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  • The home fire safety feature you probably haven't thought about

    The home fire safety feature you probably haven't thought about

    Home is supposed to be a safe space, so it can be scary to think about things like fires. Unfortunately, fires are a real threat. Seven people die each day due to home fires, so it's important to be ready. Every home needs working smoke alarms and an escape plan for exiting the house. These are...

  • Home flipping experts reveal the story of their first renovation

    Home flipping experts reveal the story of their first renovation

    Like a first kiss, first car or first day of school, entrepreneurs and home renovation experts Ashley and Andy Williams will never forget completing their first home renovation project. “That day began as all our days do — with organized chaos,” Ashley said. “We got our two kids ready for school...

  • Dispelling myths about home warranty plans

    Dispelling myths about home warranty plans

    If you’re considering a home warranty plan, you are probably doing your due diligence — as you should — on how they work, who the different providers are and what to expect from the experience. This article is meant to help you understand home warranty plans, as well as separate fact from fiction....

  • 5 steps to prepare for natural disasters

    5 steps to prepare for natural disasters

    Whether it’s hurricanes, tornadoes or snowstorms, natural disasters can occur anywhere at any time. When they do, it’s often sudden, so being prepared ahead of time is key. However, only 39% of Americans are prepared for an unexpected natural disaster, according to a study by the Federal Emergency...

  • Bathroom upgrades: 3 tips to add technology, tailor-made features

    Bathroom upgrades: 3 tips to add technology, tailor-made features

    We tend to think of the bathroom as a utilitarian space, and therefore not worthy of the same energy and expense put into designing spaces like the living room or kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom, however. It’s the room where we start and set intentions for our day. In the evening,...

  • 5 steps to a healthy spring lawn

    5 steps to a healthy spring lawn

    After a long winter, it’s finally time to enjoy the outdoors again. For a healthy yard all season, it’s important to do a little “spring cleaning” now for a lush, green lawn. If the work seems overwhelming, projects can be accomplished over several weekends. Here are six simple projects to help...

  • 5 reasons to choose all-steel stud pocket door frames

    Pocket doors are the ideal solution for a variety of places in the home without room for traditional swinging doors or where they simply don’t make sense. Sliding sleekly into the wall, pocket doors disappear, providing an easy and elegant way to transition from room to room. When installing a...

  • How to choose plants for your summer garden

    How to choose plants for your summer garden

    Whether you’re new to gardening or have a green thumb, summer is the perfect season to start your own garden. Now is the time to start thinking of all the possibilities the warm weather brings! “The first step to start your summer garden is considering what plants make you happy and what types...

  • New ways HOAs are communicating with residents

    New ways HOAs are communicating with residents

    Without thoughtful communication, relationships between board members, residents and property managers of community associations can go from smooth to contentious in a hurry. From single-family communities to high-rise condos, everyone has their own ideas about what’s best for the neighborhood....

  • Tips to ensure you have the right tools for your spring yardwork

    Tips to ensure you have the right tools for your spring yardwork

    With temperatures rising, it’s time to get your lawn and garden in shape for spring. Do you have the right tools for the job? Choosing lawn equipment is not a one-size-fits-all task. Each lawn is different, so your approach for your personal yard is unique, too. It’s important to consider not only...

  • Ready, set, mow: An easy 10-minute lawn mower tuneup

    Ready, set, mow: An easy 10-minute lawn mower tuneup

    The incredible look of lush, green grass. The feel of soft lawn beneath your toes. The smell of the freshly cut yard on a warm sunny day. A healthy lawn starts with good maintenance and the most important step is mowing. Is your lawn mower ready to go? A lawn mower is an investment, and if you...

  • 7 smart steps to improve indoor air quality at home

    7 smart steps to improve indoor air quality at home

    Think about how much time you and your family spend inside versus outside. From your home to the car to work and to school, it’s not uncommon that the majority of your day is spent indoors. This modern phenomenon means increased exposure to indoor air pollution. Fortunately, with a few smart, proactive...

  • Real estate ready: Smart tips for first-time homebuyers

    Real estate ready: Smart tips for first-time homebuyers

    Today’s first-time homebuyers face a variety of hurdles when trying to enter the real estate market. While interest rates have declined recently and there are signs that more inventory may be coming onto the market, many buyers continue to feel frustration in finding and financing a home. Additionally,...

  • Want a bathroom addition? What to know before you cut through concrete

    Want a bathroom addition? What to know before you cut through concrete

    It’s home improvement season, which means you’re probably dreaming of enhancements to make your space more livable and to enhance property value. Adding a bathroom is a great way to do both, but for many people, concrete poses a potential problem. Want to add a bathroom to your garage? How about...

  • 5 home fix-ups for spring

    5 home fix-ups for spring

    With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects. Now that the threat of winter storms has passed, be sure to look for damage and make any needed repairs, as well as prep your home and garden for summer. “Winter weather can...

  • 5 best strategies to beat the heat and save energy this summer

    5 best strategies to beat the heat and save energy this summer

    When the temperatures start going up, so do your energy bills. If you’re looking for ways to save energy and keep your house cooler at the same time, there are a number of strategies you can use that will save you money and make you and your family more comfortable all summer long. 1. Get smart...

  • 3 weekend projects to cut your energy bills

    3 weekend projects to cut your energy bills

    Seasons come and go, but one thing remains the same — energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average annual energy cost for a single-family American home is more than $2,000. While some of this cost is due to the rise in electronic usage in homes, there is a much bigger...

  • Upgrade your space without breaking the bank

    Upgrade your space without breaking the bank

    Whether you rent or own, a happy home means finding distinctive ways to continuously improve your space. A full renovation or re-design can be pricey, but making your home feel fresh and current doesn’t have to be. We’ve thought through cost-effective solutions to make your home a place you love....

  • 6 reasons your bathroom needs a high-tech boost

    6 reasons your bathroom needs a high-tech boost

    From smart thermostats that help you save energy and keep your home comfortable, to high-fidelity speaker systems that allow you to enjoy your favorite music and movies, there’s no shortage of electronics to upgrade your home. And as technology becomes more integrated into your everyday life, you’ll...

  • Get ahead of the storm: Check your coverage before hurricane season

    Get ahead of the storm: Check your coverage before hurricane season

    Hurricanes provide little advance notice of their arrival, and as landfall approaches, insurance companies may temporarily suspend new coverage and coverage changes. That means it's usually a good idea to review your insurance coverage yearly to make sure it matches your needs. An insurance representative...

  • The Future of the Smart Home (Infographic)

    Spring gives way to many new things — flowers, smells and new home projects (to name a few). But new doesn’t always have to mean “doing it yourself” (DIY), especially when some projects can become daunting, fast! It might be best for you to ask a professional to “do it for me” (DIFM). Just as you...

  • 4 smart home improvements that pay off

    4 smart home improvements that pay off

    These days, home upgrades are increasingly focused on one key feature: connectivity. In 2019, buyers want smart homes they can easily control from anywhere. From smart HVAC and sprinkler systems to connected garage door openers, it’s all about creating convenience and comfort. Here are four examples...

  • Battling home discomfort (Infographic)

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  • Clearing the air: 5 facts to know when choosing new roofing

    Clearing the air: 5 facts to know when choosing new roofing

    When choosing products and materials for a new roof, many homeowners focus mainly on color and what their shingles will look like next to their existing siding or brick. Naturally, aesthetics and curb appeal are important. But an even more crucial element of your new roof is the attic ventilation...

  • 2019 Outdoor Living Trends

    The heart of the home is shifting outside, where the hottest trends and newest products do not simply feature the look of the indoors — but the functionality as well. Advances in all-weather materials and furnishings have made it possible for the outdoors to act as a seamless extension of the home....

  • Downsizing as you age: 8 smart organization tips and tricks

    It's easy to accumulate a lot of things throughout your life. From clothes and household goods to antiques and treasured keepsakes, decades of living often means decades of stuff. When you get to a certain age, it can be smart to start downsizing your belongings. Sometimes downsizing is inspired...

  • Money-saving roofing secrets every homeowner should know

    Replacing an aging or damaged roof is an important step in providing crucial protection from the damage the elements can dish out — from heat, wind and rain, to snow, sleet and hail. But homeowners may not realize that the type of roof shingle they choose can make a big difference, not only in...

  • Update your backyard with a decorative concrete path

    From paver patios and fire pits to LED lights and Wi-Fi entertainment systems, there are countless ways homeowners can upgrade their backyard these days. However, few additions can enrich the natural landscape of your backyard and complement the exterior look of a home like a decorative concrete...

  • Transform your weedy lawn from awful to awesome

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Whether it's splotched, patchy or completely covered, a lawn choked with ugly weeds can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to transform an awful lawn into an awesome one that's thick, green and weed-free....

  • 3 tips to refresh your home and your spirit this spring

    Every spring, the changing season brings a desire for renewal. It’s a time of growth, transition and revitalization. The latest trend in home cleaning popularized by Marie Kondo reveals what many of us yearn for — not just decluttering, but a fresh start, a clean slate. We dream of an open, airy,...

  • Easy DIY projects to enhance your yard and garden

    Itching for summer to arrive, when you can get out and enjoy your yard? Why not plan a DIY project to improve your outdoor space, while encouraging everyone in the family to get outside and have fun together? Here are some projects to consider, and the prep work involved. Check your deck Does your...

  • How daylighting can brighten up your home

    Looking for relatively quick, doable home improvement projects that won’t break the bank? You can create a bright, cheerful home just by changing the lighting. A well-lit space can make rooms appear more spacious, as well as brighten the colors of your new decor or accessories. As you begin to...

  • How to create an outdoor living space you can enjoy all year long

    The dream of a perfect outdoor space where homeowners can enjoy the beauty of nature while still being completely comfortable is no longer limited to a specific climate or time of year. A one-of-a-kind, all-seasons deck is possible if the right features are included in the design. The key is to...

  • 5 smart ideas to refresh your deck

    As seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room — an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can...

  • Know what's below – Call 811 before digging for landscaping and home improvement projects this spring

    With spring having officially begun, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this season. During the transition into “digging season,” Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the organization...

  • Expert lawncare tips for a happy summer lawn

    It’s been a rough winter in many parts of the country, but spring is here at last — and that means it’s time to give your lawn a bit of TLC. Although grass is highly resilient, you can help your lawn recover from winter and make sure it’s in top shape for summer with these tips from turfgrass researchers...

  • More than beauty, healthy lawns benefit our environment and communities

    Now that the temperatures have warmed, families are emerging from weather-imposed hibernation to delight once again in outdoor living. For some homeowners, however, the spring season can be fraught with embarrassment as they covet their neighbor’s lush lawn and seek help from Mother Nature (and...

  • Brighten a kitchen with dark colors (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Dark and moody colors are trending in interior decor. Watch how one homeowner used natural light from skylights to achieve an open and airy kitchen that features a dark blue and black color palette.

  • Infusing natural elements for distinctive design

    Natural materials add notes of strength and serenity to a space, while simultaneously revitalizing the overall aesthetic. These elements not only represent the distinct beauty found in nature, but also can serve as unique statement pieces that bring handcrafted modernity into a home. From furnishings...

  • 5 Tips for Planting and Caring for Trees this Arbor Day

    Trees are not only beautiful to look at; they also serve important purposes in our communities and all over the world. They provide the oxygen we breathe, regulate the temperature of our neighborhoods, provide food and shelter for wildlife and add value to our homes. If you’ve ever wanted to plant...

  • Top tips for adding value to your home – that you can enjoy

    Whether you’re planning to sell your home soon or years down the line, there are a few tried-and-true improvements that always add value, as well as increase your own enjoyment in the meantime. The experts at Bargain Outlet, a part of E.C. Barton & Company, have great tips for DIY improvements...

  • Refreshing the bathroom: Choose the perfect faucet and showerhead

    Are you longing for a bathroom refresh? For an instant update, focus your efforts on the faucet and showerhead. Below are considerations to help you find the right faucet and showerhead for your bathroom: Determine your faucet and showerhead configuration Faucets come in a variety of options. The...

  • Don't be left behind - 3 tips to prep for spring

    Warmer weather means not only saying goodbye to the tough winter conditions your car or truck has endured, but also getting your vehicles — and outdoor power equipment — ready for the changing seasons. This is a great opportunity to get outside and tend to the vital cleaning and maintenance that...

  • Springtime is coming: Easy tips for sparkling hardwood floors

    Spring is just around the corner. Time to spruce up your home, clean out those dusty corners and say goodbye to winter. You're not alone in the spring cleaning adventure — according to the American Cleaning Institute, 91 percent of Americans participate in spring cleaning. As you join your fellow...

  • 5 top tips for low-maintenance landscaping

    A lush lawn and garden boosts your home’s curb appeal, but it also takes a lot of your free time. You want to spend that time enjoying the space, not taking care of it. The solution? A few low-maintenance strategies to keep your yard looking great while maximizing your relaxation time. 1. Install...

  • 8 ways to refresh your kitchen without a major renovation

    The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. From cooking and eating to spending time with your family, most kitchens are well lived in and loved. But when it comes time for an upgrade, the kitchen is also one of the most expensive rooms to remodel. A full kitchen remodel can take...

  • How to add a bathroom in an ‘impossible’ space

    When it comes to real estate, kitchens and bathrooms typically sell houses. While you may not have enough money for a kitchen remodel, adding a bathroom can be a more affordable way to enhance your property and catch buyers' attention. By adding another bathroom, you immediately increase your chances...

  • Transform your bathroom into a wellness retreat for body and mind

    When you think of your bathroom, what comes to mind? A place you're in and out of quickly while getting ready for the day or winding down for the night? Your bathroom can be more than just a utilitarian space. By adding certain bathroom amenities, you can transform your bathroom into a calming...

  • 3 easy ways to increase the life and value of your deck

    Building a deck is one of the best home improvement investments you can make. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, a homeowner can expect to recoup about 76 percent of the cost of building a wood deck and 69 percent of a composite deck when the time comes to sell their...

  • 5 ways to customize a bathroom space

    Bathrooms are one of the most frequented rooms in a home. It's where you start and end your day, and can be a room to relax and recharge in. This special space should reflect your personality and unique preferences. If you don't feel it adequately does, there are a few simple ways to refresh this...

  • Fact or fiction? 5 common car insurance myths debunked

    Trimming costs is, hands down, the easiest way to put more dollars in your pocket. When looking at the major expenses in your life, insurance is often seen as a big one. While there are well-known tips for saving on insurance, like bundling home and auto, a good first step is to have accurate information....

  • 6 features luxury home buyers desire

    Modern trends in luxury homes are not just about location, size or specific decor, but reflecting the sophistication of their buyers. Buyers in today’s luxury home market desire innovative features that enhance their quality of life, provide extra touches of relaxation and use smart technology...

  • Revive deteriorated concrete driveways, sidewalks and patios by resurfacing

    There are many simple and affordable ways to improve the curb appeal of a home. From power washing the siding and painting the shutters to landscaping the front yard and updating the mailbox, homeowners have countless do-it-yourself possibilities that will effectively add curb appeal to their home....

  • Real estate financing: The 3 main factors lenders consider

    Sponsored ad content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Buying a new home is an exciting milestone. While finding the right home is essential, the most important step toward homeownership is making sure you're ready to apply for a home loan. Applying for a mortgage is not something people...

  • Customized communications are the future for HOAs

    Without thoughtful communication, relationships between board members, residents and property managers of community associations — aka, HOAs — can go from smooth to contentious in a hurry. From single-family communities to high-rise condos, everyone has their own ideas about what’s best for the...

  • 5 must-haves to make spring cleaning a breeze

    Springtime means warmer temperatures, wide-open windows and a fresh outlook on life. With springtime on the way, many of us look forward to freshening up our homes by clearing out the dust and cobwebs that have accumulated over the winter. While spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task, the...

  • An easy spring guide to a green, weed-free lawn

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. The rich green color, the soft feel beneath your feet and the iconic fresh-cut smell — thriving grass enhances your property in countless ways. Spring is the ideal time to focus on your lawn, so by taking steps now, you can enjoy lush, green...

  • 5 quick home fixes to rest easy

    Ongoing, routine upkeep is important to ensure the house stays running. While it may seem easier to put off tasks for a later date, checking off some smaller chores now can help avoid incidents or costly repairs later. “Home maintenance can be easy to overlook when the day-to-day gets busy, but...

  • Want to buy a home? Do the math

    It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not...

  • Retaining walls to the rescue

    Segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are one of the most versatile landscaping tools in the homeowner’s and professional landscaper’s toolbox. Retaining wall units have evolved from just being used to retain soil, transition slopes and prevent erosion. Today’s SRWs can do all that plus serve as...

  • Renew an old concrete patio with pavers

    Nearly 70 percent of homeowners spend more time outside after completing a landscaping project, according to a 2018 Houzz survey. While this is not a new trend, upgrading the backyard and the curb appeal of a home continues to be a smart investment, especially when hardscapes are involved. Few...

  • Top 2019 outdoor living trends

    With busy schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, outdoor living spaces offer a chance to decompress, enjoy nature and connect with friends and family. Thanks to the impressive design and quality of today’s outdoor products, these spaces often rival the convenience, comfort and design of the indoors....

  • 3 tips to make your bathroom more inviting and functional

    We tend to think of the bathroom strictly as a utilitarian space, and therefore not worthy of the same energy and expense put into designing spaces like the living room or kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom, however. It’s the room where we start and set intentions for our day. In the...

  • Top 10 value-enhancing home improvement projects for older homes

    (BPT) - Do you own an older home, and are you looking to make upgrades that matter? Strategic enhancements not only increase a property's resale value, but also its functionality. This is particularly important among young homebuyers. Sixty-eight percent of millennial homebuyers reported buyer's...

  • Connectivity is king this home-buying season

    The spring home-buying season is just around the corner and that means people are busy making improvements to get their homes ready to sell. These days, home upgrades are increasingly focused on one key feature: connectivity. In 2019, buyers want smart homes they can easily control from anywhere....

  • Are your home and your wallet prepared for the inevitable?

    Nobody bats an eyelash when it comes to buying homeowner's insurance, but many homeowners don’t apply that same logic to planning for home repairs — not what might happen, but what will happen. Only a fraction of the 120 million U.S. households today are protected by a home services plan, also...

  • Which bathtub style is right for you?

    Wondering if you should have a bathtub in your bathroom? Despite trend reports that say some homeowners are removing bathtubs, House Beautiful recently reported that there are good reasons to have a bathtub in your home. They make sense for families since children rarely take a shower. For everyone...

  • 5 tips to flip your home from drab to fab

    If you’re looking to freshen up your living space, it’s easy to get swept away in on-trend designs. But while trends come and go, savvy homebuilders and designers agree that there’s one thing that never goes out of style: natural wood details, such as those crafted from a versatile species like...

  • When saying 'I do' means a move: 5 tips for combining households

    Getting married means a whole lot of changes, not the least of which could be moving to a new house or apartment. Whether you’re getting a brand-new place for the both of you or one of you is shifting all your earthly possessions to join your spouse, it’s a good idea to take proactive steps to...

  • 5 ways to create an inviting room using tile

    Today’s tile trends extend so far beyond their traditional use as a staple of bathroom design that you may not recognize them. While once the most attractive and innovative tiles had to be imported, contemporary handcrafted tile and stone products for home design are now being made right here in...

  • Stir crazy? Tips to help guys maintain their sanity

    The winter months are known as a leading cause of indoor stir-craziness. Colder temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and shortened daylight hours all mean we spend more time inside than we would like. This poses a challenge for guys, who after months of hibernation are surely climbing the walls. Here...

  • Mortgage insurance: Added cost to homebuying or smart way to get in?

    The homebuying process is exciting, but can also seem fraught with added costs, like a home inspection, title insurance and closing costs. And if you can’t afford a full 20 percent down payment on a conventional home loan, then you will most likely pay for private mortgage insurance (MI). Some...

  • 3 ways to prepare for stormy weather

    No matter where you live, the weather can be unpredictable any time of year. Storms can disrupt your family’s routine, but a little preparation can mean reducing the stress that unexpected weather events can cause. Preparing for storms or other weather conditions just takes a few practical, proactive...

  • Affordable bathroom updates with big impact

    A bathroom renovation is a highly desired home improvement, but many homeowners put off making updates due to the perceived cost. Fortunately, you don't need a complete remodel to get the bathroom of your dreams — nor do you need to break the bank. These six ideas for updating a bathroom will help...

  • Concrete ways to furnish a home

    From driveways and sidewalks to porches and steps, concrete is the cornerstone of a home’s curb appeal. The same is true in the backyard where patios, fire pits and other concrete features define the value of any outdoor living space. However, in recent years concrete has migrated indoors where...

  • Catch home buyers' attention with a bathroom in an 'impossible' space

    When it comes to real estate, you've probably heard kitchens and bathrooms typically sell houses. While you may not have enough money for a kitchen remodel, adding a bathroom can be a more affordable way to enhance your property and catch buyers' attention. By adding another bathroom to your home,...

  • How cash-out refinancing can turn into a costly mistake

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. After years of making regular mortgage payments, it feels good to watch your net worth make upward progress. That’s especially true if your house is also gaining value. With a growing amount of equity comes peace of mind, knowing you have...

  • New year, new smart home innovations for your interconnected life

    Smart home products made major strides in 2018. More people than ever now use connected devices in their homes, and smart home hubs are constantly adding new integrations and capabilities. Research from Statista predicts that by the end of 2018, more than 45 million smart home devices will be installed...

  • Simple bathroom installations with big impact for 2019

    Craving a more beautiful bathroom? Resolve to make this the year that you finally create the bathroom of your dreams. Fortunately, you don't need a major remodel. Consider these ideas for simple changes with big impact. With a little planning and effort, you'll add to your home's value and functionality,...

  • 5 New Year’s resolutions to help prevent pests

    From healthy lifestyle changes to productive habits, there are plenty of New Year’s resolutions that can start your 2019 off on the right foot. Homeowners can extend those resolutions to include keeping the house in tiptop shape — and keeping out unwanted visitors. The pest management experts at...

  • Goodbye spring cleaning, hello winter refresh!

    Every year, homeowners anxiously await spring to refresh and reset their homes. But what if we capitalized on all the time spent indoors during winter to take control of home improvements ahead of time instead? With a little thoughtful planning, you'll not only be able to give your space a simple...

  • 2019: The Year of the Space-Age Home

    In 2019, the “space-age” home will become a reality with modern innovations that are poised to change the way we think about luxury, elegance and comfort. Incorporating advanced technology into your home is essential when elevating its overall style, design and functionality. What better way to...

  • Indoor survival guide for guys

    The winter months are known as a leading cause of indoor stir-craziness. Colder temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and shortened daylight hours all mean we spend more time inside than we would like. This poses a particular challenge for guys, who after months of hibernation are surely climbing the...

  • Setting up your home office for efficiency

    So, you’ve been running your business from your home for some time now, and with the busy holiday season upon us, you find yourself overwhelmed, stressed and your office is a mess. When running a business, there are so many things you need to think about to maximize efficiency, from having a clean...

  • Home is Where the Smart is…This Winter!

    If you’re considering making your home life more efficient and cost-effective with smart home technology, you’re part of a growing trend. U.S. consumers spent some $23.6 billion on interconnected devices and appliances for their homes in 2018. And that number is expected to reach $44.8 billion...

  • 5 simple ways to bring more color to your home

    When you look at your home's interiors, do you find yourself craving a refresh? If so, there's no better time than the New Year to update your home with thoughtful design touches that embrace the power of color. Color is a key component of interior design and a useful tool for updating any space....

  • The top 4 pest trends of 2018

    As the calendar flips to December each year, the country reflects on the trends and moments that defined the last 12 months. From viral moments to unwanted home visitors, the experts at Terminix break down four statistics that defined the year for pests. Most-searched pest Americans took to the...

  • Home security tips for the holidays

    For many, the holiday season means travel! In fact, millions of U.S. residents travel more than 50 miles away from home during the holiday season. Unfortunately, burglars are also aware of these holiday season travel statistics. While many families look forward to the holidays, it is easy to get...

  • Tips to help keep out pests this holiday season

    It's easy for things like pest prevention to get overlooked during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Homeowners have a lot on their minds, from the relatives coming to town to the presents they have yet to purchase. But pests don't necessarily rest during the cold winter months; in fact, many...

  • 6 value-adding upgrades for your home

    Faced with a tight U.S. housing market, many people are looking to improve the looks, comfort and value of homes they might otherwise sell. Renovating with hardwood is an excellent way of achieving these goals. "Beautifully milled and finished hardwood provides a unique range of colors and textures...

  • Tips and tactics for buying a home in a seller's market

    If you've been in the process of buying or selling a home this past year, or even considering it, you know it's been a seller's market for the most part. Inventory of homes available for sale has been low, creating more demand than the market can supply. Couple that with low interest rates, which...

  • Road salt reduces crashes by up to 88 percent

    Each winter, drivers from Maine to Texas are reminded just how dependent they are on their cars, and what happens when snow and ice get in the way. More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement every winter. Studies show that road salt is the...

  • Budget checkup for homeowners and future homeowners

    Sponsored Ad Content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. A budget is an important tool for first-time homebuyers and current homeowners. Throw out any negative feeling you may have toward budgeting. We're here to tell you that budgeting is a great exercise, and can free your financial mind!...

  • 5 questions to answer when considering a new deck

    When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you'll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyards across...

  • Steps for homeowners dealing with ice or snowstorms

    Are you ready if a blizzard hit tomorrow? While smaller snowstorms certainly create a level of frustration for homeowners, large storms require preparation to stay safe and comfortable. Families don't want to be caught off guard in the event of a large snowstorm. Finding yourself unprepared and...

  • 5 steps to help improve the value of your prefabricated home

    [Sponsored Ad Content by Vanderbilt Mortgage]  (BPT) The majority of Americans believe buying a home is a wise financial decision — 84 percent, to be exact, according to a recent survey1 Why is this such a widely held belief? In short, buying a home brings the potential for home equity and appreciation...

  • Protect your family from the invisible dangers of carbon monoxide (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas, produced when fossil fuels (like oil, gas or coal) burn. Because you can't see, taste or smell it, carbon monoxide can kill you before you know it's there. Exposure to lower levels over time...

  • 'Tis the season to get the home ready for holiday entertaining

    As the year winds down, social calendars fill up with merriment-filled gatherings among friends and family. When hosting a seasonal gathering at home, being proactive can help streamline tasks and reduce stress. From whipping up a feast to toasting in the New Year, here are five ideas for getting...

  • 5 bathroom DIY projects for weekend warriors

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