Home Maintenance and Remodeling

Home Maintenance and Remodeling How To Extend the Life of Your Outdoor Living Space One of life’s simple luxuries is an evening spent outdoors delighting in the warmth and soft breezes of the season. But time and weather can take a toll on porches, decks and patios, so consider these do’s and don’ts for your outdoor living space.DO pressure wash and stain wood decks every couple of years. DON’T use harsh chemicals […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Are Smart Appliances Right for Your Home? Smart home appliances can make your life easier, and if you’re renovating your home, you’re likely wondering if they’re a worthwhile addition to your new-and-improved space. They have plenty of benefits: Everything from smart refrigerators, oven ranges, thermostats, monitoring systems, plugs, light bulbs, and even locks can offer you complete remote control over the things you use most. They […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling 7 Easy Home Improvement Tips Whether you’re thinking of selling your house this year—or just like the idea of a return on your investment (who doesn’t?)—certain ROI home improvements can not only make your house look better, but also increase its market value. Read on for a few DIY projects that have proven their worth. 1. Make a good first impression […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Annual Plumbing Inspection and Maintenance Damage due to faulty plumbing can lead to extensive, costly repairs. But you can protect yourself from an avoidable disaster with a little preventive maintenance. In fact, regular plumbing inspections can be one of a homeowner’s smartest investments. Schedule an annual inspection with a licensed plumber to address these costly mishaps.Mold GrowthUnidentified leaks, even small […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Holiday Storage Hacks Treasured holiday decorations come in all shapes and sizes. Many can be especially delicate and tricky to keep in one piece. Thankfully, with a few clever storage hacks, you can keep your holiday decor merry and bright for years to come.Egg CartonsThese make egg-cellent storage for tiny round ornaments.Coffee FiltersSoft, flexible and sturdy filters are […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Now’s the time to prepare your home for the changing seasons. Here are a few helpful fall maintenance tips. Clean your gutters. Clear out any leaves and twigs to prevent them from damaging your gutters. Repair sagging gutters and fix or replace missing or loose downspout brackets or any other damaged pieces. Clean your chimney. Hire a […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Working With a Remodeling Contractor You know how important it is to choose the best professionals for a home remodeling project. Whether you’re getting ready to sell or want to update your home, the right skills and personality of the contractor can make the difference. But did you know the way you work with contractors can also influence your project’s […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling 7 Clever Cleaning Hacks Keeping your home clean and tidy can be very time-consuming, not to mention exhausting. But making some new habits can simplify your cleaning process and keep your home sparkling year-round. Here are seven quick and easy hacks. Place two doormats at each entrance to your home, one inside and one outside, to trap dirt and […]
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Home Maintenance and Remodeling Earth-Friendly Renovations That Save Money Growing numbers of homeowners are paying more attention to the ecological effects of renovations. Some eco-friendly projects can even reduce utility bills. Here are a few home improvements that can lower your carbon footprint and monthly bills at the same time. Solar PanelsAlthough roof-mounted solar panels can be costly upfront, they often pay for themselves […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Keep Your Garden Flourishing You’ve invested hours of work into preparing, planting and feeding your garden to give it a healthy start. By keeping a watchful eye on it now, you can ensure it prospers and produces for the remainder of the season. Here are five mid-summer tips for a healthy garden in any region. Weeds go wild in […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Is Your Home Due for a Summer Makeover? Imagine you’re a stranger touring your house. What would you update or replace? To spark your creativity, browse magazines and Pinterest boards for tones, colors and textures that speak to you. Even the smallest new touches can refresh the whole feel of a room. You can start small by adding new pillows and lighting or […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling 5 Home Renovation Myths Myth #1: All home improvements provide a dollar-for-dollar return on investment (ROI).In reality, you usually only get back a percentage of what you spend. Myth #2: Permits aren’t necessary.Not true. Check your city or county website for details on permits required in your area. Myth #3: DIY is a great way to save.What if your project ends up […]
Design Trends Luxury Closet Features Closet design in the primary bedroom has become a new luxury feature in homes. Here are some of the most sought-after items for those who want to enhance the style and storage in their closets. Upgraded LightingMany homeowners are adding dramatic lighting in their closets. Some popular choices include lighted clothing rods and shelves, chandeliers […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Easy Ways To Deep Clean Your Home Spring cleaning can be overwhelming, but here are a few ways to simplify the process and make your home sparkle. Use the DishwasherYou can save the elbow grease and use your dishwasher to clean metal vent covers, soap dishes, toys, and more. Soak ShowerheadsTo clear your dingy showerhead of soap scum or hard water stains, […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Simple Home Updates If you want to refresh your home decor but don’t have a lot to spend, the following affordable updates can make a significant difference. PaintAdding a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make a big impact. Choose colors that make you happy and reflect your style. LightingOutdated […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Upgrade Your Laundry Room A luxurious laundry room may seem a bit extravagant, but consider these options if you’d like to transform a dreary, utilitarian room into an attractive, functional space. Add a SinkA sink is a handy addition to any laundry room. You’ll have a dedicated place to scrub stained clothing, wash paint brushes, rinse muddy shoes, and […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Choosing Exterior Paint for Your Home Selecting a paint color for the exterior of your home can be challenging, but the following tips can help you make the right choice. Coordinate with existing stone, brick or wood accents. If your home has natural elements that will not be painted, choose a color that complements the undertones of those elements. Use an online […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Storage Ideas to Organize Your Home Do you ever feel overwhelmed by clutter? These simple home storage tips can help you keep your home neat and organized. Be Creative With Shoe OrganizersOver-the-door shoe organizers aren’t just for footwear. Use them to store toys and stuffed animals, power cords or cleaning supplies. Hang them on the back of your laundry room door […]
Design Trends Shades, Tints and Tones, Oh My! Whether you’re trying to find the perfect paint color for your home or you’re just interested in understanding how colors work together, consider this your crash course in color theory. A hue is simply a color on the color wheel. The color wheel is made up of three primary colors: red, blue and yellow. The secondary colors […]
Home Maintenance and Remodeling Give Your Home a Guest-Friendly Makeover As the holidays approach, many of us will be spending more time at home with friends and family. However, not everyone’s house is ready to host guests at a moment’s notice. Take some time and consider these ideas to help make your home warm and welcoming. Get ComfyThe key to making your home a haven […]