Cut the Grime, Have Your Gutters Cleaned

With Spring right around the corner, it is a good time to start thinking about your gutters.  This is the most commonly overlooked home maintenance item that can wreak havoc and can cause major damage to your home.  Many times, homeowners have no idea they have a clogged gutter until a problem occurs

Gutters are designed to protect your home by navigating water away from it.  Having clean gutters will not only prevent possible wood decay and erosion around the foundation of your home but can save hundreds to thousands of dollars in costly home repair bills.

Gutters clogged with leaves and grime will cause a backup of water in your gutters.  This will most likely create moisture damage to the wood fascia on your home and possibly generate undetected roof leaks.  Water travels the path of least resistances and likes to end up in places where no wants it

Cleaning gutters can be a daunting task in itself.  Setting up ladders, hanging out on the roof and of course cleaning out the dirty gunk is not everyone’s cup of tea.  It is important to find a good reliable company that can help get your gutters in tip-top shape!

Let your A-Plus professional Handymen take care of the job for you. Below are a few coupons to help cut down the expense.   Give us a call at 512-450-1980 to schedule to have your gutters cleaned out, or for an estimate to install gutter guards 

Tips For Hiring An A+ Home Repair Contractor

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As homeowners ourselves, we all know how stressful finding the best, “A-Plus” contractor can be. Here are some tips when looking for your next A+ contractor.

Find a Reputable Business. Start your search on websites like Google+, BBB, Yelp or Angie’s List. Read some of the good reviews and some of the bad. When reading the negative, it is important to note how the company responds to the review, as well as any common negative trends. Review the company website; see if they have any images or promotions running. When calling to schedule an appointment, first impressions are key. Do they have an office staff, are they friendly, do they seem trustworthy and make you feel like they want to do business with you?

Ask for Reference. Ask all contractors to provide local references. Talk to their past customers to make sure they are satisfied with the work. Consider asking if the job was completed to their specifications and in a reasonable time frame. It is important to find out if the final invoice was close to what was estimated or were there many unforeseen issues. Lastly, be sure to ask all references of they would recommend the company again.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation requires all HVAC techs, plumbers and electricians to be licensed by the state. Be wary of contractors that are not licensed. It is more probable that they do not perform work by the book and could cause issues in the future with their repairs.

 

Review your Contract Thoroughly. Checks to make sure all the “I”s are dotted and “T”s are crossed to prevent any issues during the job. See if it includes materials (or list of customer provided materials) as well as any warranties for all work performed. If needed, ask the contractor for a list of materials with estimated amounts that you are required to provide.

Verify Insurance Coverage. Double check to see if the company is insured just in case any personal liability or property damage that could occur. Be sure to avoid any companies that are not insured to protect yourself and your property.

 

Be wary of Payment in Full Upfront. Do not pay any contractors in full until job is complete. It is common for contractors to ask for a down payment before starting any work as well as draws throughout the project if it is a larger project. Ask the consultant at time of estimation to see if they accept Credit Cards or if payment can only be made by check. Many local businesses may not have a merchant account so don’t be alarmed if Credit Cards are not accepted.

Get everything in Writing. Be sure the contactor provides a written agreement that clearly explains all project details. If you have any questions or concerns, ask for clarification in writing, or an updated quote. Never signed any contract without reading it thoroughly first. If there are any changes to the scope or work or unforeseen issues, be sure to get all updates and pricing in writing.