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TOLL FREE (877) 983-2899 info@majorshomeimprovement.com Oct 2010

In this Issue:

Home Improvement Projects Made Easy
Green Tip of the Month
Ask Mike
Gourmet Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Monthly Trivia Challenge

Majors Home Improvement

6433 Old Hwy 90
Milton, FL 32570
(850) 983-2899
info@majorshomeimprovement.com
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We Welcome Our New Friends into the Majors Home Improvement Family

We believe in treating all of our customers like family, just ask any of our longtime customers.

We are excited to welcome each of our first time Majors Home Improvement customers. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and hope to see you again very soon.

Here are just a few of the new members of the family:

Floyd & Chong Meek
– Fort Walton Beach
Tom & Deborah Cathey
– Pensacola
Robin Riley
– Pace
Ben & Sylvia Parton
– Gulf Breeze
John & Lisa Captain
– Navarre

Thank you and welcome to everyone who recently joined our Majors Home Improvement family… we couldn't do it without YOU!

Would You like to Have the Nicest Home in the Neighborhood?

Your family deserves to live in a beautiful home. Let us help you upgrade your home to the home of your dreams. Here are just a few ways we can help:

Replacement Windows
Hurricane Shutters
Sunrooms & Enclosures
Screenrooms & Patio Covers
Awnings
Entry Doors
Click here to request an appointment!

REFER YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY AND GET A $25 GIFT CARD

Many of our customers “find” us as a result of word of mouth. This simple, yet gracious, act by our customers has allowed us to be successful. For this generosity, we offer our gratitude and a token of our appreciation through our Referral Reward Program!

Click here to email a referral to us : )

Major's Trivia Challenge

Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out _______ to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

A: Turnips
B: Potatoes
C: Sprite Melons
D: Gourds

The first correct answer emailed in will be this month's winner of 2 Movie Passes!

Click here to email your trivia answer

Last Issue's Answer

Congratulations to Pat York, the winner of the last issue's Trivia Challenge… Pat correctly answered this question:

Reggie Jackson clubbed 3 home runs in game 6 of the 1977 World Series, as the Yankees closed out the Dodgers. What was noteworthy about Jackson's homers?

Answer:

A: Each came on the 1st pitch
B: He hit a homer in game 5
C: Each had a different pitcher
D: All of the above

Home Improvement Projects
Made Easy (Part 2)

Have you ever heard of the expression, “You get what you pay for?” With the proper planning and a knowledgeable contractor, you can be assured of a job well done at a reasonable cost. Your dream kitchen is within your reach! Your new family room awaits! Follow the guidance of experienced contractors:

In this issue we continue our look at making home improvements a breeze. [see the previous issue for items 1-18]

  1. Refrain from running a time clock. This creates an atmosphere of distrust and may not be effective or a money-saver.
  2. Save money by doing minimal tasks on your own, such as clean up and painting.
  3. Review the sample materials, especially the paint chips and color swatches prior to the order.
  4. Select your colors and finishes before the painter arrives to keep the schedule moving.
  5. Have a “go-to-guy.” Someone in the family needs to be the key contact between the contractor and the family. This will help keep communication clean and clear and avoid confusion.
  6. Be specific about where you want electrical outlets located and how many you want. By doing so, the electrical estimate should be more accurate.
  7. Demolition should begin only after the new equipment and supplies have arrived. Particularly windows, doors, appliances or any other essential items.
  8. To avoid loss, remove any valuables or easily damaged items from the work site.
  9. Children and pets in the work zone should be avoided. Alternative arrangements should be made during work time, if you are not present.
  10. If possible, plan for a vacation or time away during the most disruptive part of the project, such as floor refinishing. This will allow you to come back refreshed for the remainder of the job.
  11. To cut back on additional costs or potential delays, keep changes to a minimum. If a change is made, be sure to have the new agreement put in writing before the work begins.
  12. To prevent dust from the site landing in other areas, seal the entry point with plastic sheeting and blue painter’s tape.
  13. Be courteous of your neighbors and inform the work crew where your property lines are located to prevent materials from being placed in the wrong area.
  14. Keep your eye on the prize. Although the project will be disruptive, the end result will be worth it.
  15. Schedule a final walk through inspection with your contractor. Make a note of any tasks that need completed
  16. Request an Affidavit of Final Release once the job is complete and the final payment is made. This clears you of any liability for third-party claims.

No plan is completely foolproof, but with a careful planning, a knowledgeable contractor and sound advice, you’re well on your way to your new space.

GREEN TIP OF THE MONTH

Trick or Treat with Reusable Bags -

Cloth or canvas shopping bags, or even pillowcases, make terrific eco-friendly alternatives to paper or plastic bags, or to the molded plastic jack-o-lanterns so many kids use to collect candy at Halloween.

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Question: Do you have any tips for making our Jack O' Lantern last longer? - Jenn Oller

Answer: To get the most out of your Jack O’ Lantern this year follow these simple tips:

  1. Wash the inside with a mild bleach solution to slow the process of decay.
  2. Coat the cut edges of the pumpkins with petroleum jelly to help them last longer.
  3. LED lights work well instead of candles.
  4. If you really want to make your creations last, put them in a plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator when not on display.
  5. Re-attach broken pieces with toothpicks 6. Discourage critters from making a meal of your pumpkin by sprinkling it with liberally with Tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper.

Got a Question? Ask Mike! Simply click here "Ask Mike."

Please be sure to include your name and phone number in case additional information is required to answer your question.

Gourmet Roasted
Pumpkin Seeds

Don't throw out the seeds when making Jack-O-Lanterns or cooking fresh pumpkins, they make great snacks that are rich in fiber as well as vitamins B and E. Kids especially love them. Purists will want only salt as a seasoning, but if you're feeling adventurous, experiment and have fun with seasoning blends. These roasted pumpkin seeds make tasty, healthy snacks, and it doesn't get any more frugal than this.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons melted butter or oil
Salt to taste

Optional Seasoning To Taste:
Garlic Powder or Garlic Salt
Seasoning Salt
Black Pepper
Salt Free Seasoning Blend, such as Mrs. Dash
Cayenne Pepper
Seasoning Salt
Cajun Seasoning Blend
Mexican Style Chili Lime Seasoning
Italian Seasoning or Other Herbs
Grated Hard Cheese such as Parmesan

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 300º F. Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and seasonings of your choice. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet. (or spray with cooking spray). Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

Famous Quote

“Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.”

~Carol Bishop Hipps


Thank You for Your Kind Words...

“Chuck, [our consultant], was very good with his presentation and organization. The installers were also very professional, and left us feeling good about the product we purchased.” – Ed & Mary Deane, Pace

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