BEING PREPARED FOR WINTER STORM POWER OUTAGES

Posted on: December 5, 2019 by in Blog
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Being Prepared for Winter Storm Power Outages   Thanks to global warming, severe storms are becoming more frequent, and power outages are on the rise. When a harsh storm hits in winter, power outages really wreak havoc. Usually caused by trees falling on power lines, these outages can mean hours or days without electricity.  It can also leave you without heat.  In a worst-case scenario, the lack of heat can in turn cause broken water pipes and flooding. Affecting thousands of Continue Reading ...

Tips to Spot Termites and Prevent Infestation

Posted on: October 21, 2019 by in Blog
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Termites: The Silent Destroyers Termites are insects that feed on wood and are closely related to cockroaches in taxonomic rank. They are one of the most successful groups of insects on earth, with some "queens" living up to 30 to 50 years.  There are many reasons that termites have gained the nickname "silent destroyers." In fact, you can say there are five billion reasons. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. If left unchecked, they can Continue Reading ...

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Posted on: September 23, 2019 by in Blog
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10 Fall Home Maintenance Tips for Bergen County NJ Homeowners by Aurora Home Inspections [caption id="attachment_4913" align="alignleft" width="300"] Click To Enlarge[/caption] Fall has hit, time to get the house ready for cooler temps. These home maintenance tips should help, including:  Close up and insulate the crawlspace vents; Insulate exposed piping as needed, including waste lines in cold or unheated areas; Do your annual boiler or furnace and hot water tanks maintenance, Continue Reading ...

4 Elements of a Customized Bathroom

Posted on: August 21, 2018 by in Blog
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The kitchen may be the heart of your home, but don't underestimate the importance of your bathrooms. If you think about it, bathrooms are one of the most frequented spaces in the home. It's where you go to rejuvenate and get ready for the day. It's the place where you take the time to make yourself look and feel your best. A thoughtfully designed bathroom can start your day on a positive note and end it in a calm, relaxing and stress-free manner. With this in mind, good design becomes Continue Reading ...

4 Tips to Mitigate Home Improvement Costs

Posted on: August 14, 2018 by in Blog
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Construction material costs in 2018 are up about 10 percent compared to last year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and some raw materials, like crude petroleum, are up nearly 50 percent. Labor is also getting more expensive as construction workers are in high demand due to the skilled labor shortage. So, as a homeowner getting ready to start a project, what can you do to mitigate these rising costs? 1. Don’t delay Building materials are projected to get even more Continue Reading ...

Watch What You Heat: 5 Kitchen Safety Tips

Posted on: August 6, 2018 by in Blog
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Cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, and the second leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). “Considered to be one of the more preventable types of fires, kitchen fires can be avoided by following a few common-sense guidelines,” says Tarsila Wey, director of marketing at First Alert. “Home safety experts recommend having at least one fire extinguishing product conveniently located in the kitchen, as well as on every Continue Reading ...

5 Common Mistakes When Planning a DIY Deck

Posted on: July 31, 2018 by in Blog
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Across America, decks have become a popular place for people to entertain guests or just relax. The greatest appeal? The elevated outdoor living areas offer a convenient option for enjoying the great outdoors in a comfortable, room-like space that’s somewhat removed from the elements. Further, studies reveal adding a deck to your home pays for itself in terms of resale value. A 2016 report by the National Association of Realtors estimates new wooden decks recover 106 percent of their cost, Continue Reading ...

5 Tips Before You Renovate Your Home

Posted on: July 25, 2018 by in Blog
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Home improvement projects are popular this time of year and you’ve certainly tackled your share of DIY to-dos in the past. But not this year. This year you realize it’s time to go big, to go bold, to set aside those traditional home improvement projects for another year and do something even bigger. Yes, this year, it’s time to renovate. Whether your plans include renovating one room, a floor or your entire home, there’s no denying that a renovation project greatly increases the Continue Reading ...

Quick DIY Home Improvement Projects

Posted on: July 19, 2018 by in Blog
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The words home improvement usually conjure up images of major undertakings like tiling your bathroom or kitchen or tearing down a wall, taking hours or even days to complete. The fact is there are some meaningful home improvements you can finish in under two hours. 1) Need more daylight? Have you ever wished your home had more daylight? Maybe you want to bring light to a small place like a closet or laundry room. Or maybe you have a room with a window but still not enough light. One solution Continue Reading ...

5 Tips for Financing Home Improvement Project

Posted on: July 13, 2018 by in Blog
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Whether it’s transforming a fixer-upper into your dream home or just giving a makeover to your kitchen or bathroom, home improvement projects are on the minds of many new homeowners across the country. While many things about renovating your home are flexible, your budget might not be. In general, not a single floorboard is laid, or a new countertop installed without money, which is why every home renovation project should begin with careful financial planning. To help homeowners with Continue Reading ...