Current Homeowner Resources

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7 Fast, Effective Garage Door Safety Tips

Posted: 6.8.2017

You probably put little thought into your garage door. You touch a button. The door opens, closes and you go about your day. While the garage door – the largest, heaviest moving object in your home – serves as the primary entry point of the home to many of us, it can also be dangerous […]

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Want To Catch Homebuyers’ Eyes? Follow 5 Easy Steps To A Lush Lawn

Posted: 6.8.2017

When it comes to selling a home there are many different strategies and most of them focus on the home’s interior. However, what many sellers fail to realize is that it’s the exterior of the home can help make or break a sale. Curb appeal is necessary for that vital first impression. Much of a […]

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Your HVAC Can Conserve Energy and Cost Less Money

Posted: 6.8.2017

The majority of Americans (74 percent) care about the environment, according to Pew Research. If you recycle regularly and have a programmable thermostat, you’re already doing something positive for the environment. But when it comes time to replace your heating, ventilation and cooling system, will you know how to make choices that protect your wallet […]

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Exterior home improvements yield higher ROI for less money, report shows

Posted: 3.9.2017

Renovation season is approaching. Do you know what home improvements will give you the best return for your money? Here’s a hint: step outside. You might assume upgrades to interior spaces like kitchens and bathrooms have the best payoff, but most home improvements don’t return 100 percent of their value at the time of resale. […]

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Light solutions: What to do when your house feels like a cave

Posted: 3.9.2017

A house with ample windows can win your heart with silent promises of sun-drenched rooms and warm breezes wafting through open windows. The truth, however, is that even a home with windows galore can have rooms that feel dark and cave like. Some of the most-loved aspects of modern design – open, expansive floor plans, […]

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7 steps to secure your home while you’re on vacation

Posted: 3.9.2017

Warmer temperatures, budding trees and blooming flowers are all lovely parts of spring, but what you really look forward to is the start of vacation planning season! Deciding where to go and what to see, making arrangements and planning your wardrobe are all exciting aspects of summer vacation planning. But before you pack up to […]

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6 simple ways to freshen your home inside and out

Posted: 11.14.2016

Looking for some easy ways to breathe new life into your home? Whether it’s the air inside or the decor itself, freshening things up can make your home look and feel more welcoming at any time of year. You don’t need a lot of time or money to reinvigorate your home; just a few simple […]

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Fire safety reminders to protect your home and family

Posted: 11.14.2016

While it’s important to be prepared in the event that a fire breaks out in your home, it is also very important to evaluate your home for fire safety and fire prevention beforehand. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) September 2015 Structure Fires Report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of […]

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10 packing hacks to streamline your move

Posted: 11.14.2016

Moving brings a mix of emotions. Excitement about living in a new home is paired with angst and anxiety about the actual moving process. The most dreaded task is the one that takes the most time: packing. The boxes, the bubble wrap, the labels – oh my! Packing can be chaotic and overwhelming. Fortunately the […]

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From amateur to expert: 5 gardening hacks you need to know

Posted: 6.10.2016

Gardening isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. Connecting with nature, being outdoors and putting in the needed work for a beautiful result is the ultimate reward. As an avid gardener, you’re always looking for new ways to outshine the previous year and achieve bigger, lusher results. If you’ve been using the same techniques for […]

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4 ways to make your home comfortable and safe for your pet

Posted: 6.3.2016

For millions of Americans, pets are a member of the family. They provide companionship and countless memories that last a lifetime. Having a pet-friendly home increases the likelihood that these memories will be positive. These tips can make pet ownership simpler, and create a safer, healthier environment for your four-legged companion. Pet-friendly flooring Carpeted flooring […]

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Top energy-efficient housing features every new homebuyer should know

Posted: 6.1.2016

Most Americans want an energy-efficient home, and they’re willing to make the necessary changes to help improve efficiency, whether it’s changing their habits or buying more energy-efficient appliances. But reducing energy bills and making your home more efficient doesn’t just begin with remembering to switch off lights in empty rooms or paying top-dollar for newer […]

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7 steps to allergy relief with spring cleaning

7 steps to allergy relief with spring cleaning

Posted: 5.1.2016

Longing for allergy relief? To stop the endless cycle of sniffles, sneezes and wheezes, it’s time to ready your vacuum and rubber gloves. Spring cleaning helps eliminate allergens so you can relax, breathe easy and enjoy the season. “People who suffer from allergies may not realize there’s a direct connection between cleaning your home and […]

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The quick guide to home financing

The quick guide to home financing

Posted: 3.22.2016

It’s an all too familiar monthly event: you write out a rent check and wait for the funds to disappear from your bank account. But what if instead of making endless payments on something you don’t own, you could own a home of your own? When you finance a home purchase with a mortgage, you […]

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4 ways to improve your home's curb appeal

4 ways to improve your home’s curb appeal

Posted: 3.22.2016

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This steadfast advice isn’t just for interviews and first dates; it’s also applicable to your home. Whether it’s a potential buyer or simply a visitor, within seconds of seeing your home’s exterior, that first impression will be made. That’s why experts from home builders […]

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Transform your home today, stay safe tomorrow

Transform your home today, stay safe tomorrow

Posted: 3.22.2016

While many can only dream of the day they’ll retire, for baby boomers, that dream is quickly becoming a reality. By the year 2030, approximately 20 percent of Americans are expected to be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But retirement doesn’t necessarily mean relocating to a senior community. More and […]

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Put your home on autopilot to save money, time and energy

Posted: 2.17.2016

Every homeowner can remember a time when they wondered, “Did I lock the front door this morning?” Or, “Did I leave a light on?” Others can attest to that feeling of dread knowing their air conditioner is running full blast while they’re away on a weekend trip. There’s nothing worse than worrying about the security […]

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These 2016 kitchen design trends are on track to become timeless

Posted: 2.17.2016

Some kitchen design trends fade as quickly as they come in – tile countertops, naked windows or avocado-hued appliances may come to mind. Other trends, however, are so deeply rooted in good design that they’re destined to become timeless style statements – and enhance your kitchen with a look you’ll love as much in a […]

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Make your new house feel like home to your family pets

Posted: 2.17.2016

Moving into a new home is exciting – for the humans in the family. It can be less comfortable for pets who need time to adjust to a new environment, learn their way around and discover the best nap spots in their new home. As a loving pet parent, you want every member of your […]

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5 tips for creating fall curb appeal

5 tips for creating fall curb appeal

Posted: 9.11.2015

Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don’t have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales – below are tips and projects for sprucing up your […]

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The most common - and solvable - home health and safety risks

The most common – and solvable – home health and safety risks

Posted: 9.11.2015

For many Americans, “home” evokes warmth, comfort, security and safety. But while home may be sweet, statistics show it’s far from safe. From falls and other types of accidents to fires and poor indoor air quality, home can be a dangerous place – so it’s important to make simple home improvements that can help minimize […]

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5 tips for a seamless moving process

Posted: 9.11.2015

Packing up your entire life and moving it somewhere new is an exciting, yet intimidating task. Whether you’re moving across the country or just down the street, you’re bound to experience all the ups and downs of the moving process. Between the packing, moving and eventual unpacking, the process seems never ending. It’s easy to […]

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Standing water in your yard Solve your drainage problems in three steps

Standing water in your yard? Solve your drainage problems in three steps

Posted: 9.11.2015

Whether it’s the result of melting snow or a heavy rainstorm, standing water in the backyard is an unwelcome sight for any homeowner. While it’s unsightly and robs your yard of valuable green space, standing water can also cause excessive damage to your home’s foundation and even damage hardscape areas such as patios. These problems […]

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6 home improvements to withstand severe summer weather

Posted: 7.14.2015

Mother Nature can be hard on your home, especially during the summer months. Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes can cause extensive damage to houses and entire communities. Some preparation, however, can help homeowners defend their homes against severe-weather damage. “It pays to prepare your home to handle the worst of what Mother Nature dishes out in […]

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8 simple tips to designing safe living spaces for seniors

Posted: 7.14.2015

The saying goes, “With age comes wisdom,” but often times, it also comes with a new set of physical challenges, such as limited mobility and difficulties with hearing and seeing. That’s why when designing living spaces for seniors, whether in an assisted living community or in your life-long home, safety and comfort take a front […]

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8 ways first-time homebuyers can make themselves mortgage-ready

Posted: 7.13.2015

When it comes to buying your first home, a lack of knowledge and experience can lead to costly mistakes. One in four first-time homebuyers say they are completely unfamiliar with the mortgage financing process, according to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Even among those with an understanding of the overall process, the […]

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How to determine the true value of home improvements

Posted: 7.12.2015

The 2015 Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value report identifies these top five mid-range exterior home renovations as beneficial investments that allow homeowners to recoup a substantial percentage of their investment when they resell their homes: Replacing the front door (steel 101.8 percent) Adding manufactured stone veneer (92.2 percent) Replacing the garage door (88.4 percent) Replacing […]

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