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In Comes the Ice!!

The same snow that creates good winter fun now presents a dangerous and damaging problem for your home. That very same weather can cause ice dams leading to various problems. What is an ice dam? An ice dam is a build up of ice along the edge of a roof. The ice...

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Spring Has Sprung, But Is Your House Ready?

The snow has melted, baseball season has started, and you are already making plans for long days in the sun. But, don’t get ahead of yourself… Before you get too comfortable dreaming about that lawn chair, there are a few things you might want to take care...

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Can That Bedroom Become A Home Office?

Proper Expectations for Electrical Set-Up With today’s growth in home-based businesses and telecommuting, having a home office has become almost essential to modern home owners. But what if your home is older and wasn’t designed with a home office space?...

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Preventing Fall Flooding

Flooding in the basement is a reality for so many families – and it can happen any time of the year. To prevent losing clothes, family photo albums and other precious possessions, learn how to prevent flooding by checking your sump pump even before the Fall...

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Hiring a Quality Roofing Contractor

Replacing a roof can seem daunting, but it is not nearly as problematic as some people make it seem. We’ve created this short guide to help you navigate your next roof repair or replacement. Roof Age and Condition Weather, namely the sun, heat and UV light are...

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Don’t Fall behind in your Maintenance

Being proactive includes changing the filter on the furnace, and turning off the exterior hose connection in the winter. Not changing the filter can freeze the coil and cause a very warm house. Not turning off the hose can result in a flood. Remember that not every...

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Conquering the “Dirty Dozen”

For most kids school is back in session. If you’re like most homeowners, you have “little home inhabitants” (aka your kids) that can help get your house in tip top shape as the new school year is underway. TIP: Have them focus on these 12 areas we so...

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Skating on Thin Ice

The same snow that creates good winter fun now presents a dangerous and damaging problem for your home. That very same weather can cause ice dams leading to various problems. What is an Ice Dam? An ice dam is a build up of ice along the edge of a roof. The ice...

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Critter Proofing Your Home

Now that most of the leaves have fallen from the trees and freezing temperatures are becoming more frequent, mice, moles and similar vermin are seeking for a warm place to bunk down for the winter.  That means its a good time for you to critter proof your home. The...

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Holiday Safety

With the holidays in full swing, you’re lighting candles, fires in the fireplace, cooking and entertaining more. Fire safety should also be on your check list of things to do to ensure. Below are our recommendations on how to have a safe and enjoyable holiday...

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The Right Foundation for a Sale

Spring is here in Wisconsin, and that means more rain and stress on the foundations of your clients’ homes. Nothing can kill a sale faster than to see water damage, especially in or around the foundation of a home. It can take on many forms, like rust or water...

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Radon

  Radon is another hidden danger when selling a home. Frequently, sellers will have renovated their basement for added space or usage. The problem is, they probably have never had it tested for Radon. It’s a good business decision.Radon is a cancer-causing...

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Leading the Charge on Lead-Based Paint

Protecting your family from lead hazards is critical if your home was built before 1978.  Chips and dust from lead paint can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly. If lead-based paint is in good condition, it is usually not an issue. However, when...

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It’s Good to Vent… The Attic

Your home should be a respite of comfort, even during the most humid months in Wisconsin. However, that can be challenging when one of the most common problems homeowners face is inadequate attic ventilation. Poor attic ventilation can make your home unbearably warm...

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Stop Leaking Profits (Part 2)

The big ticket items are where the equity disappears.  One of the biggest is the roof.  Once a potential home owner sees water damage on the walls or ceilings; notices the old shingles or is alerted by their home inspector that there is a roofing problem that equity...

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Stop Leaking Profits (part 1)

It’s spring and the rain is here! Don’t allow the final home inspection to turn up problems in the basement.  Be aware of tell tale signs of basement leaks and be able to offer the home owner a few quick, inexpensive fixes Leaks come in all sorts of shapes...

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