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

Local group becomes the 1st to integrate social media and home repairs!
December 13, 2018
Baltimore, MD: City Garage based 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

Baltimore, MD: Here at, 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

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.

Information distributed by Teris Pantazes, Co-Founder of 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.


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

The Easy Fall DIY Project that will save you hundreds this winter.

By: Home Improvement; Managed Like a Pro!

It's Fall, nice outside, and we have a DIY Home Project that is:

(1) incredibly easy- 1 to 2 hours
(2) cheap to perform -under $20
(3) can save you a few hundred dollars
(4) you cannot cause any damage if you mess it up?

The task?

Caulk your windows!

Now, before you scratch your head and hit the "back" button, hear us out.

You walls are hollow. You might have insulation, but there are still plenty of open cavities that are a superhighway for cold air, dust, bugs, pollen, etc.  Don't believe us, touch one of your exterior walls on an extremely hot/ cold day and you will realize what we mean, especially around your windows (*technical reasoning below).

Heating your home can account for 40% of your winter energy bill usage. Therefore any amount of cold air that is prevented from coming in, can quickly add up to savings- so this can be a quick and easy task that really pays off.

And Seriously. . . it is a really hard …

September Home Maintenance ideas from EFynch

It's Back to School Month! Below are monthly maintenance tips from EFynch: Baltimore and D.C. home improvement community for homeowners and handymen.
Baltimore MD: September is the unofficial start of Fall but temperatures in Baltimore and D.C.  can still climb over 90 degrees. Because of this, homeowners should remain in "summer mode" however, we also recommend thinking ahead to this winter and starting prep work.

Your air condition is going to be giving it's last push of the season but hopefully we will have a few nights where windows can be opened for some well deserved fresh air.

It is important to start thinking about Winter and September is a good time to begin planning. Tasks and home services that are "summer only" projects might be hard to schedule as the season's change so let's get a jump start on those.

Below is a list that EFynch has put together to help you stay on track with your home maintenance plans. We put this list out every month…

August Home Maintenance Tip From EFynch.

Baltimore, MD: August is a light month for maintenance. It is hot, dry, and who wants to work outside! but there is one VERY important item. Besides the list of homeowner tips from EFynch- we HIGHLY recommend that you use this month to start thinking about winter and different tasks that, if performed now, can save you money and scheduling stress as Autumn is just around the corner.

1. Take a walk around your home and think about winter. 

- Is your driveway properly sealed?
- Do you need to have your deck redone?
- Gutters/ Roof in good shape (gutter guards)?

Now is NOT yet the time for furnace work (wait until next month), but as we approach autumn, some of the specialized services might begin closing out their schedules for the season (eg. driveway sealers). It might be a good idea to get a jump on this work to beat the rush and avoid paying Peak Pricing.

Other tasks to take on this month:

1. Change your air filters:

Should be completed every few months. Good and quick task to tackle d…

Fans: You spin it right round. . . save energy in any season

Article distributed by Maryland's Home Improvement community for advice, tips, tricks, and project organization.

Baltimore, MD: Fans are one of life's pleasures. Any homeowner will tell you that a fan installation is a seriously great upgrade. They help so many of us sleep at night, keep cool in the summer, and can reduce your energy bills  significantly when used properly.

But, did you know you home ceiling fan works in 2 directions? Did you know you should change it depending on the season? Do you know if your fan is spinning in the right direction and when moving right, can reduce your cooling/ heating bills by 40%?

Below is the proper direction to spin, and when to switch:

Heat rises. So, in the summer, the air near your ceiling is warm and the lower you go (eg. your basement), the cooler it gets. This means that (in theory), the air below your waist is colder than above. Legs are not usually "hot" and when you want to cool you body- you want t…

July Maintenance Tips from EFynch: Monthly Schedule to save money and keep your home safe.

Happy Independence Day from EFynch:June Home Improvement Tips. It's June, it's hot, it's Summer in Baltimore and Washington D.C.:) 
Below are the monthly maintenance tips from EFynch- the handyman and home improvement, resource that helps you stay on tops of items that cost other homeowners in future damages.
Summer is a busy time in the home improvement industry. Many handymen and contractors are jammed pack but it is a good time to have small items taken care of- which will save money. Most Pros schedule bigger projects during these months. If you have a big project, you may have noticed it is hard to get on schedule. This makes the mark up on big projects greater during this time of year.
However, in between big projects, contractors struggle to fill the downtime. They have to either (1) mark up the prices of the big projects, or (2) find filler work.  
This is where EFynch excels. Not only can we help you find the pro that might have a few days for your projects, but we c…