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Keeping Heating Costs in Check This Winter

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There are all kinds of records being set this month: in addition to those at the Winter Olympics.  For one, there have been the frigid temperatures.  With the drop in temperature, there have been record increases in propane prices, leading some to refer to it as “liquid gold”.  Some of the homeowners hit hardest by the propane pricing are those with older homes, since energy efficiency wasn’t a priority at time of construction.  Making changes to an older home to increase energy efficiency can seem like a daunting task, but with these tips, you’ve got a clear road map of ways to improve the current situation.

Get an Energy Audit: There’s a saying that states “prognosis without diagnosis is malpractice”.  In addition to the medical community, this can also apply to home energy efficiency.  Don’t throw a bunch of stuff at a wall, hoping something sticks.   Get an energy audit by a licensed professional so that you can pinpoint the biggest offenders in your home when it comes to wasted energy.  Many times, a basic audit is offered by a utility company for a nominal fee.

Install a Programmable Thermostat:  Did you know that by turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours while you are away at work or sleeping you can save as much as 5%-15% a year on your heating bill?  A lot of people avoid doing this because they are under the impression that this practice causes your furnace to work harder.  In fact, you will lose less energy because the lower the interior temperature, the slower the heat loss resulting in more energy being saved.

Upgrade Your Insulation: ENERGY STAR estimates that just by properly sealing and insulating your home, you can save up to 20% off your heating and cooling costs.  In order to reap home energy savings, you need to have the proper R-value for the climate you live in.  The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power you will have.  To have optimal energy efficiency in your home, you need to be properly insulated from your foundation all the way up to your roof.

Install Energy Efficient Windows:  Signs your windows and doors are starting to fail is if you are able to see daylight around the window or door frame or you’re able to rattle them.  A temporary fix can be weather stripping.  However, since roughly 90% of a window is glass, your choice of single, double or triple pane can dramatically affect your energy efficiency. Double and triple pane windows trap a layer of still air or gas between the panes which increases insulation. Replacing the windows in your home will help stabilize your home’s climate making air temperature more consistent.

Keep Your Heating Vents Clear: Take care to not block your heating vents with things such as rugs and furniture.  Doing so prevents warm air from circulating as it should.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus

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Splurge vs. Saving on Your Kitchen Remodel

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Kitchen remodels are ever-increasing in popularity and with entire cable TV networks devoted to both food and remodeling, it’s no surprise.  Celebrity chefs have become household names, fueling an obsession with all things gourmet.  When planning a kitchen remodel, it can be tempting to order caviar on a fish stick budget.  Never fear, we’re here with guidelines and options to help you determine what’s worth allocating extra funds to and what can be scaled back on.

Save: Appliances

Now we’re not saying that you should hit up the free section of Craigslist for your kitchen appliances.  And we’re not even saying that stainless steel should be ignored.  However, by shopping smart you can save big on appliances.  First, make a list of your must-have features in each appliance.  That way, when you do cost-comparison shopping you’re comparing appliances with similar features and not buying an appliance based on features you don’t need.  Additionally, if you shop in the fall when the next year’s models are coming out, you can often score a deal on a floor model or get close-out pricing because the store is trying to make room for new models.

Splurge: Windows & Skylights

In the vast majority of cases, consideration for natural light in a kitchen is an afterthought and seems like an easy target when budget cuts, to compensate for overages, are needed.  Natural light in a kitchen, whether it be windows or skylights, is neccesary.  Natural light in a room as heavily utilized as a kitchen is crucial to providing a welcoming atmosphere.  Additionally, an adequate amount of windows & skylights provides for cross ventilation which assists in keeping your indoor air quality as high as possible.  Opt for energy efficient windows which will keep your heating and cooling costs in check.

Save: Light Fixtures

Ample lighting in a kitchen is a must.  However, light fixtures don’t need to be a budget buster.  There are lots of affordable options both at big box stores and online.  Saving money on fixtures allows you to opt for trendier options that can be changed out more frequently.  Be sure the finish you select coordinates with other fixtures in your kitchen.

Splurge: Cabinets

The adage “you get what you pay for” very much applies to cabinetry.  Most new cabinets are aesthetically appealing but it’s important to select a design and material that will stand the test of time.  To keep costs in check, shy away from custom sizes and stick to basic clean lines.

Considering remodeling your kitchen? We would like to help you with your vision and design! Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

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Ramifications of Remodeling Without a Permit

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Contrary to what you may have heard, the “p” in the word permit does not stand for “pain”.  While it may seem like one more thing on a seemingly endless laundry list of tasks when it comes to a home construction project, it’s vital that a permit be secured when required by your local jurisdiction.  Failure to do so can have some ugly consequences which can vary greatly, depending on local ordinances.  Here are just a few:

Cease & Desist Order: If you’re caught red-handed in the middle of a project that requires a permit and you failed to secure one, you may be issued with a cease & desist order.  This means that all work must be stopped until a permit is acquired and the work already completed is inspected.  If the project is found to not comply with building codes, you will be forced to spend extra money and time to bring it up to code.  Quite likely, you’ll be forced to undergo re-inspections and pay a stiff fine.

Forced Removal: In some cases, a homeowner who completes a project without the proper permits can be forced to remove it at their own expense, pay fines and be required to redo the work with a permit.  This can include projects as substantial as a deck or addition.

Rewinding Portions of the Project: Let’s say you have electrical work completed but close off the wall before an inspector is able to check out the work.  Some municipalities may force you to open the walls up, at your expense, so that the inspection may occur.

Obstacles Selling Your Home: Let’s say that you add onto your home without getting a permit.  When it comes time to sell your home, an appraiser may not have to add in the new square footage in their appraisal, which means the home very likely will appraise for less than others of the same size.  This means a lowered asking price and can cause trouble for those trying to secure financing to buy the property.

Insurance Issues: If a permit is not pulled, your insurance company may not legally have to pay for any damage that occurs.  (And yes, this could include a house fire that occurs as a result of your “creative” electrical wiring.)

The Bottom Line: Local municipalities vary in the type of project and pricing for permits.  Before commencing a home improvement project, do your homework and find out if a permit is needed and how the inspection process works.   Because at the end of the day, regardless of who you hire to complete the work, the ultimate responsibility of ensuring the correct permits are pulled falls on the homeowner (though a reputable contractor should assist you in completing the process).  Claiming ignorance will not get you out of any of the above situations.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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FAQ’s About Building Inspectors

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What’s the Role of a Building Inspector? A building inspector’s role is to survey completed construction projects to ensure that they are in compliance with building ordinances.

Who Do They Work For? Most frequently, building inspectors are affiliated with regional governmental agencies & planning offices.

What’s Their Purpose? Building inspectors are there to verify that a minimum level of quality and safety are being followed at the construction site.

How Do They Know That Work is Being Performed? Once a construction permit is pulled, a building inspector will be informed.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire One?  The funds to pay them come through construction permits.

What Happens if My Project Passes Inspection and a Safety Issue Occurs Later? The building inspector, along with the government agency they represent, could be held responsible.  This is part of the reason building inspectors have a reputation of being meticulous.

How Often Will They Visit the Jobsite? The answer to this is all dependent on the scope of the work being performed.  If it’s a new construction project, they may come out at various checkpoints to make sure the work is being completed in alignment with building codes.  If it’s a one day job, such as new roof, they may only visit when the work is finished.

How Does an Inspector Know the Work Has Been Completed? The contractor who pulled the permit calls the issuing agency and lets them know that the project has been completed and that they may visit the jobsite.

How are Jobs Graded? Jobs are graded on a pass/fail basis.

Who Needs to Be Present for an Inspection? This varies by project, but if the inspector does not need access to the interior of a home (think siding or a roof) they can simply visit the sitewithout supervision after they have been notified the project is finished.

How Do I Know if My Project Passed Inspection? The inspector will sign off on the building permit.  They do not call the contractor to inform them that they passed.

 Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Features That Make it More Difficult to Sell Your Home

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In the late ‘90s the Dodge Neon came in a variety of colors.  One of the more, shall we say, noticeable, colors was magenta (a combination of pink & purple).  It was one of those trends you loved or hated.  One of my extended family members, a self-proclaimed “girly girl” couldn’t get the keys to one fast enough.  Flash forward a few years to marriage and three beautiful kids.  She opted to trade the vehicle for something more “family friendly”.  Imagine her (not ours, but her) shock when the dealer docked a significant amount off the trade-in value because of the color, something that she had paid extra to have. Simply put, while the color was something she loved, the general population would see it as way to talk the vehicle’s price down.  The same can hold true for a home.  If the thought of selling your home anytime in the future has ever crossed your mind, even slightly it’s a good idea to make choices that increase, not decrease, the value of your home.  Not sure what we mean?  Here are a few examples.

Cedar Shake Roof: A cedar shake roof definitely sets your home apart from the crowd and not necessarily in a good way.  Cedar shakes require significantly more maintenance than metal or asphalt roofing which can scare off potential buyers.  It’s not uncommon to see an insurance company require a 2% dwelling cost deductible.  (For those who loathed math in school, this means that your deductible for a new roof could be $5,000 on a $250,000 home.)  Insurance companies can command this premium because cedar shake roofs have minimal fire resistance capabilities.

Garage Space: Homes built before dual income homes were the norm oftentimes only having a one car garage or none at all.  Particularly in the Midwest, where snow can fall anywhere between October & May, a garage is seen as a necessity.  Buyers typically want a garage that can house both homeowners’ vehicles.  A property with less than a two car garage may cause a home to sit on the market longer.  Garages located under the house can also be viewed as undesirable.  (Think about the additional work it would take to transport a carload of groceries up a flight of stairs.)  It’s also a common complaint that rooms above the garage are drafty and take more energy to heat.

Flat Roof: While flat roofs are cheaper than pitched ones to install, they are notorious for leaking.  In order to prevent this, they are covered with a waterproof seal that must be inspected and maintained on a regular basis.  These additional steps and the likelihood of water damage may deter perspective homebuyers.

Stucco Siding: Statistically speaking, a stucco home will sit on the market longer than one with a different type of siding.  Because water is stucco’s primary adversary, Midwestern buyers can be more hesitant to purchase this type of home.  Stucco’s lifespan depends on it being installed correctly, something that can be difficult to determine by appearance alone.

Plumbing: Fixtures such as dishwashers, washing machines and showers were once thought to be luxury items.  However, in the 21st century, they’re considered to be staples.  Homes without these items are likely to sit on the market longer and sell for a lower price.

Basement Access: In older homes, basement access may require going through the garage or through a hatch in the floor.  Changing this to more conventional access will appeal to a wider audience.

Wood Siding: Properly maintained wood siding can be a point of pride for a homeowner.  Keeping the siding maintained means intermittent power washing, sealing and staining or painting.  Wood siding can also be harmed by insects and other pests.  All of these things make wood siding something that can be viewed as a liability to future homeowners.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Questions to Ask a Contractor’s Reference

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Earlier this month, we discussed the importance of getting references from a contractor and how to determine whether the references were legitimate.  This week, we’d like to continue with that train of thought by offering suggestions on questions to ask someone who has had work performed by the contractor you’re considering hiring so that you’re able to make the most educated decision possible on whether or not the contractor is a good fit for your project.  One of the biggest pointers we can offer is to ask open-ended questions that require an explanation, not just a “yes” or “no” answer.  Here are our top picks for questions:

Can you tell me about the work performed? This allows the reference to tell you about the nature of the work performed.  Ideally, you want to speak with someone who had that same type of job that you’re having done.  Just because a contractor has installed hundreds of roofs since their company’s inception does not mean they are a good fit to remodel your kitchen.

Did you encounter additional costs outside of your original quote and were you okay with how they were handled? Sometimes unexpected costs come up in the middle of your project.  If demolition commences and mold or asbestos are discovered, they will need to be removed; oftentimes this is difficult to anticipate and the homeowner is responsible for the cost.  However, be wary if the homeowner indicates that the contractor came back on numerous occasions to ask for additional funds for items that should have been included in the initial bid, it may indicate that the contractor provided a lowball estimate in order to get the work.

Were you able to communicate effectively with the contractor? In order for a home improvement project to go as smoothly as possible, it’s crucial that the homeowner be kept in the loop on the project’s progress.  It’s also good to know whether the homeowner was able to ask questions and get answers in a timely manner.

Are you happy with the final result and would you hire them again? Don’t neglect to ask this.  While there may have been a few bumps along the way, was the end result something the homeowner was happy with and would they entrust any future work to this contractor?  If the homeowner is in close proximity to you, they may even allow you to view the actual work.

Did the project fall within the allotted timeline?  Why or why not? Certain things can be out of a contractor’s control.  If a homeowner selects a custom made product, such as a light fixture or countertop and the supplier has it on back order, this falls outside of the realm of the contractor’s control.  However, if the project falls behind the allotted time frame due to short workdays on the contractor’s part, this is an entirely different matter.

Was the jobsite kept clean and safe? One man’s jobsite is another man’s home.  In that spirit, it’s important that your home be treated with respect and kept safe and as clean as possible for everyone that lives there.

Were subcontractors used and were you happy with their work? Oftentimes, a contractor will need to bring in a subcontractor, such as a plumber or electrician.  Verify that the homeowner was pleased with their work as well because the contractor does have control over who they hire to complete this type of work.  

What type of warranty were you provided with and have you had to use it?  Contractors should stand behind the work they perform with a warranty.  Find out what type of warranty the reference was provided, if it was in writing and if they have had to use it.  If so, were there any issues getting the contractor to stand behind their work?

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Are Your Contractor’s References Legit?

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, “Life’s too short to make all of the mistakes yourself, so learn from those others have made.”  One area this mentality especially holds true is when hiring a contractor.  Any one of us can put on an angelic face for a short period of time. (Ever tried to talk your way out of a speeding ticket?)  But you can’t truly know the type of company you’re working with until you do a little bit of detective work.  The best way to know who you’re signing with is to request references from previous customers.  Mind you, no contractor will willingly provide you anything except glowing reviews.  However, there are a few things you can do to verify that the references they provide you are from legitimate, previous customers and not something they cooked up on to have you sign on the dotted line.

Speed Counts: Every contractor expects to be asked for a list of references.  It shouldn’t take days to produce…unless they’re writing it themselves.  In most cases, they will have them available upon request at your initial meeting.  Exercise extreme caution with anyone that does not.

Type of Reference: While it’s all fine and dandy that the contractor you’re interviewing has installed hundreds of windows since their company’s inception, if they can only provide window references and you’re looking for a gutter installation, it may be best to look elsewhere.  Construction is a very broad field and you’ll have the best results working with someone that regularly performs the type of work you are requesting.  You’ll also likely get better pricing since suppliers often offer volume discounts to contractors they frequently work with.

Age of Reference: It’s nice to hear from customers who just had jobs installed.  They can provide an accurate picture of how your job will go which definitely can offer peace of mind.  It can be tempting to ignore older references due to age.  DON’T!  Homeowners from jobs installed a few years back can shed light on how the installed products are holding up as issues may not be immediately evident.  They can also testify to the company’s responses to any issues that occurred after installation.  We recommend following up with a combination of new installations and older ones to ensure you’re getting the full story.

Type of Relationship: Be sure to confirm the reference actually had work performed by the contactor and isn’t just a friend or family member vouching for them.  Just because someone is a “good guy” doesn’t mean that they’re the right person for the job.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus. 

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Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies

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Ha, ha!  You’re reading an article “for dummies”.  (Did we mention that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem?)  Surely we jest… all kidding aside, unless you work in the construction industry or watch HGTV 24/7, you’re not supposed to be an expert on this topic, as you may only do this a couple times in your entire life.  Since we do it a little more often than that, allow us to offer some helpful advice so that when the time comes for you to update a bathroom, you’ve got some of the basics down.

Plumbing is Expensive to Move: Yes, there are times when it makes sense to change the layout of the plumbing in a bathroom.  However, if given the option not to, don’t.  Doing so can add to both the duration and costs of your project. This is one area where change doesn’t need to be made for the sake of making change.

You are on the Supplier’s Timeframe, Not the Other Way Around: When ordering custom items such as tiles, vanities, light fixtures, bathtubs, etc., the supplier, not the homeowner,  dictates the time frame the items will be available.  To keep your project moving as quickly as possible, select these items at the very start of the project and do not start the demo process until the arrival date (or thereafter) in order to not have a bathroom that’s a construction zone for several weeks.

Now is the Time to Amplify Natural Light: Many bathrooms are in areas of the home that do not have windows which means poor lighting and air circulation.  Remedy this situation by adding a sun tunnel or skylights to your bathroom.  (Ps.- The federal government is currently offering tax credits of up to 30% on skylights. Companies such as VELUX even offer battery powered skylights that have rain sensors that automatically close the unit upon detection of rain.)

Consider a Walk-In Shower: If you’re looking to replace your current shower, a walk-in shower may be worth considering.  Eliminating the step up can make the room appear larger.  It’s also worth considering for homeowners who plan to retire in their current home.

It’s Okay to Wave the White Flag: If any part of the project makes you uncomfortable, there’s nothing wrong with calling a professional.  Yes, it can be an added expense, but then again, so can having your home flood because a water supply line was severed during a project you attempted to do yourself.

Beware of Trends: Ever been in a bathroom that still has an avocado green toilet?  Looks out of place, doesn’t it?  Opt for trendy items that can be swapped out easily such as rugs, shower curtains, toothbrush holders, etc. and keep your toilet and bathtub in traditional hues.

Lindus Construction is a full-service remodeling company specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, Home Remodeling & New Construction. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 for a free no obligation estimate or check us out on our new website at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show.

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Unconventional Colors in Your Home-Thinking Outside of the Walls

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Let’s face it-the “b” in beige stands for boring!  And boring is the last thing your abode should be.  (By the way-did you know that different colors evoke different feelings?  It’s true check it out: http://www.lindusconstruction.com/blog/2012/08/pick-your-palate) There are lots of tasteful ways to add splashes of color to your home without being tacky.  Allow us to offer a few suggestions:

Blinds & Window Treatments: Colored blinds & window treatments, or those in bold patterns can transform an average room into a masterpiece.  Opt for something that coordinates with other pieces in the room and that reflects your style.

Doors: It’s not uncommon to see a home’s front door in a bright color.  This trend can be carried over to interior doors which can be painted in bold hues as well (something much less time consuming than painting entire rooms).

Ceilings: The majority of ceilings are white.  Add some pizazz to your home by painting the ceiling a complementary color to the adjoining walls.  Ignoring this advice can leave the room looking incohesive.

Comforter: An incredibly cost effective (and not to mention paint free!) way to change the tone of the bedroom is to swap out your current comforter with something that makes a statement in either bold colors or patterns.

Trim: Whether it is your baseboards, fringing on your couch or edges of your curtains, adding a splash of color adds style and will give your home a custom look.

Fireplace: Does the brick surrounding your fireplace look dated?  Update the color with a few coats of paint and transform the entire look of the room.  (Consult your local home improvement store on the best type of paint to use if the fireplace is still in working order.)

Entryway: Your home’s entryway is the thing guests see when they come into your home.  Opt for something bold in order to make the first impression a great one.

Throw Pillows: We can certainly understand the hesitation in dropping a few months’ salary on an overly trendy couch in an audacious color choice.  However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t elect for some funky throw pillows to give the room some personality.

Rugs: Brightly colored rugs come in lots of different shapes and textures.  Pick something that speaks to you to breathe new life into a tired room.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.

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Top Things to Do Before You Move Into Your New Home

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Moving into a new house is an exciting adventure!  After you’ve perfected your signature on stacks and stacks of paper and the keys are handed over to you, it’s time to get busy.  Here’s our top list of to do’s before settling in your new digs.

Change the Locks-You never know how many copies of your new keys are floating around the neighborhood from the previous owners’ friends, neighbors or vendors.  Provide yourself with peace of mind and protection.

Painting-It is much easier to paint the interior of a house sans furniture.  A house that you have not yet moved into provides a rare opportunity for the easiest painting you’ll ever have.  Even if you’re okay with wall colors, this can be a great time to repaint the ceilings & closets (which likely have not been touched since the house was built).

Insulation-Brand new homes today are extremely energy efficient.  If the home you are purchasing is not up to date on insulation, utility bills may come in significantly higher than they need to.

Flooring- Such as is the case with painting, new floor installation is much less of a hassle in an empty home than shuffling furniture in between rooms.

Gutters- In most cases, especially here in the Midwest, where precipitation is frequent and generous, not having gutters can damage your home’s siding, landscaping and cause water to drain directly into your basement.  Prevent this by installing them if they do not currently exist.

Swap Outlet Covers-Most homes have their original outlet covers which are oftentimes either stained or mismatched.  Swap these out to give rooms a clean, uniform look.  If you seek a higher end look, go with metal outlet covers.

New Toilet Seat-No explanation needed.  Just do it.

Change HVAC Filters- It’s very unlikely this has been done any time in recent history, so go ahead and replace them so that your furnace and AC have less strain on them.

Verify Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work-Just because smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are present, doesn’t mean they actually work.  Take the two seconds to test them so they’re in working order, should they ever be needed.

Bring in Lighting-It’s extremely frustrating to come to yournew home at night to work on some projects prior to moving in and realize that some rooms cannot be worked on because they were only lit up with lamps in the past.  Save yourself this frustration by having portable work lights available for such occasions.

Lindus Construction is a full-service remodeling company specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, Home Remodeling & New Construction. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 for a free no obligation estimate or check us out on our new website at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show.

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