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

Is Your Home Trying to Kill You?

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Home is where you feel comfortable and safe. It’s where you tuck your kids into bed and lazily watch hours of Netflix on the couch. Without your care and vigilance, however, your home may develop conditions that can make you severely ill – or even kill you. Here are five ways your home can potentially harm you, and expert advice … Read More

10 Spring Cleaning Projects to Tackle This Weekend 

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Spring cleaning is all about getting our homes ready for a new season of sunshine, warmth, and time outdoors – and indoors, too! Now’s the time to wipe off the grime, clear out the cobwebs, and get those living spaces ready for the year ahead. When you put together your spring cleaning checklist this year, consider adding the following tasks, … Read More