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Locks, Lights & Landscaping: A Few Home Improvements that can Ensure Safety and Security

July 15, 2011 - Author: Patricia F. Mitrano

As they say “The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense." Sensible locks, lighting and landscaping, are security measures homeowners can take to protect their homes from theft. FBI reports indicate that a burglary occurs somewhere in the US every 15 seconds and 70% of those burglaries are happening to our homes. The summer season of July and August rank as having the highest theft rates. Easy access through defective door locks or old style windows occurs more often than most people think. The path of least resistance is the preferred choice and dimly lit homes with overgrown shrubs and foliage provide great escape routes. Perhaps an ounce of home maintenance protection is worth a pound of cure.

In a plodding economy, the threat of burglaries increases. Homeowners are working to minimize their risk and making their homes more secure and less attractive to burglars. The following are some ways Morris County’s Curb Appeal Design president Mo Soliman recommends you can safeguard against this crime of opportunity.

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Remediation of Home Disasters

Remediation of Home Disasters can be Restored after Storms & Hurricanes; Hurricane Irene caused Tremendous Home Damage

September 1, 2011 - Author: Patricia F. Mitrano

While waiting for the arrival of Hurricane Irene in New Jersey, if lucky enough to still have power, being glued to the news and following her path was all we could do. Unfortunately for many, the aftermath will be felt for a long time as the massive clean-up begins. Curb Appeal Designs extend our thoughts to those who have been affected by the storm and hope all are safe and would like to help by offering the following tips to start the recovery.

Remove all visible water through use of shop vacs, fans or dehumidifiers. Consult with electricians before attempting to turn power back on. Be aware of the opportunity for mold growth in drywall or any other porous surface. All affected items must be removed. Be mindful of the placement of debris outside your home as it may cause hazards.

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Worry-Free Contracting and Home Improvement Services for Homeowners

May 27, 2011 - Author: John P. Mitrano

It’s eleven o’clock on a Sunday night. You hear a crack and then a loud crash. The big oak tree in your back yard just lost one of its fairly large branches…on your deck and part of the roof of your house! Luckily no one was injured but there is a substantial amount of damage. Instead of a week’s worth of phone calls, to a roofer, a carpenter, a tree service, window replacement, siding, gutter and a landscaper you make one simple call and we handle the rest.

Homeowners and businesses that have chosen the Bronze, Silver or Gold annual plans enjoy the security of knowing they can call Curb Appeal anytime an issue arises. With close to three decades of experience in home repair, making use of the most up-to-date knowledge and technology, rest assured that we will dispatch skill-tested licensed experts to handle your concern.

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How do I know when and where my home needs improvement?

Home beautification is a challenge for first time and experienced homeowners. Many homeowners have trouble answering the first question: Where should I start improving my home? This is an important question, but once we answer it, finding who to will finish the job is simple.

Just like when you’re hanging portraits and posters, take a step back and see what’s crooked. View your home from the street or from a distance. What do you notice about your home? What do you love? What could your home do without? What might need maintenance? In determining where to start, it helps to approach your home like a new homeowner or buyer, with fresh eyes. When you’re looking at your home from a distance, imperfections can become more visible. It’s important to ask what areas of your home jump out at you. Does your roof look deteriorated? In general, a roof should be replaced every 25 years. If you choose to have your roof replaced, be sure that the roofing color doesn’t clash with the color of the rest of your house. Does your driveway, walkway or patio look uneven or cracked?

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