Written by Mark Jenkins

I wish I had done this before the tree fell as I prefer planned home improvement!

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It’s 2:00 in the morning and you are awakened by the sound of loud wind and crashing tree branches. Your first thought, “what in the world is happening” and then you realize a tree has fallen on your home. You immediately rush downstairs, unsure of what to expect. Once you look out the front window, you see your porch rails have been the victims of a very large broken tree.

Have you ever had this happen to you? Wind damage can happen suddenly and without warning. Over the weekend, we experienced this exact scenario and as a result, want to share a few tips (things we should have done) in hopes that you can avoid this situation.

First, and most importantly, make sure dead or overgrown trees are taken down or trimmed down. These trees and their branches become projectiles, putting holes in you yard, roof and siding. Additionally they are able to cause severe damage to your sidewalks and windows.

Next, be sure your patio furniture is secured to your deck or patio. These items can become flying projectiles as well.

Check your gutters and downspouts to ensure they are fastened to the home securely. If either of these come loose, they can cause more damage. Schedule an exterior inspection if you aren’t sure of what to look for.

Lastly, check with your insurance company to see what they recommend or require you to do ahead of time. Insurance companies have expectations of their policy holders and non-compliance may impact your claim in an emergency.

Keep in mind, repairs can become expensive and home improvement is more enjoyable when you plan for it.

Written by Mark Jenkins

Are you aware of the risk?

When a home project needs to be done, there is a cost involved.  Your first thought may be to call a friend or family member to complete the job. While this may save you money, there is a risk involved. You really should shop around for a qualified professional to complete your project.

Woodbridge Wood Deck Before 2When someone is in your home performing work, you may be responsible if they are injured.  Protect yourself by having an insured contractor who carries liability and workers compensation insurance.  You may ask them to see a copy of their Certificate of Insurance to ensure the policies are current.  This insurance protects you as the homeowner from being liable for injuries that could take place as well as protects your home should damage occur during the project.

In addition to verifying insurance, make sure the company is licensed.  In the State of Virginia, Licensed Home Improvement Contractors must have a DPOR number which can be found on the state DPOR website. This license confirms the company has completed the professional exam required by the board for contractors.

While saving money may make short-term sense, if an accident were to happen, it may be a long-term expense.

Written by Mark Jenkins

A New Begining

Mark Jenkins has been in the business for a long time.  He opened Genesis Home Improvement to offer his customers an honest, reliable service. Discovery captured this article last month.Photo Sep 20, 7 59 16 PM Photo Sep 20, 7 57 21 PM

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Wellborn Kitchen Cabinet Sale

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Wellborn Kitchen Cabinet Sale
Genesis Home Improvement is a Wellborn Authorized Contractor.  Take advantage of a 10% discount on the Estate line cabinets for a limited time.If you or anyone you know have been thinking of remodeling your kitchen, now is the time!
How do you begin?
  1. Visit Pinterest or other sites to find styles that you like.
  2. Click on this link to contact us for a no cost estimate.
  3. GHI will set-up an appointment to discuss your wish list, budget and take measurements.
  4. We will visit the showroom to make a final selection of your Wellborn Cabinets!!
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Check out our Facebook Page for #HTFGHI

We are giving away prizes each month to local businesses when you like, share and comment that you have “liked and shared” on the post!! Don’t miss out on the fun!


Written by Mark Jenkins

Harvest Festival 2014

GHI had a great time participating in the 1st Annual Fauquier Chamber of Commerce Harvest Fest! We met many great people and gained a few customers to the GHI family.Harvest Fest 2014.1 Harvest Fest 2014.2 Harvest Fest 2014.3

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