5 Ways to Boost Neighborhood Safety As a Community

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Image via iStock Crime can happen to anyone at any time—in fact, the 2016 Crime in the United States Report , from the FBI, found that there 327, 374 robberies in 2015 and total property crimes resulted in $14.3 billion in losses. These numbers don’t guarantee you’ll be the victim of a crime in your life, but as a homeowner, … Read More

Residential Microgrids: What You Need to Know About Going Off the Grid

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Image via iStock Natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, encouraged the development and installation of residential microgrids in the United States. Microgrids offer increasing benefits to homeowners and small communities as interest in energy independence from power companies continues to grow in response to affordable renewable energy options. What Are Microgrids? A microgrid is a local energy grid. … Read More

Preparing for the Heat: Your HVAC Summer Checklist

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Ah summer. The picnics, the lemonade, the barbeques—and the high energy bills. It may seem idyllic now, but in just a few short weeks, you’ll be peeling yourself off car seats and working the dial on your thermostat so hard it’s a wonder you don’t give yourself carpal tunnel syndrome. Electricity consumption spikes during the summer and winter—the Energy Information … Read More

How to be a Good Neighbor (No, Seriously)

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they exist.  Sometimes you wave, or smile and nod to them as you leave your home. Other times you hear them through your walls. Hopefully you get along with them. I am speaking of that part of real estate and homeownership known as neighbors. The Mrs. and I are pretty easy going, but we’re also … Read More

The Best and Worst Plants for People With Allergies

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There’s no better way to turn a house into a home than adding luscious plants and beautiful flowers. Unfortunately, people who suffer from allergies may struggle to find plants and flowers that won’t lead to a runny nose, burning eyes and uncontrollable sneezing. Which plants should allergy sufferers avoid? Which should they welcome into their homes? Here’s a look at … Read More

Water Bill Drowning You? Here Are 11 Ways to Lower It

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While utilities like internet and cable TV may seem like obvious targets, your water bill can also run much higher than necessary. Missing water bill payments could eventually hurt your credit. While most utilities don’t report on-time payments to the to credit bureaus, many will report accounts that go into default or collections, which will cause your scores to take … Read More

Let There Be Light: How to Fill Your New Home with Natural Light

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Image via iStock When natural light pours into a space, we can’t help but feel invigorated and inspired, so it’s no wonder that a bright home is often at the top of a homebuyer’s wish list. But if your new dream home lacks illumination, have no fear: Buyers and homeowners can rest assured that it’s never too late to illuminate … Read More

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Garage This Year

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Image via Flickr/Cary Peterson According to The New York Times , a garage is the “final frontier in home remodeling,” and 2017 is the forecasted year that homeowners will undertake the project of de-cluttering this room to create a more functional, accessible and livable space. Instead of just a place to park your car or stash holiday decor, the garage … Read More

Hiring a Locksmith? Beware of These Common Scams

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Image via iStock Imagine arriving home late one evening after countless hours of traveling. You are exhausted and hungry and want nothing more than to abandon your suitcase, still packed, by the front door and melt into your cozy bed for the first time in days. You reach for your house key and… it isn’t in your pocket. You frantically … Read More

6 Things You Should Consider When Placing Home Security Cameras

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Image via iStock In the home, peace of mind is truly priceless, especially when it comes to providing proper security for your family. But designing a well-rounded and thorough security system can feel daunting when just starting out. Luckily, there are a variety of options when catering a system to your home, your needs, and your level of comfort. Since … Read More