Winter Survival Tips for Your Roof – Expert Edition

Reading time: 4 minutes From the rough weather to the frigid temperatures, winter can do a number on your roof. That's why we reached out to Novalis Roofing & Siding, which has served Northern New Jersey homeowners for more than 80 years. Owner Jonathan Novalis gave us expert insight to combat the major roofing problems of the season and import...
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Rooftop Maintenance You Should Do Now (Before It’s Too Late)

Reading time: 2 minutes  If completing maintenance on your roof isn't a priority, it should be. A new roof can cost as much as $40,000, and insurance companies may refuse to honor a damage claim if your roof was not well-maintained in the first place. Avoid costly issues and prolong the life of your roof by completing a few routine maintenance...
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Dreading a Roof Replacement? Here's How to Enjoy a Painless Process

Reading time: 5 minutes One of the most dreaded home improvement projects is the roof replacement. "You need a good roof," says VP of Ecosystem Development Paul Chadowski, who owned his own insurance agency for more than 26 years. "Ours was reaching the 25-year mark, so we knew it was time to have it inspected and most likely replaced." Unfortunate...
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10 Bold Home Improvements That Should Be on Your Home Bucket List

Reading time: 6 minutes When people hear "bucket list," they automatically think of the places in the world they'd like to experience. While you can travel to make memories, home is where the heart is and where you spend the majority of your time. Why not make it the sanctuary you've always dreamed of? That's why we propose this bucket list for you...
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What's in Your Home? Our Super Quick Guide to Insulation and R-Value Meaning

No one likes cold toes, but heating your home can be a challenge with outdated insulation, air leaks, and subpar energy-efficient materials. The best thing you can for your home and your toes is to tackle any issues with your insulation, so let's dig into what you need to know to not go cold. Keeping your toes (and pipes) warm While we may be stati...
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Top 8 Answers to the Questions You Never Knew to Ask About Home Window Replacement

Do your windows only have one pane? Maybe the glass is cracked. Or perhaps you just get super cold in the winter from a draft near your picture window. But how do you know when it's time to replace windows, and even if you do, what kind is best for your home? We spoke with Craig Diamond of Diamond Home Service to find out the answers to important h...
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3 Homeowner Horror Stories That Will Give You The Heebie-Jeebies

Reading time: 5 minutes Every new homeowner has at least one horror story. From collapsing floors to ants in the bed, these frights can keep you up at night, but many of these stories could have been prevented if the owners had known then what they know now. In the spirit of Halloween, here are some of the scariest homeowner stories we've heard alo...
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Home Resolutions 2020: Expert Edition

Every year, you know your gutters will need to be cleaned out. You have to rake and mow the lawn, and every once and awhile, you need to apply a fresh coat of paint somewhere. But do you know what maintenance items you are missing? We asked Home Improvement Contractor Matt Van Cleve to give us his professional insight into essential maint...
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Three Easy Ways to Save $55,000 in Home Repairs

Reading time: 4 minutes One of the greatest threats to your home is water damage, and we're not talking about that massive flood of the century that created an indoor swimming pool in your neighbor's basement. We're talking about non-weather related water damage that stems from leaks in toilets, sprinklers, water heating and HVAC systems, and roofs...
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How to Design Your Home on a Budget with Teggy French

Reading time: 4 minutes Moving into a new home? That can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to decoration. You just brought perhaps the most expensive investment you may ever make – and now you're thinking, "How can we design a home on a low budget?" "You don't have to have a lot of money to look like you have a lot of money," says Design...
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The Match Game: How to Find a Contractor in 8 Easy Steps

Reading time: 3.5 minutes Finding the perfect contractor is a bit like dating. You need to be able to trust the person you're with and even show them where you live. But do they understand you and your home improvement needs? Will they complement your likes and dislikes? Do they share your home vision? You've probably wondered once after a home imp...
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Why You Should Absolutely Not DIY Your Garage Door (And What Needs to Be Done)

Reading time: 4 minutes The average garage door weighs up to 400 pounds, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that garage doors can be dangerous. In fact, an average of 20,000 Americans visit the emergency room every year from injuries sustained by a garage door. That's why it's important to get your doors inspected and serviced by a professiona...
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Why Your Basement is Leaking and How to Save It

Reading time: 4.5 minutes It's a day like any other. You get up, start your coffee, and then head downstairs to put a load of wash in – only to step in a puddle of water. You may have a leaky water heater or you may have a foundation issue. We reached out to Matt Stock of U.S. Waterproofing in Chicago, Illinois, to find out! U.S. Waterproofing has ...
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Save Your Home: The Home Maintenance Schedule You Need Every 2-10 Years

Reading time: 4 minutes Maintaining your home is not a sprint. In fact, it's a marathon – one that doesn't end after 26 miles or 26 years. It's continuous, and while it's great to get into a routine of knowing what to do and when to do it around the home, this maintenance plan can be disrupted with tasks that pop up every two, five, or even 10...
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A Real Pane: How to Maintain Your Windows and Protect Your Home

Reading time: 3 minutes Windows help to keep you safe from the elements, warm your home, and give you awesome views of the outside world. Unfortunately, they also need to be maintained to function properly, and there's more to it than just washing. That's why we put together this rundown of essential house window maintenance tips, so your windows c...
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Top New Year’s Resolutions – Homeowner(s) Edition

This year, more and more people are resolving to be healthier in 2020. Why not make the same promise to your house? We asked homeowners to tell us their 2020 home resolutions, and their answers may surprise you.  Home Resolution #1 – A DIY redesign The house was built around 1910 and has a central staircase with two rooms up, two rooms down, a...
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