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Northfield’s Best

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Northfield, Minnesota.

We love it for so many reasons, and this year it seems the rest of the nation agrees with us.  Earlier this year we were named the number 2 small town in the U.S. by Livability, and more recently by Time, for the best place for a well-rounded retirement.

If you are looking to retire here, we are building model homes in two of the best association-maintained single-family town home developments  in the area.  Check out our Ontario Circle neighborhood, featuring a slab-on-grade model and traditional 1-story model.  Across town will be another 1-story model in the Liberty Park – Freedom Townhomes.  Feel free to give us a call with any questions, or fill out our information request here on our website.

We are also developing new lots just north of the Ontario Circle neighborhood, if you are looking for a larger, single-family, new home development.  Check out the Hills of Spring Creek page for more info.

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Model Home in the works!

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We are in the process of designing a model home that we hope to break ground on mid-March!!  The home will be located in our Ontario Circle development off of Jefferson Parkway and Hall Avenue, here in Northfield, at 2149 Ontario Circle.

We will keep you informed of our progress here on the website and blog, and also on our facebook page – where you can weigh in on the selection options.

We won Best of Houzz 2014

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Schmidt Homes Remodeling of Northfield Receives

Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

 

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

 

Northfield, MN, February 4, 2014 – Schmidt Homes Remodeling of Northfield MN has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 30+ year old Design/Build firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

 

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.


“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Schmidt Homes Remodeling among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

 

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Schmidt Homes Remodeling but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

 

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About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

May/June Home Maintenance

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May & June Home Maintenance

Yes, everyone is busy with their lawns and gardens this time of year, but your home needs a little TLC as well.  Below are twelve things you should check every May/June, and read on for what to do the rest of the year to properly care for your home.

1. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

2. Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.

3. Check gutters and downspouts, clean if needed.

4. Be sure to check settling after spring thaw.

5. Open outside hose connection.

6. Check and clean central air conditioning system.

7. Check landscaping sprinklers to ensure proper alignment (do not let them soak your siding or foundation).

8. Replace air conditioning or furnace filters monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer.

9. Clean A/C condenser.

10. Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater.

11. Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout the property.

12. Inspect roof for damage and make repairs when necessary.

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Here is the entire year for your reference:

“To-Do” Calendar of Home Maintenance

 

January/February

1. Clean or replace furnace filter.

2. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

3. Clean snow from air intakes, exhausts and meters.

4. Clean range hood filter.

5. Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.

6. Clean and check sump pump and pit.

7. Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater, follow manufacturer’s guidelines.

8. Clean faucet aerators, turn on infrequently used faucets and pour water in floor drains to maintain the trap’s water barrier

9. Observe humidity levels and adjust the setting on the humidistat or air exchanger controller, as needed, to eliminate condensation or frost on windows.

March/April

1. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

2. Clean or replace furnace filter.

3. Clean snow from air intakes, exhausts and meters.

4. Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.

5. Check gutters and downspouts, clean if needed.

6. Inspect basement/crawl space for moisture or leakage.

7. Do safety checks: smoke detectors, fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarms, door and window locks.

8. Check and repair any damaged screens.

9. Adjust thermostat for season change.

10. Observe humidity levels and adjust the setting on the humidistat or air exchanger controller as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows.

May/June

1. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

2. Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.

3. Check gutters and downspouts, clean if needed.

4. Be sure to check settling after spring thaw.

5. Open outside hose connection.

6. Check and clean central air conditioning system.

7. Check landscaping sprinklers to ensure proper alignment (do not let them soak your siding or foundation).

8. Replace air conditioning or furnace filters monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer.

9. Clean A/C condenser.

10. Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater.

11. Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout the property.

12. Inspect roof for damage and make repairs when necessary.

July/August

1. Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.

2. Check gutters and downspouts, clean if needed.

3. Check exterior finishes for moisture damage.

4. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

5. Air out damp basements on dry days or use dehumidifier.

6. Have furnace (heating system) serviced.

7. Check hot water heater for mineral buildup, drain, refill.

8. Check and repair interior caulking and grout on tile in showers and baths.

9. Check and repair all cracked, separated or missing exterior caulking and weather stripping, especially around windows and entry doors. Use ASTM C-920 sealant.

10. Seal coat and repair asphalt driveway as needed.

11. Replace air filters monthly when air conditioning or as recommended by the manufacturer.

12. Clean A/C condenser.

September/October

1. Check fireplace and chimney, service or clean if needed.

2. Clean range hood filter.

3. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

4. Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.

5. Do safety checks: smoke detectors, fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarms, door and window locks.

6. Check gutters and downspouts, clean if needed.

7. Check roofing, flashing, and repair signs of wear or damage.

8. Check roof vents/soffit vents.

9. Drain and close outside hose connection.

10. Winterize landscaping and blow out irrigation system.

11. Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater.

12. Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout the property.

13. Adjust thermostat for season change.

14. Check humidity levels to prevent excessive moisture.

15. Clean dryer vent.

16. Check garage floor for cracks – seal & caulk.

November/December

1. Clean or replace furnace filter.

2. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

3. Check exhaust fans.

4. Clear air intakes, exhausts and meters of snow, debris, etc.

5. Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.

6. Check adjustment of door thresholds.

7. Observe humidity levels and adjust the setting on the humidistat or air exchanger controller as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows.

Northfield Home and Garden Show

Just wanted to let you all know that the Northfield Home and Garden Show is coming up soon!  Saturday, April 6th at the Northfield Area on Hwy. 3 South from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  We will be manning a booth there as well as giving a presentation: “Get the Most out of Your Kitchen Remodel: 10 Things to Know Before You Begin”, we may be in the 11:00 time slot.

Please stop by and say hello!