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Hire a Moving Company or Do It Yourself?

Nobody wants to move themselves. It is such a hassle and there is so much that can go wrong in the process. But even worse than that is being the guy with the pick up truck. The guy that everyone asks to help them move. The guy who gives up his whole Saturday (or maybe the whole weekend) and gets a couple of slices of pizza in return.

When we talk to DIYers, a lot of them are in the process of moving, and they have a lot of them have too much to do and are a bit on the So the question that I hear asked decently often is, “when does it make sense to hire a moving company, and when is it better to do it yourself?” I usually start by asking them a few questions to help them to make that decision, and they usually come to their own conclusion by the end.

1. Do you have a big family/friend group that would help?

The last thing that you want to do is to try and do this by yourself, or with a small group of people. Moving a refrigerator with 2 or 3 people is not fun. Especially if you don’t have all of the right dollies and ramps to get it into the truck. I have been in on too many small groups moving big items and it is always scary. I’m always worried that someone is going to trip or the item is going to slip out of someone’s hands and either someone or something is going to get hurt. So, if you do not have a big group of people that really like you to help you move, it’s best to hire a mover.

Here’s a funny moving fail video to let you see some of the things that can go wrong in a move!

2. Do you have the budget for it?

This can mean a lot of different things. Having a moving company help can mean full box and un-box service, or it can mean just loading and unloading the boxes. You need to talk to a good moving company in order to figure out what it will actually cost. There is a huge range depending on how far you are moving and how much stuff you have. Make sure to ask around and look for a good company that has excellent reviews and a good reputation. If you are local and looking for a good Orange County moving company, I highly recommend Right Movers in Tustin. They have excellent reviews and you can read here about their customer service.

3. How much do you value your stuff?

Did you see the piano in the video above?!? Really, if you want all of your stuff to get there in one piece (or to be insured if it isn’t), then you should really use a moving company to help you with your move. So, if you have a lot of nice, expensive stuff, it is probably worth it. However, if you have mostly inexpensive things that you don’t really care about (newlyweds!), then a moving service is probably a waste. Unless you are moving out of state, and then often you don’t really have much of a choice!

El Nino is Coming – Is Your Roof Ready?

This post is brought to us by our good friends at We hear all over the news that El Nino is coming to Southern California and I assumed that means now is a pretty good time to inspect your roof to make sure that everything is in good shape and ready to keep all of the water out. Because the last thing that you want is to try to find a roofer that isn’t busy when the rainy season hits.

How To Inspect Your Roof

#1 – Be Careful

To inspect your roof the right way, you will need to get up on the roof, probably using a ladder. If you are not comfortable doing that – don’t! Call a professional roofer and they will happily come out and inspect your roof for you. Of course there will be a cost involved, but if you cannot (or don’t want to) get on your roof, this is really the only choice. You don’t want to leave your roof uninspected with the rainy season coming. Believe me, you do not want to wait until El Nino hits to try to take care of your roof. All of the good roofers (and a lot of the bad ones) will be so busy that there will be a long wait to get a roofer to your house. That means weeks of blue tarps on your roof… you don’t want that.

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Make sure that you are careful getting onto the roof!

#2 – Check The Flashing

One of the most common places that a roof will leak is at the flashing, or the metal pieces that cover any gaps around chimneys or dormers. You will want to inspect any of those to see if the flashing is pulling away from the shingles or if there is any damage to the flashing itself. All it takes is a little hole or separation and water can get through. This can cause a lot of damage to the wood under your shingles or even to the interior walls of your house. If you see any issues with the flashing, you will want to call a roofing contractor right away. This is not something that you can afford to put off until next year.

#3 – Check Your Shingles

The next thing you will want to do is to walk the entire roof looking at your shingles. Are any missing or pulled away from the other shingles? Are the granules coming off of the asphalt shingles (look for bare spots on the shingles or look in the gutters to see if there are a lot of granules in there – the granules are the tiny “pebbles” that give the asphalt shingles their texture). Look for any tearing of shingles, warpage, or curling. As you are walking the roof, just look for any shingles that look different or wrong. That is usually a sign of a problem that should be addressed. If you find any trouble spots, you’ll want a roofer to come out and take a look. It can often be fixed with a simple repair if it is caught early.

These are just a few things that you should be looking for as you inspect your roof. If you see anything that looks different or wrong, you will want to have a professional take a look to make sure that it is not serious. You want to catch any potential problem spots before they become leaks and threaten the integrity of your home.

Roof Inspection Video

Roofing Isn’t Something You Should Try Yourself

Roofing is a pain. There is a definite right way, and a definite wrong way. We see too many times that someone thinks that they can do it themselves and they end up with a disaster on their hands. Either they end up hurting themselves, they end up damaging their property, or they end up doing poor work that they will have to pay to hire a professional to come out and fix.

Don’t Be This Guy!

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Here are the 3 Biggest Mistakes That We See Homeowners Make On Roof Repairs

1. Avoiding The Project Altogether

While we recommend that you do not take on a roof repair project on your own, that does not mean that you should not have your roof repaired. Waiting too long to have a roof repaired can be disastrous. If you wait until the rainy season and find that your roof is leaking, have fun trying to cover your roof with tarps while you are waiting for a good roofer to be able to fit you into his schedule. And often, by waiting too long, your simple repair job can turn into a new roof install – which is a lot more expensive. Don’t put off the repairs that you know need to be made just because you can’t find the time to do it. Schedule a professional to come and make the repairs as soon as you notice any problems with your roof!

2. Buying the Wrong Materials

Of course a roofing professional knows exactly what you need for your job. Unfortunately you won’t be talking to a roofing professional if you go to one of the big box stores. You will be talking to one of their “experts” that will tell you that you only need what they carry – whether that is what you actually need or not. If you do insist on doing it yourself, do some research. Find out everything that you will need beforehand so that you can estimate the cost before you start the project. And I would also recommend going to a reputable roofing supplier so that you can talk to someone that knows what they are talking about. They can help you to understand the scope of your project and can give you a realistic idea of the materials that you will need as well as the costs that go with them.

3. Choosing The Cheapest Materials

This is related to #2, but I thought that it deserved its own mention. Roofing is like anything else – you will get what you pay for. If you want a roof that leaks after a couple of years and needs to be regularly repaired, by all means choose the cheapest materials. However if you want a roof that will last, you will want to pick materials that are at least in the middle when it comes to cost. Of course cost is not the only determining factor. Ask your roofing supplier about the quality of the different products and select the one that you feel has the best quality vs. cost ratio.

Roof Installation Video

3 DIY Tips To Get Your Yard Ready For Spring

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With a long, snow-filled winter at long last behind us, we’re anticipating getting outside this Spring. With such a brutal winter, we are anticipating recovering our grass into great shape. Below are 3 DIY tips to get your yard ready for spring.

Circulate air through your soil

This will permit oxygen, water and supplements to effectively achieve grass roots. Do it the easy way. Compacted soil is hard for roots, air, and water to infiltrate, and that makes it hard on grass. Utilize a soil conditioner item. This soil conditioners are strengthened with advantageous microorganisms that circulate air through the soil so roots develop better. The general result is a rich green yard and a more beneficial, more gainful patio nursery. Simply join the item to your yard hose and spray.

Cut the old grass low

For those with warm-season gardens (Bermuda, buffalo grass, centipede, St. Augustine, or Zoysia) need to cut that old, chestnut grass low toward the end of winter to uproot covering, accumulation of dead stems and clears out.

Substantial covering keeps water and supplements from reaching the roots and advances ailment. Sliced Bermuda gardens to 1/2 crawl and leave the clippings set up to break down. Cut different sorts to 1 inch.If you utilize a general trimmer, bag the clippings; then manure or dispose of them. Cutting low lets more sun reach and warm the dirt, urging the grass to green up.

Apply a 2-to 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of plants, trees and bushes and additionally developing knobs and perennials. This conservatives soil temperatures, keep up soil dampness, dissuade weeds and make your dirt more friable by expanding the number of inhabitants in advantageous soil microorganisms. Furthermore, it makes your yard look more lovely. Great wellsprings of mulch incorporate fertilizer, destroyed bark or takes off. Reused elastic mulch functions admirably around trees and bushes, and the elastic stifles weeds superior to anything bark mulch.

Stop weeds

As the temperature reaches 70 degrees Celcius, seeds of yard weeds sprout. Stop them by applying, in late winter, a pre-rise grass weed preventive.

When watered in, it shapes a boundary on the soil to keep weeds from growing. Try not to circulate air through after you put down the compound, or you’ll break the boundary.


Your garden demonstrates the pride you have for your home and increases the value of the area. Getting your yard looking excellent takes some work, however, it doesn’t need to be impossible but a DIY with the above 3 DIY tips to get your yard ready for Spring.

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