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Why Add A New Deck

Why Add A New Deck

Last week, we talked about adding new shutters as a simple and cost-effective way to beautify your home this spring. This week, let’s explore another idea to make your home a more enjoyable place to live (and a more attractive option for potential homebuyers, too): a...

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Choosing New Shutters

Choosing New Shutters

Spring is coming, even if it seems like winter will never end. The change of season often finds homeowners itching to make a change in their home’s physical appearance. Whether you are interested in preparing your home for the spring real estate market or just looking...

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How to Find and Hire a Reliable Contractor, Part 2

How to Find and Hire a Reliable Contractor, Part 2

Last week, we offered some ideas to get you started on the path to hiring a great contractor. This week, let’s focus on the second part of that process. After you’ve sought out recommendations from friends, researched potential contractors, and compiled a list of...

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How to Find and Hire a Reliable Contractor, Part 1

How to Find and Hire a Reliable Contractor, Part 1

Do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvements seem like a great idea. But these projects often start out as learning experiences and end up being more trouble than they’re worth. We’ve talked before about why hiring professionals for home repair is a smart and financially...

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Protecting Your Deck in Winter Weather

Protecting Your Deck in Winter Weather

As the cold weather continues, do you find yourself staring longingly at your deck, wishing that the days of barbecues and drinks with little umbrellas in them would hurry up already? We thought so. There’s not much we can do about the cold, but there is a lot you can...

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Storm Windows for Winter Weather Protection

Last week, we talked about the importance of winter window maintenance and discussed some tips to keep your windows in good shape as the cold weather settles in for the season. But there’s one more weapon in your cold weather defense arsenal that we haven’t touched on...

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Winter Window Maintenance Tips

Winter Window Maintenance Tips

It’s easy to think that once the summer sun is gone, so too is the season for home maintenance projects. But just as you keep living in your homes during the winter, so too does your home need ongoing maintenance and repair to keep your family safe and warm all season...

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4 Tips to Make Sure That Your Roof is Santa-Friendly

4 Tips to Make Sure That Your Roof is Santa-Friendly

Happy Holidays to all homeowners from Advance, Inc.! This week, we’d like to make sure that all roofs and chimneys are clean, safe, and Santa-friendly in preparation for the upcoming holiday. Make sure that roofs aren’t overburdened with snow and ice. If you read our...

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How to Protect Your Roof from Snow Damage this Year

How to Protect Your Roof from Snow Damage this Year

For homeowners in the Delaware Valley, the season’s first few snows are just beginning to fall. Now is the time to learn how to prevent snow and weather damage from affecting the integrity of your roof, and save yourself from costly repairs and replacements down the...

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How Do You Know if You Need New Windows?

How Do You Know if You Need New Windows?

Replacing your windows is one of those house maintenance tasks that may only need to be done once every twenty years, so it can be difficult to determine when the right time is, since you may not know how old the windows were when you moved in. Getting the timing...

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How to Minimize Your Chances of Winter Accidents

How to Minimize Your Chances of Winter Accidents

Many accidents occurring in the home happen around winter time, where harsh and changing conditions make for a more hazardous living space. To reduce your chance of accidents happening around the home this winter, you can take a few practical steps to reduce your...

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Replacing Windows in the Winter?

Replacing Windows in the Winter?

If you’re a homeowner, you’ve likely never considered getting your windows replaced in the winter time, assuming it was impossible, and left off important home improvement projects until the spring. There’s actually no need to wait for the warmer weather to replace...

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How to Fight Winter Condensation

How to Fight Winter Condensation

Have you ever experienced your windows fogging up or getting wet on the inside during the winter? Roofing and windows specialists get lots of calls for this, because some homeowners believe that moisture building up on the inside of the window indicates that the...

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Attic Insulation is the Money-Saver We Ignore

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about weatherizing the lived-in areas of your home. Today, the focus of our energy series will be on a part of our homes that we often neglect, from spring cleaning to installing insulation: the attic. You can improve the...

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How to Prevent Energy Loss in Your Home

Fall is on the horizon. As cooler temperatures draw near, it’s time to begin thinking about how you can prevent energy loss and improve the energy efficiency of your home. The key to meeting these goals is making sure your heating system (or, in the summer, your AC)...

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How to Price Out a New Entry Door

For our final post in our entry door series, we’ll tackle what many homeowners would say is the most important factor that drives any home improvement project: cost. It’s important that when you begin looking for your new entry door, you have an idea of your budget...

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How to Choose the Best Entry Door Material for Your Home

We’ve spent the last few weeks exploring the aesthetic appeal, safety, and energy efficiency the right entry door can bring to your home. While we have touched on the upsides and drawbacks of a variety of entry door types within these posts, this week we’ll focus on...

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