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The Big Event 2016

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     Thank you to all the agents that visited our booth at The Big Event this year.  We are always so impressed by the turnout and the professionalism of the MAIA.

We gave away a grand total of 12 cases of wine to attendees who played our game “Fling the Ring”!action2

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We tried out some new ideas this year and were pleased with the results.  We added a backdrop to improve chances of winning a bottle (and less lost rings for us to chase!)wine-toss

 

We added a kiosk for signing in to stream line the process and eliminate paper waste!14900375_1257867730922377_6563333102067935481_n

 

 

Three of our lucky winners!

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 Thanks for visiting and playing “Fling the Ring” With Julie and I!beccaandjulie

Is Laminate flooring a good idea?

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Laminate flooring while it may be a fraction of the price of wood and can look good aesthetically has a few flaws.  Laminate is made up of wood fibers not solid pieces of wood, therefore it acts more like cardboard when it gets wet. If our crew arrives at a site where a laminate floor has been affected by water, the first step would be to remove the floor, whereas if we were to walk into a home where hardwoods were affected we would attempt to dry it before considering removal.   One in 55 homeowners will have a loss from water damage or freezing every year, so if you are thinking that will not happen to me know that you have a 1 in 55 chance every year of having some form of water damage.

 

Laminate is the flooring of choice by many DIY homeowners because of the ease of installation but, if you are looking for durability and long lasting flooring, hardwoods would be the smarter choice.  Once laminate wears through you will have to replace the whole floor, whereas if you install hardwoods they can be refinished.

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This photo is from a home that had a pipe break on the main level and made it’s way to a basement where there was laminate.  As you can see the laminate swelled around the edges and that damage is irreversible.  We had to remove the laminate whereas; the hardwoods on the main level were able to be dried.

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