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How to Take Care of Your Water Tank

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A quality water tank is an important investment. Unfortunately, just owning a water tank doesn’t guarantee safe, potable water when you need it most. Proper care and maintenance are essential to ensure the water in the tank is pure and ready for use when needed. Below are four steps to help you take care of your water tank: Your Maintenance ... Read More »

How to Detect a Solid Foundation

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Whether historic or new construction, recently renovated or in need of rehab — the key to a great house is a good foundation. Foundations rarely draw homeowners’ or homebuyers’ attention. A healthy foundation does its job quietly, supporting your home and freeing you to focus on other upgrades and aesthetic details. But a bad foundation affects your whole house like ... Read More »

Tips for the Everyman to Build a House

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Building a home can seem like a lofty task, especially for those with little construction knowledge. As a green builder, I’ve helped develop homes that prioritize comfort, safety and simplicity. That last word is particularly important for construction novices to recognize, since efficient planning combined with the tips below offers a home-building experience that the everyday man can undertake, enjoy ... Read More »

How You Can Detect Home Foundation Problems

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Unless a home is built upon a solid foundation, there is no hope for it standing throughout the years. Although your home’s foundation might have gone through a complete inspection before you took ownership, there is still the chance that problems can arise down the line. This is especially true if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions. ... Read More »

4 Signs of Wood Rot and Mold

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The last thing a new homeowner wants to discover is fungus or mold in their home. The presence of these nasty spores could mean you have a problem with mold or wood rot. Mold and wood rot both emit a musty smell (the first warning sign!) and they can both cause severe damage to your home by weakening a foundation, ... Read More »

Quirky Advice on Home Improvements from George Clarke

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Restoration Man, Amazing Spaces presenter and well-known TV personality George Clarke recently teamed up with the Guardian’s Fixology section to answer some quirky questions on improving your home. When he isn’t filming for TV, attending conference shows or being an ambassador for Truedor, he has taken the time to answer some of the public’s questions. Mr Clarke was thrown a ... Read More »

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Beautiful Open Shelving

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Do you hate the way your kitchen looks? Do you feel it needs a makeover? Most people don’t realize that the cabinetry – the cornerstone of any kitchen – can be replaced or repurposed pretty easily. It does require some time, effort and patience, of course, but it’s a project that you can certainly do yourself. If you would like ... Read More »

How to Pick the Perfect Realtor

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Buying or selling a piece of property is a huge undertaking, and there’s a lot of money in play. Having some reservations is only natural when you start thinking about the percentage commissions typically paid to a realtor. As tempting as it might be to eschew the use of a real estate agent in the name of saving a few ... Read More »

What to Consider Before Renting an Apartment or Townhome

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My blog is generally dedicated to matters of home improvement (as one can see from its name), but consistent posts for homeowners leave tons of people – more than 100 million U.S. residents currently renting – out of the loop.  Luckily, I rented an apartment before buying my home and have some advice for anyone interested in joining 35% of ... Read More »

What to Consider When Building A Granny Flat

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Over the last years, a larger number of people have considered adding a granny flat to their property. These self-contained living areas located on the grounds of a single-family home provide the so much needed extra accommodation to families with aging parents, permanent caregivers or young adults without having to compromise comfort or privacy. Granny flats can be independent or ... Read More »

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