U.S. Home Values Gain $1.7 Trillion in Value in 2014

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The total value of all the homes in the United States is expected to end 2014 at $27.5 trillion, a 6.7% increase from last years and the third consecutive overall increase, according to Zillow. Homes lost $6.1 trillion in value between December 2006 & December 2011. The cumulative increase in home values is slightly smaller Read More

5 Winter Fixes for a Warm Home

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Financing the cost of the holidays with the cost of keeping your home warm and safe during the winter season may be more than many families’ budgets can handle. But keeping your family warm doesn’t have to break the bank. Generac recommends these cost-effective fixes: 1. Top Off Your Attic Insulation A high percentage of Read More

Celebrate an Eco-Friendly Christmas

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Although many homeowners may not realize it, the holidays are a prime time of year for energy waste. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, holiday lighting consumes the equivalent electricity of 500,000 homes in just one month. And from Thanksgiving to New Years, Americans will throw away 25 percent more trash than they typically Read More

Five Must-Haves for a Smarter Home

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Consumer excitement about the smart home has reached epic heights, with hundreds of new devices on the market that monitor, notify, control and secure the home. According to Parks Associates, mobile ubiquity, technology innovation and industry standards and partnerships have contributed to more than 13 million U.S. households now owning a connected device. Based on Read More

Three Ways to Boost Home Air Quality

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Because most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors, the air in their home is a significant component to their overall health and wellbeing. Occasionally, indoor pollutants can accumulate to levels that pose health and comfort issues when too little outdoor air enters a home. These pollutants may include mold, bacteria, tobacco smoke, Read More

Four Better Ways to Cut Home Insurance Costs

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While there are many smart ways to save money on homeowners insurance, there are also mistakes that can result in a highly detrimental lack of coverage. “Asking about available discounts and comparison shopping is an excellent way to cut insurance costs,” says Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president and chief communications officer of the Insurance Read More

Fall Is for Fireplaces

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By the experts at Pillar To Post Home Inspectors A wood burning fireplace is an appealing feature of many homes. Here are some reminders and tips for keeping safe and getting full enjoyment from your fireplace this season: Annual Inspections – Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional to ensure that it’s Read More