10 packing hacks to streamline your move

Posted on: June 18, 2016 by in Blog
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Moving brings a mix of emotions. Excitement about living in a new home is paired with angst and anxiety about the actual moving process. The most dreaded task is the one that takes the most time: packing. Here are 10 packing hacks. The boxes, the bubble wrap, the labels — oh my! Packing can be chaotic and overwhelming. Fortunately the experts at Penske Truck Rental have some time-tested tips to help anyone make packing for a move fast, easy and efficient. Creative packing Continue Reading ...

3 Things to Look for When Buying a New Home

Posted on: June 18, 2016 by in Blog
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Purchasing a new home is an exciting and sometimes stressful experience. Learn the 3 things to look for when buying a new home. Whether you’re moving to a new town or looking to upgrade from your current space, finding a new home requires patience, expert guidance and a keen eye for detail. As a home seeker, the first thing you’ll evaluate is location, space and amenities such as fireplaces, granite countertops, a finished basement, deck or a swimming pool. The next thing to consider is Continue Reading ...

6 Simple Ways to Freshen Your Home Inside and Out

Posted on: June 18, 2016 by in Blog
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Looking for some easy ways to breathe new life into your home? Check out these tips. Whether it’s the air inside or the decor itself, freshening things up can make your home look and feel more welcoming at any time of year. You don’t need a lot of time or money to reinvigorate your home; just a few simple and affordable, yet high-impact DIY projects will do the trick. Here are a few projects you can easily accomplish in a single weekend: Paint an accent wall, trim or ceiling. Continue Reading ...

Tips to Stop Drafts, Save Money and Improve Your Home

Posted on: June 18, 2016 by in Blog
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Save Money and Improve Your Home: Can you imagine keeping your windows open all winter long?  Learn the tips to save drafts, money and improve your home. The heat loss, cold drafts and all that money spent on wasted energy would be staggering. But if your home has folding pull-down attic stairs, a whole-house fan, a fireplace or clothes dryer, you may be doing the equivalent of leaving the windows open every day. Drafts from these often-overlooked spaces waste energy and cost you big in the Continue Reading ...

New Year’s Plan to Get Fiscally Fit on Buying Your First Home

Posted on: June 17, 2016 by in Blog
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So buying a new home tops your list of New Year's resolutions. Follow these steps to get fiscally fit. As you picture the big moment - the one where you pull up to your dream home in your moving truck, sprint up and unlock your front door - you probably understand there's something you need to do first. You need to get your finances in shape. Just like those who make resolutions to run a marathon, making this big investment starts with a plan. Runners know that if they run a certain distance Continue Reading ...

4 Questions Smart Homeowners Must Ask Remodelers

Posted on: June 17, 2016 by in Blog
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If you're like millions of Americans, you're doing some sort of home improvement project within the next year. Have you thought about how you'll select your remodeler? Here are 4 questions to ask your remodeler. Don't be wooed by beautiful before-and-after photos - they are created to grab your attention and impress you, but they don't tell the whole story. For example, when you review a restaurant, you don't base your rating just on the food. You expect an excellent experience, including a Continue Reading ...

Easy DIY Tips To Save On Your Winter Energy Bills

Posted on: June 16, 2016 by in Blog
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Here's what Americans have to look forward to this winter: While the south will be drier and warmer, the northern U.S. can expect "wetter, cooler conditions," predicts the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "Regardless of the outlook, there is always some chance for extreme winter weather, so prepare now for what might come later this winter," says Mike Halpert, deputy director for NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. As a homeowner, what can you do to get ready for the Continue Reading ...

4 Easy Ways to Pest Proof Your Home

Posted on: June 16, 2016 by in Blog
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4 Easy Ways to Pest Proof Your Home: It’s late and you’re in your favorite, cozy pajamas. You get in bed and pull up the warm comforter. Turn out the light and are just about to drift off to sleep when you hear a noise coming from the attic. You sit up to listen, but it quickly goes quiet again. Lay back down and close your eyes, and just as you fall asleep, the noise is back, this time it’s coming from inside the wall. You have a visitor — an unwanted visitor. As much as we all enjoy Continue Reading ...

4 Tips to Help Keep Your Home Warm, Comfortable and Energy Efficient This Winter

Posted on: June 16, 2016 by in Blog
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With winter comes the holiday season, a time that's supposed to be associated with "comfort and joy." Learn these tips to make your home warm. But how joyful will it be if pests invade your house, or if your home is cold and drafty? Help stay warm all winter long by addressing factors like air leaks from gaps and cracks that can make your home feel uncomfortable. "Drafts and heat loss are common problems in the winter, and they affect homes of every age, size and construction," says Gary Continue Reading ...

10 Smart Ideas to Heat Your Home for Less

Posted on: June 15, 2016 by in Blog
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As cooler temperatures begin to sweep the nation, homeowners are turning on their heat for the first time in months. With every degree increase on the thermostat, utility bills follow suit. A warm, comfortable home shouldn't cost you a small fortune. Luckily, there are some simple strategies for combating the chill while lowering heating costs at the same time. Change the filters The summer and fall months are a prime time for airborne allergens and microbes, which can clog furnace Continue Reading ...