Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with these 8 Small Changes

Recent data shows that LEED-certified green homes are on the rise. And with the savings they offer, it’s no wonder why. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED-certified homes save owners anywhere from 20 to 30% on their energy costs annually. In some places, those savings are as high as 60%. But you [...]

By |2019-09-12T10:30:15-04:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Home, Maintenance|Tags: , , , |

4 Signs There’s Mold in Your House

‘ Anyone who has had serious water damage in their home as a result of flooding knows the smell of mold. Mold and the spores it deploys are toxic. There are hundreds of different species of mold. The two most well-known are Stachybotrys, generally referred to as toxic “black” mold, and Aspergillus, [...]

By |2019-07-24T12:27:35-04:00July 24th, 2019|Categories: Home, Maintenance|Tags: |

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 [...]

By |2019-09-17T16:19:00-04:00July 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: |

8 Tips for Painting Your Home’s Interior

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, [...]

By |2019-08-26T11:09:48-04:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Home, Maintenance|Tags: , , |

5 Driveway Resurfacing Options and Ideas

Boring old concrete isn’t the only option when you’re resurfacing 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 [...]

By |2019-08-22T14:23:02-04:00June 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: , , |