At some point throughout home ownership we have to deal with our gutters. No matter if you’re buying a new home with no gutters installed or you’re replacing old gutters, it’s something everyone goes through as a homeowner.
One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when it comes to gutters, is that they fail to maintain them once they’re installed.
To help you protect your home, here are five reasons to have your gutters cleaned this spring.
1. Prevents flooding
If there is too much debris in the gutters it can lead to blockages and water accumulation. Once water isn’t able to flow into the downspouts and away from your home, the gutters can begin to overflow which can cause basement flooding.
2. Prevents rot and excess moisture
An excess of water near your roof line, due to gutter blockages, can lead to deterioration of the surrounding materials , including shingles, wood and siding.
Stagnant water accelerates the growth of organisms like moss and mildew on the outside of your home.
3. Protects your landscaping
When your gutters are overflowing and not draining the water as intended, the water can be damaging your different types of landscaping. It can be the gardens close to your house or your patio stones. The landscaping can deteriorate quickly due to the force of the water as well as the pooling of water.
4. Prevents mosquito nests
Let your family enjoy your outdoor space without having to worry about a mosquito infestation. Bugs thrive in wet areas, with a spring gutter cleaning the water will channel away from your home, leaving less water for the nests!
5. Protects your homes foundation
A home foundation repair can be an expensive fix. The best way to avoid that is to have the excess water running away from your house and foundation. The best way to do that is to have a gutter cleaning system that is clean and able to channel the water as it is supposed to.
When it comes to home ownership, it is the small preventative measures you take when you see the warning signs that protect your home and it’s long-term condition.
Keep these five reasons in mind when you’re thinking of gutter cleaning in Ottawa this spring.
What tips and tricks have you found to protect your home this spring?
3 Tips on Searching for Local Service Businesses
When looking for local businesses, Google is a great place to find locally relevant businesses. Throughout this post we will go over the different things you should be looking for when you search for a service business.
Tip #1 : Get specific with your search
Google tries to best serve its customers by delivering them with the most useful and relevant content. You can help Google by using more specific search terms.
For this example, we will be looking for window cleaning services. The most effective way is to search for the service you’re looking for plus your location. [desired service+location] Depending on where you’re located in Ottawa you can use search terms like these: window cleaning Ottawa, window cleaning Orleans, window cleaning Nepean etc…
Tip #2 : Understand the different types of results
When you search for window cleaning Ottawa there will be 3 different types of results on the page:
1. Google Ads Listings
2. Map-Pack Listings
3. Organic Listings
The first image on the right is an example of a Google Ad listing. These ads appear at the top of the page as well the bottom of the page.
On the bottom right we have an image of the Map Pack search result for window cleaning Ottawa. When it comes to the Map Pack, Google has made the location of the user and the closest businesses to that search the main factor for which businesses appear. This is usually a good thing, however sometimes you may get some businesses with poor reviews just because of their proximity to you.
For that reason, it is a good idea to click the on the business name in the Map Pack to take a look at their Google My Business profile. If a customer were to click on the Peak Property Window Cleaning profile they would be able to see the customer reviews, website, services offered, contact info etc..
Google My Business is a great way to learn more about a business that you’re thinking of hiring. Check out our blog post on Google My Business here to be able to fully utilize this great tool.
Directly below the Map Pack section you will find the organic listings. These sites and pages get shown in the organic listings because Google deems them to be the most relevant content that will deliver the best user experience for your search [window cleaning Ottawa].
Tip #3: Checking for Reviews
One of the most effective ways to find a reputable contractor or business is to check out their reviews. The easiest way to find the businesses reviews is through the Map Pack listings. You are able to see how many Google reviews they have and their star ranking. Click the video below to see how a potential customer could look at Peak Property’s reviews through the Map Pack.
No matter which way you prefer to use Google’s search engine, it will be a big help to you when trying to find a local business. Google search will grab your location and deliver you with a variety of results about your search, hopefully this post will help you work through those results and finding a great local business in the future. Happy Google-ing!