We would like to give a special thanks to Soft-Lite for recognizing Unique Home Solutions for earning the “Replacement Contractor Service Excellence Award”, which was presented by Guild Quality and Hanley Wood!
“My husband and I were looking to have work done to our home. We contacted Unique Home Solutions. We had our consultation with Ray Franklin and Matt Barr. They showed up the time they said they would, they were very professional. Their knowledge of the business, materials, and other companies was unbelievable. We never felt pressured at all. At the end of the consultation there was no reason to check other companies we knew we wanted Unique to do our home. John Elsea started the work on our house he and his partner were very professional also; they worked hard and got the job done. The window crew came in did their job, worked nonstop very professional as well. Long story short we have met so many people from Unique Home Solutions and every one of them were AWESOME people. We love the work that was done to our home it looks GREAT. We have had several compliments on our home. We want to thank all of you for quality work and effort you provided. We are working just as hard to spread the word about your company.”
Roger and Christy
Springtime is here and with the spring comes rain. It’s time for you to make sure your basement and crawl spaces are good to go! Here are a few DIY tips from our All Dry Waterproofing Department to prepare you for the April showers:
-Keep the gutters clear and clean of debris. Clogged or full gutters can cause overflow which will lead to excess water running along the foundation.
- Buy downspout extensions and attach them to the downspouts. Downspouts that are draining too close to the house can cause excess water to run down the foundation in the corners.
-Make sure that mulch or dirt is properly graded away from the house. Improper grading can allow water to pool along the foundation and cause leaks.
-Make sure that dirt or mulch is not graded above that foundation. The soil or mulch will get wet which can cause wood rot, and attract termites.
-Check your sump pump for proper operation by causing it to engage and drain any water in the crock. Sump pumps tend to fail when we least expect them to and are typically, “out of sight, out of mind.” A failed sump pump will cause water to back up in the basement/crawlspace.
-Install a battery back-up to the sump pump. Most sump pumps run on electricity. If the power is out during a storm, the pump will not be able to pump the water away.
-Make sure that all boxes or appliances are off the floor by putting them on skids or shelving. Water in the basement can ruin valuable keepsakes and shorten the life of appliances.
-Buy a dehumidifier and keep it running in the basement. Excess humidity in basement can shorten the life of the furnace and cause boxes to gain mildew.
We would like to once again thank everyone who entered our 2012 prize drawing. We feel that the prizes we offered were tremendous and our winners well-deserved. Because our prizes are so great, we understand that it would be rather difficult to believe that a local, employee-owned home remodeling company would give $50,000 in prizes and cash to Central Indiana homeowners. To prove our drawings are real, we often record the actual drawing. The video above was taken of our actual drawing. We hope you enjoy the video, find it entertaining, and we hope we earn your trust. We enjoy giving back to the community, and we hope you find comfort in knowing you could be our next big winner!
Unique Home Solutions had a conversation recently on Facebook with two homeowners and their friends regarding our policies on insurance estimates. Due to this conversion, we decided it would be best to post our policy for homeowners to reference if they had any questions. Of course, if this does not answer your questions, we always welcome calls to our office.
Our company does not specialize in insurance business. We do not advertise that we specialize in insurance business, and we are forthcoming with this information when homeowners request our company to quote them for insurance purposes. This does not mean we refuse to help homeowners who are looking to turn quotes into their insurance company, this just means that we offer quotes and leave the communication with the insurance company up to the homeowner. The majority of the time, the quotes we leave with the customer is sufficient for the insurance company. If the insurance company is requesting a breakdown of material and costs, we are not able to give that information. We do not give individual job costing.
We do not break our quotes down to individual job costs because we buy our materials in bulk. The cost of the project has been designed to include materials and labor. Therefore breaking each quote down to individual costs would not be helpful to the insurance company as the numbers would only be an approximate percentage.
Our reason for posting this information is to simply communicate why we cannot offer a breakdown between cost and labor with our quotes. If anyone is interested in a quote for their insurance company, do not hesitate to call us and speak to a live representative. We will be able to answer your specific questions more accurately in that manner.
There is nothing we love more than a festive holiday celebration. With that said, we also wish everyone a safe Halloween. We put together a few tips for all to follow, and added a few from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Indiana State Police (ISP) and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), which can be found at http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-tips-to-having-a-safe-halloween-20121018,0,2872144.column.
Speak to your children about the importance of watching for moving vehicles while they are trick-or-treating. It is dark outside, and gets darker earlier by the day. Children need to be alert and aware of their surroundings because those driving will have a difficult time seeing them in the street. Children should stay on sidewalks and avoid the street. In addition, drivers need to drive very slowly and carefully through city streets and neighborhoods. Please be aware of the danger of children being in the street in dark costumes.
It is also a good idea to give childen a flash light or attach a small light to them or their costume so they stand out in the dark. The children might think this is a fun addition to their costume. Homeowners should be aware that children will be walking up to their homes, so clear a space for them to walk and add some light to your walk way. Their costumes may cause them to lose their balance or trip on items near your home.
Finally, and most obviously, only allow your children to trick-or-treat at homes you know and trust, homes with their porch lights on, and only trick-or-treat during designated times as assigned by your community.
“Pls thank Paul Harlow for us! He was instrumental in assisting our friends the Dickersons in the purchase & installation of their new Unique Windows. He assisted us in getting ours & after referring him to the Dickersons all again w/ very well. They have high praise for the installers & Paul both ~ not to mention they are happy like us w/ the quality of the product & not dreading winter in Indy anymore.
Thank you,” - The Hingsbergen Family
We received this e-mail from the Hingsbergen Family of Indianapolis over the weekend and were so delighted with the kind words. Thank you to the Hingsbergen for sharing your thoughts with us, we are extremely pleased to hear you are happy with the products and services provided by Unique Home Solutions and our employee-owners.
The Unique Triple Ten Windows are manufactured with three panes of glass, and built to maximize energy efficiency. With our innovative sash/sill combination, a gust of air would have to force its way around ten 90° turns, over one interlock, through a triple-fin weather-strip and between a Soft-Seal™ neoprene gasket and ledge before making its way into the home. We understand why the Hingsbergens are not dreading winter in Indianapolis any longer. If you would like to see first-hand how these windows can impact your winter experience, contact us today!
Congratulations to Carey Hanna of Colfax, Indiana. She was our July 2012 prize winner of two Adirondack chairs with matching ottomans.
In December 2012, Unique Home Solutions is going to pull 15 winners for our grand prize giveaway. There will be 5 fifth place winners, 4 fourth place winners, 3 third place winners, 2 second place winners and 1 grand prize winner! The grand prize is $25,000 in home remodeling.
On top of this, anyone who signs up in any given month is going into a monthly drawing for a prize valuing $500.
August is not over yet! You could be the next big winner, so get your name in the hat! We’re giving away a Nikon Coolpix P500 12 Megapixel Digital Camera at the end of the month.
Winter is gone along with cold, ice and snow, but it may have left its mark on the exterior of your home. Now that spring is here, it’s time to do your exterior home inspection to fix any problems left by Old Man Winter. Walk around the exterior of the house and check for the following things:
Roof: Inspect the roof for damaged, loose or blistered shingles. Have damaged shingles replaced if they are on less that 20% of the roof. If the damaged shingles cover more than 20% of the roof, you may need to re-roof.
Gutters/Soffits: Check for proper drainage, leaks, or holes; and any areas pulling away from the house. Also make sure the downspouts are at least 5 feet away from you foundation walls. Examine fascia and soffit boards. Replace if they are soft or rotting to prevent water from getting into your attic.
Windows/Doors: Take off storms and replace with screens, check the caulking, look for worn/broken hardware, paint chipping, and deteriorating weather stripping. Clean out basement window wells. If needed, replace the caulking if you find it is cracked or soft, because it prevents moisture from getting inside your walls and causing mold.
Siding: Paint peeling, deterioration or rot, pieces pulling from house, cracks, & holes. Touch up any areas that need paint before they deteriorate further. Inspect bricks and concrete blocks for cracked mortar or loose joints. If the siding is damaged too severely with cracks, holes or deterioration you may need to consider replacement siding.
Air Conditioners: Clean all debris on/around system, change filter and check the condenser on a central air system. If you have window units, check for wear, that the filter is clean and test to make sure it has enough Freon.
Trees: Trim branches and shrubs that are touching your home which can provide a pathway for bugs or excess moisture to enter your home. Also clean up fallen limbs, branches and other debris around the house to help prevent a pathway for wood-eating insects (termites).
If you notice any problems repair these items promptly. It’s these little things that if left unattended that lead to costly major damage in the future. So, as soon as the weather permits nip it in the bud! Then enjoy your lazy days of summer with the satisfaction of a well maintained house!
Our Website may be inaccessible starting Friday, April 27 at 8:00pm until Sunday morning. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are doing this to make our site better and more accessible.
The site should be available again on Sunday morning, barring any complications. Should you need to contact us, please call our office at (317) 337-9300.
Again, we apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope this will bring you a better online experience.