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on 01/15/2015 - 04:22 pm
Category: Home Technology
Bryan Rutkosky from BERS HVAC recommends servicing your furnace once a year. For most shops, this means cleaning the insides of the system and preemptively addressing any issues before they become problems.
If you're currently experiencing problems with your HVAC system, inquire about the fees and pricing associated with a house call BEFORE inviting the contractor into your home.
Some, but not all, HVAC companies will charge you for making a visit. This can make getting multiple opinions on the same issue quite costly. It's worth noting that many companies will waive their fee if the homeowner uses them to fix the problem.
Second, lock down—in no uncertain terms—what the "quo ...
on 11/03/2014 - 03:56 pm
Category: Décor & Lighting
By Kelli Comer
Your favorite scents and aromas can speak volumes about your personality. An inviting aroma can make your home memorable when guests walk in. Endless scents and fragrances are available when it comes to candles.
Take this quick quiz to find out what your favorite scent says about you and your home.
Where else do you imagine yourself on a dreary Ohio day?
On the beach in Miami, sipping a piña colada
In the mountains of Colorado, skiing the day away
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, enjoying the outdoors
Snuggled in a cabin in Gatlinburg, reading a book
What is your favorite thing to do?
Have a wine night with your best girlfriends
Build a snowman with y ...
on 11/03/2014 - 07:18 pm
Category: Décor & Lighting
Ohio homes have history. And where history is, scary stories are sure to follow. Last year, we profiled the 13 most haunted places in Northeast Ohio. This year, we've expanded our investigation to include the entirety of Ohio, from political poltergeists to chilling children.
Historical fact or fantastical hearsay—you decide.
Brown House (Athens)
A ghastly greeting
Millie Brown loves Ohio University, and she's not going to let dying get in the way of showing a little courtesy to passersby.
The Brown House was built in the 1920s, and Ms. Brown lived there for much of her adult life. Known for her friendly nature ...
on 11/03/2014 - 03:45 pm
Category: Décor & Lighting
When the doldrums creep in, brighten your spaces with LED lighting behind a stained glass portrait.
Add color and warmth to a room—without the sun—which can be especially essential during the greyness of Northeast Ohio's colder months.
Instead of putting the stained glass in an opening that relies on outside lighting, fit the glass inside a niche with lighting you control. LEDs are a common choice because of their long life, soft glow, and low energy consumption. (And they're cutting edge. The team that made white light LEDs possible won the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics.)
Wire the lighting to a switch, and you've got a custom art installation, a one-of-a-kind light fixture, or ...
on 10/27/2014 - 02:10 pm
Category: Home Exteriors
Chris Brosch has been with LeafFilter Gutter Protection since 2005, and he's sure he's a better person for it. What started as a small group of Ohio natives in a basement office has grown into an award-winning organization that has installed 19 million feet of gutter protection from Washington to Massachusetts.
Chris attributes their success to two things—the product and the people.
The LeafFilter product is designed to allow water (and only water) to flow into the gutter and away from the home, while leaves and debris fall to the ground. LeafFilter does this without uprooting, unfastening, or otherwise disturbing the roof and its warranty.
The other half of ...
Jaime Johnson was a building industry insider long before she formed Perfect Home Restoration in 2013. Fed up with the subpar customer experience that characterized her interaction with the industry, Jaime set out to create her own home contracting company that emphasized quality craftsmanship, materials, and customer support.
Perfect Home Restoration is a GAF certified roofing contractor that prides itself on using Amish craftsman and locally bought materials.
By Ronald Palmer
Owner, Mallard’s Edge
If real life were like a television show, buying a house would be as simple as walking through three properties, considering the pros and cons of each, and making an offer that always gets accepted. But as most homeowners can attest, the home-buying process can be frustrating and confusing.
To help minimize your stress, here are the top five questions to ask when house hunting.
What is the actual price of the home?
In many cases, the asking price is just a starting point. Whether you are working with an agent or on your own, ask about the seller’s bottom line and why he is moving (situations like divorces and job transfers often prompt ...
By Bryan Rutkosky
Owner, BERS HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical & Energy Auditing
Before you select and hire a plumber, there are some things you should be on the lookout for as you engage in the selection process. Otherwise, you could end up with costly follow-up repairs and even damaged personal property resulting from water leaks.
First, check them out online, no matter how small the job. Search for reviews and testimonials, but read skeptically. The anonymity of the internet makes fibbing an easy and attractive option for less-than-principled contractors. Don't discount the importance and availability of offline, interpersonal reviews. If someone had a strongly negati ...
on 10/20/2014 - 03:48 pm
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Décor & Lighting, Energy Savings, Garage/Basement/Storage, Home Exteriors, Home Technology, Kitchen & Bath, Lawn & Garden, Windows & Doors
HGExpo attended the Ohio Home Expo September 20-21 at the North Olmsted Soccer Sportsplex. We asked the industry's top experts how to interview potential contractors.
What questions need to be asked? What answers should homeowners look for?
By Terry Giguere
Owner, Lawndale Electric
Sometimes it may seem attractive to reduce the cost of a home project by employing the services of the neighborhood handyman, or buying your brother-in-law a six pack and turning him loose. That strategy may work on some small, non-hazardous projects, but electrical work surely isn’t one of them.
Ask anybody who has felt the frightening sensation of 120 volts of power rumbling through their arms; electricity is nothing to play around with. A single mistake in wiring could create fire hazard or a short circuit that could give a family member quite a jolt.
Aside from the obvious safety issues, you may be shocked to learn that you can be liabl ...