Home Maintenance and Repair Tips and Checklists

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Prep for the Seasonal Shift: Your November Home To-Do List

By Aly Yale / November 1, 2018
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Somehow, it’s already November and the holidays, winter, and even the New Year are almost upon us. Have you started prepping your home? With colder weather coming in — not to mention those in-laws and out-of-town guests — the time…

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Painting Your Home Exterior

By Aly Yale / October 3, 2018
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With the air brisk and the temperature finally cooling off, now’s the perfect time of year to handle those bigger, outdoor home maintenance tasks and to-dos.   Number one on the list? Re-paint your home’s exterior. Whether you’re listing your…

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What to Expect from a Professional Energy Audit

By Tim Coutis / August 23, 2018
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An energy audit is conducted by public utility companies or independent private-sector specialists. Make sure you choose an auditor who’s been certified by the Association of Energy Engineers, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Note…

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Composting 101: How to Make a Compost Bin

By Aly Yale / August 9, 2018
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Want a lusher, greener garden? Prettier flowers? A way to lessen your environmental footprint? Then composting’s the way to go. And fortunately, it’s not that hard to get started. Composting is as easy as taking the trash you already produce,…

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The Summer Home Maintenance Checklist You’ve Always Wanted

By Aly Yale / July 16, 2018
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With longer days and better weather, summer’s a good time to tend to those long-forgotten home maintenance tasks. But, as always, time is limited — even during the relaxing summer months. What should you focus on and what are the…

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A Guide to Keeping Your Garden Fresh in Summer Heat

By Tim Coutis / June 6, 2018
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Keeping your garden cool and fresh becomes even more important as those balmy spring temperatures rise to summer highs. Water is key, whether you’re growing flowers or hoping to reap a harvest of summer vegetables. And, while the serious drought…

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How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

By Aly Yale / June 5, 2018
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Hurricane season is quickly approaching, and if 2017 taught us anything, it’s that it’s crucial homeowners be prepared — especially if they’re in a high-risk area. That means safeguarding your property, readying your family for potential evacuation, and having a…

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Want to Sell Your Home? Clean Out Your Closets

By Aly Yale / May 10, 2018
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Cleaning and organizing your home is vital if you want it to sell. But if you’re shoving items in closets and packing your cabinets to the brim to make it happen? That might be hurting your chances more than helping…

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The Best Affordable House Cleaning Services

By Aly Yale / March 22, 2018
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Let’s face it: we’re all busy. We’ve got jobs, kids to take care of, and errands to run. We don’t have time to clean every nook in cranny in our homes—nor do we want to. Thankfully, house cleaning services abound…

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Renovate Your Home for Under $10,000

By Aly Yale / March 21, 2018
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Home renovation doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, if you choose the right projects—as well as the right materials and contractors to help—it could actually add value to your home, essentially paying for itself…

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