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

In this Issue:

Home Improvement Projects Made Easy
Green Tip of the Month
Ask Mike
Create Homework Time and Place
Monthly Trivia Challenge

Majors Home Improvement

6433 Old Hwy 90
Milton, FL 32570
(850) 983-2899
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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

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?

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

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 John Wilford, the winner of the last issue's Trivia Challenge… John correctly answered this question:

Since the advent of the World Cup in 1930, two trophies have represented victory: the Jules Rimet Trophy from 1930 to 1970, and the FIFA World Cup Trophy from 1974 to the present day. Why was the trophy replaced?

Answer: Rules mandated a change

Home Improvement Projects
Made Easy (Part 1)

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:

  1. Connect with your contractor. The right person for the job will be easy to talk to.
  2. Do you see eye to eye? Be sure to hire a contractor that understands your goals and has experience in the type of work you are looking for.
  3. Understand the price of the materials may reflect it’s quality. Ask your contractor for their recommendations. Is it worth it to cut corners if it’s a temporary fix?
  4. The lowest bid may not be the best candidate. Request a written description of the materials necessary for the job. A low bid may indicate a contractor that uses sub-par materials or is desperate for work. The more accurate bid is likely somewhere in the middle.
  5. Get involved by keeping the lines of communication open. Insist on regular contact by e-mail, phone or text and a weekly face-to-face update from the foreman.
  6. What’s in a name? Abbreviations behind your contractor’s name represent national trade organizations and bound your contractor by a strict code of ethics. Such abbreviations include: NKBA, NAHB-RC and NARI.
  7. Get it in writing. Your contract should detail time frames, the total cost, payment arrangements, your contractor’s license number, project description, names of parties involved, how to handle additional costs if necessary.
  8. Be cautious if you are not given a timeline for the job to be completed. This may indicate the contractor has several current jobs and may not complete your job timely.
  9. Honor your contract. Hiring a member of the work crew to do after hours work at a reduced rate will strain the relationship between you and your contractor.
  10. Record key contact information for every individual working on your project.
  11. Be upfront about your budget and review the cost details listed in your contract.
  12. Is your contractor insured? This is a must; otherwise you are liable if a member of the work crew becomes injured on the job.
  13. Educate yourself on what permits are required and what regulations need to be followed. Your contractor or architect should be responsible for applying for and acquiring all necessary permits.
  14. Ask for information about what’s going on behind the scenes. The cost of the job will increase if the contractor is surprised by outdated wiring or other concealed budget-busters.
  15. Organize your job-related documents (such as the contract and contact information) in a readily accessible file.
  16. Consider your budget and if necessary, break the project down into mini-projects. Although this may increase the total cost due to repetitious start-up expenses and inflation, it may be a better option for you to spread the cost out over time.
  17. Make space for the work crew to keep their supplies and equipment on site. The more organized and accessible these items are, the faster they will be able to do their work.
  18. Allow the work crew to manage their daily job, however meet with the foreman once a week to discuss the status of the project.

Don’t miss Part 2 of this article in next month’s issue.

GREEN TIP OF THE MONTH

Don’t Trash Your Old Electronics - Recycle electronics and keep them out of landfills, earning money in the process.

Sites that will pay you to recycle include buymytronics.com, myboneyard.com and greenphone.com.

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Question: Could you please give me some advice for removing spots on my stainless steel appliances? – Pat Howe

Answer: For tough spots try glass cleaner, ammonia, or rubbing alcohol. You can also use vinegar or olive oil on a soft cloth (apply sparingly). Some people even swear by club soda to clean stainless steel--it's especially effective in getting rid of heat stains. Whatever you use, follow the grain of the stainless steel during washing and drying and be sure to apply plain water afterward and wipe dry.

When you're done cleaning, polish your appliance with a stainless-steel cleaner. These cleaners also help reduce stains and scratches. Follow the manufacturer's suggestions for using the cleaner, and rinse and dry your appliance at the end.

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.

Get Your Child Ready for School - Create Homework Time and Place

Help your children get ready for school by setting up a special workspace for doing homework. Work with your children to set up a schedule and time that will work best for completing homework each night.

A designated homework area will also help your children excel in schoolwork. Design the homework space so it has easy access to a dictionary, pencils, erasers, rulers, paper and other appropriate supplies to help your child get ready for a great school year. Call us to help create the right space, add proper lighting, add an Internet connection, install adequate storage space, etc. Consider renovating unused parts of the home to make the ulitimate learning environment. If we can do it for entertainment, shouldn’t we also invest in learning?

Famous Quote

“Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.”

~Bill Dodds


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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