Homeowner Tips: 10 Efficient Ways to Create a Greener Household

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/17/17 9:05 AM

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today we’re seeing in shades of green; green homes, that is. Though green living seems expensive and time-consuming, you don’t have to install solar panels or starting growing your own produce to become an energy-conscious household. You can easily reduce your carbon footprint, while minimizing your utility bills with these ten cost-efficient and painless steps.

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10 Pros & Cons You Can Expect When Buying a Home in the Winter

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/14/16 3:01 PM

The shift in weather may have inspired thoughts of holiday shopping, but what about shopping for a home? 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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7 Tips for Cooling Down Your Home Cooling Costs This Summer

Posted by Laine Smith on 6/12/16 10:18 AM

Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Those costs typically account for about 48% of your utility bill. While an upgraded, energy-efficient system will help shave a nice chunk off of your bills, a whole-house approach is best when trying to cool down your A/C costs this spring and summer.

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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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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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Homeowner Tax Benefits Extended for 2015 & 2016

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/28/15 5:14 PM

There is no doubt homeownership boasts several advantages, especially during tax season. If you put less than 20% down on your home purchase and pay private mortgage insurance (PMI), this recently extended tax break may save you some money.

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Exterior Home Renovations: Homeowners & REALTORS Weigh In on the Best Projects

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/21/15 6:34 PM

Want to update your curb appeal, add energy efficiency or thinking of selling your home soon? Not all exterior home renovations will recoup your investment. According to the National Association of REALTORS ® 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, Americans spent over $300 billion on remodeling projects in 2015.

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9 Interior Home Renovations: Homeowners & REALTORS® Weigh In on the Best Projects

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/17/15 5:24 PM

Whether you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, want to update your home’s appeal or improve your home’s livability and efficiency, not all remodeling projects are created equal. According to the National Association of REALTORS ® 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, Americans spent over $300 billion on remodeling projects in 2015.

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First-Time Homeowner Checklist: What You Need to Do Before Moving In

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/16/15 12:28 PM

Congratulations on your new home purchase! Before diving in to the fun parts of being a first-time homeowner, there are several maintenance items you should take care of after closing on your home and before moving in. Here's a checklist of what items you should tackle before you make your new house your home.

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8 Eerie Home Maintenance Sounds & Smells You Shouldn't Ignore

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/31/15 12:50 PM

Happy Halloween! Due to age, maintenance, and the efficiency of various major home systems, your house is bound to creak and clank every once in awhile. Here’s how to determine if that noise or smell is something you need to address.

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