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Summer Fun Can Be Rough On Your House...


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Chris Lalomia (Our fearless leader)
School is back in session here in Atlanta for many of our children. We are always striving to learn more internally to better serve the home repair and remodeling needs of our customers. For example we like to use a door install kit that comes with additional water protection for our exterior doors (ask us about that). We have also had many vendors in over the past 3 months to update us on new products and tools. Let us help you in your house with today's upgraded products.
10 Ways to Prepare for Winter:
  1. Bring new life to your home by painting with a new color and adding new carpet. This is a simple way to fix the scratches and wear n’ tear from the kids over the summer.
  2. Now is the best time to prepare your deck, patio, or porch for winter. Sand away chipping paint and repaint or stain your deck to extend its life.
  3. Replace the air filter since it’s been working overtime protecting you from bacteria, mold and mildew caused by the warmth and humidity.
  4. Recaulk your bathrooms and kitchen to protect it from water damage. Touch up your grouting and repair cracks to ensure to remove mold and settling that may occur over time.
  5. Prepare your outdoor furniture for winter weather. Make sure to seek out rust or other damage and invest in a tarp to cover your furniture during more intense weather.
  6. Make sure your heating system is ready for the winter by having it inspected and tending to any needed repairs before the cold weather hits.
  7. If you have a fireplace, be sure to light a fire and clear out any debris so that you’ll be ready to cozy up to a warm, relaxing fireplace as it gets chilly.
  8. Clean your kitchen sink and garbage disposal to get rid of the bacteria that’s accumulated in the heat and humidity. Garbage disposal cleaner will go a long way with unclogging and disinfecting!
  9. Clear out your gutters to make sure any debris from the previous winter or summer rains won’t leave it backed up.
  10. Trim down the vegetation in your garden, lawn or backyard to avoid excess debris when the colder months roll around.
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Could your bathroom, basement, or kitchen use an update? We can help!
Is your house looking a little torn up and worse for wear after a summer of fun with the kids? There’s still hope!

The Trusted Toolbox is here to work with your home and your schedule. Waiting on a handyman can often be more frustrating than the work itself… so we put convenience first, making it easy to set up an appointment over the phone or online.

You can also rest easy that our team is punctual, accurate, and dedicated to not only meet your expectations but go above and beyond.

For the things you don’t have time for, put your trust in our team of 20 skilled and dedicated technicians so that your home is in better shape than ever before! Whether it’s fixing doors, working on your deck, repairing holes in drywall or other small home remodeling projects, we’ve got you covered!
Bathroom Remodels
Having a fabulous bathroom can make luxury easy to find at home. Turn your bathroom into your personal spa with a new tub and shower that always leave you feeling pampered.

For a new look, spice things up with a new design, wall and floor tiles, lighting, countertops and more!
Basement Redos
No one wants to go into the dark, moldy basement…

Turn it around and add a whole new living space to your home where you can relax, watch TV and play games with the family!
Deck Work
One of the best ways to enjoy the upcoming Fall weather is to make sure you have a deck that is fit for entertaining and fun.

If the summer festivities left it looking a little tattered, we’re here to help repair any damages or make any changes that will help your backyard adventures be that much more memorable!
Kitchen Touch-Ups
The kitchen is where you make some of the most intimate and genuine memories with your family, so make sure it’s a warm and inviting place to spend your time!

Whether you’re looking for new cabinets and countertops or you want to install an island or new appliances, we are here to make your dream kitchen come to life!
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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
ISAAC ODOM
I was born and raised in the heart of Tennessee. As a young boy, when my father did maintenance around our home, I held the flashlight. In my teens I used the knowledge my dad taught me and built my own treehouses, some with multiple floors. Later, I was blessed with a daughter and had to grow up quick. Out of high school I began working for my father full time. We installed hardwood floors, built custom showers, backsplashes and tiled floors. When I moved to Atlanta it didn’t take long before I landed the perfect job for my skills. I met Chris, the owner of Trusted Toolbox, and he gave me an opportunity with The Trusted Toolbox. I really enjoy our bi-monthly training meetings, they really help polish my skills.
LA Kaminski
7/16/2019
★★★★★
I had a laundry list of things to do & all were successfully completed in a timely manner. Thanks Trusted. This was my 3rd time using services!
Tayara M. Barzey
7/25/2019
★★★★★
LaGaunda Baker was polite & professional.
He did a commendable job & both days he showed up at the exact time he said he would. This is the second time I have used Trusted Toolbox & great job both times.
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Simple Weatherproofing Steps

The ‘Light’ test – Shine a light around your doors and look for gaps in the door, Replacing old weatherstripping and adjusting the door from the hinges can tighten up those gaps.

Condensate drain – Add 2 cups of bleach and warm water into your condensate line and let it cycle through the line to help prevent algae buildup and blockage

Caulk those windows and doors – Here is a little secret. Using some clear silicone and caulk the top of the trim around your windows on the inside of the house.

Change those filters – HVAC systems run more efficiently with clean filters.

Chris Lalomia, Owner - The Trusted Toolbox, www.thetrustedtoolbox.com. The Trusted Toolbox is the leading professional handyman company in the Atlanta area. They can handle everything from bathroom remodels to drywall and wood rot repair around the house and everything in between. Contact them for your home repair needs.

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Budgeting For Home Repairs

Budgeting for Home Repairs and Enhancements Investing in home repairs preserves the value of your home. You don’t just buy a house, make a mortgage payment and expect that to be the extent of your financial commitment. For many people, their homes are the #1 asset in their investment portfolio, and keeping that investment up to date and preserving its value is important. When you purchase a home, that is just the beginning of the expenses. We all budget for expenses that are anticipated, such as utility payments, taxes and furnishings, but what about home maintenance and upgrades. When setting up your home maintenance and upgrade budget, I am often asked “How much should I budget to spend on maintenance and upgrades on my house each year. “ My answer is that you should INVEST 1% of your current home value EACH YEAR into upkeep and enhancements in your home. This investment in preventative maintenance and upgrades will help preserve the value of your home. The calculations are simple, if you own a home worth $300,000, then you should set aside $3000 for maintenance and upgrades each year. These investment dollars are above and beyond utility payments and taxes, and are critical to preserve your home’s value longer term.

Why should I invest this money in upkeep? Major home repairs usually occur due to something breaking in the house, i.e. the roof leaks, the hot water heater fails, etc. Periodic inspection and small maintenance can prevent larger repairs from happening. Preventative maintenance such as caulking, minor plumbing repairs, deck safety maintenance, door adjustments, and weathersealing of windows, would save you money over the time in your home. Preventative maintenance on our house is similar to changing the oil in your car. Many of us automatically get our oil changed when the “change oil light” comes on, or the mileage hits a certain distance, but when it comes to our house, we forget to take the same approach. If you didn’t get your oil changed for $20 periodically, you would need to replace your engine when it stops running at a cost of up to $3000. Similarly if you would caulk and paint your window trim where it has separated each year for $100 in materials, you could end up replacing windows, drywall and possibly remediating a mold situation due to the water penetration and that could cost up to $8000. Spending a small amount now, prevents potential major failures later. This investment in preventative maintenance SAVES MONEY through cost avoidance due to major issues and doesn’t let deferred maintenance degrade the value of your home.

How about upgrading and enhancing the house? This is always more fun and rewarding than preventative maintenance items we have discussed. Upgrading our house appeals to our creative side and allows us to make the house more like “our home.” I recommend that people look to categorize these investments into 2 buckets, “lifestyle” and “neighborhood norms.” Lifestyle enhancements are for your enjoyment and may not bring you a return on your investment, but you should do them. Lifestyle enhancements could be anything from adding a dog door for your pet to converting your dining room into a working office complete with wiring and new shelves. They may not help with resale, but it adds to your personal enjoyment. Neighborhood norms can include adding new landscaping, upgrading your kitchen, master bedroom or bathroom with updated materials or layouts. When investing in this area, you will most likely spend a little more in that year than your budget, but you will want to focus on doing one upgrade really well as opposed to doing two upgrades with inferior materials or quality. Think of your enhancements as INVESTMENTS, and you will make smart decisions when it comes down to materials and contractors.

Budgeting for these expenses will allow you the flexibility to upgrade when you would like while preserving the value of your house over a number of years using less money than if you had waited for something to leak, rot or break. You may spend more than 1% over the course of your home ownership, but rarely will spend less. Plan for the expense and then work on your plan throughout the year, and you will be in a better position to maintain and increase the value of your house over time.

 

Chris Lalomia, Owner - The Trusted Toolbox, www.thetrustedtoolbox.com. The Trusted Toolbox is the leading professional handyman company in the Atlanta area. They can handle everything from bathroom remodels to drywall and wood rot repair around the house and everything in between. Contact them for your home repair needs.

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