Spring Cleaning Your Home’s Exterior

Your home protects you from the elements but you have to protect it a little too. Spring is upon us and it might be time to start thinking about cleaning up the outside of your house. A little maintenance can help keep your home looking great and make it last a long time.

Fortunately, cleaning the outside of your home is easier than you might think. With just a little time and the right tool you can have your home looking ready for company.

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-clean-wood-siding/?How to Clean Wood Siding – Bob Vila Think your wood siding needs a fresh coat of paint? Maybe. Or it could be that your wood clapboard, lap, or shingle siding simply needs a thorough cleaning.

Homeowners have always prized wood for its unparalleled appearance, but like any siding material, it requires periodic maintenance. With wood in particular, the challenge is to avoid doing more harm than good. For instance, you might be tempted to clean wood siding with a pressure washer, thinking it would make quick work of things. Do so at your own risk. Using such a high-powered tool can actually cause several types of damage, including stripped paint, gouged boards, and loosened caulk. Plus, if the pressure washer manages to send water through the joints and behind the boards, the errant moisture could end up fostering mold growth or triggering wood rot. In short, unless you’re deeply familiar with the operation of a pressure washer, don’t point one at the most visible part of your home.

Besides, if you really want to give new life to your wood siding, it’s likely that water alone won’t do the trick—you’ll need to scrub too. A full-featured garden hose attachment like the HYDE PivotPro Outdoor Cleaning Wand includes everything you need to achieve a satisfying, beautiful result. Read on to learn how to clean wood siding safely and effectively with a single tool. Read more…

At JNT Developers we know you take pride in your home. That’s why we take pride in being your favorite Dallas roofer. We want to take care of your home as if it were our own. If you need help with anything or have any questions give us a call!


Consumers Warned About Home Repair Pitfalls

Unfortunately stories like these are all too common, especially in and around larger cities. Before choosing your Chicago roofing contractors, make sure they’re licensed and insured, like Neighborhood Restoration Company is.

We are locally owned, licensed, insured, and bonded, so you know you’re in safe hands.

Consumers Warned About Home Repair Pitfalls | NBC Chicago The City of Chicago is urging consumers to report potential home repair scams as part of its “Know Before You Begin a Home Repair Project” campaign.

“The next time, I would definitely check the company out,” Ramos said. “I would definitely find out that they are licensed, that they are insured.”

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We have improved thousands of homes between our three locations, establishing our reputation as an honest company that operates with integrity.

Call us today if you find yourself in need of roof repairs: 630-833-6721

41 Significant Value-Adding Home Renovation Ideas – Most You Can Do Yourself

There are a lot of reasons to renovate your home. For aesthetic reasons, to add value, or very likely both. There are all sorts of ways you can do it too. Small weekend projects and big overhauls too. There are so many different options you might even feel overwhelmed by all of them.

If you feel like you are in need of some change but aren’t quite sure where or what to start on, looking through the gallery below is sure to offer you some inspiration.

http://www.homedit.com/home-renovation/41 Significant Value-Adding Home Renovation Ideas – Most You Can Do Yourself Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply want to improve it for your own living, most homes could benefit from a bit of home renovation. That’s not to say that large-scale remodels are required – not at all! Depending on your home situation and circumstances, you could of course get as massively involved in home renovation as you want. But even small, strategic tweaks or fast DIY projects can make huge differences in the value (real and perceived) of your space.

The following is a room-by-room guide of home renovation ideas that will add significant value to your space. They will appease potential home buyers or simply make your own surroundings more beautiful and functional. Either way, you definitely come out the winner with a few well-chosen home renovations.

While many of us might be tempted to spend our renovation efforts primarily on our home’s interior, it’s the exterior that will play a key role in the overall curb appeal (and, consequently, desirability) of your home in general. Here are a few things you can do to add value to your home’s exterior. Read more…

JNT Developers are not just your favorite Dallas roofing company, we can handle your home remodeling needs too. If you have any questions or we are here to help you!

Painting Your Homes Exterior: Tips for choosing the right colors

There is a lot that goes into making a home look beautiful and the outside of your house is where you have the opportunity to leave a good first impression. Of course, you want to make sure your house is in good repair but you also want to have a great color scheme that will add value and aesthetics to you your home. Check out these tips for choosing what paint colors.

https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/the-do-s-and-don-ts-of-choosing-a-new-house-color-39283?#.WMlzYjsrK00Exterior Paint Colors – Do’s and Don’ts of Choosing Yours

There’s nothing like paint to transform the look of your home’s exterior, but since there’s no shortage of shades from which to choose, it can be challenging to make a final selection. We’ve collected some essential do’s and don’ts to help you find a hue you’ll be happy and proud to live with for years.

Many homeowners worry that a unique color scheme will end up costing more, but fortunately that’s not the case! Applying a little imagination to the selection process won’t stress your wallet any more than choosing a neutral shade would—so why not have a little fun?

Notice what colors exist on your exterior that cannot be changed—the dark gray flecks in your brick, for instance, or that blue cast in your roofing shingles. A cohesive color scheme will take into account these unchangeable shades. See more…

At Expert Roofing, we know your home is important to you and you take pride in how it looks. We take pride in our work because what we do affects the value of your home and how it looks. If you are looking for roof repair in Chicago, Expert Roofing will work on your house as if it were our own.

Planning Your Summer Garden In Dallas

Spring is upon us and many homeowners are starting to think about their gardens and what they want to grow this year. Finding the right combination of plants that look good in your garden, will do well in our climate, and will yield some fresh produce is no easy task. At Lon Smith Roofing we think those difficult tasks are worth it when it makes your home more beautiful.

If you are planning your summer garden check out some of these tips from Monica Rose in D Magazine.

https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-home/2017/marchapril/monica-rose-is-leading-an-edible-shift-in-dallas/Monica Rose Is Leading An Edible Shift In Dallas – D Magazine

Knee-deep in dirt, two Rottweilers by her side, Monica Rose tends to her thoughtfully planted culinary gardens as a painter would contemplate every stroke—she nourishes, pinches, gathers produce, replants. Granted, these are elemental tasks for any gardener, but Rose is far from a hobbyist grower—at 27, she is quietly pioneering a farm-to-table movement from the backyards of many Dallas homeowners.

While tending to a community garden on Concho Street in Austin, the Dallas native’s life path was changed: “I realized I was in love with plants,” she says. She pursued her bachelor’s degree in environmental science at the University of Texas at Austin and took a job at a local nursery. She also got her certification in landscape design and native Texas gardening. In 2014, she launched Edible Landscapes Dallas after repeated requests to cultivate personal, “menu-specific” gardens. She now has the incredible challenge of designing, installing, and maintaining nearly 100 bespoke gardens for homeowners in Highland Park, Addison, Plano, Arlington, and Dallas and also offers landscape, floral, and interior plant design services.  Read more…




This April Check Out Some Home Tours

At Lon Smith, we have seen a lot of Dallas roofs but this is a big city filled with diverse architecture and real estate. We really can’t get enough. Looking at different houses and buildings is a great way to get innovative ideas for your own house.

Fortunately, we are in luck because there is a lot to see in this city check out some of these property tours if you are looking for some new ideas for your home.

https://www.dmagazine.com/home-garden/2017/03/4-dallas-home-tours-to-hit-this-april/4 Dallas Home Tours to Hit this April – D Magazine Some people eagerly await music festival season, ready to jot down the dates and lineups they want to see. When you’re devoted to Dallas architecture and real estate like we are, you dedicate the same fervor to filling your calendar with local home tours—and this April, we’ve got you covered.  So whether you’re a fan of mid-century modern marvels or historic Tudors, prepare to clear your schedule as Home Tour-achella (you heard it here first) heads your way. Click for more details via dmagazine.com







When You Need Help Right Away, Do You Know The Plumber To Call?

A pipe just burst. Water is coming out of your ceiling. Your drains won’t drain. When the time comes to call a plumber, you need help and you need it right away. But you don’t want to just call the first number you see. You need to know that the plumber you are hiring is experienced and qualified. They are after all, responsible for keeping your home safe from expensive future damages.

Knowing the plumber to call before you NEED to call them can help you know that you are getting quality work done at a reasonable price. Check out these tips on how to choose a high-quality plumber.

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/6-tips-hiring-plumber.htm6 Tips For Hiring a Plumber
Hiring a plumber is an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly by homeowners. Plumbers are responsible for repairing some of the most important parts of the home like the toilet, faucet and water heater. Failure to hire a high-quality or experienced plumber can result in costly and dangerous repairs in the future.

Consider the following tips before hiring a plumber:

1. Licensure – Most states require plumbers to hold a license, though a couple of states like New York and Kansas do not. If your state does not require licensing, check to see if there have been any formal complaints filed against the plumber you are considering.

2. Insurance – Plumbers should be insured. In some cases, they may also need to be bonded as well. Insurance will protect both you and the plumber in case of an injury or accident.

3. Length of time in business – Ask the plumber how long he or she has been in business. A larger company will likely have plumbers with years of experience, but you should still ask. It’s a good sign if the company has been in business for several years because it often means it has a proven track record of quality work. Read more…

Go Direct Plumbing Sewer and Water is the qualified Colorado plumber you want to call if something goes wrong. Whether you need sewer repair or replacement, Go Direct Plumbing Sewer & Water will give you fast, high-quality service at a fair price.


Your Guide to Survive SXSW

If you are staying with us at Dwelling Suites right now you might be considering a trip over to SXSW for some fun. This world renowned event is running this year from March 10-19. There are no short supply of things to do but if you are going to check out the fun you want to make sure you are prepared!

Check out some of these tips on how to survive SXSW 2017!

https://www.eventbase.com/blog/how-survive-sxsw-2017How to Survive SXSW 2017 | Eventbase SXSW is finally upon us!  Every year thousands of people from around the world flock to Austin to be a part of one of the most diverse, collaborative and inventive communities in the world.  It is the ultimate convergence of the interactive, film and music industries from March 10-19.  Eventbase has powered the official mobile app for SXSW for the past seven years, and we are excited to head down to Austin in a couple weeks.  Here are some tips from our team on how to make the most out of your time at SXSW 2017.

Whether it’s your first or fifth time at SXSW, these tips will help make it one of the highlights of your year.  At the end of the day, live in the moment and enjoy every minute of being in Austin!

1. Download the app – Get the official mobile app here and start planning your SXSW experience. As your digital concierge, it’s your go-to source for all things SXSW and will help you get the most out of your time while in Austin. Browse the SXSW lineup, create your own schedule, check out SXSW Recommends for personalized recommendations, network with other attendees and much more.

2. Plan ahead – With 6000+ events between interactive, film and music – there’s no shortage of things to do at SXSW. Familiarize yourself with sessions, events and parties taking place and create your own schedule ahead of time in the mobile app. You’re going to be running in between sessions at a breakneck pace. Have a game plan in mind of what you want to see in advance, but also don’t be afraid to go with the flow.

3. Bring the essentials – As you document every second of your experience, constantly snapping pictures and tweeting, soon enough it’ll take a toll on your battery. Pack a portable battery pack, because a fully-charged battery is key. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of staying hydrated. The long days and late nights on Sixth or Rainey Street will catch up with you. Make sure to pick up a big bottle of water, or two. Water stations are plentiful and will keep you hydrated on the go. Read more…


SXSW Brings Some Extra Traffic and Funny Signs

If you are staying with us at Dwelling Suites in San Antonio you have probably already heard that the next couple weeks are going to have some pretty crazy traffic. That is just one of the trade-offs of having a world-renowned festival take over the city.

If the traffic has got you down you might get some enjoyment out of these photos!

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/texas/article/Hilarious-Austin-sign-offers-traffic-tips-for-10992649.php#photo-12526573Hilarious sign mocking Austin’s confusing roads welcomes SXSW visitors, goes viral – San Antonio Express-News As throngs of visitors descend upon Austin for South by Southwest, locals are offering tips on how to avoid traffic tie-ups, including one local business that revealed the irony behind some of the city’s highway names.

Owner Ryan Petty came up with the quip this week and shared a video of the sign on his business’ Facebook page Wednesday morning. Since then, the video and versions of it posted by other Facebook users has racked up almost half a million views and more than 10,000 shares.

“We thought it would be a good idea to give all the SXSW visitors a taste of how backwards our road systems are here,” said Petty.

Petty said he tries to come up with new messages regularly for commuters to see along Highway 71/Ben White Boulevard, across from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. He also posts them on Instagram.

Petty, who has lived in Austin for almost 20 years, launched Imperial Traffic about six months ago. The company provides barricades and traffic signs and helps the city coordinate road closures.

With the yearly SXSW conference and festival kicking off today, many Austinites have taken to social media to vent their traffic frustrations. See them in the gallery above.
Petty’s go-to tip for all visitors?

“Avoid I-35 at all costs.” See more…



Protections for Wyoming Homeowners

At Interstate Roofing we have always warned our clients to be on the lookout for storm-chasing contractors. The truth is that in this business not everyone is looking out for your best interest. When a company can pop up overnight, take your money, and then disappear, something needs to be done.

We have been roofing Cheyenne and the surrounding areas for a long time and we are glad this new legislation is going out to protect the homeowners.

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2017/03/13/444267.htmWyoming to Protect Homeowners from Storm-Chasing Contractors

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead made his the 28th state to enact legislation designed to protect homeowners who have suffered damage as a result of a hailstorm from being victimized a second time by storm-chasing contractors.

The move was applauded by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

“Senate File 127 implements important protections for homeowners that sustain hail damage to their home and then are targets of fraud by out-of-town contractors who follow storms,” said Kelly Campbell, vice president, state government relations for PCI. “Frequently unscrupulous contractors quickly move into a town after a storm, force homeowners into fast contracts before insurers even approve the claim, then move on to the next storm, leaving shoddy repairs and no recourse for the homeowner.” Read more…