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Be diligent when dealing with asbestos in your home

Emily Walsh
Community Outreach Director
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Protecting your home and exterminating ants from your property

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCE
Training manager / Entomologist
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Preventing squirrels from getting into your home

Chad Gore PhD
Rentokil Regional Technical Director/ Entomologist
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How to prevent cockroaches in your home

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCE
Training manager / Entomologist
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Cooler weather brings mice: How to effectively set a mousetrap

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCE
Training manager / Entomologist
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Cooler weather brings spiders: How to prevent an infestation

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCE
Training manager / Entomologist
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How to protect your home and neighborhood from wildfire damage

Brian Taylor
Executive Director for the Talega Maintenance Corporation
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Turn your home into a smart home: A guide to home automation

Lindsay Kirchhausen
Marketing Manager
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Home Improvement

This is the age of do-it-yourself home improvement. Megastores Lowe’s and Home Depot dot the country’s landscape like Walmart. We’ve never been more prepared to tackle home projects. Consequently, our honey-do list seems to grow even as we check off these projects. As home owners, we all need expert advice from time to time whether it’s painting our home’s exterior or hiring the right contractor for a task that is too big. For these and other jobs, let ExpertBeacon’s home improvement experts be your guide. 

Be diligent when dealing with asbestos in your home

Emily Walsh Community Outreach Director Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

According to the EPA, over 30 million homes in the United States still contain some traces of asbestos. Asbestos, which can also be found in office buildings and schools, is considered dangerous and can cause many harmful diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Find out the issues that asbestos pose, and the best way to detect and solve asbestos problems near you.

Emily WalshCommunity Outreach Director

Emily Walsh is the Community Outreach Director at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Her role is to connect the alliance in different relevant online communities in order to help raise awareness around the dangers that asbestos still poses today ...

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Spring cleaning reduces dust and allergens and improves your health

It’s that time of year again when we tidy up the house and take part in the annual spring cleaning tradition. This is important as it gives many people the sense of starting over with a clean slate. But beyond that, spring cleaning has some important health benefits, because if your home is a truly healthy environment, you and your family will be free of the “wheezes and sneezes” that come with the warmer weather and pollen-filled months.

Robin WilsonPresident and CEO

Robin Wilson is a nationally recognized eco-friendly and healthy space interior designer - an expert focused on allergy/asthma related issues in indoor quality. Ms. Wilson has served as an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of Amer...

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How to prevent cockroaches in your home

Pest infestations of any kind are a household nuisance. However, most people consider cockroaches one of the most unwanted pests in any environment as well as a risk to human health. Cockroaches in the home environment are a health hazard not only because of the risks posed by cockroach antigens to asthma sufferers, especially asthmatic children and the elderly, but also because they can carry diseases like Salmonella by picking up germs on the spines of their legs. Here are a few simple tips to prevent these pests from accessing your home.

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCETraining manager / Entomologist

After graduating from Lehigh Carbon Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology, Nancy became a certified veterinary technician. Nancy worked as a zookeeper while pursuing a B.S. degree in Environmental Science at East Strou...

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Cooler weather brings spiders: How to prevent an infestation

As the weather begins to cool, spiders become more noticeable because this is the time of year when many spiders are at their peak in size, and a countless number are lurking about looking for mates. During this time, spiders (and their unsightly webbing) are spotted in abundance in yards, around structures and wandering inside homes. Here are a few simple tips to protect your home from a spider invasion.

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCETraining manager / Entomologist

After graduating from Lehigh Carbon Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology, Nancy became a certified veterinary technician. Nancy worked as a zookeeper while pursuing a B.S. degree in Environmental Science at East Strou...

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How to protect your home and neighborhood from wildfire damage

Brian Taylor Executive Director for the Talega Maintenance Corporation FirstService Residential

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, in 2014 there have already been more than 40,000 wildfires throughout the United States that have scorched over three million acres of land. Many of those fires took homes with them as they jumped across barriers onto shrubs to trees. With so many people living in zero-lot communities, property managers and boards need to address fire safety and prevention measures outside the home, as well as inside.

Brian TaylorExecutive Director for the Talega Maintenance Corporation

Brian Taylor is the Executive Director for the Talega Maintenance Corporation, a premier private community in Southern California managed by FirstService Residential, and has worked extensively with the county and state fire authorities on fire ...

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Advice for the amateur gardener on how to develop a green thumb

Kim Lewey Co-owner Lewey Landscaping & LawnCare, Inc.

When summer gets into full swing, many amateur and experienced gardeners go out to get their hands in the dirt. If you are new to gardening or don’t have much of a green thumb, you can still cultivate success with a little planning and knowledge. Take a look at these tips below to get started on a great garden.

Kim LeweyCo-owner

Kim Lewey is co-owner of Lewey Landscaping & LawnCare, Inc., which she established with her husband, Mike, in 2001. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Lewey Landscaping & LawnCare is a locally-owned and operated company that provides landscaping ...

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Advice for installing a home irrigation or sprinkler system

Kim Lewey Co-owner Lewey Landscaping & LawnCare, Inc.

While rain is often the preferred (and most cost-effective) method for keeping your lawn lush and green year-round, other options are more dependable. Installing an irrigation system to water your grass can take some of the headache out of lawn care, as you don’t have to worry as much about the weather and have more control over a sprinkler’s output. Setting up an irrigation system isn’t easy and should be left to professionals, so knowing exactly what to do will ensure lawn care success in the long run.

Kim LeweyCo-owner

Kim Lewey is co-owner of Lewey Landscaping & LawnCare, Inc., which she established with her husband, Mike, in 2001. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Lewey Landscaping & LawnCare is a locally-owned and operated company that provides landscaping ...

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How to build a beautiful fire pit in your backyard for family fun

Trying to make your home the “Belle of the Block” in the hopes that it will sell more easily? Outdoor spaces are an excellent way to drive up property values, fire pits included. A fire pit is a multi-season space, creating opportunities to roast marshmallows with the kids in the summer or sit down for long chats with the neighbors on a cool fall evening.

With the decision to place a fire pit in your yard comes a variety of options and decisions to make: Portable or permanent? Wood-burning or gas? What color stone should you use?

David BerryhillOwner

David Berryhill is the owner of Archadeck of Chicagoland, a franchise that specializes in outdoor living. He and his wife Kristen work together in their family business, creating memorable and unique outdoor living spaces for homeowners in the C...

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How to avoid home improvement and renovation scams

Doug Gathof Business owner, general contractor 360 Painting

Warm weather is prime time for home improvements, and many of us hire people to help with these tasks. But before you let strangers in, you need to take precautions to keep your home safe, and make sure you get the work you pay for! Homeowners should do their homework and educate themselves before the work begins on your home.

Doug GathofBusiness owner, general contractor

Doug Gathof is the owner of 360 Painting in Stafford, Va., and is also a class A licensed general contractor. Gathof’s 360 Painting business offers commercial and residential painting services in Stafford and Prince William counties in Virginia....

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Remodel your kitchen to be functional, efficient, and stylish

Remodeling a kitchen is no easy feat. There are many aspects to consider, from appliances to cabinetry to choosing a backsplash. It’s important that your kitchen is functional, efficient, and stylish.

Sindi Landman and Lisa ShapotDesign duo

The Think Tank is comprised of design duo, Sindi Landman and Lisa Shapot, who have joined together in business to combine their eclectic tastes and expertise in the home design market to bring affordable renovations to home owners looking to re-...

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Creating your first garden will take work and constant attention

Your first garden can take many forms depending on what you are interested in growing and what kind of conditions you have at your site. For example, gardens can provide food, flowers or a landscape for a park or residential home. Sometimes beginners find out the hard way that what we want to have in the garden is not always realistic or possible . Either way, whatever the preliminary goals are, they will eventually be informed by the site and what is possible and ultimately useful for the gardener.

Maureen HackettHorticulturist

Ms. Hackett has a degree in Horticultural Science and is a Registered Soil Scientist with the USDA, Soil Conservation Service. She currently provides full service landscape design and installation for many corporate and private clients in th...

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DIY advice for decluttering and spring cleaning your home

The birds are chirping, buds are popping and there seems to be a big buzz about spring. Every season our body wants to shed the previous one and what better way than to freshen up your home surroundings? Spring fever will give you the energy to trade in your heavyweight winter clutter for a lighter, brighter home environment.

The best way to get motivated to de-clutter and do some spring cleaning is to have a vision of what your home could look like after it is done. I'm not talking about a whole upheaval either, something within your grasp mentally and your purse financially.

Smith BanfieldIn-Home Stylist

Smith Banfield, Founder of Clear Space, is an In-Home Stylist with 20+ years’ experience in the visual arts. By cultivating her design, color and photography skills, she uses her talents to help people feel more fulfilled by learning to live wit...

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How to start your first vegetable garden and grow your own vegetables

Jon Feldman Residential landscape consultant, garden designer/builder, horticulturist G. Biloba Gardens, Inc.

Do you long to eat a salad picked with your own hands from plants growing outside your kitchen door? Would you like to make pesto from basil you nurtured from seed? Does the idea of self-sufficiency turn you on? After reading this article, you will have the ability to build the basic structures for a vegetable garden of your own, choose the type of veggies best suited to your property, understand basic plant care and understand how to deal with potential problems you might face trying to nurture veggies and protect them from insect and animal invaders.

Jon FeldmanResidential landscape consultant, garden designer/builder, horticulturist

Jon Feldman is a professional landscape designer and started his design/build company, G. biloba Gardens, Inc., in 1982. His formal training is in the fields of Botany and Horticuture. He has a keen interest in, and extensive knowledge of, lands...

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Warm weather brings termites - How to prevent and stop an infestation

During spring when temperatures increase, so do the potential for swarms of termites. Considered one of the most destructive insects in the world, termites cause billions of dollars in property damage each year. Protecting your home and spotting termite infestations is the first line of defense against these harmful insects. The first full week of spring is also Termite Awareness Week, so here are some simple steps to identify a termite infestation should you have one and what to do to prevent these damaging insects from destroying your home-sweet-home.

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCETraining manager / Entomologist

After graduating from Lehigh Carbon Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology, Nancy became a certified veterinary technician. Nancy worked as a zookeeper while pursuing a B.S. degree in Environmental Science at East Strou...

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Advice on choosing the paint colors for the rooms in your home

Its effect on us may seem unnoticeable, but scientific research indicates that color does in fact play a significant role in how we react to an object or space. The colors you choose for the rooms in your home will have an impact not only on your family but on your house guests as well. Here is some advice to help you redesign your home and help guide you to make suitable paint color choices.

Sabine SchoenbergFounder

My passion for home design began at an early age. As a youngster growing up in Germany, I decorated and redecorated my bedroom frequently, experimenting with layouts, colors and objects found in and around my little village. Fast forward to ...

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Prevent cockroach infestation and protect your family's health

Dr. Jim Fredericks Chief Entomologist and Director of Technical Services National Pest Management Association (NPMA)

Cockroaches are more than just gross – they are also harmful to our health. These pests are capable of carrying 33 different kinds of bacteria from common dwellings like sewers to the inside of our homes. Moreover, they are one of the leading indoor triggers of asthma and allergies, especially in children. In fact, 63 percent of American homes contain allergens from cockroaches, which are most commonly introduced through cockroach saliva, droppings, and decomposing bodies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Dr. Jim FredericksChief Entomologist and Director of Technical Services

Dr. Fredericks is a Board Certified Entomologist and Environmental Health Specialist. He received his BS in Biology Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and his MS in Entomology from The University of Delaware in 2001. ...

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Improve your home's energy efficiency and save money

Samantha Reeves Senior Real Estate and Homebuying Expert Veterans United Home Loans

Winter months can dramatically drive up your utility bills. However, the chilly weather doesn’t have to leave you dreading your next gas or electric bill. By simply making a few easy and typically inexpensive updates, you can increase your home’s energy efficiency and reduce the cost of your utility bills.

Samantha ReevesSenior Real Estate and Homebuying Expert

Samantha Reeves is a former attorney and mortgage loan originator who now uses her expertise to educate veterans and military families about the homebuying process. Samantha writes for Veterans United Home Loans as the Senior Real Estate and Hom...

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Eliminate the chance of mice and rodents entering your home

As the temperatures decline many of us have to brace ourselves for the cooler months ahead—and we are not the only species making preparations. Mice, too, are hard at work as they find ways to move indoors to establish cozy nesting sites before the winter months arrive. Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent rodents from making your home their winter domicile.

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCETraining manager / Entomologist

After graduating from Lehigh Carbon Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology, Nancy became a certified veterinary technician. Nancy worked as a zookeeper while pursuing a B.S. degree in Environmental Science at East Strou...

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Prepare your lawn for winter and prevent snow mold

As fall kicks into high gear, now is the time for homeowners to begin to put their lawns to bed for winter and prepare them for a flourishing spring. One of the primary fall lawn care practices that homeowners need to be careful of is over-fertilizing as applying too much fertilizer can lead to snow mold, a lawn’s worst nightmare. This fungal disease transpires in the early spring as the snow melts and appears as pink, circular patches of dead and matted grass. When it comes to fertilization, less is more.

Chris LemckeNational Technical Director

Weed Man USA, North America’s No. 1 franchised lawn care provider, is a network of locally owned and operated lawn care businesses providing environmentally responsible fertilization, weed control and integrated pest management services. For mor...

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Advice on hiring an interior designer that reflects your lifestyle

While planning for an interior design enhancement to your home can be exciting, it can also be difficult to find the right designer for you. When hiring an interior designer, it’s crucial to follow some simple guidelines to ensure that you choose someone who is experienced, understands your tastes, and will create a design that reflects your lifestyle.

Frances HerreraFounder & President

Acclaimed for her “livable luxury” design principles, Frances Herrera established her design firm in New York City in 2002, and in 2013 expanded her services to throughout South Florida, where she resides. Frances believes that personal atte...

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Expert advice on protecting your home from rats and rodents

Protecting your home from mice and other pests requires some extra cleanliness and attention to the area surrounding your house (even if it’s one of the last things we’d like to think about). These little home invaders are always on the lookout for sources of food, warmth, and nesting opportunities; they prey on messiness and hidden nooks to get what they need.

Here is some simple expert advice to help protect your home from mice, rats, and all manner of other rodents.

Kari Warberg BlockFounder and CEO

Earth-Kind founder and CEO Block was recently recognized as a runner-up for National Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Three top small business people were chosen from among 54 entrepreneurs who had bee...

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Build a low maintenance and durable composite deck for your home

Tammy Sanders Coordinator of Warranty and Consumer Services Fiberon

Let’s face it, when homeowners are researching decking and railing materials to expand their outdoor living space, a product that is low maintenance should be pretty high on their list of requirements. Composite materials are the answer. Composite decking and railing has come a long way over the past couple of decades and can now be as beautiful as wood—and as low maintenance as concrete or stone.

Tammy SandersCoordinator of Warranty and Consumer Services

I have been a Fiberon employee for 11 years. As Coordinator of Warranty and Consumer Services at Fiberon, I work with consumers daily to help them purchase, install, maintain and enjoy their decks. My expertise includes the technical aspects of ...

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Expert advice on painting the exterior of your home

Before winter sets in, many people like to take advantage of the autumn weather and tackle repair projects around the home. Exterior painting is one of these such projects and can often require significant time and effort. If this daunting task is something you would like to bravely undertake, there are several basic do's and don’ts that you should be aware of while doing so. Keep these in mind, and good luck.

Tom Lopatosky, Jr. Proprietor, LOPCO Contracting

Known as the "Professional, Personable, Particular Painters," LOPCO Contracting specializes in exterior painting, interior painting, and carpentry. LOPCO Contracting also has special expertise in working with lead paint stabilization and histori...

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Protecting your home and exterminating ants from your property

As warmer weather sets in, there is always an increase in pest activity. One of the top most common pests that you will find this time of year is ants. Ants are social insects that can form large colonies, with numbers totaling in the thousands. Most ants that are spotted indoors are coming in from outside in search of food, water or shelter. Typically, ants will march into your home or business to look for sweet and sticky food stored in kitchen cupboards and food pantries. Once an ant has discovered a food source, it leaves a pheromone trail.

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCETraining manager / Entomologist

After graduating from Lehigh Carbon Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology, Nancy became a certified veterinary technician. Nancy worked as a zookeeper while pursuing a B.S. degree in Environmental Science at East Strou...

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Preventing squirrels from getting into your home

Chad Gore PhD Rentokil Regional Technical Director/ Entomologist Rentokil North American Pest Control

A dip in temperature usually forces people indoors to keep warm and stay safe. But the need for warmth is not limited to humans. Cooler weather can cause many pests and wildlife to scurry indoors for warmth and food, including squirrels. While squirrels seem harmless enough, they can chew through loose roofing or foundations or slip through chimneys and other existing holes into your attic, chimney or crawlspace to nest.

Chad Gore PhDRentokil Regional Technical Director/ Entomologist

After graduating with a B.S. in Biology, Chad continued in the graduate program at California University of Pennsylvania where he earned an M.S. in Biology. During this period, he worked on the biological control of gypsy moths in Western PA and...

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Cooler weather brings mice: How to effectively set a mousetrap

As the temperature continues to decline and we prepare for cooler weather, it is time to remember that rodents are doing the same. Safe shelter and a small amount of food is all it takes to sustain an infestation of mice in the home. If you suspect rodents in your home, it is recommended to contact a pest control professional to have them eliminated; however, many homeowners resort to do-it-yourself remedies, such as setting mouse traps. Here are a few simple tips to consider when placing mouse traps throughout your home.

Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCETraining manager / Entomologist

After graduating from Lehigh Carbon Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology, Nancy became a certified veterinary technician. Nancy worked as a zookeeper while pursuing a B.S. degree in Environmental Science at East Strou...

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How to hire the best HVAC contractor or repairman

When looking for an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Contractor, it can be a little overwhelming deciding who is the best choice for the job. HVAC companies tend to handle repairs, installation and maintenance of heating and cooling systems for homeowners, commercial businesses or both. If you follow these quick and simple tips, it could make the difference between hiring an amateur versus hiring an expert.

Cory ContrerasOwner

Cory Contreras is the co-owner of Lex Air Conditioning and Heating. Together with his brother, Anthony, the Contreras brothers took over their father’s HVAC business and have continued a family legacy. Earning rave reviews from residents and bus...

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Turn your home into a smart home: A guide to home automation

Home automation has grown rapidly over the past few years, and it shows no sign of stopping – recent reports estimate that over half a billion wireless smart home devices will be installed worldwide by 2018. Home automation is what it sounds like: automating the ability to control items around the house — from window shades to garage doors — with a simple push of a button. Thanks to Z-Wave technology, automated products can communicate with you (with and each other) easily and in seconds.

Lindsay KirchhausenMarketing Manager

Lindsay is a customer-focused marketing professional, with demonstrated expertise in retail, marketing, merchandising, sales management, promotions, brand development, digital media and customer relationship management, assortment strategies, ne...

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What to know before you hire a landscaper for your home

There are certain tasks that can be too overwhelming for a homeowner who wants to spruce up their lawn, and that’s when you want to call in a professional to take care of it for you. Hiring a landscape contractor can actually help you avoid mistakes and problems that could lower your property’s value, essentially saving you a lot of money in the long run. The real question is though, how do you know if you’re hiring the right landscape contractor for your home?

Here are some guidelines for hiring a landscaper.

Craig Jenkins-SuttonPresident and Co-Owner

Craig’s love of the landscape was a natural progression of his upbringing in central Minnesota where he grew up at a youth camp where his father was the director and his mother oversaw the kitchen. Normal chores revolved around maintaining the c...

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How to successfully plant and grow an organic vegetable garden

With the amount of pesticides and heavy use of chemical fertilizers changing the quality of food nowadays, it’s no wonder more people are seeking out organic options. Although organic foods can get a bit expensive, there is a way to grow mouth-watering fresh produce all by yourself in your own backyard. Growing organic vegetable gardens can be easy to do, as long you pay attention to your garden.

Here are some of the Do’s and Don’ts of growing an organic vegetable garden in your yard.

Craig Jenkins-SuttonPresident and Co-Owner

Craig’s love of the landscape was a natural progression of his upbringing in central Minnesota where he grew up at a youth camp where his father was the director and his mother oversaw the kitchen. Normal chores revolved around maintaining the c...

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How to check references when hiring a contractor for your home

Job interviews are a must for any profession and having good references is an important part of the hiring process. A good contractor will have a long list of references and jobs that any prospective client can check out. Asking references open-ended, pointed questions can give you insight into the type of workers your prospective painter employs, the time and money required for a typical job, and best of all, how the painting project turned out.

Wesley WernerOwner

Wesley Werner is the owner of 360 Painting in Houston. He has spent the past 35 years in the construction industry and currently offers commercial and residential painting services in Montgomery, Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria and Galveston countie...

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What you should check before hiring a painter for your home

Nothing works better for keeping up with the Joneses than having a home with great appeal -- both inside and outside. A fresh coat of paint is an easy way to spruce up your home and can be done by professionals. No need to lift a finger! Hiring a painter may seem simple, but there are several things to consider when looking for someone to take your home to the next level.

Steve DixonOwner

Steve Dixon is the first 360° Painting franchisee in Canada. Located in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, Steve’s business meets the demand for professional and reliable painting services due to the booming housing industry in the Oakville, Mississauga...

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Choose the right location for a garden and plant seeds correctly

Starting your first garden can be an overwhelming task. Here are some great tricks and tips to help you get started and plan a great garden. As long as you plan and do some research, anyone can have a beautiful garden.

Gillian LuceSenior Marketing Manager

As the senior marketing manager, Gillian is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of content, managing consumer marketing and public relations for Homes.com. Gillian enjoys DIY projects and gardening in her spare time. ...

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Finishing a basement starts with preparation and careful planning

A finished basement is a great addition to any home. Many overlook the potential that this space holds. Picture a new entertainment area, or perhaps the home office you’ve always wanted! Space is space - above ground or on your lowest floor. Here’s how to transform this undervalued space.

Sabine SchoenbergFounder

My passion for home design began at an early age. As a youngster growing up in Germany, I decorated and redecorated my bedroom frequently, experimenting with layouts, colors and objects found in and around my little village. Fast forward to ...

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Growing a successful fruit garden requires planning and preparation

Stella Otto Garden writer, horticulturist OttoGraphics

Two big keys that will help you find fun and success in fruit gardening are planning and proper preparation of the site. Investing a small effort in the early stages of garden development will get the garden off to a strong start and pay big dividends in healthy plants, bountiful harvests, low maintenance, and longevity of the garden.

Stella OttoGarden writer, horticulturist

Stella Otto is the award winning author of The Backyard Orchardist: A complete guide to growing fruit trees in the home garden and The Backyard Berry Book: A hands-on guide to growing berries, brambles and vine fruit in the home garden. Stel...

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How to detect and remove asbestos in your home or business

Robert Weitz Certified Microbial Investigator and Founder RTK Environmental Group

Asbestos is deadly, and may be lurking in your home, school, or office. The most dangerous asbestos fibers are too small to be visible. Once inhaled, they lodge in the lungs forever. Find out what you need to know about asbestos detection, monitoring, and removal to protect your family, employees, and yourself.

Robert WeitzCertified Microbial Investigator and Founder

Robert Weitz is Chief of Operations and Principal of RTK Environmental Group, LLC. He is a licensed Lead Inspector Risk Assessor in New York and Connecticut, and holds the Certified Microbial Investigator accreditation from the American Council ...

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Prevent and control ant infestations in and around your home

When warm weather rolls around, homeowners across the country look forward to gearing up for a season of outdoor fun. Whether picnicking, barbecuing or simply soaking up some sun, nothing crashes a party like an army of ants. Ants are some of the most annoying household pests, but take heart. Ants are easy to control if the proper steps are taken.

Stewart ClarkDirector of Research and Development

Stewart Clark, a trained chemist and biologist, has worked for nearly 30 years developing products to control ants and other household pests. Clark currently serves as the Director of Research and Development for TERRO®, a leading manufacturer o...

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Advice for organizing your home, belongings and important documents

Frank Darras Founding Partner and Disability Lawyer DarrasLaw, America’s Top Disability Firm

It’s time to put your organization cap on. Every now and then families need to come together and take a real hard look at what they own. Perhaps it’s the whole house that needs attention or maybe it’s just your documents, but it is never too late to start organizing. Getting started may be the hardest part, so here are some tips to nudge you in the right direction.

Frank DarrasFounding Partner and Disability Lawyer

Frank N. Darras made a decision nearly a quarter century ago that would affect tens of thousands of Americans. Darras took the road less traveled to help the sick, disabled, and elderly mount a heroic fight against billion-dollar insurance compa...

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Advice for growing and maintaining the perfect lawn

A happy, green lawn is what most homeowners strive for. A healthy lawn enhances the neighborhood, increases property value and makes it overall enjoyable for the family to enjoy. The following are some tips for obtaining a perfect lawn.

Chris LemckeNational Technical Director

Weed Man USA, North America’s No. 1 franchised lawn care provider, is a network of locally owned and operated lawn care businesses providing environmentally responsible fertilization, weed control and integrated pest management services. For mor...

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How to prevent and remove an ant infestation in your home

Missy Henriksen Vice President of Public Affairs National Pest Management Association (NPMA)

As a species, ants are one of the most successful organisms on the planet. They are present on every continent, except Antarctica, and are highly diversified to be able to take advantage of many niche environments all over the world.

Missy HenriksenVice President of Public Affairs

Missy Henriksen joined the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) in 2009 with more than 20 years experience in managing trade associations. In her role as the Vice President of Public Affairs for the Association, Henriksen serves as a spo...

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Advice on budget friendly renovations to create a beautiful home

The holidays are around the corner and so are all those family and friends just waiting to visit and share a little holiday spirit. While playing host and celebrating the season’s cheer, you want to be proud of the spaces within your home.

If you are like most Americans, you will spend an estimated $737 on average on gifts, décor, greeting cards and related items this holiday season. You don’t want to add a massive renovation to the list of expenses.

Cannon ChristianPresident

Cannon Christian oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, focusing on business development, marketing and sales. He also specializes in accounting, finance and human resources for the company, as well as research and financial analysis...

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Reduce weeds on your property to help create a healthy lawn

Dick Bare CEO/President Arbor-Nomics Turf Inc.

In national surveys, homeowners complain about weed control being their No. 1 nemesis in having a perfect lawn. Weeds are difficult because there are many different kinds: perennial, annual, monocot, dicot, etc. Usually putting more emphasis on a healthy growing lawn is the answer to good weed control.

Dick BareCEO/President

Dick Bare founded Arbor-Nomics - a lawn, tree and shrub care company serving Atlanta, GA and Nashville, TN - almost 33 years ago based on "old-fashioned customer service." Today that same philosophy still applies. Arbor-Nomics Turf in Atlant...

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Expert advice on preparing for a stress-free home renovation

When beginning the process of a home renovation, it’s easy to become confused or frustrated. There are so many choices, and it’s important to make the right ones to ensure that your project is within budget, reflects your goals, and fits your lifestyle. By following this simple advice when preparing for a home renovation, you can make your home renovation project an enjoyable experience.

Frances HerreraFounder & President

Acclaimed for her “livable luxury” design principles, Frances Herrera established her design firm in New York City in 2002, and in 2013 expanded her services to throughout South Florida, where she resides. Frances believes that personal atte...

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Regular maintenance of plumbing can save on costly repairs later

Much like an automobile, the plumbing system in your home requires regular maintenance and upkeep. There are preventative plumbing maintenance tips that are easy for anyone to follow and it can save a lot of money by preventing the need for large repairs; it can also improve the efficiency of pipes and faucets resulting in a decrease of consumption. Regular maintenance will always be better than needing to fix a plumbing problem later, but be careful and don’t exceed your limits.

Larry RothmanDirector of Plumbing Services

Larry Rothman is a Master Plumber who has been with Roto-Rooter Services Company for more than twenty years. He has extensive expertise in plumbing innovation and technology as well as both commercial and residential plumbing service....

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Save money, live green with these eco-friendly bathroom upgrades

There are many eco-friendly upgrades a consumer might consider for the bathroom. From top of the line, brand new fixtures to less expensive retrofits, there is something for every budget. Installing green plumbing fixtures that add value, whether a homeowner is remodeling because they intend to stay in the home for several more years or they intend to resell it. These solutions will save money on the water bill month after month.

Larry RothmanDirector of Plumbing Services

Larry Rothman is a Master Plumber who has been with Roto-Rooter Services Company for more than twenty years. He has extensive expertise in plumbing innovation and technology as well as both commercial and residential plumbing service....

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How to choose a contractor for your home

Hiring a contractor to work on your home is never an easy thing to do and can often be a stressful undertaking in and of itself. However, what is even more difficult and stressful is hiring the wrong contractor. Hiring the wrong contactor can be disastrous, lead to more money spent than what should have been spent in the first place and more than likely lead to a second contractor search to fix the mistakes of the first contractor. Never fear. Here is a helpful checklist of things you should do and not do when looking for someone to professionally work on your home.

Tom Lopatosky, Jr. Proprietor, LOPCO Contracting

Known as the "Professional, Personable, Particular Painters," LOPCO Contracting specializes in exterior painting, interior painting, and carpentry. LOPCO Contracting also has special expertise in working with lead paint stabilization and histori...

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