Get Your Equipment Ready for the Season

Completing a thorough fall home maintenance checklist can help ensure you are ready for the colder weather. Take the time to test your winter equipment and make any necessary repairs. Handle The Cold Season With Ease When you have reliable winter equipment, you can enjoy the beauty of cold weather…

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How Mold Finds Its Way Into Your Attic

You may not spend much time in your attic, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t inspect it for concerns such as mold. Without proper attention, you could discover mold in the attic. Leaks Older, poorly maintained roofs are culprits for mold growth. Missing shingles, cracked flashing or weather damage can…

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Does Your Exhaust Fan Need Some Love?

Do you know what the number one unsung hero in your bathroom is? It’s the exhaust fan. This little guy does a world of good to keep your bathroom beautiful and clean. Every time you take one of those relaxing hot showers that steam up the mirror, the exhaust fan…

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Buying a Home With Radon

Buying a home can be an exciting time and when you find the home of your dreams you need to act fast. If your offer is accepted, you’ll begin the buying process with appraisals and inspections. During these critical steps, it is possible that test results could come back and…

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How To Show Veterans We Care

American veterans and their families are arguably the bravest people in the country, and they come in a variety of ages and genders. Show your appreciation for their sacrifices this Veterans Day. Help a Neighbor Extend a helping hand to a veteran neighbor who might be in need. Perhaps this…

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Organize Your Storage Spaces

It isn’t just bigger storage areas like garages or closets that can benefit from a little creative thinking when it comes to home organization tips. Taking the time to streamline little spaces like desk drawers and medicine cabinets can make your life a lot easier when you’re looking for something specific. Get…

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How Basement Mold Appears

One of the last things you want to find in your home is mold. The basement is a common area to discover this substance. When you understand how basement mold grows, you can stop it from happening. Water Problems A flood or leaky pipe can not only cause immediate damage…

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Foster New Growth

Spring and summer are your lawn’s time to shine. The prep work you do in the fall, though, makes your lawn really stand out during the sunnier seasons. Below the Surface Your grass is still growing even when nothing is happening on the surface. Adding lawn fertilization to your fall…

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Choosing the Best Kind of Light Bulb

There are several types of light bulbs available, and each one offers its own benefits. Here are some tips on choosing the best light bulb for your home. Brightness, Color, and Energy-Efficiency You can lower your energy usage and save money on your utility bills by switching from incandescent bulbs…

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Remember Your Range

How often should you clean or replace the range hood filter above your stove? Shoot for a clean filter at least once a year. If you cook a lot, clean it more often. Why Do I Need To Clean It? This easy-to-forget home maintenance task does more than just deliver…

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2 Quick Tips To Streamline Your Kitchen

You don’t have to restrict your best creative, outside-the-box thinking to your bedroom or your living room when it comes to home organization tips. You can whip your kitchen into shape in the blink of an eye with a couple of clever repurposing ideas for common household items: Install an…

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Price Your House Right This Summer

While many believe it is beneficial to always price your house a little higher and then haggle with a buyer, this is not necessarily the case. Overpricing a house can scare away a lot of potential buyers who don’t want to have the back and forth of negotiations. If the…

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Looking for Mold in All the Wrong Places

The first step in living in a mold-free home is finding the mold and its source. Mold loves moisture, and if it is present, you can be sure there is a water source nearby feeding the colony of spores. If you suspect mold is in your house, consider hiring a…

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It’s OK To Make Things Personal

The vintage vibe is all the rage and that’s a very good thing. Not only is it trendy to utilize this timeless style choice, but it’s also responsible to reuse old things and give them a second chance at life! In addition to keeping things economical, you’ll have a unique…

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Getting Your House Ready for Fall

As the leaves slowly start to change and the days get just a little bit colder, you can count on one thing: It’s time for fall home maintenance. Preparing your home for the fall can help you get a jump-start on the season so that you are braced for colder…

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Do You Know Your Current Radon Levels?

Even if you have a radon mitigation system, it’s still a good idea to check it every now and then to determine if the installer did a good job. Find out how effective your radon mitigation system is by buying a radon testing kit. Test Every Two Years It’s best…

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Keep Those Gutters Clean

Why is it important to clean the gutters around your home? This quintessential exterior home maintenance project makes sure the gutters can do their job of directing rainwater away from your house. Rain, Rain Go Away When rainwater is channeled away from your home and into areas of your choosing,…

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Make Friends With Your Wiring

Your home’s wiring conducts electricity, which makes your life convenient and much easier than it would be otherwise. The electric panel is like a huge station that controls the flow. Check Your Electrical Panel Some older brands of electric panels are no longer manufactured because of faulty construction and performance.…

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Maximize Underutilized Storage Space

If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself at least occasionally wishing you had more storage space to work with. A little creative thinking is all you need when it comes to home organization tips, so you can make more of underutilized and commonly overlooked spaces that can easily…

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Keep Your Wiring Current

Make sure all of your household appliances have grounded plugs with three prongs. Older, two-pronged appliances could shock you or a family member. Replace appliances with only two prongs. If your outlets are not grounded, have them replaced and a new circuit installed. Watch for Flickering Lights out? If so,…

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Help Your Clients Pick the Right Home Inspector

Your clients are the lifeblood of your business. You are looking for life-long customers, not just a one and done relationship. One way you can solidify this type of working partnership is by assisting them through the home inspection process. You can streamline the steps by helping them find a…

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How Much Does Hiring a Mold Specialist Cost?

Hiring a professional team to handle your mold removal job is a lot like hiring any other professional service when it comes to the potential cost. Every situation is different, so how much yours will set you back depends entirely on how big the job is and what’s involved. However,…

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Is Your Wiring Warm?

Just like people, your home’s wiring has its own personality and quirks. Periodically put a hand on your electrical outlets. If they feel warm, pay attention and take action. Maintenance Before Problems Develop Warm outlets may mean circuits are overloaded, wiring is loose or damaged, or perhaps wires are melting.…

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How to Quickly Identify a Leaking Boiler

If your home has a boiler, it is important to keep it in good working order. A common problem with boilers can be leaking exhaust gas. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless so it can be very sneaky. It can also be very dangerous, so it is important to be…

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Sump Pumps and Sewers Don’t Mix

When it comes to keeping basements dry, there’s nothing that beats a sump pump. However, if it is set up to pump the water into the city sewer system, you have two problems. First, the city does not want your water filling the sewers during storms. When that happens, either…

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Home Organization One Chore at a Time

Summer organization tips that everyone can benefit from usually focus on maintaining order in the home. While some of us can handle doing all the chores one day a week, many of us don’t have the time or desire to spend all day cleaning and organizing. One way to combat…

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Curb Humidity To Prevent Mold

Mold needs moisture to thrive, and a humid environment in your home saturates it with excess dampness. To prevent an outbreak of fungus in your house, you must control the humidity. Detecting Humidity Look for these signs that there is too much moisture in the air in your home: Condensation…

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Repair and Replace Soffit

If you’re going to need roof repairs, this is one of the better ones. Repairing or replacing the soffit under your eaves or the roof overhang is usually safer because you don’t have to be on the roof itself. If you have areas in your soffit that have been water…

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Prepare For Your Summer Showings

If you’re selling your home in the summer, it is important to have the right tools in your arsenal. Fortunately, there are tips for preparing a home for summer showings. When preparing for potential buyers, consider the following tips: Consider putting out cold beverages for potential buyers Turn the lights…

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Is Your Home Properly Grounded?

You’ve heard the sage advice to “keep grounded,” right? Well that goes for your house as well as for you. It’s shocking to realize how many homes are not properly grounded. It’s a good bet that much of this problem ties back to amateur electricians or undertrained appliance installers. Some…

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Make Home Maintenance Easy With Automation

As a homeowner, you likely know that the work is almost never done. It always seems like something needs to be fixed or upgraded, which can be time-consuming. Don’t despair! You can automate some of the easier home maintenance tasks so nothing gets overlooked. Here are some helpful tips on…

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Guide to Choosing a Radon Mitigation Company

When it comes to radon testing your home, make sure that the process runs smoothly by choosing a qualified radon mitigation company. The company should be experienced and offer high-quality solutions. Here is what you need to look for when choosing a company. First, make sure that the contractor is…

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Find a New Function for Your Fireplace

A warm fire can be relaxing and cozy on a cold winter night. But if you live in warmer weather or are worried about the upkeep, you can upgrade your fireplace into a stylish storage area. Clean it out and seal everything up before you start, and pick a paint…

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Energy Efficient Improvements and Radon

Energy efficient improvements can help lower utility bills and keep the home at the right temperature, but the tighter windows, doors and HVAC system mean the air is now essentially trapped. Radioactive radon gas can linger in these tight spaces and accumulate. If these levels rise too high, you need…

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Get Organized this Summer With Drop Zones

Summer is a busy time, especially for parents who have young children. You want to keep your little ones entertained in the hot summer heat while still making it on-time to work, appointments, and social gatherings. Being organized can help you get out the door easier. Whether you’re taking your…

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Three Common Home Inspections Myths

If you’re in the process of closing a sale, then you know how much work goes into helping your client look for the right place to call their own. You’ll likely spend countless hours viewing different homes online and with your client and hosted several open houses before they find…

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Embrace the Power of Paint

It’s pretty well-known that a new paint color can completely upgrade a room almost instantly. But if you think outside the box, you’ll find that it can create some gorgeous wall features in a very creative way. Instead of purchasing a new hardboard, a painted pattern or simple rectangle painted…

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Create a Bold Statement in a Surprising Location

There are plenty of ways to spice up a room, like adding interesting artwork and furniture or unique decor items. But if you really want to make a bold statement, start with the walls and fixtures themselves. Don’t just look around for new inspiration; look up! Turning your ceiling into…

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Telltale Signs of Termites

Termites left unchecked can cause damage to your home. Here are three telltale signs that you have these unwanted visitors in your house. Mud Tubes These small tunnel-like tubes are commonplace in spots where your home and the ground come together. They are about the width of a pencil and…

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Unsafe Decks

If you love to entertain, a home with a beautiful deck is likely at the top of your list. Decks can be wonderful gathering places for family and friends or a perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors. While decks can be a huge selling point for a home, a poorly…

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Hate Mold? Keep Things Clean!

One of the best ways to prevent mold in your basement is simply to clean regularly. Look for traces of mold on walls and ceilings. Pay extra attention to corners, nooks and anywhere that is prone to moisture or condensation. How To Clean Effectively Use a vacuum with a High-Efficiency…

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Turn Storage Space Into a Focal Point

Cooking is truly about creating a beautiful work of art, from colorful ingredients to stylish serving pieces. Don’t hide these gorgeous items behind a pantry door. Display your kitchen essentials in clear glass jars and arrange them according to color and height for a fabulous focal point in your kitchen.…

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Summer Tips for a Safer Deck

Now that the balmy, lazy days of summer are officially in full swing, it only makes sense that you’re spending a lot more time outside. Among other things, that likely means more family fun, entertaining, and quiet evenings spent unwinding on your deck. The following considerations can help you make sure…

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Water Line

Running water is a modern convenience that many of us can take for granted. We rarely think about the water line that is responsible for bringing that cool clean water into our home. But what if there are problems with the water line? A qualified home inspector can usually pick…

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Maintaining a Radon-Free Home

Radon is often found in trace amounts in the air outside your home. A test can reveal whether it’s inside your home, and regular maintenance can help keep it out. Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. You can hire a professional to complete the test, or you can use…

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Turn Your Necessities Into Something Exciting

There’s no need to settle and keep things ordinary in your home. Everyday items can be much more fun with a little thought and creativity. You don’t have to have a pool or live by the ocean to enjoy an outdoor shower. This not-so-typical setup can make your time spent…

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Did You Double-Check Your Mold Remediation Clean-Up?

Mold is one of the most frustrating problems a homeowner can deal with. When you’ve gone through the mold remediation process, it’s essential that you double-check all the work that was done. Otherwise, your problem could come back, dragging you back to square one. What To Look For  So, what,…

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Why You Should Have a Pre-Listing Inspection

If you are planning to sell a house this summer (or any season, really), it is important to consider all the benefits you can get from a pre-listing inspection. While it may seem unnecessary, especially when a potential buyer will likely have their own inspection, having one done yourself can…

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Include Downtime in Your Summer Schedule

Building downtime into your summer schedule is one key summer organization tip. It can be all too easy to cram the days with activities leaving you and your family little breathing room. When everything is go-go-go, the rest of your life starts to reflect that fast pace from laundry piling…

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Home Inspection Red Flags: What To Look Out For

Scheduling a thorough home inspection is an important part of getting any home ready for the market. However, fully understanding what the resulting report means for that property can take a little finesse if you’re not already in the know. Some potential issues with a property are more obvious or…

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Turn Something Old Into Something New

Whether it’s an old family heirloom or a fabulous thrift store find, upcycling an old chair is a great way to add a unique piece to your room for a lower cost. Depending on the design, you may find that you can actually do the work yourself. Even if you…

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Switch to Satin Brass Finishes

Brass is making a comeback, and for good reason. This gorgeous finish adds a touch of class and elegance to any room by embracing the current trend in gold accents. In bathrooms and kitchens, choose it for your faucets and knobs for a customized and modern look that stands out…

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Follow These Hands-On Hints To Rid Your Home of Mold

Few things strike horror in the hearts of homeowners as learning mold has infiltrated the perimeter. Don’t panic. Realize that even though it is potentially damaging and unhealthy, you can defeat mold. These practical tips should help get you started: Know the symptoms of mold exposure. Most noticeable are allergy…

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When You Can Use Caulk to Plug the Leak

Caulk is sometimes used as the be-all-end-all solution for DIY home problems, especially leaks. However, there are many problems caulk just can’t fix. When to Use Calk There are some instances when caulk can be used to resolve the issue. See a few of these below: For very small holes…

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What You Need to Know About Roof Repair

Have you been noticing water stains on the walls or in the ceiling of your home? Has mold been showing up along these areas or in other damp spots around the house? The source could be a leaky roof. While finding the source of a leak can be pretty hard,…

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Why You Should Test Your Home for Radon

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that every home in America undergo radon testing. Read on to find out why this often-overlooked test is necessary.  The Dangers of Radon According to the EPA, 1 out of every 15 homes in America has a problem with radon. Radon is also one of…

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How to Track Down a Difficult Leak

Here are some quick tips to help you track down difficult leaks. However, you’ll need to enlist a friend. Step 1 Go up to the roof with a garden hose and start low. Spray water on the area right above where you think the leak is coming from inside. Step…

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Three Ideas for Summer Organization

Now that summer is here and you have warm days and long evenings to look forward to, why not get a jump start on organizing your home? As the year goes on, it can be easy to put this task aside. However, clearing your home of clutter can also help…

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Toilet Running? Catch it Before it Causes Damage

Does your toilet continue to fill long after it should have stopped? A faulty flapper or unhooked chain can keep the water flow going indefinitely. Those are simple fixes, and once you check things out in the tank and make any necessary adjustments the water should stop. If so, great!…

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How to Restore Flow to a Faucet

Sometimes a kitchen or bathroom faucet will lose pressure. When this happens, you will notice that it starts spraying towards the side. The simple problem behind this is that usually the screen is dirty. Fortunately, to clean the screen should only take a few minutes of your time. First, close…

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Tips for Commercial Mold Remediation

Mold is a common problem for home owners, but mold can affect businesses as well, of course. What should you do if you find mold in your business? Do not ignore the problem. It can be easy to hope the issue fixes itself or even to forget about it entirely,…

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The Inner Workings of an Air Conditioner

An air conditioner uses the following five components to work its magic. Compressor Refrigerant Condenser Expansion Valve Evaporator Coil First The compressor keeps controls air flow. It continues to pull warm air inside, so that the rest of the parts can do their jobs. Second Refrigerant has an interesting property…

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The Undeniable Advantages of Repairing Your Roof

As time passes, all roofs experience wear and tear, but not all issues are major enough to require a full roof replacement. This is especially true if your roof is fairly new. Choosing to make repairs to your roof as problems arise has several advantages you should take note of:…

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Fourth of July Fun Facts

While you’re enjoying this year’s festivities on Independence Day, here are some fun facts to chew on at your annual cookout: Did you know that the Declaration of Independence wasn’t actually signed on July 4th? This important document was adopted by Congress on that date, but all of the signatures…

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How to Fix Roof Vents

If you find that your roof vents are damaged, then caulking may help to temporarily solve the issue. However, the only real fix is replacing them. Here are some quick tips to help. Check the Nails Sometimes nails are the issue, so be sure to check if some are missing…

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Smoothing Vinyl Windows and Doors

Everyone knows the frustration of vinyl windows or doors that don’t operate well. Often, gunk will build up in the channels and make it difficult for windows to move on the track. If you’ve cleaned the windows and they are still difficult to use, then you might want to think…

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Trim Your Trees with Ease

Are your clippers too short to reach the branches of your tree? No need to worry. We’ve got a trick to add some height to your reach, making it easier to prune the trees in your yard. Skip the ladder and extend the clippers with PVC piping. Cut a piece…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Maintenance

If you want to maximize the value of your house, you should keep it in top shape. You may also want to remodel or modernize certain rooms. Whether you are looking to make a major change to your home or just want to preserve it for future buyers, check out…

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Repair Your Window Air Conditioning Unit

Because the window unit is so much smaller, the same equipment must fit into a much more cramped space. What might go wrong, and how can you fix it? Potential Problems This system needs repairs every so often. Consider things to check regularly, so that you can fix the problem…

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How to Fix a Wallpaper Seam

If you have a wallpaper seam that is coming apart, don’t worry, you don’t have to replace the entire piece. Instead, you just want to reactivate the paste. Take a rag and dip it in warm water. Once soaked, you hold the rag on the area. Keep it there for…

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Simple Tarps Make Great Lawn Trailers

After mowing, trimming trees and hedges, or clearing away weeds and overgrowth you may find yourself with a pile of lawn rubbish. While you can use a wheelbarrow or other tools to clear away the mess, did you know that a simple plastic tarp can be a great option for…

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Make Your Outdoor Electrical Receptacles Weather Resistant

Outdoor electric receptacles prevent the unsightly appearance of electrical cords snaking outside from the inside of a home. These are often sent through windows or under doors. Not only does this affect the house’s ability to maintain the correct temperature, but it also presents a burglary risk if it prevents…

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Health Effects of Mold Exposure

Does exposure to mold cause respiratory illness and other health problems? The answer is more complicated than you might think. Wet, Damp Spaces Numerous studies, including a 2004 report by the Institute of Medicine, have found that being in a damp, indoor environment is associated with respiratory symptoms such as…

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How to Withdraw an Item from the Toilet

Nearly everyone has experienced the fear of dropping a small object into the toilet or drain. Often, it is a piece of jewelry lost to the pipes. Fortunately, you don’t always have to call a plumber to retrieve it. Take these simple steps: Get a wet/dry vacuum Remove the filter…

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Save Money by Caring for Your Own Lawn

Looking to save money on lawn care? If your lawn has been well-tended in the past, it doesn’t take much to keep it up. Take a look at your yard to see if it’s mostly grass with only a few weeds. If this is the case, you can take charge…

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Make Your Lawn Gear Mobile

If you’ve ever seen old golfing bags at yard sales, you may want to stop and pick one up for a few dollars. Golf bags are great for storage, and most have wheels that allow you to easily roll the bag wherever you need it to go. The next time…

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Flickering Lights and Loose Connections

Don’t be fooled by flickering lights. Odds are the lights flickering are not a sign of ghostly intruders or but merely a boring, old, loose electrical connection. Pinpoint if it is a problem with a single fixture or multiple lights in multiple rooms. You can determine the issue by identifying how many lights are affected.…

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How to Keep Your Home Free of Mold

You’ve invested a lot in your home, don’t forget to take steps to prevent a mold infestation. These three tips are easy to implement and can save you time and hassle in the future. Monitor Humidity According to the EPA, humidity should be between 30 and 60 percent in an indoor environment. You can measure…

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How to Spot the Source of a Roof Leak

The source of a leak can be hard to find. However, it’s not impossible. With a little knowledge and a lot of determination, you can get the job done. Here are some of the places you should start your hunt. Trust Gravity When it comes to finding leaks, gravity is your friend. Thanks to gravity,…

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Pick The Right Cord For The Job

There’s nothing like decorating your home and yard for the holidays. Plastic snowmen, Rudolph’s flashing red nose and bright white lights crisscrossing your roof. Sounds magical right? Well it can be a recipe for disaster if you don’t use the correct extension cords. Indoor and outdoor extension cords are not created equal. Just pick them…

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5 Myths About Radon You Should Know About if You Own a Home

Radon is a radioactive gas which is imperceptible to humans. Unfortunately, what we don’t see can still hurt us when it comes to radon. There are many myths and misconceptions, and it’s important you know the truth about radon so that you can make informed decisions for yourself and your family’s best interests. 1) Radon…

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How to Get Rid of Rust Colored Water

Discolored water might seem like a bad sign, particularly when accompanied by a foul odor. Often, this is from minerals in the water heater accumulating. Likewise, it may be degraded anode rod. Even so, the fix isn’t difficult. If you’re up for a small challenge, you can fix it. Here are the steps: Turn off…

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What NOT to Do When Decluttering Your Home

If you’re planning on decluttering your home this season, there are lots of tips out there telling you how to do it. Instead, we suggest a few things you should avoid when tackling a massive project like this. Don’t make these five mistakes: Don’t Buy Storage Bins First Refrain from heading out to your favorite…

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Get Rid of Mold on Wood

Mold on wood is unsightly and, like a surly teenager, leaves a bad impression. It’s best to clean it up as quickly as possible to prevent its spread throughout the home and minimize any health issues. In nearly all cases, the wood will not have to be replaced if you follow proper procedures. It is…

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How to Fix Leaks Around Brick Chimneys

As many of you may already know, wherever items penetrate the roof, leaks are likely to form. One of the most common types of roof penetration is the chimney. The Problem If the carpenter used galvanized steel around the chimneys, they can begin to rust. This would create weaknesses for water to seep through, leading…

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Use Wine Corks for Caulk Bottles

Synthetic wine corks are a staple of many DIY home projects, but they can also be extremely helpful in your toolbox. If you have ever used caulk, silicone, or any other adhesive material from a pressurized bottle, then you know how much of a pain it can be to stop these bottles from leaking. Once…

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Homemade Drain Cleaner

Just by nature of their use, a sink drain can become fully or partially clogged, creating a frustrating nuisance. Before you call the plumber, give this homemade drain cleaner a try. It’s simple, the ingredients are on hand and it’s pocketbook–friendly. Begin by pouring boiling water into the drain and follow immediately with a half…

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How Positive Feng Shui Can Help a Home Sell

As home inspectors and realtors know, there is usually a buyer out there for every home. When sellers utilize basic Feng Shui principles, they open themselves up to a bigger pool of buyers. Here are ten fast and effective tips to increase a home’s Chi. 1) It’s a Classic The home doesn’t have to be…

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The Truth About Your Roof’s Life Expectancy

Nothing in this world truly lasts forever, not even your roof! While this may not come as a surprise, it is important you are aware of how long your home’s roof is expected to last. Although the average life expectancy of a roof is between 20 and 25 years, there are several factors that affect…

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Use the Skinny Spaces in Your Home

In a small kitchen or bathroom, every inch of space counts. If you’ve got a couple of inches, you can create a whole new storage space for these smaller rooms. Install a sliding drawer between counters. Drawers that are 18-30 inches wide work best for pull-out cabinets, giving you enough space to store items without…

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How to Repair a Cut Extension Cord

If you accidentally cut an extension cord, your first instinct may be to just throw it out. But, it is possible to salvage the remains for a functional cord. You might think to splice the ends of the cut cord together, but this is not permissible under the National Electric Code, due to the damaged…

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Be Proactive in Cleaning and Preventing Mold

Don’t wait to act if you have mold growth in your home or moisture that may lead to mold growth, such as a flood, leak, or spill. If mold has access to moisture and organic material to feed on, it can grow quickly. Cleaning Mold If you find mold in your home, clean it immediately…

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How to Properly Store Your Out of Season Garments

Most of us know that, at the end of the season, it’s time to swap out our wardrobes and put things away for storage. Winter jackets especially have minimal use throughout the rest of the year, but many of us tend to stuff these items away without even bothering to clean them first. Doing this…

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Consider a GFCI Protector

A GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupter is one of the greatest advancements in electrical safety in the past four decades. These are the outlets you often come across in areas of the house where moisture poses a risk. Some common areas include: Bathrooms Kitchens Unfinished basements Use the GFCI Protector Outdoors As rain, snow…

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Décor Done Right

Enjoying the holidays is even more fun when you drive up to your house glowing brightly with holiday charm. Whether you’ve hung hearts for Valentine’s Day, Pumpkins and Witches for Halloween or Santa and his sleigh during Christmastime, you must make sure you do so with caution. Before you fall in love with that wreath…

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How to Fix Step Flashing Problems

Contractors use step flashing to create a proper seal along the areas where the roof meets the wall. However, even when properly installed these do need repair from time to time. What to Look For Here’s how to know if your step flashing might be the problem. Rusted flashing Flashing comes loose Missing flashing How…

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Will a Failed Radon Test Affect Your Home’s Value?

While a failed radon test may seem like the end of the world, it doesn’t have to be. Many homeowners have installed radon mitigation systems and gone on to sell their homes for the market price. Instead of viewing your home as tainted by high radon levels, think of it as a chance to install…

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How to Make a Keyhole Template

Do you have a shelf you want to install but you can’t seem to line up the mounting screws correctly? Many shelves feature keyhole mounts that work by resting on top of screws mounted in a wall, but the first step is correctly measuring the right spots for these keyholes. Instead of measuring the distance…

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Avoid the Health Risks Associated With Mold

There are many reasons why you should be aware of mold and act immediately if you see signs of it growing in your home, but the most important reason should be because it can pose a direct risk to your health. Studies have shown that nearly 100 percent of those who suffer from chronic sinusitis…

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How to Fix a Loose Screw

Trying to drive a screw into a hole that’s too big is a waste of time. If this happens, you have two options: Option number one is to take the screw out, apply filler to the hole and let it dry. After the appropriate amount of time, you can try to re-drill the screw into…

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How to Always Find Your House Key

Have you ever arrived at your door late at night only to spend minutes trying to find the right key to get in? Not only is this an inconvenience, it may also be dangerous for some people who may need to get inside quickly after arriving at home in the dark. Instead of trying to…

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Better Shower Pressure

What is a shower with low water pressure but a standing sponge bath? It may take longer to wash, use up the warm water and leave you with a cold rinse. The culprit may be a clogged showerhead. Here are a couple of easy ways you can remedy that. If your showerhead has rubber around…

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The Top 3 Home Inspection Mistakes Realtors Make

Every experienced real estate agent has worked with great home inspectors in their career. Regrettably, they’ve worked with some real dogs too. You owe it to yourself to recommend an inspector who won’t drive you crazy. Here are 3 common mistakes realtors make and how to avoid them. Skipping the Inspection Be there or be…

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What Does It Mean To “Pass” or “Fail” a Radon Test?

When it comes to radon testing, “passing” or “failing” results aren’t always completely clear. Because radon is not really safe at any level, you may receive a passing result and still have low levels of radon in your home. The EPA puts the action level for radon at 4 picocuries per liter. This means that…

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Save Energy by Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

A clothes dryer cannot work as effectively as possible with a clogged and dirty vent. A clogged dryer vent can interrupt the flow of air through the exhaust system, reducing the efficiency of the appliance. Failing to clean your vents could be a drain on your home’s electrical system. It could also be a significant…

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Remove Adhesives with Heat

If you’ve got something sticky that doesn’t want to budge, try using heat to remove it. While chemicals can end up peeling off paint, a hairdryer is a great tool, providing hot air in a concentrated column to direct at the sticky surface. If painter’s tape stays on a surface…

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Using Borax To Remove and Clean Mold

If you are trying to cleanse your house of mold, you probably are looking for the right cleaning substance. One option you may not have considered is borax. Like all mold-cleaning options, borax provides advantages and disadvantages. It is inexpensive and very effective, but it requires a bit more work…

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Properly Caring for Your Dry-Cleaned Clothes

Some of our clothes require a little more care than just tossing them in the washing machine followed by a quick run in the dryer. Instead, they need professional dry-cleaning services. Unfortunately, many of us feel that the wire hanger and plastic sheath combo we receive our clothes back on…

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A Cooler House with Your Window Air Conditioner

To keep your home cooler, check out these tricks. Cover your windows with curtains or closed window coverings during the day. By doing this, you save energy and enjoy a cooler home. Open your window at night when temperatures drop. Your air conditioner will not have to work nearly as…

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4 Easy Ways to Beat Allergies This Year

Allergy season can be a nightmare for those who are affected. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. By taking steps to allergy-proof your home, you can make your allergies as manageable as possible. Do a Deep Clean Many allergies are aggravated by dust in the home,…

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Quick and Easy Paint Touch-Ups Without a Brush

Your child just slammed his chair into a freshly painted wall, leaving a large, noticeable mark in an otherwise stellar paint job. Do you break out the painter’s tape, paint roller, and lay down plastic sheeting to fix this little hiccup? Instead of going to that much trouble, fix the…

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Is Your Radon System Working Properly?

Once a radon mitigation system is installed, it’s easy to become complacent. However, it is important to follow up installation with regular testing. This ensures that the system is working properly to vent the radon gas away from your home rather than letting it seep in. Your best bet is…

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Replace Popped Nails in Your Deck

Changes in the weather cause swelling and shrinking in the boards of your deck. This movement of the wood fibers causes the metal nails to pop up out of the wood. Driving them back down is only a shortterm solution because they will pop up again after a shortened period…

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Quick and Easy Storage Shelves

You’ve probably seen milk crates used for storage, and many stores carry cheap plastic crates you can buy for this purpose. But, you can also create easy and colorful shelving for virtually any room in your home with these crates. Once you decide where you want to place your new…

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How To Beat Mold in Your Home

For nearly all homeowners, the scary specter of mold in the home ranks high on the list of worries. This nasty problem competes with floods, fires, storms, vandalism and termites as the most damaging of calamities that can hit your home. Making the problem of mold even more complicated is…

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Which Radon Mitigation Company Should You Use?

While it may be a little scary to swallow the cost of installing a radon mitigation system, it is important to invest in a high-quality system that will work properly and function for a long time. This is not a place where you should skimp, so if you’re buying the…

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Get the Facts About 5 Home Inspection Myths

Once the sale contract is signed, eager home buyers have another hurdle to overcome, the home inspection. As a real estate agent, you can ease your client’s mind by being a source of information about the home inspection process. Here are the facts behind five common home inspection myths. An…

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What to Check Before You Call an Electrician

Basic troubleshooting often solves electrical problems. Read these tips to see if you can fix the problem before spending time and money calling in an electrician. If you just replaced a fuse, did you replace it with the same amperage? Make sure it is in tight and the fuse is…

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Office Organizers in Your Kitchen

Are you tired of sorting through a mess of different sizes of cookie sheets, baking pans, and cutting boards in your kitchen? Storing these items in messy stacks is not only cumbersome and a waste of storage space; it’s also a good way to damage their surfaces. Instead of potentially…

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

Working from home can be a great opportunity to work in your pajamas and sit in a favorite chair. Even at home, though, it is important to get things done efficiently and stay on task. Home offices often have to serve multiple purposes, so organization becomes key to keeping things…

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Use Energy Efficient Products

Do you care about the environment? Do you care about saving money? If your answer is yes, then it is time to switch to energy efficient products. Monetary savings include less energy expenditure as well as tax credits. Look around your home and see where you can save. Energy Efficient…

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Top Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

A few small maintenance jobs can keep you free of expensive refrigerator repair bills. These jobs take no more than five minutes each, but can save you a lot of time and money. Complete them twice a year for best results, but, the more often you do them, the better.…

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Ungrounded Electrical Systems and Shock Risk

Have you ever touched a metal object plugged in in your home and receive a shock? If you have, this is a sign that your electrical system has a problem. More specifically, this is anindication of an ungrounded electrical system. There is a very serious increased risk for shock any…

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Fix Loose Furniture Joints

Loose joints in pieces of furniture can be dangerous. Joints loosen over time with use of the furniture, or as the bonds between the two parts weaken. It’s important to fix them as soon as possible to avoid any injuries. Epoxy fills gaps while also repairing the wiggle. Buy a…

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Extension Cords- Repair, Don’t Replace

Extension cords are getting more expensive due to the rise in copper prices. Keep your extension cords in good condition by replacing damaged plugs and sockets. Cut off the old plug from the end of the cord. Use a knife to cut the jacket coating on the outside of the…

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Easy Ladder Storage

Ladders can be cumbersome when it comes time to store them, but did you know that keeping them low is much easier than trying to tuck them into a crawlspace or an overhead storage rack in your garage? You may have overlooked some valuable storage space along the lower parts…

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6 Hidden Dangers in the Home to Watch Out For

Everybody wants a safe home. Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as just keeping doors locked and the structure maintained. There are many surprising areas where your home may be exposing you and your family to unsafe conditions, and it’s probably not what you think. Mold One of the most…

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Professional vs. DIY Floor Refinishing

Professional vs. DIY Floor Refinishing When it comes to refinishing your floors, you might think it’s a bargain to DIY and refinish them yourself. But, if you’re working with old flooring or irreplaceable wood, you may want to stop and rethink that decision for a moment—you’ll be living with the…

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Create Vertical Cabinet Space

Most cabinets are designed with horizontal storage in mind. While this works for the basics, there are plenty of items in a kitchen that could benefit from vertical storage options. Cookie sheets, cake pans, muffin tins and other tall baking equipment all store more easily vertically. Standing them on end…

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How To Save Money – Restore Your Deck

Stop Wasting Money on Deck Repairs! When your deck begins to look as though it has seen better days, you may think it’s time to start replacing boards. Don’t be so hasty! Hardwood is quite pricey and continues to become more expensive over the years. Instead, there’s a cheaper and…

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Choosing the Right Size Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans move air around the room, saving you money on energy bills. In the summer, set the fan to run in a counterclockwise direction, moving cool air around the room. In winter, set the fan to clockwise to draw warm air up from the floor. To move the correct…

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Perfect Paint Lines Every Time

Have you ever carefully placed painter’s tape and painted a wall only for the tape to cause an uneven or jagged line once you remove it? Professional painters use a simple trick to prevent this. When you use painter’s tape to block an edge, the paint will likely cover part…

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Credit at Closing vs. Repairs

When your listing receives an accepted offer, expect the buyer to enlist the services of a home inspector before the contract is complete. Even a brand-new home isn’t perfect. Buyers often use home inspections to negotiate during the buying process. Home Inspection Purpose A home inspection is designed to ensure…

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Best Practices for Smoke Detector Maintenance

Smoke detectors can help protect you and your family in the event of a fire, but they need proper maintenance to work. Here are some tips for keeping your smoke detector running: Test a smoke detector monthly by pressing the test button. If the detector chirps, then it’s operational. Replace…

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