Summer is here???

I'm sure, like us, that you were a bit deceived in May with those couple of weeks of sun when we thought, "Is summer really here already?" Nope. June has taught us what we already knew... Summer starts July 5th. Hopefully this recent stretch of rain and generally crummy June weather has afforded you the opportunity to enjoy your home that we had the opportunity to work on:) We hope that you have a great 4th of July and with it, a true start to your summer.

As we mention every year, summer is our busiest time. Most families start to think of the things they would like to have done around the house. Please let us know how we may assist you with these projects and feel free to talk about us with all your friends and neighbors as they mention their summer plans and projects. Our website and Facebook page will be updated throughout the summer and hopefully you have the opportunity to check us out and see what we have been up to the last little while.

Have a great summer!!!

Helpful Hint: Summer To-Do's

Easy Home Fixes in the Summer

When it gets warm, it's tempting to ditch any housework for the beach or the golf course. Hard as it may be, consider suppressing that urge for a few weekends, because some fairly easy work can improve the state of your home and even save you some money.

Keep Your Cool With a Fan

There's an easy trick to keeping cooler and saving money, and it's as close as your ceiling fan. Switch the ceiling fan's blades so the leading edge is higher as the fan turns, so you can feel the breeze from the fan as it rotates. This simple action will push cool air down, enabling you to set the air-conditioning lower and save money on energy.

Clean Your Dryer Vent

Without some maintenance, your dryer could cause a house fire. The U.S. Fire Administration reports nearly 16,000 dryer fires occur annually, which happen largely because dryers' vents get clogged with lint and dust.

Thankfully, you can avoid any unnecessary dryer-caused danger with a few simple steps. First, you'll need a vent-cleaning brush kit, which can clean your dryer vent tubing more thoroughly than a vacuum cleaner can. Begin by cleaning the dryer's lint trap housing with a smaller brush to remove as much lint and dust as possible. Then disconnect the dryer duct from the dryer and the wall for a thorough cleaning. Also use a brush to clean the vent on the outside of the house to keep both ends clean and free of lint.

Clean Your Gutters

Water and debris can accumulate in your gutters over the fall and winter, which can lead to water damage in your house. And you don't want that. So get a ladder that can reach your gutters, but be sure not to overextend yourself.

If you're doing the work yourself, don't lean the ladder against the gutter or near electrical wires. Scoop out the gutter's wet leaves and debris, and wet down caked-on dirt so you can scoop out the mud with a trowel.

Also, use a garden hose to flush the gutters after you've cleaned them. This will get the gutters clean, and it will also let you know if you have leaks. Then use the hose to wash out your downspouts to make sure they're not clogged. But be gentle—downspouts aren't meant to withstand the same water pressure as a house drain.

And remember: Never hang onto a gutter for support. It's built to hold water and some leaves, not your weight


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