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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM RAIN     Get your roof ready for the rains. Inspect your roof twice per year to avoid costly problems that can escalate into tremendous cost. Look for cracks along the ridge of your roof and where your shingles fold over to form the cap. Inspect the valleys of your roof (the area of your roof with a downward slope). Make sure that the...
Read Post [Posted on 09/19/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Protecting your investment in your home is an ongoing process. Whether you are adding a new roof, painting or buying appropriate insurance; there will be a significant cost to protecting your home. With flooding, hurricanes, and high wind in the Houston area; insurance becomes even more important.Buying a home –When you are buying a home in Texas you will normally pay for an option period dur...
Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By James Brodnax]
Storms, droughts, heat waves, and wildfires are getting worse because of climate change — and that puts your home at risk. Here’s what to do about it.Does climate change worry you? If not, you’re not alone. Most Americans don’t believe climate change will have any real effect on them. A March 2014 Gallup poll found that although 69% of Americans agree climate change is happening, only 36...
Read Post [Posted on 09/10/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
This AC condenser unit is in need of some TLC. Building codes say the unit should sit on a solid, level concrete slab, not a few loose blocks. The top of the slab should be elevated at least 3 inches off the ground. In hurricane-prone areas, local codes may require that the unit be bolted or otherwise firmly attached to the slab. Cleaning up around the unit so that air circulates properly isn’t c...
Read Post [Posted on 09/10/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Narrow down your flooring choices by considering who's going to be using the space most. For tumble-prone kids, cushy cork flooring or carpet are great options. Image: Toddler Approved ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/05/2014 By Marla Lewis]
Water damage claims are driving up the costs of home insurance! Be in the know of whats going on in your home's water systems.
Read Post [Posted on 09/05/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
Missouri City named sixth safest city in Texas www.fortbendstar.com Missouri City was recently honored as one of the top 10 safest cities in Texas by real estate website Movoto. Compiling crime data from the top 100 most populous municipalities in Texas, Movoto used the FBI’s 2012... ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/03/2014 By Timothy Bennett]
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Read Post [Posted on 08/19/2014 By Katrina Barnes]
Do You Need Hurricane Insurance? Published: October 26, 2010 By: Gwen Moran Be the first to comment Tagged in: Protect Your Home Home Insurance Disaster Insurance How to Protect Your Home From Storm Damage . You have to investigate your policy details and how they relate to your location before making a decision on hurricane insurance. Effort: Low 1 day (policy r...
Read Post [Posted on 08/15/2014 By Cassandra Dixon]
One of the most exciting times in a parent’s life is the time before a baby’s arrival. Between anticipation and preparation time passes in an instant, and before you know it you will be holding your little one in your arms. Although newborns are too small to get into too much trouble, in only a few short months your child will be looking to explore the world around them. Make sure your home is re...
Read Post [Posted on 08/15/2014 By Susan Roddy]
by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard  The purpose of this article is twofold. First, at InterNACHI, we’d like you to take measures to keep your garage free from fire. Fortunately, there are ways this can be done, some of which are described below. Secondly, garage fires do happen, and we’d like you to make sure that a fire cannot not easily spread to the rest of your house. While you...
Read Post [Posted on 08/14/2014 By Susan Roddy]
How To Keep Home Maintenance Costs Under $300 A YearBy:John RiahCringe at the thought of major repairs to your home? It’s the little preventative maintenance things you do throughout the year that’ll keep big repair bills at bay. In fact, you can keep your entire house fit and healthy for a mere $300 per year. Here’s how. 1. Get Up Close and Personal with Your HouseAnnual cost...
Read Post [Posted on 08/05/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
If you are in the market to buy a new washer, one of the first decisions you will want to make is whether to buy a top-loading or a front-loading washing machine. I've heard that top loaders are better since they 'agitate' your clothes but a front loader 'tumbles' your clothes. What's your opinion on the best cleaning method and which is more energy and water efficient?...
Read Post [Posted on 07/24/2014 By Chantell Newsome]
Texas Governor Rick Perry has directed the Texas Land Office to be the lead agency for the management of the state's hurricane recovery efforts.The land office, which is responsible for managing public lands, administers U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants to disaster areas, bringing more accountability to the state's hurricane relief efforts.During hurricanes ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/21/2014 By John Askins]
While you're shopping for warm-weather summer bargains, you can save yourself cool cash year-round on your utility bills by looking into an energy-saving alternatives...here's a few suggestions:  Faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads: Reduce how much water you use and the amount of energy required to heat it. You can find these for under $10 and $25. Pressure cooke...
Read Post [Posted on 07/07/2014 By John Askins]
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