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The Mid-Atlantic Nor'Easter, and why the time AFTER can be so dangerous

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February 21, 2019  Regular Homeowner Advice for those in the Mid-Atlantic by: EFynch.com


Washington, D.C. Congratulations! You survived another Nor'Easter. If you've spent any time living in the Mid-Atlantic you are familiar with this term and what comes with it. 

For outsiders (especially those from areas like Buffalo, NY)- a Nor'Easter is just another time to let us know how much snow you had growing up and to question why cities from D.C. to Philly shut down for a "measly 6'"!

However, if you are from the Mid-Atlantic area (like us here at EFynch), you know it is so much more.

It's wintry mix! It's snow, it's rain, it's ice-  the weather people don't know what is coming. In fact, as I stood outside in yesterday's event there were a handful of times I even asked- what is this?. . . and that is in real time. . .  standing outside. . .

The fact remains, it's a frozen "something" that is unclassifiable. It coats streets in …

DIY: Reduce your energy bill by 10%, TODAY! For Free!

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January 22, 2019

EFynch: Mid Atlantic Homeowner Advice

Upper Marlboro, MD: As we face another Polar Vortex here in Maryland/ D.C., you might hear the groans from EFynch faithful because we all know what to expect in upcoming heating bills.

Well, there is a partial solution and it is actually older than the modern home itself. You can do it. . . right now. .. . . . and it probably will not cost you more than a few calories in our 3 step process.


STEP 1: Throw your blankets aside, get out of bed and stand up

STEP 2: Walk to you window (refrain from yelling obscenities at Old Man Winter, with the leaves off the trees, sound travels).

STEP 3: Close your curtains

.  .  .  that's it.


Did you know that your home heating system can use up to 70% of your winter energy requirements? We all know that lowering the thermostat can help (consider this as a potential "Step 4") but the simple act of closing your curtains helps to keep in heat and out the cold. The thicker your curtains the …

The 5 Home Improvement Sites you didn't know existing (and how they hurt the industry)

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My name is Teris, I am contractor but I am also the founder of EFynch.com. EFynch is a Baltimore based, community job board. I created EFynch because of the alternatives that I tried within my own personal business (yes, EFynch is a "I could make a better ____" business). I explain the "other sites" below because there are a few traps you could avoid. These are so big- I actually created EFynch as a "logic based" alternative (meaning, it uses the hiring process I use in property management).

Many sites that you see advertised online are actually advertising sites themselves. They are modern "yellow pages"- with no emphasis being on "modern" (eg. their antiquated). Home improvement is basically a Freelance Economy, but not sites really revolutionized how you hire- they are just band aids.

So, what does Home Improvement Have? You've seen the cheezy commercials, but from my personal experience this is what is "behind the curtain…

Baltimore City Tech Startup Organizes Social Media Recommendations For Home Improvement.

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Local group becomes the 1st to integrate social media and home repairs!
December 13, 2018
Baltimore, MD: City Garage based EFynch.com is launching its redesigned home improvement software by pairing their verified ratings system with social media recommendations.

We've all seen the "Does anyone know a ____?" in our Newsfeeds. Now, EFynch has created a process to get those recommendations without having to publicly post, while making certain that recommendations are non-biased and relevant for your specific job.

Homeowners post a job within their job board, as responses come in they can see verified rating and how a particular service provider ranks within their own social network. “If I like 2 of the bids and notice that one of my friends has recommended one, I can privately evaluate how I feel about the strength of that recommendation to make a choice," explains co-founder and CEO Sotereas Pantazes.  "Our goal is to help homeowners organize their home …

EFynch launches a homeowner project management tool: helps homeowners take control

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Baltimore, MD: Here at EFynch.com, we are proud to announce the launching of the first in a series of updates aimed to to make your home improvement and maintenance projects more efficient and controlled.

The EFynch "Work Nest" is an online work room where once you've initiated the EFynch Escrow, both homeowners and contractors can easily chat/ text, and link their schedules, payment information, and discuss strategies to make sure everyone is on the same page.

The Nest is also a place that will be saved in each users dashboard so when required in the future, documents and warranty information can be accessed and a homeowner can forward this to a new home pro, or re-engage the previous service provider.

A full list of tasks for the Work Nest include:
- Chat
- Text
- Scheduling
- Document Storage
- Invite housemates/ real estate professionals
- Send updates
- and a few more.

Don't forget, in order to keep our rating system 100% verified, the only way to rate a contrac…

Monthly Maintenence Plan: OCTOBER Home Improvement Tips from EFynch

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Baltimore, MD: Frost is not yet on the pumpkin but, Starbucks is once again flowing like wine and that means is must be OCTOBER!

October might be one of the greatest months for home improvement because the weather is cooling  yet, it is still warm enough for outside jobs that need milder temps (outdoor painting, driveway/ deck repairs- things you can't do in the winter).
We love this time of year and this month, we want you to get outside and finally make the repairs you put off all summer. Just remember, Winter is right around the corner and you can be certain, missed maintenece items are going to break if we have a harsh season.

So without further adieu:EFynch's October Monthly Maintenance Plan. A full year plan that helps you stay on tract with home management and maintenance.

1. Service you HVAC/ Change Air Filters

Get a jump because once most people realize their heat doesn't work- the wait time for repairs has already increased. Servicing your HVAC will also…

The terrible LED Light Bulb "Flicker": How to get rid of it.

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Information distributed by Teris Pantazes, Co-Founder of EFynch.com and based in Baltimore, Maryland. 


LED bulbs are great. They use a minimal amount of energy and last forever. But then again, sometimes they aren't so great. . . like when you develop the LED FLICKER!

I was unaware of the "flicker" until recently. Living in a new home (older home, but new to us neighborhood), we were still in the phase of getting used to the nuances of the place when my family and I suddenly noticed an older lamp that was recreating a nightmare version of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Show (nothing says Christmas like a laser show).



Of course this impromptu show was cause for concern. So, after unplugging the lamp to prevent what might have been the lamp's final act- I did my research and actually found the reason to be very simple.

THE ISSUE:

Older, non- dimmable LED are made from a small, single light "pod" inside of a traditional lightbulb housing.  Unlike tradi…