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Winterizing Your Garden Plants

Well, we’ve had our first hard freeze in the Fargo/Moorhead and Minnesota Lakes Region, so here’s a quick reminder on a few the things you should be doing to your garden right now. Get Busy Gardening!, https://getbusygardening.com/ an online gardening resource, says this is the best time to winterize your plantings

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sun, 10/13/2019 - 13:26

Safer Decks Help Peace of Mind.

A Saturday dinner gathering goes wrong when decks collapse. We too often take our decks for granted, assuming that the builder followed all of the best practices. We also assume that after years of service, and often neglect, it’s still in satisfactory condition.  Check out this news clip to see why assuming can lead to tragedy.
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Multiple-People-Injured-in-Ne...

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sun, 09/15/2019 - 12:01

Preparing the cabin or cottage for winter

Cooler nighttime temperatures, the changing color for leaves on trees and shrubs all indicate that the seasons are changing and summer will soon be gone. While fall brings with it so much beauty it also brings a number of tasks to get ready for the winter surely to follow.

We, at MAIS, just want to remind you of the tasks that need to be done to protect your cottage or cabin from harm during the winter when we are often away.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 13:13

Fireplace Safety

Fireplace Safety

It's that time of year when we first start to light up the fireplaces for more than just ambiance. But, first just a word or two of caution from MAIS, Mid America Inspection Services.

If you are new to the home and have no personal experience with the fireplace you should first have it professionally inspected, cleaned and any service or repairs needed for safe operation properly made.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Fri, 09/06/2019 - 10:01

10 Things to Protect Your Home Against an Invisible Killer

10 Things to Protect Your Home Against an Invisible Killer

Looking out my window, I see that the Maples are turning their gorgeous fall colors and the other trees will be soon following suit.

That also means heating season will soon be here too, and our windows and doors will be closed against the approaching winter weather.

Storm windows will be put in place, everything caulked against air leaks, and the heating plant fires up for the first time in months.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Mon, 09/02/2019 - 14:09

Water heater efficiency, effectiveness and safety

Water heater efficiency, effectiveness and safety

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Fri, 07/26/2019 - 19:15

AC Hints for Hot Muggy Weather

AC Hints for Hot Muggy Weather
 
Submitted by SterlingBrown on Mon, 07/08/2019 - 11:54

A Primer on Polybutylene from Mid America Inspection Service

A Primer on Polybutylene

In the very late 1970s, they introduced a new type of pipe for potable water plumbing in homes. Polybutylene was touted as the next great thing and to the early 80s to the mid-90s was installed in literally millions of homes throughout the nation.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:53

First time buyer's Information

First time buyer's Information

You may well be entering into the largest financial transaction of your life. Buying a home is quite often the largest purchase most people ever make. This home buyers guide will provide you with much of the information you need to make some good decisions while pursuing this purchase.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Wed, 06/19/2019 - 20:55

etting Ready for the Home Inspection

Getting ready for home inspection does not have to be a frightening event.

No doubt, you and your Realtor have already discussed making your home appealing to potential buyers.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Tue, 06/18/2019 - 12:48
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