Why Are Building Permits Important?

Whether you are starting a new construction, renovation, remodeling, or home addition, it is imperative that you apply for the right building permit before the project. Obtaining one is easier than you think and it can spare you a lot of complications later on! 

A building permit gives you the authorization to legally start construction on your project. It also ensures that the work is carried out in compliance with the local construction, zoning, and building codes.  Continue reading “Why Are Building Permits Important?”

What You Need to Know When Renovating an Older Home

Many people adore the charm and personality of older homes. They love the architectural components and intricacies of these houses, whether they’re in a huge Victorian, an airy Craftsman, or a regal American Foursquare. 

Homeowners frequently decide to remodel their homes as they get older. Repairs might be necessary to upgrade outdated technology or to enlarge tight spaces. Older home renovations are sometimes done to restore or preserve the home’s original qualities, too.  Continue reading “What You Need to Know When Renovating an Older Home”

Unexpected Costs When You Remodel

Remodeling can be a fun and exciting process! Designing, choosing furnishes, and seeing it all come together is truly rewarding. 

In addition, remodeling old buildings instead of rebuilding benefits society. However, remodels rarely come without some stress and unexpected costs. With that in mind, here are four unexpected expenses you may face when you remodel a home.

1. Permitting

If your remodel involves anything beyond surface changes, chances are that you’ll need a permit. Cosmetic changes such as painting and carpeting can usually be done without one, but if you are constructing, repairing, converting, or otherwise altering a structure within a city’s limits, you’ll likely need a permit.  Continue reading “Unexpected Costs When You Remodel”

Home Maintenance Tips for the Fall

Before winter sets in, it can be helpful to go through a fall maintenance checklist to make sure your house is ready for colder temperatures. Ensuring that your property is in order before the coldest days of winter roll through will keep you comfortable and safe this winter, and help your house to emerge unscathed in the spring.

Important Fall Home Maintenance Tips

While there are hundreds of things to remember to get your house ready in the fall for winter, some tasks are of the utmost importance. Here are some of the ones you definitely don’t want to miss: Continue reading “Home Maintenance Tips for the Fall”

Tips on Navigating Your Insurance Policy & Your Responsibilities After a Hurricane

Even with prior notice, the damage a hurricane brings to your home can be devastating. After the incident, your best course of action is to contact your insurance agent and try to get your life back to normal as soon as possible.

Here are some tips to help you mitigate the damages and prepare for the healing process after surviving a hurricane:

Return to Your Home and Take Pictures

It’s important to get back to your home after the storm to assess any damage. Take pictures of anything and everything that is out of place. We suggest taking images from multiple different angles to provide a clear view of the damage for your insurance provider.

Store the pictures in a safe place. Whether you have a safe, can place them in a digital cloud, or simply print off hard copies from your camera, any pictures are sufficient proof of damage from the storm and must be protected. Continue reading “Tips on Navigating Your Insurance Policy & Your Responsibilities After a Hurricane”

Know How Different Hurricane Categories Will Affect Your Roof

Hurricane Categories Will Affect Your RoofLast year, residents of Lake Charles faced Hurricane Laura and suffered its devastating aftermath. Many people that live on or near the coast know the risk of hurricanes and understand how important it is to prepare accordingly. However, not everyone knows what to expect as far as damage goes.

While there is no sure way to predict the exact amount of damage that will be done to your roof, you can get a general idea. Hurricanes are placed into one of five categories based upon the severity of sustained winds.

Below, we’ll explore the most common effects of the various categories of hurricanes on roofs and homes.

Category 1 – Potential for Damage

If your home is faced with a Category 1 hurricane, you should be prepared for some minor damage to your roof. The wind may rip off some shingles and falling debris such as tree limbs may cause damage to your shingles, roof vents, or skylights. Continue reading “Know How Different Hurricane Categories Will Affect Your Roof”

10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Hurricane SeasonIt’s that time of year where hurricane weather could be on the horizon. Now is the best time to get your home ready for hurricane season so that you can minimize any and all potential damage. Here are 10 ways that you can do just that!

  • Install Impact Windows

Double-pained, air-tight storm windows will keep air out and resist impact from flying debris.

  • Invest in Fiberglass Doors

A fiberglass door can be designed to look like wood, so you won’t have to compromise on looks, but it will also outperform normal wooden doors in severe weather. Continue reading “10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season”

Avoiding Water Damage During a Major Storm

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. Unfortunately, you don’t always have to live right next to a body of water for it to happen. Hurricanes, water runoff, and even melting snow can all create substantial water damage in a home.

Giving your house the protection it needs before the storm comes through your area can keep water from destroying fundamental parts of your home.

Preparation

Sandbags have been used for centuries to prevent flooding. They’re effective for diverting water, which makes them a great line of defense. Sandbags are generally made of burlap. They often hold coarse sand. They can be stacked to build barriers around low-lying areas of the home to protect water from getting in doors or damaging the foundation.

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What Is Included in a Storm Damage Assessment?

If you’ve gone through a storm, even if you and your loved ones are perfectly intact, it’s possible that your home could’ve taken a considerable amount of damage. It’s in your best interest to do a Storm Damage Assessment if you want to file a claim with your insurer. 

If the damage is visibly severe, it’s likely that you’re going to need to call in a professional and keep from inspecting it yourself. There are contractors who are skilled and equipped to perform an assessment based on the following: 

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How Hurricanes/Bad Weather Impact Your Roof

The structural integrity of your roof is important. A properly maintained roof is essential to your home’s overall value, but what do you do when you experience bad weather—or even a natural disaster like a hurricane?

Weather Damage to Your Roof

There are many ways that hurricanes and other types of bad weather can affect your roof. Let’s take a look at some of the most common culprits.

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