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Ten Home Improvements that Will Cut Energy Costs

Do you ever hear people talk about home improvement projects that pay for themselves? Realistically, there aren’t too many things you can do to your home that will literally recoup the money you spend on them, but there are certainly some home improvement projects that can have a positive impact on your wallet, generating cost savings that are not at all insignificant. Most of these home improvements fall under the category of energy efficiency—projects, additions, or upgrades that will put a dent into your monthly utility bills. There are other reasons to invest in these efficiency-boosting projects, of course—not the
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What NOT to Add On to Your Home

At first blush, it makes perfect sense: If you want to add value to your home, then simply add on to your home, knocking out a wall, expanding the space, installing a new room, and altogether increasing the home’s square footage and livable space. And in many scenarios, this proves true. Adding a new bedroom to the home can bring you an enormous ROI, and can boost the overall resale value of your home significantly. Likewise, many of our customers at Integrity Home Pro have added sunrooms and found these new additions to be financially advantageous—plus just downright enjoyable! There
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Energy Efficiency: How to Save Water This Summer

When it comes to summer energy efficiency, many of us tend to think in terms of electricity: How can we keep our homes cool and comfortable without ending up with enormous utility bills? But of course, there’s another utility challenge that summer poses, and it has to do with water. In a season of quick evaporation and occasional drought, how do we make the most of the water that we have? This is a particularly troubling question for those of us who have big lawns and gardens. We need to water our plants to keep them healthy and green—but how
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Siding Contractors: Who Should You Hire—and When?

Have you thought about hiring a team of siding installers for your home? Siding replacement is a significant home improvement project—not a small job, necessarily, but one that can ultimately yield huge value for your property. As with any home investment, though, you want to approach this one carefully. You want to make sure you know what you’re getting into—and that what you’re getting into is ultimately going to be beneficial for your home. Thinking About Your Siding Options  To begin with, consider the different siding options that are out there. Some of the most common—and affordable—materials include vinyl, insulated
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Determining the Siding Cost: What’s the Best Value for Baltimore Homeowners?

At Integrity Home Pro we do a lot of work replacing home siding, and you can imagine what one of our most popular questions is: How much does siding cost?  Would that there were a straight answer to this seemingly simple question! The truth is, it can vary pretty dramatically, just depending on what type of siding you use. There are three basic types of siding that we work with—vinyl siding, insulated siding, and fiber cement siding. All have different price points and all come with unique lists of benefits. Of course, there are other factors that determine the cost
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Maximize Home Remodeling Value: What Are Your Siding Options?

The siding you pick for your home will do more than any other component to determine the aesthetic of your property—so it’s important to proceed wisely and to understand the siding options available to you. When it comes to house siding options, there are several factors to consider—among them: Ease of installation Water resistance Energy efficiency Aesthetic appeal Durability/Resistance to the elements Cost We’ll use these categories as our prism for investigating a few of the most common house siding options—including vinyl siding, insulated siding, fiber cement, and more. Know Your Siding Options! Vinyl Siding  Vinyl siding is the most
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Six Things to Know About DIY Roof Inspection

Here’s an important distinction: While we do not recommend DIY roof repair—for health and safety reasons, if nothing else—we do recommend DIY roof inspection. Homeowners are smart to pay attention to all aspects of their properties and to keep an eye on the ongoing preventative maintenance needs of every system, and that includes the roofing system. It is a good idea for anyone with a roof to take a look at that roof regularly—at least a couple of times a year, and perhaps after any significant storm, too. As you think about starting your own DIY roof inspection routine, allow
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Preparing for Summer and The Pests That Go Along With It

Now that the long, dark winter is finally behind us, it is time to prepare our homes for the warmth and sun of summer. While summer comes with lots of sunshine and fun, the warmer months also bring unwanted visitors. The time to prepare your home for summer pests is now. If you wait until the dog days of summer are upon you, it could already be too late.   One of the most important ways to protect your family and prepare your home for summer is to look for standing water around your property. Mosquitoes are common in the
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Adding a Playroom to Your Home

Kids need a place to play, and chances are, you’d rather them not do it in your dining room, your home office, or your master suite. You can always send the little tykes outside, of course, but what about rainy days or biting, winter cold? Sooner or later, most parents realize their need for a play area, and if you’re fortunate enough to have sufficient square footage, you may even wish to make one room in your home the designated play area. As you think about adding a playroom, it is important to approach it the way you would any
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Make the Most of Your Sunroom This Summer

The long winter is over, the sun is shining, the temperature is rising every day—yes, summer is here at last! This might be something of a mixed blessing for homeowners—it’s nice to have snow and ice behind us, not so nice to have yard work to do—but there’s one unimpeachably great quality of summer: You get to spend more time enjoying the outdoors with your loved ones. This extends to your sunroom, too, which will allow you to gather with your family and friends to take advantage of the warm sun while avoiding the bugs and the pollen. A sunroom
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