6 Home Projects to Plan for in 2021


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If you haven’t done much upkeep in your home for several years, it might feel overwhelming to know where to start. Aside from a major, full-gut remodel in a kitchen or bathroom, there are many smaller projects that can be completed to contribute to a more modern look overall.

Aesthetically speaking, minor upgrades here and there can really make a big impact in your home as a whole as time goes by. One way to go about this is to choose a handful of small projects to complete independently throughout the year, resulting in a beautifully updated home over time. For example, refreshing the interior paint in the spring and replacing dated carpet with a solid-surface flooring in the fall can provide for a modern, updated look come holiday season. It may not be realistic for you to do everything at once, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with tackling small projects individually to slowly transform your dated home! Read more

Mike’s Guys: Can I Paint My Home’s Exterior in the Winter?


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It is a beautiful time of year in North Texas. Many of the days are brisk in the morning, warming up to 70 or so during the day, and then cooling off again in the evening – just cool enough to be comfortable and maybe leave the AC off overnight (hello, lower electric bill!) However, if you’ve lived in Texas any length of time, you know the weather can be pretty unpredictable. Just last week, we had a few days with low temperatures in the mid 30’s! While it has warmed up since, it’s certain that we’ll have more colder-than-normal days leading up to winter. Read more

Mike’s Guys: The Top Options for Exterior Siding


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Your home’s exterior siding isn’t just for aesthetic purposes; it’s your home’s first defense against the harsh elements. Maintaining and eventually replacing your siding is an important task if you want to keep your home in good condition and prevent issues like water damage, mold, wood rot, and energy inefficiency. If left unaddressed, these issues can get out of control and become very costly to repair. This is why it’s so important to know your options when replacing your home’s siding and use the material that will be best for your home long-term. Read more

Home Repairs & Modification: Do I Need a Handyman or a Contractor?

 
 


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Any homeowner knows that maintaining a house requires a lot of work. It can feel overwhelming when you consider everything that needs to be regulated, from the up-keep of electrical and plumbing lines to managing the foundation, the heating system and the AC, the landscaping and exterior of the home, and so much more. In most cases, a licensed contractor (such as a plumber or electrician) can take care of these types of home repairs and maintenance issues. However, aside from keeping all of the mechanics of the house in proper and safe working order, most homes built even as recently as 10 years ago need some level of remodeling. This could be for functional or aesthetic purposes, and often times, both. Perhaps your kitchen cabinets need a fresh stain, or maybe you’d like the old bathtub in your master bathroom to be removed to make room for a walk-in shower. These projects might seem minor in comparison to a large-scale remodel, and leave you asking the question — does this project require a contractor or a handyman? It’s important to know the difference between the two before you hire.
 
 
Here are some tips to help you determine whether a handyman or a contractor will be the best choice for your specific project:
 
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Mike’s Guys: Your Holiday Handyman!

2019 is quickly coming to a close, which means the holidays will be here before we know it! This time of year is exciting, but tends to be very hectic. The joys of the season also come with the stress of planning for family time, preparing for upcoming travel, and meeting work deadlines; not to mention there is often a long list of things that need to be repaired, replaced, or updated around the house before holiday guests arrive. That’s where our handyman division steps in!

Mike’s Guys Handyman & Exteriors is here to help with all of the small home projects you need to get done prior to the hustle and bustle of the holidays. These projects can include: Read more

Mike’s Guys Handyman: How Does it Work?

If you’ve done any work with the Medford Team recently, or if you follow us on social media, you have likely heard about our Handyman division — Mike’s Guys Handyman & Construction. For 30+ years, our design-build team has provided custom design packages and quality construction for large-scale home remodels. The inclusion of Mike’s Guys allows us to better meet the needs of our clients that need help with smaller projects such as home repairs, maintenance, and installations. Read more

10 Home Projects to do Before Winter (and a Handyman that can Help!)

 
 


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It’s hard to believe we’re already in the last few months of 2019! Fall is just about here, which means the busy hustle and bustle of the holidays is just around the corner. While most people enjoy the holidays and the change of pace that it entails, it can easily be one of the most stressful times – for homeowners in particular. Not only do you have to think about gift shopping, special events, unusual work schedules, and potential traveling, but you also have to prepare your home to endure the harsh weather and elements that come with the season. Unfortunately, cooler, wetter weather can wreak havoc on your house if it has not been properly maintained!
 
 
Because no one wants to be hit with an unexpected home repair bill during the already expensive holiday season, the best thing you can do is make a conscious effort to prep your home throughout the weeks leading up to winter. You might think it’s not a big deal; why fix something if it’s not broken? The answer is that, more often than not, the expense of an emergency home repair far exceeds the cost of maintenance before the damage is done. Similar to the expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” it’s in your best interest to keep your home in great working order instead of waiting until something goes wrong to address an issue.
 
 
On top of the additional expense, it’s much more difficult to find a professional that is available to provide their services during the holidays. Most businesses have shorter hours and are closed for multiple days, meaning their available work schedules fill up much more quickly. It can be extremely frustrating to call one handyman after another only to hear that no one has any time to fit you in right before the holidays. Save yourself the struggle and get these things done ahead of time!
 
 
Here are a few home maintenance projects you should consider having done before the cold winter months arrive:
 
 
1. Clean out the gutters
 
As much as we all hate to do it, cleaning out the gutters is a must. Clogged gutters can be a dangerous hazard during the winter months. Water and debris freezing in the gutters can make them very heavy, causing them to break and fall. Not only can this be dangerous to you, but it can also cause serious damage to your home. Who wants to pay for gutter repair or replacement when cleaning them out a few times a year can easily prevent this problem?
 
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Mike’s Guys: Replacing Rotten Exterior Trim & Handrails


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Exterior trim and porch railings are among the home’s exterior features that require replacement over the years. Although handrails, support columns, posts, and wooden stairs are treated to withstand the elements, years of harsh environmental extremes can cause irreparable damage.  Improper sealing, poor air circulation, and poor drainage can all result in the absorption of moisture into the wood, causing rot. Rotted wood doesn’t only look bad, but it also creates a safety hazard for you and your loved ones! Read more