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Surprise! These 8 DIY Projects Require a Permit

It may seem like a hassle to get a permit for a simple DIY project, but there are several home improvements that actually require you to go through the permit application process. Without a permit, your insurance company could deny your claim should something go wrong during the project. We don’t want to see that happen to you. Here’s a list of 8 DIY projects that require a permit before you get started.

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How to Select the Best Color for Your Roof

Congratulations! You’ve decided to invest in a new roof for your home. But, how do you go about selecting the color that perfectly complements your home’s exterior?

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3 Reasons to Upgrade Your Floodlight This Fall

We all know floodlights are excellent for security, but that old floodlight you’ve had for years may not be doing as good of a job as it could. According to the experts at BobVila.com, the newest floodlights on the market offer three great features that make them worth your investment this fall.

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3 Reasons Roofing is Not a DIY Project

We get it. You like to save money. Who doesn’t? Many homeowners save a lot of money on their home maintenance work by skipping the contractor and doing the work on their own. In some cases, however, tackling these jobs on your own is a very bad idea. Roofing is one of those jobs.

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How to Identify & Remove Stains on Your Roof

Nobody wants to see unsightly stains on the roof of their house. For many homeowners in the Chicagoland area, identifying the root cause of the stain is the largest part of the battle. We found a great article, How to Distinguish Roof Stain by Type of Cause, Color , Source, that we believe can be of help. This article will help you identify what caused the stain, remove it safely, and then prevent it from happening again.

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10 Items to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Begins

Working with a contractor can be a pleasant experience or a stressful ordeal, depending on how you approach it. For some homeowners, having a stranger working in or around their home for several hours a day is nerve-wracking. That’s why it’s so important to discuss the particulars of a home improvement project with your contractor before they get started working at your home.

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6 Benefits of Fiber-Cement Siding

Vinyl siding is great for improving your home’s outward appearance, but many environmentally-conscious consumers are touting the benefits of using fiber-cement siding instead. If you are considering updating your home’s exterior with this more expensive siding option, this article by Dan Chiras of Mother Earth News may be useful in helping you determine whether fiber-cement siding is the right choice for you.

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How to Protect Your Home from Wood-Destroying Insects

Termites and carpenter ants are a homeowner’s nightmare–and for good reason. Each year these little pests create an estimated $5 billion in property damage. Here’s how to protect your home against these wood-destroying insects.

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How to Install Weather Stripping on Your Windows

As temperatures begin to drop, it’s time for Chicagoland homeowners to start thinking about sealing leaks around their windows. If you have never tackled this chore before, we’ve found a quick instructional video that shows you how to use weather stripping to keep cold air from seeping inside your warm home this fall and winter.

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8 Ideas to Get Your Porch Ready for Fall

For many homeowners, one of the joys of fall is decorating in the rich colors of the season. The front porch is one of the best places to start because there are so many options available to express your personal style. We’ve tracked down some great buys that will help make your porch more cozy so you can enjoy the cool, autumn nights outdoors.

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