Friday, October 31 2008
According to the EPA we will have more energy efficient televisions in the near future. The new televisions will have the Energy Star label and will be up to 30% more efficient than conventional models. With most households having more than 1 television the savings in the long run can offset the price of the new ones.
Thursday, October 30 2008
This article is from our sister website www.plazaareaneigbours.com we thought it would interest our readers to find out how best to select a contractor. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 812-499-9234 if you have any questions.
How to Choose a Remodeling Contractor
Home remodeling is an investment in the value and enjoyment of your home. Whatever area of the house you plan to remodel, the home remodeling contractor you choose must be qualified for the job.
So how do you choose a contractor that’s right for you? First, don't just automatically choose the company with the lowest bid. You'll need to evaluate more than one aspect of the project before you make your final decision on who will coordinate and oversee the work.
Even if you're only doing a small project, taking the time to communicate, investigate and substantiate all areas of your remodel with each potential contractor will help you make the right decision.
It's a good idea to get at least three quotes on any home remodeling project. There are a number of resources and ways for you to be able to find contractors for quotes. Sometimes recommendations from family and friends can work out great … sometimes not. Beware of letting your friend's wife's brother-in-law who's just getting started do the job.
Once you choose three people to give you a quote make sure you describe in depth exactly what you want accomplished. Assuming someone understands what you envision can be a big mistake. Get specific, ask questions and have everything in writing.
Home Remodeling Contractor
Make sure you feel comfortable talking and discussing possible problems and issues with your contractor. As your project goes on changes and decisions will need to be made. You don't want stressful conversations or aggravations during the remodeling.
Don't hesitate to ask for a materials list to ensure you're getting the quality of materials you want. You also want to make sure you get what's on the initial list and not a cheaper substitution.
When meeting with contractors always ask for references and contact those references. It's also a good idea to do some investigating yourself. Find out how long the home remodeling contractor has been in business and check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints.
Once you've interviewed and received quotes from every home remodeling contractor you've contacted, it's time to begin to compare. Compare prices, quality of materials, time for completion and your overall impression of each one. If necessary create a spreadsheet allowing you to view and rank each of these areas, from each contractor. Make a notation of the ranking you give each contractor in each area. Then simply see which company has the highest ranking. That’s the contractor you’ll want to hire to get started on your remodeling project!
Tuesday, October 28 2008
This article can be filed under the Do-It-Yourself section. With adverse winter conditions ahead, it does not hurt to check your driveway for damages or needed repairs. The article below has very good suggestions and they are easy to follow. Keeping your driveway in shape will prolong the life of the driveway and it will be less expensive in the long run than to have to replace the entire driveway.
Preventive Maintenance For Your Driveway
Having your driveway paved with asphalt is quite an investment. It’s an investment that you will want to do all you can to protect. Right now is the perfect time to do some preventative maintenance to help your driveway survive the harsh winter weather. With a little preventative maintenance, your asphalt driveway should last for years.
Even the asphalt used on highways deteriorates with wear and weather, but the grade of asphalt the is most commonly used on driveways is much worse. One of the cheapest and easiest ways to protect your driveway is by sealing it. The heat and use during summer can damage your asphalt, but the freezing and thawing during the winter can wreak havoc on your driveway.
Your driveway should be sealed at regular intervals to protect it all year round. There are many benefits that come with sealing your driveway. It will make your driveway water resistant; it can help repel both rain and melting snow and ice. Water is the most destructive element for driveways; it can cause cracking which allows even further water damage.
The hot sun can also damage your driveway, it causes it to become overly dry and makes it more susceptible to cracks beneath the heavy weight of vehicles and also allows water seepage. But, even air can damage the surface of your driveway by causing corrosion.
Most professionals recommend that you apply a new coat of sealant to your driveway every one to three years. But, you can often tell when sealer is needed just by the color of your asphalt. If it appears to look really dried out, it’s time to add a new coat of sealant.
You should never apply driveway sealant to any new asphalt surface. When first paved you should allow the asphalt at least six months before applying a sealer. It generally takes that long for all of the oils in the asphalt to evaporate. And, as the oil evaporates out of the asphalt, your driveway will become harder and much more durable.
Applying a sealant will prevent the oil from being able to evaporate and the asphalt will remain soft. You also need to apply sealant only if the temperature is at least 50 degrees. In weather that is below fifty, the sealant won’t be able to adhere properly. Once applied, the sealant needs at least 48 hours to properly dry. So, you should also check the weather to make sure that you’re going to have several days of dry weather before sealing your driveway.
Before sealing your driveway you should also inspect it for any signs of cracking and repair them if you find any. You can purchase products to repair cracks in your asphalt, or call in a professional to do the work. Either way, it’s vital that any cracks or holes are properly repaired before sealing.
Applying a sealant to your asphalt driveway offers other benefits besides protection from the weather. It will also make your driveway much easier to clean and sweep. And, it will create a repellant for oil and other chemicals that might get spilled onto the surface.
Friday, October 24 2008
With winter just around the corner, we thought it best to review the issue of freezing pipes. Busted pipes can be very destructive and expensive to repair. With a little bit of prevention you can rest assured that your pipes will not freeze.
Thursday, October 23 2008
This article is a reminder to all our readers who bought a home in 2008 and have not filed for their property tax exemptions. Be sure to file for any exemptions that you are entitled to and please remember that the second half of the property tax payment is due by November 10th, 2008.
Mortgage Exemption- Once filed, only needs to be refiled if you have refinanced. Must bring:
Over 65 Exemption:
Blind / Disability Exemption- Must bring:
Veterans Exemption- with total or partial disability. Must bring:
Your exemptions need to be filed in the Auditor's Office, Room 208 of the Civic Center Complex (on the second floor.) Our office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. If you would like an exemption form mailed to you, please call 435-5293 and make the request. For additional information click on Tax Exemptions to go to the Auditor's Website.
Thursday, October 23 2008
Governor Mitch Daniels is requesting federal disaster assistance for 18 more counties which include most of the Southwestern Indiana such as Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, Pike, Dubois, Spencer and Perry counties. Hurricane Ike swept through this area on September 14th and left behind extensive damage.
For more information, click here to read the article in the Evansville Courier & Press.
Thursday, October 23 2008
It is nice to see that Evansville organizations continue to strive to make Evansville a better place to live. Keep Evansville Beautiful, a non for profit organization will receive two national awards in December in Washington D.C. The first award is a program to prevent litter, and the second is an award in the beautifications project portion for designing the â€œWelcome to Evansvilleâ€? sign.
At the end of the year all the awards will help Evansville to differntiaite it self from other cities and be more competitive in getting families to move to Evansville which will help the economy and the local real estate market. To read the full article, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/oct/21/keep-evansville-beautiful-earns-two-national-honor/.
Friday, October 17 2008
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Friday, October 17 2008
The Vanderburgh County sold waste district is promoting to recycle unwanted gizmos and gadgets which are not longer used. The place of collection is this Saturday October 18th from 8.00 AM to 12.00 PM at the parking lot of the Civic Center downtown. Recycling these gadgets will promote good use the land fill.
To learn more about this project, click here to read the article in the Evansville Courier & Press.
Friday, October 17 2008
The Warrick County Recorder's office is offering property owners a new weapon in the fight against fraudulent mortgage documents. The county is providing the free Property Fraud Alert (PFA) system, which protects people by contacting them via email or telephone contact each time a property document is recorded with their name on it.
To read the article in the Evansville Courier & Press, click here.
Friday, October 17 2008
As many other cities, Evansville has a nice size international community and all are embraced by Evansville's fine residents. The International community is hosting a food festival this Sunday from 11.00 AM to 4.00 PM at 1332 Lincoln Avenue. All surplus proceeds will be donated to the Tri-State Food Bank.
For more on this story, click here to read the article in the Evansville Courier & Press.
Monday, October 13 2008
With all the uncertainties in the market right now it is reassuring to see that the State of Indiana is doing better than other states. The State Office of Management & Budget director Ryan Kitchell says while some states are facing deficit budgets, laying off employees and seeking loans or bonds to stay above water, Indiana has taken steps to weather the financial storm. Kitchell says balancing the state's budget, paying hundreds of millions of dollars in back payments to schools, universities and local governments and building the state's reserves have all helped Indiana. The state ended the fiscal year this summer with a budget surplus of about $1.4 billion. Massachusetts recently got $750 million in short-term loans just to keep the state running, and California is trying to do the same.
For more on this subject, click here.
Monday, October 13 2008
Here we have good news on the economic front. Toyota has announced that there will be no production cuts on the Sequoia and that some of the cars produced at the Gibson County plan are slated for export to Middle Eastern markets and Latin America. This is certainly good news for Toyota and for Evansville.
The announcement of no production cuts and the future of the Sequoia that has Toyota team members smiling. To read more about this story, click here.
Friday, October 10 2008
There’s a reason that maids and house cleaners often say, “I don’t do windows!”. Seems like no matter how much you clean them or what you clean them with, there’s always streaks left behind. Almost all commercial window cleaners claim to be “streak free”, but I’ve yet to find one that actually lives up to that claim!
Wednesday, October 08 2008
This article can be filed under the Do-It-Yourself section. One area home owners forget that also needs some form of maintenance is the weather stripping of a garage door. If the weather stripping is torn or brittle it needs to be replaced. In the long run you will save on utility bills.
How To Apply Weather Stripping To a Garage Door
Filed Under: Many homeowners prepare for cold weather by insulating, caulking and apply weather stripping to their homes. But, one of the most forgotten places that needs to be weather stripped is the garage door. While hardly anyone heats their garage, sealing the cracks can still help in keeping lot’s of cold air out.
Weather stripping your garage door can help to protect everything that’s stored in your garage even if you don’t heat it. Many items can survive the winter out of the damp air, that wouldn’t last if they were sitting out in the elements.
And, if you have the convenience of a door from the home directly into the garage, weather stripping can help keep lot’s of cold air from entering your home each time you open the garage door. But, since garages aren’t normally heated, most people don’t think to insulate them.
Most garage doors will last for the entire life of your home if they’re taken care of and properly maintained. Weatherstripping will keep moisture from leaking to the inside of the door that will not only damage the door, but can affect the way your garage door opener works as well. Moisture gathering on the metal parts of the door opener can lead to rusty components that stick.
Many homes have rooms or small apartment like additions over their garages. Another great advantage to insulating your garage is that the cold air won’t leak into the above room or suck all of the heat out of it wasting energy.
A garage door that has been properly installed and maintained should have even space all the way around the door. However, the door normally doesn’t fit up against the frame and this small gap is where weather stripping needs to be applied.
Garage door weather stripping is made of rubber and is very flexible. As the door opens and closes, the rubber flexes and forms a tight seal around the door. Eventually, heat and cold damage the rubber and it can become hard and crack. Sometimes the rubber stripping gets torn from bumps with lawnmowers, bicycles or other items.
Most home improvement stores and hardware stores carry rubber weather stripping. It generally comes in either white or brown and is pre-attached to a plastic backing that can be nailed right to the door frame. Measure the existing weather stripping to make sure that you get the correct size for your garage door.
When removing the old stripping be very careful not to damage the frame. You can use a hammer to remove the nails, but a small pry bar usually works better since the area is small. After you’ve removed all of the old stripping, check the area to make sure that none of the nails have pulled through the stripping and are still in the frame.
It’s best if you start attaching the new weather stripping at the top of the door. Depending on what the backing is made of, you can usually cut the stripping with a utility knife or a sharp pair of utility scissors. Measure the length across the top and cut a piece of stripping to the correct size.
The weather stripping can be over lapped slightly at the corners so that there aren’t any leaks. Nail spacing is a personal preference, but the closer the nails the less chance there will be of leaks. You can also use an electric staple gun if you have one handy.
After you’ve attached the top section of the stripping, measure, cut and attach the side pieces. Applying the weather stripping with the garage door closed will give you a much more efficient seal. With the door closed, you’ll be able to see any gaps and adjust the stripping before attaching it.
Don’t forget to inspect the weather stripping around the door that enters your home from the garage. And, if you have a window installed on the side of your garage, weather strip it as well. Any amount of cold air that you can keep out of your garage will help keep your home warmer and reduce your utility bill!
Monday, October 06 2008
A front porch is one of the most appealing areas of a home, especially if it is comfortable, inviting, and well decorated. It is a place where people often read the morning paper while enjoying the cool breezes of fall. The front porch is also a place to sit back and relax while taking in fresh air and observing outdoor activities. A well decorated front porch is friendly, and it provides countless ways to creatively welcome in seasons and special occasions. As fall approaches, consider the following creative ways of decorating a front porch for fall, and turn an ordinary entryway into a comfortable and more inviting place to enjoy the outdoors while showing off your personal decorating style.
Friday, October 03 2008
Date: 10/18/2008 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Civic Center Parking Lot
Ninth & Walnut
Evansville, Indiana 47708
VANDERBURGH COUNTY HOUSEHOLDS ONLY
No Businesses Please
For Information Call 436-7800
Friday, October 03 2008
This article can be filed under the Do-It-Yourself section. Dwight Barnett explains the benefits of changing air filters and making sure that the ducts are professionally cleaned very five years. This will increase the life cycle of your HVAC system and you are breathing cleaner air.
Thursday, October 02 2008
Vanderburgh County residents can rest assured that the roads this winter will be treated. The City Council took a shortcut through the appropriation process and opened the way to buy 3,000 tons of salt. Last winter's heavy snow and ice storms created the shortage, causing prices to rise from $45.27 per ton as recently as April. Highway Superintendent Mike Duckworth said he "looked everywhere" for salt before discovering that a Pennsylvania chemical company will ship salt in from Brazil in order to service counties and municipalities that need it. One of the barge loads will travel the Ohio River later this month.
To read the full article, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/oct/02/council-finds-bitter-pill-in-winter-salt/.
Wednesday, October 01 2008
Our local energy company, Vectren, has some tips to reduce heating bills. The suggestions are easy to follow and will have a positive result on your utility bills. Vectren tips on cooling off heating bills. Higher heating bills are on the way, but there are ways to soften the blow, things you can do around the house to help. To read the story, go to http://www.wfie.com/global/story.asp?s=9101593.
Also, here is some good news for the City of Evansville. Marilee Fowler of the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau, has revealed that 2008 has been an incredible year with an increase in hotel bookings. The overall picture is improving and tourism is doing well in the City of Evansville. Evansville tourism sees growth over 2 years. Tourism is doing well in the city of Evansville, and with the next few weeks packed with more events, the ECVB hopes to see it grow even more. To read the full story, go to http://www.wfie.com/global/story.asp?s=9081025.
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