Current Homeowner Resources

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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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first-time homebuyers

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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Operation Safety: Tips To Make Every Bath A Safe Bath

Posted: 3.17.2015

Does your bathroom need a makeover? Go beyond functional and stylish updates and consider upgrades that add an element of safety, too. A few affordable, small updates can dramatically affect your bathroom’s level of safety while still providing a look you’ll love. Leave a little light on Low lighting levels can reduce visibility and be […]

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Energy-Saving Resolutions

Posted: 3.17.2015

Taking small steps throughout the year can lead to big results – not only helping lower your energy bills but also helping to protect the planet. Here are some ways you can resolve to save energy year round: Install and set a programmable thermostat. Save money on your heating and cooling bills every day by […]

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Expert Tips To Make Your New House Feel Like Home

Posted: 3.17.2015

Making your new house feel like your home can help provide a safe-haven for some much needed relaxation. “Everyone has a different sense of what home is,” says Elizabeth Lindmier of The Art Institute of Colorado. So while the same aesthetic won’t work for everyone, she offers her top five tips to start you in […]

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Spring Projects That Are Sure To Spruce Up Your Home

Posted: 3.17.2015

Warmer weather and sunnier days are on their way and many homeowners are itching to begin home improvement projects. If you are one of them, consider these areas of your home when prepping for spring. Windows and doors From a full window replacement to a simple coat of paint, updating your windows and doors can […]

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winter-ready home

Home safety tips for a safe and happy winter season

Posted: 12.23.2014

This winter, the western part of the U.S. should stay warm, while a cooler and wetter-than-average winter is likely across the southern tier of the nation, according to forecasts from the Climate Prediction Center. Homeowners need to take steps to ensure that their loved-ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months […]

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Keep your family secure at home with these tips

Posted: 12.23.2014

When it comes to protecting your family, your home is your fortress. It’s the place where your children fall asleep at night, tucked safely in their beds. It has the backyard where your pets roam freely without any danger of running into traffic. And it’s the place where you can relax, knowing your family is […]

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How to cut clutter

How to cut the clutter and take back your home

Posted: 12.22.2014

You’ve reached your breaking point. You’ve tripped over the same thing in the living room too many times. Now you’ve picked it up to finally put it away and you realize – you have nowhere to put it. You have too much clutter in your home. So what do you do? How do you decide […]

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2015 home design trends

6 design trends to heighten your home’s style in 2015

Posted: 12.21.2014

As the new year kicks off, it’s the premier time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life … and the home is no exception. Say goodbye to lackluster interiors as renowned interior designer and DIY television personality, Taniya Nayak, has forecasted the top trends for 2015 that will be sure to enhance […]

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Carpools and school buses: tips for arriving to school safely and on time

Posted: 9.28.2014

Your children are getting older and with each new grade level they want more independence. You’re OK with that, but you still get a little worried when you think about them getting to school safely each day. Whether they drive themselves, ride in a carpool or they take the bus, safety is paramount. Follow these […]

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Accomplish your to-do list of finishing the deck with ease this fall

Posted: 9.28.2014

If you have a wood deck, chances are that it’s made its way onto your summer to-do list. And if summer quickly slipped by you without that list being completely checked off, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time in the fall months to finish your deck. What many people don’t know is that […]

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Make a grand entrance: simple ideas to refresh your entryway

Posted: 9.28.2014

Most people enter their home through the garage or backdoor, forgetting how the front entrance looks to neighbors and guests. Your front door is often the first thing others notice about your home. That’s why it’s key to make a positive first impression. How to create an inviting entrance Transform your home’s curb appeal with […]

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Safety Tips To Prevent Summer Fun From Becoming A Summer Scare

Posted: 6.25.2014

As the days get longer and warmer, kids and adults alike have plenty of reasons to get outdoors. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals approved this list of tips to keep your summer fun from turning into a summer emergency. Set Rules for Wheels. Properly fitted helmets are a must whenever bikes, boards, scooters, skates or […]

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MOVING ON? – Tips to Help Get Your Home Ready to Sell

Posted: 6.25.2014

Listing your home for sale? Or want to? First impressions can make the difference in attracting prospective buyers. Many buyers make decisions based on emotion. To appeal to emotions, and make a positive first impression with prospective buyers, present your home at its best. Get out the toolbox: identify and make repairs No need to […]

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Home Improvement Tips to Prepare for the Summer Storm Season

Posted: 6.25.2014

Summer storm season is upon us – and some of those storms can be severe. Water and storm damage to your home can quickly add up and potentially leave your family in danger, which is why it’s a good idea to conduct a spring checkup of your home. Ed Del Grande is a master contractor […]

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Turning Your New House Into Your Home

Posted: 6.25.2014

Five tips to remove stress from your big move Moving. Opportunities. New beginnings. Stress. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a third of Americans move every five years. Celebrity design expert and ADT spokesperson Sabrina Soto has the expert moving advice to make your house a home: 1. Review everything being packed: If you have […]

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