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Just completed finishing a basement for a customer. Made a recreation room and home office. Installed new energy efficient windows in the back as well as a new energy efficient walk-out door. Finishing a basement or adding a room in the attic are two improvements to one's home that not only brings a high return on investment but expands considerably the living space.


Got some rotting exterior trim? Consider replacing it with a PVC trim. It's a bit more expensive than wood, but it looks and paints like wood and it won't rot. Many of my customers insist on it.


As we move further into Spring, people tend to get outside more and start seeing repairs that need to be addressed. But they don't call until May, only to find themselves way down on the list. Call early. Belcher Home Improvement will come to your house for a walk-about and assess what repairs might be needed.


Ice dams and snow loads on roofs tend to make interior doors shift. What latched closed last summer may not now. It could be as simple as adjusting the level of the striker plate in the jamb. An easy way to tell what adjustment is necessary, is put some lipstick on the latch, close the door and see how it hits the striker plate. Adjust the plate up or down as necessary.


Contractors must be EPA Lead-Safe Certified to perform any activity such as sanding, cutting, and demolition which can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, (later postponed to October 2010), contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

Open the following links to get additional information regarding lead paint and your family's safety:

Lead Pamphlet - Renovate Right
Lead Pamphlet - Protect Your Family

BELCHER Home Improvement is certified by the EPA for such work. Your safety is our concern. We do it right.


This winter has caused numerous ice dams, resulting in leaking and stained ceilings and walls. We are receiving a lot of calls for repairs. Keep in mind, that if water got through your exterior perimeter, it probably wet your insulation, which un-remediated could lead to future mold issues. Often the right remedy is to remove he affected sheetrock, remediate any potential mold on the wood structure, replace the insulation, and re-sheetrock. It's a bit more costly, but you don't have the worry of future mold-related issues.


Belcher Home Improvement is now on Angie's List. Check us out. We're rated A for home repairs by our customers.


Homeowners looking to make upgrades on Uncle Sam's penny have another year to do so, thanks to an extension of the home energy-efficiency improvement tax credits.

The extension, which was included in legislation that renewed the Bush-era tax cuts, allows individuals to receive tax credits for installing qualifying energy-efficient windows, doors, water heaters, roofs, insulation, heating and air-conditioning units and biomass stoves at principal residences.

For installations occurring before Dec 31, 2010, the program offers a tax credit equaling 30 percent of the homeowner's cost, up to $1,500. This includes labor expenses on water heaters, heating and air-conditioning units and biomass stoves. In 2011, the cap will be reduced to $500, and the credit percentage will vary depending on what improvement is made. The tax credit is also retroactive to Dec. 31, 2005, meaning a homeowner who has claimed at least $500 in energy-efficiency tax credits between 2006 and 2010 can't do so in 2011.

Windows are probably the biggest heating and cooling loss in the home. Doors are a big factor, too. Aside from the tax credits, homeowners making the switch to more-efficient items should also see savings in their monthly utility and fuel bills. Replacing windows and doors can reduce heating and cooling costs by 30 to 40 percent, depending on the age and size of the home.

For more information on the energy-efficiency tax credits, visit
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