I think most of us are glad to see the end of our harsh winter(hopefully) and the arrival of nicer weather(we’re skeptical). It’s the season for new beginnings, which is why spring cleaning happens nationwide. Here is a handy checklist of easy-to-miss parts of your home that need attention during your spring cleaning as well.
Dust From Ceiling to Floor
Make sure to get all of the dust bunnies from the top of the room to the bottom. Don’t forget ceiling fans, window casings, high cabinets, etc. Take all of the objects off your shelfs and dust both the shelves and the objects. Wipe down objects with a soft cloth. Make sure to vacuum up the dust as you go. Dust provides food to dust mites and can house harmful microbes, so eliminating most of your dust can be good for your health as well as your home. Vacuum again an hour or so after dusting to catch the dust that settles.
Clean Walls and Ceilings
Your walls and ceilings can collect dust, dirt, and grime. Use a wet cloth with a solvent-free degreaser. Wipe down thoroughly, and don’t forget baseboards!
Don’t Forget Your Windows
You will want to let all of that delightful sunlight in, so don’t forget to wash your window surfaces. Additionally, take down your window treatments and wash those as well. They are a prime location for dust and dirt to hide.
Make Sure You Hard Work Is Sealed In
Make sure the exterior of your home is in good working condition. Harsh winter weather can weaken the aspects of your home designed to keep the elements out. Identify and repair roof leaks. Clean out your gutters. Have a roofing contractor examine your flashing and shingle condition. Examine windows and skylights for weaknesses.
Good luck with your spring cleaning! And welcome to warmer weather(we’re hopeful).
I’m sure you all agree, we have had quite a brutal winter this year. The Polar Vortex brought a lot of freezing temps, snow, ice, and roofing woes to the Midwest along with it. We have been very busy repairing damages caused by ice dams and snow build up since it swept through, and so we decided that we would help our customers with a little bit of preventative maintenance for next winter. That’s why we will apply Ice and Water Shield to your roof for free when you sign a roofing contract before April 30th.
Protect Against Ice Dams With Ice and Water Shield
When a storm comes through and dumps a pile of snow on your roof, the results can be disastrous. The hot air inside the home will melt the snow, the water will run down your roof, refreeze, and cause ice dams that will collect in your gutters, underneath your shingles, etc. This pulls the fabric of your roof apart. When the ice begins to melt there will be a high chance of finding that melting ice dripping into your attic.
Putting an additional protective barrier between your roof and the elements will strengthen it’s resistance to the degrading effects of moisture, and prevent build up and roof leaks. There’s no reason why the roof you install shouldn’t protect your home for many years to come. Ice and water are deadly to the integrity of your roof. Applying free Ice and Water Shield to your new roof is just another way for us to say “Thank you for choosing Sherriff-Goslin” and to give you added peace of mind.
Get your roof ready for spring, summer, winter, and fall. Install a brand new Sherriff-Goslin roof and sign the contract before April 30th to receive Ice and Water Shield for free! It’s a great way to celebrate the coming of warmer weather.
Every homeowner knows that a well-functioning roof is a necessity to keep the weather, the critters, and miscellaneous debris out of your home. However, some get less excited about a new roof than, say, new kitchen cabinets. While we agree that every kitchen should have some great cabinets, there is no reason not to approach a new roof with the same enthusiasm! Your roof will be more than just functional. It will provide quite a few extra bonuses as well.
A Treat For Your Neighbor’s Eyes
An attractive roof is one of the main components of curb appeal. Not only will it invite the envy of your neighbors, but it will increase the value of your home. Remodeling Magazine released a 2013 Cost Vs. Value Report that showed a new roof increases your home’s value an average of $12,000. They also reveled that the ROI on a new roof was up to 63%.
Increased Energy Efficiency
A tightly sealed, fully functioning roof complete with new, improved insulation will help you keep the cool air in and the hot air out. This is not only good for the environment, but good for your pocketbook as well. Saving money on heating and cooling costs is one great unexpected bonus of a new roof.
You Will Keep the Mold Away
Both roof leaks and condensation are a nasty side effect of an aging roof. All of the excess moisture that seeps into your home will warp your ceilings and walls, soak your insulation, and provide just the right environment for mold and mildew to thrive. When mold enters your home it can ruin your property and affect the health of you, your children, and your pets. A new roof removes quite a bit of this risk, and gives you a little more peace of mind.
As you can see, there is more to your new roof than meets the eye. Hopefully, a few of these things will inspire you to approach your upcoming roofing project with excitement and enthusiasm.
Your roof takes up a large percentage of the exterior of your home, and as such is one of the most important aspects of your curb appeal. A well-functioning, beautiful roof can add quite a bit to the dollar value and desirability to a home. Many homeowners choose to replace their roof before selling their home, or just to increase their own satisfaction with the way their home looks. Unfortunately, tearing off a roof can sometimes leave a big mess. Plants can be damaged; debris can be left lying around, etc. You will want to make sure to discuss arrangements for what your roofing contractor plans to do after your roof replacement before it even begins. Here are a few questions you should always ask:
Do You Provide Clean Up Service?
Make sure to ask your roofing contractor how thoroughly they plan to clean up your yard after your new roof is installed. Having a plan for containment can prevent quite a few problems such as: nails lying around the yard, stray roofing debris, and other damage caused by falling debris. Make sure to get all arrangements in writing. No one wants to have a nice new roof without a clean yard to compliment it.
How Do You Plan to Protect My Landscaping?
Sometimes slight damage to the landscape is unavoidable. Re-roofing is a large undertaking with lots of heavy materials coming off and going on your roof. However, there are lots of steps that a roofing contractor can take to prevent wide spread damage. From spreading a tarp over vulnerable areas to having a solid plan for containment: you want a roofing contractor that will do their best to protect your yard. There are a few steps that you can take as well. Make sure to move any valuable objects away from the construction area. Park cars far away, and keep pets indoors.
A responsible roofing contractor will take care with every aspect of your home, and strive to leave every part more beautiful than before. Asking questions, and holding your roofing contractor accountable are good ways to make sure you get great customer service as well as encourage a customer service attitude in the industry.
The entire US have been seeing some extreme winter weather of late. It has put a hold on home sales, home improvement work, and many other kinds of purchases. However, US consumer sentiment is still growing, even in spite of these hurdles. February posted slight gains in The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey recently released.
Results of Consumer Sentiment Survey
Reuter’s surveys gauge certain economic indicators on a 0-100 scale. Any number over 50 indicated a positive response to the particular indicator. Consumer expectations read at 72.7, higher than the 71.2 posted in January. The overall index on consumer sentiment finished at 81.6 for February. This is a .4 increase over the 81.2 number posted for January. While slight, we are continuing to make gains. In fact, this number posted gains on the polled economists’ prediction of 81.3.
Economists also predicted a 94.0 barometer of economic conditions, which was also exceeded by a final 95.4 reading at the end of February. They predicted one-year inflation to be 3.2% and five-to-ten inflation to be 2.9%.
What Does This Mean?
Positive consumer sentiment is a great indicator of a recovering economy because it shows confidence in the decision to make big purchases. Consumers are one the main drivers of economic growth, so willingness to participate means an increase in both the housing market and the economy in general.
As survey director Richard Curtin said, “The most significant implication is not whether consumers have correctly assessed the weather’s negative impact on the economy, but the resilience consumers have demonstrated in the face of the polar vortex as well as higher utility bills and minimal employment gains.”
With both consumer sentiment and home sales on the rise, there has never been a better time to get a great ROI on your home improvement dollar. Something as simple as new roofing shingles can give your home the boost it needs to sell for the highest price.