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Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, November 15, 2013

We’re back with another Roundup. Today, I’m going to discuss some new products and advice on how to winterize your home for the cold weather coming our way.

For starters, this first product goes out to all the DIYers. Many of us want an affordable way to update our Kitchens. One great way to do this is with a tile backsplash. Aspect Metal offers a “peel and stick” metal tile product that can be installed directly over drywall or even over top of existing tile that may be a little outdated. If installing over drywall, you either have to apply a coat of primer or use a small amount of construction adhesive to install over any other surface. These tiles can be installed in a variety of patterns and shapes depending on your application. Check out their video to see how easy this product is to install.

Many of our clients are moving from or, at some point, have lived in a house with a constantly wet Basement. For those of you that feel the anxiety every time it rains, a company called Wayne offers a sump pump system with an integral battery backup pump. If for some reason your house loses power during a rain storm, the backup pump will take over and the integrated monitoring system can send you a text, call or email letting you know that the primary pump has lost power. The high capacity battery has hours of run time and could prove to be a serious money saver, if you consider the damage a flooded Basement can cause. This product seems like a great investment in peace of mind.

Now that winter is almost upon us, it’s always a good idea to take some additional measures to winterize your home in order to save yourself some money on energy bills. LifeHacker’s article Cheap, Money-Saving Winterizing Moves Worth the Hassle, author Kevin Purdy discusses 3 great and easy steps to take in making your home more energy efficient. Give this article a read and save some coin.

 

 

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com