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What is New in Water Heaters?

Jan 07, 2021Your water heater is an important part of your home, especially if you have a family. Between cooking, cleaning, doing dishes, washing clothes, washing hands, and all the other things

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Eye-Catching Painting Tips for Homeowners.

Jan 04, 2021The way your home is decorated says a lot about you, your family, and your lifestyle. Not only does choosing the right colors set the mood in a place, putting those colors in the right

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Are You Ready for Smarter Home Security

Dec 31, 2020As smart devices become more common, it’s no surprise to find homeowners who have opted to upgrade to smart thermostats or replace some of their lights with smart LED bulbs. While

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2021's Colors of the Year Unveiled

Dec 17, 2020Everything has its season, and for paint, winter is that time. Year after year, paint companies release their chosen Color(s) of the Year, which are meant to be reflections on trends

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Fireplaces Add Some Snap, Crackle and Pop

Dec 28, 2020When the weather outside is frightful, a fire can be so delightful. That’s what the song says, anyway. But loads of homeowners tend to agree with the sentiment, so surely they can

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Should You Upgrade Your Thermostat?

Dec 21, 2020Your thermostat plays an important role in keeping your home comfortable throughout the year. After all, the thermostat is the central hub for controlling the temperature you want to

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A Look At Smart Smoke Detectors

Dec 07, 2020Keeping your family and your home safe is an important responsibility. There are a number of devices that you can buy to help accomplish this, with some of the most common being smoke

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Tips and Trick For Persistent Drafts

Dec 10, 2020Oh, baby, it’s cold outside… and inside, too, if you’re standing close to a drafty window, door, or mysterious source of outside air. Persistent drafts are funny.

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Keep It Clean This Flue Season

Dec 03, 2020Roasting chestnuts over an open fire is a delightful holiday season tradition, but unless your flue has been inspected and cleaned, it’s not a very good idea. After all, a far less

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Home Mortgage Refi Process

Oct 19, 2020When rates are low, it can seem like the ideal time to refinance your mortgage. After all, who doesn’t like a lower interest rate? There are lots of good reasons to refinance your

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Today's Most Overrated Smart Home Devices

Sep 14, 2020Smart homes are increasingly popular, and there are a wide range of smart home devices on the consumer market these days. These devices can give you greater control over your home, and

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Today's Top Home Selling Points

Sep 17, 2020When it comes time to sell your home, you obviously want it looking its best so that prospective buyers will fall in love with it. This may lead to you consider touching up or remodeling

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Remodeling and High ROI

Sep 21, 2020Remodeling can be serious business, especially if you’ve got several pet projects on your list and a limited budget with which to work. It can be tempting to go straight to the

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Fall Planting

Sep 24, 2020Fall is a little bit like a reverse spring. Everything is starting to wind down as winter approaches, and for a lot of gardeners, that’s a sad time. It doesn’t have to be,

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Let's Talk About Foundation Erosion

Sep 28, 2020Erosion can be a big problem for homeowners, even if you don’t live in an area that sees frequent flooding or other causes of large-scale erosion. As soil erodes from around your

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Plant a Tree!

Oct 01, 2020As fall approaches, a lot of people are looking for ways to prep their yards for both winter and the coming spring. One great way to do this is to plant trees on your property that will

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Student Loan vs Mortgages

Oct 05, 2020According to the Brookings Institute, about 42 million Americans (one in eight) have a student loan, totaling about $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. Only 30 percent of Bachelor

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Some Top Lighting Options for Your Kitchen

Oct 12, 2020Good lighting is important in many places in the home. When you’re working in the kitchen, though, having sufficient lighting to see what you’re doing is vital. Poor lighting

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Putting Your Vegetables to Bed in the Fall

Oct 08, 2020Growing and tending a garden through the spring and summer can be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding of human experiences. The harvest in the early fall is simply sublime. But

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Pros and Cons of Buying A Repossessed Property

Oct 15, 2020Buying a house can be incredibly exciting and terrifying at the same time, especially if it’s your first or second home. For a lot of buyers today, the idea of getting a killer

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Your Fall Planting Guide 2020

Sep 24, 2020Fall is a little bit like a reverse spring. Everything is starting to wind down as winter approaches, and for a lot of gardeners, that’s a sad time. It doesn’t have to be,

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Highlight Your Home's Best Features

Jul 16, 2020 Your home’s a looker, so why aren’t you doing all you can to point all the attention at its best features? Maybe you’re afraid that drawing so much attention to

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Stayin' Coll With Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Jul 23, 2020 There’s nothing like a glass of cool lemonade on a hot summer day, unless of course the reason it’s so hot is that your air conditioner needs to be replaced. In that

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Choosing Energy Efficient Windows.

Jul 20, 2020 If eyes are the windows to the soul, then surely windows are the eyes of your house, right? Something like that, anyway. When it comes time to replace those windows, it’s

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Keeping Your Pets Safe During a Move

Jul 27, 2020 Moving day, just imagine it: The sun is shining, the weather is just perfect, and you’re about to close one chapter and open a brand new one. There’s so much

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New Smart Home Devices That Will Change Your Life

Aug 03, 2020 Smart home devices are increasingly popular these days. With automation assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant making device control easy, many homeowners are looking for the

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Metal Roofing for Homeowners

Aug 10, 2020 There was a time when metal roofing was largely reserved for use on shop buildings or certain businesses. These days, however, you’ll see metal roofs on almost any sort of

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How Does Rent to Own Housing Work?

Aug 13, 2020 Buying a home is a big deal, especially for those who have had credit problems in the past. The most common way to buy a home is with a mortgage loan, which requires both a credit

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Reflecting on Mirrors in Your Older Home.

Aug 06, 2020 If you have an older home, there’s a decent chance that somewhere in the house you have at least one large, bulky wall-mounted mirror. While not all older homes will feature

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Choosing Interior Colors: An Overview.

Aug 17, 2020 A home is supposed to be a sanctuary, a place where you escape the chaos of everyday life. But sometimes those sacred spaces get pretty chaotic almost on their own. Maybe it&rsquo

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Salary Drop?

Aug 24, 2020 In uncertain times, it can be easy to sit back and worry your time away hoping things will work out eventually. Although worrying will absolutely give you something to do, it won

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Shedding Some Light on Backyard Sheds

Aug 20, 2020 There are a lot of reasons that you might want a shed on your property. Maybe you just want some extra storage space. Maybe you need a place to put your mower and gardening tools

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Painter's Masks: A Primer

Aug 27, 2020 One of the best things about owning your own home is how much you can do to make it your own. Although big jobs like laying tile and building decks might be more than you’re

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Is It Safe to Hire In Home Workers?

Aug 31, 2020 As a part of maintaining good social distance, many people are limiting who they bring into their homes. But this can lead to a bit of anxiety when you need to bring in some extra

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Attic Ventilation

Sep 03, 2020 When you think of your home, the last thing you probably imagine is that it can breathe. Well, maybe not literally breathe, but it does have a way of moving air in and out, whether

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Is Now a Good Time To Buy A Home?

 May 4, 2020 David WeinsteinWith social distancing being an important part of life at the moment and so many parts of the economy suffering the effects of state lockdowns, some are worried

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The New Normal- Public Spaces and Social Distancing

 May 7, 2020 Rob MorelliIt goes without saying that no one expected 2020 to turn out the way that it has. The last several weeks have been especially difficult, with businesses shutting

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How To Support Your Non Essential Home Pros

 May 14, 2020 Rob MorelliThere has been a lot of focus in recent weeks on “essential” workers in our economy. In most places, this includes at least portions of the

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Tips For Bring A Pro Into Your Bubble

 May 18, 2020 David WeinsteinWhile everyone is home trying to stay healthy, there are a lot of people who have taken to trying to do things around the house on their own. This has helped

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Considering a DIY Interior Paint Job?

 May 11, 2020 David WeinsteinThere are a lot of people tackling DIY projects at the moment. Some of these are necessary projects that people are doing themselves to avoid bringing

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Update! Latest Construction Trends

 May 26, 2020 David WeinsteinThroughout the years, the construction industry, and the trends that it follows, have changed significantly. While some key elements in construction tend to

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Things to Consider Before Adding a New Story

 May 21, 2020 Rob MorelliEven if you absolutely love your house and the area you live in, sometimes you’ll find that you just don’t have enough room for your family and all

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Lawn Cutting Best Practices

 May 28, 2020 Rob MorelliWhether you love mowing the lawn or hate it, it’s a job that needs to be done. As with most things, though, there’s a difference between doing it and

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How Will A Recession Affect My Home Purchase?

 June 1, 2020 David WeinsteinIt’s well known that the housing market is heavily influenced by the economy — especially local economies. When the economy is strong, people have

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Great Virtual Home Staging Tips

 June 4, 2020 Rob MorelliVirtual home tours and showings are increasingly popular in real estate. They allow prospective home buyers to view the property on their own time, reducing

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Ready For The Storm Season?

 June 8, 2020 David WeinsteinAs spring turns to summer, more and more focus is shifting to outdoor activities and enjoying the wonderful summer weather. Unfortunately, not all of the

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Basic Tools For Home Owners

 June 11, 2020 Rob MorelliWhen you own your own home, there are a lot of small repairs and similar tasks that you’ll have to do at some point. You may also want to tackle some DIY

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Is Ring Security Safe To Use In My Home?

 June 15, 2020 David WeinsteinWhen it first hit the market, the Ring doorbell system seemed like a great way to keep your home safe. Not only do the cameras on the doorbell let you see who

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Looking For More Space look Up!

 June 18, 2020 Rob MorelliOne of the biggest problems that many homeowners face is finding enough room to store all of their things. Some seek to solve this problem by adding a shed or

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Smart Homes And Mesh Networks?

 June 23, 2020 David WeinsteinSmart homes and smart home tech are becoming increasingly popular these days. Various smart home devices, sensors and more can add new functions to a home,

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What Things To Consider When Buying A lake Property

 June 25, 2020 Rob MorelliBuying a lake house can be a great investment, regardless of whether you intend to use it as a vacation property or a year-round residence. With that said, you

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It's Time To Build An Indoor Play Space?

 June 29, 2020 David WeinsteinPlay is important for kids. It’s especially important for kids to have active play as a part of their routines, since it builds imagination, physical

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Can I Refinance My Mortgage?

 July 2, 2020 Rob MorelliRefinancing a mortgage is a powerful tool that can help you to save money on your home payments. Refinancing your mortgage takes advantage of your positive payment

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Roomba - Your Smarter Home

 July 6, 2020 David WeinsteinIn recent years, a number of consumer devices have offered Internet-enabled features and other forms of connectivity. Not only does this allow for updates to

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Your Pre -Listing Checklist

 July 9, 2020 Rob MorelliWhen it comes time to list your home, you’ll want to come up with a list of small repairs and other tweaks that you can do to try and get the most out of

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Is Now a Good Time to Buy?

 May 4, 2020 David WeinsteinWith social distancing being an important part of life at the moment and so many parts of the economy suffering the effects of state lockdowns, some are worried

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How to Develop Your Isolation Routine

 April 23, 2020 Rob MorelliSocial isolation can be difficult, especially if you’re not used to it. It sounds easy on the surface: Just stay home! If you’re cut off from the

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Way To Support Your Local Businesses

 March 20, 2020 John NashWithout mincing words, times are scary. People are afraid, and beyond that there is a significant amount of uncertainty about what is to come. In times like these,

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Maintaining Your Mental Health And Well Being

 March 26, 2020 John NashThings are pretty scary at the moment. When you turn on the news, read a paper or just scroll through your social media feed, most likely you’re seeing one

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New To Working From Home? Our Top Tips!

 March 30, 2020 John NashWorking from home can be a challenge, especially when you’re not used to it. There are a lot of distractions that can interfere with your work, sometimes

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Activities For The Whole Family

 April 2, 2020 John NashWith the current state of the world, people are spending more time at home than ever. This provides for some great opportunities to bond as a family, and also gives

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Getting Ready To DIY

 April 6, 2020 John NashWhile everyone’s staying at home, a lot of people are hesitant to bring in outsiders for things like painting or smaller construction projects. This could be

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Stay Connected With Modern Tech

 April 9, 2020 John NashThe world we live in is significantly different than the world we knew just a year ago. Around the world, people face self-isolation and quarantine as we attempt to

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At Home Entertainment For The Entire Family

 April 13, 2020 John NashOne of the best things that we can do right now to protect both ourselves and our friends and neighbors is to stay home. Unfortunately, there are only so many

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DIY Raised Bed Gardening

 April 20, 2020 John NashEven though everything seems to have ground to a halt, it’s important to think about things a bit further down the line. This not only helps you to prepare

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Spring Cleaning Tasks You Maybe Overlooking

 April 16, 2020 John NashAs self-isolation and social distancing stretches on, you may find yourself a bit bored just staying at home. Since there’s a big difference between choosing

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Wear and Tear or Time for Repair

April 23, 2020 Joseph Burris  Sometimes it’s easy to make a mountain out of a molehill. Other times, like when your driveway is starting to show some wear, you might instead try to

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Pictures Walls Done Right

 April 11, 2020 Joseph BurrisOne of the best parts of owning your own home is that you can do pretty much whatever you want when it comes to hanging things on the wall. No landlord will charge

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Proper Care of Your AC

 April 15, 2020 Saro CutriSpring is a time of beginnings. You get a chance to start over, to try something new and to get your air conditioner ready for the hot summer to come. It might

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Decluttering Using the Marie Kondo Method

 March 5, 2020 Joseph BurrisHave you heard of Marie Kondo? Even if you can’t quite place the name, there’s a good chance that you’ve run across some reference to figuring

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Spring Is Here Time for Landscaping

 March 2, 2020 Joseph BurrisAs the last winds of winter blow and the days become longer, it’s time to start thinking about the spring. In addition to cleaning up around the house,

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Revitalize Your Pantry

 March 9, 2020 Joseph BurrisA pantry is a great thing to have. Not only does it store all your dry goods in one place, but you can also use your pantry to better organize your kitchen.

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Dont Call It A Comeback (Wallpaper is in Again)

 March 16, 2020 Joseph BurrisWallpaper has been around for thousands of years in one form or another, with wallpaper-like wall coverings being used in China in 200 B.C. Modern style

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Things you could consider when adding a kitchen island.

March 17, 2020 Joseph BurrisWhen it comes to home improvements, there are few things that are requested more often than kitchen islands. Having a kitchen island can totally change the way that

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Safe guarding your home against the Coronavirus

 March 12, 2020 Joseph BurrisThere has been a significant amount of concern raised recently about COVID-19, a relatively recently discovered disease caused by a type of virus known as a

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Don't forget Your Permit!!!

It all started with a shelf.You just bought your home and, though it needed a little surface work, you were pretty proud of it. It was yours, to do with as you wanted. So the first thing you did was

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Easy Step By Step Guide to Decluttering

Joseph BurrisOf all the things that you can do to get your home ready for the market, there’s nothing as effective or inexpensive as decluttering. Not only does it allow you to really showcase

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Maximize Space with a Closet Storage System

 August 13, 2018 Joseph BurrisYour new home has an amazingly huge closet, but a startling lack of places to hang stuff. Sure, you could pile all your extra clothing, shoes and accessories

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Taking Style Into Consideration

 January 30, 2020 Joseph BurrisHome remodels offer an opportunity to change the look and feel of your home. This can be great if you live in an older home with outdated fixtures and other

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Things to consider when Hiring a Home Professional

January 27, 2020 Joseph BurrisThere are a number of reasons that you might need to hire a professional to do work around your home. Maybe you want to make repairs, add a porch, redo your

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Singles are the Growing trend in Home ownership

 January 23, 2020 Joseph BurrisWhen a lot of people think of buying a home, they picture it as a part of settling down and building a family. There’s a pretty good reason for this;

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Peel and Stick Wallpaper a Hassle Free Option

  January 16, 2020 Joseph BurrisWhen you think of wallpaper, you likely picture rolls of material that are plastered or glued in place. Once the wallpaper is up on the walls, that

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All you need to know when choosing Insulation

 January 13, 2020 Joseph BurrisInsulation is an essential part of your home. Not only does it help keep the home warm during the winter, but it also plays an important part in keeping you

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Benefits of buying from or selling to a Renovation Investor

 December 30, 2019 John NashDepending on the condition of the house, renovation can be a major expense. However, this can also present real estate investors with significant opportunities.

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Financing Options Outside of Single-Family Homes

 January 6, 2020 John NashMost of the time, if you think about taking out a loan to purchase real estate, you’re likely picturing a single-family home. Depending on your needs and

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Home Equity Loan or Line Of Credit. Which is Better For You?

 November 25, 2019 John NashAs you make payments against your mortgage, you build equity in your home. This equity can be used to secure future loans, making it easier to refinance your

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Today's Best Practices For Winter Pest Control

 December 2, 2019 John NashYou’ve likely heard the phrase “if you’re cold, they’re cold” in relation to pets. Unfortunately, the same reasoning can also apply

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Care and Feeding of Your Homes Roof

 December 9, 2019 John NashWhile the roof is one of the most important parts of your home, it’s also one of the most neglected. The average homeowner gives little thought to the

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Things To Know Before Jumping Into Solar.

 December 12, 2019 John NashHome solar may be the energy solution of the future, offering clean, reliable energy without having to depend on power companies and their high energy rates.

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What Causes Ice Build-Up on Homes?

 December 16, 2019 John NashWhen the weather is cooler than cool, it can turn ice cold. Unfortunately, this can lead to a lot of ice on and around your home. There are few things that can

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Bargain Shopping 101: Things to Look For In a Deal

 December 19, 2019 John NashWhen you’re shopping for a new home, it’s not uncommon to face a little bit of sticker shock when it comes to price. This often leads to buyers

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High Traffic Flooring Options.

 December 23, 2019 John NashA nice deep pile carpet can look great in your home, but if you have a lot of foot traffic then it’s just asking for trouble. Not only will you have to

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Home Decor Should You Rent It?

 December 26, 2019 John NashIt might seem like kind of an odd concept, but there are a number of companies that let you rent your home décor these days. Companies like Feather and

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Do You Own Your Fence?

 January 2, 2020 John NashAs Robert Frost (somewhat facetiously) said, “Good fences make good neighbors.” While many people have much better relationships with their neighbors

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Is Your House Ready for an Electric Vehicle?

 September 9, 2019 David WeinsteinWhile they aren’t quite dominating the automotive market just yet, electric vehicles are definitely seeing a rise in popularity. More and more

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Ways to Improve Your Home's Marketability TODAY

 September 23, 2019 John NashSelling your home isn’t always easy. While there’s always a buyer out there somewhere, connecting with that buyer and agreeing on a price sometimes

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Fall Clean Up Tips and Tricks!

 October 2, 2019 John NashPeriodic home maintenance is essential, both to keep your house looking its best and to prevent problems that could worsen over time. One of the best times to

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What Do I Get With a Home Warranty?

 October 7, 2019 John NashBy now, you’ve likely seen the ads, gotten the emails and maybe even hung up on a few robocalls going on and on about the benefits of a home warranty. Are

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What Color Should You Paint Your Walls for the Best Return

 October 14, 2019 John NashPainting your home is a great way to express yourself and let your personality shine through in your living space. The colors you choose for your rooms can

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Bee-Safe: Pest Extermination Tips

 October 17, 2019 John NashIt can’t be overstated just how beneficial bees are to our ecosystem. Bees pollinate an astonishing 80 percent of the world’s plants, including

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Do You Really Need Those New Cabinets?

 October 21, 2019 John NashAre you in the market for some new cabinets? While it might seem like a good idea at first, replacing your cabinets might end up being more of a hassle than you

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Deliveries, Security & You

 October 24, 2019 John NashIn our modern always-connected world, it seems like we’re always having packages dropped off from one re-tailer or another. If you receive packages

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What is Mischeif Night

 October 28, 2019 John NashIf you haven’t heard of Mischief Night, it’s possible that you’ve lived in an area where it’s not really celebrated. It’s also

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What is New in Legislation for Homeowners

 October 31, 2019 John NashOwning a home can be expensive, though the benefits of home ownership typically outweigh the cost. Occasionally, changes to the law at either the state or

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Sprucing Up Your House for Holiday Hosting

 November 4, 2019 John NashThe holiday season is one of the most-traveled periods of the entire year. People drive and fly across the country or around the world to visit friends and loved

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Home Programs That Vets Should Know About

 November 11, 2019 John NashVeterans sacrifice a lot for this country. To help honor these sacrifices, special programs were put in place to aid vets in getting and keeping a home.

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Home Shopping, Red Flags to Watch

 November 14, 2019 John NashShopping for a home can be exciting. Unfortunately, sometimes we can get too caught up in the excitement and end up ignoring signs that the house we’re

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Millennials Buying Homes: What's Trending?

 November 18, 2019 John NashThough there are a number of stereotypes surrounding Millennials, they actually make up a fairly significant part of the economy. More importantly, their

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Outdoor Turkey Frying, Tips & Tricks

 November 21, 2019 John NashThanksgiving is on its way, and for most of us, that means turkey. In recent years, fried turkey has grown significantly in popularity; this has led to a lot

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Lower Your Mortgage Insurance Payment

Mortgage insurance can be a pain, though in many cases it’s a necessary evil. Without mortgage insurance you may not be able to qualify for certain loan programs, including loans serviced

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Waterproofing Your Basement

You bought your house because of the beautiful yard, the unbelievable hearth in the den, the two generous bathrooms and, of course, the enormous basement. You had big plans for that basement —

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Protecting Your Homes Value

You’re a homeowner now, you can kiss bland uniformity goodbye the moment you turn your apartment keys over to your now former landlord. The world is your canvas — at least, that part of

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Do You Know Your FICO Score?

Another month, another rent payment that’s helping your landlord pay off the house or apartment where you’re living. Another month, another rent day spent pondering just how much equity

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Is Your Heating System Ready For Winter?

Now that it’s officially winter, it’s definitely time to be thinking about how you’re going to heat your home this year. Some parts of the country are just now starting to feel the

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Clean Your Home Before You Move In

So, you’ve closed on your house and it’s time to figure out what the next step is. Don’t load up the moving van just yet — this is the perfect time to do a real deep clean on

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Fireplace Safety

Shorter days and chilly nights can mean only one thing: it’s time to fire up the fireplace. Before you get too far ahead of yourself, let’s talk about fire safety. It’s boring,

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Preventing Icicles

Icicles hanging from power lines, trees and other people’s homes can be absolutely gorgeous, but when those delicate frozen water daggers are hanging from yours, it may make your stomach do a

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Gutter Maintenance Time

Standing under the giant gold umbrella of foliage that covered your majestic shade tree this fall was like wandering into a painting, but now that the leaves have all fallen and the stately guardian

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Preparing Your Garden For Winter

There’s nothing quite as solemn as watching the garden and landscape start to wind down for a long winter’s rest. It’s part of the never-ending cycle of nature — and

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What To Ask Your Realtor Before You Move In

A House is a Complicated Organism, There’s Lots to KnowIt’s true that there’s a lot to know about your house, but much of that information comes with time and experience. Other

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Why Hiring a Mover is the Right Choice

When Mike and June spotted the two-story Victorian home nestled on its quiet, tree-lined street, it was love at first sight. Walking up the front steps felt just like coming home to a place they

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Signs You Need Pest Control

James could hardly contain himself when he spotted the stucco Spanish Revival house, its terra cotta roof striking a high contrast against the stark white structure. The brick walkway undulated

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Make a Memorable First Night in Your New Home

Mike and June, the new couple in the big Victorian house, decided they weren’t going to let their first night in their new home go by like it was nothing. Buying a house was a huge milestone

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Improve Your Home's Marketability

Selling your home isn’t always easy. While there’s always a buyer out there somewhere, connecting with that buyer and agreeing on a price sometimes takes a little effort. There are a lot

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Balancing Video Doorbells & Privacy

Advancing technology has played a large part in improving home security in recent years. This is due, in part, to the rising popularity of the Internet of Things, or IoT; these “Things”

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Home Sales with Pets

When it comes to selling your house, it’s important to get everything as close to perfect as possible before showing off the house. Not only will this let potential home buyers see the

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Benefits to Prepaying Your Mortgage?

 August 19, 2019 John NashA mortgage is one of the biggest single debts you’re likely to willingly take on. As such, being able to properly manage your mortgage is very important.

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Improve Your Home’s Marketability TODAY

 September 23, 2019 John NashSelling your home isn’t always easy. While there’s always a buyer out there somewhere, connecting with that buyer and agreeing on a price sometimes

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A Non-Occupying Co-Borrower?

 September 19, 2019 John NashIf you’re worried about whether you can get a loan on your own, having a co-borrower can take a lot of the stress off. Because there are two people

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Co-Borrower on a Mortgage?

If you’re worried about whether you can get a loan on your own, having a co-borrower can take a lot of the stress off. Because there are two people applying for the loan, the lender has a lot

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The Different Sources of Heating

There are a lot of different options available when it comes to heating your home. Some of them, you’re likely really familiar with, while others are newer options that you may not have heard

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How to Survive a Remodel

Remodeling your home is a major project. Most people don’t realize just HOW major of a project it is until they’re deep into it, however. If you aren’t careful, a remodel can cover

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Is Your House Electric Vehicle Ready?

While they aren’t quite dominating the automotive market just yet, electric vehicles are definitely seeing a rise in popularity. More and more consumers are embracing the vehicles as a stylish

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Selling in the "Off Season"

Spring and summer are traditionally seen as the best times to sell your house. Research has actually shown that homes sold during the first half of May tend to sell faster and sell for a higher

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Home Inspections What You Can Expect

Inspections are an important part of the home-selling process. The home inspector will locate any potential problems with the property, making sure that all involved know what’s wrong and what

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Choosing the Right Mattress

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when

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An Evacuation Plan for Pets

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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Upsizing

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become

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Check Your Home Now for Air Leaks Before Fall Arrives

As we head into the fall season with winter around the corner, now is the time of year when it’s especially important to make sure your home is properly sealed. Air leaks can make it difficult

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Quick Fixes for Dealing with Scratched Wood Floors

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use

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Things to Consider When Pricing Your Home

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing

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Hot Home Decor Trends

What Are the Hot [City] Home Décor Trends?Just like fashion designs and hair styles, home décor trends are constantly changing and evolving. Each new season brings a new must-have

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What You Should Know About Airflow? Choosing Air Filters 101

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Foundation Cracks Don't Have To Spell Disaster

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The Dirt On Todays Septic Tank Ownership

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Who Do You Call Wen a Water Pipe Bursts?

 July 22, 2019 John NashA burst water pipe is no laughing matter. Depending on the size of the damaged area, a large pipe can lose a gallon or more per second. Even smaller pipes can cause

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Pros and Cons of Filling In Your Swimming Pool

 July 18, 2019 John NashAn in-ground pool can be a great way to relax around the house, enjoying the water on a hot summer day. There are a few potential issues with in-ground pools that

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Kitchen Fires Safety 101

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What You Should Know About Mold?

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Invest in Your Renters Screening Them Well: Top Questions to Ask

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Smarter Climate For Every Room In Your House

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What is an Attic Exhaust Fan and how does it Work?

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Drywall Anchors: Secret Revealed!

 June 20, 2019 John NashWhether you’re hanging a picture or mounting a television, anything that goes on your wall needs something to anchor it in place. If there’s a stud in

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Robo Lawnmowers: Almost Like a Roomba for Your Lawn!

 June 17, 2019 John NashRobotics and automation have changed the way that a number of things work in the home. You may not realize that you can automate tasks outside of the home as well.

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Cracks or Canyon? When is it Time for Driveway Repair?

 June 13, 2019 John NashSometimes it’s easy to make a mountain out of a molehill. Other times, like when your driveway is starting to show some wear, you might instead try to make a

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Choosing and Planting a Tree

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Keep Cool This Summer

Summer’s almost upon us. That means more ice cream, fewer snowball fights and, of course, the battle to keep your house cool as the heat bears down. As it turns out, you don’t have to

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Humans have been enclosing things in fences since there were fences and things to enclose. It’s natural that you’d want to build one eventually. After all, with a good fence you could

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Easy Care Landscaping

Is your landscaping full of weeds? Are you finding yourself driving by neighbors’ homes, envying their perfect, weed-free plantings? If so, you may be in need of some easy-care landscaping.

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Every morning when you look out of the window of your breakfast nook into your front yard, you’re met with the same green carpet, devoid of anything remotely interesting or different. It&rsquo

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Tips for Better Concrete Painting

Concrete has been used by humans for thousands of years, with some of the oldest examples of wells and houses made with the stuff dating back to 6500 BC. Although the ingredients have been refined

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House Painting Hacks

Owning a house can be a mixed blessing. On one hand, you have a place to sleep and eat and collect weird knick-knacks you bought off of eBay. On the other, you sometimes have to take on projects

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Truth About Zillow Zestimates

Do you know how much your home is worth? No, really, do you?Homeowners and buyers across the country often answer this question by turning to a figure known as a Zestimate, produced by Zillow

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Thinking About an Outdoor Kitchen...

Your new house has an awesome outdoor kitchen, or maybe you just had one installed, either way you’re all set to grill outside all summer (and maybe into the fall and winter, too). Have you

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Buying a Short Sale Home: The Basics

One of the greatest myths in the world of real estate is that buying a home that’s in a pre-foreclosure state, or one that has already been foreclosed upon, will get you the very best deal

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Everybody likes the idea of a little DIY. Whether that means unclogging your own sink drain or putting in a few shelves in your pantry, there’s a lot of satisfaction that goes along with doing

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Finishing Your Basement? Here are a few Tips

More people are choosing to stay in their existing home, expanding into unused space rather than going through the trouble of selling and buying again. If you’re in the same position, it might

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Tips for Cleaning Household Appliances

When the next bowl of chili explodes all over the inside of the microwave or you finally give in to the inch thick layer of pizza burn off inside your oven, this page of advice for cleaning

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Going green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings.Solar panels: The upfront cost

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DIY PROJECTS - 5 SECRETS WEAPONS

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EVACUATION PLAN FOR YOUR PETS

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WHAT IS THE BEST DOWN PAYMENT STRATEGY FOR YOU

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and

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TIPS FOR FINDING THE RIGHT MATTRESS

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TOOLS HOMEOWNERS MUST HAVE

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CONSIDER AN EVACUATION PLAN FOR YOUR PETS

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NEED TO UP-SIZE YOUR HOME?

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become

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Smart Windows Are Here- What You Need To Know

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Tips For Running a Sucessful Garage Sale

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Popcorn Ceilings: What They Are, How To Get Rid of Them & Are They A Health Hazzard

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Buying a Home at County Auction Post Foreclosure

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5 Ways To Make AC Dollars Go Further

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Tips For Saying Goodbye to Your Family Home

It’s easy to tell yourself that your house is just a building made of walls and ceilings and light fixtures and flooring, but when it comes time to sell, you may start to feel the sting of

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Top Cleaning Tips For Spring

It’s officially spring again, everybody and their great aunt Erma are abuzz with cleaning and organizing advice. We’re not sheep at HomeKeepr, but we figured it was important to throw

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Planning a Family Picture Wall

One of the best parts of owning your own home is that you can do pretty much whatever you want when it comes to hanging things on the wall. No landlord will charge you $5 per hole you poke through

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Spring Clean Your Air Conditioner?

Spring is a time of beginnings. You get a chance to start over, to try something new and to get your air conditioner ready for the hot summer to come. It might not be as romantic as the budding of

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Things to Know Before Installing a Pool

With the sunny days of summer just around the corner, it’s hard to not let your thoughts turn to the cool, refreshing blue waters of a backyard pool. Maybe you’ve been considering

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Smart Switched & Light Plugs

“Siri, how much water did I drink today?”“Alexa, what’s on TV tonight?”“Google, turn off the lights!”You know the drill. We’re all starting to talk to

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Water Filters 101

There’s something you should know about your water: it’s not as clean as you might think.In fact, depending on where it comes from, you could be having that skinny half-caf latte with

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What is a Reverse Mortgage?

“What goes up must come down,” so goes the saying. And, to that end, what goes forward must also go in reverse. Turns out the same also applies to mortgages, sort of. Except, instead of

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Make Your Air Conditioning Dollars Go Further

The aqua jeweled waters of the Caribbean pared with lush, jungle-like vegetation that seems to stretch along the beach forever greet you every single summer. It’s amazing, really, and you hope

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Mortgage Programs For Home Buyers

Whether you’re thinking about buying your first home or you’ve been contemplating an upgrade, you probably already know that there are several different kinds of home mortgages, some

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Success With Your First Rental

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Pool Maintenance Checklist

When the sun is high in the sky and the wind feels like a blow dryer on your face, there’s nothing like the blessed cool blue of your private pool. If you’ve only just recently

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Home Warranty?

Whether you’ve recently purchased a home or are considering renewing the home warranty that came with your home, chances are good that you’ve got questions. Big ones. You’ve

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Mortgage Brokers vs Bankers

You’re just swinging in your hammock on a sunny summer day when an ad pops up on YouTube for home equity loans. It sounds like a pretty good deal and you have been wanting to put a pool in for

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Sure, owning a house is pretty cool, but sometimes you feel like you could do better. Take your hall closet, for example. It’s small, there’s no place to put linens and barely enough

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Tips For Deck Building

Every summer, you find yourself saying the same thing month after month: “Boy, it’d be nice to have a big deck…” So far, one hasn’t spontaneously manifested in your

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Property Line Disputes & You

When you moved into your new house, the neighbors were so friendly. You almost felt bad about putting up a fence, but you promised your dog he’d have plenty of room to frolick when you finally

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Consider This Before Starting A Master Bath Remodel

You got an amazing deal on your home, in part because the master bathroom was kind of really outdated. The wallpaper says it all — and that pink toilet, oh boy. You are so ready to do

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Closet Storage Systems

Your new home has an amazingly huge closet, but a startling lack of places to hang stuff. Sure, you could pile all your extra clothing, shoes and accessories in the corner, or move your antique

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Things You Didn't Know About Radon

You found the perfect home. It’s gorgeous, energy efficient, in a great neighborhood and well within your budget. You wonder to yourself, “why is this perfect home still on the market?

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School District & Home Values

Home values are determined through a complicated series of calculations roughly based on the cost of actual construction plus value-adds like proximity to shopping and other conveniences. The prices

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Saving Money & the Environment One LED Bulb at a Time

Way back in 2012, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was being phased in. One of the most useful — and controversial — results was that old fashioned light bulbs

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Choosing the Right Pressure Washer

As summer slowly gives way to fall, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to clean up all the mess that’s accumulated around your house. You know the kind: algae

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Unclogging Household Drains

So there you are, minding your own business while having a shave over the bathroom sink, when you see it. The water. It’s not draining. And your sink is threatening to overflow. You turn off

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Best Practices for Closing Your Pool

When you bought the house with the pool, it looked like it was going to be all fun in the sun and splishin’ and-a splashin’, but now that the first signs of fall are appearing (the

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Choosing a Home Inspector

You’ve finally done it! You have a house under contract and you’re doing the paperwork to get your mortgage lined up. When your Realtor calls to ask you who you want to use for your home

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2018 Real Estate Tax Changes

As a homeowner, or soon to be homeowner, you can get some pretty sweet tax deductions from things related to your home. Some tend to change from year to year, like those for energy-efficient,

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Appealing Your Property Taxes

Spring is here and that means it’s time to… well, it’s time to appeal your property taxes. Not everyone needs to do this, obviously, but there are plenty of people who should. Do

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Finding the Right Paintbrush for Your Project

There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when they just can’t take that color on the wall anymore and they absolutely have to do something about it. If you’ve reached your

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Finding & Fixing a Leak

Anything in your home that’s attached to the water supply runs the risk of springing a leak. That also includes anything that drains water away. With so much riding on your pipes and

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What is an HOA?

For everyone out there looking at homes right now, there are three little letters that could make or break your purchase decision. They are “H,” “O” and “A.”

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Reasons You Need a Permit

It all started with a shelf.You just bought your home and, though it needed a little surface work, you were pretty proud of it. It was yours, to do with as you wanted. So the first thing you did was

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Smart Sprinklers?

You’re all alone at home when you hear it. Sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-shhhhhhhh… and it seems to be coming from outside. You look around, very puzzled and a little afraid, then it comes again sh

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Do You Need a Public Adjuster When You File an Insurance Claim?

After a major storm or a freak accident that ends in massive amounts of property damage, you’re probably going to feel two things essentially at once: you’re going to be overwhelmed with

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Be Prepared for a Natural Disaster

Any time there’s a natural disaster, emergency preparedness is all anyone can think about. But soon after the news coverage fades away, it’s back to the same old grind, with little brain

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Mortgage Insurance

Whether you’re in the process of buying your first home or you’ve been a homeowner for years, there are few phrases that hit right to the bone like “mortgage insurance.” Why,

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Before You Stage Your Home Yourself...

There you sit, watching “The Vanilla Ice Project” on the DIY Network when a thought bubble forms over your head. If Vanilla Ice can remodel houses on television, you could probably save

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How to Stick to Your Home Furnishing Budget

You’ve finally done it! You bought the house of your dreams and closing is just around the corner. Then it occurs to you. Your aged and creaking futon, cement block and raw lumber bookshelves

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Need an Emergency Plumber?

You didn’t do anything different, but all of a sudden the garbage disposal is smoking and water is backing up in the sink. Is your plumbing possessed? Should you just set the whole house on

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3 Things to Think About Before Starting Your Kitchen Remodel

For the third time this week, you’ve found yourself cursing the unusability of your kitchen. The drawers come out in all the wrong directions, the cabinets are so shallow that you can barely

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Smart Thermostat?

In the Internet Age, it seems like almost anything is possible. There are cars that can drive themselves, microwaves that you can talk to and, of course, smart thermostats. For the average,

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Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Vacation Home

Just imagine it! Waking up to the sound of sea and surf pounding the sand right outside your very own home. You don’t have to call ahead for reservations, you don’t need to ask anyone

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FHA Mortgage Financing

While you’re dreaming about your Starter Home, don’t forget that you’re going to need a Starter Mortgage to pay for it. The mortgage programs offered through the Department of

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Buying Land...Things to Keep in Mind

Land can be a good investment, whether you intend to build a house or business on a particular lot or simply want a place where you can stretch your legs and breathe a bit more deeply. After all,

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Time for a Garage Update?

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Patio Planning Basics

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Smart Homes Need Smart Protection

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The Beauty of a Breakfast Nook

It’s the most important meal of the day, so why are you spending your mornings eating over the sink on your rush to get ready for work? For many homeowners there’s a perfectly cozy and

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Simple Secrets to Keep Your Home Warm this Winter

It’s been a busy year. It almost feels like we completely skipped over spring, summer and fall and found ourselves barreling head first into winter like a kid on an out of control snow sled.

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Worst Returns on Your Home Renovation Dollars

November 15, 2018 Joseph BurrisThere are a whole boatload of articles on the Internet about the home renovations that offer the best return on your hard-earned cash, but not so many about the

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Why You Should Try a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning System

There are a whole boatload of articles on the Internet about the home renovations that offer the best return on your hard-earned cash, but not so many about the ones that are literally just black

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What to Look for in a Smart Security Camera

  Once upon a time having a security system or even just some video cameras meant that you either lived in a dodgy neighborhood or you had something really awesome to steal. Today, home

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Safety Tips For Using a Table Saw

Interestingly enough, if you’re looking for images of table saws in any of the places where you get that sort of thing, you’ll see a lot of things that scream “hold my beer!”

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Things to Check Before the Big Freeze!

Along with the provocative spending and lavish feasts that are hallmarks of the holiday season also comes the cold, the ice and the snow. Like those extra three helpings of stuffing at Aunt Linda

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Step-By-Step Guide to Mortgage Pre-Approval

If you find yourself sitting in a strange hallway, waiting for a stranger in a suit to size you up and decide if you’re worthy as your palms sweat and your breath gets just a little bit harder

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7 Tips to Make Your Relocation Easier

December 6, 2018 Joseph BurrisYou just found out that you’re being relocated by your job, or maybe you were offered a job that was too good to be true in another state. Either way, you

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Your Guide to Buying an Older Home

For a lot of homebuyers, buying their dream home means choosing an older structure that has passed the test of time. These grand places have an undeniable charm about them, with classic styling that

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Your Guide to Buying a New Home

If you’ve been following along, you know that last time around we covered a lot of the important things you should be thinking about when buying an older home. They’re great, but they

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Sewer Line Repair

Your basic household drain pipe is a fairly simple device. It has one job: to take liquids away to the sewer, where water treatment experts somehow magically turn those contaminated fluids into

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Things to Consider When Choosing New Windows

The first few years of owning your home mean discovering lots of things about it. Every house is different and some almost seem like they have a personality of their own — which isn’t

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Change Your World with Smart Plugs & Switches

December 27, 2018 Joseph BurrisIf you’ve been paying any attention at all to the world of smart homes and home automation, then the fact that smart switches and smart lights exist could

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Things to Consider Before Listing Your Home as a Short Term Rental

December 31, 2018 Joseph BurrisAs the march into winter gets underway, a lot of people are already starting to plan their spring and summer vacations. Oh, they’ll go somewhere sunny, or

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Easy Ways to Keep Water Out of Your Basement

January 3, 2019 Joseph BurrisAll homes have quirks that require special care and consideration, but when it comes to homes with basements, it’s a whole different ball game. Instead of

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Mortgage Insurance?

January 7, 2019 Joseph BurrisIf you currently have a mortgage or are looking at taking one out, you’ve probably come across a concept so notorious, so vile, that it can cause blood

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Reasons You Need a Realtor to Ease Your Home Purchase

If you’re shopping for a house, or even just considering buying one, there’s one person that you absolutely need on your side: a Realtor. Potential buyers often think they can go it,

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Carpet Cleaning for Pet Owners

January 14, 2019 Joseph BurrisIt’s amazing how much a pet can give you just by simply existing. According to the Centers for Disease Control, owning a pet can help increase your

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How Do You Know if it's Time for New Windows?

January 17, 2019 Joseph BurrisWhether you just bought your home or you’ve owned it a while, it can be easy to overlook the windows that open it up to the world, as if they didn’t

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Things to Know About Whole-Home Generators

 There’s little more frightening than losing your electricity in the middle of a big winter storm or even a spring tornado. Whatever natural disaster is common in your area, you have

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Going Head-To-Head: Robot Vacuums Versus Traditional

January 24, 2019 Joseph BurrisOne of the best parts about living in the future is that we’ve got some of the coolest technology available to help with almost any household task. Forget if

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Pursing a Historic Designation for Your Home

You knew the moment you walked through the perfectly preserved arch-topped doors that this was one very special house. As your real estate agent guided you from room to room, all you could think was

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Tips for a Healthy Chimney Flue

For many people in North America, the weather outside is still pretty frightful, but a fire is so delightful. That is, as long as their flues are in good shape. Homeowners, especially in their first

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Home Buyer Credit Mistakes

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Here Come the Drones! Real Estate Photography

February 7, 2019 Joseph BurrisThe day is not that far away when you’ll hear a tippity tap at the front door and open it to find your friendly neighborhood pizza drone just

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Ideas to Make Your Attic Reno Unique

February 11, 2019 Joseph BurrisThe word “attic” conjures up images of dark, dusty relic storerooms that just happen to be hidden in plain sight. For plenty of homeowners, their

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Guide to Drain Your Water Heater

February 14, 2019 Joseph BurrisOf all the things that civilization has brought us, including sliced bread, hot water may be the very best. It’s certainly up there, without a doubt. So, it

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Make Your Attic Reno Unique

February 11, 2019 Joseph BurrisThe word “attic” conjures up images of dark, dusty relic storerooms that just happen to be hidden in plain sight. For plenty of homeowners, their

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Weatherstripping: How to Find the Leaks

o/~ “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose…. even though your windows are closed….” o/~If that sounds disturbingly like your home in the

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Learn How to Drain Your Water Heater

February 14, 2019 Joseph BurrisOf all the things that civilization has brought us, including sliced bread, hot water may be the very best. It’s certainly up there, without a doubt. So, it

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Weatherstripping Windows and Doors

 February 21, 2019 Joseph BurrisIn the first part of this two part blog on weatherstripping, we walked through ways to detect leaks and how to determine if you even need to weatherstrip

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Smart Blinds for Homeowners

It seems that everything is getting smarter these days. You’ve got your basic smartphone, your smart security system, your smart speakers and even smart refrigerators. It should come as no

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Better Ways to Track Your Home Related Expenses

Joseph BurrisOwning a home means having a place that’s safe and secure to come back to after a long day at work, every day, forever, until you decide it’s time to buy a different home.

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Things to Do Before You List Your Home This Spring

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