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4 Exterior Home Inspections for Spring

Finally, the weather is at a point when it’s not as cold and wet as it was in the winter. That means it’s time to get some spring cleaning done and start inspecting your home for damage caused by fall and winter weather. Here are some tips on what to look out for this spring that may need your attention as soon as possible!

  1. Clean the Gutters: Your gutters should be cleaned out at least twice a year. Now is the time to rid your gutters of the fall and winter collection of leaves and gunk that have been left behind by rain and winds of the season. Keeping your gutters filled with debris could cause damage to your gutters and will put a hole in your pocket. Plan on cleaning them before the heavy rains of the spring come in.
  2. Inspect Your Roof: While inspecting your roof for damage caused by winter winds, look for curled or missing shingles, cracked caulk, or deteriorating roof flashing. If you see signs of damage, call a maintenance professional to help with repairs. Repairing a roof by yourself could be dangerous.
  3. Repaint Your Home: Keep painted areas of your home in good repair by scraping off chipped and peeling paint. If you spot exposed wood, it needs to be covered in a fresh coat of paint as soon as possible or it will start to rot. Begin with a good exterior pressure wash on your house and then look for any chips in the paint.
  4. Clean Foundation Vents: Homes with a crawl space has vents alongside the foundation walls, which provide air circulation that helps dissipate excess moisture and prevents the spreading of mold. Vents also help with preventing critters from entering underneath your house. Remove leaves and other debris with a shop vacuum and replace if you see damage as soon as possible or you may start hearing rats crawling about at night.

If you are in need of a professional for exterior home repair, call Liberty Builders today. We offer a free in-home consultation!

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Home Exterior Trends for 2018

The exterior of your home is arguably the most important part of your home. It’s the first thing family, friends, and neighbors see when they approach your home. The exterior is also the most important part of your home to keep up so that it doesn’t falter in curb appeal. That’s why it’s so important to stay on top of popular styles and trends for the exterior of your home. Here’s what’s trending in 2018!

Color

When talking color trends, your best bet is for your home’s color palette to complement its architecture, along with the landscaping and surroundings. But in 2018, it’s all about making a statement while complimenting those features. Create a combination of light and dark over the exterior rather than using a subtle color palette. Make your home look bold and dynamic by using colors like blue, gray, and black on your siding and mix it with a bold accent like white on your trim to make it pop. And, finally, use a different color altogether for your door. In the example of white on dark, we suggest red or light green.

Texture

Blending different textures and styles is a booming trend for 2018. For instance, use different sizes and styles of cedar shingles in the same color as part of your exterior. If your house was built with brick or stone, they should not be the defining feature of your exterior. Instead, it should be mixed with as many complementary styles as possible to create a dynamic texture but isn’t necessarily defined by it.

Eco-Friendly

A trend for 2018 is something that has been trending for years and that’s reducing your carbon footprint, reducing your maintenance, and just being as friendly to the environment as possible when it comes to your home. When choosing to repair or replace on your home’s exterior, make sure you’re utilizing products and services that cater to the benefit of the environment. This can include anything from using eco-friendly paints to energy-efficient patio covers.

Trends for 2018 aren’t too far off from what you’ve probably been seeing in neighborhoods where remodeled homes are being sold. But there’s definitely a shift toward more dynamic colors, mixtures or siding and textures, and eco-friendliness. If you need assistance with exterior home maintenance, call Liberty Builders today! We offer a free in-home consultation!

Improve the Value of your Home!

As the New Year begins and you look to fulfilling all your 2018 resolutions, we hope that you remembered to include home improvement among them. Home improvement projects that increase the value of your home are beneficial for many reasons, whether you’re looking to sell or stay, raising your home’s value is not as difficult as it seems. Here are some great tips to help get you started.

Make a plan. List all the things you want to change and improve on your home and research how much time and money will go into each project. After that, prioritize your list and focus on your cheaper or easier tasks first and leave the more challenging projects for last, as they may be less easily achievable due to time or cost.

Focus on one room at a time. Rather than working in several projects at once, focus on one, finish it, and then move on. Don’t stress yourself by overworking or leaving no room available for some R&R. Also, don’t forget about the little upgrades that will increase your home’s value such as replacing old faucets, doors, and outlet plates.

Keep up home maintenance. A well maintained home easily improves its value. Prevent mold before it spreads unchecked and stay on top of maintenance issues before they become expensive problems. This includes your home’s curb appeal. Accentuate your walkway or yard with flowers and lanterns and keep lawn and bushes well-trimmed and healthy.

Don’t forget the bathroom. One room that suffers the most over time is the bathroom. Take care of it or watch your home value decrease drastically. Watch out for mold, dirt, and grime as they can become embedded in surfaces quickly. Under-mount sinks are trendy right now so replace your faucet with those. Also, if you can, replace your countertop with marble or granite and replace your overhead lighting with wall mounds to add a relaxed mood.

Whether you’re looking to sell or stay, your home worth will increase dramatically with these simple tips. Your house will look newly renovated and have amazing curb appeal. Call Liberty Builders today, we can help!

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Get your Home Ready for Cold Weather

It recently snowed and we couldn’t believe our eyes! Normally in South Texas, however, the bitter cold doesn’t arrive until January and February, so now is the time to prepare our homes from cold damage. Prepare your home now and don’t delay because if you’re a native Texan, then you know the weather is never predictable. Cold temperatures can damage certain parts of your home and could dig a hole in your pocket. Follow these steps to ensure your home is ready for what the winter brings this season.

  1. Seal windows and doors. Caulk around windows and install weather stripping around your exterior doors. Gaps that are found in windows and doors make it difficult – and expensive – to keep your house warm in the winter. You could save a lot on heating costs by taking on this task before the cold weather hits.
  2. Protect your pipes. Watch out for busted pipes this season as the water in your pipes could freeze. Especially in older homes, it’s a good idea to leave faucets dripping in very cold weather. Disconnect outdoor hoses and store them away, and cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators.
  3. Check the heat. Turn on the furnace to see if it is operating normally. Change your furnace filter before continuous use of your heater.
  4. Clean and store lawn equipment. It’s time to store away equipment usually used for summer days, such as your lawnmower and other motor-operated devices. Empty the fuel tanks because gas can degrade and damage the fuel line and other components. After cleaning, store them in a dry and warm place to avoid winter damage.
  5. Inspect your fireplace and chimney. Soot and other debris can collect in the months that you’re not using them. Make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean before you light up the first log of the winter. When you aren’t using it, keep the flue closed all the way. This will prevent cool air from entering the house.

For more home maintenance tips and other tricks, continue to follow Liberty Builders. If you have any questions or are in need of home exterior services, call us today. We offer a free in-home consultation.

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Easy Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Every homeowner wants their house to be the best looking one in their neighborhood. Not every homeowner currently has the budget for big home improvement projects. We have searched to find 4 things you can do to easily boost your home’s curb appeal while being on a tighter budget. Follow these tips and watch as your home becomes the talk of the neighborhood.

1. Paint your front door, shutters, and trim. This may seem obvious but a new nicely fresh coat of paint can make your house stand out from all the others.
2. Keep up with lawn and garden maintenance. A fresh cut lawn and a weed-free flower garden with multiple colored succulents will complement your home.
3. Changing or painting lights and door fixtures. Getting or painting fixtures that match in color is a small change that can give your home new life.
4. Power wash your siding, walkways, and porch. Over time, dirt and grime start to build up on these surfaces. A power wash can clean them right up and make your home look brand new.

Whatever you decide to do with your home (sell or improve the exterior look), these tips can help upgrade any houses curb appeal. When you decide it’s time and you have the budget for larger home improvements, call us for a free in-home consultation.

Home Exterior Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Following a summer renovation, we understand that you may not be motivated to decorate your house for Halloween, but don’t skip getting into the spirit altogether. And don’t worry, your Halloween decorations aren’t going to overshadow your beautiful home. You can definitely decorate for the trick-or-treating holiday tastefully and without going overboard. Enjoy something pumpkin flavored and read on for Halloween decorating tips for your home’s exterior.

Harvest: Instead of trying to scare up the neighborhood kids, make them feel the autumn mood by adding pumpkins of different sizes to your yard, along with bales of hay or straw. Consider corn stalks and scarecrows to include in your décor.

Floral: You can also turn your home into a fall attraction by adding a garden. Begin fall gardening by adding fall and winter flowers to your yard. Chrysanthemums are a nice choice and a low-maintenance one, too. Pansies are another fall flower to add. However, if you’re not ready to add a garden to your home, consider a collection of fake floral options. Fill hanging pots and sitting pots with colors of flowers with yellow, orange, and red. Don’t ignore garlands if you want to take it a step below that. Garlands and wreaths are an excellent addition to your door and porch décor.

Pumpkins: Keep it extra simple by placing jack-o-lanterns to your porch. Get the family involved by having a carving night so that you have more than just one pumpkin to decorate your front lawn and porch with.

Scare: If you’re up for the challenge and don’t mind adding some scary decorations, go all out! Spread cobweb all over your porch and even your lawn and bushes. Board up your windows to give your home a look of abandonment. And, don’t forget hanging décor like ghosts, witches, bats, ghosts, and other Halloween themed ghouls.

Have a safe and happy Halloween. Don’t allow yourself to not to have some fun simply because you recently renovated your home. There are many ways to make your home look beautiful no matter what it’s decorated with. Happy Halloween from all of us at Liberty Builders.

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Liberty Builders Provides the Best Siding Services

What is siding? Also known as wall cladding, siding is the protective material attached to the exterior side of a wall of a house or other building. Liberty Builders of Texas is the largest Mastic Siding applicator in the state of Texas and is one of the top dealers in the United States, year after year. We are the only Mastic Elite Contractor in San Antonio and the surrounding area.

There are some requirements that need to be met in order for a contractor to even be considered for the Mastic Elite status. Liberty Builders of Texas exceeds all of them. It is important to note our installers renew their VSI certification every three years, and every single sales person and manager attends monthly product training seminars.

Our entire team is committed to providing you with all the details of the products and services we offer. Your exterior siding project will be in good hands with our highly trained and certified specialists.

Liberty Builders of Texas has successfully completed more siding installations than any other company in San Antonio. Windows, doors, and garages can sometimes be difficult to work with, but our skilled crews have restored some of the most complex residing projects in the area.

Our siding gives your home the classic look of freshly painted wood with exceptional durability. We have a siding option with a truly “authentic” wood grain embossing without the maintenance of real wood. Based on an average-size home, repainting or staining can cost up to $6,000 every four years. Liberty Elite Siding never needs painting, caulking or patching because, unlike wood, it won’t crack, peel, rot or split.

If you are interested in siding for your home, call Liberty Builders of Texas today for a FREE in-home consultation.

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Focus on These 5 Qualities When House Hunting

There’s so much that goes into purchasing a house. You want to find the best house you can turn into a home, in the area you want, and for the best price. It can be difficult and not every house you spot is going to be perfect, so focus on these five home features that could save you money and give you the best value.

1. Plumbing Accessibility: How a house ages is based on how it was built and even designed. Make sure the house you’re eyeing has an accessible plumbing system. The more you have to work to access your plumbing, the more money you’ll have to pay. Leaks and clogs could be difficult to solve when you have inaccessible plumbing, so keep that in mind.

2. Wiring: If you’re a lover of older homes, you could come across wiring issues that could be dangerous and costly to fix. If you go with an older home, make sure to get an inspection on the house’s electrical system.

3. Structure: When you’re walking through a vacant home, examine uneven floor boards, doors and windows that are difficult to open due to shifting, and cracks in the home’s walls (exterior and interior).

4. Energy-Efficient Windows: Look for houses with new, energy-efficient windows. This could prevent air conditioning and heating from seeping out of the sills and reduce your energy bill.

5. Lifestyle: Think of how you’ll use your home. If you’re going to utilize your bedroom and office more than any other room, those rooms should probably be bigger than the kitchen or living room. If you don’t have kids, don’t look for a four bedroom home. If you love to cook, find a house with a roomy kitchen. You may not need a house with a foyer and a living room. Consider these small but effective lifestyle choices when choosing the right home.

Home repairs can be pricey and the more you know about what to look for when buying a house, the more money you’ll save in the long run.

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Counting the Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

If your neighbors are boosting their curb appeal, you need to join the bandwagon. Don’t allow your home to fall behind on the maintenance everyone else is managing to do to their homes. Renovations to your home not only boost your curb appeal, but also allow your home to sell at a higher price and attract businesses to your neighborhood. Here are three ways to boost your curb appeal.
DIY: Do-it-yourself projects are projects you can do on the cheap. They will boost your curb appeal, provide a great workout for you, and a fun bonding experience if you include your family in the projects. DIY projects could help lessen the amount of maintenance needed on your home if you’re looking to sell. You’ll also end up spending more money. Yearly DIY repairs are recommended.
Some DIY tasks to boost your curb appeal include touching up paint, sealing cracks in the driveway and sidewalks, pressure washing your home’s exterior, and replacing damaged windows.
Hire a professional: If you have bigger projects to complete, you’ll need to get with a reliable company to help with these tasks. Your home should be inspected every seven to 10 years to check for repairs or replacements.
Call a professional when you need services done that include siding replacement, painting, and replacement of gutters, windows, and doors.
Learn to Landscape: If you already don’t know how to garden, you need to learn to boost your home’s curb appeal. This includes keeping your lawn cut and watered. Pull weeds, fertilize, trim your bushes, remove dead wood, and fill your garden with beautiful flowers and plants.
Liberty Builders can help with some of these services. We’ll be glad to go throughout your home’s exterior with you and examine the repairs it needs. We offer a FREE in-home consultation. Give us a call today!

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Summer Exterior Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is here and you need to make sure your house is ready to handle the unpredictable South Texas weather. A change in season comes with a new set of maintenance to-dos for your home and the exterior. Maintain your home now to prevent any future problems and prepare for the fall.

• Touch-up your exterior. Make the exterior of your home more presentable with a simple paint job.
• Analyze your deck. Check for signs of rotting. If it’s an older deck, it may be time to repair or replace altogether.
• Inspect your hose. Examine your hoses and faucets for leaks, as this could lead to a big waste of water and a higher water bill for you. Applying some electrical tape around the hose could easily fix the problem.
• Inspect the air-conditioner. This is the busiest time of year for your AC. Clean the filter and make sure it’s still running in top shape. You still have one more month of warm weather to get through. While you’re at it, keep the shrubs that surround your AC unit trimmed and pruned.
• Check the crawl space. Moisture in the crawl space of your home can cause mold and rotting. Cover the space to prevent moisture from coming up through the ground.
• Inspect the attic as well. Look for signs of pests, insects, water leaks, or mold. Also, turn off the lights and check for signs of daylight seeping through. If you spot this, it’s time for an attic repair.
• Repair your driveway. Examine the driveway and other concrete areas around your house for cracks and holes. Use concrete repair caulk and asphalt crack sealer to repair the cracks.
• Finally, clean your house’s exterior. From the roof to the exterior windows, window screens, to the patios and sidewalks. A good power washer should do most of the work.

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