Why You Should Have a PreListing Inspection

If you are planning to sell a house this summer (or any season, really), it is important to consider all the benefits you can get from a pre-listing inspection. While it may seem unnecessary, especially when a potential buyer will likely have their own inspection, having one done yourself can…

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Get Organized this Summer With Drop Zones

Summer is a busy time, especially for parents who have young children. You want to keep your little ones entertained in the hot summer heat while still making it on-time to work, appointments, and social gatherings. Being organized can help you get out the door easier. Whether you’re taking your…

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Telltale Signs of Termites

Termites left unchecked can cause damage to your home. Here are three telltale signs that you have these unwanted visitors in your house. Mud Tubes These small tunnel-like tubes are commonplace in spots where your home and the ground come together. They are about the width of a pencil and…

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Prepare For Your Summer Showings

If you’re selling your home in the summer, it is important to have the right tools in your arsenal. Fortunately, there are tips for preparing a home for summer showings. When preparing for potential buyers, consider the following tips: Consider putting out cold beverages for potential buyers Turn the lights…

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A Buried Oil Tank

If the home you own, or the one you are planning to buy, has a buried oil tank you need to know! Depending on the situation, there may be some environmental cleanup costs associated with it. If you are buying a home this could be something to use when negotiating…

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Control Condensation To Control Basement Mold

One of the last things you want to find in your basement is mold. This unwanted guest can cause problems in your home and challenges to your health. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent mold in your basement. Keep Out the Condensation The presence of moisture is…

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Breathe Easy and Learn About Radon

After buying a home with radon, your first step is to gain more of an understanding of what radon is. Mitigation comes next, but first, take a moment to learn the facts. Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Your new home is not a problem. Radon gas can…

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Three Common Home Inspections Myths

If you’re in the process of closing a sale, then you know how much work goes into helping your client look for the right place to call their own. You’ll likely spend countless hours viewing different homes online and with your client and hosted several open houses before they find…

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Water Line

Running water is a modern convenience that many of us can take for granted. We rarely think about the water line that is responsible for bringing that cool clean water into our home. But what if there are problems with the water line? A qualified home inspector can usually pick…

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Switch to Satin Brass Finishes

Brass is making a comeback, and for good reason. This gorgeous finish adds a touch of class and elegance to any room by embracing the current trend in gold accents. In bathrooms and kitchens, choose it for your faucets and knobs for a customized and modern look that stands out…

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Repair and Replace Soffit

If you’re going to need roof repairs, this is one of the better ones. Repairing or replacing the soffit under your eaves or the roof overhang is usually safer because you don’t have to be on the roof itself. If you have areas in your soffit that have been water…

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Hate Mold? Keep Things Clean!

One of the best ways to prevent mold in your basement is simply to clean regularly. Look for traces of mold on walls and ceilings. Pay extra attention to corners, nooks and anywhere that is prone to moisture or condensation. How To Clean Effectively Use a vacuum with a High-Efficiency…

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Find a New Function for Your Fireplace

A warm fire can be relaxing and cozy on a cold winter night. But if you live in warmer weather or are worried about the upkeep, you can upgrade your fireplace into a stylish storage area. Clean it out and seal everything up before you start, and pick a paint…

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Maintaining a Radon-Free Home

Radon is often found in trace amounts in the air outside your home. A test can reveal whether it’s inside your home, and regular maintenance can help keep it out. Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. You can hire a professional to complete the test, or you can use…

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Embrace the Power of Paint

It’s pretty well-known that a new paint color can completely upgrade a room almost instantly. But if you think outside the box, you’ll find that it can create some gorgeous wall features in a very creative way. Instead of purchasing a new hardboard, a painted pattern or simple rectangle painted…

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Summer Tips for a Safer Deck

Now that the balmy, lazy days of summer are officially in full swing, it only makes sense that you’re spending a lot more time outside. Among other things, that likely means more family fun, entertaining, and quiet evenings spent unwinding on your deck. The following considerations can help you make sure…

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Consider a Tile Transformation

A gorgeous new backsplash or tile design can completely transform your kitchen or bathroom. Whether you want something bright in a bold shape or a classic and clean look, the right tile can be both timeless and modern, giving your home a fresh and updated look. In your kitchen, consider…

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Did You Double-Check Your Mold Remediation Clean-Up?

Mold is one of the most frustrating problems a homeowner can deal with. When you’ve gone through the mold remediation process, it’s essential that you double-check all the work that was done. Otherwise, your problem could come back, dragging you back to square one. What To Look For  So, what,…

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Check Out The Chimney

One big selling feature of a home can be a gorgeous fireplace that acts as a focal point in the room. From cozy winter nights to large family gatherings, around the fireplace can be a common place to gather. But even if you fall in love with the fireplace, make…

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Be Smart With Your Space

If you’re looking for new ways to add style without sacrificing space, it may be time to rethink your lighting and accent options. Lamps are lovely, but they can take up valuable room on a side table or night stand. Instead, switch to wall sconces for a soft and relaxing…

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Avoid Venting Bathroom Air Into the Attic

It sounded like a good idea at the time, right?Move the moist bathroom air into the attic and it will simply flow out through the vents. Why go to all the trouble of venting the air all the way outdoors? What you may not have thought about is that when…

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Home Inspection Red Flags: What To Look Out For

Scheduling a thorough home inspection is an important part of getting any home ready for the market. However, fully understanding what the resulting report means for that property can take a little finesse if you’re not already in the know. Some potential issues with a property are more obvious or…

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Prevent Water Heater Backdrafting

We all love our water heaters because without them we couldn’t enjoy a hot shower or the ease of clean dishes and clean clothes thanks to modern appliances. Water heaters are responsible for keeping hot water ready for our use. If your water heater uses gas, such as propane or…

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Include Downtime in Your Summer Schedule

Building downtime into your summer schedule is one key summer organization tip. It can be all too easy to cram the days with activities leaving you and your family little breathing room. When everything is go-go-go, the rest of your life starts to reflect that fast pace from laundry piling…

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Is You’re A/C in the Attic?

Putting an air conditioner in the attic seems to make perfect sense. There are no ugly window units. There is no bulky central A/C unit in the utility area. There is just cool dry air gently flowing down from ceiling vents. Unfortunately, that’s not all that’s flowing. In the process…

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When You Can Use Caulk to Plug the Leak

Caulk is sometimes used as the be-all-end-all solution for DIY home problems, especially leaks. However, there are many problems caulk just can’t fix. When to Use Calk There are some instances when caulk can be used to resolve the issue. See a few of these below: For very small holes…

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The Inner Workings of an Air Conditioner

An air conditioner uses the following five components to work its magic. Compressor Refrigerant Condenser Expansion Valve Evaporator Coil First The compressor keeps controls air flow. It continues to pull warm air inside, so that the rest of the parts can do their jobs. Second Refrigerant has an interesting property…

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My Lights Went Out! Inside the Breaker Box

All homeowners need to know where the main breaker box is and how it works. This is the steel box – usually a grey-blue color – that provides electricity to your entire house. Whenever you have an issue with power or need to turn it off, this is normally where…

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Follow These Hands-On Hints To Rid Your Home of Mold

Few things strike horror in the hearts of homeowners as learning mold has infiltrated the perimeter. Don’t panic. Realize that even though it is potentially damaging and unhealthy, you can defeat mold. These practical tips should help get you started: Know the symptoms of mold exposure. Most noticeable are allergy…

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Save on Heating Costs by Adding Insulation

Keeping cold air out when you have the heat on makes a huge difference in your heating bill. By adding some simple insulation, you can prevent heat from escaping. Check your home for spaces where there is a significant draft or where it’s always colder than the rest of the…

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How to Fix Leaking Pipes Under the Sink

Leaking pipes are an average occurrence. In some cases, you may need a plumber’s help, but before you call you can try this hack with a few simple items. All you’re going to need is plumber’s tape, a wrench and a bucket. You’re going to want to make sure the…

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Three Ideas for Summer Organization

Now that summer is here and you have warm days and long evenings to look forward to, why not get a jump start on organizing your home? As the year goes on, it can be easy to put this task aside. However, clearing your home of clutter can also help…

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Why You Should Test Your Home for Radon

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that every home in America undergo radon testing. Read on to find out why this often-overlooked test is necessary.  The Dangers of Radon According to the EPA, 1 out of every 15 homes in America has a problem with radon. Radon is also one of…

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Successfully Maintain Your Window Air Conditioner

Like the names says, a window air conditioner is installed through a window in your home. It pulls warm air in, chills it, and pushes the cool back air into your home. Optimal Use of Your Window Air Conditioner To successfully cool your space, a window air conditioner needs to…

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Tips for Commercial Mold Remediation

Mold is a common problem for home owners, but mold can affect businesses as well, of course. What should you do if you find mold in your business? Do not ignore the problem. It can be easy to hope the issue fixes itself or even to forget about it entirely,…

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How to Fix Roof Vents

If you find that your roof vents are damaged, then caulking may help to temporarily solve the issue. However, the only real fix is replacing them. Here are some quick tips to help. Check the Nails Sometimes nails are the issue, so be sure to check if some are missing…

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Fourth of July Fun Facts

While you’re enjoying this year’s festivities on Independence Day, here are some fun facts to chew on at your annual cookout: Did you know that the Declaration of Independence wasn’t actually signed on July 4th? This important document was adopted by Congress on that date, but all of the signatures…

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The Pros and Cons of Roof Replacement

It can be difficult to choose between repairing your roof and replacing it all together. Knowing the pros and cons of replacing your roof can help you make your decision. Pros When major damage occurs, such as a storm that causes extensive water damage or the majority of your roof’s…

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What You Need To Know About Radon in Drinking Water

Did you know radon can contaminate your drinking water Luckily, this only affects a small number of people, and there are easy ways to treat the problem. Radon and Ground Water Radon gas can dissolve and infiltrate well water or water from other underground sources. Drinking this water can cause stomach…

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How to Bleach Away a Water Stain

No one wants to have to repaint his or her entire ceiling. This takes a lot of time and effort. If you’re short on time, money and don’t have the time for a whole ceiling redo, you don’t need to worry about it. There is a trick to removing water…

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Make Your Outdoor Electrical Receptacles Weather Resistant

Outdoor electric receptacles prevent the unsightly appearance of electrical cords snaking outside from the inside of a home. These are often sent through windows or under doors. Not only does this affect the house’s ability to maintain the correct temperature, but it also presents a burglary risk if it prevents…

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Install a Trap Door on Your Electric Receptacle

Do you have an outdoor electrical receptacle you like to use? It’s probably where you plug in the stereo while hanging out, outside. It may also be the source of electricity for your outdoor lights, especially during the holidays. Protect the Receptacles To protect these receptacles, it’s important to install…

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Trim Your Trees with Ease

Are your clippers too short to reach the branches of your tree? No need to worry. We’ve got a trick to add some height to your reach, making it easier to prune the trees in your yard. Skip the ladder and extend the clippers with PVC piping. Cut a piece…

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Muffle Those Noisy Pipes

Do your pipes sound like they are practicing for the church choir?  This problem is especially common in older homes or apartments. The noise is usually caused by pipes that thump or creak against boards in the walls or rattle from the pressure of the water coursing through them. Don’t…

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Simple Tarps Make Great Lawn Trailers

After mowing, trimming trees and hedges, or clearing away weeds and overgrowth you may find yourself with a pile of lawn rubbish. While you can use a wheelbarrow or other tools to clear away the mess, did you know that a simple plastic tarp can be a great option for…

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How to Fix Difficult Roof Problems

Some roof problems will require a bit more creative thinking and elbow grease to fix than others. These tips can help. The Cause One of the main causes of hard-to-fix leaks is failure to properly waterproof the area where the roof joins with the soffit. The Fix Here’s how to…

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A Fix for Rickety Chairs

Do you have a rickety chair that won’t keep it together? Over time, dining room chairs start to get worse for wear. Often, they might still look good but they’re unstable. Instead of trusting your family and friends to sit on them, you only have a couple of choices. Either…

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New Construction Leads to New Problems

The best part of a new house is the lack of visible framing or foundation defects. If the home comes with appliances, they are brand new. So, how many problems could you really have? Don’t be fooled, new construction can still have issues. Faults in New Construction  A new home…

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Health Effects of Mold Exposure

Does exposure to mold cause respiratory illness and other health problems? The answer is more complicated than you might think. Wet, Damp Spaces Numerous studies, including a 2004 report by the Institute of Medicine, have found that being in a damp, indoor environment is associated with respiratory symptoms such as…

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Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?

The duct work in your home or office circulates the air throughout the building either heating it or cooling it as it passes through the HVAC system. Over time, the ducts can become dirty with dust, debris and mold. Those areas of build up can contaminate the air you breathe…

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Prevent Damage From Water Leaks

A leaking pipe can cause a lot of damage in a hurry. Basic household knowledge should include the simple task of shutting off the water, but do you know where your water main is? It is surprising how few people know what it is; let alone where to find it.…

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How to Silence a Squeaky Floor

Squeaky floors under the carpet can become annoying, not to mention difficult to fix. Many homeowners simply live with the squeaking. However, you don’t have to live like this. In fact, there is a very easy fix. It will take you less than ten minutes. Locate the floor joists with…

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Fix Tiny Holes with Flashing

One sneaky problem in your shingles that could be causing leaks is a tiny hole. Here are some of the problems this can cause over time. Rotten Wood The constant dampness on wood can cause it to rot. This could lead to structural damage over time, depending on the location…

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Under-Sink Storage for Fixture Parts and Manuals

If you recently updated a sink or bath fixture, you probably wondered what to do with the manual and spare parts included with your purchase. While these items often wind up in junk drawers, you may need them later. Instead of devoting space in your workbench or other storage containers…

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How to Keep Your Home Free of Mold

You’ve invested a lot in your home, don’t forget to take steps to prevent a mold infestation. These three tips are easy to implement and can save you time and hassle in the future. Monitor Humidity According to the EPA, humidity should be between 30 and 60 percent in an…

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer and is usually a day for barbeques, picnics and time with friends and family. With all of the enjoyment that surrounds this three-day weekend, it can be easy to forget the purpose behind the National holiday. Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day)…

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Skip the Traditional Mop for Hardwood Floors

Ditch the traditional mop and invest in a spray mop. Traditional mops require a bucket to rinse the dirt and grime from your mop. Spray mops cut out this step, and come with a refillable spray reservoir that you can fill with your favorite cleaning solution. Simply spray the cleaning…

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Flickering Lights and Loose Connections

Don’t be fooled by flickering lights. Odds are the lights flickering are not a sign of ghostly intruders or but merely a boring, old, loose electrical connection. Pinpoint if it is a problem with a single fixture or multiple lights in multiple rooms. You can determine the issue by identifying…

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What NOT to Do When Decluttering Your Home

If you’re planning on decluttering your home this season, there are lots of tips out there telling you how to do it. Instead, we suggest a few things you should avoid when tackling a massive project like this. Don’t make these five mistakes: Don’t Buy Storage Bins First Refrain from…

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Get Rid of Mold on Wood

Mold on wood is unsightly and, like a surly teenager, leaves a bad impression. It’s best to clean it up as quickly as possible to prevent its spread throughout the home and minimize any health issues. In nearly all cases, the wood will not have to be replaced if you…

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How to Spot the Source of a Roof Leak

The source of a leak can be hard to find. However, it’s not impossible. With a little knowledge and a lot of determination, you can get the job done. Here are some of the places you should start your hunt. Trust Gravity When it comes to finding leaks, gravity is…

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Use Wine Corks for Caulk Bottles

Synthetic wine corks are a staple of many DIY home projects, but they can also be extremely helpful in your toolbox. If you have ever used caulk, silicone, or any other adhesive material from a pressurized bottle, then you know how much of a pain it can be to stop…

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The Truth About Your Roof’s Life Expectancy

Nothing in this world truly lasts forever, not even your roof! While this may not come as a surprise, it is important you are aware of how long your home’s roof is expected to last. Although the average life expectancy of a roof is between 20 and 25 years, there…

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How Positive Feng Shui Can Help a Home Sell

As home inspectors and realtors know, there is usually a buyer out there for every home. When sellers utilize basic Feng Shui principles, they open themselves up to a bigger pool of buyers. Here are ten fast and effective tips to increase a home’s Chi. 1) It’s a Classic The…

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Who Needs a Plumber – Use Masking Tape

Over time as your home settles, vibrations and temperature changes can cause the joints of your pipes to loosen a bit and you may even see some leakage. Don’t panic, as this is common. And there is a solution that is easy, inexpensive, and likely sitting in your junk drawer…

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How to Fix Leaks Around Brick Chimneys

How to Fix Leaks Around Brick Chimneys As many of you may already know, wherever items penetrate the roof, leaks are likely to form. One of the most common types of roof penetration is the chimney. The Problem If the carpenter used galvanized steel around the chimneys, they can begin…

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No Sawhorse? No Problem.

A sawhorse is a beam with four legs, usually used to support a piece of wood for sawing. A pair of sawhorses can be helpful in cutting wood, painting doors, and woodworking. If you don’t have the money or room for two sawhorses, or time to purchase two before beginning…

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Quick and Easy Paint Touch-Ups Without a Brush

Your child just slammed his chair into a freshly painted wall, leaving a large, noticeable mark in an otherwise stellar paint job. Do you break out the painter’s tape, paint roller, and lay down plastic sheeting to fix this little hiccup? Instead of going to that much trouble, fix the…

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Décor Done Right

Enjoying the holidays is even more fun when you drive up to your house glowing brightly with holiday charm. Whether you’ve hung hearts for Valentine’s Day, Pumpkins and Witches for Halloween or Santa and his sleigh during Christmastime, you must make sure you do so with caution. Before you fall…

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No More Sifting Through Sandpaper

Every homeowner will eventually need sandpaper for different odd jobs around the house. Sandpaper comes in a variety of different textures, and most sandpaper has a “grit” rating so you can easily tell exactly how rough it is. Some sandpaper is great for preparing wooden surfaces for paint or primer,…

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Using Borax To Remove and Clean Mold

If you are trying to cleanse your house of mold, you probably are looking for the right cleaning substance. One option you may not have considered is borax. Like all mold-cleaning options, borax provides advantages and disadvantages. It is inexpensive and very effective, but it requires a bit more work…

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Properly Caring for Your Dry-Cleaned Clothes

Some of our clothes require a little more care than just tossing them in the washing machine followed by a quick run in the dryer. Instead, they need professional dry-cleaning services. Unfortunately, many of us feel that the wire hanger and plastic sheath combo we receive our clothes back on…

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How to Fix Step Flashing Problems

Contractors use step flashing to create a proper seal along the areas where the roof meets the wall. However, even when properly installed these do need repair from time to time. What to Look For Here’s how to know if your step flashing might be the problem. Rusted flashing Flashing…

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Make Your Light Switches Easier to Find

There’s an easy way to make your light switches easier to find, and all it takes is a little dab of glow-in-the-dark paint. You can find glow-in-the-dark paint at most hardware and craft stores. Simply dab a bit of this paint to the tips of your light switches. Wait a…

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Your Home Tested High for Radon, Now What?

If you’ve received failing results from a radon test, you may feel a little panicked. However, it’s important to remember that there are professional radon mitigation installers who can get your home back to a healthy level. While it is not possible to get rid of radon gas, it is…

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Remove Adhesives with Heat

If you’ve got something sticky that doesn’t want to budge, try using heat to remove it. While chemicals can end up peeling off paint, a hairdryer is a great tool, providing hot air in a concentrated column to direct at the sticky surface. If painter’s tape stays on a surface…

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The Top 3 Home Inspection Mistakes Realtors Make

Every experienced real estate agent has worked with great home inspectors in their career. Regrettably, they’ve worked with some real dogs too. You owe it to yourself to recommend an inspector who won’t drive you crazy. Here are 3 common mistakes realtors make and how to avoid them. Skipping the…

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Mixing Epoxy with No Mess

Epoxy is a compound that requires two chemicals to work in conjunction to bond pieces together. One part cannot work without the other part. So how do you get a good seal without all the mess when using epoxy to repair items? Check out this trick for mixing both parts…

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A Cooler House with Your Window Air Conditioner

To keep your home cooler, check out these tricks. Cover your windows with curtains or closed window coverings during the day. By doing this, you save energy and enjoy a cooler home. Open your window at night when temperatures drop. Your air conditioner will not have to work nearly as…

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Protect Your Home From the Damage of Mold

The unfortunate truth is that homes are built out of the exact materials that mold loves to eat: dead organic material. Wood, paper, wallpaper, leather, upholstery, grout, paint, plaster, carpet, and insulation all fall into this category. Even some kinds of cement include organic chemicals. This means that mold can…

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Add Caulk to Save Money

One simple and effective way to save money in your home is by caulking. Closing gaps with caulk is an easy way to eliminate cracks or drafts and prevent mold and excess dirt build up. Have a Gap? There’s A Caulk for That As your home ages you may start…

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Reuse Old Six-Pack Cartons for Storage

Wait! Before you throw that old six-pack carton in the recycling bin, consider its usability as a versatile and portable carrying case. If tools or materials are cluttering your garage or work area, tidy them up using empty six-pack cartons. Simply stash tube-shaped items in the six-pack holders for easy…

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Aluminum Wiring Is a Fire Hazard

You won’t find aluminum wiring in modern residential branch-circuit wiring, but in the 1960s and 1970s, aluminum was common. During the 60s and 70s copper prices led homebuilders to use single strand aluminum in homes to cut costs. At the time, aluminum seemed like a reasonable replacement. It kept the…

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Remove and Sanitize Mold With Bleach

Perhaps the most common product for killing mold is bleach. It is inexpensive and easily accessible, but there are more effective and convenient methods. Bleach works fine for nonporous surfaces, such as tile or bathtubs. For anything else, however, there is a real chance that bleach will leave the roots…

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4 Easy Ways to Beat Allergies This Year

Allergy season can be a nightmare for those who are affected. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. By taking steps to allergy-proof your home, you can make your allergies as manageable as possible. Do a Deep Clean Many allergies are aggravated by dust in the home,…

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Set Up a Toilet Paper Shelf for Extra Storage

In most bathrooms, every bit of storage space counts when it comes to keeping what you need close at hand. While you may not have room to add anything too complex in your bathroom, this convenient shelf solution lets you take advantage of the space you have. While you may…

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

Working from home can be a great opportunity to work in your pajamas and sit in a favorite chair. Even at home, though, it is important to get things done efficiently and stay on task. Home offices often have to serve multiple purposes, so organization becomes key to keeping things…

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How to Repair a Doorbell

Doorbells are a classic way for guests to let you know they’re at the door, and malfunctioning ones can be an inconvenience. Fortunately, you can identify and fix the problem on your own. Here’s what to look out for: The problem may be with the wiring that connects the parts…

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Office Organizers in Your Kitchen

Are you tired of sorting through a mess of different sizes of cookie sheets, baking pans, and cutting boards in your kitchen? Storing these items in messy stacks is not only cumbersome and a waste of storage space; it’s also a good way to damage their surfaces. Instead of potentially…

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Save Energy by Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

A clothes dryer cannot work as effectively as possible with a clogged and dirty vent. A clogged dryer vent can interrupt the flow of air through the exhaust system, reducing the efficiency of the appliance. Failing to clean your vents could be a drain on your home’s electrical system. It…

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Better Shower Pressure

What is a shower with low water pressure but a standing sponge bath? It may take longer to wash, use up the warm water and leave you with a cold rinse. The culprit may be a clogged showerhead. Here are a couple of easy ways you can remedy that. If…

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Troubleshooting Dead Outlets and CGFI Reset

Dead outlets can be a major inconvenience in the home. While your first instinct may be to call an electrician, there are multiple potential causes of dead outlets—many of which you can fix yourself. Before you pick up the phone, see if you can find the problem to save some…

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Get the Facts About 5 Home Inspection Myths

Once the sale contract is signed, eager home buyers have another hurdle to overcome, the home inspection. As a real estate agent, you can ease your client’s mind by being a source of information about the home inspection process. Here are the facts behind five common home inspection myths. An…

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What to Check Before You Call an Electrician

Basic troubleshooting often solves electrical problems. Read these tips to see if you can fix the problem before spending time and money calling in an electrician. If you just replaced a fuse, did you replace it with the same amperage? Make sure it is in tight and the fuse is…

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Inexpensive Tricks to Burglar-Proof Your Home

Have trouble remembering the code to your combination lock? Pick your favorite number and add it to each number of the combination. Write the new numbers on a piece of tape and stick it to the bottom of the lock. Anytime you need to remember the combination, subtract your number…

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Top Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

A few small maintenance jobs can keep you free of expensive refrigerator repair bills. These jobs take no more than five minutes each, but can save you a lot of time and money. Complete them twice a year for best results, but, the more often you do them, the better.…

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How to Save Money – Restore Your Deck

Stop Wasting Money on Deck Repairs! When your deck begins to look as though it has seen better days, you may think it’s time to start replacing boards. Don’t be so hasty! Hardwood is quite pricey and continues to become more expensive over the years. Instead, there’s a cheaper and…

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A Burning Smell Requires Immediate Action

If you smell something burning in your home, you need to act right away. The biggest warning sign that there is something wrong with your electrical work is that unmistakable burning smell. When wiring heats up, it melts the plastic sheath. As soon as this happens, you are at immediate…

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Choosing the Right Size Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans move air around the room, saving you money on energy bills. In the summer, set the fan to run in a counterclockwise direction, moving cool air around the room. In winter, set the fan to clockwise to draw warm air up from the floor. To move the correct…

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Ungrounded Electrical Systems and Shock Risk

Have you ever touched a metal object plugged in in your home and receive a shock? If you have, this is a sign that your electrical system has a problem. More specifically, this is anindication of an ungrounded electrical system. There is a very serious increased risk for shock any…

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6 Hidden Dangers in the Home to Watch Out For

Everybody wants a safe home. Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as just keeping doors locked and the structure maintained. There are many surprising areas where your home may be exposing you and your family to unsafe conditions, and it’s probably not what you think. Mold One of the most…

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Keep Lawn Supplies Protected from the Elements

The garage is typically the place where everything gets stored for outdoor projects. Garages are not always moisture-proof, making it important to store supplies properly. Lawn essentials such as grass seed, fertilizer, potting soil and more are particularly susceptible to moisture in the garage. The purpose of dirt is to…

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The Best Way to Mark for Wet Saw Use

Wet saws can be great for performing tile work, because the addition of water helps keep friction from wearing down the blade, allowing you to keep your home improvement project moving. But, they can pose a difficulty when it comes to marking where to cut your lines. The use of…

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How to Install Outdoor Lighting and Outlets

Need more outdoor lighting, but don’t have the plugs to provide electricity? You could resort to self-powered solar lights, or you could install a new outlet for outdoor lighting. Installing outdoor lighting is something most handymen and women can do on their own, even if there currently isn’t a source…

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Easy Repair for Loose Doorknobs

You may wonder why some of the doorknobs in your home or office are loose and wobbly. Over time, they may break or make it difficult to open a door. Instead of replacing the whole knob, did you know there are secret screws you can tighten for a more secure…

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Credit at Closing vs. Repairs

When your listing receives an accepted offer, expect the buyer to enlist the services of a home inspector before the contract is complete. Even a brand-new home isn’t perfect. Buyers often use home inspections to negotiate during the buying process. Home Inspection Purpose A home inspection is designed to ensure…

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Install Customizable Garage Storage

The great thing about customizing your storage is designing the system to fit your needs. Decide what you need to accommodate and design your shelving and storage solutions to meet those needs. A pegboard is a great sway to display tools in an easy-to-find manner. Hang tools from hooks in…

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Replacing a Plug and Rewiring Electronics

Performing a do-it-yourself project to replace a plug or rewire electronics can help save time and money, if you feel comfortable working on these items on your own. But be warned, incorrectly wiring these fixtures can create a dangerous situation where the appliance shocks you, especially if you touch a…

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Best Way to Store Miscellaneous Items

We all have that one drawer that holds all of our miscellaneous junk. Some of us even keep our unwanted screws and bolts in a coffee can. But, with these setups, it can become impossible to find what you’re looking for, or even to know if what you need is…

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Get More from Your Vacuum

Have you been vacuuming the right way? You can do a few things to improve the results you get from a vacuuming session: Use a True High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. These filters help remove allergens and small particles from your carpets. Clean the vacuum after every use. Be sure…

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Hidden Air Leaks Inside Your Home

Even the smallest air leak in your home can make a big difference to your energy bill. It’s important to check for drafts in your home and to fix them as soon as possible. Sealing up cracks and keeping out drafts will keep your home more efficient. Check the electrical…

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How to Unclog a Slow Sink Drain

It’s usually easy to fix most backed-up sink drains in your home with a few simple tools. Your kitchen and bathroom basins have two places where most debris can turn into a nasty clog. Clean them out regularly to keep your drains free-flowing. Purging them is often a disgusting, smelly,…

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Fix Loose Furniture Joints

Loose joints in pieces of furniture can be dangerous. Joints loosen over time with use of the furniture, or as the bonds between the two parts weaken. It’s important to fix them as soon as possible to avoid any injuries. Epoxy fills gaps while also repairing the wiggle. Buy a…

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Easy Winter Glove and Hat Storage

When you and your kids come inside from the snow, where do you put all your wet and snowy clothes? Hats and gloves should hang to dry, and you may struggle to find a suitable spot for these items. You can make a simple indoor drying line for your winter…

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Tricks to Avoid Paint Mess

Painting your home is a messy project. Paint can end up on your clothing, your face, hands and any other exposed parts. We’ve got some tips and tricks to help you keep the paint on the walls and off of you. Apply a layer of lotion to your face and…

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Easily Organize Your Measuring Cups with This Hack

Sick of messy, disorganized kitchen drawers? Can’t find the measuring cup and spoon you need for a recipe? There’s an easy life hack to organize measuring cups that’s as aestheticallypleasing as it is functional. Here’s what you’ll need: One or two wooden strips Screws Small hooks Purchase strips of wood…

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Create Secret Storage Solutions

Get creative when it comes to hiding your stuff. Clutter tends to collect in ugly piles around the house. Instead of leaving it where it falls, create storage solutions to hide the mess. If you have valuables, hide them in plain sight with a bit of creativity. One example is…

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Installing Recessed Lighting for Dramatic Effect

Recessed lighting can create a dramatic and stylish effect in any room. While you may think you need to have access to the attic to install these lighting fixtures, it is possible to install them with minimal damage to your ceiling. Here’s how: Locate a source of power and determine…

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Build Cleaning Gear Storage With S-Hooks

Cleaning gear is essential to keeping your home in top shape but cleaning supplies aren’t always easy to store if you don’t have a way of keeping everything organized. And,as your cleaning supplies may touch the less than sanitary nooks and crannies of your home, you don’t want them touching…

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Five Futuristic Green Home Improvements

In recent years, we’ve all become increasingly aware of the importance of making environmentally conscious decisions in all aspects of our lives. When it comes to our homes, there are several ways to make features more green—and, as technology advances, more are going to become readily available. Check out these…

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What’s the Secret to Not Losing Socks?

Everyone’s had the experience at some point or another: You’re folding laundry and realize that you’re missing a sock from a pair. In fact, you’re missing several socks, and you have a stack of them waiting to reunite with their partners. Just where do those things go, anyway? For the…

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Ten Tools You Need to Paint Your Home’s Exterior

Painting your home’s exterior can give it a fresh new look and increase its property value. Even better, you can do the job inexpensively on your own. To achieve an exterior paint job that lasts, gather these ten tools: A multi-purpose five-in-one tool to help with removing obstructions, opening and…

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Check Your Gutters Without a Ladder

No homeowner enjoys cleaning the gutters, but this essential household chore prevents expensive water damage from flooding gutters. If you’re not sure whether you need to clean your gutters, there is an easy way you can check without climbing a ladder. Attach a hand mirror to a length of PVC…

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Electrical Cable Basics You Need to Know

If you’re considering taking on a DIY wiring project, there are some basics you need to know before diving in. We’ve compiled a list of the most important steps you can take to help avoid an electrical disaster. Know the Differences Between Cable and Wire While most people use the…

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An Easy Trick for Draining Vertical Pipes

If you’ve ever needed to solder a fitting onto copper pipe, then you know that you need to drain the water out of the pipe so the solder melts properly. While this sounds simple enough, draining water out of a vertical pipe can be tricky. Detach the spray nozzle from…

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Common Mistakes DIYers Make with Electrical Projects

Do-it-yourself (DIY) electrical projects can save considerable money and help you understand the inner workings of your home’s electrical system. They can also, however, be dangerous and costly if you don’t know what you’re doing. Avoiding common mistakes is a great first step toward successfully completing a DIY electrical project.…

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How to Add an Electrical Outlet

We’ve all had that problem before: you need to plug something in, but your home doesn’t have a nearby electrical outlet. Instead, you have to string together extension cords, which can behazardous on their own, in addition to causing clutter. Of course, adding in an electrical outlet can be a…

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Instant Cleanup for Messy Jobs

Are you installing a new entertainment center that requires you to drill holes in the wall? Perhaps you’re adding another electrical outlet and need to cut a hole in your drywall. These jobs often result in piles of dust and debris on the floor. If you want to keep your…

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