Helpful Tip for Healthy Pipes

You depend on your plumber for regular pipe maintenance in your home. There is one small thing you can do yourself, however, to ensure that your pipes have just the right amount of water pressure. A reliable pressure gauge and a pressure release valve should be installed near the water…

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Getting Rid of Dampness in the Basement

If you own a home with a basement, you may already have big plans for using it as additional space. Some people use it as an office, mother-in-law suite or even storage. Whatever the purpose you have in mind, keeping the space dry is important. To combat dampness in a…

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Inspiration for a Functional Mudroom

Cold and wet weather calls for a sense of order in your mudroom. Make space in your home décor for all the boots, mittens and jackets that come along with cold weather by getting your mudroom in order. Giving everyone in the family their own storage locker and a basket…

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How to Detect Air Leaks in Your Home

Air leakage in your home is common. You may feel it in a draft under the door or near an unsealed window. Fortunately, air leakage is something easy to take care of. You can find out how much air is leaking into your home with the help of a qualified…

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Fridge Maintenance That Can Save You Money

There’s something gratifying about a clean refrigerator. The inside of your fridge isn’t the only part that needs frequent attention, though. Make sure the coils stay dust-free, too. This easy home maintenance task has a couple of great benefits. First, cleaning the coils improves your refrigerator’s efficiency. It doesn’t have…

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Easily Remove Limescale Overnight

Limescale buildup on pipes is a great example of easy home maintenance you can take care of in your sleep—really! Limescale is a chalky, hard deposit that is often found inside pipes, especially those for hot water, as well as kettles and water boilers. Sometimes it forms on the outside…

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Building a Proper Fire

One aspect of easy home maintenance is building a fire in the fireplace – a luxury today, where it was a necessity in the past. When you’re building your fire, make sure that the chimney flue is open to ensure airflow in your unit. Next, stack your logs on top…

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Don’t Hide Your Firewood!

Want your house to feel instantly cozy this winter? Make use of your fireplace or woodburning stove. A sort of romantic pioneer feeling is given off when a glowing fire is burning in the grate — and your firewood is part of the aesthetic. Make your freshly-chopped wood part of…

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A Radon Myth You Can Easily Debunk

Don’t let people who have experienced radon issues perpetuate the myth that home radon tests are a pain. This is one of the myths about radon you can debunk by yourself pretty easily. There are preliminary radon tests you can buy that only cost $15 and take between two and…

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Why the Home Inspection is so Important

As a real estate agent, you work hard to present a home well to entice buyers. Of course, prospective homeowners want to do more than give a home a quick look and run-through. It’s important to ensure that everything in the house is working properly and safely. The inspection is…

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DIY or Call a Pro: How To Decide

After buying the home of your dreams, taking care of small repairs yourself is a great way to take care of your budget. There are many easy home maintenance tasks that only take 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and they can save you a lot of money versus calling…

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Beat the Weather: Install Weatherstripping

Installing weatherstripping around windows and doors is an easy and effective way to reduce energy bills throughout the year. In hot seasons, weatherstripping prevents cool air from escaping, and in colder months, it keeps in the heat. The installation of weatherstripping is simple and quick. You can buy self-adhesive strips…

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The Soft Side of Neutrals

Styles may change, but one of the constants on which you can depend is that the color of your walls should make you feel at home. Today’s top design trends focus on new ways to do neutrals. Cozy Welcome Your color scheme sets the tone of your home. Soft whites…

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Safe Light Bulb Replacement

It is necessary to safely change a light bulb to avoid an often unnecessary electrical repair. One easy way to stay safe is to check the wattage and size of the bulb needing replacement. Replacing the right bulb can prevent issues with an improper fit or too much heat generation.…

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Tap Into the Great Outdoors

A popular design trend that takes you back to your roots (literally) is bringing the outdoors in. Many of today’s designers and homeowners believe the great outdoors can revive a home’s energy and make it look and feel fresh. There’s no better way to relax after a long, hard day…

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Two Overlooked Areas That Need Your Attention

Great home maintenance is key to a beautiful house that makes you happy. It also makes your appliances and home exterior last longer. Did You Forget About Your Fridge and Windows? Don’t feel bad, it happens. These are two areas that are important but easily overlooked. Vacuuming fridge coils –…

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Dark Decor for a Dramatic Winter

When you think of winter home décor, your mind probably goes straight to mistletoe and holly. Although that’s valid and beautiful in its own right, don’t overlook the power of dark accent pieces when you’re deciding on a winter look to create a bold effect. Black or slate grey pieces…

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Signs You Need an Attic Insulation Upgrade

How much attic insulation does your home have? Older homes, in particular, often have less insulation than recommended. Enjoy comfortable year-round temperatures and save on your energy bills by contacting a professional to inspect your attic and add more insulation. Look for these signs of improper insulation levels and contact…

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The Importance of Radon Re-Entrainment

Radon is something homeowners everywhere need to be aware of. Homeowners should test for radon levels in their home and if levels are elevated, it’s time to mitigate. Homeowners can use radon mitigation to remove the risk associated with the odorless gas. Many radon mitigation systems use venting through the…

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Soak That Siding

Return your home’s exterior to its original fresh and beautiful appearance by giving your siding or brick a good washing. This home maintenance task doesn’t take long, and the results can be amazing. It’s easy to forget how vibrant the original color of your home’s siding is until you blast…

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Spice up Your Kitchen With Color

For a kitchen that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser, consider investing in some of the latest top design trends including color, color and more color. If you just painted your kitchen all-white you may be disappointed to hear that trends are moving away from the uniform look to more splashes…

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Prevent Basement Mold by Reducing Moisture

Whether your basement is a wine cellar, lounge area or abandoned storage location, you have likely dealt with mold there before. Chances are you have tried many different techniques to prevent mold in your basement. One of the most highly recommended is to reduce moisture. But, how do you pull…

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Retest for Radon After You Move In

Buying a home is a fun, time-consuming process with many forms, inspections and tests conducted prior to move in. The previous homeowners likely had a radon test completed as part of the sale. However, even if the test came back in acceptable ranges, it is a good idea as a…

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Why a Home Inspection Is Critical

In the urgency to find and move into a new home, some buyers charge through the process quickly. This can be important in a competitive market, as people don’t want other shoppers moving in with a better offer on a desired property. Still, it’s important that buyers check all the…

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Making resolutions for New Years is a tradition, but the truth is that they are hard to uphold. Make resolutions for your home this year instead — they will be much easier to keep! Purge and Declutter Free yourself from unnecessary items in your house by getting rid of them.…

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Evergreen Beauty in Your Winter Decor

Wintertime has a magic all its own, and evergreen trees are a beautiful way to showcase that magic. When deciding on home décor this winter, make your house feel extra-cozy by bringing the natural world indoors and adding touches of greenery here and there. Your stairwell is a lovely spot…

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Christmas Wall Décor You’ll Love

A blank wall space can be a dream come true when the holiday season rolls around. Take an otherwise unused wall and turn it into your favorite Christmas canvas! Traditions Shine Through Red, white, green, silver and gold are traditional Christmas colors, so lean on that palette. Use traditional Christmas…

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Fun Ways To Stay Organized

Make your home a happier space by trying out these two home organization tips. Mason Jar Storage Create a rustic place to keep bathroom clutter at bay by mounting mason jars onto scrap wood. Hose clamps keep the jars tight against the wood, creating the perfect spot to hide small…

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Know What it Means to Pass or Fail a Radon Test

Once you’ve finished your radon testing, it’s time to dig in and understand the results. Pass and fail aren’t necessarily the best ways to determine home safety, but knowing the numbers involved will help you choose the right solutions for your home. The EPA established that a radon level of…

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Ready Your Home for Winter

Colder days are on their way! This means more time to spend around family, snuggled in next to the fire, and the bright decorations throughout your home. While you prepare for the winter months, why not make sure your house is in shape too? Here is how you can prepare…

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Home Maintenance And Your Air Quality

On your quest to totally eradicate dust and allergens from your home, there’s one spot that often gets overlooked: underneath large appliances. Taking the time during home maintenance to get rid of accumulated dirt pays off big time for air quality, especially if anyone in your family has allergies. Tools…

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Multitasking Tools for Better Organization

You don’t always need new items to organize your home. Here are a couple of home organization tips for repurposing things you may already have! Clipboards This common office supply can also help out around the house. Post a clipboard in your kitchen to keep track of meal planning or…

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2 Easy Household Organization Tips

A couple of simple life hacks are all you need to keep your home tidy and orderly. Here are two easy home organization tips. Use Labeled Bread Clips for Cords When you finish the loaf of bread, label the tag with a pen and hook it onto the end of…

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How To Lower Radon Levels in Your Home

If you have high levels of radon, you will need professional assistance. If the levels are only slightly elevated, you may consider some of these options: Sealing Concrete: This temporarily reduces radon levels in a home. Close Foundation Cracks: If there are visible cracks and other visible openings in the…

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Accessorize With Everyday Items

Same Some Dough Fall decorating doesn’t have to break the bank. You don’t have to buy fall decor to make your home feel festive and warm. You likely have numerous items on hand that you can use to add fall color to your space. Everyday Accessories Group together scarves, jackets…

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Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Décor This Year

If you are short on time but want to decorate your house for the Thanksgiving season, don’t worry. Mother Nature and some simple decor tricks can make your home fall-worthy in no time. Use Natural Elements Now that leaves, pinecones and acorns are littering your yard, go outside and snatch…

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Get Ready for Black Friday 2019

Black Friday is right around the corner. It falls on November 29th, the day after Thanksgiving. To get the absolute best of it, start preparing way ahead. Pay off those credit card bills and save up to take advantage of some of the best deals of the year. If you…

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Do Not Give Mold a Foothold

It may seem like mold could never be an issue for your home, but it is surprising how easily it can grow. Unchecked moisture can result in mold developing in your home in less than two days. In some cases, mold can get a serious foothold in just 24 hours.…

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Check Doors and Windows for Drafts

When the weather turns cooler, it’s time to turn up the heat to keep your home cozy. Part of your fall home maintenance checklist should include checking doors and windows for drafts. Finding the Fix If you can see cracks of light or feel air moving, it only takes a…

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Improve Airflow With Clean Filters

When the temperatures start to cool, it is the perfect reminder that winter is on its way. Now is the perfect time for fall home maintenance. Air filters keep the indoor air circulating efficiently and make it clean to breathe, keeping your home healthier. Clogged air filters can end up…

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Can You Fix High Levels of Radon?

Your home is undoubtedly equipped with a smoke alarm, but do you have ways to identify or measure radon? If you plan on buying a home that has radon present, there are ways to bring down these levels and alleviate your concerns. Install a Mitigation System With the right solution,…

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Is Your Ceiling Fan Making You Sneeze?

One way to alleviate persistent allergies is to look high and low for accumulated dirt and dust that may irritate your airways. Where should you start? One area that often gets overlooked during your regular cleaning is ceiling fans. Beautiful ceiling fans add beauty to a room’s decor and create…

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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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Mold vs. Dust: Can You Spot the Difference?

When it comes to mold and dust, you might be surprised to learn how easy it is to confuse the two. Not only can mold grow on dust itself, it can grow on walls, wood, paper products, insulation and many other places that dust also gathers. Certain molds have different…

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Home Organization Tips That Will Change Your Life

If you constantly feel overwhelmed and disorganized, it may be time to tackle the clutter in your home. Free up those countertops and organize your kitchen in such a way that lets you work smarter, not harder, with these two easy-to-implement home organization tips. Put up Pretty Pegboards Using pegboards…

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Check on Your Radon Mitigation System

How do you know if your radon mitigation system is working? Like your fire alarms and other gas detectors, you may let this very important maintenance chore fall by the wayside, but you shouldn’t. Make it a habit to check this and other alarms on a regular basis. Though systems…

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A Jack Is No Substitute for a Foundation

Old houses tend to sag after a while. The correct fix involves jacking the floors back into place and then adding structural beams to keep them there. Some do-it-yourselfers jack the floor back in place and stop there. Years go by and nothing changes. One end of a beam still…

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Focus on Clean Gutters This Season

With the beautiful colors of the season, there is also an abundance of leaves. Say no to leaks and gutters clogging by cleaning out your gutters regularly. When you have your gutters regularly cleaned by a professional, you don’t have to worry about: Leaky basements Cracked foundations Compromised driveways Termites…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Quick Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Focus on the Faucets With colder weather comes the chance for outdoor faucets to freeze. This can be a big problem that can even affect the interior of your home. Here are 4 steps to prepare your faucets for the chilly temps. 1) Locate all outdoor faucets and remove hoses.…

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Why You Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector

What is CO2 anyway? Carbon monoxide (CO) is the product of incomplete combustion. It’s odorless, colorless and something that you want to avoid at all costs. In a home, the risks come from poorly maintained or positioned: Gas furnaces, water heaters and stoves Oil furnaces and water heaters Wood and…

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What To Know About Active Radon Mitigation

To push radon out of your home, an active radon mitigation system uses an electric fan. Specialists use a pipe that runs from the basement to the top of the roof to manage this. This is an extremely effective mitigation system. The benefits include: Convenience These systems are quiet and…

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Two Awesome Organization Tools

Command hooks and baskets are two gems to the organized individual, and they can serve multiple purposes when you’re looking for home organization tips. Command Hooks You can use these handy little hooks anywhere in your house and they won’t scuff the surface, so you’re safe to use them in…

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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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3 Ways To Keep Your Home in Good Working Order

Age is just a number, even when it comes to your house. Just like proper self-care can keep your body strong, good home maintenance can make your house last longer. Inspect the Roof The roof is your home’s shield. Keeping your shingles intact and your gutters clean helps protect your…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Buried Oil Tank

If the home you own, or the one you are planning to buy, has a buried oil tank you need to know! Depending on the situation, there may be some environmental cleanup costs associated with it. If you are buying a home this could be something to use when negotiating…

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A Cracked Heat Exchanger

A cracked heat exchanger isn’t ideal, but it might not be as dangerous as we immediately assume. If your exchanger is cracked, you’re going to need to replace it. The issue with the cracks is primarily that it might allow carbon monoxide into your home, and if that’s happening you…

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Enhance Your Home’s Beauty With Faux Finishes

Thanks to modern printing technology, homeowners can now add luxurious finishes to their home without the hefty price tag. One of the top design trends that homeowners are taking advantage of is using faux finished looks at a fraction of the cost. From floors to backsplashes to fireplace surrounds, faux…

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Consider a Tile Transformation

A gorgeous new backsplash or tile design can completely transform your kitchen or bathroom. Whether you want something bright in a bold shape or a classic and clean look, the right tile can be both timeless and modern, giving your home a fresh and updated look. In your kitchen, consider…

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Check Your Dryer for Mold Prevention

In order for mold to grow, it needs moisture and warmth. The first step in mold prevention is to clear your home of the perfect environments. Your dryer is capable of creating an ideal environment for mold, but there is an easy way for you to prevent mold in your…

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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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Breathe Easy and Learn About Radon

After buying a home with radon, your first step is to gain more of an understanding of what radon is. Mitigation comes next, but first, take a moment to learn the facts. Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Your new home is not a problem. Radon gas can…

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Check Out The Chimney

One big selling feature of a home can be a gorgeous fireplace that acts as a focal point in the room. From cozy winter nights to large family gatherings, around the fireplace can be a common place to gather. But even if you fall in love with the fireplace, make…

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5 Indoor Molds You Should Know About

When it comes to indoor molds, they are easy to clean up with the proper remediation techniques. Before remediation, however, it’s important to know what molds to look for. Alternaria After water damage, alternia is more likely to appear. It is black, brown or gray. Aspergillus This is your most…

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Be Smart With Your Space

If you’re looking for new ways to add style without sacrificing space, it may be time to rethink your lighting and accent options. Lamps are lovely, but they can take up valuable room on a side table or night stand. Instead, switch to wall sconces for a soft and relaxing…

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Boost Your Home’s Value With Radon Mitigation

If you’re planning on putting your home on the market and want to maximize your property’s value, look into a radon mitigation system if your levels are elevated. Rather than generating concern, a mitigation system is more likely to serve as a measure of reassurance for potential buyers. Make It…

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Prevent Water Heater Backdrafting

We all love our water heaters because without them we couldn’t enjoy a hot shower or the ease of clean dishes and clean clothes thanks to modern appliances. Water heaters are responsible for keeping hot water ready for our use. If your water heater uses gas, such as propane or…

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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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Eco-friendly Home Trends

These days, people are feeling more environmentally conscious than ever. While people are finding little ways to save the environment each day, such as cutting back on the amount of plastic they use and driving energy-efficient cars, there are ways you can tap into these trends to make your home…

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Is You’re A/C in the Attic?

Putting an air conditioner in the attic seems to make perfect sense. There are no ugly window units. There is no bulky central A/C unit in the utility area. There is just cool dry air gently flowing down from ceiling vents. Unfortunately, that’s not all that’s flowing. In the process…

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