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Water Mitigation Done Wrong!

Water mitigation is the process of preventing or reversing damage caused by water in a building. When my house flooded, the insurance company sent out their preferred water mitigation company. Sadly they failed to follow the standard steps used to dry out a house quickly, resulting in mold!

Here's what my house looked like when the water mitigation company arrived.

flooded house with waves in the bedroom

With a flooded house, you have to depend on professionals but …

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How to Track Homeowner Expenses

When you buy a house you focus on the mortgage, property taxes and homeowner insurance. These costs won't tell you the true cost of home ownership. Imagine how you would handle a $500 water bill or an electric bill exceeding $700. It's time to track homeowner expenses starting now!

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Do You Really Need Flood Insurance?

Most of us learn about floods on the news. Some homeowners learn the hard way when their home and/or neighborhood experiences a flood due to a hurricane, river or similar natural disaster. This isn't when you want to learn that your homeowner insurance policy doesn't cover flooding. Now is the time to see if you really need flood insurance which is a separate policy.

This article was prompted by a letter from my lender. They said my property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area [Save More…]

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6 Recommended Mold Cleaning Products

Most people have heard a few stories about mold, often stories about toxic mold making people sick. There are many types of mold so mold testing is the critical first step in any mold remediation process. Yesterday my flooded house was tested for mold using air sample and swab testing techniques. Before the mold team left, they told me the mold cleaning products I could use to wipe down or wash personal belongings.

mold air sample being taken before using mold cleaning products to remove ...

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Replacing Baseboard After a Flood

Every house has baseboard which is installed when a house is built. You might replace your baseboard when remodeling or refinishing your floors. If your house floods, replacing baseboard will be one of the many things needed to return your home to it's pre-flood condition. The big question is when to remove the baseboard?

decorative baseboard can dress up a room, which is why homeowners are replacing baseboard installed by builders

Decorative baseboard can dress up a room …

Unless you've lived through a remodeling project, you probably aren't familiar with what is hiding behind baseboards. [Learn More …]

Cheap House Windows You Want to Avoid

The emphasis on low cost products drives lower quality products. Poor quality means products have to be replaced more often. When you have to replace building materials frequently, they cost more when you include installation costs. Walmart focuses on consumable products, ones that aren't expected to last a long time. They don't sell cheap house windows because …

cheap house windows & screens installed by Richmond American Homes at West Haven, outside Orlando

Houses last 40, 60 or 100 years. Walmart does sell window accessories like screens, shutters, window film, window awnings and window insulation kits.

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Holiday Memories to Enjoy Year Round

We spend more time at home around the holidays. We put a lot of time into cleaning, decorating, baking and cooking. Why not capture these special holiday memories with photos you can enjoy the rest of the year? Then you can take your favorite photos and make a holiday memory book (Mixbook, Walmart, Costco and more).

decorating the Christmas tree provides great holiday memories all year round

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Let's take this idea a step further. Instead of rushing around and doing everything yourself, why not invite guests to join you for a tree decorating party or an afternoon baking cookies? That's how you can turn chores into holiday memories [Start Dreaming …]

How Mold Can Affect Your Health

Mold is part of the world we live in. When decomposing organic material like dead leaves and providing penicillin, it's helpful. But mold and moldy environments can seriously affect your health. That's why you need to understand how mold can affect your health.

backs of kitchen cabinets showing mold growth, which is why you have to learn how mold can affect your health

Visible mold growth behind kitchen cabinets …

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When & Where Do You Need Grab Bars?

Holidays more than any other time of year, involve visits from relatives. Bathroom grab bars are one of the most important safety features for loved ones staying overnight. Grab bars are also pretty ugly. Fortunately there are new stylish grab bars that will enhance your bathrooms look and feel.

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How to Create Your Dream Home

Have you got a long list of projects that never seem to get done? We’re here to help you prioritize what needs to get done now, along with tips to create your dream home and the lifestyle you want. Our free report will help you remember what’s really important, what you loved about the houses where you’ve lived.

Owning 12+ houses through the years working for I’ve Been Moved (IBM), gave me lots of experience to share about what works, and what doesn’t. Then I settled down to live/work in one place, and started a handyman business (8 years, 2,000 homeowners). I discovered my passion for helping women learn to manage their homes with confidence. So let’s connect and create the house you’ve always dreamed of!

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