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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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We are Super Service Award Winners!

January 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Andy’s Home and Business Repair Inc.

Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
Andy’s home and Business Repair Inc. has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
We are proud to accept this award in 3 catagories. Handymen, Doors and Remodeling
“Only about 5 percent of the Remodeling/Handymen companies in CITY/MARKET have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on  HYPERLINK “”

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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Home Improvement Tips For Small Homes From The Handyman In St. Louis

January 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Urban living is on the rise. As of 2010 more than half of all people live in an urban area. By 2030 it is anticipated that six out of every ten people will be living in a city, according to the World Health Organization. But no matter where you live, you want to make the most of your available living and storage space. A few simple adjustments can help you open up your living spaces to create more room.

The Living Room: Choose furniture that is appropriate for the amount of space available. Measure your space before purchasing furniture. Too large of a couch can cramp a room and make it seem even smaller. I have made this mistake myself.  Avoid sofas with skirts and instead select couches that are raised off the floor. Select coffee and end tables that have an open frame. A strategically placed mirror can create an illusion that your room is much larger than it really is. The same goes for lack of clutter. Keep your small space organized. Remember, less is more!

Storage: Use creative storage solutions to make more space. For example, an ottoman that doubles as a trunk is a great place to store photos and magazines. A jacket rack with a key ring holder in your foyer is a creative way to create space.

The Kitchen: The kitchen is often the heart of the home, particularly if you entertain a lot or like to cook. It can get over crowded with excessive gadgetry rather quickly. Consider highly functional appliances that have multiple uses. For example a built-in microwave that is equipped with inverter technology. This gives the ability to function like an oven and ensures every dish is cooked evenly, while opening up coveted counter space.

The Bathroom: Give the illusion of space by decorating with neutral or pastel colors on the floors and walls. Save the bolder colors for accents on towels or ornamental pieces. When remodeling your bathroom use white floor and wall tile to make it look bigger.

Throughout The House: Ensure you have lighting at floor, table and even eye level to help eliminate shadows. Another trick is to use a tall floor lamp to draw the eyes upward and add height to the room. A small home is no excuse for feeling cramped. With a few interior design strategies in place, you can make even the smallest space feel larger in size.

Finally, for all your home improvements or home repairs remember to call Andy’s Home and Business Repair. We Make YOUR Space a Better Place!



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