9 Home Maintenance Tasks Every New Homeowner Should Know How to Do

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/27/15 4:18 PM

New homeownership is exciting but also full of responsibility. As a first-time homeowner, you'll need to educate yourself on several DIY home maintenance tasks to avoid making various calls to maintenance professionals...and paying their service charges. Here are some of the most common home maintenance tasks every new homeowner should know how to do.

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7 DIY 1-Day Home Improvements for Under $100

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/25/15 12:43 PM

Needing some weekend home improvement inspiration? Here are 7 projects that are easy, budget-friendly and will add value and/or efficiency to your home.

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The Ultimate Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/17/15 12:56 PM

With each change of seasons comes the need to get your home and its systems ready for the changing weather elements. Here is a complete interior and exterior home maintenance list that can be completed in a weekend's time.

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8 Simple Ways to Cut Home Heating Costs

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/11/15 11:13 AM

The average homeowner using natural gas for heating will spend nearly $650 on heating costs this winter, according to the United States Department of Energy. Though utility costs vary greatly depending on home size, climate, energy choice and insulation, there are several easy, minimal-cost ways to keep your heating expenses down this winter.

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7 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Furnace

Posted by Laine Smith on 9/27/15 10:49 AM

With the prime home heating season coming up, the last thing you need to worry about is your furnace giving out on a cold December night. While an outdated furnace will give way to higher utility bills, it can also pose serious safety risks to you and your family. Here are some of the top signs your furnace may need some TLC or a replacement.

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6 Common Home Problems & How to Solve Them

Posted by Laine Smith on 9/23/15 1:47 PM

Homes are subject to normal wear and tear, but certain problems should be addressed to make sure your home is as safe, comfortable and energy-efficient as possible. Here are the likely causes of some common home issues and what you can do to fix them.

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7 Tips to Prep Your Fireplace for Winter

Posted by Laine Smith on 9/16/15 11:02 AM

As the cooler months approach, you'll likely be looking to use your fireplace as a source to cut heating costs or increase the ambiance of fall and winter. Before you fire up the logs, you'll want to take precautions to make sure your fireplace and chimney are operating properly. After all, fireplaces and chimneys are the causes of 42 percent of all home-heating fires.

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7 Coolest Smart Home Gadgets of 2015

Posted by Laine Smith on 9/3/15 1:00 PM

Making your home more secure, more efficient, and greener has never been easier. These are some of the coolest gadgets to turn your house into a smart home.

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6 Advantages of Buying a Home in the Fall

Posted by Laine Smith on 9/2/15 1:59 PM

While the spring and summer months are the most popular time of year to buy or list a home, the real estate market is open 365 days a year. If you missed the summer homebuying season, fall is still a great time to buy a home for the following reasons.

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Considering Utility Costs When Buying a Home

Posted by Laine Smith on 8/25/15 11:20 AM

Home affordability isn't all about your monthly mortgage payment. Considering the costs of regular home maintenance and utilities are a big factor with today's homebuyers. Here's what to look for in reference to energy efficiency when buying a home.

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