Making Home Improvements: 7 Ways to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for the Summer Heat

Posted by Laine Smith on 5/14/16 10:16 AM

It’s getting to be that time of year when having the windows open just doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. As with any main system of your home, your central air conditioner needs some TLC to keep it running efficiently. Use these tips to keep your home cool this spring and summer.

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9 Ways to Make Your Home a Green, Healthy & Efficient Place to Live

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/17/16 10:00 AM

In honor or St. Patrick’s Day, we’re seeing green! Green homes, that is. You don’t have to install solar panels or starting growing your own produce to become a green and efficient household. You can easily reduce your carbon footprint, while minimizing your utility bills with these nine cost-efficient steps.

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DIY Home Projects: How to Make a Rain Barrel

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/5/16 6:51 PM

Using a rain barrel is a great way to cut the cost of watering your lawn, flowers, houseplants and garden. For every inch of rain that falls on 500 square feet of roof, you can collect 300 gallons of water, according to Better Homes and Gardens. Not only will a rain barrel cut your water costs but the investment is relatively cheap and simple for the new DIY homeowner.

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15 Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete for Spring

Posted by Laine Smith on 2/23/16 3:31 PM

The official first day of spring is less than a month away! Is your home ready? Rediscover the outside world and complete these home maintenance tasks to make sure your home & its major systems run smoothly and efficiently throughout the season.

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Saving Money: Top 9 Energy-Efficient Upgrades for Your Home Improvement Dollar

Posted by Laine Smith on 2/3/16 2:06 PM

Considering some home improvements this winter or spring? Why not invest in some projects that will save you money in the long run. Energy-efficiency is a top priority for many homeowners whether they’re trying to whittle down high utility bills or trying to minimize their environmental footprint. Here are some of the best home improvements for the energy-conscious homeowner.

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Boosting Home Value: Expert Tips for Renovating Your Laundry Room

Posted by Laine Smith on 1/16/16 2:03 PM

Often a neglected room when it comes to home makeovers, the laundry room has come into its own as a hub for organization, clean-up, storage, and doing the laundry, of course. Whether your laundry room is located in your basement, next to the kitchen or squeezed into an upstairs closet, here are some thrifty and efficient tips to consider when updating your laundry area.

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Adding Value to Your Home: How to Choose the Right Front Door

Posted by Laine Smith on 1/12/16 2:57 PM

The front door. The focal point of your home’s exterior. Entry doors have a lot to live up to. They have to be tough enough to withstand temperature extremes, precipitation and intruders, as well as boost curb appeal. Entry door replacements are one of the top home improvements for value, recouping anywhere from 82-91% of their cost. Here’s how to determine what kind of front door fits your needs.

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8 Ways to Cool Down Your Home Heating Bill

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/29/15 3:05 PM

U.S. households heating their homes primarily will natural gas can expect to spend $578 on average this winter, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Households using propane or heating oil will spend, on average, anywhere from 2 to 3 times that amount. Though heating costs vary greatly due to differing climates, home sizes, insulation, and home age, there are several things you can do this winter to cut down your heating expenses.

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The 20 Most Popular Home Features of 2015

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/26/15 1:22 PM

Think of the biggest home décor and design trends from last year, five years ago, three decades ago, etc. Home features are constantly evolving to meet the demands of homebuyers. Yes, at one point pastel bathtubs and shag carpeting were in high demand.

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7 Pros and Cons of Buying a Home in the Winter

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/23/15 4:48 PM

Though spring and summer are considered the most popular seasons of the year to buy a home, don’t let winter weather and the holidays deter you from purchasing in the off-season. In fact, the best day of the year to buy a home is in late October, in regards to getting the best price deal. If you’re trying to decide whether or not to brave the weather or wait until spring, here are some pros and cons of winter homebuying.

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