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Gorgeous Bathroom Remo

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New bath 4 New bath 2 New bath ! New bath 3

Introducing the Contractor’s Change Station

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Time for a change

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Uh-huh…We Did it Again! 8 years running!

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Are You Getting Ready To Sell?

January 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Look for Code Violations Before You Sell

Code violations can extend the homeselling process—even halt it altogether. It’s a solid investment to hire a home inspector before placing your home on the market.

A quality home inspector knows local codes, and Andy’s Home and Business Repair knows how to do the work.—from electrical, plumbing, building, structure and more. They can help sellers understand any code violations and the steps and costs necessary to become compliant. When the city records a violation, a fee is assigned to the property. Because violations don’t appear as a lien on a title search, it can be difficult to determine whether a sanction has been assessed that will delay closing. By hiring Andy’s Home and Business Repair  before you have your inspection done, can save you thousands of dollars and avoid unexpected delays.

Violations can include the presence of garbage in a yard, maintenance issues, overgrown lawns, non-sanctioned improvements, safety issues or other dangerous items needing repair.

Here are some of the most common inspection problems:

Bedrooms: All rooms listed as bedrooms must have an operating window with 30 square inches of clearance for fire escape. Bedrooms also must have heat. If a home is listed with three bedrooms, and one does not meet both these requirements, it cannot legally be called a bedroom.

Furnaces and compressors: Rust in the heat exchange is a common problem that shows up on inspections. So is missing insulation where required by code at the time the house was built, or, at the time improvements or replacements were installed.

Electrical: Common violations include junctions not enclosed in a junction box, a lack of ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in bathrooms and kitchens, or reverse-polarity on outlets.

Life-saving equipment: Smoke and carbon dioxide detectors are required by law in most states. Not having them—or not having the proper kind—is considered a code violation.

Plumbing: Violations can include everything from dripping faucets, to loose toilets, to improper drainage.

Structural damage: Common code violations include rotting wood trim around windows and doors, rotten or delaminating siding and missing flashing on roofs or above windows and doors.

Extra rooms: Some homeowners renovate basements or add sunrooms without permits. Be sure your improvements and additions are backed by the proper permits and resulting inspections.

Don’t hurt your sale because of code violations that can be fixed. call Andy’s, St. Louis Handyman Extraordinaire, make the changes and enjoy the comfort your efforts bring when your closing comes to fruition. And Don’t forget us when you get to your new home. Many times new owners have some changes they would like done.

Top Handyman in St. Louis Tips For Winter Preparedness.

December 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  • Check for gaps in insulation or crawl spaces that expose pipes to cold air and the risk of freezing and bursting.
  • Have your HVAC system cleaned and checked before cold weather sets in. Don’t forget to change the filter and make sure the humidifier.
  • Block drafts around doors and windows by making sure they are properly caulked on the outside and use weather stripping on the inside.
  • Install storm doors and windows to improve energy efficiency and keep drafts at bay.
  • If you have a fireplace have a chimney sweep clean and check it. Remember to use a CSL log for the first fire, and check the vents.
  • Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean and free of debris.
  • Check your roof for missing or damaged shingles that need replacing.
  • Put away hoses for the season and if you can, shut off the water supply at each hose bib.
  • Flush water heater to get rid of build up sediment to increase efficiency.
  • Check smoke and CO detector batteries.
  • Inspect and clean out your dryer vent. (fire hazard)
  • This is also an excellent time to plan and schedule remodeling projects for the spring. For your personal consultation with our design team to help plan out your next project, just call 314-3078355.

Custom Designed Interiors..For Your Pets From St. Louis Handyman

April 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Homeowners love their pets and they also love a great design! We are increasingly being asked to design a floor plan with their pets in mind. Pet friendly designs in the kitchen, laundry room, mudroom and even outdoor spaces such as rooftops are increasingly popular. Here are a few remodeling ideas to get you started. Kitchen: if you have a small or medium sized pet, consider finding a spot in your kitchen to create a built-in eating station. Perhaps under the island, to create a stylish place for food and water bowls. Or use a large lower cabinet, remove the door and create a convenient, comfortable spot for a cozy bed. If your pet is a messy eater, keep the feeding station away most of the foot traffic. Water spills can be hazardous, but please remember to keep fresh water accessible all the time. Feeding stations for larger pets may be better suited for the laundry room or mudroom. Maybe turn an alcove under the steps into a nice little nook for Fido. If you have a separate laundry room, or mudroom, a convenient station for your larger pet can be under a boot bench. When storing your pet gear, look for opportunities to stash pet toys in a basket. Store pet food in a large glass container, instead of it’s regular packaging and you won’t mind the nibbles being on display. Homeowners are also adding pet washing stations in their laundry/mudrooms. An enclosed tiled area with an extended faucet can be used for baths, or simply a paw washing station. For you own custom design call us at Andy’s Home and Business Repair Inc. We would love to design a custom spot for YOUR Spot! We can handle the carpentry, tiling, plumbing etc. The best handyman in St. Louis!! We make YOUR space a better place! 314-307-8355

Remedies to Fix a Broken Floor Tile

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Loose or broken floor tiles can be tricky. I hope you saved a few extra tiles so that one can be replaced if it gets broken. First you will need to remove the bad one. Use a hammer to break it up. (Be sure to wear safety goggles) Cover the area with an old towel so that the chips will be contained. Once the tile is broken into pieces, begin using a scraper to get all of the tile, grout and mortar out of the area. You will then use new mortar to set the new tile. Be sure to let the tile dry and set for a minimum of 24 hours. During this time make sure no one steps on it. (block off the area) Once the tile mortar is set you are ready to grout. Be sure to follow the directions on the grout, don’t use too much water, this can cause it to crack in a short period. Mix the grout and wait for a short period before mixing again. Then apply the grout. It is a good idea to use an old paint brush and wipe the area around the tile with a small amount of water, so that when the new grout is applied the dry areas surrounding it don’t take the moisture out of the grout. Again, keep the area blocked off for at least 24 hours. That should do the trick. If you don’t feel comfortable tackling the repair, you can always call on us here at Andy’s Home and Business
Repair. St. Louis premier, professional handyman service.

The Old Bathroom

March 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Witteried before #2

Homes at Risk For Termites

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Winter is upon us but it’s not too soon to be thinking about termite damage. Prolonged cold, snow and ice can create the perfect environment for termites. Ice dams are one of the most troublesome winter related problems, according to the National Pest Management Association. An Ice dam is a ridge that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining properly. The melting snow backs up behind this dam and can leak into your home, causing water damage to ceilings, walls,insulation, and drywall and providing enough moisture to attract termites as they begin to emerge at the first signs of spring. Termites are known as silent destroyers because their constant gnawing can go unnoticed until significant damage has been done to the structure. Even more problematic is termite property damage, which according to NPMA accounts for at least 5 Billion dollars each year, is not covered by homeowners insurance. Depending on the extent of the destruction, homeowners can be faced with large repair bills. Before the ground warms and termite swarms emerge in search of a new structure to feast on, homeowners should take necessary steps to ensure winter hasn’t done a number on their homes and left them vulnerable to pest problems in the spring. Many construction companies either won’t work on termite damage because it is very dirty work, or they just don’t have the know how to repair this damage. If you discover termite damage, call Andy’s Home and Business Repair Inc. We have been repairing this kind of damage since 1999. Some tips on how to prevent ice dams are as follows. 1) Promptly clear snow off roofs before it freezes and becomes harder to remove. 2) Install snow and ice shields on the roof. 3) Clean out gutters and install gutter guards. 4) Cover an attic or house fan during winter. 5) Repair fascia and rotted shingles. 6) Add insulation to the attic rafters and ceiling. 7) seal and insulate HVAC ducts. 8) Install chimney flashing to prevent leaks. 9) seal gaps around electrical cables and vent pipes. 10) Install eave and soffit vents to circulate cold air.
For all of your home repair needs, call Andy’s Home and Business Repair Inc. St. Louis Handyman extraordinaire. But please, make sure the termites are gone first.

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