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Time to Replace Your Windows? Here’s What You Need to Know

Excess noise. Condensation. A draft when closed. Water-damaged wood frames. These are all signs that your windows may need to be replaced. Windows generally last from 15 to 20 years — even longer if regularly and properly maintained. Today's homeowners have a wide range of materials and price points to choose from when it comes [...]

By |2019-06-21T08:35:01-04:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Home, Maintenance|Tags: |

What Are the Best Types of Wood for Hardwood Flooring?

Back in the 1980's, a whole new generation of homeowners experienced the thrill and beauty of solid hardwood floors as they stripped away the orange and green wall-to-wall shag carpeting which had been so popular in the 1970's. Hardwood floors are resilient and long-lasting. They don't peel or crack and best of all — unlike [...]

By |2019-06-20T14:04:31-04:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Maintenance, Refinance|Tags: |

5 Ingredients for the Perfect Staycation

There may be many reasons why you're unable to get away for a "real" vacation. Work is one, finances may be another. But just because you can't fly off to Aruba or sail to the Greek Islands doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a fun and relaxing "staycation" that leaves you refreshed and ready to [...]

By |2019-06-19T16:02:56-04:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Home, Misc|Tags: , |

5 Ways to Elevate Your Home’s Outdoor Experience

Summer is the time for outdoor living. Whether it's a full-scale party or a family cookout, backyard entertaining has never been more luxurious — even on a budget. Today's wide variety of products designed specifically for outdoor use can transform your backyard, deck, patio, or porch into a gourmet chef kitchen and a spacious living [...]

By |2019-06-19T14:23:57-04:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: Home|Tags: , |

What to Consider Before Buying a Home with a Pool

There are a number of factors to consider if you're thinking of buying a home with a swimming pool. While the social, health benefits, and glamour of a pool may be enticing, owning and maintaining one properly comes at a cost and additional responsibilities. Pool Inspection The very first cost you'll encounter if you plan [...]

By |2019-06-19T11:46:45-04:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: Home, Purchase|Tags: , |

8 Considerations When Painting Inside Your Home

Painting your home’s interior isn’t as simple as hitting up the local hardware store and grabbing a few cans of your favorite hue. The truth is painting is much more nuanced than that. It impacts your home’s overall aesthetic and look, and there are dozens of factors that should influence what paint you choose, how [...]

By |2019-06-07T11:43:51-04:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Home, Maintenance|Tags: , , |

Options for Re-Doing Your Driveway

Boring old concrete isn’t the only option when you’re re-doing your driveway. From gravel and brick to asphalt and pavers, homeowners these days are choosing all types of stone, materials, and styles when creating their dream drives — and the results are striking. Want to try something new with your driveway re-do? Just need help [...]

By |2019-06-04T13:29:23-04:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: Home, Maintenance|Tags: , |

The Ultimate Printable Family Chore Lists

It’s hard running a household. There are multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas to clean — not to mention all the appliances, systems, and safety features you have to keep up with. Throw in the family and pets you’re taking care of, your job, and just the day-to-day demands of life, and keeping a house [...]

By |2019-06-24T17:39:02-04:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Maintenance|

DIY Plumbing: Fixing a Clogged Drain

When it comes to being handy around the house, there are two areas where many of us tend to shy away — electrical work and plumbing. While anyone who's ever received an electric shock understands the risks of doing that type of work, basic plumbing is something just about anyone should be willing to take [...]

By |2019-05-29T12:53:05-04:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: Maintenance|Tags: , , |

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