Home Repair Resource Center

HRRC offers remedies for wet basements

Despite starting off the spring with lower-than-average rainfall, Northeast Ohio had more than double-the-average rainfall during the first half of June. For many homeowners, that means dealing with water in places it doesn’t belong. Whether it comes from spring rains, melting snow, or both, Northeast Ohio homeowners are no strangers to soggy yards and wet basements.

What’s a homeowner to do when the rain outside becomes water inside? First, consider why water is getting inside your house. During a heavy rain, go outside and look at what is happening to the water coming off your roof, driveway, patio, and even across your yard. Armed with that information, you can plan how to get your house dry again—and keep it dry.

Check your gutters. If you see a washed-out area beneath the gutter line, it’s likely that water is cascading over the top of the gutters, or pouring behind them, where it can work its way through the basement wall. Securing the gutters and aligning them properly will enable them to contain the water and direct it into the downspouts as they are designed to do.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 07.07.2015

Early applicants will save on women’s plumbing classes

Early applicants can receive a discounted tuition rates for Plumbing & Heating, the next module in Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) women’s home repair course. Regular tuition for the module is $120 for Cleveland Heights residents, and $150 for non-residents; a $20 “early bird discount” will be offered for applications received by July 13. (Low-income applicants are eligible for reduced tuition rates; call for details.)

The module will run from July 29 through Sept. 16, with classes held each Wednesday, 7–9 pm at HRRC's Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road. Classes will include:

  • Intro to plumbing
  • Toilet repair and installation
  • Faucet repair and installation
  • Drains, traps and sewers
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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:14 AM, 07.06.2015

Get buggy with HRRC

We all know how good (some) bugs can be. We spend time trying to attract ladybugs, mantises and pollinator bees to our yards and gardens, hoping the work they do will help us reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals. We understand how necessary bugs are, even providing food for birds and spiders.

If they manage to live through the summer and fall, though, where do they spend the winter?

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) and the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) have teamed up to answer that question. On Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. to noon, parents and children (suggested ages 6–10) can attend Build a Bug House, a hands-on opportunity to learn why bugs are good, and build a bug house that can hang in one's yard. Attendees will also learn how to outfit the bug house with materials bugs can use over the winter.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 1:45 PM, 06.29.2015

HRRC offers remedies for soggy yards in June 30 talk

During periods of heavy rain here in Northeastern Ohio, it’s not unusual to have standing water for extended periods. Homeowners can learn about Yard Drainage Options from J. Meiring Borcherds, watershed coordinator for the sustainable environments program of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

This free presentation, sponsored by Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), will take place on Tuesday, June 30, 7–8:30 p.m., at HRRC's Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.

Attendees will learn the common causes of soggy yards, the pros and cons of possible remedies, and which projects are easy for a homeowner to do—and which are best left to the professionals.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:38 AM, 06.22.2015

Housing Court judge to speak at HRRC annual meeting

Judge Raymond L. Pianka of the Cleveland Housing Court will be the keynote speaker at the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) annual meeting, to be held on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. The topic of his presentation will be, "Digging Out of the Housing Crisis: The Power of Education and Prevention."

Innovative programs developed by the Cleveland Housing Court, often cited as best practices throughout the country, were implemented to obtain compliance with the city's building, housing and health codes, and work to preserve Cleveland and its neighborhoods. The New York Times magazine noted the court’s increased role in the city’s housing crisis when it said, “No one foresaw that this lowliest of courts would become one of the most powerful instruments in the city’s fight for survival.”

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 4:01 PM, 05.28.2015

HRRC offers encore presentation on window replacement May 18

One hears ads for new windows all the time. Window suppliers tempt homeowners with promises of dramatically reduced heating costs or “new, low prices” on their products.

How do you determine whether replacing all of your windows is a good investment? While it may make sense to replace an individual window unit, there are usually more effective strategies you can take to reduce energy usage—and many of them are far less expensive.

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), the Cleveland Heights nonprofit, has scheduled a repeat presentation of “New Windows? Maybe Not. . . .” to help homeowners better understand their choices.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 11:27 AM, 05.15.2015

HRRC to celebrate seniors on May 13

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) invites seniors from all communities to its Celebrate Seniors Day, on Wednesday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a light lunch and learn about all the services that HRRC provides to help people repair and maintain their homes, and especially the special programs HRRC offers for homeowners age 62 and older.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wesley Walker, HRRC’s senior program coordinator, will present “When the Job Goes Wrong: How to Resolve Problems with Contractors,” and discuss the steps one can take to get things back on track—and what to do if problems persist.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:39 PM, 04.30.2015

HRRC will hold open house and tool sale April 26

As part of an event sponsored by Noble Neighbors from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will host an open house and tool sale.

The public is invited to visit HRRC's Teaching Center, at 2520 Noble Road, to watch short demonstrations of several do-it-yourself repairs, including eliminating “ghost flushes” by your toilet, repairing holes in drywall, doing tuckpointing and brickwork, and securing gutters. There will also be opportunities to learn about HRRC's services and check out contractor evaluation books to identify professionals who do good work.

HRRC’s tool sale will offer basics for the toolbox as well as specialty equipment and materials, donated by the nonprofit’s supporters. Proceeds from the tool sale support HRRC's programs.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:37 PM, 04.20.2015

Annual spring fundraiser at Bremec supports HRRC

This winter has undoubtedly taken a toll on Heights yards and gardens. As residents head back outdoors this spring, they can benefit Cleveland Heights’s nonprofit Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) by shopping for lawn and garden supplies at Bremec on the Heights Garden Center, 13410 Cedar Road, between Wednesday, April 22, and Tuesday, May 5.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 12:27 PM, 03.30.2015

Annual Home Remodeling Fair set for April 11

Looking for home remodeling ideas and repair advice? Come to the annual Home Remodeling Fair, presented by Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) in cooperation with the City of Cleveland Heights. The free fair will be held on Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall, and is open to residents of all communities.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 12:26 PM, 03.30.2015

HRRC offers classes on home security

Most homeowners want to be safe in their homes, but may be concerned that security measures could interfere with the aesthetics of their houses. To help homeowners make decisions about improved home security, retired electrician and security expert Dennis Meltzer will give a free presentation on "Making Your Home Safer" at on Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m., at the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC).

The discussion will explore options for improving home security, including exterior lighting, security systems, and door and window locks, and what to look for in each. The presentation is open to residents of all communities.

Homeowners interested in adding a home security system using wireless technology can learn how to install and use one on a do-it-yourself basis at a hands-on workshop—DIY Installation of a Home Security System—scheduled for Monday, April 6.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:31 AM, 03.17.2015

Women can save on home maintenance classes with early registration

Early applicants will qualify for discounted tuition rates for Home Maintenance 101, the first of four modules in Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) women’s home repair course.

Regular tuition for the module is $120 for Cleveland Heights residents and $150 for non-residents, but a $20 early-bird discountwill be offered for applications submitted by March 13. (Low-income applicants are eligible for reduced tuition rates; call HRRC for details.)

The Home Maintenance 101 course will run from April 1 through May 20, with classes held each Wednesday evening, 7–9 p.m., at HRRC's Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights. 

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 12:25 PM, 03.08.2015

Feb. 24 HRRC talk explores kitchen updates for older homes

Remodeling an older kitchen can present special challenges. In addition to cost considerations, there are special issues involved when making changes to older homes. Homeowners thinking about updating their kitchen may feel dazed and confused by the products and design choices available.

Somrak Kitchens is offering a free Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) presentation to help those planning a kitchen update. Kitchen Design: Products and Design Trends for Older Homes will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at HRRC’s Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 4:54 PM, 02.22.2015

HRRC seeks to spread word of its programs with Feb. 18 event

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has scheduled a special event to increase awareness of its programs. On Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., HRRC will present You Can Do It! 10 Simple DIY Repairs at the Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Community Center, 3450 Lee Road in Shaker Heights. The event is free to residents of any city; to make a reservation (suggested), call 216- 381-6100, ext. 16.

Since 1971, HRRC has worked to foster diverse and sustainable neighborhoods by empowering and educating homeowners to repair and maintain their homes. Located and founded in Cleveland Height, HRRC provides program services throughout Northeast Ohio.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 2:08 PM, 02.16.2015

HRRC presentation looks at potential problems of older roofs

Owners of older homes may not be familiar with some of the problems they may face in trying to maintain their roofs. Potential problems include ice dams; roof staining, moss and mold; and finding companies that can repair historic materials such as slate, tile and shakes.

Jack DuShaw of Titan Roofing and Siding will give a free presentation on "Special Problems with Older Roofs" on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m., at Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), 2520 Noble Road, Cleveland Heights. Reservations are requested. To reserve a spot, call 216-381-6100, ext. 16 or e-mail rstager@hrrc-ch.org.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:59 AM, 01.26.2015

Nov. 20 HRRC presentation offers strategies for aging in place at home

As homeowners age, they start to think more seriously about how they might retrofit their homes to allow them to “age in place”—to remain in their current living environment despite potential future changes in mobility. Improving accessibility in older homes, however, is not always easy.

Matt Jenkins, president of Jenkins Painting Company, will share his firsthand experiences remodeling his family home to make it friendlier to those with mobility challenges. His presentation, Remodeling for Accessibility, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 20, 7–8:30 p.m., at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building, 3450 Lee Road, in Shaker Heights.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 12:54 PM, 11.17.2014

New windows may not be the best choice

As temperatures plummet and heating bills start to rise, homeowners can be tempted by ads for replacement windows. Whether they promise dramatic reductions in heating costs, or new, low prices on products, window suppliers suggest that replacement windows will significantly reduce a home’s energy usage. That is simply not true.

While there are legitimate reasons to replace individual window units—for example, if a wooden frame is deteriorated beyond repair—investing in all-new windows is not best way to save on energy costs. There are many less expensive measures that will have a much greater impact on one’s monthly heating bill.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 10:01 AM, 10.27.2014

Sept. 30 presentation explores special problems of older roofs

Owners of older homes may be unfamiliar with some of the problems they may face in trying to maintain their roofs. Potential problems include ice dams; roof staining, moss, and mold; and finding companies that can repair historic materials such as slate, tile and shakes.

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, Jack DuShaw of Titan Roofing and Siding will discuss "Special Problems with Older Roofs.” The program will take place at 7 p.m. at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Center, 3450 Lee Road, Shaker Heights.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:13 AM, 09.23.2014

Ben Faller is new HRRC director

After an extensive search, the Board of Directors of the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has selected Benjamin D. “Ben” Faller as the new executive director of the Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit organization.

A resident of Cleveland and a native of Northeast Ohio, Faller has served as staff attorney and chief housing specialist for the Cleveland Housing Court since 2009, working to expand the court’s problem-solving programs and engaging in outreach and policy work on housing and property issues.

"Home Repair Resource Center is an organization that I have admired for some time, and I am very excited to be to be coming on board," Faller said. "I look forward to the opportunity to work with the staff, board, and supporters of HRRC to serve and empower the community and to grow the organization."

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 11:14 AM, 09.02.2014

HRRC's plumbing and heating classes for women start Oct. 1

There’s nothing more irritating than hearing a dripping faucet or a “ghost flush” in the middle of the night—especially when these plumbing repairs are so easy.

Participants in Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) Home How-To women’s repair course will learn to do basic repairs like these, and will gain a better understanding of their plumbing and heating systems.

Women can enroll now in the upcoming “Plumbing and Heating” module, consisting of eight workshops held on Wednesday evenings, 7–9 p.m., from Oct. 1 through Nov. 19.

Participants will learn to repair toilets and faucets, snake drains, connect copper and plastic water pipes and plastic drain lines, install and maintain water heaters, and more.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 10:13 AM, 08.29.2014

HRRC's Senior Expo set for Sept. 16

Wesley Walker, coordinator of senior repair programs for Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), talks to older residents about their housing concerns all the time. He urges them to consider whether their current home is the best option for them now and in the future. But, changing one’s living situation is difficult, and there are several factors that should go into making that decision. Walker usually asks the following questions:

  • Considering all the costs, including repairs and maintenance on your current home, what type of housing will best fit your budget?
  • Can your current home be modified—to fit a wheelchair, for example—if and when you experience changes in mobility?
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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 10:00 AM, 08.29.2014

HRRC helps eligible seniors replace their water heaters

Homeowners often encounter sticker shock when they need a new water heater. Recent safety regulations have greatly increased the price of replacement units, making it especially difficult for senior homeowners, who must manage on a fixed income, to find the necessary funds.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:13 PM, 07.31.2014

April 5 is annual Home Remodeling Fair

Looking for home remodeling ideas and repair advice? Come to this year’s Home Remodeling Fair, presented by Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) in cooperation with the City of Cleveland Heights.

The fair will be held on Saturday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Circle. The fair is free, and is open to residents of all communities.

The air will feature “Ask an Expert” tables, where professionals from many repair specialties will answer questions and give advice. In addition, representatives from local banks, community organizations and the City of Cleveland Heights will be available to discuss how they can help homeowners complete renovation projects.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 3:24 PM, 03.31.2014

HRRC HouseMender series offers free advice from experts

In January, Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) HouseMender University lecture series begins its eighth year.

Launched in 2007, the series provides homeowners with information to help them make good decisions about home repair and improvement projects. Lectures cover how to get quality workmanship when contracting, how to choose materials that best fit a specific situation, and how to decide whether a new technology is likely to meet one’s needs.

Three HouseMender University presentations are planned for this winter:

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 1:22 PM, 01.02.2014

Is a back-up generator the answer to home power outages?

Does your power go out so frequently that you wonder whether a back-up generator would be a good addition to your home’s electrical system? Given the cost, how can you determine whether that investment makes sense for your family?

Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) upcoming free presentation on the topic will provide some answers. David Graham, from Scott Electrical Services Ltd., will present Should You Consider a Back-Up Generator? on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., at HRRC's Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 10:56 AM, 10.16.2013

Old and new flooring options explored in Sept. 24 HRRC seminar

For those planning to update their home’s flooring, it can be a challenge to sort through the many materials now available. Not only do homeowners want an attractive and durable product, but finding a green option has become increasingly important.

Surprisingly, some flooring materials used in earlier eras have re-emerged as eco-friendly products.

For example, homeowners are rediscovering carpeting made from natural materials like wool, jute, sisal and cotton. Linoleum—not to be confused with sheet vinyl flooring—still manufactured from natural materials, is now available in modern colors and designs with a new, more durable sealer.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 12:34 PM, 09.13.2013

How to prepare for heating season

Heating season is upon us, and it’s time to get ready for the inevitable. A great place to start is with a yearly Clean and Tune by a certified heating professional. Not only should this process include a check of the proper operation of your furnace or boiler, but the technician should address the tuning part, as well.

Think of your car. Would you drive it all year without getting a tuneup? Why, then, would you consider running your heating unit all season without making sure it is operating efficiently? Both your car and furnace are combustion appliances, both burn a fossil fuel, and both can be more expensive to operate if they are out of tune.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 4:34 PM, 10.01.2013

HRRC invites women to learn about plumbing and heating

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) believes in giving women the knowledge and confidence to take control of their home repair and maintenance needs. The upcoming Plumbing & Heating module in HRRC’s Home How-To course is a great opportunity for women to get hands-on experience with many common plumbing projects in a fun and nurturing environment.

Participants who register by Sept. 25 can get a $20 early-bird discount. Classes will be held from 7–9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, Oct. 9 through Dec. 4, at HRRC's Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 12:23 PM, 09.13.2013

Knowledge is power in HRRC's Home How-To classes

It was messy, sawdust everywhere. It was noisy, with saws, drills, and routers all running at the same time. It was exciting, with eyes sparkling behind safety glasses. On June 5, at Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) Teaching Center, 13 women met to make basic tool boxes during the first carpentry class in HRRC’s women’s repair course.

The class was taught by volunteer instructor John Turner, assisted by his wife Sarah Spengler. From his years of experience, Turner imparted practical tips on working with wood and using hand and power tools. Although many of the women had never before used these tools and techniques, they quickly became comfortable with where to stand, how to hold the tool, where to look to control the cut, and how to make sure the screw goes in straight.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 11:34 AM, 07.21.2013

HRRC offers electrical classes for women starting in August

For many people, the prospect of working with electricity is just plain scary. The instructors for Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) Home How-To for Women repair course take the time to explain how to remain safe when doing electrical repairs.

Cleveland Heights homeowner Mary Cushing, who enrolled in the module last year, said that all the classes were helpful. “I learned a lot in every class. I’m no longer fearful of doing easy electrical work myself,” said Cushing.

The upcoming Electrical Repairs module will consist of eight workshops, held from 7–9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from Aug. 7 through Oct. 2.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 11:06 AM, 07.18.2013

HRRC Financial Assistance Program gearing up for a busy season

With spring upon us, and inspectors preparing for exterior systematic inspections, homeowners should look to their local nonprofit, Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) for assistance.

HRRC has everything a homeowner might need to successfully manage home repairs. From workshops on contracting repairs to tool rentals, HRRC is ready to help.

Some homeowners may not have the resources to handle a large and expensive repair, like roof replacement, where the cost can run into the thousands of dollars. HRRC’s Financial Assistance Programs can help make financing these repairs possible.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:43 PM, 04.19.2013

Home ownership, aging, accessibility

I recently attended a senior focus group at the Cleveland Heights (CH) Senior Center. I went because I wanted to hear about the concerns of our city’s aging population. Here’s what I learned: Cleveland Heights residents are die-hard fans—they want to age right here, if not in their homes, in a senior housing facility within the city limits. Furthermore, they are concerned with the lack of senior-friendly housing in the city. They want single-floor living with universal design, close to a bus line and the senior center.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 4:53 PM, 04.30.2013

Annual Home Remodeling Fair on April 6

Looking for home remodeling ideas and repair advice? This year’s Community Home Remodeling Fair, presented by Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) in cooperation with the City of Cleveland Heights, will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall. The fair is free, and residents of all communities are welcome.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 11:12 AM, 03.28.2013

Learn simple plumbing repairs at hands-on classes

Do you have a ghost that mysteriously flushes your toilet in the middle of the night? Does the sound of your dripping faucet annoy you and increase your water and sewer bills? Does your bathtub drain slowly or not at all? Do you want to use new plastic water lines but don’t know how to install them?

Homeowners can learn to tackle these common plumbing problems and more by attending the upcoming workshops offered by the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC). Class size is limited so that attendees can practice using the tools, materials and techniques required for each repair and receive hands-on instruction from experienced plumbers.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 11:20 AM, 01.31.2013

Homeowners can learn how to reduce sewer bills

Homeowners concerned about the recently announced sewer rate increases should plan to attend "Sewer Bill Sticker Shock: What Can I Do?"

This free presentation, sponsored by Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), a Cleveland Heights nonprofit, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the HRRC Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road. Wesley Walker, HRRC staff member, will talk about how to reduce your sewer bill through cost-saving options and storm water fee credits available from the Northeastern Ohio Regional Sewer District. Attendees will receive a $5 credit toward HRRC's "Building a Rain Barrel" workshop on April 8.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 11:21 AM, 01.22.2013

HRRC resources for senior homeowners

As homeowners age, they may find it more difficult to make home repairs, perform routine maintenance, and deal with a contractor. The nonprofit Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) initiated its Senior Repair Program to provide senior homeowners, age 62 and older, with personalized assistance in assessing repair needs and contracting repairs.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 6:19 PM, 01.02.2013

Women homeowners benefit from gender-specific repair course

Dellwood Road homeowner Linda Lopez was excited when Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) expanded eligibility for its women’s repair course. When she learned that any woman homeowner could participate in the Home How-To program, she decided to sign up. “I liked the idea of a women’s group,” she explained. “We don’t have to feel intimidated by people who are more knowledgeable or want to go at a faster pace.”

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 12:33 PM, 10.31.2012

Money management key to successful homeownership

Money management is a sophisticated term for budgeting, which is a necessary skill for successful home buying and sustainability.  Current interest rates are low and there are several down payment options for home buyers, making this an ideal time to purchase a home.  

Success in purchasing a home requires financial capacity, planning, and education on the home buying process. Here are four real-life steps you can take to improve your chance of success: (1) leverage your financial capacity (in other words, take advantage of down payment programs); (2) negotiate for the seller to pay closing costs; (3) learn the duties and responsibilities required of the professionals involved in the transaction (lenders, real estate agents and brokers, appraisers, and property inspectors); and (4) plan for the upkeep of a home and your ability to sustain homeownership during difficult financial times and the unplanned life events that inevitably will occur.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 9:03 AM, 10.08.2012

Fall energy audits benefit homeowners and HRRC

The Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) is partnering with Dominion East Ohio’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program again this fall to encourage homeowners to sign up for energy audits. This is a great value for both homeowners and HRRC. Dominion East Ohio residential gas customers will pay only $50 for the 3–4 hour energy assessment (normally $500), and HRRC will receive a donation from GoodCents (the company providing the audits) for each order placed between Oct. 10 and Nov. 10.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 11:23 AM, 10.03.2012

Repair grants are available for major repairs.

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has a Financial Assistance Program that can help Heights homeowners with needed repairs to their homes. HRRC offers grants and loans to qualified homeowners.

For instance, a homeowner can get a $1,000 grant toward whole-house exterior painting, masonry step rebuilding, a new heating system or a roof replacement. HRRC offers a $1,500 grant towards furnace replacement or roof replacement for senior citizens who are 62 years old or older.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:34 PM, 06.03.2012

'Raise the Roof' to celebrate 40 years of Home Repair Resource Center

For four decades, the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has worked hand in hand with residents to keep the houses of Cleveland Heights in good repair, amounting to more than $14 million in home improvements, and benefiting both individual homeowners and their neighbors.

To celebrate this milestone, HRRC invites the public to “Raise the Roof: Celebrate 40 Years of HRRC.” This informal benefit party will be held on June 17, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Heights Grill on Lee Road. The celebration will recognize the organization’s history and impact, acknowledge key partners, and look ahead to HRRC’s next decades.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 10:05 AM, 05.02.2012

Home Remodeling Fair set for March 24

How can homeowners get good repair information without a sales pitch? Home Repair Resource Center offers an annual event for just this purpose. This year’s Community Home Remodeling Fair will be held on Saturday, March 24, at Cleveland Heights City Hall. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m., with presentations from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 11:04 AM, 02.29.2012

Income limits raised for HRRC tool loan

If you need a tool to repair your home, check out the tool loan program at Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC). Now Cleveland Heights homeowner-occupants with higher incomes are eligible to borrow tools from HRRC. A family of three earning up to $68,800 can qualify.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 11:01 AM, 02.07.2012

When the weather is frightful, do interior repairs

Owning a home is a neverending cycle. Fix something, and then something new breaks; fix that and then something else goes. Home Repair Resource Center recommends following a yearly home maintenance schedule to help keep a home in good repair. The center encourages homeowners to work on interior repairs during the cold weather, so that they can focus on the exterior during the warmer months.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 4:19 PM, 12.01.2011

Practical home repair workshops at HRRC

This summer, Cleveland Heights homeowner Francine Barnett discovered Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) workshops and was surprised to find how much helpful information they provided. After a class on sidewalk leveling, she raved, “This workshop was very practical, labor intensive and hands-on. The instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful. He was quite focused on the overall process, and on specific problems that arose.” 

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:35 PM, 11.01.2011

Spring into action with home repairs

Spring is my favorite time of year. The grass is green, flowers and trees are blooming, and Mother Nature is coming out of hibernation. It is fantastic—until you do that first real walk around the house. Those rose-colored glasses quickly get put back into their case, and reality sets in. You begin to notice the wear and tear the harsh winter weather has had on your home.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 12:19 PM, 06.01.2011

Establish a payment schedule before work begins

Here at Home Repair Resource Center, we frequently hear tales of woe about contracted repairs. One of the most common problems occurs at the end of a project, when--even though most of the work has been completed and paid for--there are a few small details that the contractor has promised to fix “in the next few days.” Weeks later, they are still unfinished, and the contractor has not responded to your calls. Mild irritation turns to total dissatisfaction with the contractor, destroying all your pleasure in the work that has been done.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 2:35 PM, 04.26.2011

Together, we can prevent foreclosure

Foreclosure is a very serious and stressful situation. The entire country has been affected by this ugly virus. As a foreclosure prevention specialist, I have seen and heard a lot. My job is to fight foreclosure by educating my client, being a communication line between my client and the bank or mortgage company, and to guide my client through the transition process, if needed.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:08 PM, 12.15.2010

HRRC seeks applicants for women's home repair program

Eighteen single women homeowners will have the opportunity this spring to build their knowledge of basic carpentry, electrical, and plumbing repairs. “Home How-To” is an intensive, six-month program designed to give women personalized instruction and hands-on practice with tools and repair techniques. The 2011 course will be the 14th offered by Home Repair Resource Center, a community nonprofit organization.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 2:37 PM, 11.16.2010

Cold weather, warm house

There is nothing like coming home to a warm house after a long day out in the cold. To ensure that your heating system is ready for the cold weather ahead, it’s best to fire it up early, to make sure that it is working properly. If not, there will be time to repaire or replace it before the snow starts to fly.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 10:32 AM, 10.18.2010

Mini-course on saving money

You can save money if you want to. By doing small things and changing some of your habits, you can start to put your pennies into a nest egg that will soon build into real dollars. You’ll find it easier to make these changes if you have a purpose for your savings, such as to create an emergency fund, add to your retirement account, go on a family vacation or pay for holiday fun. 

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:53 PM, 09.20.2010

HRRC to offer special events for Sustainability Week

During Sustainability Week (October 2–10), residents will have several opportunities to gain information about how to live a more sustainable lifestyle, thanks to Home Repair Resource Center.

From 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4., HRRC will host an open house at its office/teaching center, 2520 Noble Road. Residents are invited to drop in to view HRRC’s facilities and learn about programs to help keep them in their homes: keeping their homes in good repair, keeping their finances in shape, and knowing their options if they face mortgage delinquency.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 1:49 PM, 08.18.2010

HRRC expands foreclosure prevention staff

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), a HUD-certified counseling agency, welcomes two new additions to its staff: Denise Black and Doris Honsa. They are experienced housing professionals who focus exclusively on providing free foreclosure prevention services to Northeast Ohio homeowners. 

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 5:09 PM, 07.20.2010

HRRC workshops make home remodel affordable

Larry Coleman returned with his wife Lisa Lock, to his home town of Cleveland Heights in 2006 after 27 years away, purchasing a house on Scarborough Road just west of Lee Road. Built in 1917, the house had undergone a major remodeling in the 1930’s, with the addition of glass block walls, rounded corners, and other art deco features. Since then, however, the house had been let go, and was now a “serious fixer-upper” with more than 80 point-of-sale violations.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 10:04 AM, 06.14.2010

Spend wisely and save

Give your budget a check-up, and reap unexpected savings. Every opportunity to save money on goods and services will improve your financial fitness. Here are several places to start. 


Participate in food co-op programs. Some of these programs not only offer discounts on quality food, but provide menus as well. Great Food for All is a faith-based, nondenominational company that provides top-quality food to any interested person, on a monthly basis, through local churches and other nonprofits. There are no membership fees, paperwork, hassles or purchase limits. You can buy a box of good quality food that will feed a family of four for a week for $30. For more information, go to www.greatfoodforall.com.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 2:43 PM, 05.07.2010

Tips from the home repair trenches

As we enter home repair season, my phone rings more frequently. The city is alive with a buzz of repair hysteria (as I lovingly refer to it). Violation lists from the city inspectors are on their way to anxious homeowners, and the melting snow has revealed exterior repairs in need of attention. Here are a few tips I can share with residents who may be experiencing some of these springtime rituals:

Don’t put off till tomorrow what can be done today. Home repairs that aren’t fixed sooner rather than later will only lead to more extreme issues down the line. Keep an eye on things. If something doesn’t seem right, get it checked out in a timely manner.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 12:13 PM, 04.19.2010

Smart home buying thanks to HRCC

In a letter to the Home Repair Resource Center, one client writes:

When I  made my decision to buy a home I got encouragement from my lender and my Realtor to get the home of my dreams, at the top of my affordability range
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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:53 PM, 03.23.2010

Here's help for home remodeling

Perhaps you’re wondering, where to get advice on remodeling a kitchen or making an older home more energy efficient.

Try the Home Remodeling Fair on March 20 sponsored by the Home Repair Resource Center. The event will be held at the Lee Road Library. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., presentations begin at 10 and end at 2:15.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 4:13 PM, 02.16.2010

Behind on your property taxes?

In Ohio, property taxes are collected twice per year and are billed at the end of the year in which they are assessed. Thus, taxes billed in December 2009 (and due in January 2010) were the taxes assessed for the first half of 2009. Second-half bills arrive in June and are due in July. Exact due dates are noted on the bill. Residents can pay once per year or in monthly installments, and payments can be withdrawn automatically from a bank account.

A payment is considered late at midnight on the due date. Property owners paying within the next five days are assessed a 5 percent penalty. After that, a 10 percent penalty applies.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 3:58 PM, 01.07.2010