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Letter to Contractors: Online Home Improvment Sites; and how EFynch is different.

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I am a fan of real estate brokers. When selling a house, they meet with inspectors, talk to the title company, etc- they save us time.

But, what I am not a fan of are the current pool of home improvement companies that falsely advertise services in our area and only work to collect a homeowner's data and resell it to us. These guys are not "Brokers".

When I ran my own contracting business, I spent a couple thousand dollars per month on advertising and then one day I noticed a "couple thousand" wasn't enough because national companies were driving up the market.

About that time, I was once approached by a "pay per lead" company and offered to "buy" a solar energy lead for $500. It was really that type of a moment that made me realize that technology is letting our industry down. .  . So I created EFynch.

We are not trying to be a middle man. We are not trying to charge high fees or sign you up for services which you don't understand…

Advice to the Homeseller; How to prep your home for sale in the Baltimore Area.

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The information below has been brought to you by EFynch.com. We are a non-biased community for homeowners and freelance handymen based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Baltimore, MD- For most, a home is the largest asset we have. Yet, I am often shocked by the amount of effort some place in preparing for their homes for hitting the market. Unfortunately, many spend as much time planning for this as they would a weekend camping trip, but we know you are better than that- which is why we put our list of top 10 things to do below.

In speaking with over 100 local real estate agents, here is the advice we can give:

1. Fix what is broken.
Generally speaking, small items might be overlooked but they sit in the back of a buyers mind and can make a difference in the aggressiveness they pursue your home. It is very easy to DIY or hire a handyman for a few hours to fix the little items.

2. De-clutter
 Rule of thumb- 99% of your "available" wall space should be open. 90% of your floor space shoul…

A Real Estate Agent's (quick) guide to EFynch.com

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Updated February 6th, 2018

EFynch.com has worked to develop a product specifically for Long & Foster Agents and help in the exchange of information pertaining to Home Improvement.

As you are likely aware, referring a handyman or contractor in the State of Maryland can bring unwanted liability for the Agents. Further, you are required to follow a set of specific steps in providing the contact information which also includes verification and copies of the license with time stamps.

To reduce your exposure to violating this rule, we recommend you keep the information below in mind when using EFynch.


1. In order to use the full protection of EFynch, you must only use contractors that have the Fynchnest Logo on their profiles and only share information through the "share" tab on the website and app.  This is the only guaranteed way to include the required information (licensed, law, links, disclosures).

2. You cannot list project on behalf of your clients. This is a violation o…

EFynch Home Maintenance Plans: Month by month guidance on keeping your nest in order.

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(Baltimore, MD) The information below is to help area homeowners develop an annual maintenance plan. Published every month, EFynch wants to help you maintain your home, and help home buyers make appropriate plans when deciding on buying a home
Hey Homeowners-
Here in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area, February is typically cold and rainy month. However, that doesn't mean you can go into hibernation. Staying on top of monthly and annual maintenance items can make home ownership a breeze.

This month we focus on indoor items such as air quality and little tasks that keep your home from getting old. We also want to prevent future problems so, utilize this "indoor month" to catch up and plan ahead.

Below are the tips that will help you stay on top:


February: 

1. Check and test your sump pump.
 Inspect the power cord leading to the pump to make sure it is intact and does now show any wear. Next, unplug the pump in order to determine if the alarm (if equipped) is functional a…

Looking at a home- here are 9 things we recommend you look for before placing an offer.

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The information below is provided by EFynch.com- Based in Baltimore, we are the regions friendly community for non-biased home improvement news, advice, and handyman information. 

(Baltimore, MD): In 1986 Tom Hanks and Shelley Long starred in a movie called The Money Pit. The premise is that a young couple buys the perfect home but shortly after moving in (. . . as they walk into the foyer), things quickly descend into home ownership hell. The movie is meant to be a comedy but for new homebuyers, the stress this young couple faces are things of nightmares.

The couple haphazardly rushed into purchasing the problematic home and, if EFynch was around then, here is the advise we would give the homebuyers to consider BEFORE placing an offer.

Exterior:


- Condition/ age of the roof:  A new roof can last 30 to 50 years depending on the quality. It can also be the largest expense if ignored. If the roof appears to have problems or is older, make sure to include this item in your offer and perform…

Shovel your driveway for convenience. Shovel the sidewalk or be FINED!

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By: Teris Pantazes of EFynch.com

Timonium, MD: After every snowstorm you will ultimately hear the scrape of distant shovels and snowblowers. These are your good neighbors who are out clearing their driveways in order to avoid busting their Phisteris' or just taking a terrible slip.  But I have to tell you, it doesn't end there.

As a dog owner (actually, 2 mutts in my household!), I take them out for an stroll every evening. I constantly encounter a lack of sidewalk clearing and because I don't want to be a nosy neighbor, I politely trudge through the snow risking my own demise. Therein lies a problem because without resolution, you are opening yourself to fines and even worse, HOMEOWNER LIABILITY.

I live in Baltimore County. But, I have also managed properties in Prince George's, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, and Washington D.C.  I can tell you without any hesitation of doubt that within each and these jurisdictions- THE SIDEWALK IS THE HOMEOWNERS RESPONSIB…

Last minute gift ideas for that DIY Homeowner in your life-

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By Teris Pantazes of EFynch.com

Looking for a GREAT gift for the new homeowner, soon-to-be-homebuyer, or handyman in your life? Last minute crunch?

We asked some of our professional contractors and hobbyist what they would put on a list- here are the top responses:


1. Oscillating Saw:
This saw is not that common but is incredibly useful. It is basically a blade on the front end of a spear that vibrates incredibly fast in order to cut wood, trim, stripped, rusty nails, even that angry little nub that is left behind when you cut wood to fast and the last bit splits off. It's really awesome! A decent Oscillating saw starts around $60 and can go up from there. I have a 12v Milwaukee (pictured below) which was $80 and it has never failed me. You can also get attachments to make this a compact sander. Once in a toolbox, your loved handyman will wonder how they ever lived without this.

2. Heat Gun:  Like a hairdryer but hotter and more cooler. A heat gun will dry paint (or strip it), cure …