13 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for the Best Summer Ever

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Summer will be here before you know it, and you know what that means: Heat, hornets and yard work. If you’re starting to miss spring already, fear not. Here are some quick projects to make your home and garden more comfortable and cost-effective this summer. Inside the house Service the air conditioning. Nothing can ruin your day like a broken … Read More

How to Paint the Exterior of Your Home (the Easy Way)

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With the cost to paint a house’s exterior averaging about $2,500 nationally, homeowners longing for a new look may be considering their DIY options. You don’t need to be particularly handy to make your home’s exterior look like new. All you need is some spare time between now and summer. You can wash your house in a day, prep it … Read More

7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kids' Toys From Taking Over Your Home

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Remember the days when you could read a decorating magazine without crying? If parenthood has made a mess out of your home and evening routine, get your sanity back with these simple tips. 1. Reduce the clutter It doesn’t matter how organized you are – a surplus of toys will always ensure your house is a mess waiting to happen. … Read More

The 9-to-5er's Guide to Keeping Your House Clean

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If cleaning the house seems like one big chore, you’re probably doing it wrong. Before you put off cleaning for yet another month, here are some ways to make housework a comfortable and even enjoyable part of your daily routine. Start small If you begin and end each day with a little picking up, you’ll never get swamped with housework … Read More

6 Steps for Preparing Your Home for Winter

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The winter months can be cruel on your home no matter where you live. Gusting winds can batter plants. A snowstorm could stress an older home’s roof. Even a few days of heavy January rain could wreak havoc on clogged gutters and downspouts. Whether you’re looking to sell your home or you just want to keep your house intact this … Read More

9 Updates Your Home Needs Every 10 Years

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No matter how much you love and care for your home, things are bound to wear out and need fixing – especially when you hit the 10-year mark. To keep your house in tiptop condition, consider making these updates every 10 years or so. Get new carpet The average medium-grade carpet has a life expectancy of approximately 10 years. Of … Read More

Hidden Costs of Homeownership Typically Top $9,000 a Year

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Buyers too often focus on a home’s list price or mortgage payment to determine what they can afford. However, the numerous less-obvious costs associated with homeownership can affect the monthly bottom line. To help home buyers budget more accurately, Zillow and Thumbtack identified several common but often overlooked home expenses and calculated what homeowners around the country could expect to … Read More

9 Effortless Ways to Reduce Your Electric Bill Right Now

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We all want to save energy and money, right? But it’s not always so easy – perhaps you don’t have the time for a home energy audit, or maybe there simply isn’t room in the budget for that energy-saving appliance you want. No worries! Here are some quick and easy ways to reduce your home energy usage right now. Reduce hot water … Read More

How to Avoid a Hot Water Heater Nightmare

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A hot water heater isn’t typically something homeowners think much about – until, of course, it fails spectacularly. Hot water heaters warm our showers, help disinfect our dishes, and clean our clothes, but they can also cause very costly and dangerous damage if not properly maintained and monitored. Disaster firsthand Shawn Gehrt, a homeowner in the Seattle area and senior … Read More