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What You Need To Know About Chimney Maintenance
November 22, 2014, 3:57 am
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Chris George Homes

What You Need To Know About Chimney Maintenance

The chimney is an essential part of your home’s structural composition as it gives you comfort on cold winter days and provides your living space with a decorative centrepiece. However, you have to make sure chimney repair and maintenance is conducted properly in order to ensure your family’s safety. A chimney needs regular cleaning and repair, a little negligence can often lead to great loss.

A chimney plays the role of making sure that gases and smoke produced by your fireplace are vented up and out of your home. This is essential as the build-up of these gases in your home can be fatal. Furthermore, chimneys also contain the excess heat produced from the fire and vent it outside your home. A fire can be caused if this excess eat is not vented out properly.

So what are the most common chimney problems?

1. Chimney…

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Four key areas to monitor in your home
November 13, 2014, 2:33 am
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A home doesn’t have to be a repair time bomb waiting to go off. In fact, one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to prevent major repair bills is a simple schedule of inspection. Not having basic systems in your home inspected from time to time because you’re afraid of having to make a minor repair is like avoiding going to the doctor because you don’t want to know about a lurking health problem. Which is better: A wake-up call from your physician, or a major heart attack?

A home inspection for routine maintenance doesn’t have to involve the thorough inspection conducted during a home sale. In fact, if you keep an eye on four fundamental areas of your home, you’ll head-off big repair or reconstruction bills in the future.

1. Pest Evaluation (Every Spring)

Depending on where you live, you may have routine pest control to take care…

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Maintaining Your Home For Winter
November 13, 2014, 2:32 am
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Audra McMahon

Maintaining your home is a big job. As winter approaches, consult our checklist to keep projects on track.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Install storm windows
  • Insulate pipes in attic or basement
  • Make sure locks work properly on all windows and doors
  • Store firewood 30 feet from home
  • Repair cracks in your brickwork
  • Clean grout between tiles in bath
  • Clean and organize your entryway closet making room for winter coats
  • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood
  • Clean and organize your laundry area

Managing your mortgage also requires attention. The market changes daily, so I track the details of your loan to guarantee you have the best product for your individual needs.

Cornerstone Mortgage, Inc. and I appreciate your business and thank you for placing your trust in us. Please contact me at O: 913-451-9919 C: 816-507-6941 or Audra@CornerstoneMortgage.com if you have any questions about your mortgage.

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Motivated to sell this Winter? Here are some tips for Winter selling:
November 13, 2014, 2:32 am
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Robert Welton Real Estate Tips: Selling a Home

*  Take photos of the house on sunny days before the clouds take over and the leaves fall from the trees. Sellers want to be sure to show the full potential and beauty of the home. Get photos taken  in preparation for cold weather selling.

*  Create a virtual video tour of the home. In areas where the weather can get be especially stormy, offering potential buyers the opportunity to first see the home from the comfort of their own computer is helpful.

*  When hosting an open house, be sure to keep walkways and driveways clear. You don’t want any potential buyers to slip and fall on their way inside the home.

*  Keep the house warm. A warmer inside temperature will keep potential buyers inside longer. If someone will be in the home for a while, consider lighting a small fire in the fireplace to further warm the home and create an…

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Household Fire Safety Tips
November 5, 2014, 2:24 am
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Audra McMahon

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 17,500 Americans are injured in fires each year. Given that statistic, families must develop a fire escape plan. Aside from practicing fire drills with everyone in the household, take these steps to ensure safety.

  • Identify fire safety risks inside your home and immediate surroundings. Equip your garage with smoke detectors since garage fires can start easily and spread quickly.
  • Identify two exits — designate two exits from every room in your home — a door and a window. Make sure doors and windows open quickly and easily to help ensure a quick exit; if not, replace them for safety’s sake.
  • Keep exit routes free of clutter to help reduce tripping or falling hazards, as you may be crawling through smoke or in the dark in a power outage to exit in an emergency.
  • Create a home fire escape plan and practice it at…

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