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It comes as a surprise to some homeowners that home warranty coverage can also include a number of home services. One such service that Liberty Home Guard provides is gutter cleaning.
Dirty, clogged gutters aren’t just unkempt looking. They can also be a precursor to more serious issues. As such, neglecting your gutters can lead to you paying high costs in home repairs at some point down the line.
In this post, we’ll explain why gutter maintenance is more important than many homeowners realize. We’ll also share how Liberty Home Guard can help you keep your gutters in excellent shape.
It’s recommended that homeowners clean their gutters at least once per year. Depending on the amount of tree cover around your home, more frequent cleanings may be beneficial.
Gutters are designed to reroute rainwater away from your home’s siding and foundation. This simple function is impaired when airborne debris accumulates in your gutters. Leaves, pine needles, twigs, and more create clogs and retain moisture. This leads to water pooling in your gutters or spilling over the sides instead of channeling down the downspout as it should.
These clogs and the water spillage they facilitate can cause a number of secondary problems. Here are just a few examples.
You can get your yearly gutter cleaning through your Liberty Home Guard warranty. Get a quote through our website or call our team at (866)-225-7958.
“I have a great home in a nice area, but my house is not selling. What gives?”
If you’re a homeowner or realtor struggling to sell a property, you’re not alone in feeling frustrated. Home prices have soared over the last two years, and stories abound of prospective buyers making offers well above the seller’s asking price. But housing markets are complex, and a variety of factors can make it difficult to sell a home even in a seller’s market.
Glass and ceramic electric cooktops are increasingly popular in American homes. They’re safe, quick to heat up and cool down, and easy to clean. They look sleek in a modern kitchen too. But today’s electric cooktops can develop problems just as our parents’ did.
A leaking faucet is one of the most common problems that homeowners encounter, but it being commonplace doesn’t make it any less annoying. The constant drip drip drip of a leaking bathtub faucet, showerhead, or sink tap can disturb your home’s serenity. Left neglected, a dripping faucet can also result in higher water bills and discoloration or mold growth in your sink or plumbing fixtures.
With inflation, rising interest rates, and other economic woes, many Americans are asking themselves, “How can I protect my budget?” There are some standard answers to this question: Eat out less, avoid unnecessary travel, and delay purchasing big-ticket and luxury items. Heeding this advice will result in increased savings, but what about those unforeseen expenses that arise when something in your home needs to be repaired or replaced?
Cold temperatures will be here soon, and energy prices are up. Homeowners across the nation are eager for ways to make their homes more energy efficient and less prone to cold drafts. The best way to resolve a drafty window is to replace it entirely, but this is an expensive undertaking—especially with inflation and ongoing supply chain issues.
Black Friday often conjures up images of long lines and unruly crowds, but the annual sales event has changed substantially in recent years. Today, shoppers can skip the brick-and-mortar stores and shop in the serenity of their own homes, and many retailers offer great deals in the days leading up to Black Friday. These changes have made for a more enjoyable shopping experience, but the sheer volume of sales and advertisements both online and in physical stores can make it challenging to find the exceptionally good deals.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are often the best times to buy new appliances. Everything from clothes washers, dryers, and televisions will see their prices slashed over Thanksgiving weekend.
Some home appliance breakdowns are obvious, but others can sneak up on you. If your water softener starts to malfunction, for instance, you may not notice the problem right away. After all, it’s easy to neglect an appliance in the basement or other infrequently visited space.
Every home has a few outstanding small repair jobs. Maybe there’s that loose door on the kitchen cabinet, the stubborn bathroom sink that drains too slowly, or the gutter that was damaged in a bad storm. You can always shell out for a small repairs service, but many improvement projects are perfectly manageable for the average homeowner. Save your money for the most expensive home repairs and tackle the smaller jobs on your own.
Seasonal checklists make it easy to stay on top of all your home maintenance needs. As the year winds to a close, it is especially important to prepare your home for cold temperatures, snow, and ice. Knowing exactly what to do and when to do it can be overwhelming, but Liberty Home Guard—as always—has your back.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) maintains minimum energy efficiency standards for residential and commercial appliances. Every six years, the agency reevaluates its standards and releases new guidelines that appliance manufacturers, homebuilders, and homeowners must follow.
Most people think of a ceiling fan as a useful tool for cooling down a room on a moderately warm day, but a ceiling fan can also serve to make a room feel warmer when the weather turns chilly. If you change the spin direction of your ceiling fan, winter days and nights will feel a little more comfortable—and you’ll save some money on heating costs in the process.
If you live an area prone to flooding, a basement sump pump is essential. Like your water heater or HVAC system, your sump pump is a workhorse, but it’s susceptible to malfunctions and breakdowns just the same. Some malfunctions may call for the help of a professional, but there are several common sump pump problems that you can diagnose and even resolve by yourself.
You can find extended warranty coverage for virtually any consumer product these days, from cell phones to cars. Guaranteed repair is a nice perk, but for most people, purchasing a warranty policy for everything in the home is not realistic. Multiple policies can be cumbersome to juggle—not to mention expensive.
Microwaves are handy home devices, but they can get filthy awfully quick. It’s easy to overestimate the power required to heat up some leftovers for a quick bite, and too much power leads to splashes and splatters before you know it.
Don’t let food residue sit in your microwave. It will create smells, attract insects, and become more of a pain to clean as it dries and hardens on the microwave’s inner walls. A simple sponge can sop up a mess, but additional products are required to effectively kill bacteria and other germs.
A backed-up toilet is one of those nightmare scenarios. Homeowners who have flushed the toilet only to watch the water rise understand what true panic feels like. Even if you’re spared the horror of an overflow, having an unusable toilet in the house is a major inconvenience.
GE, or General Electric, has been a familiar name in American households for well over a century. Given the company’s longevity and the breadth of their line of products, it’s likely that you have a GE appliance somewhere in your home.
When the lights go dark, it may not be the result of a total power outage. A tripped breaker can cut the power to a lone circuit. This isn’t usually a big deal. Simply reset the breaker and move on. If your power breaker keeps tripping, however, there could be a lurking problem to get to the bottom of.
There are three primary reasons for a nuisance circuit breaker. This article will cover all three—and what you can do about it.
Termites are among the most unwanted home invaders. Any insect or rodent infestation can make for a headache, but termites can cause significant and lasting damage to your home. Depending on the extent and location of the infestation, termites can create problems that cost tens of thousands of dollars to adequately resolve.
Buying a home is a serious undertaking. It’s a complex process, and many people—even supposed experts—repeat clichéd advice for the sake of simplicity. This has led to some enduring myths about buying a home that mislead first-time home buyers.
A home warranty has the potential for significant savings on appliance repair and maintenance costs, but homeowners must account for the cost of the warranty itself. A policy is only worth the expense if the total costs are less than what a homeowner would have otherwise paid to fix or replace faulty equipment.
It’s hot and humid, and you’ve been working outside. You take a break and pour yourself a tall glass of ice water. You take a long gulp, but something’s off. The water tastes stale and smells of the freezer. Shouldn’t you be able to enjoy fresher tasting ice and water from your refrigerator?
A multipronged approach to marketing is essential for real estate professionals. Leveraging digital tools, client references, and engaging advertisements can spur tremendous growth for your business. Whether you are new to real estate or a seasoned professional, these creative marketing ideas for realtors will elevate your brand and broaden your reach in your community.
What home appliance doesn’t have some smart variation these days? We’ve quickly moved from smart phones and smart televisions to smart refrigerators and smart… toilets? A smart toilet system may not be everyone’s priority—if it ain’t broke, as they say—but if you’re inclined to embrace new technology, you might be surprised at the added luxury that a smart toilet can bring to your home.
Here’s all you want to know about smart toilets—even if you were afraid to ask.
The moment you buy your home, insurance will one of the first concerns you’ll have. Most likely, your mortgage holder will require it in fact. But that is homeowner’s insurance, not home warranty insurance. You really can’t afford to be without homeowner’s insurance.<
Our home appliances need more care and maintenance than most people realize. You might think a dishwasher is in effect a self-cleaning machine, but it in fact requires regular upkeep. Neglecting routine cleanings will lead to increased repair costs and a shorter machine lifespan.
This article will review why it’s important to clean your dishwasher and how to best go about it.
Buying a house will test anyone’s resolve. The process is expensive, stressful, and demanding of your time and energy. It’s very easy to get overwhelmed, especially as a first-time buyer.
Liberty Home Guard works closely with home buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and other home service professionals throughout the United States. We know quite well the mistakes and pitfalls that are liable to trip up buyers who are not yet initiated into the world of real estate. This article covers things to do when preparing to buy a house—and some things not to do. Hopefully, our expertise can relieve some of the stress for people embarking on the home buying process for the first time.
Real estate transactions are complicated and stressful, and buyers and sellers eagerly anticipate the closing date stipulated in their contract. It is wise to temper your expectations, however. If you’re buying or selling a home, you may find your closing date delayed for any number of reasons.
This article will review some potential causes for real estate closing delays. If you’re aware of the obstacles you could encounter, you’re less likely to be taken by surprise.
Diving boards are perennial fixtures of summer. They make for endless fun and lend that classic look to a backyard swimming pool. In our cautious and litigious age, however, many are left wondering how safe diving boards really are. Is it worth the cost and worry to install a diving board beside your pool?
Diving boards for home swimming pools can be safe, but they demand some care and attention. If you decide on installing a diving board, it’s also a good idea to establish some ground rules. Let’s, well, dive in for a closer look.
Buying a house is certainly expensive. What about selling one?
Homeowners new to the selling process might look forward to a windfall of money when a sale is completed—especially if their home’s value has increased substantially over the years. But while a home sale will provide a sizeable chunk of change, there are quite a few costs to consider, from real estate commissions and fees to taxes
A hot housing market is great for sellers, but high home values and stiff competition have discouraged many prospective buyers. Some buyers have investigated alternative means of purchasing a home, such as buying properties through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
While HUD homes have their advantages, they are not for everyone. This article will review HUD homes for the uninitiated and outline their benefits and drawbacks.
A great real estate agent is indispensable. Property transactions are rife with complications—legal, financial, and otherwise. It takes the experience and expertise of a consummate professional to match compatible homebuyers and sellers and help them navigate the complexities of the real estate process.
The housing market and sale process is complex, and few of us would be able to successfully negotiate it without the help of an expert real estate agent. If you’re a home seller, an effective realtor will market your home, coordinate open houses, facilitate a sale, and maximize your return on investment. If you’re a buyer, a good agent will stand up for your interests and find you a home that suits your needs and budget. Either way, you need an agent in your corner.
Homebuyers and sellers are eager to minimize their real estate expenses. Sellers want to retain as much of their financial gains on their home as possible, and buyers are loath to part with additional funds after paying for a down payment, home inspection, and other expenses.
If you’re a realtor, you have almost certainly encountered a client who asks a reasonable question: Are real estate commissions negotiable? The extent of your experience and the competition in your area may make you amenable to negotiating real estate commissions and fees, but you can also make a respectful case for why your commission is fair.
Is it better to buy or rent a home? While the answer to that question depends on your budget, location, and life circumstances, financial experts typically agree that owning a home is the better option.
Yes, renting affords some flexibility and generally absolves you of your responsibility to pay for home repairs, but the benefits of owning a home outweigh those of renting for most people who want to settle down in one location. If you’re still on the fence about whether to rent or buy a house, read on to learn why home ownership is a goal worth working toward.
If you have an older furnace in your home, it can be difficult to decide between repairing the appliance or replacing it altogether when a problem arises. On the one hand, a replacement furnace can be several thousands of dollars—certainly a financial setback for the average homeowner. On the other hand, spot repairs may just be delaying the inevitable, and repeated furnace repair service can add up to a hefty sunk cost.
This article will provide you with the information you need to make a more informed decision when it comes to furnace repair or furnace replacement.
No need to limit your spring cleaning to inside the house. Warming weather is a great excuse to clear a season’s worth of debris from your home’s gutters.
No ladder? No problem. We’ll explain how you can maintain your gutters with two feet firmly on the ground.
A small town hardware store may not carry the exact parts you need to repair your home appliance, but you can find virtually all appliance replacement parts online. In this post, we’ll take a look at where you can buy new and used appliance parts on the web.
Gas stoves and ovens undergo a lot of wear and tear from everyday use. Quality appliances are built to last, but frequent exposure to high temperatures means even the most reliable appliances require regular maintenance.
There are some telltale warning signs that suggest when gas appliance repair service or maintenance is required. This article will review what you should watch out for.
Every home in America needs a fire evacuation plan. The National Fire Protection Association studied home fires from 2015 to 2019. The organization found that fire departments responded to a yearly average of 346,800 home structure fires. Those fires caused, on average, more than 2,600 deaths and 11,000 per year. Direct property losses figure in the billions.
Some straightforward fire safety measures can significantly cut the risk of a home fire, and a simple house evacuation plan will keep you and your family safe if a fire does break out.
Nothing will ruin your peace and tranquility during a long soak in a jacuzzi faster than a grungy tub. A jetted tub requires regular cleaning, just like any other bathroom fixture, but the jets can throw some homeowners for a loop.
A professional jetted tub cleaning crew isn’t required. With a few household items, you can manage a thorough jacuzzi cleaning. We’ll walk you through it.
Moving is frequently cited as one of the most stressful life changes we are bound to experience. The logistics of moving to a new home are overwhelming, and the act of packing up and transporting all your possessions requires a tremendous investment of time, money, and energy. Of course, leaving a place you have called home is emotionally draining as well.
Pooling water in your washing machine’s drum doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re about to be soaked by appliance repair costs. This problem can have more than one cause, but it’s often easy for the average homeowner to diagnose and fix.
In this article, we’ll run through a few washing machine troubleshooting tips to help you determine the reason for your washing machine’s drainage problem after a spin cycle. In the process, we’ll also review how to remove water from washing machine drum basins.
Selling your home is a big undertaking. As if packing and transporting everything you own were not stressful enough, just planning to sell your house can take a significant amount of time, attention, and emotional fortitude. There are legal and financial tasks to manage, nostalgic and sentimental attachments to negotiate, and practical considerations to make your home attractive to potential buyers. The extent of the responsibility could leave you questioning: “Do I know how to prepare my home to sell?”
Cities across America are experiencing hot housing markets, and Las Vegas is no exception. Home prices continue to rise, with a median home value of $420,000 as of March 2022.
In such a dynamic market, the expertise and advice of seasoned real estate professionals is especially valuable. We have identified 12 of the best realtors in Las Vegas. Each of these experienced agents has a track record of providing exceptional service to home sellers and buyers throughout the Las Vegas area.
Once those hot summer days arrive, it can be tempting to crank the air conditioning to feel some relief. It’s not wise to overdo it, though. Turning up the air conditioning doesn’t make your home cool down any faster, and overtaxing your system can make a breakdown much more likely—then you’ll really feel the heat.
Now is a great time to assess the efficiency of your windows in maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature. Drafty windows, thin glass, and insufficient window treatments make it easier for the stifling summer heat to find its way into your home, making your AC work that much harder and increasing your energy bill.
Outdoor grills take a beating. They face constant exposure to the elements, and propane grills can get as hot as 600°F when in use. Proper grill care is essential to stave off corrosion and equipment malfunction.
Gas grill maintenance is, fortunately, pretty straightforward. This article will review how to maintain a grill so you can enjoy family cookouts all summer long.
Many people recognize saltwater pools as superior to traditional chlorinated pools, but homeowners are hesitant to make the switch because they assume it to be an ambitious undertaking. Believe it or not, converting chlorine pool to salt water pool systems is actually quite straightforward.