Home energy audits help you understand how much energy your home uses and identify ways to improve its efficiency. There are many things you can do on your own such as caulk and weather strip around doors and windows or wrap exposed water pipes. But many homes are so inefficient that even after completing the more obvious improvements, there are still many ways to further reduce your home’s energy consumption and increase comfort.
All residential construction (considered essential, or not) is now permitted in both King and Snohomish counties. Contractors have a general obligation to keep a safe and healthy worksite in accordance with state and federal law and must comply with COVID-19 worksite-specific safety practices.
Sheltering at home meant stocking up on extra supplies. Everything from non-perishable food items to cleaning supplies overloaded many a kitchen and pantry. If you find yourself dodging rogue rolls of toilet paper (no overstocking shame intended!) every time you open the closet, you may be due for a storage upgrade. Even the novice DIY’er can make simple, yet significant space saving improvements.
During the Coronavirus outbreak, we remain open to take your calls and help any way we can. Many of our contacts are deemed ‘essential services’.
Generally, we can help connect you with cleaning/disinfecting services, repairs to plumbing, electrical, and heating/air-conditioning systems, repairs due to water intrusion or leaks, and some exterior cleaning of roofs and gutters. Items that leave your home vulnerable to further degradation if left unchecked are likely considered essential.
So much of the current news is full of what we cannot do, and for good reason – it’s working! Let’s not forget there is also plenty that we CAN do. Now, more than ever, we need to remain positive and use this time wisely. Before you know it, we’ll be back to our routines and maybe wishing we had done a bit more with our time while ‘stuck’ at home.
For many, doing our part by staying home provides an opportunity for spring cleaning and de-cluttering. Tackling a spring to-do (or can-do) list can lift spirits, create a fresh space to enjoy, and free up valuable time to enjoy your favorite summer activities (it’s coming!).
We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy while navigating through these uncertain times. While our individual circumstances vary, clearly we are all impacted. Let us take comfort knowing that we are all in this together and share many of the same needs and concerns.
Contractor Hotline is available for you throughout this entire process. If you have an urgent home repair need, or simply want to start discussing some longer-range plans, we are here to help.
Winter is hard on homes. Spring is fast approaching and the best time to inspect the home’s exterior for damage caused over the winter.
Start with a visual assessment of the full exterior and compile a list of any noticeable damage or areas that need improvement. Pay special attention to the roof and gutters, siding, paint, windows and doors, chimney, the deck or porch, and fences.
Roof & Gutters
The roof and gutters are a home’s first line of defense against the elements. Being proactive about maintaining them will protect your home and help to prevent future costly repairs.
Start your remodel with Contractor Hotline’s homeowner/contractor matching service.
By the time your roof tells you it needs replacing, you’ve missed the least expensive window of opportunity. Roof leaks can go undetected for years. By the time you notice moisture leaching through inside your home, you could have a significant repair on your hands.
Check your paperwork from the last time you put on a new roof—was it 7 years ago? 10 years? Longer?
If you bought your home within the last 5 years, do you know the age of your roof? Check the house inspection report and see. It’s worth looking into this!