What Every New Homeowner Needs To Know Before Winter

Old man winter is on his way, but do not fear new homeowners! With a bit planning and some quality time, you’ll have your house ready to face the long winter months ahead in no time at all.

5 Fall Jobs Every New Homeowner Needs To Do

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1. Exterior water spigots: turn them off

Avoid the catastrophe of a burst pipe by double and triple checking that all outside water sources are firmly turned off. 

2. Pretty outdoor plants: trim, trim, prune

Most trees and shrubs like to be trimmed back during their dormant time—which is right now, during fall. For what bushes and trees need to be trimmed and how you best go about it, we found this pruning guide quite helpful.

3. Your furnace: give it professional attention

If it’s your first winter relying on this furnace, you’ll want to make sure it’s running at full capacity. It’s worth getting a professional to come in and tune it up. What exactly does a professional furnance tune up entail? Here's an excellent guide to give you a glimpse into furnace care.

4.Those gutters: don’t ignore them

Gutters catch a lot of things. Take 20 minutes every few Saturdays to climb up on a ladder and clean them out. If getting up on a ladder is out of the question for you on your home or business, give us a call. Gutter cleaning is one of our favorite fall activites. 

5. Lawn full of leaves: rake early; beat the snow

Rake early and rake often. Then keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure you get your final pickup in before the snow flies.

Raking, Yard Waste, Gutter Cleaning: How To Ease Your Way Into Autumn

Raking, Yard Waste, Gutter Cleaning: How To Ease Your Way Into Autumn

September. With it’s back-to-school, back-to-routines, back-to-short days and long nights—autumn always promises to be a full time of year. It's also the time of year when your house and yard require a significant amount of maintenance and prep for that long winter that’s coming. We've rounded up some helpful, 'round-the-house info that's sure to help ease your way into this cooler weather. 

What to do with all that yard waste

In the greater Twin Cities area, you have four choices for yard waste disposal: composting, munching,curbside pick-up, or drop-off sites. Each city has its own rules, but overall we found...

What To Look For In A Quality Roofing Bid

What To Look For In A Quality Roofing Bid

This past month, we stumbled upon this great article about what should be included in a bid from a roofing contractor. And it got us thinking: if it’s someone’s first time to contact a roofing company about roof repairs, new siding, or installing new windows, how would someone know what to look for in the bids received from different roofing companies? 

You’d Google it, that’s what you’d do. So, we thought we’d share some friendly advice about what to look for in a quality roofing bid...

Roof Flashing: 2 Places To Check For Possible Leaks

Roof Flashing: 2 Places To Check For Possible Leaks

Roof flashings and possible leaks

In this video, Guy is up on the roof to show two different roof flashings that might be the cause of leaks in your home. 

First, we see a plumbing exhaust pipe which runs through this particular house's plumbing and sewer system. There's one noticeable problem with this exhaust pipe: the top has fallen off. Squirrels can be especially pesky culprits for messing with these types of pipes. Guy explains why in the video.

Replace Your Siding: 4 Signs That Tell You It's Time

Replace Your Siding: 4 Signs That Tell You It's Time

Is it time to replace your home’s siding?

Your home’s siding works really hard. It does. It withstands snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, ice, and direct sunlight. And as it slowly ages, it will begin to break, crack, warp, or crumble. It’s all just a part of owning a home.

So as a homeowner, how do you know if it’s time to replace your home’s siding? Here are four signs you can watch for.

Professional Snow Removal: What You Want To Know Before You Hire

Professional Snow Removal: What You Want To Know Before You Hire

It's winter in Minnesota, which means that just about anything can happen in terms of the weather. Temperatures can drop to rival the North Pole, unexpected warm days will tempt us to believe spring is on its way, or we'll be buried in lots and lots of snow. So far we've had a bit of all three, but who knows what the next few months could bring! 

Just in case the snow starts to fly again, here's what you need to know about caring for your roof during the winter months.

How much snow is too much snow for my roof? 

Take a look at the ice build up on your roof. How thick is it getting? When it starts to get over four inches thick, you could start to have problems.

2 Ways Your Family Can Give Back This Holiday Season

2 Ways Your Family Can Give Back This Holiday Season

Spreading the reason for the season

As the weather starts to turn cooler and the short days give way for longer cozy nights, our household begins to look with great anticipation towards the season ahead.

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays this time can pass by us too quickly if we don’t intentionally set time aside to remember what this season stands for. Taking the time to give back and invest in our community is something we like to do as an entire family. 

Looking for ways to get your whole family involved in the holiday season? Here are two ideas for you...

How To Get Rid of Ice Dams On Your Roof

How To Get Rid of Ice Dams On Your Roof

The weather these past few Minnesota winters have lent themselves nicely to creating ice dams on homes and commercial buildings alike. All the melting, freezing, melting, re-freezing can really do a number on your roof’s shingles if your house’s insulation is poor.

So How Do Ice Dams Form Anyway?

When there’s a layer of snow sitting on your roof an ice dam is formed when the attic warms up enough to melt the first layer of snow on your roof. 

Drip by drip, the water will trickle down between the layer of snow and shingles until it hits the end of your roof. The edge of your roof stays cold because it extends beyond the attic—thus isn’t being warmed from underneath. There you have the gradual forming of nice mound of ice we call an ice dam...

3 Ways To Keep Squirrels and Small Rodents Out of Your Home

3 Ways To Keep Squirrels and Small Rodents Out of Your Home

How to keep your house free of critters

As the season continues to bring cooler weather, outdoor critters think it’s the perfect time to make their way indoors — right into your home. And this is never fun for any homeowner.

If creepy critters are becoming a problem in your home, here are a couple of places to check to see if it’s how these unwanted guests are finding their way inside.