Smoke Alarm Notice from the State Fire Marshall

A new state law aimed at reducing home fire deaths went into effect on July 1, 2013.  It requires replacement of any battery-only operated smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old with a unit powered by a 10-year sealed-in battery having a “Hush” button feature – ultimately affecting more than 800,000 Maryland homes with battery- only […]

Spring Home Upgrade Ideas

(Family Features) After a long winter cooped up indoors, spring is the perfect time to start re-imagining your home and making upgrades that create a fresh, welcoming vibe. These project ideas – some big, some small – can help breathe new life into your home so you’re ready to enjoy your favorite rooms to the […]

GuildQuality’s 2018 Guildmaster Award Honors Improvement Zone

Improvement Zone of Severna Park, MD received a 2018 Guildmaster Award from GuildQuality for demonstrating exceptional customer service within the residential construction industry. Since 2005, GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based third-party customer satisfaction software surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize and celebrate home building, remodeling, and contracting professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service […]

Best ROI Improvements

Flooring Much like hands reveal a person’s true age, flooring speaks volumes about a home. Replacing and updating worn floors can instantly add value. A timeless selection like wood flooring, particularly in heavy traffic areas, is durable enough to withstand wear and complements a wide range of interior designs. If you already have wood floors […]

Back to School Tips

Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer […]

Refresh Your Space

(Family Features) A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your home. Whether you’re revamping a main living area or freshening up your home’s curb appeal, some planning and preparation, plus the right painting tools, go a long way toward helping you achieve a professional-looking finished project. Execute your paint […]

5 Back-to-School Shopping Tips to Buy More Time

(Family Features) It’s that time of year again. Parents are preparing for the rush of back-to-school with a seemingly never-ending to-do list. As you run around to purchase school supplies, uniforms and sneakers it can be a busy and expensive time of year. Tackle back-to-school season with these tips to save money and maybe even […]

Heating System Maintenance

Thermostats: For every degree you set back your thermostat (either to a cooler temperature in the winter or a warmer one in the summer), you should see about a 2% savings on your energy bill. Set your thermostat back a few degrees at night.  Ideal sleeping temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees.  Time to […]

Types of Filters in a Forced Air System

Filters in a Forced Air System Filter should be clean to keep your system running as efficiently as possible.  There are three types of filters: Disposable: These have a cardboard frame and a spun fiber filter.  Throw them out when they are dirty and replace. These can be bought at hardware stores or online. Washable: […]

What Is Home Pulse?

Our Home Pulse Home Maintenance Program takes the routine (and sometimes mundane) home maintenance tasks off your mind. A home that is properly maintained keeps your costs down, since small problems do not become huge expenses. We schedule regular visits to inspect and correct the systems and components of your home. Your customized plan fits your home […]