Luxury Home

4 Tips When Buying Your First Luxury Home

Are you in the process of buying your first luxury home? Do you know the questions to ask to ensure that you buy the right home? Do you know the questions to ask once it’s yours? At Dibico, our hope is for all of our clients to have the most magnificent living space and for it to be the home of many magic moments and a lifetime of happiness. We’ve gathered some points to consider when buying your first luxury home that will set you up for success in your new home and for years to come.

Ask for the Home Maintenance and Renovation History

We can’t stress enough how important it is to ask for a home’s maintenance log and full history. Ensuring that the home you are about to buy has been well taken care of prior to your purchase will save you a lot of stress and money down the road. It will also give you a sense of what may need some TLC sooner than later. Understanding what changes were made to the property and when – including any permitting information, materials that were used, etc. can be a huge asset as your family’s needs evolve and you consider renovations or additions of your own.

At Dibico, we provide all of our Home Management clients with an extensive maintenance log that details all of the work we’ve done for them and the date it was completed. This not only helps with the upkeep of their home but also helps them sell the property when the time comes. We also provide full transparency on all remodels and additions so you have access to the information you need about your home.

Build a List of Trusted Service Providers or Hire a Home Management Firm

Once you’ve found the right house for you (or really even before) we highly recommend starting to build a local list of vendors for the everyday upkeep, maintenance and repair needs for your new home and property. Identifying and vetting companies prior to moving into your home will help you prepare for any work that needs to be done prior to moving in, settle in faster and give you peace of mind.

If you’re in the Greenwich or Fairfield area, our Home Management program for maintenance, repairs, renovations, and services ensures there is no need to build this list. As luxury home builders, we have an in-house team and an arsenal of subcontractors that can execute your vision down to every detail.

Consult with a Designer Before Doing Any Renovations

Some people have a clear vision for their homes – with a folder full of example photos and a strong sense of what they want. We suggest that unless you have a clear vision and plan for your home overall, consulting with a professional designer can not only help you to create a design plan that you can be really excited about, but can even save you money by making sure that you aren’t doing work now that will need to be undone later when full plans are done.

If you aren’t doing any renovations prior to move-in, we also recommend that before making any final decisions that you and your family live in the house for a while and get a sense of the flow, the space, the light and other subtleties that can only be discovered over time.

We have relationships with fantastic designers that we are happy to connect you with that can help to create a clear path from where you are to the house of your dreams.

Prioritize Renovations for Before and After You Move In

Once you have a vision, it’s important to prioritize your renovations. You’ll want to make a list of your priorities, and then figure out how to proceed with renovating each area. Ask yourself: What renovations do we need to do before moving into the home? Think about things like child safety, pets, security, closet space, fencing and other updates that may be required before the house is ready for your family.

After that, which renovations are a priority for you to get done within the first year of owning your home? Which ones are you okay with putting off until the right time comes? What renovations do you know you want to do, but are waiting for the kids to move out or to have more time to focus on?

We wish you all the best in finding and moving into your new home and hope this piece has been helpful and insightful on what all you should be thinking about throughout this exciting process.

If you live in the Fairfield or Westchester area, don’t wait to make a plan for the management of your new home. Let us help you navigate through all of the phases of luxury home ownership, contact us at Dibico today.


Home Updates

Unique Home Updates You Can Start Now

While many of us are curled up inside escaping the cold weather, we get to spend a lot of quality time in our homes. As we wander from room to room, our mind also begins to wander… We start fantasizing about that spectacular closet we have always wanted, think about that dark corner in the family room that we’d love to brighten up, wonder why the heat always takes forever to come on in the guest room, reflect on if it’s too soon to turn your college graduate’s old room into a gym, or any number of other thoughts about home projects both big and small. We thought we’d highlight a few of our frequently requested projects and home updates that are sure to reinvigorate your love for your home!

LED Lighting

Brighten your outlook and your home by upgrading your lighting! One of the home updates that is often overlooked, high-tech LED lighting can truly transform the feel of any room. Today’s subtle lighting options can offer both beauty and convenience, illuminating everything from closet shelves, to artwork, to an indoor pool, to stair railings. The benefits of LED lighting go way beyond the aesthetics – as it also reduces energy usage and lowers costs.

Live brighter this year by having the Dibico team install LED lighting throughout your home.

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Home Management Services

Stop spending time, energy and money worrying about your home or suffering through downtime when something stops working or breaks down. All those mysterious little quirks in your home need to be monitored to make sure they aren’t part of a larger problem or an indicator of a need for routine service. Break free from the burden of managing a luxury home. Our home management services are the perfect combination of maintenance and concierge services for high-end luxury homeowners. With quarterly, monthly and weekly service options, our team makes sure that your time at home is spent enjoying it, not working on it.

To see a list of our Home Management services or sign-up as a client, visit: dibicoinc.com/home-management/

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Sports Addition

Whether you are empty nesters who want to turn your kid’s room into a yoga studio, or a super active family that not only loves to exercise but loves sports, the addition of a sports or exercise space is a top trend as healthy living becomes part of the standard definition of luxury. For the avid sports or workout fan, we highly recommend the addition of a custom sports facility. Whether it's an indoor pool or basketball court, a tennis court in the summer turned ice hockey rink in the winter or the addition of a simple and convenient home gym — this unique home update can not only improve your home but your health.

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Custom Closet

A closet renovation might not be considered one of the “unique” home updates — but it is if your closet is truly one-of-a-kind! Using our in-house millwork shop, we are able to build the custom closet of any fashionista’s dreams. Clients work with our experienced craftsmen to hand pick each element — from the organization of shelves to the grain of the wood.

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Truly give yourself and your home a fresh start for spring and vow to schedule those home updates you’ve had on your list for so long! Break free from the stress of handling your home yourself, and let us handle it all for you. Contact us now to schedule a consultation with one of our experts!


Preventative Maintenance

The Difference Between Preventative Maintenance and Emergency Repairs

Preventative Maintenance

If you own a luxury home, it is essential to understand the difference between scheduled, preventative maintenance and reactive, unscheduled maintenance and emergency repairs.

The key to preventative maintenance is that it is routinely performed prior to equipment failure, whereas reactive maintenance and emergency repairs are executed once something has already failed. Not only does preventative routine maintenance improve the chances of your home functioning at its’ best, but it also helps to retain and increase the value of your home while dramatically reducing potential costs.

The impact that routine preventative maintenance can have on your luxury home is broad - affecting cost, enjoyment, value, downtime, storm readiness and the overall life of your systems and appliances.

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In the short term, preventative maintenance detects minor problems and solves them before they snowball into larger issues. Inspections are performed to ensure that equipment and appliances are operating at peak efficiency, that gutters and drains are clear, that seals and caulking are in good condition, that air filters are clean, warranties are current and a host of other checkpoints. Preventive maintenance continually looks for red flags or signs of potential challenges purely for the purpose of nipping them in the bud. Long-term, routine, scheduled service helps you get the maximum lifespan from your equipment, and therefore the most value for your money! Not to mention, fewer emergency repairs translating to lower costs, less time wasted and lower stress levels...

To emphasize the importance of preventative maintenance, think about your annual checkup with your doctor. This routine appointment is conducted to ensure that you don’t have any underlying health issues, just as preventative maintenance ensures that there are no underlying issues in your home. You certainly don’t want to find out you have a curable disease after it’s too late, so don’t wait to find out that your home has a preventable leak until it’s completely flooded – it’s as simple as that!

Emergency Repairs

Consider a high-end luxury sports car, for example. You wouldn’t wait until it breaks down before getting it serviced. We know that something as basic as needing an oil change - if left undone- can result in the engine running less efficiently, can cause the engine components to wear out and can even cause the entire engine to shut down and have to be replaced. A simple scheduled preventive maintenance for around $100 can save your engine and thousands and thousands of dollars in repairs. The same approach should apply to your home – ensuring that key systems are functioning at maximum efficiency. You wouldn’t drive your car into the ground, so why drive your home into the ground? While we do handle emergency repairs at Dibico, we’d much rather prevent these issues in the first place.

The idea that routine maintenance is unnecessary and costly is a common misconception. In reality, it can save you quite a bit of money in the long run. Studies show that repairs can cost anywhere between four and fifteen times the cost of preventative maintenance. Relying on emergency repairs follows the approach of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” — and then it breaks and you end up overpaying for a repairman to make a visit on a Sunday to replace an entire appliance versus a single part!

Understanding the drastic difference between scheduled, preventative maintenance and reactive maintenance or emergency repairs is the first step in proactively managing your home, Now, it’s time to take action! Don’t leave your home at the mercy of reactive maintenance, get ahead of any potential challenges with Dibico’s Home Management Program, we do everything from weather stripping prior to a storm, ensuring your HVAC system and smoke detectors are up-to-date, to getting your house ready for your holiday party. With Dibico you and your luxury home, are taken care of year-round. Contact us to learn more today!


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Why Home Management is Crucial During Storm Season

Preventive and scheduled maintenance is important all the time, but it’s never more crucial than during storm season. Without preventative maintenance, a storm can easily leave you with no power and a great deal of damage to your property. This year, don’t end up at the closest hotel waiting out the storm when you could be in the comfort of your own home. Take action before it’s too late! So, what precautionary measures can you take to prepare your home for storm season? Here are some “musts” from our Dibico Home Management experts.

Make Necessary Roof Repairs

By ignoring impaired shingles, you risk avoidable damage to your home in the event of heavy rain or high-speed winds. While your home insurance should cover damage caused by a storm — a claim may not be approved if it can be proven that the damage was avoidable had necessary repairs been made beforehand. We recommend verifying that your roof is in tip-top shape prior to a storm to steer clear of any potential leakage and expensive emergency repairs.

Trim Surrounding Trees

Hurricanes bring powerful winds, which can cause trees to fall and limbs to break. With Dibico Home Management, we’re sure to keep dangerous branches and trees at bay, by trimming any branches that extend over your roof and removing any dead trees that are in close proximity to your home.

Inspect and Weather Strip Windows and Doors

In order to keep damp, cold air and rain out, it’s important that every window and door be thoroughly inspected and that all weather stripping is in place and in good condition, properly installed. Even the smallest undetected leak or crack can cause thousands of dollars in damage. During routine and preventative maintenance, our home management experts re-caulk and seal around any necessary doors and windows to help keep water out during heavy rains or flooding.

Clean Gutters & Downspouts

Checking your gutters and downspouts before and after a storm is crucial. It’s imperative that you clean out your gutters prior to a storm to avoid build up and overflow that can cause water to pool. After a storm, they need to be inspected for damage to ensure that they are working properly. Dibico’s experts also recommend double-checking any outdoor drains and grates, guaranteeing that all drainage areas are clear in anticipation of inclement weather.

Inspect the Fireplace, Chimney & Flues

Since the chimney tends to be the highest point of your home, it’s common for it to receive damage during a storm due to powerful rain and high winds. We recommend prior to using your fireplace, that a thorough inspection of the fireplace, chimney, and flues are conducted to ensure that all parts are working properly and haven’t received any damage or been blocked by debris.

Collect & Cover Necessary Items

To ensure that your luxury outdoor furniture stays clean and intact, we recommend bringing any and all furniture inside to avoid damage to the furniture or your home. On top of that, it’s important that you cover any non-movable items such as the air conditioning unit or grill with a waterproof cover to avoid weathering during storm season and to keep leaves and other items from getting stuck in between grates or caught in the motor.

We hope for an uneventful storm season, but no one knows what the season holds. Your best prevention is preparation. We hope that you’ll call us before a big storm, but in the event that a storm does affect your area, know that we are here to help. With Dibico Home Management, we not only conduct preventive home maintenance but also handle repairs – ensuring that you and your home are always taken care of. Contact us today to protect your home from storm season by signing up for our Home Management Program!


Home Maintenance

Why Home Management is Important

Just like any other valuable asset, your home needs to be managed. The upkeep of a home can determine your home’s value as well as prevent expensive emergency repairs. In addition, it offers you the resources needed when inspiration strikes and gives you the one thing you can’t buy – time. Before you make a decision about a home management program, and especially if you weren’t contemplating getting one, we invite you to consider the advantages of investing in Dibico’s Home Maintenance Program.

Financial Benefits

Not only is it important to protect the current value of your home, but also to position your home for maximum return and marketability for the future. Managing your home well can add an additional 2% annually to its’ value. For most Dibico clients, that equates to several hundred thousand dollars a year – on average, ten times return on their investment in their home care. With routine home maintenance, you add significant value by addressing any issues early on. With the majority of home buyers looking for a home that needs minimal repairs and renovations... yours will be move-in ready!

Convenience

Our scheduled home management ensures that you no longer have to spend your valuable time thinking about repairing a door or finding the right plumber. We believe that your home should be a place of relaxation and a reward for your hard work, not a chore waiting to be done. We make sure your pool is ready for summer, your garage is ready for winter and we can even have food waiting in the fridge for you when you return from vacation. We take care of the small things, the big things, and everything in between – while you relax with your family and enjoy your home.

Preparedness

With the East coast still reeling from the series of snowstorms and gale force winds that sent homeowners from Greenwich to Pound Ridge running to the closest hotel, mother nature reminded us of the importance of being emergency ready. Home management ensures your family and home are protected when disaster strikes. Having a working generator, keeping dangerous branches and trees at bay and maintaining drainage are just part of the prep required to keep your multi-million-dollar home both safe and usable.

Prevention

The cost of not properly managing your home in the long term can cause expensive and often critical repairs that result in a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars, all because of something as little as a leak gone unresolved. Take mold for example – left unchecked, it can result in immensely expensive repairs, as well as serious health issues, especially for people already suffering from allergies or asthma. With regular home management, issues are identified immediately, which in turn prevents you from paying for expensive emergency repairs. In the long run, investing in a home management program can end up saving you considerably more money on repair costs than what you’re paying for the program.

Inspiration

Home management allows your home to evolve along with your needs and your lifestyle. You’re invited to dream big and act when inspiration strikes – whether it be the addition of a “man-cave” or “she-shed,” the transformation of a classic kitchen into a high-tech chef’s dream or finally commissioning the pool house you’ve been talking about. Home management helps you turn your vision into a reality and guarantees your house is ready for every season.

Dibico Home Management is living made easy for the high-end homeowner in Greenwich and Westchester and coming soon to the Hamptons and Florida! Make an appointment to have one of our home management experts visit your home to review our Home Management package options with you. To schedule an appointment today, call (844) 434-2426 or email us at [email protected]


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Why Should I Renovate My Home?

Why Should I Renovate My Home?_DibicoHome is where the heart is and you want a home that is yours in every way. Whether you have lived in your home for several years or just moved in, your living space should reflect your family’s interests and needs. With a home renovation, you can take your house and turn it into the home you’ve always dreamed of.

Why Should I Renovate My Home?

As with most large, expensive projects, a home renovation is both an immediate benefit and future investment. Whether you are remodeling to realize a long-held dream, bring an older home up to date, or fix unexpected damages, these changes can have positive effects on your life, family, and finances. Renovations can require significant sacrifices in time, effort, and money, but with these benefits, they more than make up for the cost.

Increase Property Value

Increase Property Value_DibicoRaising your property value is the greatest benefit of renovating your home. A newer, more efficient, and prettier home will easily attract more prospective homeowners and higher offers than an outdated home. From a buyer’s perspective, the more recent upgrades you give your home, the less work is required for a new homeowner. By remodeling your home to make it bigger, increase functionality, or improve the aesthetics, you can ensure improved curb appeal and a greater return on investment.

Customize Your Home

Every family has its own needs, which change as your family grows and ages. With a home renovation, you can facilitate your lifestyle with a living space that meets your requirements. Add additional space to accommodate your growing family. Indulge in family fun with a pool, home theater, or private ice rink. Upgrade your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room to improve your way of life. You have already invested in your home, so why not customize your space to fit your needs and desires?

Save on Maintenance and Utility Costs

Save on Maintenance and Utility Costs_DibicoYour home is made of individual parts that deteriorate with time and use. As your house ages, the cost of living increases. Your home’s energy consumption increases as your appliances age and lose efficiency. Small problems require money and attention to fix, a cost that increases the longer they are left untended. Renovations can fix these issues before they grow, improving your home’s functions and decreasing the amount spent on maintenance and utilities.

Increase Comfort

For you and your family, home is a safe place. You spend a majority of your time there and your walls have witnessed most of life’s major milestones. When you walk into your home, you want it to be a space that reduces stress and improves your mental and emotional well-being. By renovating your home, you can design a living space that offers the utmost comfort and safety. Your remodel can also improve your home’s functionality, making home life more convenient and giving you more time to focus on the things that matter.

Why Choose Dibico?

custom built colonial home connecticut CTWhen you select a contractor for your renovation, you place significant trust in the company you choose. A remodel requires you to let a crew into your personal space to remake it into the home you’ve been dreaming of, so you need a company that will listen to your concerns, respect your decisions, and do all they can to make this a positive process.

 

At Dibico, we offer the highest quality service. From the planning stage to the final presentation, we do all we can to support you every step of the way. We have completed hundreds of renovations, so we bring years of experience to offer a renovation that leaves you satisfied and happy.

 

dining room renovation in CTDuring the project, you have one point of contact for the entire job. We don’t make you deal with any other contractors, so you can have confidence that we hear and care about your thoughts and concerns. Once we finalize the plans and walk you through the project, you have nothing more to worry about. We take care of all required permits and any other necessities to ensure you have a positive, stress-free experience.

 

Finally, Dibico caters to jobs of any and all sizes. Whether you want to remodel your bathroom, renovate your kitchen, or create an addition to your home, we offer a passion for perfection and superior levels of customer service. No project is too big or small. If you want to transform and customize your living space, contact us about a home renovation today!


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6 Tips to Having a Beautiful Yard

Your yard is one of the first parts of your home seen — and judged — by visitors and passers-by. Even if you have the world’s most beautiful house, an unimpressive, dying yard will negatively affect your home’s overall appearance.

While we don’t recommend creating a huge, elaborate garden for your yard — unless you really love gardening — some simple landscaping and regular upkeep can elevate your home’s curb appeal, value, and overall appearance. With a healthy lawn, colorful flowers, and appealing furnishes, you can quickly make your home the envy of the neighborhood.

For the best ways to improve your landscaping, use these tips to having a beautiful yard.

1. Achieve a healthy lawn

Achieving a Healthy Lawn_DibicoThe best and most important element of your yard is the grass that covers your lawn. Healthy, green grass doesn’t usually draw much attention, but grass that’s brown and dry will immediately draw the eye. To achieve a healthy lawn, focus on cutting and watering. When cutting, only remove the top third of the grass blades and refrain from raking. These top-third clippings are quick to decompose and full of nitrogen, which encourages healthy growth. Watering should generally take place every three to four days and consist of good soakings, not light sprinklings. For the best results, consult local recommendations for climate-specific lawn care.

2. Plant flowers and greenery

Flowers and greenery add a special, beautiful touch to any yard. Like most adornments, landscaping allows you to personalize your yard and help it stand out. When choosing your plants, be sure to find flowers and greenery that are compatible with your climate and the time of year. Pay close attention to each plant’s lighting and placement needs so that your yard will look beautiful all year round.

3. Furnish the backyard

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What’s the point of a beautiful yard if you can’t enjoy it? For your outdoor furnishings, choose pieces that offer practicality and comfort. Add a table and chairs for outdoor meals. If you like to host get-togethers, consider a hammock or swing. Find items that will accent and complement your landscaping while also allowing you to fully enjoy your yard.

4. Add an outdoor kitchen

If you love being outside and entertaining, an outdoor kitchen may be the perfect addition to your yard. With this addition, you can specialize your outdoor cooking space to your needs. Do you want a large counter space for serving or a gas grill for cooking? Then make it work with the space you have available. If you’re interested in adding an outdoor kitchen, use these tips to choose the best design.

5. Create an outdoor fireplace

Add an Outdoor Fireplace_DibicoAs summer draws to a close, the outdoors start to dip into autumn and winter temperatures. As nights and evenings get chillier, the weather is perfect for curling up beside a warm fire for cocoa, s’mores, and snuggles. Outdoor fireplaces are a great way to add value to your home, increase your home’s curb appeal, and create a cozy space for relaxing and entertaining.

Outdoor fireplaces can be freestanding, installed as a pit in the ground, or built into a room or cooking space. You can choose from a variety of materials, including brick, metal or stone, but make sure it matches or complements your home’s exterior. Decide whether you want to use gas, which is better for the environment, or wood, which can be cheaper. Find the fireplace that best fits your home and needs and create a space that will keep you warm and comfortable during those cold fall nights.

6. Add landscape lighting

Your flowers and greenery elevate your yard’s look during the day, but your landscape lighting creates the show at night. When placing your lighting, practicality comes first, so make sure your walkways, doorways, and porches/decks are properly lit. Through the rest of your yard, however, lighting should be artistic. Use a variety of task, accent, and overall lights to fully illuminate your landscaping while accenting specific areas, such as trees and shrubs. Decide if you want to create a bold, dramatic, or gentle feel and position your lights accordingly. Most importantly, make sure you don’t create light pollution by shining your lights into your neighbor’s homes or using too much lighting. Irritating your neighbors and washing out the night sky won’t do you any favors and will often have a negative effect on your yard’s appearance.

At Dibico, we offer customized home maintenance services to keep your home safe, cost-effective, and valuable. If you are interested in our services or want to renovate, build, or add an addition to your home, reach out to us at [email protected] or by filling out the form below.

Dibico Home Maintenance is living made easy.


We do everything from changing light bulbs to clearing gutters & downspouts. All you have to do is ask.


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Benefits of Regular Home Maintenance

While it can be fun to joke about your “honey-do-list,” homes require a seemingly endless amount of work and maintenance. As a homeowner, you face a variety of projects that are designed to fix issues and maintain a good appearance, but how many of these tasks do you perform simply because someone told you that you should? You know what you are supposed to do, but have you ever wondered why?

Like your car or your body, your home needs regular care to keep it performing at its best. Some parts of your house may only require maintenance once or twice a lifetime, while others need seasonal care to get the best results.

You should regularly maintain any house, but it becomes especially important if your home is older or if you ever plan to sell. To see why you should invest your time and money into home care, read through the top benefits of regular home maintenance below.

Maintain/increase your home’s value

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Like any major purchase, your home is an investment and you want the best return for your money, and effort. While homes in good shape can grab a fair price, a survey found that homes with renovations, upgrades, and proper upkeep can have returns that actually raise their value. Most buyers look for houses that won’t require major upkeep for a few years, so the more you do to maintain your home, the better return you’ll get for your investment. Without proper care, however, your home will deteriorate, quickly losing value. As cracks form in your foundation and paint peels, you’ll be left paying large sums in repairs to get the return you need. With regular maintenance, however, you can quickly fix small problems before they become big issues. Then, with the added curb appeal, your properly maintained house will have an increased chance to see above market value.

Save money

Dryers cause more than 15,000 fires every year, resulting in nearly $75 million in property damages. For many, regular cleaning could have easily prevented any danger. While this is an extreme example, it shows the importance of preventative maintenance. Rather than spending thousands of dollars on repairs and insurance costs, catch the small issues early. Spending a few thousand dollars to replace the roof is better than paying for the damages when it collapses into your home.

Reduce energy consumption

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Your home works hard to keep you comfortable throughout the year and this consumes a large amount of energy. Even if you diligently turn off lights and keep your home at a moderate temperature, you can still have preventable energy loss. To avoid this waste, check your home’s windows and doors for gaps and cracks that may cause drafts. Test your appliances and cooling/heating systems to make sure they are operating at optimum efficiency. You’ll be doing the earth good by saving energy and also save money on power costs.

Improve home safety

Poor home maintenance can create danger in a variety of unexpected ways. Pool equipment failures can cause drownings. Garage door malfunctions can hurt small children and pets. Broken air systems can cause temperatures changes that may be deadly for infants and the elderly. From 2011-2014, fires caused by electrical failures resulted in an annual average of 420 deaths, 1,370 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. A deteriorating home can also introduce more subtle threats, such as mold growth where there’s water leakage and pests that can harm both your family and home. By keeping up with your home’s maintenance and repairs you can rest assured that you are doing your best to keep your family safe within your home.

Reduce stress

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This list of tasks may seem endless and overwhelming, but regular home maintenance can minimize the projects you have to address at once. Keep track of what you’ve done and make a plan for the work you have left. Then you can have peace of mind and confidence in your home’s safety, comfort, and value. Plus, when you need unexpected home repairs, they’ll likely be less damaging than they could have been.

At Dibico, we offer customized home maintenance services to keep your home safe, cost-effective, and valuable. If you are interested in our services or want to renovate, build, or add an addition to your home, reach out to us at [email protected] or by filling out the form below.

Dibico Home Maintenance is living made easy.


We do everything from changing light bulbs to clearing gutters & downspouts. All you have to do is ask.


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Six Home Maintenance Spring Tips

April is here, so longer and warmer days are just around the corner. It’s time to start getting out of the house again after the long, cold winter months. And, as winter fades, all of those house projects you have been putting off for months become harder to ignore.

Spring is a great time to tackle projects such as masonry repairs, power washing, and landscaping. Over the next few weeks we will be posting tips for different spring projects. We’ll show you how Dibico Home Maintenance can help you with your project, so you can enjoy your spring instead of working on maintenance.  Dibico Home Maintenance is…Living Made Easy!

Masonry Cleaning & Repairs

Masonry Cleaning and Repairs_DibicoCold weather, ice melt, and snow does a number on your home’s masonry. The days between the last snowmelt and the first spring rain are the best time to repair any loose or broken masonry. Snowplows can sometimes cause damages, so check for any loose Belgian block or cobblestone that may have been left behind. Repair loose and broken mortar joints on terraces, walkways, or pool coping to avoid further rain-caused damages. You don’t have to stop at repairs, however. If you want to add a new masonry project to your home, spring is the best time to plan. Then, when summer arrives, you’ll have your new bluestone terrace or built-in BBQ project ready for fun! If you need help with repairs or planning and creating new projects, our Home Maintenance masons are happy to assist!

Power Washing

Your home’s siding, exterior trim, and fencing all take a beating in our New England weather. Once mold and mildew appear, it can spread quickly, creating unsightly staining to your structures and shortening the life of the wood used in each application. By power washing these areas annually, you can clean and destroy the spores and prevent new mold from forming.

Window Cleaning

Window Cleaning_DibicoDirty windows look unattractive, but they also ruin the view of the beautiful yard you spent so much time and money on. Everyone loves the colorful flowers and green leaves that come with spring, but pollen isn’t kind to your windows. As life blooms in your yard, pollen tends to collect on your home’s windows and sills. Late in the spring, after you’ve finished power washing projects, is the perfect time to clean your home’s windows. Our window washing services clean inside and out and check for any breaks in caulking or flashing, which may lead to future problems.

Landscape Clean Ups

Spring clean ups are needed throughout your property to ensure green luscious lawns and planting beds full of brightly colored flowers. Early spring is the perfect time to rake out all the dead grass in the lawn, edge all your planting beds, and add a dark all-natural mulch to really make springtime colors stand out. To bring the season into your home, ask Dibico Home Concierge to deliver some freshly cut flowers to your favorite kitchen or foyer vase.

Declutter and Organize

Declutter and Organize_DibicoFall offers beautiful weather, so we all do our best make the most of the season. We rush to the store for outdoor furniture, sports gear, and pool toys for that last bit of fun. Once spring rolls around, however, it’s overwhelming to see the forgotten mess you left behind! As winter fades, this is the best time for some spring cleaning. Go through those storage areas in your garage, shed, or pool house. Create some additional space so you can maximize your always-needed storage options. If this project is a little daunting, don’t worry! Dibico Home Maintenance can help you create new space and consolidate the storage units and bins that have piled up.

Landscape Lighting

The beautiful landscape lighting that illuminates walkways, terraces, and pool areas has been buried under layers of snow and ice for months. As these lights reappear, now is the time to check for repairs and replacements. Redirect the fixtures, change light bulbs, and clean lenses to make sure your first outdoor event of the spring is lit properly. Dibico Home Maintenance has our own in-house electrician to help with all of these needs, so let us know how we can help!

Dibico Home Maintenance is living made easy.


We do everything from changing light bulbs to clearing gutters & downspouts. All you have to do is ask.


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Achieving the Best Rainwater Drainage

It’s finally spring! Out with the snow, in with the rain. How much rain? Let’s do some quick rainwater mathematics.

For every square foot of surface area, one inch of rainfall produces about 0.6 gallons of water. The average annual rainfall in Greenwich, Connecticut, is 47 inches, which is 10 inches more than the national average. So, assuming average rainfall, a Greenwich resident with an acre of land would receive 1,228,392 gallons in just one year. With that much water, you could leave your shower on for the entire year and still have some water to spare.

Natural Drainage

Natural Drainage
You don’t want these guys in your yard.

Once all that water is in your yard, where does it go? The ground absorbs some, but can only do so at a rate that’s determined by your soil. Sand can absorb as much as eight inches per hour, but clay can only absorb 0.04 inches per hour. Most soil is loam, a mix of sand and clay, which absorbs about an inch per hour. Any unabsorbed water then collects above the ground as a standing pool or follows gravity downhill as runoff.

Standing water will eventually dry up, but it can be dangerous while it lasts. Mosquitoes use these pools to lay their eggs, so excess water can attract them in droves. Besides being a nuisance, mosquitoes carry all sorts of terrible diseases, putting your family and pets in harm’s way. Excess water can also harm your plants, drowning the grass and plants in your yard. For these reasons, most homes have a system for more efficiently draining rainwater from their home.

Home Drainage

For most homes, this system begins on the roof with gutters. Your gutters keep water away from your foundation, protecting its strength and integrity. Once it’s out of the gutters, you can choose where you want to direct the excess rainwater.

Pop-up emitter
A pop-up emitter at work.

One common method is to bring it to the road through piping under the sidewalk. This method, while effective, can quickly become a hassle. Your sidewalk is public property, so you have to get a permit to cut into it, which can cost a few hundred dollars. Instead, we recommend using pop-up emitters. These drains release water from above-ground in strategic locations, allowing it to flow down to the street. Before making changes or additions to your drainage system, however, be sure to check with your local laws and ordinances! Some municipalities don’t allow runoff of any kind to drain onto the street, into storm drains, or even off the property at all, which will quickly de-rail your project.

Yard Drainage

To drain water in the yard, many people have catch basins in place. Water falls into the basins through grates, where solid pipes then carry it off. The pipes have to be at a slight slope (1/8 inch for every foot of piping) for the water to flow, but there are ways to go against gravity if a slope isn’t possible. If this is a problem you anticipate, consider getting a sump pump. A sump pump collects water and uses an electric pump to send it up and out from the property.

Although there are ways to hide the grating of catch basins, some people prefer a more natural look. One great way to keep the natural aesthetic of a yard is to use a French basin. For a French basin to work, your yard must gently slope into a trench about 12 inches wide. Gravel is placed under the trench, which is extremely efficient at letting water percolate through. You then place a hole-filled pipe under the gravel to catch any excess water that doesn’t naturally absorb into the soil. You should also place a fabric sock filter over the pipe to keep debris out.

Rain Barrels
Rain barrels can be fashionable too, like this owl one.

These methods all work to take water away from your home as quickly and efficiently as possible. While these common methods work, there are more eco-friendly ways to remove excess rainwater. After all, according to the EPA, 40% of water consumption in the summer is used for the yard and gardening. To save money on your water bill and help the earth, attach rain barrels to the end of downspouts. The rainwater collected in rain barrels is free of lime, calcium, and chlorine, which makes it perfect for watering plants or the yard. The average barrel can hold 55 gallons, but you can also chain them together for greater water savings.

Rain Garden
You can create your own beautiful rain garden, just like this one!

One unique way to drain water from your yard involves no pipes, pumps, or basins whatsoever. It’s called a “rain garden” and it turns waste into beauty. For your own garden, place water-based plants in a 6-inch deep basin. Water flows into this basin, where it’s absorbed by the soil and plants to create a beautiful and natural way to remove water.

Drain Maintenance

No matter what drainage system you have, problems are bound to arise. The most common issue is debris getting clogged in the drain. This can happen from landscapers blowing debris into lawn drains or rain bringing leaves and things down with it. Winter snowmelt can overwhelm your drains, so pay close attention to the health of your drainage systems when temperatures warm. Above all, watch for broken pipes, which are the most serious issue. Pipes under the ground can deteriorate over time or break when crushed by something heavy, such as a truck. Crushed pipes restrict the flow of water, decreasing the efficiency of the drainage system and potentially flooding your yard and home.

Inspecting and cleaning each stage of the drainage system is crucial for the overall health of your home. You can do it yourself or hire help. Dibico’s Home Maintenance team checks, tests, and cleans the drainage of our clients’ homes 3-4 times per year. For more information about this crucial service, visit our website or send us a message at [email protected]

Dibico Construction, Inc. will be there every step of the way in the design, build, addition, renovation, or maintenance of your home.  Conveniently located in Greenwich, CT, Dibico primarily provides custom home building services to Fairfield County, Westchester County, and Manhattan.

Dibico Home Maintenance is living made easy.


We do everything from changing light bulbs to clearing gutters & downspouts. All you have to do is ask.