April 23, 2015 Newsletter

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April 23, 2015 Newsletter

Restoration After Vandalism

 

Vandalism can be detrimental to businesses and residential properties; from graffiti to broken windows, the havoc vandalism can leave in its wake, takes a toll both directly and indirectly. Not only does this immediately affect the image of a company, the building itself, the morale of the employees, and the nearby companies, but vandalism can have long term implications as well. In regards to a business, vandalism can put a company on hold while repairs are made and can, in some cases, put a company out of business due to loss of profits and the increased expenses. The vandalism of residential homes can be a little different, as such acts can directly impact a family from defacement of property, or worse yet, extensive structural damage. The expenditure for repairs can be devastating. In addition, a home is a place of stability and security—a sanctuary. When vandalism occurs, the emotional feelings of security and stability are also compromised. The team at Building Resources Incorporated, can assist in getting a vandalized property, whether residential or commercial, restored as quickly as possible. Contact us for all your building restoration needs. Should an emergency arise, we have around the clock, seven days a week, emergency services so you shouldn’t ever hesitate to call. One of our team members will be more than happy to assist you.

 

Renovations: Rebuilding

 

A renovation is no easy task. A project of any size—whether it’s adding an extra room or rebuilding from the ground up—can be stressful for tenants and employees alike; it may disrupt daily routines, and it may end up costing beyond what you had anticipated for seemingly simple alterations. No matter the size of a renovation, it will require time and effort to complete. There are several steps to consider before taking on a renovation. Below are some tips that will help simplify the work involved: Hire a remodeling contractor: Contractors are familiar with the regulations associated with rebuilding or renovating. Having the knowledge of the regulations associated with the area, will reduce stress and time. Follow legal restrictions and local ordinances: This step is extremely important; if a project is done without procurement of the proper licenses, the project may face penalties for not following codes. Revert back to the blueprints: Blueprints are key to understanding the foundation layout of the building. The blueprints will show you locations of importance, like where load bearing walls are located and which walls you can take a sledgehammer to if you decide to get involved. Invest in building insurance: Like any other insurance policy, it is better to be safe than sorry, especially if something goes wrong in the building process. You’ll want to make sure you are covered. Plan ahead: The more details finalized before the project starts, the better. Think of it like a vacation without a specific destination; it is better to over-plan than to under-plan, which could result in unplanned expenditures, frustration, disappointment, and possible regret. Be well informed before making any binding commitments. Do your research! Think about the tips mentioned above while you’re still in the thought process and planning phases of your renovation projects. This will help cut back on stress and other variables that could end up putting a damper on the remodeling project. For questions about your next renovation project, contact us at Building Resources Incorporated for a quote.

 

 

 

Drab to Fab: Curb Appeal

 

Thinking about updating? Nothing seems more inviting than a beautiful house and some fantastic curb appeal; not only does adding curb appeal to your home make it look nice and your neighbors jealous, but it boosts the value of your home—bonus! Here are some tips to help give your home some swag:

Tip 1: When was the last time you showered . . . your house? Think about it. . . . Remember all the dust on your blinds and windowsills? Can you imagine the outside? Your house protects your family from nature’s elements and becomes very dirty in the process. Washing your house may seem like an odd thing to do, but a good power washing can sometimes eliminate the need to repaint. You may be surprised at what you’ll find underneath all that “cover-up”–your bank account will be glad you did.

Tip 2: Maintaining your roof— Observe your roof on a windy day to determine if there are any loose shingles. Maintaining proper attic insulation will also preserve your roof by preventing warping.

Tip 3: Update the Landscaping: Trimming back over-grown shrubbery and bushes, tossing out dead plants, weeding, and replacing the mulch with rich, earthy colors around the trees and in the flowerbeds will help create a rich, fresh look. Add some pretty colored annuals to flower beds and pots, as well as feeding/seeding your grass to complete the look.

Tip 4: Modernize the address numbers to make them stand out by either painting the numbers you currently have, or updating with new numbers. Small details like the address really show off your attention to detail and provide a polished look to the home. An update like this is also relatively inexpensive, and is a project that will take you less than an hour to tackle. Adding curb appeal, whether to give your home a little “swag”, or because you’re wanting to put it on the market is a fabulous way to bring value to your home. Some of these projects–like roofing, should be done by professionals. Trying to do repairs that seem easy on your own could result in an unexpected injury to yourself or may even cause damage to your home. These avoidable situations only add more cost and frustration.