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

5 Reasons You Should Use a “Green” Moving Company

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Earth Day is just around the corner! Now is the time to get our green game on and get busy preserving our one and only beautiful earth. Your children and grandchildren will thank you for it. Spring also brings the beginning of the busy moving season. Pair these two occasions together and we have the perfect opportunity to make greener pastures. … 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

9 Ways to Get Your Bathrooms Open-House Ready

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Clean contemporary bathroom sink When it comes time to sell your home, you want to make sure every room is in tip-top shape—that means clean, neat and free of clutter. One room to pay particular attention to is the bathroom. No one wants to be reminded of the drudgery and hard work that is required to maintain it. Bathrooms quickly … 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