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

How to Stage Your Outdoor Space to Sell Your Home Faster

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Everyone loves the idea of indoor-outdoor living, even in climates where it’s only possible a few months out of the year. And when you’re selling a home, staging your outdoor space can be an important way to show off one of your home’s best features while attracting prospective buyers. Whether your property has a sweeping lawn or a small city … Read More

How to Get a Mortgage Without a Full-Time, Permanent Job

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Image via iStock The growing number of gig economy workers in this country may have the freedom to work whenever they want, and sometimes from wherever they want, but when it comes to buying a home, all of that freedom has its price. It turns out employees who have many part-time jobs, hop from one short-term contract or project to … Read More

How to Select Fixtures for Your New-Construction Bathroom

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If you’ve never remodeled a bathroom before, you might not have given much thought to bathroom fixtures. You will quickly learn that the faucet is not a utilitarian piece of hardware like you might have imagined — it is considered a design focal point . Choosing a faucet is one of the first major decisions you’ll be asked to make in … Read More

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