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Are HomeAdvisor Repairs Covered by Home Insurance?

Imagine a freak storm that causes a large branch from an oak tree outside to snap and damage part of your roof. Your homeowners insurance policy, a coverage designed to step in financially to back you up in these cases, will cover the cost of repairing the roof damage. Your insurance provider will send out a “preferred contractor” to handle the repair. You may think they’re doing you a great favor, but in many cases, these contractors are looking out for the insurance company’s best interests — and not yours, seeking to do the job as inexpensively as possible. 



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The low-cost approach may be acceptable for some types of damages such as replacing a few roof shingles, but as for other situations such as damage to your gorgeous granite countertops in your kitchen or replacing your custom closet cabinets,

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Procrastination be gone … it’s time to tackle home repairs

When we are cooped up at home, the walls begin to close in. Suddenly, that creaky stair becomes really annoying. That window, always cranky, is sticking even more. Blinds close only halfway, and the patio door jumps its track. Outside, the soffit on one side is hanging loose.

Then there’s the kitchen — instead of dealing with a recalcitrant oven, we’ve been ordering meals to be delivered. And the bath — the walls are losing tiles, and the hot water comes in a puny dribble. Repairs and renovations in both the bathroom and the kitchen are overdue.

It’s time to tackle problems. Before winter sets in, hire some experts. They have the tools and the experience to fix and change all those months of neglect. Procrastination be gone. Get it done.

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“Since the establishment of the business, the guiding principle has always been complete customer satisfaction,” says Gary Shiman.

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Dear Abby: My hairdresser recommended her unemployed brother to do some minor repairs to my home.

Dear Abby: My hairdresser, former neighbor and friend recommended her unemployed brother to do some minor repairs to my home. He and his sister were trying to push me into a relationship. I am a widow with no children. I have no mortgages, car notes, etc. I’m not wealthy, but I am well set.

My hairdresser recently mentioned that her brother was using crack cocaine again. I’m furious that she didn’t disclose her brother’s addiction sooner. Should I let it go or confront her about this? I really don’t want to lose my hairdresser.

Styled Right in the South

Dear Styled: You are certainly free to ask your hairdresser why she didn’t tell you her brother had a crack habit before recommending him to do repairs in your home. It’s a fair question, if nothing is missing and the repairs were done properly. Refrain from doing it while you are

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‘I thought we were going to die,’ complaints about home warranties and delayed A/C repairs

PHOENIX — With temperatures so high you may have thought, ‘what happens if your air conditioning stops working?’ Would a home warranty be good protection or a waste of money? Some Arizonans say their American Home Shield warranties left them sweating during the hottest part of the summer.

Jennifer Schrader says when her air conditioning went out, she called a contractor to diagnose the issue. Schrader says she was told the unit was old, had multiple issues and she says it needed to be replaced.

But Schrader says when she called her home warranty company, American Home Shield, they thought replacing the compressor would solve the issue. Schrader says she spent days without air conditioning with temperatures in the 100s trying to work with the company.

“My son has autism you can’t just pick up and go,” Schrader says.

Finally, she says she took out a second mortgage on her

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‘Heartbreaking’: Another blow for small Auckland CBD businesses as bridge repairs see many work from home

Struggling businesses in Auckland’s quiet city centre have been dealt another blow as urgent repairs on the harbour bridge see many workers skip their commute.

Commuters have been warned of lengthy delays this morning as urgent repairs continue on the battered Auckland Harbour Bridge cause mayhem.

Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency has urged people to work from home if possible or use public transport if they have to travel into the city, after high winds toppled a truck on Friday afternoon.

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The resulting damage to a 22.7m steel strut closed several bridge lanes to assess the damage, causing gridlock and huge tailbacks across parts of the city.

And for Covid-hit businesses in the CBD, it’s the latest event in an extraordinarily tough year, Heart of the City’s Viv Beck says.

“It started with the Sky City fire this time last year, there’s been the impact of large, long-scale construction with the

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Common Home Repairs – Simple Fixes You Can Do on Your Own

If you’re looking to flex your DIY muscles, you’ve come to the right place. Here are detailed how-to instructions for tackling seven simple home repairs, ranging from unclogging sinks and silencing squeaky doors to cleaning moldy surfaces and soaking up oily stains.

And all you need are a few simple hand tools, a free afternoon, and the willingness to get things done. Okay, let’s get started!

Clogged Bathroom Sink

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The secret to unclogging a bathroom sink is to use a two-prong attack, starting with an ordinary sink plunger, which, despite its simplicity, is amazingly effective at dislodging clogs. However, to ensure that the plunger’s power is delivered directly to the clog, you must first cover the overflow hole on the side of the sink. Otherwise, when you begin plunging, the plunger will just suck air in and out of the overflow hole, delivering no pressure to

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Need Home Repairs During COVID-19? Try a Virtual Service

When my refrigerator started giving me trouble back in April, I went into a full-fledged panic. Though my husband is handy and has tackled many home repair issues in his day, fixing the fridge was a whole different ball game. Luckily, the issue was minor, and a few YouTube videos later, he had it under control.

Now to be clear, it’s not that I’m too cheap to pay a repair person when things in my house break; it’s that at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was less than eager to have a stranger enter my home, let alone spend what could’ve been several hours in my kitchen.

And I’m not the only person who feels this way. In fact, even now, months later, many people are doing their best to avoid home repairs in an effort to limit their COVID-19 exposure. One friend of mine just replaced a

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7 Simple Home Repairs You Can Do Right Now

Photo credit: JGI/Tom Grill - Getty Images
Photo credit: JGI/Tom Grill – Getty Images

From Popular Mechanics

If you’re looking to flex your DIY muscles, you’ve come to the right place. Here are detailed how-to instructions for tackling seven simple home repairs, ranging from unclogging sinks and silencing squeaky doors to cleaning moldy surfaces and soaking up oily stains.

And all you need are a few simple hand tools, a free afternoon, and the willingness to get things done. Okay, let’s get started!

Clogged Bathroom Sink

Photo credit: Jasmin Merdan - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jasmin Merdan – Getty Images

The secret to unclogging a bathroom sink is to use a two-prong attack, starting with an ordinary sink plunger, which, despite its simplicity, is amazingly effective at dislodging clogs. However, to ensure that the plunger’s power is delivered directly to the clog, you must first cover the overflow hole on the side of the sink. Otherwise, when you begin plunging, the plunger will just

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Tips for using a contractor for home repairs and installations

Continuing with Hubby’s and my very recent moving saga, while another week of unpacking has passed, its nasty taste in our mouths hasn’t. In just the past couple of days, I’ve discovered a broken vacuum cleaner, a missing window air-conditioner and still have more large boxes in the basement that were supposed to be placed in the living room and/or kitchen. Eek.

The next slap in our financial faces came from a very reputable business with which we’ve not only experienced great satisfaction in the past, but also one to which I’ve handed out mega referrals to friends and strangers alike. Talk about a fiasco! Without going into great detail, what was to be a week’s job turned into five weeks, with kitchen and living room parts arriving piecemeal, which added to my profound distress. More times than not, what arrived had been built wrong or not at all which

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Man promising home repairs scams residents out of thousands, Daytona Beach Shores police say

A Volusia County man is accused of defrauding several people out of thousands of dollars in a home contracting scheme.

Victims say they don’t necessarily expect to get their money back at this point, but they do expect justice.

“He showed us rendering of cabinets and we got all excited,” Stephanie Ruta said.

Ruta and her husband Enrico Ruta say they hired John Venneman two years ago for a kitchen remodel at their beachside condo.

The couple says they gave Venneman, now charged with scheming to defraud, $9,500.

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The kitchen was demolished and then months went by with no new cabinets.

“(It was) story after story including wild schemes of cabinets being held up in Barcelona and then his discovery that the company was actually from China,” Stephanie Ruta said.

Stephanie Ruta says Venneman stopped taking their calls and refused to return their money.

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