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5 Unseen Hazards That Are Lurking in Your Home

If you and your family should feel safe in any place, it is your own home. However, that home may harbor unseen hazards that can impact your health and the health of those you love. Mold Although mold isn’t usually a problem, if left to grow in a moist environment, it can present health hazards to you and your family. ... Read More »

Homeowners’ Winter Guide to Heat Pumps and Furnaces

You count on your furnace or heat pump to keep you warm during winter. But your heating system counts on you to keep it running safely and efficiently. Here are some tips on how to care for your pump or furnace, what warnings signs to watch for, and when to call in professional help. Clear the Air First, be sure ... Read More »

How to Deal With Water Damage

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The statistics are staggering – more than 14,000 people a day in the U.S. experience water damage in their home or office according to industry standards. Water damage costs Americans more than $2.5 billion a year, with insurance claims averaging $6,965. When left untreated, the situation can even be made worse by mold infestation. Here’s how to get out from ... Read More »

Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Kitchen Renovation

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Renovating the kitchen can be exciting as you consider all of the possibilities for transforming the heart of the home. Creating a user-friendly space where it is easy to cook and comfortable to relax is generally the purpose of renovating the kitchen. The right flooring is essential to achieving these goals, but can also help you to establish a specific ... Read More »

Make Your Home Safe for Baby Without Sacrificing Style

DIY baby proofing your home

No parent wants to put their child in danger for the sake of style. However, if you’ve spent years creating and cultivating your home so it reflects your style, it’s understandable to balk at the plastic and foam eyesores that come with babyproofing. Unless you have a perfect child – who never even dreams of opening a cabinet, running in ... Read More »

What Buyers Should Know About Home Inspections

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Buying a new home can be both exciting and stressful. Once your offer has been accepted, you’ll have a million things on your to-do list — and home inspection should be at the top of your list. While a home inspection is optional, it’s an important step in the home buying process. Unless you’re purchasing a condo that is maintained ... Read More »

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Roof

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I bet you don’t look at your roof often. It sits above you, out of sight out of mind. There are some important things every homeowner should know about their roof. Understanding the way our roofs function and the materials used for roofing is a great way to help ensure that the roof on our home stays well-maintained and help ... Read More »

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

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 »

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