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Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Monday, February 24, 2014

Sit on the edge of your seat no longer. This week’s Roundup is here and packed with some great product info, home advice and industry news. Here we go.

First up, let’s pretend that this ice age will end at some point and Spring will come. I know it’s hard to imagine, but let’s try anyway. Spring is always a great time to get some of your exterior home projects out of the way,  while you’re already in the cleaning, planting and gardening mode. For anyone living in an older home, there are probably a few places on the exterior of your home that have some rotten or disintegrating wood trim, columns, railing etc that have been calling your name. If you are considering a replacement for any of these components, I would definitely advise that it would be in your best interest to steer clear of reusing wood products again. Instead, I highly recommend spending a few more dollars on a PVC product. One company whose products we’ve used on our new houses is called Azek. They probably have any trim board or molding that you can think of as well as 4′ x 8′ sheets of PVC if necessary. There are a number of other companies that offer a similar product, which would perform just as well. The important thing to remember is to think PVC.

One of the most popular upgrades that our clients choose to incorporate into their Kitchens is undercabinet lighting. These low voltage lights go a long way in adding warmth, color and atmosphere to any Kitchen space. If you’re interested in adding undercabinet lighting to your existing Kitchen, I just might have a product for you. Cooper Lighting has an interesting retro-fit lighting kit that enables the installer to add 12″ to 18″ long magnetic tracks to the bottom of their cabinets at multiple locations. Once these tracks are installed, you can attach magnetic LED puck lights to them and you’re finished. They can easily be connected to one another and plugged into an existing electrical outlet. This system can be installed for a fraction of the cost of retro-fitting a traditional low voltage undercabinet lighting system.

Now that I’ve been working in the real estate industry for a number of years, I know from experience that many Americans are about to start preparing their current home for sale in hopes of finding a new home to replace it this Spring. For whatever reason you may have for moving, USNEWS recently posted a great article explaining 7 mistakes to avoid when purchasing a home. If you are considering a home purchase I would highly recommend putting all the sound advice from this article at the forefront of your decision-making process.

+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