Your Top 5 Fireplace Questions, Answered

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Fireplaces are one of the most sought-after home features, but using one can be intimidating, and you’ve probably got questions. Here’s a quick guide to get you and your fire started this fall . How do I use a wood-burning fireplace? If a cave man can start a fire, so can you. 1. Prepare the fireplace Clean out any old … Read More

The Truth About Toxic Mold (and How to Get Rid of It)

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Mold is everywhere. It grows on the sides of houses, it blackens surfaces like brick and concrete, and it thrives in the soil of your yard and garden. Indoors, mold lives in sink drains, shower grout, houseplant potting mix, kitchen sponges and anywhere else that moisture has a chance to settle. Are you hyperventilating yet? A little bit of mold … Read More

How to Fix Ceiling Water Stains

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A water stain on a ceiling is a foreboding sight. Not only is it ugly, but it also often means that something is actively leaking, and more damage may be hidden. But don’t panic – fixing a water stain is pretty straightforward. If you follow this simple guide, you’ll be ready to deal with any discoloration you find on your … Read More

What Kind of Bugs Are in Your House?

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Pests are everywhere, and having a few in your home is pretty much inevitable. But knowledge is power when it comes to critters, says Dr. Nancy Troyano, director of technical education and training at Rentokil Pest Control . When you know how to recognize and prevent an infestation, you can keep unwanted visitors at bay. The first step is learning … Read More

How to Remove Stains From an Area Rug

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If you own an area rug, just accept that it won’t remain pristine forever. Eventually someone will spill on it or a pet will relieve itself on it – and you’ll need to clean it. Instead of running out and hiring a professional carpet cleaner right away, you can try to handle that stain yourself using this short guide. Warning! … Read More

How to Repair a Damaged Shingle

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Every homeowner will most likely need to replace their roof. It’s just a fact of life. Depending on the size of the roof and the roofing material, the replacement could cost several thousand dollars. But with some basic skills and routine roof maintenance, you can protect your roof and get the most for your money. Roofing types Most roofs in North America … Read More

12 Tasks to Tackle Before Fall Arrives

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The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. The kids are trudging off to school again with their backpacks, and leaves are falling from the trees. Yep, it’s official: Fall is here. Now’s the time to finish up any last-minute maintenance projects and get your home and yard ready. Take care of these 12 tasks to get your … Read More

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