Your home improvement project could be shown on TV’s Ask This Old House …
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SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – With fall in the air, is it time to start those home improvement projects?

This Parkland Drive home in Shaker Heights was awarded an excellence in stewardship and distinguished landscape award in the city’s 2013 program.  

As the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission prepares for its annual Preservation Awards program in October, it is encouraging homeowners to submit their home improvement questions to a website for the Ask This Old House TV show.

The television series, which airs on PBS stations is looking for homeowners to feature in an on-camera house call when the show comes to Cleveland during the week of Sept. 22.

If you have questions on trouble spots in your home such as plumbing, carpentry, landscaping or electrical work, you can submit your home improvement questions to, and the experts on the show may turn up on your door step to answer them in per…………… continues on The Plain Dealer –

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BBB on Homes: Watch for these fall home-improvement scams
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Fall is around the corner, which means now is a good time to begin thinking about preparing your home for the months ahead. While the home improvement services listed below are offered by legitimate companies, these industries, unfortunately, also have their fair share of scams. For consumers, this means it’s imperative to research potential contractors ahead of time and recognize common red flags inherent to scams. BBB of Greater Houston and South Texas wants you to be aware of common fall home-improvement scams of which to should steer clear.

Ductwork cleaning. If done incorrectly, ductwork cleaning could damage your heating system and create a health hazard. In many cases, it is unnecessary. Common complaints from consumers allege some companies advertise low-cost cleaning services and then charge hundreds or thousands of dollars more for additional work – a common bait-and-switch tactic. Some companies are known for using high-pressure sales tactics as well as scare tactics to get consumers to agree to costly services they don’t need.

Chimney sweeping. Less-reputable companies often will advertise special rock-bottom rates for chimney sweeping and inspection. Not surprisingly, following the inspection, they will inform homeowners their chimneys need expensive repairs. They may offer a discount for those that pay with cash. Once they have a victim’s mo…………… continues on

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