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4 home remedies that will put more money in your pocket

Posted: 4.19.2018

What do you like to do for fun when you have some free time on your hands? Whether it’s seeing the latest blockbuster, sampling a delicious entree or taking a road trip, chances are your passions cost money. If you’re like many Americans, you may find you don’t have quite as many loose dollars, especially […]

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Silent destroyers: Tips to spot termites and prevent infestation

Posted: 4.19.2018

There are many reasons that termites have gained the nickname “silent destroyers.” Five billion reasons, in fact. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. If left unchecked, they can silently chew through the structural stability of a home, eating away at wood, flooring and even wallpaper. To make […]

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Add fire safety to your family’s routine

Posted: 4.18.2018

Think of all the items you replace regularly – your cellphone, lightbulbs and even your toothbrush. But when was the last time you replaced your smoke alarm batteries, or even the alarms themselves? It’s easy to overlook, but the time to think about fire safety is now – before an emergency strikes. Many assume that […]

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Stuck inside? Easy tips to freshen up your living space

Posted: 1.29.2018

Winter weather means more time living indoors – working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. It’s important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. The following are some key areas to tackle for a comfortable and efficient home. Wash windows Washing away dirt and water marks […]

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Home improvement insight: 5 tips to redesign with kids’ safety in mind

Posted: 1.29.2018

Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids’ safety in mind during the redesign process. By being proactive today, you can ensure your entire family can safely enjoy the results of your home improvement project. Here are the top five things […]

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8 tips to prep your home for extreme winter weather

Posted: 1.29.2018

Many cities in the U.S. experience the winter chill with temperatures below freezing and snow fall. But cold weather isn’t exclusively a northern phenomenon as the majority of the country experiences extreme temperatures at some point during the winter months. Remember in January 2014 when all 50 states logged below-freezing temperatures on the same day? […]

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5 DIY projects that will reinvent your bathroom in a weekend

Posted: 1.29.2018

Ready to tackle your next home remodeling project and showcase your Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skills? Or maybe you’re an aspiring DIYer, hoping to channel your creative spirit and try your hand at the next home improvement project? Now is the time to get started. According to experts from the National Association of Home Builders, the amount […]

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What to Expect from a Home Inspection

Posted: 1.16.2018

For most people, buying a home is one of the largest investments they will make in their lifetime. Such a major decision should not be made without care and deserved due diligence. Carrying out a home inspection prior to purchase is a prudent decision that will ensure buyers have complete information. A standard home inspection […]

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Home Inspections 101: THE BASICS

Posted: 11.22.2017

So, you’ve executed a contract to purchase a home, but you haven’t gotten it inspected yet. With 95% of homeowners purchasing an inspection before closing the sale, you’re in the risky minority if you don’t invest in that peace of mind. So, where do you begin? In this infographic, we’ve provided some of the most […]

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A room-by-room guide to decluttering your home

Posted: 10.11.2017

Controlling clutter in your home can be a challenge; 48 percent of Americans say their houses are cluttered with stuff they don’t use anymore, according to a survey by ClearVoice Research. Multiple studies have found a cluttered home can negatively affect your mental and physical health, while a cleaner home can make you feel happier […]

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Tricks of the trade: How to maximize your kitchen renovation

Posted: 10.11.2017

Considering a kitchen renovation but not sure how to get the most out of your space and budget? Expert tips can help you focus your plans so you get the kitchen of your dreams for less money and less stress. “Redesigning your kitchen is a big investment,” says A-list designer Nate Berkus. “It’s not just […]

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Fire away: Enhancing your home’s safety with fire extinguishers

Posted: 10.11.2017

You check your alarms regularly and practice your family escape plan – but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers – and knowing how to use them – is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family. “In America, a fire starts in a residential […]

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3 easy ways to combat water damage in your walls and ceilings

Posted: 10.11.2017

Ask any homeowner what they dread the most when it comes to home ownership, and it’s likely to involve some type of undetected water damage that could result in mold and mildew in their walls and ceilings – and the problems that follow. Most water damage in homes is associated with pipes and appliances, especially […]

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Easy DIY Projects to Prepare Your Home For Sale

Posted: 6.8.2017

If you’re looking to sell your home quickly and for more money, it’s essential to make popular areas of the house look appealing to potential buyers. Fortunately, with a little DIY effort, you don’t have to invest in expensive home repairs or real estate-staging services. Consider these easy DIY projects that can help ensure your […]

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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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