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Record Indiana rainfall calls for Indianapolis water damage remodeling contractors to step in

Did you know that Indiana has seen the highest recorded rainfall in history from April 2017 to today? This 25 year old Carmel, Indiana home hasn’t experienced any previous water issues, but the owner found wet carpet and swollen baseboards inside the home.

Upon demo, our team identified a crack in the exterior concrete foundation where water was trickling in through the foundation. We professionally repaired the crack, waterproofed the foundation damage, completed a full dry-out, treated for mold, and repaired all the materials with water damage.

 

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Even the most secure properties are experiencing water intrusion this year with the amount of rainfall Indiana has seen. Our remodeling and mold remediation team can help with your Indianapolis mold removal and Indianapolis water damage repairs.

 

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Home Maintenance Tips to Prevent Water Intrusion and Avoid Need For Mold Removal

It’s that time of year again, the rain keeps falling here in Indianapolis and that means that all this water has the potential to find its way into your home and cause some major damage.  As mold removal specialists in Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Greenwood, Avon, Noblesville, Westfield, and the surrounding areas, we see many easy home maintenance items being overlooked.  Water damage and mold growth can be avoided in so many situations, and these preventative tips to control water intrusion and mold growth in your Indianapolis area home are a great place to start.

  1. clean gutters avoid mold removal in IndianapolisClean gutters and downspout extensions every 60 days. When water accumulates around your home’s foundation, it creates puddles and eventually can cause major leaks and cracks within the foundation walls. Additionally, as water accumulates over the roof line, the roof begins to deteriorate, the shingles wear and the ceiling begins to take on water. It’s important to keep your gutters clean so water moves away from your home properly.  Inviting water into your home creates a great place for mold to start breeding. Avoid the need for mold removal by staying on top of the clearing of your gutters and downspouts.
  2. bury downspouts avoid mold removal in IndianapolisBury your downspouts to help direct the water further away from your foundation. Moving water away from your foundation is essential, and burying your downspouts is a great way to get the water moving in the direction you want it to go.  Ensure that it is angled away from the home so the water does not have a chance to come flowing back towards your home.  Not only does a buried downspout have better curb appeal for your home, it allows you to choose where on your property your downspout empties out.  For many properties this is a quick DIY project, but for others it may require a little help with the labor and proper guidance of the water away from your home.
  3. use pop up drains to move water away from foundationLocate your buried downspouts, perimeter drain (if you have one), and sump line and know where they terminate. Knowing where your water is draining is the first step in identifying a potential problem.  Discharge lines and outlets can freeze over or get clogged with debris over time.  With any kind of blockage, the drainage of your system can slow or be stopped entirely. If there is no other way for water to exit your sump pump system, then it will back up cause flooding. If you know where your lines terminate you can visually inspect these regularly. Placing pop up drain at the end of your downspouts is a great way to keep lines from getting blocked.  Knowledge about your drainage system is an important step in keeping water out of your Indianapolis area home and reducing the risk for mold growth.

  4. grade water away from foundation prevent mold removal IndianapolisEnsure soil is graded to sloped away from foundation. There are two types of grading: positive and negative. Positive grading is good, negative grading is bad. Positive grading slopes away from your home, directing storm water away from your foundation. Negative grading slopes toward your home, directing storm water toward your foundation. When water collects around the foundation it increases your chances of basement and crawlspace flooding and the breeding ground for mold becomes a real risk. “Regrading”, or changing the slope of your yard so it’s pitched away from your house instead of towards it, is an important step in keeping your basement or crawl space free of water and mold.
  5. Avoid trees with large root systems near foundation.  Available space is probably the consideration most overlooked or misunderstood when deciding what tree to plant. Before you plant, it is important to know what the tree will look like as it nears maturity. Consider its height, crown spread, and root space before you plant to avoid disrupting your homes foundation in years to come.  Planting too close to your foundation can open the potential for water intrusion and mold growth. Check out this helpful guide from the Arbor Day Foundation that provides a basic spacing guide from various distances and various tree heights.
  6. Ensure mulch beds are not piled too high around foundation.  keep foundation clear to avoid mold growth in Indianapolis homeWhen mulching year after year, its important to not bring your mulch beds up over your block foundation.  If mulch is too high it can help contribute to a negative grading, and when storm water consistently collects near the home only bad things can happen. It is recommended that a minimum of 6 inches of foundation be exposed.  Don’t pile on more mulch that creeps up over your foundation and onto your siding, wood, brick, stone, etc. Instead, opt to remove the old mulch, ensure a positive grade away from foundation is in place, and then replace with new mulch.
  7. clear window wells prevent mold remediation IndianapolisMake sure basement window well drains are clear. A window well drain is very similar to a sink drain, if it is plugged, water will not drain away.  If leaves and other debris are allowed to accumulate in the window well, it prevents rain water from draining properly. If water is allowed to pool it will eventually rise until it pours into your basement right through the windows. Keeping the window well free of debris is essential in protecting your home from water intrusion and mold growth potential.  Depending on your location and landscaping, you may also consider a window well cover if excess debris is gathering quickly around your windows.

As mold removal specialists in Indianapolis, we find that the most common causes of mold growth can be avoided with proper maintenance. If you think you have a problem with water intrusion or need mold removal, we can come take a look at your property and set you down the right path to fix the problem before it gets worse. Complete our online contact form or contact our Mold Removal Specialist directly.

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Robert Barnes: 317.476.5688 or 800-601-4050

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Construction Superhero – Strong Handyman Skills Needed

Indiana Residential is seeking a Contractor/Construction Professional with strong handyman skills in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. Looking for people with remodeling and residential home repair experience. Skills should include carpentry, light plumbing, light electrical, flooring, tile, etc.

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CUSTOMER REFERRAL REWARDS PROGRAM

Many homeowners complete the closing process and immediately start their own search for qualified contractors. Many times we’ve already been in the home to complete repairs so we are very familiar with the condition and its need for updates. We can help reduce the transition stress by staying on the project after the inspection repairs are complete.

Famazon-100giftcardor every new remodeling/construction client we complete work for, we will send you a $100 AMAZON GIFT CARD as a THANK YOU!  This includes anything from house painting, kitchen or bath remodel, roofing and more (with a estimate value of $5000 or more) 

If you know your friends or clients are looking to do some additional enhancements or remodeling, let us know and we’ll take it from there.  Or pass along our info and be sure they let us know you sent them.  It’s that simple, we’ll send you $100 Amazon card for your referral if we end up winning the bid.

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  • Reward is $100 Amazon Gift Card that will be sent to you via email.  You can use the code we provide you when completing your Amazon transaction. If you have an Amazon Account, just let us know the email you use for that account and it will sync and deposit as a credit onto your account. Easy right?
  • You can receive reward multiple times… simply send us more referrals. We are happy to give you our money!
  • To count, your referral must become a new Indiana Residential client
  • To count, your referral must result as a client and the value of the work completed must be estimated at $5000 or more

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Meet Our Team

Just as your real estate business relies on referrals, Indiana Residential also depends on the quality of the relationships we build and the unique service we provide.  You count on us and we count on you.  Our team of experienced employees make us who we are, so we’d like to introduce them to you properly.

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TOM GIBSON

Meet Tom, he is a Project Manager and Estimator at Indiana Residential, responsible for preparing accurate and cost effective job estimates and managing projects to successful completion. From conception to completion, Tom is hands-on, on-the-job, and doing whatever it takes to ensure customer satisfaction. 

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JOEL SHORES

Meet Joel, he is a Project Manager and Estimator at Indiana Residential, providing timely, accurate and detailed estimates.  He makes the process from initial contact to final completion as painless on the agent and homeowner as possible.  Joel plans and purchases equipment and material, organizes and oversees contractors, and most importantly, makes sure that the customer is happy at the end of the day

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ELYSE GEIS

Meet Elyse, she manages the daily operations at Indiana Residential, and that’s no simple task. She handles everything behind the scenes from scheduling, logistics, HR and payroll to office management and all aspects of company financials. Basically, she’s the one that keeps everyone in line and keeps the train running. 

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ROBERT BARNES

Meet Robert, he leads the Indiana Residential Mold Division, managing the entire remediation process from visual inspection, sample collection and testing to on-site estimates, mold removal and material replacements. He finds the most cost effective ways of making projects affordable while still providing quality and on-time completion. 

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KELLY LATIMORE

Meet Kelly, he is the Co-Founder of Indiana Residential and leads the roofing division, Indiana Roofing. Latimore specializes in roofing repairs and replacements; ensuring a home’s resale value is at its highest. He is intimately involved in all aspects of customer relations from on-site Project Management, Fleet Management to preparing project estimates and safeguarding customer satisfaction. 

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MIKE GREVE

Meet Mike, he is the Co-Founder and a Project Manager at Indiana Residential. His main focus is to ensure the job gets done efficiently and effectively, while making sure everyone is happy, healthy and prosperous. From project management and estimates to keeping up with the latest remodeling trends, he is involved with every aspect of the business. 

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Pros and Cons of Partial Renovations vs. Complete Remodels

If you have an outdated home or even a single room in a house, you may be deciding whether to do a partial renovation or go for an entire new look with a complete remodel. The difference between minor and major remodels lies not only in the complexity of the project and the cost, but often on the return on your investment.Photography Portfolio

When You’re Selling

If you plan to sell your home in the next year or two, you may want to forego a major renovation. According to a survey from Zillow Digs, most experts recommend making minor updates to bring your home’s design current rather than investing in major changes. You’ll probably get more of your money back in the increased price than you would with what you spend on a complete renovation.

Anyone who really wants to make major changes in hopes of bringing a higher price will need to speak with an expert about the best way to get as much money back as possible. Depending on where you live, finished basements or attics may bring enough to pay for the remodel. In other areas, it may be the updated bathroom that commands a higher sales price.

When to Choose a Complete Remodel

The case for a total renovation to a room comes when it’s no longer functional. If you’re tearing out walls to open up an area or make it larger, a complete renovation makes sense. Another reason to go for the big project is when you need to update plumbing and electrical or if there’s foundation issues.

It also depends on how much of an impact a major remodel will have on visual appeal. For instance, in a kitchen, the big difference between what you see with a minor and major renovation is the cabinetry. If the cabinets are an eyesore, you’ll want to replace them. However, a minor remodel means replacing or altering the fronts of the cabinets. With a major remodel, you’ll completely remove the cabinets and install new ones.

With a complete renovation, you know everything is brand new. If major work needs to be done, this is the only option. While you can expect major expenses and a big budget, the results can be worth it.

When to Choose a Minor Remodel

If the bones of the room you’re renovating are good, you may be looking at a minor remodel. Just remember that the word “minor” may not mean the same thing to everyone. You may have a lot of work to do, and the room often looks like it has been completely demolished, but it still classifies as minor if no major structural changes have been made or electrical and plumbing hasn’t had any big alterations.

You don’t want to cover up issues with a pretty design, so make sure you understand when a major remodel is required or when a minor update will do. Indiana Residential can help you decide which type of renovation will achieve the results you want within budget.

For help deciding what is best for your budget, contact the pros at Indiana Residential. We can help walk you through all the details to make the best decision for your home.

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Ways to Transform and Add Value to your Indianapolis Home With Wainscoting

Create a New Look with different Wainscoting styles

Wainscoting is an easy way to make any room stand out. This architectural detail adds character in a modern or traditional home, and captures the attention of guests or buyers, if you’re planning to sell. With minimal supplies and the help of a contractor or handyman with the right tools, you can transform a room from boring to WOW in no time. These techniques can be used to richen up the look of your property, cover up unsightly/rough dry wall, and even serve as an added durability to high traffic areas like hallways and stairways. Learn how to add wainscoting in fun and inventive ways.

Functional Design

Wainscoting is known as a decorative element in a room, but it can have functionality as well. At the top of the boards, add a narrow shelf as a border. You can place small trinkets on it to enhance the visual element of the space. To make it work, choose a taller height for your boards closer to eye-level when they’re installed.

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Create Contrast

Many people choose a white or light color board for wainscoting, but you can add contrast with a dark grey, blue or chocolate. Complete the look with a wide base at the bottom and a narrow trim at the top. This design complements a space like a bathroom when you pick up a dark color in the tile.

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Add Length to a Room

While most wainscoting is installed vertically, you can switch things up by putting it in horizontally. This method lengthens a room and makes it appear larger. At the same time, boards placed vertically draw the eye up to make a room feel taller. This idea works well for a small bathroom or other areas with limited square footage.

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A Modern Space with Wider Boards

Traditionally, wainscoting has consisted of narrow boards at chair-rail height. However, modern design has altered this design to be fresh and contemporary. Wide boards that extend higher up the wall create a unique space which is not too formal while adding a sense of character to the space.

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Mix and Match

Create a contemporary look unique to your home by mixing wainscoting styles. For example, combine the ever-popular batten and board style with picture frame wainscot for a distinct take on the traditional look. Go modern with offset squares which adds interest to a wall and turns it into a focal point.

Achieve ultra-modern with metropolis circles or a rustic feel with barn door wainscoting. As you can see, wainscoting can fit in any home with any design scheme as long as you select a style which complements your overall theme.

Break the rules with wainscoting that features multiple colors. Each board can be a different thickness and color for the illusion of stripes. This style adds vertical interest and can enhance a plain wall.

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Wainscoting is an easy way to enhance any room in your home from the dining room to the bedroom to the bathroom. While simple designs are easy enough for DIY projects, hiring a professional will save you time and ensure the end result is everything you wanted it to be. Check out companies like Indiana Residential and bring them your design ideas to create a brand new space in your home.
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Instagram Marketing Basics for Realtors

instagram-indiana-residentialInstagram is the ideal avenue for realtors because it allows them to showcase their listings in photos. This social media site not only allows you to share photos with others, but it enables you to connect with your clients. You can also use it to network with other real estate agents. With over 80 million users, Instagram is a valuable resource for realtors seeking to grow their business.

  1. instagram-houseShare your photos

    Take lots of photos of your listings and select the best ones to share. Be willing to experiment with lighting and try out different angles to capture the best image. One of the best reasons to use Instagram is the fact that even amateur photographers can create appealing photos. Add creative captions and use filters to turn out the best results.

  2. Add a filter that works for the photo

    Instagram filters allow you to instill special personality to your photos. Add a haze or select a unique light. You can even give a photo that old Polaroid appeal to create an unforgettable image that stands out. An example is the Sierra filter, which creates a cloudy look to the photo from the high-exposure, low-contrast. When selecting a filter, choose one that showcases the best features of the property and helps to tell the story you want others to see.

  3. Focus on Key Features with Close-Up Shots

    Don’t overlook key features with unique shots when capturing images of the entire house. Rather than just photographing every room, consider what makes it special. Perhaps the flower garden is unbelievable, so take a picture of it. Add special captions that make each photo stand out. The details are what makes a property stand out and encourage potential buyers to consider seeing the property in person.

  4. Stay active on Instagram

    As a social media site, it’s important to make connections on Instagram. Follow other real estate agents and professionals in your industry. Your connections from Facebook can easily be connected on Instagram to start off with a solid foundation. Use hashtags to help your connections grow with other real estate agents or clients in the market for a house. Don’t forget to LIKE other people’s photos and make comments to get others to do the same for you. This can expand your reach to a new audience.

  5. Connect Instagram to other social networks

    Connect your profile on Instagram to your other social networks, so they can build off each other. This helps you build your following and get more people to see your listings. Don’t be afraid to add your photos to the MLS and online listing. A personal photo can set your property apart and it shows that you make an extra effort. Clients will notice and will appreciate your level of dedication and engagement.

    Use Instagram to help others see your homes the way you see them, and you’ll notice the results by the increase in sales.

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Remodeling on the Rise

January 18, 2011
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In the wake of the worst downturn in recent history, the U.S. home improvement industry is poised for growth, according to a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Over the coming years, remodeling expenditures are expected to increase at an inflation-adjusted 3.5 percent average annual rate, below the pace during the housing boom, but sharply recovering from the recent downturn.

“As both the economy and the housing market stabilize, so too will homeowner improvement spending,” says Abbe Will, a researcher with the center’s Remodeling Futures Program.

The industry, which saw a double-digit decline since its peak in 2007, is beginning to return to a more typical pattern of growth. Market fundamentals—the number of homes in the housing stock, the age of those homes, and the income gains of homeowners making improvements—all point to increases in remodeling spending. “Metropolitan areas with rising house prices, older housing stocks, higher incomes and home values, and a larger share of upscale remodeling expenditures, such as Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, are well-positioned for an upturn in remodeling activity,” says Eric Belsky, the Joint Center’s managing director.

The report, A New Decade of Growth for Remodeling, also predicts the focus of remodeling spending will shift from upper-end discretionary projects to replacements and systems upgrades. Remodeling contractors have a number of growth opportunities generated by underinvestment in distressed properties, lower mobility, changing migration patterns, and the rise of environmental awareness, it is suggested.

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BUYING OR SELLING A NEW HOME?

Indiana Residential is pleased to introduce “One-Call”, a service to help homeowners update, remodel, and repair their new homes.

“One-Call” offers a one stop resource for homeowners that need simple handyman work to licensed contractors. These services include:

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