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Home Show for Homeowners

Now in its tenth year, the Home Show for Homeowners offers consumers a great opportunity to see a broad array of products & professional services - all in one place. Be sure and check out Style Your Space presented by The Living Room for ideas on how you can reimagine that favorite room. Previously known as the MBIA Trade Show, this year we’re changing it up to put the emphasis on you - the homeowner. Missoula Building Industry Association - Mission Statement The mission of the Missoula Building Industry Association is to represent and promote the building industry through advocacy, high standards, integrity, education and investment in the community in which we live and work.

Missoula Building Industry Association - Value Statement The Association operates to strengthen the building industry by: • Serving as the voice of its members • Influencing legislative and regulatory issues • Providing a forum for the exchange of industry information, education and ideas • Creating a positive business climate • Promoting the value and quality of member products and services • Giving back to the community in which we live and do business • Creating and supporting well managed growth • Promoting a positive image of our industry to our community MBIA promotes quality housing, professional practices and a healthy, responsible building industry to benefit its members and community.

One new feature we’re certain you will want to take advantage of is “AskA-Pro”. We have two booths dedicated for attendees to seek advice from industry experts on all things Home Improvement. Examples: how best to go about creating a building plan, re-tooling a workspace or even how to repair that family heirloom collecting dust in your attic for the past five years. While the weather in Missoula this time of year is not always conducive to home improvement projects, this is the perfect time of year to begin thinking about what you want to accomplish in your home in the weeks & months ahead. A lot of hard work goes into bringing all these vendors together under one roof. Thanks to this year’s committee and to the University’s team of event planners for bringing it all together. The Missoula Building Industry Committee: Chair – Sue Bergmeier, SueB Design Steve Adler, Adler Architects Carol Blair, Insured Titles Dave McDonald, Pierce Flooring & Design Heather Nichols, Integrity Window & Door Don Garramone, Garramone Builders Ryan Frey, Saddle Mountain Construction Keep in mind that while you may not need a certain home project in the immediate future, there is a very good chance you may need a product or service in the near future that one of our vendors will be able to provide. Take a look around and see what’s available for your home. 3

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Owning a home is a major financial responsibility. The Montana Board of Housing suggests that potential homebuyers  take Homebuyer Education before beginning the process of qualifying for a loan or searching for a home.  MBOH programs require homebuyer education  unless they qualify for a waiver. The Montana Board of Housing is a partner in the Montana Homeownership Network which is a group of non-profit, governmental and private sector agencies that specialize in first-time homebuyer services and loan products.  Montana Homeownership Network members offer pre-purchase education and planning, so you can make the right choice in a home and a loan. The network can help you find the right house and the right lender.  Assistance is available to help you purchase your home with 30 year fixed rate mortgages, down payment assistance and matched savings accounts. Your mortgage will be made in Montana and stay in Montana so you can easily stay in contact with your lender.

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Before making expensive structural repairs to correct wet wall conditions, thoroughly check your drainage system. Repairing or adjusting downspouts or gutters will help to carry surface water away from foundation walls. Ideally, the downspout will end 6’-10’ from the house.

Managing moisture in and around your home is one of the most important things you can do to ensure its longevity, make it comfortable to live in, and prevent damage to its contents. High Performance Home Benefits New high performance homes incorporate the latest building science principles to control temperature and humidity, maintain indoor air quality and increase energy efficiency. Although your home may not include all of the latest air-sealing, ventilation, and moisture-management technology, you will be more comfortable in your home and it will last longer it you do everything possible to manage moisture. This includes replacing filters, controlling humidity, and—when outside air is cool and dry—allowing fresh air into your home.

Humidity Keeping indoor humidity in the recommended range of 30%-60%, as well as introducing fresh air into the home, can improve indoor environmental quality. When relative humidity is too low, your eyes and skin get dry, asthma and allergies flare up, and wood furniture and floors shrink and crack. Excess humidity can breed mold, pests, and rot. Too-humid air is more likely to cause heatstroke, heat exhaustion, headaches, and dehydration. Your kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room—all areas that generate excessive moisture—may have exhaust fans. Use these fans to eliminate excess moisture and odors. Clean them at least every 5 years for those that don’t need lubrication, and every year for those that do. Check for dust and lint buildup around the dampers, blades, and intake grill.

If the ground outside your basement slopes toward the wall, pack and bank up soil so water will drain away. Avoid playing shrubbery within 3’ of the foundation. Never water your plants towards the foundation.

Mildew Even in climate-controlled homes, mildew (another name for mold) can appear in areas of high humidity, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms. You can take positive steps to reduce or eliminate mold growth by lowering humidity. Vent clothes dryers to the outdoors. Ventilate rooms, particularly kitchens and bathrooms, by opening the windows, using exhaust fans, or running the air conditioner or a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture in the air. Promptly clean up spills, condensation, and other sources of moisture. Thoroughly dry any wet surfaces or material. Do not let piles of wet towels or clothing stand in the home. Regular vacuuming and cleaning will also help reduce spore levels. If you notice mold or mildew developing, depending on the surface, you can scrub the affected area with a commercial mixture of trisodium phosphate or a commercial cleaner like Jomax and bleach.

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Your home’s electrical system helps provide your family with heat and A/C to be comfortable, appliances to make everyday tasks easier, entertainment to enjoy together, and light to extend your quality time well into the evening hours. It’s important to know how your home’s electrical system works, and what could be done if something goes wrong.

Ordinarily, small appliances that require personal attendance while operating may be plugged into any outlet. However, operating many small appliances or one large one on a single circuit can overload it. If this happens frequently, contact a licensed electrician to discuss whether your home needs additional wiring.

Circuit breakers and fuses are devices that protect the electrical wiring and equipment in your home from overloading. They are the safety valves of your home’s electrical system. Breakers trip from overloads caused by plugging in too many appliances into the circuit, or from a worn cord or defective appliance, starting an electric motor, or operating an appliance with a voltage requirement higher than what the circuit was designed to handle.

The receptacles in your kitchen, bathrooms and outdoors should be equipped with GCIs. Ground-fault circuit interrupters are safety devices and are commonly installed where small appliances (such as hair dryers) are used near sources of water. These GCIs cut the flow of electricity to the appliance within a fraction of a second if they detect a change in the flow of current to (and from) the appliance.

If a circuit trips repeatedly, unplug everything connected to it and reset it. If it stays on, one of the items you unplugged is defective and needs repair or replacement. If the circuit trips when nothing is connected to it, call an electrician as soon as possible.

One GFCI breaker may control up to four outlets. If a breaker trips during normal use, an appliance may be at fault and may need replacement. Test your GFCI receptacles monthly by pressing the “test” button. This will trip the circuit and to return service, press “reset.”

Every house should have a master circuit breaker. It is generally located near the smaller circuit breakers. Tripping the master breaker cuts off electricity to the whole house and may be reset by first switching the breaker to full off and then back to full on.

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Keep Your Home & Family Safe & Secure Your home is likely the largest investment you own, but more importantly, it protects and provides a sancturary where your family will share experiences and create lifelong memories. Below are just some of the many tips that can help you keep your home and family out of harm’s way. General Safety •

Keep a home first aid kit or first aid materials in a convenient location. Buy and keep a booklet on basic first aid with it.

If you decide to remodel, finish the basement, or add on to your home, work with trained professionals who will make sure a building permit is obtained, all building department inspections occur and the work complies with applicable codes.

Teach children how and why to dial 911.

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Chains or locks will be the most secure if the screws and bolts used to attach them go all the way through the foor or frame and cannot be removed from the outside.

Locks should be located so they cannot be reached by breaking a small windowpane in or near the door.

Locks that require a key to open from the inside are potentially dangerous if any emergency such as a fire occurs. Be sure a spare key is close by to prevent trapping anyone inside the house.

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Have a fire extinguisher and ensure all family members know where it is and how to use it. Fires from combustible solids such as wood, cloth or paper differ from electrical and chemical fires, so make sure you extinguisher is multipurpose. Check annually that the charge is still in the green area of the scale. A qualified and licensed professional at a specialty store can recharge it.

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Make sure all family members know the escape routes to use in a fire. Conduct regular drills to practice.

Test your smoke detectors to ensure they function correctly and so everyone will recognize the warning alarm’s sound. If a detector chirps, the battery needs replacement. Follow the manafacturer’s directions for cleaning and servicing your detectors.

Store volatile materials (such as paint and gasoline) in appropriate containers and away from flames and heat sources, ideally in a garage or building that is not part of your habitat space.

Don’t place flammable objects or materials near the stove or fireplace, and store matches away from heat sources and the reach of children. Also keep flammable objects away from the grill.

Make sure all electrical cords are in good repair. Use properly sized fuses and don’t overload electrical outlets.

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MAINTENANCE ESTMENT V N I R U O Y R FO G IN R A C A home is often the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. It is also the place where families will raise children and you will spend many hours making lifelong memories. So it’s important to maintain your home in good condition and make sure it offers a clean, comfortable environment for many years to come. This checklist contains tasks you should complete at least on an annual basis to keep your home operating efficiently and to protect your investment.

 Check all connections to your electrical system for possible

tight fit. Clean the window tracks. Clean and adjust the door thresholds and check that the weather-stripping isn’t cracked or torn. Preventing unwanted outside air from leaking into your home will reduce your energy bills.

 Check the interior paint and touch up or repaint as needed.  Inspect the attic insulation. Make sure the entire ceiling

area is covered. Check that the insulation has not blocked vents in the eaves to prevent buildup of condensation and to allow proper air circulation. Insulation should also not be touching the underside of the roof sheathing.

 Periodically check storage areas, closets, and the basement to make sure no oily rags, gas cans, painting supplies or flammable cleaning materials have been stored and forgotten. These items could be a fire hazard and should be discarded.

 Check that the alarm and circuits of your security system

hazards. Check cords and plugs of all electrical appliances for fraying or signs of wear. Repair or replace as necessary. Do not overload extension cords.

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Home builders and remodelers are responding to the demand by maximizing the utility of living spaces without sacrificing visual appeal. With creative storage and built-in features, dining rooms can become a home office or game room in minutes, living rooms can be used for family meals, and foyers can store much more than coats and umbrellas. To accommodate the size constraints of a narrow lot, homes are being designed with features like stacked garages where two cars can be housed trunk to hood instead of side by side. Using flexible walls, attractive flooring material and a roofless interior garage space, the area can easily be converted to a patio for entertaining. Improved energy efficiency of windows and doors means homes now feature more indoor-outdoor connectivity. Moveable walls and outdoor spaces tucked within the home’s floor plan provide for better flexible use of the space, as well as improved privacy in densely populated areas. The often-unused space under a stairwell can be engineered to accommodate filing cabinets or drawers, or even to create a sanctuary for the family pet complete with a bed and gates to close it off. Drawers built into stair risers are a great place to store small items such as gloves and hats or art supplies. The trend extends to home furnishings, as well. Murphy beds, where a piece of 17

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Outdoor living spaces are one of the most popular design trends of the past few years in both new home construction and remodeling, and it’s a trend that looks like it’s going to be around for many years to come. Outdoor spaces are an essential design trend that has expanded to homes nationwide and is at the top of many home buyer and renters’ must-have lists.

Think about what you want to use your porch for. If you envision dining al fresco with your family during the warm weather months, you’ll want a porch that’s at least eight to 10 feet deep to accommodate a good-sized table and chairs. Six feet or so should be sufficient if you just want to place a loveseat or a couple of chairs outside.

The porch is an accessory, so it shouldn’t overwhelm the main structure of the house. It should, however, be large enough to look like part of your home instead of an afterthought.

Whether you’re remodeling to make your home better-suited to your family’s current lifestyle or to spruce it up to be more attractive to potential buyers, adding a front porch can be a great option. Here are some considerations you should think about when planning your new front porch, whether you plan to construct it yourself or hire an experienced contractor:

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Get Ready to Paint! Ready for a new look for your home, but don’t have a budget for a big remodel? There’s nothing faster or more economical to give your home a quick update than by painting your rooms a new color. A well-planned and executed paint job can make a room look larger or cozier, can accent features or hide flaws, or reflect your own personal flair. Here are some tips to help make your painting project a success: Choose a color and finish Go to a paint or home improvement store and get swatches of colors to take home. Select a lot of options, chances are the florescent lights in the store will make the colors look completely different than they will in your home. See how you like the colors on different walls and in different lighting conditions—early morning sun, midday and nighttime lamplight—to make sure you make a choice you’re happy with. Another option is to paint a few colors on your walls. Many companies offer sample sizes in either a selection of popular colors, or in any color they offer. These samples cost much less than a full gallon and give you the opportunity to try them out on the wall before spending a lot of money. Choose a finish depending on how the room or surface will be used. A flat or matte finish helps conceal flaws and absorbs light in well-lit rooms. Satin or eggshell finishes are a good choice for high-traffic areas such as foyers, family rooms, kitchens and bathrooms because they clean more easily than flat or matte paint. Baseboards, molding and railings look best in a semi-gloss finish, which is a shiny finish that is the easiest to clean and provides a contrast to the walls. Many paint companies also now offer “all-in-one” paints that already contain primer. These enable you to paint over a darker paint color or area that’s been


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• Custom doors/millwork/windows/cabinets/designer hardware • One-on-one service with custom millwork packages delivered to your door • Full service lumber yard and truss plant serving all of Montana With BMC, you’re going to get quality the pros trust combined with service you can count on.


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