Home Remodeling Company in Fort Collins COIt seems like the trend these days is do-it-yourself. Home improvement shows on television make everything look easy, and the commercials for hardware stores say they will help you get things done. But to be honest, not everyone has the time or the skills to DIY, as this story we came across will show. If this sounds familiar to you, let a home remodeling company in Fort Collins help you out.

A young, ambitious couple just moved into their first house, and decided they wanted to install a set of pull-down steps to provide easier access to the attic. They cut the hole for the stairs, and couldn’t believe how well their first major project was going. The husband went up in the attic to secure the stair frame to the joists, while the wife stood underneath the stairs holding it in place. Once the husband finished securing the frame, he called down to the Mrs. to pull on the cord and release the stairs so he could get out of the attic. The cord wouldn’t budge for some reason, and after a minute she discovered that the stairs had been nailed shut to keep them from coming open during shipping. Panic set in as they realized the husband was trapped in the attic with the only hammer they owned, so there was no way to pull the nails out and let the stairs down. Now, this couple could have borrowed a neighbor’s hammer or even run to the store to get another one, but th ey ended up calling 911 to have the local emergency squad rescue them from their first home improvement project.

Some people just aren’t handy, or don’t have time to tackle the projects they would like to do around the house. Whether you have some little jobs that need to be taken care of, or you’re planning a big project like a bathroom or kitchen remodel, contact us. We’re licensed, insured, and we guarantee you will be satisfied with our work, without any embarrassing stories to tell.

Home Repair Fort CollinsBob Vila says it’s time to get your home ready for the winter. When Bob Vila speaks, we listen. Plan your home repair in Fort Collins now. Get it done while the leaves fall and the candy corn flies. Then, enjoy a cozy and secure home when the temperatures drop.

Here are a few Vila inspired tips for fall home maintenance:

1. Cracks and Gaps

Check the foundation for cracks. Are there gaps around windows and doors or where wires and cables enter the home? Such gaps allow in not only cold air but moisture. Moisture build-up encourages mold growth and may freeze and cause further cracking.

2. Peeling Paint

Exterior paint that is peeling or blistered may mean the protective paint film is failing and the siding is on the path to deterioration. This is bad news that could cost a good chunk of money later if it isn’t addressed now.

3. Leaky Roof

A shoddy roof that’s taken too many hard hits from the elements may leave everything underneath vulnerable. Leaks attack home insulation, structure, electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems.

4. Clogged Gutters and Downspouts

Leaves are pretty, but if you don’t clean them out of your gutters and downspouts, you could end up with ice dams and headaches. If you don’t already have them, consider installing new gutters with leaf guards.

5. Tired Heating Systems

This may be a no brainer, but now is the time to make sure your heating system is functioning properly. Don’t wait until it conks out on the coldest day of the year. Service technicians will be busy repairing the furnaces of everyone else who waited until the coldest day of the year. You’ll have to shower with mittens and a wetsuit.

6. Wobbly Deck Rails

Expect slick conditions when winter hits. Can handrails along your deck and porch support the weight of someone mid-tumble?

Preparing for winter is a hard sell while you’re still enjoying barbecues and harvesting garden produce. However, it’s even harder to manage when you’re huddled with s’mores next to the fire. We can help! Contact us today, and we’ll do the dirty work.

Yes, spring is just around the corner—and with our weather, there are many days when you feel that it’s already here! It’s time to tackle all those “preventive maintenance” things that are needed to keep your home in good shape. The items on this checklist can easily be handled by a one-day visit from our Fort Collins Handyman, so give us a call and let us help!

Our Fort Collins Handyman Services Include:

  • Attic – check and clean your attic’s power vents, as well as inspecting all screens for damage before birds start hunting for spring nesting spaces!
  • Exterior of the house – check for any holes in the exterior wall surface, through which animals might enter the fabric of your house. If you removed any downspout extensions for the winter, now is the time to reinstall them.
  • Decking – spring is the time to refinish your decking—providing it’s been dry for a few days—so that your deck is sealed before the sun hits summer strength.
  • Air Conditioner or Evaporative Cooler – last fall you probably were more focused on Thanksgiving than on giving thanks for this machine, but now would be a very good time to clean and prepare your machines for the summer. Take time to make sure there’s no damage to lines or insulation.
  • Outdoor structures – was there snow, ice or wind damage to any part of your outdoor living space this winter? If so, we can fix it.

So are you ready for spring, Fort Collins? We’re glad to help, so contact us today and schedule a visit from our handyman!

Crooked cupboards driving you batty? Have no fear… the general contractor tips book “HandyManual” is here! by Paul Bilbro on 05/31/11

This is an email I recently received from a couple in Fort Collins hoping to find a solution to their annoying crooked cupboard problem:

Dear Handyman, We have a problem, and we’re hoping it has a simple fix. One of our kitchen-cabinet doors is a bit crooked, leaning slightly inward. It still opens and closes normally, but it looks bad. Any advice? Albus and Kimberly Jansen, Fort Collins, CO

 

Albus and Kimberly,

Good question. Here are a few things you can try:

• Open the crooked door and look at the hinges. Many hinges have adjustment screws. These don’t screw into the cabinets themselves but move the cabinets horizontally. If your hinges have adjustment screws, loosen the one on the crooked hinge to realign the door.

• Of course, not all hinges have adjustment screws. If yours doesn’t, unscrew the hinge from the crooked portion of the door. Put a shim (a small, flat piece of cardboard, for example) behind the hinge, then reinstall the hinge. This will turn the door slightly inward and straighten it out. If these solutions don’t work, feel free to contact me. Good luck!

The Handyman

**Is there something in YOUR house that needs a simple repair but you just don’t know where to start? Let me help! Just write in your question to artisanremodels@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you shortly with an answer. Happy home improving! **