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6 Reasons to Buy Natural Cleaning Products for Your Home

In your fast-paced life filled with appointments and responsibilities, you can reach for the usual brand of disinfectant without another thought. With so many important things to stay on top of, have you taken a closer look at the ingredients of these basic cleaning solutions? Many popular cleaning products are chocked full of toxic components that you don’t want in ... Read More »

How to Start a One-Man Handyman Business Out of Your Home

Homeowners have to develop a special skill set to handle all the day-to-day demands of maintaining their property. A self-sufficient attitude is essential to cutting the costs associated with repair, and, naturally, most people pick up a few things along the way. You might count yourself among these people. You’ve fixed your fair share of squeaky floorboards, creaky doors and ... Read More »

Spring-Cleaning Tips for Your Cluttered Garage

Spring-Cleaning Tips for Your Cluttered Garage

Winter is nearly over, and that means it’s time for spring-cleaning. Even if the rest of your house is in good shape — save for a little dusting, because that is one job we’ll be doing forever — your garage probably needs a little bit of TLC. We get it. For most of us, the garage becomes a catch-all for ... Read More »

Home Plumbing Maintenance Checklist for New Homeowners

Home Plumbing Maintenance Checklist for New Homeowners

Two years after buying my new home, I awoke one morning and went to clean the kitty litter located in an alcove closet in the downstairs bathroom. Suddenly, I heard gurgling akin to a rapidly boiling soup pot coming from the toilet behind me. Seconds later, the lid lifted as a foul-smelling black goo spewed forth from the bowl like ... Read More »

How To Buy A Good Composter

dirt from compost

NOTE: I’m testing backyard composting bin! Would love to hear your favorites and ones you think I should try. I’ll add my findings and the best composters to this post. If you’re the kind of person concerned about helping the Earth, you’re probably already recycling. Recycling is a great way to be kind to the environment without changing up your routine. ... Read More »

Guide for Easy Gutter Installation

Gutter on house

Gutter installation — as a cost-effective do-it-yourself project — can be completed within a day or two. Properly installed gutters protect your property investment. Without an applied drainage system, rain has the power to wear down a home’s surrounding soil, damage its foundation, flood the basement or crawl space and seep into siding. Once water is introduced into any of ... Read More »

Wind vs. Solar for Residential Homes

wind vs solar

Homeowners seeking a more sustainable energy source are often faced with two viable options: wind and solar. Both have their benefits and disadvantages, though much of the decision comes down to where you live. Local government regulations, wind patterns, land elevation and more all play a role in deciding whether to go in on wind or solar energy. Wind Energy ... Read More »

Flowering Shrubs You Should Add to Your Garden

Flower of the Hydrangea quercifolia

No matter how big your garden is — small and new, or full and overgrown — there’s always room for a good ol’ flowering shrub. There are an endless array of species, variations and blooms to choose from. Whether you’re looking for thick coverage, seasonally inspired flowers or year-round color, there is a shrub for you! Here’s a list of ... Read More »

How to Choose the Right Paint for Your Surface

man painting outside of house

It’s true that you can probably paint anything. But should you paint everything with the same brush? Or the same paint? Absolutely not. Update your metal door, your brick walls, your drywall and more — but do it the right way. And with the right tools. Give the surfaces in and around your home new life by choosing the right ... Read More »

How to Mix Paints (and Love the Color)

mixed paint

Maybe you can’t find a color you absolutely love at the paint store. Maybe you have plenty of paints lying around after other projects in your house, and you want to use them again — but in a new way. Maybe you just like to create. There’s no wrong reason to mix paints, and doing so can be a lot ... Read More »

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