HomeAdvisor Provides Five Tips to Get Homes in Shape This New Year

      HomeAdvisor Provides Five Tips to Get Homes in Shape This New Year

Home Improvement Expert Amy Matthews Offers Tips to Help Homeowners Avoid
Unexpected Home Repair Emergencies in 2013

PR Newswire

GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 17, 2013

GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent survey
conducted by HomeAdvisor*, a leading online destination for home repair and
improvement, more than half of US homeowners (53 percent) do not engage in any
annual maintenance for their home, and only 18 percent of homeowners are very
confident in their general knowledge of their home's annual maintenance needs.
To help educate homeowners on their home maintenance needs, Amy Matthews, TV
Host and HomeAdvisor's Home Improvement Expert, has partnered with HomeAdvisor
to develop the HomeAdvisor Home Report Card, a free quiz homeowners can take
at HomeAdvisor.com to assess their knowledge of home maintenance and to learn
simple steps to improve the health of their home. Additionally, Matthews
offers homeowners five simple, useful tips to keep their homes in shape year

"As a homeowner and licensed contractor I know that keeping your house in top
shape requires routine care and maintenance," said Matthews. "The Home Report
Card will help homeowners determine their overall home knowledge.
Additionally, I have five simple tips to help identify important home
maintenance needs that can prevent costly unexpected repairs in the future."

Matthews offers homeowners the following five tips to keep their homes in
shape this New Year:

Spray Foam Insulation

According to survey findings*, 77 percent of bill-paying US homeowners are at
least somewhat concerned about their high energy bills this winter. Small
holes in foundation or siding, including anywhere pipes or wires penetrate the
envelope of the home, can cause serious heat loss and increased costs. These
small crevices can be the equivalent of having a window open all winter.
Matthews recommends using a can of spray foam insulation to seal these cracks
to help save money on energy bills.

Hot Water Heater

Hot water heaters are becoming more energy efficient, but a homeowner who is
not yet ready to upgrade can still get the best use out of their current
appliance. A helpful tip is to see if the hot water heater is warm to the
touch, and if so, to wrap it with an insulated blanket. This will help it
work more efficiently.


Homeowners who live in regions that receive heavy rain, hail or snow should be
on the lookout for water damage after large storms. Set a reminder to call a
roofing pro to inspect the roof for damage or repair needs every one to two
years. This continued maintenance will extend the life of the roof and give
the homeowner peace of mind.

Heating and Cooling Systems

Ensure the proper function of heating and cooling systems by having them
checked by a licensed heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC)
professional annually to prevent potential future emergency repairs. Matthews
recommends that homeowners clean or replace filters every one to three months.

Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal is one of the most frequently used kitchen appliances
and, according to HomeAdvisor, was among the top home appliance repairs in
2012. To avoid garbage disposal repairs, never place coffee grounds, grease,
eggshells, bones or potato skins in the disposal. Matthews recommends placing
a few ice cubes and the rinds of any citrus fruit in the disposal every few
months to keep garbage disposals clean and odor-free.

For more information on HomeAdvisor and its services, visit
www.HomeAdvisor.com. Home improvement tips and videos are available by
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www.Facebook.com/HomeAdvisor, and by following @HomeAdvisor on Twitter.

About HomeAdvisor

HomeAdvisor is a leading website and mobile app provider offering tools and
resources for home repair and improvement projects. With 13 years of
expertise helping more than 25 million people find a trusted home service
professional, HomeAdvisor offers the patented ProFinder technology showcasing
the nation's largest network of over 80,000 pre-screened, customer-reviewed
home improvement professionals. Homeowners can make informed home project
decisions using resources including: Pro Reviews, featuring reviews from
homeowners who have actually been connected with the service professionals
they review; Cost Guide, providing average costs for projects coast-to-coast;
Home911, offering dedicated 24/7 emergency home repair support; as well as
robust home tips and project planning tools. Access to all of the site's
features is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required.
HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, CO, and is a subsidiary of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).

Survey Methodology

*This survey was conducted online within the United States between December
3-5, 2012 among 2,531 adults age 18+, of whom 1,658 were identified as
homeowners, by Harris Interactive on behalf of HomeAdvisor via its Harris Poll
QuickQuery^® omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education,
region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into
line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score
weighting was used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online. This
online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate
of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

*Calculation based on U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 Census which estimates there
are 234.6 million adults ages 18+ residing in the United States: 234.6M x 67%
homeowners = 157.2M; of these 11% say they never test the safety equipment in
their home = 17.3M."

SOURCE HomeAdvisor

Website: http://www.HomeAdvisor.com
Contact: Brooke Gabbert, Director of Public Relations and Social Media,
bgabbert@homeadvisor.com, +1-303-963-8173
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