Q: I have an insulated window that I can’t seem to get cleaned. Why is it fogged and what should I do?
A: The seal has failed on the window and the unit needs to be replaced. Usually you can replace just the glass, saving your existing sash. With an understanding of the urgency to have a new window made quickly, it typically can get replaced within less than a week!
Capital Kitchen And Bath
Q: Does using an interior designer really make a difference?
A: Remodelers and general contractors are asked this question all the time. And the resounding answer is yes! An interior designer will be your best friend through your remodeling project. They will help you create a budget and stay on track as they guide you through the selection process with trained eyes ensuring you avoid costly mistakes and saving you time. They will help you create the “Wow!” factor, while choosing the best possible materials with their vast knowledge of the resources available. The details they study and implement will make all the difference at the finality of your project.
Q: Will outdoor wicker furniture really hold up outside?
A: Good quality outdoor wicker furniture will definitely withstand both moisture and UV from outdoor exposure. Beware, however, not all outdoor wicker is created equal. Most outdoor wicker is made of vinyl strands woven together. In time, if untreated, vinyl will crack and peel from UV exposure. Better quality products contain UV inhibitors, which keep the vinyl pliable and long-lasting. It is possible to have outdoor wicker that can last decades rather than just a few years.
Gateway Supply Company
Q: What do you see in the aging-in-place bathroom trend?
A: There has been a significant amount of interest in “aging-in-place” products over the past few years. Delta is offering a Décor Assist line that offers towel bars, toilet paper holders, corner shelves, and grab bars. These products come in various sizes and finishes that appeal to homeowners who are trying to get away from the old institutional stigma that went along with ADA products in the past. Kohler is offering a new ADA tall toilet that is 19 inches in bowl height versus the 16 1/2 inches comfort height bowl. There are also several barrier-free shower bases in a variety of sizes that have zero threshold for easy accessibility.
Palmetto Construction & Renovations
Q: What are the latest trends when adding outdoor living areas?
A: Fireplaces are very popular right now. The addition of a wood burning fireplace can allow you to enjoy your porch or patio as the weather turns cooler. Options include a custom-built masonry fireplace or a metal insert fireplace. Masonry fireplaces give you more design flexibility but are often more expensive. Either option will help create a nice gathering space when entertaining. Outdoor kitchens also remain a top priority. Often these will include masonry cabinets, stainless steel components, and granite countertops. Built-in grills, gas burners, and smokers are popular features, as well as refrigerators and ice makers. Outdoor kitchens offer flexibility and ultimately become an inviting extension of your home — great for entertaining guests or enjoying cozy meals with family and friends.
Q: Why is asking a builder what they build “per square foot” a tough question?
A: The only way to get an accurate price for the home is to do a true estimate for the home. There are many factors of a home that can affect the “per square foot” price. Here are some: economic design, foundation type, unfinished square footage, prep of the property, water/well, septic/sewer, and types of finishes. Two homes built side by side with the same square feet can have a completely different price “per square foot.” The industry bases the “per square foot” on heated square feet, but a 2,000-square-foot home could have 3,000 square feet under roof with garages, porches, and unfinished space. A builder might be able to give you a “dart at a dartboard” estimate but would need to know several factors before giving an intelligent answer.
Sox & Freeman Tree Expert Company
Q: Why hire a certified arborist?
A: A certified arborist specializes in the care and maintenance of individual trees within the urban landscape. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability to both property and people. A Certified Arborist can help you identify and understand the risks and benefits of trees on your property. You want to hire a certified arborist to guide you on deciding the appropriate care that is needed.
The Art Of Real Estate
Mary Lane Sloan
Q: What’s the biggest mistake people make when selling their house?
A: Overpricing and thinking that padding the price leaves room for negotiation. Buyers know the good stuff goes fast so if you price your house at (or slightly under) market value you greatly increase your chances of a full price offer, or multiple offers. Buyers will see the price and want to jump on it before somebody else does. When the listing is overpriced, buyers will typically wait and see if the price comes down. In this market when a property sits, it can become a stale listing and buyers may think something is wrong because it didn’t sell fast. That sets the seller up for lowball offers, or worse, no offers at all.
Q: If I see rust stains on the outside of my chimney, should I be concerned?
A: Absolutely! Rust stains are an indication of an issue relating to water damage of either a chimney top, a chase top, or a termination cap assembly which are designed to protect your chimney from water intrusion that can cause significant and costly damage as well as potential hazards. With age and less than optimum materials in the manufacture of these items, the product can begin to deteriorate and fail to perform their intended function. Water is not the friend of your chimney, be it masonry or prefabricated metal, and having the correct covering is essential in protecting this valuable part of your home. An exterior inspection by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep is recommended.