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Category Tips From the Pros

3 Signs You Should Upgrade Your HVAC System

Why you should upgrade your HVAC system
Image courtesy of Clean Sweep.

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about why you should upgrade your HVAC system.

Why Upgrade Your HVAC

Warmer weather is here, and many homeowners are kicking air conditioning systems on for the first time. Then they find that the cool air they want to come out isn’t so cold.

Spring is a great time to upgrade your HVAC system and replace it with something new. Another option is to have Clean Sweep come clean your air ducts for maximum efficiency. When should you consider upgrading what you have?

1. Energy Bills Increasing

One of the earliest signs of ducts that need to be cleaned or an HVAC unit that needs to be replaced is gradually increasing energy bills...

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Boost your home pool safety

Thanks to Tom Benisch of State Farm for this episode of Tips from the Pros on pool safety.

Dreaming of a more leisurely, escape-worthy backyard? For many, that dream includes a swimming pool — either above-ground or in-ground — or a hot tub. Plenty of American homeowners already live that dream every day.

There are approximately 10 million swimming pools in the country, according to the National Swimming Pool Foundation. And, there are about 7 million hot tubs. (Those statistics don’t include the number of portable pools.)

Swimming pools come with risks. Seventy-four percent of drowning deaths of children younger than 15 occur at a home. It’s estimated that a child dies every five days in a portable pool in the United States.

That’s why any pool — portable, abov...

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Organized Job Search

Looking for a new job? Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with help on how an organized job search will.

An organized job search will get you employed faster.
An organized job search will help you find employment more quickly.

Looking for a job is a job in itself. An organized job search ensures you are spending your time wisely as you look.

Set up a space

Whether you have a home office or the corner of the kitchen table, setting up a space for your job search is important. Everything you need will be kept in the space.

Materials

A computer, printer or at least a mobile device is a must to get started. A lot of applications are online these days. Sites like Career Builder, Monster or Indeedlet you apply for jobs from home...

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3 Surprising Things That Affect Curb Appeal

Adding curb appeal will help sell your home faster.
Curb appeal is an important aspect of selling your home.

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about curb appeal.

One of the most critical parts of a house is evaluated before the car is put in park—the exterior. Investing in curb appeal is an excellent decision, as it ensures the home makes a great first impression and has been shown to recoup the most value of almost any project.

The Surprising Things That Could Be Affecting Curb Appeal

  1. Damaged Shingles or Roofing:
    Slate roofing is stunning, and it adds a great deal of value to the home. It can easily last for over 100 years and withstand all of the elements roofs are exposed to in Maryland. However, slate roofs are also damaged easily by a homeowner walking on top of them or hail...
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A checklist for spring organizing

Start your spring organizing now and then relax…

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with a checklist for spring organizing.

Spring is finally here and I’ve created a checklist of things to do to get rid of the clutter around the house. Some things might have to wait – like putting away the winter boots and coats – until the weather gets a little warmer. The less clutter you have, the less time you spend looking for lost items and the more time you have to spend with your family and friends.

Entryway

  • Put away winter mittens, snow boots, hats and coats you won’t need any more.
  • Make sure you have enough space in the closet for everything. If not, add a shelf or hooks.
  • If you have a cabinet or drawers in your entry, go through ...
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The Importance of a Chimney Cap

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about chimney caps.

Chimney caps are a relatively small and inexpensive thing to install, but they play a vital role in the safety of your home and chimney. The small piece of metal installed at the top of your chimney prevents numerous potential mishaps from occurring, including animals entering your home and excess moisture accumulating.

Chimney cap. Image: Courtesy of Clean Sweep.

Keep Critters Outside

During the colder months, animals spending time on your roof or near your gutters will sense the warmth from your chimney when you have a fire lit. As a result, the critters will make nests close to or inside of the chimney flue...

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What Home Sellers Should Re-Inspect After a Major Storm

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Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about inspecting your home after a storm.

When preparing to list a home, many home buyers have the most critical and expensive pieces of the property inspected—the roof, the chimney, the foundation and more. However, a major storm can completely change the safety of these essential parts of a home. It’s better to fix problems before you have an offer and you’re sitting at a table with a home inspection report.

Roof and Exterior Siding

Even if you have durable slate roofing, a great deal of damage can be done in a short period of time. Have the roof inspected for missing or broken shingles, holes, dents and any other damage...

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When is it time for an air duct cleaning?

air duct cleaning with clean sweep
Air ducts need to be cleaned every 3-5 years.

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about cleaning your air ducts.

Air duct cleaning is an essential part of maintaining your home, but it can be hard to tell when you’re overdue for a visit from Clean Sweep Maryland. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends a professional cleaning every 3-5 years. Some conditions warrant a visit more frequently.

What Are the Benefits of an Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is great for improving indoor air quality and removing household allergens associated with asthma-like symptoms. Dust mites, pollen, pet danger and dust all enter the air and are sucked into your home’s air ducts.

When the ducts are not cleaned on a regular basis, the dirty air...

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11 reasons you have clutter

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros about the reasons we have clutter.

Try as we might, we all have some clutter in our lives. Understanding the reasons why we accumulate so many things can help us turn it around and begin to reduce clutter.

1 . You’re not sure what clutter actually is.

Clutter, as defined by Merriam-Webster is, “Scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness. A crowded or confused mass or collection.”

2. You can’t resist a sale.

Do you ever buy things you already have? You may buy things in bulk because you think you’ll use them, but then don’t. Often you take advantage of items that are on sale that you think you might need, but never do.

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Prevent Pipes from Freezing

Thanks to Tom Benisch of State Farm for this episode of Tips from the Pros on preventing pipes from freezing.

Frozen Pipes Could Be a Big Problem, One That May Be Prevented

frozen pipes can be a big problem

What’s worse than a major home maintenance disaster? Try several major home maintenance disasters at once. When a house’s water pipes freeze, the situation is not as simple as calling a plumber. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

Frozen water pipes are a problem in both cold and warmer climates, affecting a quarter-million families each winter, and it can happen in homes with both plastic and copper pipes. It’s all too common, especially considering this damage is largely preventable.

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