Is Your Home Ready for Winter? Take the Steps to Make Sure

Is Your Home Ready for Winter? Take the Steps to Make Sure

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When the leaves start to turn and the air gets cooler, we love to revel in the crisp, cool air and pull our warm sweaters out of storage. But with that change comes a few simple chores to make sure your home is ready for the winter.

A winter checklist of chores doesn’t have to be long and oppressive. There are just a few things that need to be done to ensure your home makes it through winter unscathed and you stay safe and cozy inside.

  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. More than one-third of fire deaths are in homes without smoke detectors — they save lives. Make sure you replace them every 10 years. Take the detector off of its mount and check the date of manufacture. If it’s been 10 years or more, replace it.
  • Get your chimney inspected or swept. Chimney sweeps do more than just sing and dance in old musicals. Modern chimney sweeps make sure your wood-burning fireplace or stove is safe to use. If you don’t keep it clean, you can get a buildup of creosote, which is very flammable and can cause a fire. Chimney fires can get to 2,000 degrees inside, which can melt the mortar between bricks. While he’s inspecting, ask him to check if you need a cap, too. A chimney cap will keep birds and other wildlife and debris out of your chimney.
  • Warm up your pipes. Not like a singer does, but more like what a plumber does. Your water pipes should mostly be in a heated area of the home. But you may have a few that are in crawl spaces or walls of your home that don’t get heat. If so, these pipes should be insulated. Check to make sure the insulation hasn’t worn off or torn. Without insulation, your pipes could freeze and burst, causing a huge, expensive headache for you during the coldest time of year. If you go out of town, keep your heat at 55 degrees or above, and on the coldest nights, open your cabinet drawers to allow heat to get to under-sink pipes. Disconnect your garden hose for the winter, and put on an insulated spigot cover to protect it from freezing.
  • Mind the gaps. Check your doors and windows to see if they need to be caulked. If you have drafts around your windows, caulking — which is fairly easy and inexpensive — could save you money on your heating bill. Adding weather stripping to your doors and moving parts of windows can help keep heating costs down, too. If you want to be extra-efficient, you can get window insulation kits, that are really just plastic that you put over the windows in the winter.
  • Clean your gutters, and inspect your roof. Gutters must be clean to move water away from the sides of your home. It’s not just annoying when water drips on you. It can cause serious damage to your roof and foundation. Also, having standing water near your home or in your gutters can invite mosquitoes to nest, bringing potential mosquito-borne disease to your family. Hire a pro to do this chore. It might seem easy, but getting up on a tall ladder can be dangerous. This is also a good time to inspect your roof for lost or loose shingles: Having your roof repaired is much cheaper than having it replaced.

It seems like a lot of work, but it really isn’t. A few preventive measures now will help your home run more efficiently and prevent disaster down the road.

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We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMETHING BETTER IN LIFE? WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING BETTER TOO. IS THAT YOU?

We’re looking to hire people to grow with us who also desire to better themselves.

Job Type:     Employee
Job Status:    
Full Time Position
Salary:  
  Starting at $10 – 12 Per Hour   (Subject to experience.​ Plus some jobs bonus out)
Experience Preferred:     2+ Years (Refer to What We Do and Skills below)
Education Required:     High School or equivalent
Also Required:

  • Dependable transportation (your own vehicle so as not to be dependent on someone else)
  • A valid drivers license.
  • Your own phone – We use an app to track time on jobs.
  • To pass random drug tests

WHAT WE DO:

Here at Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers we remodel bathrooms, kitchens, basements, any living space. We install wood floor coverings: hardwood, engineered wood, cork, laminate, etc., on floors and walls. We install tile: ceramic, porcelain, travertine, marble, granite, stone, glass, steel, any type of tile on floors, walls, showers, in interior and exterior areas. Other types of tile include luxury vinyl tile, vinyl composite tile, and rubber. We are based out of New Albany Indiana and service Southern Indiana, Louisville Kentucky and surrounding areas. Since 1990.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A desire to better yourself.
  • Must be a team player but able to work solo as needs arise.
  • An eye for detail.
  • Visually able to plan ahead.
  • Decision making skills.
  • Do quality work.
  • Be productive.
  • Results driven.
  • Know how to read a tape measure.
  • Knowledge of power tools.
  • Dependable!

SKILLS – ADDED VALUE TO US:

  • Drywall finishing experience
  • Trim carpentry experience
  • Tile setting or tile setter’s helper
  • Wood flooring installation experience

TYPICAL WORK WEEK:

Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 / 6:00 PM. (8 to 9 hour days). On occasion a Saturday 4 to 8 hours. Night work on very, very rare occasion. 30 to 45 minute lunch. Pay day on Wednesday following the previous week worked.

BENEFITS:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Vacation Time
  • 3 Sick Days / Year
  • 1 Personal Day / Year

NOTES:

  • Our Job Foreman is a female, so if you have a problem taking direction / education from a female this is not the opportunity for you.
  • We are serious about building business. Though not difficult to work with. Don’t ever lie to us or steal from us or our clients. We’re adults looking for same, as such if you have a beef, speak up. We’re a team and teams work through things together.

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Home Selling Tips: Don’t Neglect Your Flooring

Home Selling Tips: Don’t Neglect Your Flooring

If you have ever been to a house that had some serious flooring problems, you may remember it as if it were yesterday. The tacky shag of the carpet, or the linoleum curling in on the edges could be a horrifying addition to the stress of selling a home. Flooring may be an expensive upgrade for your house, but it offers so many benefits to your home sale that you would be remiss not to think about it. Here are the best types of flooring upgrades to consider for each room of your house.

Bedrooms

If most of your home features carpeting wall to wall, you might be more than ready to roll up the old version and bring in something new and fresh. In the bedrooms, you may decide to keep carpeting and just upgrade it to something that is soft, clean and unstained. If you are going to put carpeting anywhere at all in the house, the bedrooms are the best spot. It is the ideal room for the added plush comfort. Being a lower-traffic area, you are less likely to wear it out or spill on it as quickly. Soft versions of hard flooring are also good for bedrooms, such as cork. These materials are best to replace right before selling, so that you do not take any of the life out of the flooring before you go.

Bathrooms

The bathroom has a bit of a unique environment for your flooring. There is a lot of moisture and humidity, especially if you are not wholly committed to turning on the fan every time you use it. As such, bathrooms need flooring that is not just water-resistant, but will not be damaged by the heat and moisture. It’s important to choose flooring that is attractive and functional. Materials like tile tend to be better than hardwood, which could warp under these conditions. Natural stone tile offers a beautiful and classic look for the bathroom, unmatched in quality. If your budget is a bit tighter before your home sale, you might consider luxury vinyl tile, which can be made to look very convincingly like stone or ceramic tile.

Kitchen

Like the bathroom, the kitchen has a few considerations that must be made. You have some of the same problems with heat, humidity and moisture, so you want to install something that is ideal for high traffic, but also easy to keep clean. Buyers often focus on the look of the kitchen, so you really need to get this one right. Tile is typically an ideal choice, but you may opt for dark tiles and a darker grout that is less likely to stain from spills. If you prefer, you can also extend the tile into the dining room, providing that added protection and a seamless look throughout the eating space.

Living Areas

You know that buyers tend to prefer hardwood in the home, but there are reasons why you might not install it in the entire space. Solid hardwood, although extremely hard-wearing and long-lasting, can be a bit delicate in spaces that become wet too often. However, in the major living areas of the home, hardwood is far and away the best choice. The vast majority of buyers consider hardwood on the main floor to be essential or at least something they want to see in homes for sale. If you worry about the added noise or temperature, invest in a few rugs to make it seem more cozy.

Basement

The trick to getting the best flooring for your basement is moisture control. If you have problems with leaks or even flooding, you must resolve them and figure out how to prevent them before any flooring is likely to work out well. A finished basement is a boon to buyers, who may pay more if it is done well. Avoid all flooring types that would be easily damaged by water, such as carpet, solid hardwood or laminate. Tile again is the winning option, but you might also do well with vinyl or even engineered hardwood.

Considering various upgrades for your home before selling it requires you to pick very carefully. Investing in your flooring is an immediate payoff that will make your home more appealing to buyers, depending on the choices you make. With the right upgrades, you can provide a necessary update to your home and give buyers exactly what they want.

Need Help?

Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers has specialized in floor installations since 1990. They can advise you on the best ways to care for your floors and make product recommendations that are safe to use.

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We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMETHING BETTER IN LIFE? WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING BETTER TOO. IS THAT YOU?

We’re looking to hire people to grow with us who also desire to better themselves.

Job Type:     Employee or Independent Contractor
Job Status:    
Full Time Position
Salary:  
  Starting at $10 – 17 Per Hour   (Subject to experience.​ Plus some jobs bonus out)
Experience Required:     2+ Years (Refer to What We Do and Skills below)
Education Required:     High School or equivalent
Also Required:

  • Dependable transportation (your own vehicle so as not to be dependent on someone else)
  • A valid drivers license.
  • Your own phone.

WHAT WE DO:

Here at Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers we remodel bathrooms, kitchens, basements, any living space. We install wood floor coverings: hardwood, engineered wood, cork, laminate, etc. on floors and walls. We install tile: ceramic, porcelain, travertine, marble, granite, stone, glass, steel, any type of tile on floors, walls, showers, in interior and exterior areas. Other types of tile include luxury vinyl tile, vinyl composite tile, and rubber. We are based out of New Albany Indiana and service Southern Indiana, Louisville Kentucky and surrounding areas. Since 1990.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A desire to better your self.
  • Must be a team player but able to work solo as needs arise.
  • An eye for detail.
  • Visually able to plan ahead.
  • Decision making skills.
  • Do quality work.
  • Be productive.
  • Results driven.
  • Know how to read a tape measure.
  • Knowledge of power tools.
  • Dependable!

SKILLS – ADDED VALUE TO US:

  • Drywall finishing experience
  • Trim carpentry experience
  • Tile setting or tile setter’s helper
  • Wood flooring installation experience

TYPICAL WORK WEEK:

Monday thru Friday 7:30 AM to 5:30 / 6:00 PM. (8 to 10 hour days). On occasion a Saturday 4 to 8 hours. Night work on very, very rare occasion. 30 to 45 minute lunch. Pay day on Wednesday following the previous week worked.

BENEFITS:

Only vacation at this time. We are currently looking into health insurance providers.

NOTES:

  • Our Job Foreman is a female, so if you have a problem taking direction / education from a female this is not the opportunity for you.
  • We are serious about building business. Though not difficult to work with. Don’t ever lie to us or steal from us or our clients. We’re adults looking for same, as such if you have a beef, speak up. We’re a team and teams work through things together.

APPLY:

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How Likely Are We to Recommend Home Advisor?

How Likely Are We to Recommend Home Advisor?

I write this post today to share with my colleagues in the construction trades.

Home Advisor asked me “How likely are you to recommend Home Advisor?” After providing them with feed back I decided to share this information with my brothers because I know I would appreciate knowing this if someone else was having this experience. Here’s what I submitted to Home Advisor:

You send me leads that cost me money whether I want the lead or not. 70% of the time I get leads that don’t fall within the services we provide. Even though a lead wants something that is classified under one of our service categories, doesn’t mean that we perform that service. I received a lead one time where the lead selected the “Tile Installation” category – and wanted a doggie door installed! A doggie door? I went round and round with you guys for a refund to no avail.  And a few times I’ve received leads that have already contacted me via a Google search or through some other service like Thumbtack or Porch. — So I’ve just paid for the lead twice!

We should have the option to read what it is they want and then decide if we want it or not. If we want it we accept (and pay) or pass.

This is my only frustration with Home Advisor and the reason I continuously pause lead flow. — after two months of pausing lead flow I get tied up over the holidays and forget to re-pause lead flow, the first lead I get cost me over $42 and the lead MUST HAVE work completed within one week. Seriously!? We stay booked out an average of 8 weeks. Not happening and $42 out the window!!

No, I will never recommend Home Advisor so long as you continue to operate with this business model. Those of us in the trades have enough frustrations without hard-earned money just being swiped from our pockets. And that’s exactly what it feels like.

 

We initially got involved with Home Advisor because they do have a vigorous screening process which we passed. Had no doubt that we wouldn’t. Potential clients didn’t know that. Now they can see that we are screened and approved. Home Advisor uses the following criteria to screen professionals:

Licensing
Applicants must carry required state-level licensing to perform work in the trade and service area for which they apply.
Sex Offender Search
Home Advisor checks the official sex offender website in the state in which the owner/principal of the company is located to confirm that there is not a match with the applicant.
Legal Search for Civil Judgments
They use third-party data sources to check the principal/owner of each business for bankruptcy filings and significant state-level civil legal judgments, in the state in which the owner/principal of the company is located, occurring within 12 months prior to application for membership in the HomeAdvisor network.
Criminal Records Search
They uses third-party sources to conduct a criminal search, in the state in which the owner/principal of the company is located as well as any state that owner/principal has address history, for relevant criminal activity associated with the business owner/principal within three years prior to application.
State Business Filings
They confirm that service professionals applying as corporations or limited liability companies are in good standing in the state in which they are located.
Identity Verification (Social Security Number)
HomeAdvisor verifies the social security numbers of business owners/principals to confirm their identities. (This applies primarily to small businesses.)

Once approved you receive Home Advisor’s seal stating that you are screened and approved which does reinforce credibility.

Home Advisor Seal of Approval

 

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