Thinking of Selling Your Home? We’ve Got 10 Great Tips.

Markus Kidwell home maintenance, home selling, technology, Uncategorized, Videos

Click here for video:  Home Selling Primer HGTV’s Buying and Selling offers up the industry’s best-kept secrets to help you get top dollar when selling your home. Selling Secret #10: Pricing it right Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market. Selling Secret #9: Half-empty closets Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy. Selling Secret #8: Light it up Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable. Selling Secret #7: Play the agent field A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong broker. Make sure you have a broker who is totally …

RESTOR | Early Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Markus Kidwell contractors, Home Improvement, home maintenance, Roofing, Siding

It’s Really Never Too Early To Prepare Your Home for Winter For many of us, it seems like the Summer of 2016 just started, but the reality is school is either back in session or just around the corner. That can only mean one thing in Central Indiana…FALL IS SOON TO FOLLOW! And because RESTOR has always advocated maintenance over repair, we’re happy to bring you the following checklist of things you should start to work on as time (and good weather) allows. Most of the tasks listed below are well within the average person’s ability. But even if you choose to have a professional complete them for you, it’s worth the expense. You’ll save money — and maybe even your family. Here’s the checklist at a glance. See the following pages for more detailed guidance. Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk. Get on top of roof problems. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents. Walks the walks (and drives). Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps. Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems. Freshen your filter. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters. Give your furnace a physical. Have a professional inspect your heating system. Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep. Keep the humidifier …

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Hail Damage Tips

Brian Southard Roofing, Uncategorized

As April rapidly approaches and spring is finally around the corner, the odds significantly increase that atmospheric changes will spur large hail-producing thunderstorms.  Depending on the magnitude of the storm and size of hail, these information tips will help you know what to look for.  The first indicator is the divots or indentations hail produces on a roof.  Typically, other roof components are also damaged during a storm such as skylights, metal roof ventilation and gutters. ASPHALT SHINGLES Shingles could be cracked or broken.  The most common form of hail damage is divots or crushed spots where the roofing granules rupture the reinforcing asphalt mat and displace granules sufficient enough to expose the asphalt shingle mat.   This leads to the shingles drying, cracking and finally, shingle failure.    WOOD OR CEDAR SHINGLES When impacted, hail can crack cedar shake shingles.  What happens is when the hail strikes the area, it splits the shingle parallel with the wood grain.  As a direct result of hail, it can cause wood shingles to break-off a roof. SLATE ROOFS Hail damage can crack slate roofing.  Although cracking typically occurs when hail strikes this product, damage may be a more random pattern.  In addition, slate tiles are kept in place by a series of fasteners.  If the slate tiles are loose they could potentially slide off a roof.   HAIL SIZE It all depends on the size of the hail: Less than 1″ About the size of a quarter, it can inflict damage to a …