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  • 1. Home Improvement: Increase The Value Of Your HomeYour home has the most value of any asset, financially and from a personal standpoint. We all spendmost of the day in the house, so having a well-maintained one is crucial for your well-being.Check with your local fire department to determine what you can, or cannot store in your garage.Storing combustible materials (such as gasoline or used oil) is usually prohibited. Fire departmentscan restrict the storage area in your garage to prevent fires or make it easier for them to control it.RoofingRoofingReplacing a roof can be one of a homeowners biggest expenses. Get estimates from at least threeroofing companies and be sure to check their references. There are many options for new roofingmaterial, including lightweight tile and metal roofs, in addition to the more traditional wood shake andcomposite shingles. A good roofing contractor will help you decide.One type of roof vent you can use with metal roofing would be one made of ABS plastic. Theynormally come in the same color of the metal you will be using. They are easy to install with metalscrews and stand up well when you are considering the elements.You can install your metal roofing right over top of old asphalt tiles. This will save you time and moneybecause you will not have costs involved in the removal. But if there are more than two layers theywill have to be removed first.GuttersMake sure to clear your gutters from leaves and debris in the fall. The combination of being cloggedwith leaves and freezing water can cause damage to your home and actually cause basementleaking. Since it is not something you see everyday as a reminder, make a note on your "to do" list assoon as leaves start to fall.If you notice icicles or an ice jam in your rain gutters over the winter, you have a real problem on yourhands. If the snow on your roof melts and builds up in frozen rain gutters, it can back up under yourshingles and damage your roof. Call someone in to check both the rain gutters and the roof comespring.ChimneysLess glamorous projects can be some of the most overlooked. For example, many people ignore theimportance of maintaining their gutters, chimneys and downspouts. These elements of the housemust be examined often to ensure they are always in good working order. A dirty chimney presents a
  • 2. very real fire hazard, and letting your downspouts and gutters get clogged can cause water intrusionand serious structural problems.Chimneys, gutters, and downspouts can often get overlooked during home improvements and yearlyupdating. Make sure to inspect these parts of your home so you can make necessary repairs. A dirtychimney presents a very real fire hazard, and letting your downspouts and gutters get clogged cancause water intrusion and serious structural problems.So there you have it, several simple and inexpensive tasks that will improve the value and quality ofyour home. Tackle one or two at a time, make them a weekend project, and enjoy the fruits of yourlabor. Follow the tips we have provided and youll be on your way to improving your home like thepros.roof repair belmont ma