Thursday, March 30, 2017

Baltimore Home Improvement deal and how EFynch puts these together.

How EFynch Weekly Deals Help the Homeowner:
By: (Baltimore, MD)

Each week EFynch works hard to bring relevant, money saving deals for our Maryland Homeowner Members.

These deals typically include normal services like:

- Power Washing
- Handyman 3 hour packages
- Gutter Cleaning
- Snow Removal
- Mulch Delivery
- etc.

We also try to provide some unique services which may go overlooked like:

- Mailbox Post Replacement
- Flower and Garden Box Install- coming soon :)
- Smoke Alarm Battery Replacement
- Dryer Vent Cleaning

These are all common things us homeowners need and are things we should consider.

So how do we get these deals?

The truth is we sometimes just “wing it”. For the most part we pay attention to our own homes and speak with our professionals. They recommend services that are starting to trend because of seasonality. These take priority but we also look for unique ideas. What can make your home more enjoyable or something we see on TV that is awesome, but not very common (i.e. the flower box garden).

Pricing is a little harder. Right now we have close to 1,000 members. We use these membership statistics and the success of previous deals as leverage- sometimes guaranteeing a pro a certain amount of work if a deal is offered.

Once we get a deal lined up. EFynch then scours the internet for similar deals to make sure our offering is the best. There is haggling and negotiations involved- it’s a lot of work. This is the reason why our deals are not always open to non-members (if you aren’t part of the group, why should you get the benefits?).

In the end, we work hard to provide the best deals available. Often you will see gimmicks from other sites like “$39 for a waterproofing inspection” (real deal offered by a large national group). To us, that offer is bogus- an inspection should be free, not an opportunity for a service pro to sit at your table with a drawn out sales pitch (which is what those other deals are).

EFynch has it’s benefits. It should always provide a value for our members. Take a look at our deals which can be found here ( Let us know if you have any questions or if you want to see a specific deal offered?

One thing we would like you to do is present us with ideas. Who knows, maybe you have the next “hit” and with a few of your neighbors we can turn that into a home run!

Teris Pantazes
EFynch Co-Founder

Monday, March 13, 2017

*do not be this guy and approach a downed power line.

What to do during power outages:

Baltimore, Maryland: It is the dead of winter and your power goes out. What are you supposed to do?

Depending on the length that the power is off and the time of day- you should prepare for the worst. Once night falls, weather always tends to worsen plus repair work will move slower. You can expect being without power for the long haul.

In modern times it is hard to think about shelter and surviving but cut the power to your home with a blizzard outside, I promise the primitive concerns we take for granted become front and center. (PLEASE TAKE THIS AS A SERIOUS MESSAGE).

In the event the power is off and you do not foresee an immediate return. We recommend you do the following:

1. Monitor the temperature inside your home. If it goes below 50 degrees, you should immediately perform a “quick winterize”- information on this will be posted soon.

2. If you have not already done so- prepare a fire if you have an operational fireplace.
Close off unused rooms to conserve and focus heat (continue to monitor the temperature in those rooms not letting it go below freezing.

3. Food in the Fridge should stay at temperature for 24 hours. You can always move food outside but remember to keep secure from animals (use a cooler).

4. Turn off any electronics with an on/off switch.

5. Put all faucets on a “drip”. Even if you home is above freezing- walls may drop below.

6. Know how to manually operate your electric garage door (usually a red handle on string).

7. Dress in layers- avoid sweating and stay dry.

8. Try to check on neighbors as much as possible.

9. If it gets too cold and it is safe- move to better shelter. Ask a neighbor or relative for help.

10.  DO NOT USE APPLIANCES to heat your home (ovens, stove). Keep watch and make sure your Smoke and CO2 alarms remain operational.

The key during a power outage is for all persons and pets to stay warm then make sure your pipes do not freeze.

This is a quick guide and we recommend consulting with a professional to develop a detailed and personalized plan. As this current storm approached the Baltimore Area, we hope you stay safe!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Winter Starm Warning for Homeowners- Maryland and Washington D.C. Advice

Hey Fynches!

Here in Baltimore/ Washington we are expecting an old fashion Nor’Easter on Tuesday with accumulations upwards of 12”.  We are not one to panic BUT, a snow this late in winter typically is WET and HEAVY. Forecasters are also expecting strong winds and potential for structural damage, downed trees, and power outages will be present.

Below are some tips that we recommend every homeowner take before Tuesday.

Before the storm, we recommend you do the following:

        - Inspect the underside of your roof (check attic): Any damage or signs of leaking should be treated as an emergency and repaired immediately. Do a visual inspection outside: Gutters, deck, etc.

        - Organize shovels and winter clothing: If you power goes out- sleeping bags, and blankets by the fireplace are key.

        - Cooking: Lighters, bbq grill or camp stove (with full tank of fuel) are useful if power goes out, even if you have a gas stove.

        - Fuel: Make sure your car and any power equipment (generator, snow blower) have full tanks and are operational.

        - Food: If the power goes out, move food outside. You still want to use a cooler to protect the food from animals.

        - Water: If you are on a well, fill a bathtub with water to use for toilets or drinking.

        - Batteries: Check batteries in smoke and CO2 alarms.

During/ after the storm:

        - Keep your cell phone on the charger. If the power goes out most cell networks still work. Communication is always important.

        - Clear driveway in case of an emergencies so you will be able to leave.

        - Clear around Fire hydrants and make sure your house numbers are visible (i.e. mailbox).

        - If you go outside, let someone know where you are going. Check in regularly.

        - If you are not used to shoveling, do not be embarrassed if clearing your driveway is too strenuous. A $50 driveway clear is much better than hurting yourself.

The above information is just a short overview. The best way to prepare is to look around your house and develop a plan. The most important things for you before/ during a storm is Food, shelter, heat, and communication. Look at each and think of any possible circumstance. Develop a plan, sit back and catch up on Netflix!

What about if the power does go out?  That story will be posted soon on our Facebook Page. Follow us other updates!

Thanks for reading. Let us know what EFynch can do to make your next home improvement project go smoother. We are here with your next handyman, plumber, electrician, roofer, etc. Service everywhere from Baltimore Maryland through Washington D.C.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Early March Gardening Tips

Baltimore, Maryland- In the spring, we all tend to turn our focus from the local Handyman and repairs over to Landscaping around your house. Here in Baltimore and Washington D.C. we have certainly started to see glimmers of Spring.

Behold- as I look at the weather forecast there is not one,,, but TWO potential winter storm events in the forecast. One for Friday (3/8/17) and one early next week. We don't know if these will be significant but it does prove the need for us to hold off on planting in our gardens just yet.

For now- here are EFynch recommendations for outdoor related project:

- Mulch Flowerbeds: If no new planting is being considered, go ahead and mulch now. Landscapers are mostly still on "winter rates" and you can save a bundle. In fact- utilize the EFynch Mulch/ landscape Deal which provides Mulch Delivery in Baltimore County for a limited time and as low as $50.

-  Pick up Sticks!: Clean that yard of downed limbs and debris. If you are meticulous or fertilized in the fall, lawn mowing may start in 2 to 3 weeks. If raking be gentle- new grass sprouts may be growing and the ground is still very soft.

- Decide if you are going to seed. If so, do not use a pre-emergent week control.

- Test Soil: If you have problems with growing grass, now is a good time to take a soil sample to your local nursery for PH testing (usually free, and on the spot). Early spring is a good time to apply Lime or other additives to balance poor soil quality.

- Plan for Vegetable or flowers Gardens: Building a new flower box, vegetable garden and planning to go all out? Now is the time to plan, and start building if needed. We LOVE box gardens and will be posting something about this later. Start looking around your yard and make a plan. Take advantage of this slow time around the yard to perform cleaning, edging, and building. *Still a little early to till.

DO NOT: Trim bushes, mow, fertilize, seed, aerate just yet.

Hold off on planting until (at least) March 25th, but even then- check with guides for each individual plant. If you are planting a garden, some seeds can be sewn indoors so you can get a head start on those.

For more tips, please feel free to follow EFynch on Facebook.

Don't forget- you can sign up to be an EFynch Member for free at Signup. With this you get access to more information plus great group deals.