Sears Gives Home Maintenance Tips to Area Homeowners to Help Preserve Their
American Dream PROBLEM: It is not uncommon for homeowners to overlook planning or budgeting for their home maintenance repairs and costs. For many families, that lack of budgeting can translate into a real financial challenge when something breaks - such as a hot water heater or other appliance. SOLUTION: The Sears American Dream Campaign has teamed up with Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, a NeighborWorks organization, to provide free home assessments to homeowners on Parnell Street in the Auburn Gresham/Englewood neighborhood. Through in-home education, these homeowners will learn how to look for, and thereby be prepared for, repairs that without such preparation could make it financially difficult to make necessary repairs to their home. HOW: September 9 through 11, Sears repair and maintenance technicians will visit owner-occupied homes on the block to conduct free assessments. The technicians will show the homeowners the particular trouble zones within their homes. Among the areas of the home to be assessed will be heating and cooling systems, appliances, plumbing and electrical systems, windows and siding. Following the assessments, homeowners will receive $1,000 worth of products and/or services from Sears to help them outfit and maintain their homes and families. WHY: To educate Americans about the benefits of effectively maintaining their homes and thereby avoid unexpected financial burdens, the Sears American Dream Campaign free home assessments program will assist more than 200 families across the country this year. The Sears American Dream Campaign is a $100 million community commitment to help millions of Americans outfit and maintain their homes and families. WHERE: The 7500 block of South Parnell MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: SEPTEMBER 9-11 -- Tour the house: follow Sears experts as they conduct assessments and show viewers what to look for when maintaining their homes -- Interview assessors: about home maintenance tips for viewers -- Interview the families: discuss their challenges, past and present, as they seek to hold onto the American Dream of home ownership -- Interview Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago: in studio, at their centers, or on the block to discuss the services Neighborhood Housing Services offers, the importance of stabilizing communities through sustained home ownership CONTACT: Linda Blakley, Sears (847) 286-8862 CELL (312) 206-6842 Mary Fran Riley, NHS (773) 329-4129 CELL: (773) 858-5677
PRNewswire -- Sept. 8
SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Web site: http://www.sears.com/