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Dec 06
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How to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Selling a home can be complicated if you don’t plan out your strategy. There are a lot of different aspects to selling a home, from number-crunching to staging your house for open houses and visits. But real estate professionals agree that home sale preparation is the single most important part of selling a house. It’s pretty obvious when you think about it—it’s been your home, probably for years and maybe for decades, but that […]

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Nov 21
9 Tips to Keep Creepy Crawlers Out of Your Home This Winter Featured Image

9 Tips to Keep Creepy Crawlers Out of Your Home This Winter

Yuck! Last time we talked about the creepy crawlers that can invade your home during the upcoming winter so now it’s time to talk about what to do about them. Specifically, let’s talk about how to keep them out of your home so they don’t get in and require professional intervention. Trust us, there are plenty of them to go around. From cockroaches in Arkansas to spiders in California to the common stinkbugs that […]

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Nov 09

Black Friday Deals For Your Home are Coming: Where Should You Go?

The deals are coming, so this is a great season to think about home upgrades or upping your equipment roster when it comes to maintenance. Whether you’re thinking about saving on your electric bills by upgrading to an energy-smart appliance or getting ahead on your home landscaping with a new lawnmower or weed-whacker, you can save tons this time of year if you pay attention and make a plan not only on what to […]

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Oct 29
Top Bugs and Insects You Might Find in Your Home This Winter

Top Bugs and Insects You Might Find in Your Home This Winter

To quote US Magazine: Bugs! They’re just like us! Okay, maybe they’re not frequenting the Starbucks on Hollywood Boulevard but they want to stay alive just as much as us, and winter is coming. It turns out insects and other pests do a lot of weird things to stay alive when it gets cold. Like the snowbirds, they head south to warmer climates. Some of the freakier ones go dormant in a stage called “diapause,” a form of […]

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Oct 15
How to Think Differently About the Best Green Cleaning Products

How to Think Differently About the “Best” Green Cleaning Products

Every year, household magazines haul out a list of the best green cleaning products, especially since buying eco-friendly products has never been more popular. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the time to think critically about what products to use in the home, or fail to educate themselves about ingredients and key phrases. This year, we took a different approach to selecting green cleaning products. Here are few new ways to better rationalize your choices for eco-friendly cleaning products […]

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Oct 01
Five Things You Should Have in Your Home Before Winter Hits

Five Things You Should Have in Your Home Before Winter Hits

As they say, winter is coming, and even as we get kids back to school and cozy up to autumn rituals, it’s important to be prepared. Many people don’t stop to take account of what we have on hand, so we don’t really think about what we might need when winter weather and other storms hit. Here are five categories of things you could need in the event of a winter storm. 1. The Necessities This […]

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Sep 17
How to Make Your Home Fire-Wise

How to Make Your Home Fire-Wise

As evidenced by this summer’s rash of wildfires raging across America, fires are a scary phenomenon. Wildfire, in fact, is a natural phenomenon that is somewhat predictable; the U.S. Fire Administration reports that more than 1.3 million fires that aren’t due to wildfires kill more than 3,000 people each year, cause more than 15,000 injuries, and cost nearly $15 billion in losses. Let’s take a closer look. What Causes Fires? If we understand what causes fires, […]

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Sep 03
Let’s Explore Storm Readiness for Homes

Let’s Explore Storm Readiness for Homes

We’ve all heard the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it’s truer that ever as storms across the country grow in size and ferocity. Storms can carry a variety of hazards with them including wind damage, debris, and jolts to your roof, walls, or foundation, not to mention secondary hazards like flooding. Wind can be one of the bigger surprises that causes storm damage because so many people and […]

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Aug 20
Let’s Explore Earthquake Readiness for Homes

Let’s Explore Earthquake Readiness for Homes

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), there have been more than 20 “significant” earthquakes in 2018 alone including a 7.9 magnitude earthquake southeast of Kodiak, Alaska and a string of quakes up to 6.9 on Hawaii. When we talk about the “Big One,” most people envision disasters in coastal California or amid the rainy streets of Seattle, Washington, but the truth is that an earthquake can happen anywhere. Between climate change and man-made interventions […]

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Aug 06
Is Your Home Flood-Ready? Here’s Where to Invest in Flood Resiliency-flood

Is Your Home Flood-Ready? Here’s Where to Invest in Flood Resiliency

2017 was a bad year for flooding. According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), during 2017 the United States experienced a historic year for flood and storm events, including 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events including three tropical cyclones, eight severe storms and two inland floods. The potential for flooding has never been higher since 2011’s historic flooding season. This year could be worse. To get ahead of potentially devastating floods, some homeowners are taking robust actions to protect […]

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