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5 Simple Tips for Chimney Maintenance

5 Simple Tips for Chimney Maintenance

A fireplace adds beauty to your home and keeps your family cozy and cozy and comfortable during winter. However, chimneys are a safety hazard when not properly maintained. With these simple tips for chimney maintenance, your chimney will be safe and functional for...

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5 Benefits of Energy-Efficient Doors

5 Benefits of Energy-Efficient Doors

Increasing energy efficiency in your home is a great way to lower heating and cooling costs and keep your living spaces comfortable all year. There are many ways to do this, including adding insulation and upgrading the windows. However, new doors offer improved home...

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3 Helpful Tips for Gardening in a Small Space

3 Helpful Tips for Gardening in a Small Space

If you’re thinking of planting a garden, you might envision a large soil bed with vegetables growing in rows. Some homeowners picture well-manicured flower beds with brightly colored annuals. However, if your yard is tiny or you don’t have a yard at all, here are a...

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8 Tips for Moving to Another State

8 Tips for Moving to Another State

Relocating can be a stressful time in anyone’s life, especially when that move is far from your current home. Follow the eight tips below to simplify the process when moving to another state. Prepare for Your Move Start making plans as soon as you know you’ll be...

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4 Tips to Repel Ants From Your Home

4 Tips to Repel Ants From Your Home

Ant infestations are common in many homes and can be a considerable nuisance. A colony of ants in your house may contaminate the food in the pantry and spread germs. Here are a few simple and cost-effective remedies to repel ants and get rid of them if they have...

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DIY Plumbing: How to Fix 4 Common Issues

DIY Plumbing: How to Fix 4 Common Issues

Plumbing troubles can be quite aggravating, and every homeowner will face them at some point. Fortunately, there are a few easy fixes you can complete yourself to keep your plumbing in good shape. Here are tips on DIY plumbing repairs for issues you might encounter at...

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5 Signs of Termites in Your Home

5 Signs of Termites in Your Home

Termites are pests that homeowners do not want around their property. They are a severe problem because they rapidly eat through wood and cause structural damage. A termite infestation is costly to treat, and repairing structural damage in the home is expensive. The...

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6 Pet-Safe Houseplants

6 Pet-Safe Houseplants

Plants brighten up your living space. However, many pet owners are unaware that several plants can be toxic and harmful to cats and dogs. To create a lively home environment while keeping your animals safe, keep these six pet-safe houseplants. 6 of the Best Pet-Safe...

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5 Tips to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home

5 Tips to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home

If you are concerned about the health of your family members, take steps to prevent mold growth in your home. Molds produce allergens and can cause symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, irritated skin, and headaches. Preventing mold helps improve indoor air quality and...

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7 Tips for Winter Safety

7 Tips for Winter Safety

Now that the cold weather has arrived, it’s important to take some precautions to make sure your home is safe. Here are some tips for winter safety to practice each year. Winter Safety Tips for Around the Home 1. Keep Your Heat at a Safe Temperature You don’t want to...

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4 Tips to Help You Get Your Offer Accepted

4 Tips to Help You Get Your Offer Accepted

You’ve found the perfect home and want to submit an offer. However, in a seller’s market, you will be competing against other potential buyers. Here are a few tips that can help you get your offer accepted when buying a house. Use an Experienced Realtor to Get Your...

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6 Tips to Prepare For A Power Outage

6 Tips to Prepare For A Power Outage

What to do When the Lights Go Out Being without power for even a short period is inconvenient. Gather supplies and prepare early so your home stays safe and comfortable during and after a power outage. Below are six tips that will help you prepare for a power outage...

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How to Deal with Residential Water Damage

How to Deal with Residential Water Damage

As a homeowner, one of the most upsetting things you can experience is flooding or water damage in your house. Residential water damage is usually caused by plumbing problems, flooding, or sewer backups and can cause major health and safety issues. It may also require...

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5 Signs of Structural Problems in a Home

5 Signs of Structural Problems in a Home

Structural problems in your home are unsafe and can cost you thousands in repair bills. Be vigilant by checking for signs of structural problems. Here are some ways to spot structural issues in your home. Cracks on Interior Walls and Ceilings are Signs of Structural...

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Tips for Electrical Safety in the Home

Tips for Electrical Safety in the Home

Electricity is a convenience that makes everyday life easier. Without proper maintenance, however, the electrical systems in our homes can cause property damage or injury. Each year house fires occur due to faulty electrical components. Let’s look at a few tips for...

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6 Common Home Concerns to Look Out For

6 Common Home Concerns to Look Out For

As a homeowner, you may be overwhelmed at times by the responsibility of taking care of your home. It's easier when you know the common home concerns to look out for. By being aware of potential problems and taking quick action, you can prevent serious damage. A Musty...

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Housecleaning Tips for Pet Owners

Housecleaning Tips for Pet Owners

A dog or cat in the house helps reduce stress and encourages family members to be more active. However, there can be housecleaning challenges related to animals. Let's take a look at some of the best housecleaning tips for pet owners to make your life easier and keep...

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The Importance of Septic Tank Maintenance

The Importance of Septic Tank Maintenance

Proper Maintenance for Your Septic Tank Every system in your home plays an important role in helping the household run smoothly, including your septic tank. Neglecting this system can end up resulting in costly repairs. Today, septic tank replacement ranges from...

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6 Ways to Reduce Household Waste

6 Ways to Reduce Household Waste

Consuming less and reducing the amount of trash you produce is everyone’s responsibility. Lower your environmental impact and conserve resources when you learn to reduce household waste. Here are a few easy ways to cut down on the number of things you throw away....

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4 Easy Upgrades for a Healthier Home

4 Easy Upgrades for a Healthier Home

It takes work to keep your living spaces clean and contaminant-free. Fortunately, there are simple upgrades for a healthier home that don’t take a lot of effort. Here are 5 small investments in your home that will make a big impact on your family’s wellness. Doormats...

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Weekend Home Improvement Projects You can DIY

Weekend Home Improvement Projects You can DIY

If you own a home, you know that upkeep and maintenance are important. However, not every project has to be time-consuming or costly. If you want to make updates but have limited time to do so, make room in this weekend’s schedule or set aside a couple of days. Here...

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5 Ways to Promote Wellness at Home

5 Ways to Promote Wellness at Home

During winter, people are more likely to get sick. Flu season may have you thinking about ways that you can promote wellness at home. Use these 5 steps to keep your family healthy, both now and in the long-term. Test Your Home for Radon One of the deadliest threats to...

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5 Winter Fire Safety Tips for Your Home

5 Winter Fire Safety Tips for Your Home

Winter is a great time to get cozy and enjoy your home. Follow these important winter fire safety tips to keep your family and property secure all season long. Winter Fire Safety Fire safety is a top priority in the winter, especially if you're going to be decorating...

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5 Ways to Heat Your Home More Efficiently

5 Ways to Heat Your Home More Efficiently

As fall turns to winter, you may be looking for ways to heat your home more efficiently. Some methods take work and an initial investment while others are more simple and affordable. Here are 5 ways to save money on your heating bill. Add Insulation to Heat Your Home...

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6 Tips to Organize Your Garage

6 Tips to Organize Your Garage

If you no longer have room to park your car inside the garage, it's time to make that space more functional. Use this guide to clean and declutter so that you can fit your car and still have useful storage areas. Let's look at six tips to help you organize your...

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How to Make the Most of Your Home’s Online Listing

How to Make the Most of Your Home’s Online Listing

When you are selling your home, you likely have a long to-do list. Once you have prepared the house for potential buyers to tour, it is time to create the home’s online listing. An eye-catching listing will attract interested buyers. Here are 5 ways to boost the...

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Make Your Own Natural Household Cleaners

Make Your Own Natural Household Cleaners

You can make a variety of household cleaning products using inexpensive ingredients that you probably already have in your home. There's no need to spend money on pricey brand name products that are made with harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances. Make your own...

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How to Babyproof Your Home

How to Babyproof Your Home

Whether you're a new parent, a grandparent, a caretaker, or anyone else who regularly has young children around, making the house safe is essential. Babyproof your home to keep small children healthy and safe. These tips will help you prevent injuries and accidents in...

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Home Improvement: Tips and Tricks to Paint Like a Pro

Home Improvement: Tips and Tricks to Paint Like a Pro

Painting a room in your home is a relatively easy DIY project. Fresh paint will brighten your living spaces and help increase the value of your home. If you have never painted before, here are a few tips and tricks to paint like a pro. Choose High-Quality Products The...

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5 Easy Ways to Become a Better Homeowner

5 Easy Ways to Become a Better Homeowner

Owning your home comes with many responsibilities beyond just paying your mortgage. Your home is one of the largest purchases you'll make in your life and it is important to take care of that investment. Being a good homeowner does not mean that you need to spend...

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Commonly Overlooked Areas When Spring Cleaning

Commonly Overlooked Areas When Spring Cleaning

The weather is warming up and it's time to declutter, organize, and clean the house. After being inside all winter, most homeowners are ready to get busy with home improvements. Don't neglect these commonly overlooked areas when spring cleaning. Spring Clean Your...

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7 Signs That You Need a New Roof

7 Signs That You Need a New Roof

Some homeowners don’t check on their roof until they start experiencing problems. However, you should be looking out for signs that you need a new roof. Here are some things you might notice that should cause concern.  Signs That You Need a New Roof in the Attic...

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5 Basic Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

5 Basic Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

Maintaining a home is a major part of homeownership. It takes a few tools to complete tasks beyond changing a light bulb or resetting a breaker. Buying all the tools that you need as a new homeowner can be expensive, so you may need to build up your collection over...

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What You Should Know About Radon and Lung Cancer

What You Should Know About Radon and Lung Cancer

Radon is a clear and odorless gas that seeps up from the ground beneath us. It is a natural element, but can be dangerous when concentrated indoors at high amounts. For this reason, it is smart to learn about the connection between radon and lung cancer. Radon Forms...

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Organizing Your Closet in 4 Easy Steps

Organizing Your Closet in 4 Easy Steps

When the New Year comes around, people start thinking about changes they want to make in their lives. One resolution that can be surprisingly impactful is getting organized around the home. Closets become a catch-all throughout the year for storing items that are also...

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7 Reasons to Order a Home Inspection

7 Reasons to Order a Home Inspection

Don’t let the excitement of purchasing a home overshadow the need for a home inspection. You’ll spend many weeks or months finding a house to buy and the inspection is one of the most important steps in the process. Order a home inspection and make the final sale...

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Reduce Chemicals in the Home

Reduce Chemicals in the Home

Everyone wants a safe and healthy home, but are you trading convenience for your family's good health? Exposure to harmful chemicals around the house is more common than you think. Chemicals are two to five times more prevalent indoors than outside. Proper ventilation...

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Roofing Materials: Exploring Options for Your Home

Roofing Materials: Exploring Options for Your Home

Whether you're building a new home or your current home needs a roof replacement, you have a wide variety of options for roofing materials. The weather, routine maintenance, and the materials determine how long your roofing will last. When shopping for a new roof,...

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5 Signs of Plumbing Problems in the Home

5 Signs of Plumbing Problems in the Home

It’s important to notice early warning signs that something is wrong with your plumbing. Timely repairs are important when water is involved, so familiarize yourself with these signs of plumbing problems in the home. 1. Gurgling or Rattling Pipes Can Indicate Plumbing...

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7 Tips for a Safe and Healthy Home

7 Tips for a Safe and Healthy Home

Your house should be your family's sanctuary. Unfortunately, many homes have hidden dangers contributing to unhealthy or unsafe living spaces. Use these tips to create a safe and healthy home for you and your family. Create a Safe and Healthy Home 1. Test for Radon...

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4 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

4 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

When buying a new home, the property you choose and the terms of the contract will affect your life for years. Hire a real estate agent to help you through the challenges that come up when shopping for and purchasing a home. Why You Need to Hire a Real Estate Agent...

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Home Maintenance Costs That Surprise First-Time Home Buyers

Home Maintenance Costs That Surprise First-Time Home Buyers

If you have recently purchased your first home, you'll appreciate the benefits of being a homeowner. However, with homeownership comes responsibilities and home maintenance costs that may surprise first-time home buyers. Here are a few things to be aware of and...

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Is Your Drinking Water Safe? 4 Types of Home Water Filters

Is Your Drinking Water Safe? 4 Types of Home Water Filters

The water coming into your home may not be as clean as you think. Municipal water sometimes contains bacteria, minerals, heavy metals, and chemicals. Removing these contaminants is important for keeping your tap water clean and healthy. Let's look at a few different...

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Beyond Termites: Common Wood-Destroying Insects

Beyond Termites: Common Wood-Destroying Insects

Termites Aren't the Only Common Wood-Destroying Insects Most homeowners are aware their homes are susceptible to damage from termites, but there are other common wood-destroying insects that can also damage houses. Wood-destroying insects, also referred to as WDIs,...

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Six Signs of Mold In the Home

Six Signs of Mold In the Home

Scientific research has determined that mold causes illness in otherwise healthy children and adults and can worsen conditions like asthma. Mold thrives in damp environments like the bathroom, laundry room, and basement. Be aware of these signs of mold in the home so...

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5 Benefits of a Pre-Listing Home Inspection

5 Benefits of a Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Home inspections are typically conducted on behalf of home buyers who have placed an offer. However, getting a home inspection as a seller brings you several advantages by making the selling process faster and easier. If you're selling your home, it's a good idea to...

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8 Winter Home Improvement Projects To Complete Indoors

8 Winter Home Improvement Projects To Complete Indoors

Home improvement projects are a major focus for many homeowners during the warmer months. However, just because winter has arrived, you don’t have to stop improving your home. Let's look at eight winter home improvement projects you can take on when it's cold outside....

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4 Steps To Prepare Your Fireplace For Use This Winter

4 Steps To Prepare Your Fireplace For Use This Winter

While most of us love a warm and cozy fire during the colder months, it's important to prepare your fireplace for use to keep your family safe. A fireplace that isn’t properly maintained or cleaned can cause issues like smoke in your home or a chimney fire. Take these...

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Prevent Household Plumbing Leaks With These 4 Tips

Prevent Household Plumbing Leaks With These 4 Tips

Your home’s plumbing provides water for your household so it's essential to keep the pipes healthy and operating well to avoid plumbing mishaps. Many things can threaten the integrity of your pipes and cause them to leak. To prevent household plumbing leaks, use these...

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How To Clean the Gutters During Fall

How To Clean the Gutters During Fall

Cleaning gutters is not the most fun task for homeowners because it's time-consuming and involves scooping nasty debris from up above while standing on a ladder. Most homeowners aren't aware of why they should or even how to clean the gutters during fall. Read on to...

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Thermal Imaging In Home Inspections and How it Works

Thermal Imaging In Home Inspections and How it Works

What is Thermal Imaging? Thermal imaging uses an infrared camera to take photos of an object’s infrared rays, which appear as a color spectrum based on the temperature emitted from the object. The image produced shows data otherwise invisible to the human eye. It's...

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Use This Checklist to Prepare Your Home for Vacation

Use This Checklist to Prepare Your Home for Vacation

Oftentimes, people get so excited for their vacation that they forget to prepare their home. Follow our checklist to prepare your home for vacation to help make your time away and your return stress-free. Tidy Up You will not be at your house for a while, so your...

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7 Ways to Save Water at Home This Summer

7 Ways to Save Water at Home This Summer

Is your water bill too high? Would you like to be more environmentally friendly? Either way, read more for easy tips to save water at home this summer: 1. Water Wisely Water your grass in the evening or in the early morning to save water at home. When the sun is high,...

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5 Simple Ways to Reduce Indoor Air Toxins in Your Home

5 Simple Ways to Reduce Indoor Air Toxins in Your Home

The ozone, smog, and numerous other outdoor pollutants usually come to mind when we think about pollution, but many indoor air pollutants cause just as much, if not more, damage to an individual’s quality of life. Mold, dust, pet dander, smoke, radon, and formaldehyde...

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5 Tips for Staging Your Home Inexpensively

5 Tips for Staging Your Home Inexpensively

Staging Your Home Inexpensively for Home Selling Success When you are getting ready to put your home on the market, you want to take every step you can to help it sell quickly and for asking price or better. But keep in mind that you’re competing with other sellers...

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6 Outdoor Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle in Spring

6 Outdoor Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle in Spring

Springtime Outdoor Home Maintenance Tasks Warm weather will be here before you know it. You're ready to work on your tan, take a dip in the pool and fire up the grill. However, before you kick back in your hammock and relax, you need to tackle some outdoor home...

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Home Cleaning Hacks for Every Room

Home Cleaning Hacks for Every Room

Keep your Whole House Spotless with our Home Cleaning Hacks Cleaning your entire home may seem overwhelming, but with our home cleaning hacks for each room of your house, your goal may be closer and easier than it seems! Your Kitchen You don’t want to use a...

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5 Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency at Home

5 Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency at Home

Energy efficient homes are becoming more popular by the day as American homeowners are looking to save money on utility bills and save the environment at the same time. Make no mistake about it—it has become a popular goal to increase energy efficiency at home. Here...

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Tips for Home Winterization

Tips for Home Winterization

Home Winterization Made Simple When cold weather is on its way and you find yourself wanting to crank up your thermostat, it’s time to start thinking about all the little things that can add up to much larger bills. Getting a jumpstart on preparation is the key, so...

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