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5 DIY Deck Upgrades to Boost Your Outdoor Living Space

5 DIY Deck Upgrades to Boost Your Outdoor Living Space

A deck is a great addition to your outdoor living space and there are easy ways to make your deck more functional, attractive, and safe. Here are some ideas for DIY deck upgrades so you can enjoy your deck even more. DIY Deck Upgrades Include Yearly Deck Maintenance...

3 Reasons You Should Request a Builder’s Warranty Inspection

3 Reasons You Should Request a Builder’s Warranty Inspection

You've been living in your new house for less than a year now and couldn't be happier. You've settled in and all seems well, but, there's one thing to consider before reaching that one-year mark. Your builder’s warranty will be expiring soon and you should request a...

Why You Should Order Phase Inspections on New Construction

Why You Should Order Phase Inspections on New Construction

If you're building a home, you are excited and ready to move into your new house. Surprisingly, defects are often found with newly-built homes. Make sure your house is in great shape before you move in by ordering phase...

House Cleaning for Pet Owners: Tips and Tricks

House Cleaning for Pet Owners: Tips and Tricks

We love our pets, but they sometimes cause a mess in the house. Our routine cleaning tasks become more work when pets are a factor. House cleaning for pet owners requires specific methods. These tips will help ease the hassles of keeping the home clean. Purchase an...

7 Home Safety Essentials Every Home Should Have

7 Home Safety Essentials Every Home Should Have

There are several home safety essentials every family should keep on hand. Use the following tips to make sure your home is stocked for emergencies and make any needed upgrades so you’re prepared for issues at home. Security System Security systems protect your home...

Residential Electrical Safety Tips

Residential Electrical Safety Tips

Electricity provides us with many conveniences that keep us comfortable at home. However, your electrical system can become a hazard if it isn’t used or maintained properly. Here are some residential electrical safety tips that every homeowner should know. Residential...

5 Signs of Mold in the Home

5 Signs of Mold in the Home

If mold is growing in your home, you may pick up on some signs. The problem is, sometimes the signs aren’t so easy to identify. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow indoors. The bathroom and the basement are two places that mold grows easily. Pay attention to the...

How to Heat Your Home Efficiently

How to Heat Your Home Efficiently

Winter weather can be a source of anxiety for homeowners, and it's not just because of the wear and tear it causes. Many people worry about their heating bills.  There are simple steps you can take to lower your heating costs while investing little or no extra money....

Thermal Imaging in Home Inspections

Thermal Imaging in Home Inspections

The Benefits of Thermal Imaging in Home Inspections An infrared thermal camera shows the amount of heat that an object is emitting as a color spectrum. This tool is essential to home inspectors who want to provide a more thorough inspection report. Thermal imaging in...

8 Ways to Prevent Chimney Fires

8 Ways to Prevent Chimney Fires

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 22,500 chimney fires occur annually. In a worst-case scenario, chimney fires threaten lives and destroy property. Prevent chimney fires by using the following guidelines. Know the Signs of a Chimney Fire There...

How to Increase Security at Home

How to Increase Security at Home

Finding ways to increase security at home is important for peace of mind and the safety of homeowners and their families. With burglaries happening every day, it is critical to make your household more secure. Check out these ideas about improving home security....

4 Easy Ways to Improve Air Quality In Your Home

4 Easy Ways to Improve Air Quality In Your Home

Your home should be a place where you are safe and comfortable. However, the air inside of our homes is often polluted with irritants like allergy-inducing mold spores, pet dander, and dust mites. This worsens when windows are closed and the same air is being...

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Vacation

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Vacation

A vacation is an opportunity to get away and relax, but even a short vacation requires planning. In what condition will you leave your home while you're away? When on vacation, you can save energy and keep your property safe from criminals. Taking a few steps now to...

Types of Decking Materials: Pros and Cons

Types of Decking Materials: Pros and Cons

May is deck safety month, so now is a great time to think about building a new deck or rebuilding an old one. There are many types of decking materials available. To choose the right material, explore the pros and cons of each. Popular Types of Decking Materials...

Benefits of a Sewer Scope Inspection

Benefits of a Sewer Scope Inspection

When performing a sewer scope inspection, the plumber uses a waterproof video camera to look inside the sewer line between the house and the public sewer system. The camera records what's inside the pipe and displays the feed via an attached monitor. This inspection...

How to Prevent Plumbing Leaks at Home in 4 Easy Steps

How to Prevent Plumbing Leaks at Home in 4 Easy Steps

As a property owner, you might think that plumbing leaks are beyond your control. You hope that there are no plumbing issues, and instead, respond to a problem when it arises. Learn how to prevent plumbing leaks at home to protect your home from water damage. Why You...

4 Fire Safety Tips for the Home

4 Fire Safety Tips for the Home

As a child, you probably learned the "stop, drop, and roll" saying. As an adult with your own home, you need to go further than memorizing a few words to prepare for fire safety. Read on to learn some valuable fire safety tips for the home that will help prevent a...

Home Improvement Projects For Winter

Home Improvement Projects For Winter

Indoor Home Improvement Projects For Winter That Will Benefit Your Home Most people spend a significant amount of time at home over the winter months when it’s freezing outside. While you may be tempted to take a break from home improvement projects during winter,...

4 Ways To Keep Your Fireplace Safe This Winter

4 Ways To Keep Your Fireplace Safe This Winter

While a toasty fire adds ambiance and warmth to your home, it's important to keep in mind that it requires maintenance to keep your fireplace safe. Get the most out of your fireplace this winter by maintaining it properly and taking safety precautions. 1. Keep Your...

4 Home Preparations For Winter You Need to Start Now

4 Home Preparations For Winter You Need to Start Now

You should start your home preparations for winter sooner rather than later. In order to make sure your house is ready for the long months ahead, you'll need to take care of these home maintenance tasks during fall. The Most Important Home Preparations for Winter Fall...

The Facts About Radon in Your Home

The Facts About Radon in Your Home

We often look for ways to improve our health. Healthy eating, proper sleep, and exercise all figure prominently in magazines, on television, and on social media. However, no amount of healthy practices can save you if the threat to your wellness comes from an external...

5 Signs You May Need a New Roof

5 Signs You May Need a New Roof

Roof repair is preferred for most homeowners who do not want the expense of replacement. And while repairs suffice for some roof problems, there are other times when replacing the roof is the best option. The five signs below are some of the most common that indicate...

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