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  • DIY tips for homeowner tile installation

    DIY tips for homeowner tile installation

    A bathroom remodel is on the agenda for 31 percent of homeowners in 2018, according to a survey by Lightstream, a national online lending division of SunTrust Bank. Those remodeling efforts can take many forms, but arguably the most dramatic and impactful upgrade to a bathroom is installing a new...

  • 4 ways to simplify your DIY projects and home improvements

    4 ways to simplify your DIY projects and home improvements

    Whether you're working on a spring home improvement project or a summer task, this is the time of year when you focus on improving your home both inside and out. As you look for ways to make your home even better, nothing beats a good DIY project. DIY home improvement projects are popular each...

  • Advice for adult children of aging parents who need help at home

    Advice for adult children of aging parents who need help at home

    Helping a parent stay active and healthy at home can be achieved with careful planning. The rewards of personally caring for, or managing the care of, a loved one who needs help are innumerable. It’s an opportunity to give back and to offer a return on the loving investment they once made in us....

  • If it can rain, it can flood: Why flood insurance is a wise bet for homeowners

    If it can rain, it can flood: Why flood insurance is a wise bet for homeowners

    The federal government considers floods the nation's most common natural disaster. They strike every state and leave homeowners with huge repair costs. Why? Because typical homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood damage. Those policies may provide protection for water damage when it comes through...

  • Home improvements to help your home sell faster and for more money

    Home improvements to help your home sell faster and for more money

    The real estate market is heating up, and if you're planning to sell your home in the future, you want it to sell quickly and for as high of a price as possible. By taking proactive action now, you can make a few strategic home improvements that can help you achieve both your goals. To boost your...

  • 3 questions to ask before buying new door hardware (Infographic)

    When it comes to buying new locks for your home, it's not one size fits all. Before you buy new hardware, be sure to ask yourself these three important questions.

  • Rabbits running rampant in your backyard? Smart tips to keep them at bay

    Rabbits running rampant in your backyard? Smart tips to keep them at bay

    You may never see them. They sneak in silently once the sun goes down. They ravage your delicate garden and stunning landscape. If you do happen to catch a glimpse, they'll run fast as lightning to safety so they can dine in your yard while you’re not around. No, this isn't a plot from some cinematic...

  • Insider tips and tactics for buying a home in a seller's market

    Insider tips and tactics for buying a home in a seller's market

    Whether you're a millennial looking to buy your first home or a boomer thinking about downsizing your empty nest, you're probably aware that it's a seller's market out there. Homes are selling at lightning speed, bidding wars are commonplace, buyers often have little to no room for negotiation...

  • 5 deep-cleaning jobs that are oddly satisfying

    5 deep-cleaning jobs that are oddly satisfying

    Whether it’s scrubbing through grime to reveal a sparkling surface, cleaning dust bunnies from under appliances or organizing your pantry, there’s something oddly satisfying about a deep clean. According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Clorox, lots of people get the good vibes flowing...

  • 4 hot fireplace design trends

    4 hot fireplace design trends

    Like a moth to the flame, humans are inherently drawn to fire. In fact, often our favorite rooms in the home contain a fireplace, and many of our most memorable moments take place around the hearth. While the popularity of fireplaces has remained steadfast over the years, trends in their design...

  • Buy a home in 2018 with these 3 steps

    Buy a home in 2018 with these 3 steps

    So you want to buy a home? Congratulations! Homeownership can be a wonderful accomplishment and milestone in your life. But be forewarned that it might not be easy. The process is complicated and often comes with a few hurdles. However, if you follow the three steps below, you can make your goal...

  • How to handle rising interest rates in 2018

    How to handle rising interest rates in 2018

    The nation’s central bank — the Federal Reserve — just raised interest rates by a quarter point. The Fed is expected to raise rates at least two more times this year by the same amount. That’s going to affect a lot of your finances, including your credit card bill, car payment and home equity line...

  • Call 811 before digging for home improvement projects and landscaping this spring

    Call 811 before digging for home improvement projects and landscaping this spring

    With spring having officially begun, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this season. During the transition into “digging season,” Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the organization...

  • How many miles per gallon does your home get?

    How many miles per gallon does your home get?

    Everyone wants the inside scoop on how to get the best deal. Ironically, consumers will do a bunch of research over a $500 smart phone and relatively little for the largest purchase of their lives, their homes. Most home buyers focus on price and payments, however, factoring in a home’s energy...

  • Farm-to-table: The hot food trend you can enjoy without leaving home

    Farm-to-table: The hot food trend you can enjoy without leaving home

    Farm-fresh eggs. Locally grown tomatoes. Herbs sourced onsite. If you've eaten out recently, you've probably noticed the menus feature locally sourced ingredients. The farm-to-table movement continues to flourish at restaurants throughout the country. In fact, rather than the exception, it's become...

  • Spring lawn care is easier than ever

    Spring lawn care is easier than ever

    The snow has melted, flowers are beginning to bloom, and you wake to the sound of birds chirping: all signs that spring is here. Spring means time to give your lawn the TLC it needs, but most of us dread the thought of weekends spent occupied by yard work. Luckily, in 2018, getting that perfectly...

  • Credit tips for buying an investment property

    Credit tips for buying an investment property

    If you love the idea of being a landlord, and don’t mind being on duty around the clock, buying an investment property may be the wealth-building option for you. Property values have enjoyed a steady increase over the decades. That’s why real estate has earned its reputation as a sound investment...

  • Protect your home from termites this spring

    Protect your home from termites this spring

    Spring is officially here, bringing flowers, greenery and increased pest activity. Because termite evidence is more noticeable in warmer months, it is important to check for any warning signs every spring. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce the likelihood of a termite infestation...

  • Top design trends for 2018 (slideshow)

    Now that 2018 is here, that means a whole new year lies ahead, with fresh ideas to come! What is going on in the design world this year? What’s hot? What’s trending in 2018? Murals are the "in" thing. Check out Murals Your Way for your wall fashion ideas.

  • Silent destroyers: Tips to spot termites and prevent infestation

    Silent destroyers: Tips to spot termites and prevent infestation

    There are many reasons that termites have gained the nickname "silent destroyers." Five billion reasons, in fact. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. If left unchecked, they can silently chew through the structural stability of a home, eating away at wood,...

  • The Easy Steps of Mural Installation

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Installing a wall mural may seem like a daunting task, but it is actually pretty easy! There are three main steps involved with installation – wall preparation, application and completion. Watch Bridget and Greg from Murals Your Way walk through...

  • High-tech bathroom trends for 2018

    High-tech bathroom trends for 2018

    Technology is trending in home design and decor this year, and some of the most dramatic, futuristic and fun tech trends are showing up in the bathroom. From glass doors and windows changing from clear to opaque with the touch of a button to toilets transforming the whole experience of going to...

  • 5 musts for a low-stress, on-budget DIY home project

    5 musts for a low-stress, on-budget DIY home project

    Owning your own home is a life accomplishment for many adults, and keeping it looking sharp and adding your personal touches brings a sense of pride. It seems there are always things you want to improve, so don’t let a limited budget or lack of know-how hold you back from dreaming. There are plenty...

  • Tips to tackle 5 of the most satisfying DIY projects

    Tips to tackle 5 of the most satisfying DIY projects

    What’s your favorite DIY project you’ve ever completed? Chances are the answer pops right into your mind, and even if you’ve completed hundreds of DIY projects over the years, you probably have some that truly stand out. For those that weren’t at the top of your list, maybe the result wasn’t what...

  • Entrepreneurs in unexpected places: How one Midwest city promotes diverse local innovation

    Entrepreneurs in unexpected places: How one Midwest city promotes diverse local innovation

    In September of 2017, thousands of people from around the world congregated in an unlikely place: Wausau, Wisconsin. This diverse crowd was gathered for the first International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival. While many may be surprised that such an event would be held in the middle of Wisconsin’s...

  • Don't re-roof until you do these 5 things

    With spring officially arriving, home improvement season is swinging into full gear. Fair warning to homeowners looking to hire a professional, 2018 is predicted to be a record-breaker. A recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University projects home improvement spending...

  • Dominate spring: 5 easy steps to wake up your lawn

    There are a lot of things people miss during the winter — flip-flops, shorts and warm sunshine. But one of the things homeowners miss the most is the sight of green grass. For months their lawns go into hibernation and disappear under a blanket of snow. Once the temperature starts to rise and the...

  • How to assess your lawn equipment, get ready for the spring and achieve maximum results

    Spring season marks the beginning of the lawn care regimen and many of us have big plans and strategies ready to make this season of lawn care our best yet. Now we just have to make sure our tools are ready to carry out our vision. After a long winter of dormancy, power tools like blowers, trimmers...

  • 4 ways hardscapes can add value to your home

    Outdoor hardscape projects add resale value to a home as well as bring extra enjoyment to homeowners while they are living in the home, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features” by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals...

  • 6 project ideas to recreate your kitchen

    As the hub of activity in a home, the kitchen serves many purposes: meal prep base, dining area, family gathering place, celebration zone, and entertainment center, to name a few. Does your high-use, heart-of-the-home kitchen meet the challenges and needs of your family life? If not, then it’s...

  • Knock out Old Man Winter with a new concrete driveway, patio or sidewalk

    Frigid temperatures, freezing rain and heavy snow can have a crippling effect on much of the country each winter. However, with spring right around the corner, many of those winter problems will disappear as quickly as the snow thaws and the temperatures rise, with one significant exception — concrete....

  • The secret places pests are hiding in your home

    Pests can be hiding just about everywhere — whether you can see them or not. When you know where to look, there are preventative measures you can take to help avoid a pest infestation problem in your home. Terminix shares details on the unexpected, “secret” places pests can be hiding. Sinks and...

  • 5 'smart' ways to tackle your spring cleaning

    Pull back the drapes, crack open the window and let in the warm, sun-soaked air. That’s right, spring is right around the corner and that means it’ll soon be time to chase away the grime and odors that have settled in over the long winter. For many, spring cleaning is something of a tradition,...

  • The time is now to incorporate Scandinavian style into decor

    As homeowners look for ways to refresh their spaces, Scandinavian style has become ever more prominent and popular among designers and interior decor experts. The clean, modern, minimalist aesthetic shows up in interiors and exteriors, from streamlined furniture to low-maintenance landscaping....

  • Deciphering the legalese in your furnace warranty

    From smartphones to mattresses, almost everything you buy comes with a warranty. How can you ensure you get the most benefit from a warranty, especially for a major investment that’s critical to the comfort of your home, like a new furnace? “Warranties are meant to assure a homeowner that the furnace...

  • Add fire safety to your family's routine

    Think of all the items you replace regularly — your cellphone, lightbulbs and even your toothbrush. But when was the last time you replaced your smoke alarm batteries, or even the alarms themselves? It’s easy to overlook, but the time to think about fire safety is now — before an emergency strikes....

  • Mix, match and mosaic: The top interior design trends of 2018

    Whether you're redecorating your home, changing up that old carpet for warm hardwood flooring, or just longing for a fresh coat of paint and some new accents in the living room, the design trends this year are all about texture, style and surprises. It’s hardwood floors celebrating knots and imperfections...

  • 5 'love bugs' you wouldn't want to date

    February is the season of flowers, chocolates and new relationship statuses. Like us, there are many love bugs that are “in a relationship, but it’s complicated.” Different bug species across the planet engage in peculiar behaviors to satisfy both hunger and reproductive needs — with qualities...

  • Transform the look and feel of your kitchen with an updated sink

    While everyone would love a complete kitchen makeover, you can still freshen and update the look of this room by taking on smaller projects. The perfect place to start is the kitchen sink. Most people don’t realize it, but a well-chosen sink has the potential to create the perfect focal point, and...

  • 5 top trends for your kitchen in 2018

    It’s your home’s focal point. The site of some of your best moments and the base of operations for entertaining — it’s your kitchen, and no room in your home is more valuable. A magnificent kitchen defines a home, and bringing your kitchen to this level means capitalizing on today’s top trends....

  • Fresh beginnings: Clean your bathroom faster with these tech tools

    If you’re like most Americans, you prefer to have an immaculate bathroom — you just don’t like cleaning it. In fact, in a recent study by Kohler (conducted by independent research firm Vision Critical), 42 percent of consumers admitted cleaning the toilet is one of their most disliked chores. That...

  • Cut expenses without cutting corners on your bathroom remodel

    When homeowners get the urge to remodel and renovate their homes, two rooms immediately top the list: the kitchen and the bathroom. In the last decade, we’ve seen something of a renaissance in home bathroom design. From an innovative use of materials to radically reimagined bathtubs and toilets,...

  • 4 tips to prepare for extended power outages

    In the year 2018, it’s very easy to take your home's power for granted. You flick the light switch and the lights come on. Same with the television and the microwave. It's easy. And should a storm knock the power out, you expect that it will be up again in a matter of minutes or hours. Oftentimes...

  • Deliver curb appeal with a DIY block mailbox

    We’ve all heard the old adage, “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” Well, that statement holds true when you’re talking about a home. Whether it’s the landscaping, the siding, the front door, the windows, the paint, the driveway or the outdoor furniture, the initial reaction to...

  • Do the math: Homebuying now may save a lot

    It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not...

  • 2018 remodeling trends that boost your home's value

    A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA)...

  • How to keep winter pests out

    The cold winter months provide the perfect reason to stay inside and enjoy the warmth of your home. Unfortunately, pests agree — and many are eager to make your cozy space their home for the winter months. Indoors, these critters can be problematic and frustrating to have in your home. Terminix...

  • Spring without the wings: 5 tips to avoid a seasonal pest problem

    Daydreaming of spring is something everyone does during the coldest days of winter — even pests. The promise of warmer weather on the horizon is also a boon for the numerous species of pests that inhabit your area, and when the temperature perks up, many of those pests come out of hiding and start...

  • Equipment warranties 101: What you should know

    From smartphones to mattresses, almost everything you buy comes with some kind of warranty. How can you ensure you get the most benefit from a warranty, especially for a major investment that’s also critical to the comfort of your home, like a new furnace? “Warranties are meant to assure a homeowner...

  • 5 DIY projects that will reinvent your bathroom in a weekend

    Ready to tackle your next home remodeling project and showcase your Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skills? Or maybe you’re an aspiring DIYer, hoping to channel your creative spirit and try your hand at the next home improvement project? Now is the time to get started. According to experts from the National...

  • Unique home improvements perfect for DIY

    Here’s a quick question for you: What’s your favorite DIY project you’ve ever completed? Chances are the answer pops right into your mind, and even if you’ve completed hundreds of DIY projects over the years, you probably have some that truly stand out. Those that weren’t at the top of your list...

  • Rent vs. own: Which is right for you?

    If you’re thinking of buying your first home, you’ve probably wrestled with the decision to rent or own your home — and for good reason. Owning a home is a big commitment. With it comes a lot of responsibility and a long-term financial relationship. But which is right for you? To answer that, let’s...

  • Smart home update 2018: New products that organize your life through voice

    The artificial intelligence that’s already taking the world by storm is ramping up even more in 2018, enabling a number of innovative new smart home tools that can make your life easier, more comfortable or just more fun. Throughout the year, consumers worldwide are expected to spend $102 billion...

  • Creating a dream home with cypress

    Transforming the unremarkable into the extraordinary need not be an impossible task. More and more homeowners are finding that lavish looks are both attainable and affordable. Their imaginative design professionals are making it happen, using cypress to create their clients’ dream homes. “Wood is...

  • Stuck inside? Easy tips to freshen up your living space

    Winter weather means more time living indoors — working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. It's important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. The following are some key areas to tackle for a comfortable and efficient home. Wash windows...

  • New year, new you. Be your best, most productive self in 2018

    It's a new year, the time people traditionally take a look at what's working in their lives and what could be kicked up a notch. If you could use more productivity and efficiency in your life, you're not alone. Sometimes, it's all anyone can do to make it through the day unscathed, let alone slay...

  • 4 tips to organize your photos like a pro

    Are you one of those dedicated people who snap great photos at every meaningful moment of your life? And do most of those shots end up in virtual memory, filed away in a sea of unsorted images? If so, you’re far from alone. Analysts say a whopping 1.2 trillion photos will be taken across the world...

  • 5 tips for speed cleaning your home

    What is one of the biggest sources of stress? It’s cleaning on a deadline, especially when guests are on their way. But with the right plan in place, even last-minute cleaning can be efficient and stress-free, says Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert. In an online survey conducted by...

  • 6 ways to reach your New Year's financial resolutions

    Sponsored content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. With the New Year upon us, many people are thinking about what they want out of 2018, what goals they’d like to accomplish and what changes they’d like to make. After the holidays have come and gone, America enters into a new season, that...

  • Common tax mistakes to avoid in 2018

    Life changes — getting married, having a baby, buying or selling a home, sending a child off to college or retiring — often come with changes to your tax situation. Overlooking these changes when filing your taxes can lead taxpayers to make mistakes that leave money on the table, potentially impacting...

  • 5 must-have home features for retirees

    Sponsored ad content by Clayton Homes As we move through the different stages in our lives, our housing needs change too. The home you were excited to move into in your 30s might not be ideal for those now nearing retirement. According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University...

  • 5 spring remodeling projects sure to brighten your home

    During the coldest months of the year, it’s hard not to think about the warmer months to come — and all that they hold. You may already be planning your next vacation or outdoor activities to host in your backyard this summer. Now is the time to brainstorm about your spring home remodeling projects...

  • Here's how the tax reform plan could affect you

    With the newly passed tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you so that you can plan ahead for the outcomes you will start to feel in your paycheck as early as February 2018. This tax reform affects virtually everyone; however,...

  • 4 DIY projects perfect for winter months

    Cooler temperatures have arrived. But does that mean it's time to shelve your DIY aspirations for the rest of the year? Hardly. Colder outdoor temperatures may have forced you indoors, but they don’t have to mark an end to your DIY pursuits. There is still plenty of work to be done and you can reinvent...

  • Defining Luxury ... American Hardwoods (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. How do you define luxury? For decades, men and women much like you have been surrounding themselves with products made from American hardwoods; recognizing their unique beauty; reveling in their warmth; confirming them as the perfect product...

  • 10 tips for efficient, effective home appliances

    Today’s typical family home is a buzzing hub of activity where meals are cooked, homework is done and family game nights are contested. In the background of it all: the home appliances that keep life moving along. Focusing on a few maintenance tasks can keep appliances efficient and effective. Maintain...

  • 6 home cleaning tips for pet owners

    Having a pet may seem like the beginning of a never-ending mess, but the key to living with furry friends is preparation. Whether combating odor, keeping surfaces free of dirt and fur or removing pesky stains, taking preventative measures and using the right products can turn any mess into a simple...

  • Think spring: Now's the time to plan the landscape of your dreams

    The weather outside is frightful, and the week ahead calls for falling temperatures, maybe even snow. That makes it easy to dream of warmer spring weather, but to plan for it? To sit and strategize for making the most of next year’s lawn and landscape projects? That seems like no small feat. It...

  • Top trends for the 2018 housing market identified

    In the real estate market, springtime is go time. It’s the busiest time of the year for home sales, and with this year’s stable economy and low unemployment rate, the spring of 2018 has the potential to be especially active. Every market is defined by its trends, and while each year is different,...

  • 8 tips to prep your home for extreme winter weather

    As winter approaches, many cities in the U.S. have already started to experience the winter chill with temperatures below freezing and snow fall. But cold weather isn’t exclusively a northern phenomenon as the majority of the country experiences extreme temperatures at some point during the winter...

  • 5 pro tips for a hassle-free Christmas tree

    Decking the halls for Christmas takes a lot of effort and planning. Whether you’re the type to go all in or opt for a minimalist approach, there's nothing like a Christmas tree to create a festive focal point in any room. As beautiful as they are, though, Christmas trees, both fresh and artificial,...

  • Welcome to Porcelain Valley (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Welcome to Porcelain Valley — home of American Standard — on Innovation Day, when our top engineers share the latest in toilet technology. Presented today: the VorMax Plus Self-Cleaning Toilet, engineered to be a true modern marvel. It cleans...

  • 5 budget-friendly master bathroom upgrades you'll cherish for years

    What does your bathroom mean to you? Is it an oasis, a place to unwind, relax and let the cares of the day simply melt away? Or is it just another room in your house? If your answer is the latter, then your bathroom isn’t doing everything it could. The good news is, getting your space there doesn’t...

  • A cost-effective solution to complete air conditioner replacement (Infographic)

    Updating or replacing an old, damaged or inefficient air conditioning system doesn’t have to mean purchasing all new components inside and outside your home. Installing a Guardian(R) GAW Air Conditioner offers a cost-effective alternative to complete system replacement. Less expensive to install...

  • Infuse life into the bath for a spa-like oasis

    Today, more than ever, homeowners gravitate toward design elements that transform the bath into a spa-like oasis. Designers look to incorporate pieces inspired by the natural world to bring renewed energy into the room and create a soothing environment. From fixtures inspired by booming waterfalls,...

  • Cold weather is coming (Infographic)

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  • Safe snow removal: How you can avoid potential health hazards this winter

    A full patch of undisturbed snow can be one of the most beautiful sights of winter — unless, of course, that patch is covering your driveway or sidewalk. Then, it’s tough to see it as anything other than an annoying chore — and a potentially dangerous one at that. Research shows that roughly 100...

  • In Porcelain Valley, dirt has no place to hide (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Born right here in Porcelain Valley, the VorMax Plus Self-Cleaning Toilet from American Standard was meticulously engineered to be a true marvel of modern technology. It cleans and freshens the toilet bowl with every flush — no extra steps...

  • That '70s home: 5 trends making a comeback today

    Disco may be dead, but the spirit of the 1970s is not. In homes all across the country, people are adding their own splash of ‘70s style in updated, modern ways. Here are five current top decorating trends that have an unmistakable ‘70s flair. * More macramé, please. From dip dyed wall hangings to...

  • 6 hot spots in your house where critters and creepy-crawlies would love to spend the winter

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. When temperatures cool, critters that were perfectly happy outdoors begin looking for somewhere warm to spend the winter. They may decide your house is the perfect location — unless you take steps to keep them out. You can prepare by learning...

  • 6 tips to make your bathroom sellable, and enjoyable, at the same time

    When it comes time to sell your home, not all rooms are created equal. Sure, potential buyers will walk through the entire house, but their opinion of a few primary rooms can ultimately determine whether they choose to offer or walk. Your bathroom(s) — especially your master bathroom — are among...

  • 6 ways to refresh your home with hardwood

    Hardwood is one of the oldest building materials known to man, yet as any savvy architect, designer or homeowner will tell you, renovating with characterful woods is a sure way to make a tired interior look fresh and contemporary. “There’s something rejuvenating about the unique colors and textures...

  • Barn doors go indoors: An ideal winter project

    Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country — in contemporary and rustic designs. Read on to discover why adding a barn door is an ideal winter home-improvement project. Transitions in open floor plans As homeowners seek more open floor plans, interior...

  • Dirtiest objects in the home

    Home is where you live, eat, sleep and everything in between. It’s a sanctuary away from work and the chaos of the outside world, but have you ever given thought to how filthy even the most commonly used items are? To keep your clean home happening so that you can enjoy your treasured time, take...

  • 4 things you might not know about DIY home security

    With the holiday season approaching, you may be thinking about giving your family the gift of home security — especially if you know you’ll be traveling over the holidays. A growing number of homeowners are turning to do-it-yourself smart home security systems to address their security concerns....

  • Extreme weather damage: How to repair and prepare (Infographic)

    Extreme weather events can cause serious damage to homes. The damage can be extensive and expensive to repair. Prepare your home for future extreme weather events such as hurricanes by installing closed-cell spray foam insulation into your home. Closed-cell spray foam can help reject bulk water...

  • Survey: Messy garages stand in the way of Americans pursuing their passions

    Americans would love more time to pursue hobbies they’re passionate about, and time-drains like disorganized garages are a big obstacle to doing the activities they enjoy, according to a new survey conducted by Gladiator and Kelton Global. Eighty-four percent of Americans surveyed would like more...

  • Homeowners liable for snow and ice control

    Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn’t just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fall and injure...

  • The natural benefits of down and feather bedding (Infographic)

    Down and feather bedding products — such as pillows and comforters — have many distinct and natural advantages over other types of bedding. They're eco-friendly, biodegradable and have the lowest carbon footprint of any fill material! Visit www.downandfeathercouncil.com for more information.

  • Is your home ready for the holidays? (Infographic)

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  • Reduce and Reuse at Home (Infographic)

    From your roof to your mailbox, these easy steps will save energy, help the environment and put some extra cash in your wallet.

  • Desperate deer turn winter into the most dangerous season for pricey landscape plants

    Deer can cause major damage to yards in any season, but in winter they can be downright deadly to some of the most expensive backyard landscape plants. When regular foods like leaves, grass and annuals become scarce, deer turn their attention to woody plants, shrubs and trees that stay green in...

  • 4 DIY tips to save money and get your home ready for winter

    Many people look forward to the cooler weather. The brisk autumn winds and colorful leaves signal that once again it’s time to take out the sweaters and scarves. There are the hot soups and pumpkin-flavored drinks to keep one warm as the weather gets cooler, but for the conscientious homeowner...

  • Your 7-step process to winterizing your lawn-care equipment

    Winter is coming and that means the end of another season of yardwork. This also means it’s time once again to store your tools and prepare them to endure the winter months ahead. These tools have been good to you all season so it’s time to return the favor and follow the seven simple steps below...

  • 4 reasons why a real estate franchise might be the career move for you

    Small business has always been the backbone of the American economy, and today's entrepreneurs are as diverse as American culture itself. Entrepreneurship takes many forms, from freelancers and independent contractors to sole proprietors. In fact, just one form of entrepreneurship — franchises...

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