Hi everyone, I am a new homeowner and I have no clue when it comes to home maintenance. It seems like I may have a few projects this spring. I need to change my Eavestrough, fix my chimney and do the driveway. Please keep in mind I am from Ontario so our winters can get pretty brutal so that may affect materials i decide to go with. I will NOT be doing any of the work myself :S I want advice on what i should be looking for when i speak to contractors. Also, please suggest any tried and tested contractors. I wish there was a consumers report for Contractors! Eavestrough: How many years warranty should there be on workmanship. I've been quoted between 2 and 10. I think most people go with aluminum. I've been told by a few companies to go with Alurex - www.alu-rex.com - it comes with a built in leaf guard. I don't have any trees with leaves near my eaves. Is this a gimmick or would you all recommend it. Chimney - I have a few bricks that have partially cracked (portion above the eaves) about 10 layers down. Do i need to redo the entire chimney? What should a guarantee look like on masonry workmanship. I've found all these small guys that aren't backed by a company so im weary of them giving me a 10 year or lifetime warranty. Driveway - It needs to be redone. its regular asphalt but I'd like to do patterened concrete or interlock. Which would you all prefer given the cold climate. Sorry about the long winded message.