Home Maintenance and Repair Tips and Checklists

new homeowner toolbox

Toolbox Must-Haves for New Homeowners

By Tim Coutis / November 4, 2019
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The prospect of being a new homeowner — particularly a first-time homeowner — is exhilarating. Finally free of your landlord, you have the chance to personalize your new abode. Of course, without a landlord, you also have the added responsibility…

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9 Things You Can Do to Keep Your House Warm in the Colder Months

By Tim Coutis / October 21, 2019
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It’s time to think about preparing your home for the late fall and winter ahead. Taking these steps will not only keep you warm, but they can also save you money. Here are 9 things you can do to ensure…

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Man holding a lit light bulb: Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency with These 8 Small Changes

Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with these 8 Small Changes

By Aly Yale / September 12, 2019
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Recent data shows that LEED-certified green homes are on the rise. And with the savings they offer, it’s no wonder why. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED-certified homes save owners anywhere from 20 to 30% on their energy…

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Stay One Step Ahead of the Season Change with These September Home Maintenance Ideas

By Tim Coutis / September 3, 2019
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It may not seem like it, and you may not want to hear it, but “winter is coming.” Getting a head start on fall maintenance will leave you with more free time to enjoy the colors of autumn. Here’s a…

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Mold on a house wall

4 Signs There’s Mold in Your House

By Tim Coutis / July 24, 2019
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Anyone who has had serious water damage in their home as a result of flooding knows the smell of mold. Mold and the spores it deploys are toxic. There are hundreds of different species of mold. The two most well-known are…

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Time to Replace Your Windows? Here’s What You Need to Know

By Tim Coutis / July 11, 2019
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Excess noise. Condensation. A draft when closed. Water-damaged wood frames. These are all signs that your windows may need to be replaced. Windows generally last from 15 to 20 years — even longer if regularly and properly maintained. Today’s homeowners…

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What Are the Best Types of Wood for Hardwood Flooring?

By Tim Coutis / July 3, 2019
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Back in the 1980’s, a whole new generation of homeowners experienced the thrill and beauty of solid hardwood floors as they stripped away the orange and green wall-to-wall shag carpeting which had been so popular in the 1970’s. Hardwood floors…

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8 Tips for Painting Your Home’s Interior

8 Tips for Painting Your Home’s Interior

By Aly Yale / June 10, 2019
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Painting your home’s interior isn’t as simple as hitting up the local hardware store and grabbing a few cans of your favorite hue. The truth is painting is much more nuanced than that. It impacts your home’s overall aesthetic and…

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Kids playing basketball in the driveway

5 Driveway Resurfacing Options and Ideas

By Aly Yale / June 4, 2019
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Boring old concrete isn’t the only option when you’re resurfacing your driveway. From gravel and brick to asphalt and pavers, homeowners these days are choosing all types of stone, materials, and styles when creating their dream drives — and the…

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The Ultimate Printable Family Chore Lists

By Aly Yale / May 30, 2019
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It’s hard running a household. There are multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas to clean — not to mention all the appliances, systems, and safety features you have to keep up with. Throw in the family and pets you’re taking…

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