Home Improvement Tips To Prepare For The Summer Storm Season – Anchorage Press: Seasonal

Online Home Improvement Company Houzz Looking To Raise At $2.3 Billion Valuation – Forbes

Houzz CEO Adi Tatarko (left)   at TechCrunch Disrupt SF in September. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ed Del Grande is a master contractor and nationally syndicated home improvement expert. He recommends that all homeowners follow these five tips to make sure their homes and yards are ready for wet and stormy weather: 1. Gutters and downspouts If a gutter fails, it can cause problems with the foundation of your home. Be sure you attach extensions at the base of all downspouts to carry the water away from your homes foundation. Del Grande recommends a minimum of four feet. http://www.anchoragepress.com/online_features/seasonal/home-improvement-tips-to-prepare-for-the-summer-storm-season/article_9d08c1b2-7d5b-5969-bf89-296833b8ddbd.html

Launched in Feb. 2009, Houzz looks to be the latest startup to reach the vaunted $1 billion-valuation mark, joining the likes of Airbnb, Uber and Snapchat. According to its website, Houzz has 20 million monthly users and addresses a $300 billion home improvement market by providing a platform where consumers can connect to home improvement professionals. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanmac/2014/06/02/online-home-improvement-company-houzz-looking-to-raise-150-million-at-2-billion-valuation/

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