Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Earlier this fall we dipped our toe into the very first taste of winter. The snow was flying a few weeks ago and for some, panic was in the air.  We are fortunate to have a reprieve before we head into real winter with no breaks.  We’ve touched on a few things back in August. Click here to check out some winter preparedness from August.  But we thought of a few more things you should be checking from your list before winter.

Who Needs a Handyman? You Might...

Not all home maintenance tasks have to be a big deal.  Yes, taking care of your home is important, but sometimes you just need a little help, an extra hand or a little guidance. This is exactly why each package from Your Home Concierge comes with a few “handyman” hours and the opportunity to purchase more if needed.  But what exactly is that?  Do I need a handyman? What kind of stuff does a handyman handle? We hear these questions from time to time so, we’d like to explain a little more about the benefits of having a handyman. 

When your “to-do” list is a hassle

No matter how large or small, every home has a to do list; fix that leak, find out what that smell is, hang some art work, etc. But how many items on your list are actually getting done?  If they were getting done, there would be no list, right?  Well, with a handyman appointment you could really eliminate all or most of that list that has been hanging over your head.  And, with a professional, you know the tasks will be done right and efficiently.  A few hours with a handyman could be productive and educational, too.

I don’t need a Handyman…I’m handy

If you could do it all, you would have done it already, right? We hear from homeowners all the time who don’t think they will ever take advantage of this service. Usually we hear back from them in a few weeks or months asking about a handyman. Seriously, there should be no shame in working with a handyman.  We know you can do it by yourself, but you get busy or distracted and it doesn’t get done.  And sometimes you just need an extra set of hands.  Calling a professional to help you is not admitting defeat. It is smart and responsible.  Call the right person for the job and get it done right.  It’s that simple.

Seasonal help

As the weather is turning rapidly cooler there are some seasonal tasks that just can’t wait.  Get your home winterized with some handyman help and you can be cozied up by the fire before you know it. Also, a professional may be able to spot something in your home or yard that needs attention – something you may have missed.  A handyman could get your home, garage and yard into shape for winter with just a few hours, it doesn’t have to take all weekend (or multiple weekends). Same goes for spring and summer.  Next year, you and a handyman could easily bring your home out of hibernation in time for April showers and May flowers.

We know, everyone is busy and while it is important, it can be a challenge to make simple home tasks a priority.  Hiring a handyman can be a simple and cost effective way to make sure the work is getting done and getting done right.  Give us a call. We’d love to help.

 

 

Get Out! Free Advice: Taking Care if you Have to Evacuate

Get Out!  Free Advice: Taking Care if you Have to Evacuate

Evacuation seems like something you’ll never have to deal with, right?  Probably, but while it might seem like a remote possibility, you won’t lose anything by taking a few minutes to consider. When and if you ever did have to get out of danger, you might not have the luxury of time to research and gather resources.  We’ve put together a few notes and resources for you here.  Take a few minutes and read through, make some notes and get yourself ready.  Yes, it is unlikely, but if it ever does happen at least you’ll be armed with some useful knowledge.

Free Advice: How to Deal with Being Home-bound in an Emergency

Its true, we love homes.  And what drives this love is our passion for protecting home owners.  We felt we needed to share some free advice that may come in handy in an unexpected situation, extreme weather or disaster. We are fortunate in Colorado that it is very rare that we have such an emergency, still it never hurts to be as prepared as you can.

Please take a few minutes and read this check list to keep you safe and comfortable if you are ever stuck in your home. As a rule of thumb, three days of supplies of the basics should be able to tide you over.

THE PLAN

While it may sound silly, the time you spend now prepping for an emergency can save you distress when and if it happens.  Make some notes – what will you do it you’re stuck at home, what about your family and pets? How will you get news and information? At a minimum, your plan should cover:

-          Making sure your fire extinguisher, smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors are all in working order

-          Having a basic first-aid kit handy. 

-          A way to keep your family warm enough/cool enough during the emergency

Ask your neighbors and family about their plan too.  Share information and ideas as this could be critical. The most vulnerable are often the ones that will need the most help in an emergency.  If you can, include a plan for checking on neighbors and family.

POWER

Make sure you have batteries that can power your lights and devices.  Think of what you use the most and how you’ll need to keep those things running.  Not only should you have a battery to power your flashlight but invest in a portable battery for your phone.  They are usually inexpensive, easy to get and could come in handy.  Amazon has a few options here. Make sure you have the cables, too.

You should also think about unplugging items in your home. If there is a risk of power surges you might be able to avoid damage by unplugging.

FUEL FOR HUMANS:

The 3-day rule should include your food supply. We know, we’d always prefer fresh food, too, but when that isn’t possible you can still have options that will sustain you in an extreme situation.  A stock of non-perishable items are a must for any pantry. Think peanut butter, crackers, nuts, cereal, granola, dried fruits, canned meats and veggies. And don’t forget your pets.  It’s a good idea to keep a few days food in reserve. Keeping their lives as normal as possible can ease their anxiety too.

You should also keep a small reserve of any required daily medication.  Being caught without this could spell disaster for some.

INFORMATION

Let’s just say your power is out and a giant snow storm is keeping you inside.  How will you get information about the storm and emergency services?  We keep a solar-powered radio charged up for just such an occasion and it has come in handy once or twice.  It might sound crazy, but its there when we need it and that’s all that matters

YOUR HOME

Let’s stick with the snow-storm emergency scenario.  Should the weather keep you stranded in your home, there are a few things you should be mindful of.  First, the air in-take and exhaust vents in your home should be kept clear.  Take a minute now and locate where these might be on your home, so you are more easily able to clear these if they become blocked by a snow drift.  Blockage with either of these could cause a system failure or accumulation of carbon monoxide in your home.  And we know that is not good.

 Keep an eye out on gutters and downspouts, too.  Ice and snow can accumulate and cause damage.   

Being prepared is half the battle when it comes to emergency.  And, while we can’t prepare for every situation, thinking and talking about it now is a solid move to protect you, your family and your home.

Next up for Free Advice, we’ll tackle how to plan so you can be prepared if you must evacuate.

This article is not meant as an inclusive nor exhaustive list list.  


Let's Talk about Older Home Owners

Let's Talk about Older Home Owners

In our business we see just about everything in home trends.  Our new favorite is seeing older home owners staying in their homes longer after retirement. And we say “kudos!” After spending years in your home, you no doubt feel comfortable and safe. And why wouldn’t you want to enjoy that? Being the savvy home maintenance people, we are we have some suggestions for older owners and those who know and love them.

Fall is coming! Time for some seasonal home shape up!

Fall is coming! Time for some seasonal home shape up!

That time of year is approaching.  Back-to-school ads have been running for days. Kids are posing in new outfits on the porch before the bus comes.  Yes, fall is coming.  And while its still 80+ degrees outside, it is time to start thinking about the maintenance your home will need before the snow flies.  By the way, The National Weather Service notes the earliest recorded snowfall in the Denver area was September 3rd.  So, no time to waste.

Who is Your Home Concierge for?

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Your Home Concierge was founded by a busy family. But it’s not just for busy families, the advantages of Your Home Concierge can be enjoyed by just about any homeowner. Taking care of your home is not a ‘maybe’ it’s a ‘must’ and we know just how to make that easy and affordable.

First-time home buyers

Many first-timers may not have had exposure or experience with some of the issues we address. I mean, it’s not every day you get handed a 60-page document from a home inspector. What does it all mean?  It’s a lot of information to process and you may need a hand understanding what it all means. Also, there is plenty in the inspection report that could change; radon and carbon monoxide levels just to name a couple.  A clean report once doesn’t mean a clean report forever.  Never fear, first-time home buyer, we are here to help. We love to help new homeowners discover the best ways to stay up to date on maintenance. 

My Home is New…So I’m good, right?

Well…new homes need love too. To keep them in “like-new” condition you have to stay current with routine maintenance. We have many clients who own new homes and are grateful to take advantage of the services we offer.  Yes, a newer home may have fewer age-related problems now, but eventually you’ll be glad you took care when your home was new. Every home needs maintenance. You can take care of your home now with a little effort or later with possibly more effort and definitely more money.

Seniors who are staying in their homes longer

If you’ve spent most of your life building and maintaining a home, there should be no rush to leave it. More and more we see our neighbors, family and clients staying in their homes as they age.  But, often, there are maintenance and repair issues that can cause some unrest and chores that one just shouldn’t be handling on their own.  Think about it, would you rather see a professional up on a ladder or a loved one in that potentially precarious position?  That’s where we come in to help.  We can address these issues and keep everyone safely on the ground.  We think its important to make it safe and easy for older citizens to be able to stay in their homes.  And, if your retirement plans include travel, we’d be happy to look after your home with preventative care and give you peace of mind while you’re away.

Best of all, if you’re in need of a birthday or holiday gift for your “they-already-have-everything” parents or family, a Your Home Concierge gift certificate can be a welcome present. You’ll feel better knowing that your family’s home is being looked after and they will be glad for the break from any unsafe chores.

Busy families

First there is school and work.  Then there are sports practices, play dates, dentist appointments, piano lessons and the tutor.  Oh, also don’t forget doctor visits, community events, social commitments (for you and the kids), school conferences and the car needs an oil change.  Did you mow the lawn? Can you take the dog to the vet? Did I forget to tell you we have family coming into town this week? Now, how do you feel about looking around for a repair person to do some much needed maintenance on the house?   You don’t have to.  Making one call to Your Home Concierge can eliminate at least one thing on your list.  Let us tackle the home care list for now.  We’ll get bids, we can vet vendors and have repairs done while you’re still picking up dry cleaning. And all you have to do is make one call.  You’re welcome.

We’d love to tell you more about how Your Home Concierge can help you protect your home.  Visit our contact pageebsite to learn more or get in touch to schedule your free in-home evaluation.