Survey Shows: You’re Not Alone in Being Concerned About Home Improvement Installation



It would seem rather odd if American homeowners made it a habit of calling up strangers and asking them to come spend time in their homes. In a way, though, we already do that when we schedule work to be done by home improvement professionals.

Personal safety is a consideration for the majority of homeowners when selecting a home improvement professional to come perform work in their home. We might be comfortable with sharing photos and information on social media for anyone to see, but there’s something totally different about strangers coming into our personal space. Having a plan and asking the right questions is the surest way to reduce your worry level.

If you think about your personal safety or the safety of your home when contracting an installation professional, you are not alone, according to a recent LeafGuard survey on installations & personal safety. 71% of homeowners say that a sense of personal safety is either very important or extremely important, while only 11% of homeowners think it’s not at all important or slightly important.

74.7% of respondents said it was very important or extremely important to be present when a home improvement professional is scheduled to do work, indicating a general lack of trust with having strangers in the home.


What can you do? The ultimate goal should be to not worry every time you need work done. Here’s how to alleviate that stress, and find a company that you’re comfortable with that will do quality work that will last.

Perform due diligence research on your service.

67% of homeowners say it’s important to conduct research on the quality of service itself, as opposed to simply researching the product being installed. Find valuable information and reviews on Google, Angie’s List, YP, and others.

Check the company reputation online and familiarize yourself with them.

60.4% of homeowners want to choose a business they’ve previously heard of, saying it’s very important or extremely important.

Visit the physical location of the dealer first and get more information.

80.2% of homeowners said it was very important or extremely important to meet with a home improvement professional in person before letting him/her enter their home.

Prepare a list of questions in advance.

Talking to a stranger can raise anxiety, making you forget the essential information you wanted to find out. Be prepared in what you want to ask and how you’d like to ask it.

Find out the company’s hiring process and background check.

You’re careful when selecting professionals – shouldn’t the company be careful in who they hire?

Hide small valuables.

While no one is walking out of your house with a TV while you’re there, sunglasses, jewelry, and prescription pills are easily swiped.

Inquire about the warranty or ‘satisfaction guarantee’ policies.

Most homeowners want some sort of guarantee in place in order to hold the company and the installation professionals accountable. Only 11% of respondents viewed a warranty as not at all important or slightly important.

Pay it forward with reviews.

Leave an online review of your experience, whether it was positive or negative. If they are helpful for you, chances are your review will be helpful for another homeowner at some point down the road.

LeafGuard’s tenets of gutter installation are custom work, quality service, and a lifetime warranty to back it up, and licensed professionals perform all installations. As a homeowner, you deserve the same level of quality with every other project. Your concerns are real, though, and shared by many other homeowners. Having a plan and being thorough are the best ways to alleviate some of those concerns and make you feel more comfortable.

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LeafGuard believes that good gutters are unsung heroes of the home. They’re never “used” by the homeowner, and they’re often not even seen, but without them the house would be in significantly worse shape. What else around the home is vital, and yet largely unrecognized?

I. Gutters


It’s more fun to buy a new grill or set of patio furniture than it is to think about upgrading or fixing gutters. No one ever thinks about gutters until there is an issue. Unfortunately, that’s way too late in the game to be thinking about gutters.

The gutter system is an unsung hero around the home because they’re working best when you don’t notice them and when they’re not requiring maintenance. A seamless gutter system like LeafGuard never requires maintenance and unassumingly drives water safely away from the house.

Without such a system, however, danger is only around the corner, in the form of: water damage, debris, erosion, standing water, insects, and more.

II. CO & Smoke Detectors


Detectors are interesting because they need to be working 24/7 but ideally never go off and are never noticed. The size and placement of these devices makes them very unassuming, but they play a big role when dangerous gases seep into the home.

CO detectors should be replaced 5 years from the “manufacture date”. Smoke detector batteries should be checked every month and replaced when necessary.

Whereas gutters stand between your house and potential disaster, detectors stand between your family and potential tragedy.

III. Hot Water Heaters


How many days out of the year do you go through your routine of taking a shower or bath and not think of your hot water heater? Probably most of the time. And then there are those one or two days when the hot water heater isn’t working, and it feels like your life descends into chaos. The inability to access hot water will turn almost any home upside down.

When working, hot water heaters play but a small role in your daily routine. Take them away, though, and their value becomes abundantly clear.

IV. Irrigation System


Your lawn always needs water, but never needs too much of it.

Not enough water means you’re looking at a brown lawn. Too much water and you’re looking at drowned vegetation, erosion, and maybe even water damage. An irrigation system stays “below the surface” most of the time, but helps keep the proper amount of water on your lawn with sprinklers, pitches, and drains (if necessary).


An irrigation system is a workhorse of your home: working every day, often early in the morning. It is hands-off and not very visible, but makes all the difference in the world when it comes to a healthy and verdant outdoor home.

V. Exterior Paint


The exterior paint of your home is not tangible in the way gutters are or the way smoke detectors are, and therefore paint is not often thought of as playing any role beyond aesthetic. But good exterior paint seals the wood and seams of your home, protecting those pieces from the elements. It’s an unsung hero that’s hidden in plain sight.


**Bonus Piece: Generator

A gas-powered generator is different from some of the other “unsung hero” pieces in that it’s ideally never even used. But when it’s needed, it comes through in a big way. Homeowners should always buy one versus renting one if possible.

The above list of items and systems don’t feel like the most important pieces of your home, but without them, your home and your life would be drastically different.


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Is it getting hard to remember what it was like to love your lawn’s appearance? Is the grass always greener on the neighbor’s side? Returning your lawn to glory is easier than you might think. A few tools and a few hours is all you need – here’s your recipe for a lawn you can be proud of!

Total Time (approximation): 5 hours

-Aerate: 2 hours

-Applying Fertilizer: 1.5 hours

-Watering: 30 minutes 2-3 times per week

-Mowing: 1 hour per week/every 5 days


      • 1 brown, spotty lawn
      • 1 spike aerator
      • 1 bag of lawn food or fertilizer.
      • 1 lawn food spreader
      • 1 hose with running water
      • 1 pulsating sprinkler
      • 1 lawnmower


1.  Consult this NPK guide to learn what type of lawn food you need based on your specific needs and the condition of your lawn.

2.  Aerate the lawn with a spike aerator. Simply drive it into the browning areas or suffering areas of your lawn in 6-inch patterns. The spikes penetrate the lawn, creating small holes, which thereby allow water, nutrients and oxygen to better reach the grass roots.

3.  Pour the lawn food into the spreader.

4.  Apply your chosen lawn food or fertilizer with spreader.

5.  Water the lawn. Popular Mechanics recommends the following:

      • 4am to 10am is the best time to water grass
      • Water deeply (about 6 inches into the soil) and infrequently (2-3 times per week)
      • Use pulsating sprinklers instead of oscillating ones
      • Water hard soil in waves, so water has time to soak in.

Sprinkler04“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

6.  On a separate day, mow the lawn on a high setting in order to allow for long roots to grow. This will improve moisture retention.

7.  Repeat steps 5 and 6 every week on different days.

8.  Enjoy your new and improved lawn!


photo credit:

Kevin Wong, The Other Side, Flickr

Bowen Liu, Lawn Aerator, Flickr


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LeafGuard hates clutter. With our gutter systems, it’s never present in your gutters, but what about other areas of your home? What spaces or rooms need “unclogging” of their own? And is that hurting your overall home?

Your garage space could be more important than you ever could have thought. Buy Boise Real Estate estimates that only 70 percent of homeowners use their garage to park a car, and America Now reports that 25 percent of homeowners with two-car garages don’t park any cars in them. Parking a car isn’t the end-all be-all of garage usage, but not doing so is indicative of the space being wasted.

Value of Home and Re-Sale Considerations

One reason for taking back your garage is increasing or reclaiming the value of your home. A garage is 13 to 14 percent of the home’s total value, a significant percentage to be neglecting regardless of the size or total worth of the home. If you have any plans of selling in the future, the garage is an important element to consider:

“Ninety-one percent of people surveyed by Thompson’s say they’re more likely to buy a home if the garage is well maintained. And 70 percent think a garage’s organization reflects the owner. Buyers get the impression that owners with organized garages are likely “as diligent and meticulous with home maintenance,” –, based on a study done by Thomsons.

Clearly, keeping the garage in order is not only about maximizing that space, but by giving off the impression of a well-maintained home.

Opening Up Space & Saving Money

Even if you’re not thinking about selling, reclaiming the garage is still about saving money and maximizing the space you have. Cleaning things up and organizing will show you what you have to use, and what you have to sell and/or donate:

 How to make or save money by re-taking your garage:

  • Preserving your car’s integrity. As BankRate points out, it’s pretty silly that we have some of our most useless junk under the shelter of the garage, but leave a car that costs tens of thousands of dollars out there vulnerable to the elements.
  • Taking Inventory. By cleaning out and organizing, you get a clearer picture of everything that you own. Then, you can decide what can still be used and what must be thrown out. This assures that you never buy duplicates or unnecessary materials.
  • Selling Unwanted Stuff. Unearthing your garage could yield a lot of objects that you don’t want, but that you don’t want to throw away either. That’s where tag sales, garage sales, and online stores come in. Ever hear the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? That could be true for some of your un-wanted, yet still useable, items.
  • Tax Write-Off for Donations. If you choose to donate your unwanted items rather than sell them, you could still be eligible for a tax write-off depending on the worth of what was donated.

Professional organizer Adele Mahan offers up the six-month rule for garage items: if you haven’t used it in 6 months (save purely seasonal items), it’s safe to say that you won’t be using it again, and it can go. Reclaiming your garage will maximize your space, and save you money in a number of different ways listed above. More space that’s better organized can also add more functionality to your garage. Have a hobby? Put a desk or workspace in your newfound garage space instead of occupying valuable space inside your actual house.

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Most everyone makes a daily effort to recycle bottles, cardboard, and other consumables, but still, there is a lot of room for improvement. While 75 percent of waste can be recycled, America reportedly only recycles about 30 percent of waste. One category you might have forgotten in your efforts to recycle: your old furniture and fixtures lying around the house, especially those that have been replaced by upgraded equipment.

Reusing these materials differs from standard recycling, where you stick your cans and papers in a blue bin and ship them off. In fact, the process of repurposing unused materials around your house, known as Up-Cycling, can add immediate practical value to your life. Not only are you making use of something instead of shipping it off to the landfill, you’re enhancing the appearance of your home – all for little to no cost!

Here are five things you might have hanging around your house and some simple ways to Up-Cycle them.

1. Patio Umbrellas


Has your patio umbrella seen better days? For older, dilapidated umbrella fixtures that no longer serve their purpose, an easy fix is available to make them useful again.

If the fabric covering is ripped, simply remove it and your umbrella frame works aptly as a trellis for the garden. By placing the center pole amidst vegetables like tomatoes, beans, or squashes, the outward-extending arms provide support stakes for the plants to grow on.

2. Ladders


With old ladders that have seen their last climb, try converting them into racks or shelves inside your home. By hanging a portion of the ladder horizontally on a wall, you can set up a new bookshelf. Paint or decorate the ladder to your liking and set it up in a bedroom or study. The rungs serve as natural dividers for the shelving.

Also, ladders work well as upright shelving against a wall in your living space. For ladders with longer steps, you can place picture frames or small plant fixtures on the various platforms.

3. Doors


Old doors that may have come off sheds or rooms in your house can be turned into a multitude of new products. A popular trend among Up-Cyclers is crafting a desk or table for use in different places around the house.

Make your coffee table or bedroom desk a topic of conversation by converting a door into a fixture with creative flair.

Like many do-it-yourself projects, there are different degrees of intricacy involved with various door-to-table ideas. Whether you’re looking to add a minimalist, rustic look or a colorful, bold piece to your home, a little digging online should help you find your answer. It’s all about finding the right look and feel for you, and then developing a plan for implementation.

4. Drawers


Another common Up-Cycling initiative, creative planters made from ornaments around the house will bring attention to any garden.

It’s really easy enough to take any piece of furniture or container and make it a stylish, unique home for flowers. The most common choices are desk drawers or bureaus, but really any open receptacle you’re not already using around the house is a candidate for improving your garden.

5. Gutters


Old and already-replaced gutters are also a great choice for creating Up-Cycled planters. They can be implemented into hanging fixtures or even fixed to the side of the house or shed as shelves for plants to grow.

Inventive ways to Up-Cycle gutters also include various kinds of shelving for inside the house. After cleaning the old fixtures, they are ready to be used for storage purposes. You can hang the gutter in smaller sections inside a shed to provide a place for tools. Or, if you have the right pieces that are safe and intact, you could even furnish a book nook for children.

The Up-Cycling Difference

What’s most convenient about Up-Cycling is the rapidly developing, substantial and collaborative online community that exists on sites like Pinterest. If you can’t figure out what to do with some leftover materials, or you need some advice on how to put a project together, a quick survey of the Internet will yield an Up-Cycling idea that will save you a trip to the landfill.

The results of Up-Cycling can, of course, vary greatly depending on the final result you’re aiming for and how artistic you’re willing to get.. Fortunately, many of these solutions are easy and cheap to pull off and add practical value to projects you want to complete around the home.


photo credit: One step up bookcase, Norman Copenhagen, Flickr

photo credit: Cheryl, Flickr

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When it comes to thinking about whether you should rent or buy your home improvement tools, cost is one of the biggest factors. The great thing about home improvement projects is that you don’t need to buy a massive selection of tools or have a big space to store them for most of the jobs you will do. It is just a matter of deciding which power tools and lawn equipment you will need to buy rather than rent.


Money Matters

When it comes to renting versus buying, money matters. For example, yes, the average tile saw is affordable for most homeowners at a starting price of $50 each. But, that tile saw might not do the job, as the quality of the blade is probably lacking. Instead, you might be better off renting a tile saw that has a better blade. In addition, because most people only use a tile saw for a few days for a big project, renting is a better investment.

For those who have a big yard to maintain, purchasing a lawnmower is a must. Lawnmowers come in a variety of sizes and styles, but the budget conscious should know that all of the bells and whistles aren’t always necessary. For the average yard, a push mower will do. When it comes to anything beyond the lawnmower, however, renting is probably the best bet. In fact, many homeowners who spend a lot on expensive lawn equipment usually don’t see a return on the investment in terms of time spent using them. For example, a tiller can go for as much as $5,000, but renting one will only set you back about $100. The same concept can be applied to power washers. If you only plan to use them once a year, renting is better. Therefore, it is important to consider how often you will actually use the equipment before deciding to purchase it.

Generators are a special exception. You’ll only need it once or twice per year. Ideally you never use it, but it is better to buy one and be prepared during times of crisis when the power goes out. If you have to run to the store to rent one when your power fails, it’s usually in terrible weather, and chances are the demand will be sky high.

The Generator Buying Guide from Consumer Reports:

The Essentials

While it is important to think about the cost benefits of renting versus buying, purchasing the most basic set of tools is something that every homeowner should do. Along with the everyday hammer, screwdriver, and wrench, every home should probably have its own cordless drill. This tool is extremely versatile and will allow you to do things like drill different hole sizes or put in drywall screws. For the most part, an 18-volt cordless drill should serve most DIY projects well.

The next thing to consider buying is a saw, preferably a small circular saw, a miter saw, or a portable table saw. The nice thing about a circular saw is that it has the ability to cut in areas that are tight. The table saw allows you to work on bigger projects, but the portable saw is key because you can move it with you as you work. Any saw beyond these basics is probably best served as rentals. These might include diamond saws or reciprocating saws, which are used for the biggest jobs that homeowners often pay others to do. Plus, with a rental, you can guarantee the saw will be of good quality.

For the full guide on Power Tools, visit the Home Improvement Factory’s Rent or Buy article.

Aside from the special exception generators, renting or buying comes down to “cost per use”. If it’s expensive, but you’ll use it every week for the next two years, it is probably worth buying. At that same price, a tool that only figures to be used once or twice per season is probably best rented for a much cheaper rate if it’s available.

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So you’re not exactly Bob Vila or Tim “the Toolman” Taylor?

You’re not a “handyman” or “handywoman” who can tackle any household project?

Yes, we know you – you’re the type of person who wants to get any type of household job done well, but you’re not confident in your abilities. You want it done as quickly and as seamlessly as possible, because even though you’re not the handiest, you’d also rather not hire an expert to come do it for you. If that’s you, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a look at some products and projects for the non-handy:

  • Use a tool belt: Here’s a tip for taking care of household chores – put on a tool belt. Yes, a workman’s tool belt. Why? Simple – because instead of opening and closing cupboard doors and walking back and forth to the linen closet, you can put everything that you’ll need to use in the tool belt to tackle your chores. The tool belt doesn’t have to hold just hammers and nails. We’re also talking rags, paper towel, cleaning chemicals, scrub brushes, etc.

  • Try the Power Drill: It seems that every appliance you buy these days requires some sort of assembly. And most of the time, assembly involves using a screwdriver to secure pieces in place. Here’s an extremely simple and inexpensive tool to make everyday assembly a breeze: the power drill. Instead of twisting and turning your handheld screwdriver to drive the screw where it needs to go, all you do is push a button and let things take care of themselves. It can reduce assembly time on some items tenfold. Don’t underestimate the value and versatility of a power drill.
  • Aerate with a Spike: First impressions are everything. And the first thing people often notice when it comes to your house is your lawn. Is yours lush green or browning and dying? If it’s the latter, there’s an easy way to fix it without spending hundreds of dollars for a lawn maintenance company to come out and do their thing. For about $20, you can buy a spike aerator. Then, simply drive it into the browning area of your lawn in 6 inch patterns. The spikes penetrate the lawn, creating small holes, which thereby allow water, nutrients and oxygen to better reach the grass roots. This will turn brown grass back to green in no time. It’s fast, easy and it works!
  • Clean Once Now, Seal for the Future: You could have your local carpet cleaner clean your tile and grout for a hefty fee, or you could do it yourself and purchase a simple product to ensure you won’t have to worry about it moving forward. Simply clean your tile and grout with a specialty cleaner and some elbow grease, then pick up a grout sealer to spray over the neatly cleaned grout lines. The sealer prevents dirt buildup, meaning that instead of having to clean your grout lines every 6 months or so, you can go years in between!

LeafGuard is a seamless, get-it-and-forget-it solution. While none of the above are completely hands-off, they are seamless, easy ways to achieve results around your home. The ultimate goal is to save time and eliminate headaches with your chores and projects. If you’re not the handiest person, you’ve probably experienced some headaches doing house projects before. Change it up with these simple solutions and get great results!

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Are you aware of the animals that could be getting inside your house? And how they could get there? Gutters play a surprisingly important role in keeping away a variety of pests and critters from penetrating into your house. The absence of gutters, therefore, sets any house up for a potential invasion.

The problem starts with too much water. Without gutters, too much water runs off the roof and splashes down the house onto the ground. Over time, too much water leads to issues like rotting fascia, rotting trim, erosion of soil, or damaged foundation. When the materials comprising your home are rotted or worn down from water, they become an easier target for eager animals to break through and take up residence inside the house.

Ultimately, it’s about fortifying all the different elements of your home against water and debris. 53% of homeowners are concerned about pests. Based on how quickly they can get into a house, the other 47% should be concerned as well. Each year in the winter, rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the U.S. Mother Nature will always be there as a threat – it’s important that you don’t give it an added opportunity.

Here are 3 intruders that are more likely to show up if gutters are not present:

1. Attic Dwellers

Squirrels can chew through fascia. What does that have to do with gutters? Plenty, in fact.

Gutters tend to hang from the fascia board, so their very presence creates a physical barrier between the squirrel and the point of entry. But without gutters, water and the elements can rot your fascia, soffit, and trim gradually over time. That will make those surfaces more vulnerable to squirrels chewing through in order to gain an access point. On average, they need only 2.5 inches of a hole in order to penetrate. Without that defense, you may find rodents taking up residence in your attic.

Not all critters are as persistent as squirrels, but if there is weakness in your fascia board or other areas near your roof, then expect birds and bats to also take interest in what your attic has to offer.

2. Basement Dwellers

Much like the attic, the basement is vulnerable to animal intrusion. Without gutters, water never makes it very far from your home. Often it will land directly below where your roof ends, and stand in pools unless there is a natural slope present. That high volume of water can create all kinds of problems. The first main issue around your foundation is erosion; water disrupts the soil and washes material away that would otherwise be solidly in place. The second issue is ice. If water remains stagnant around your house, it can freeze and put pressure on your foundation. In both cases, the structural integrity of your house is less than 100 percent, and therefore more vulnerable to external intrusion. Raccoons, mice, and rats are all likely candidates for weaseling their way into a vulnerable basement.

3. Water Pool Dwellers

Forgetting the attic or basement, homeowners without gutters could still have their hands full with standing pools of water around the home. Aside from the general eyesore, standing pools of water are a breeding ground of insects and bacteria. The most common inhabitants of stagnant water in a backyard are mosquitoes, and with mosquitoes comes the threat of diseases.

No one is saying that squirrels or raccoons will show up tomorrow if you don’t install gutters today. But if the installation of gutters is ignored for long enough, the effects can be widespread and devastating. One of those effects is that your house becomes vulnerable to animal intrusion. Your house might feel like a zoo from time to time, but let’s make sure that you’re not adding any species anytime soon.


Photo Credit: Icky Bucket of Water, Flickr, @OakleyOriginals

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The addition of an outdoor shed brings all of your tools and equipment under one roof. It is a major outdoor home decision and so many factors contribute to it, including materials, aesthetics, convenience, and many more.

Shed“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of everything you think of (and probably some of what you don’t) when entertaining the idea of a shed.


Whereas your father or grandfather might have installed an aluminum shed, today’s sheds are metal, wood or a plastic composite. Oftentimes if you opt for wood, it may also entail vinyl exterior elements. Wood sheds can be customized to any size and have a classic look and feel, while plastic sheds probably require less maintenance and will be a less attractive option to critters around the home. Metal may not have the same appearance or customizability as wood, but also tends to be less expensive.

An additional material consideration for your shed is insulation – insulating a shed is not all that complicated, but might not be necessary depending on your intended use.


The size of your shed should be dictated by what will be stored in it, and to a lesser degree, the size of the land it will be sitting on.

It will be necessary to take into account the contents of your shed and the uses of each piece. How will you be getting things in and out? For example, will you need to climb over a lawn mower to get to rakes and shovels?


Whether you are getting a shed custom-built or brought in pre-sized, there are still choices to be made on its size. And that decision should be made based on your projected uses and contents of the shed.

Believe it or not, not all sheds serve as storage for tools, equipment, and vehicles. Trash sheds are effective ways to keep trash outdoors but also out of the reach of animals. If this is your intended use, the size and shape of the shed could change drastically.


Aesthetics is the simple question of: what do you want your shed to look like? How do you want it to fit into your outdoor home?

The next factor, “proximity to house” will influence your decisions on appearance. The closer the shed is to the house, the more inclined you’ll feel to match its look and feel to that of the house.

The aesthetics choice becomes easier if you’d prefer that the shed be hidden. Do you prefer that the shed be invisible from certain vantage points? Do you want it visible from the curb or street?

For materials, wood is probably the easiest to customize in terms of appearance, whether it’s at the install stage or down the road once the shed is built. Decisions like doors, windows, shutters, and other accents are more flexible with wood than with other materials.

Proximity to House

Unless there is an obvious, natural position for the shed to go, its location and proximity to the house will be a decision.

As mentioned, aesthetics play a role in the shed’s location if you want it to be seen a certain way with respect to the house, or not seen at all.

It’s also important to imagine your uses of the shed in different weather and seasons. For instance, if you are storing a snow blower or generator, picture your access to the shed on a snowy day or in a thunderstorm. That shed should be more easily accessible than a shed that’s just storing rakes and a lawnmower.

There’s always room to get creative when it comes to finding your shed’s perfect location. Example: under your deck:


It may not be as important as size, aesthetics, or proximity, but considering the surrounding environment is necessary when picking your shed’s location. It may even help you avoid a disaster.

Consider where tree branches could fall during a storm, where water gathers in your yard, and where, if anywhere, dangerous plants and animals could make their presence felt.

It may not be a primary factor in how or where your shed takes shape, but if you’re between multiple locations, it could come down to the surrounding environment.

Picking the perfect outdoor shed isn’t supposed to be a laborious process. But without due diligence and proper planning, you could end up with a giant mistake sitting near (or far from) your house.

In order to get the perfect shed on your property for function and aesthetics, start with this list of factors to consider, and start planning a better outdoor home today!

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The LeafGuard Dealer Spotlight Series is a blog series featuring individual dealers discussing the LeafGuard seamless gutter systems. They share the challenges they face in their region, their experience as LeafGuard ambassadors, and much more!

This installment features John Chambers of LeafGuard Indiana.

1.    How long have you been in business at LeafGuard Indiana?

I’ve been the owner of LeafGuard Indiana for two years, and before that I was at this branch under the Beldon ownership. We have had the same staff in sales and in install for several years. It’s a group of really good people.

2.    Do you sell only the seamless system? Or other items?

We are selling primarily the seamless LeafGuard gutters. That is where our focus is and we are really excited about it this year.

3.    How do customers come in? Via phone calls, referrals, website, outreach programs?

We do a good amount of advertising in Central Indiana; radio, television, newspaper, and direct mail; every facet except billboards pretty much. The web is the other source beyond that, and is a critical part.

4. Do you service mostly homes, or any commercial properties? Do most homeowners have no gutters, old gutters, good gutters or good gutters that aren’t seamless?

99 percent of jobs are residential, and it is a home owned by the customer.

Almost always they have gutters, and are looking to replace their gutters to keep their gutters maintenance-free.

Sometimes we’ll have folks doing roof remodeling, but mostly they want a solution where they don’t have to clean them out anymore. We are a full replacement, and we recycle everything that we take down.

The most expensive gutter system isn’t LeafGuard, it’s the one you need to replace over and over again.

5.    What are your region’s weather concerns related to gutters or region-specific pain points?

We are a “winter market”. We’re working almost 10 months a year. We were shut down this year all of January and February. Shutting down isn’t all bad, it allows us to recharge our batteries and work on things internally and having to do with policy.

We sell in the winter, but there can be a backlog of installs in the beginning of the spring.

6.    Over your years of experience as a gutter dealer, what are some of the worst cases of property damage that you’ve come across that could have potentially been avoided with a better gutter system?

Gutters aren’t something you think about often. We say “gutters are like a kidney…you don’t think about it until it’s not working”. The challenge is to keep it top of mind.

People will sometimes get LeafGuard because previous gutters have fallen off. We’ve seen situations where the boards and soffits were so bad that they had to fix those before we even put LeafGuard on, because we won’t put LeafGuard gutters on bad wood.

A client last year, squirrels had eaten through their fascia board. Not only did it ruin the fascia and the gutters, but also they had gotten into the attic. It cost them a lot to get that whole situation rectified. This couple was devastated by it. We eventually got LeafGuard gutters up and they’re very happy with it now.

7.    What information do you give homeowners about re-sale value? Is there any value in upgrading your gutters, or is that not an area that you comment on?

A lot of our clients are not looking to move, and that’s why they’re investing in their home in this way. But they do know how gutters preserve their overall property.

8.    Who are your ideal homeowners and customers?

People that have pride in their home. Their home is not a mansion, but not a shack, and they want to take care of it and be pro-active in doing so.

9.    What would you say to the homeowner who still isn’t aware of the value of good gutters?

LeafGuard is the last gutter you’ll ever buy. It’s more fun to talk about the tile in the kitchen than it is to talk about the gutters, but at the end of the day, the gutters are more important to the ‘health’ of your home than the tile. We don’t leave a quote in the mailbox because that’s not enough. We educate people about our product AND our service, that you never have to get up and clean the gutters. We tell our story as well as our product – the story of get it and forget it.

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