electrical materials and installation. Get the best that your budget will allow.
  • Don’t move plumbing fixtures. It’s expensive and may not be necessary. We can advise you on fixtures that work (and look) better in the same space.
  • Don’t move walls – unless you must.

Let us help you with your remodel or upgrade. Just give us a call.

Protect Against Pests

Will your attic become a hot spot for unsupervised animal activity this winter? Critters don’t like the cold, so they will turn your attic into a warm, cozy shelter.
 
  • Winter Critters – Rats, opossums and squirrels are the most worrisome winter pests. Other potential guests may also show up.
  • The Damage – They like to chew and scratch and tamper to keep entertained. Your wiring, plumbing and air ducts can be tempting targets. When a critter devours the sheathing off of a wire, your home is suddenly facing a fire risk. Call us pronto for wiring repairs if you’ve been invaded!
  • Regaining Rule – Find the openings and seal them off. Then set traps and create one-way exits to be sure the critters get out for good.

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