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Prevent Home Burglaries This Holiday

Not many people associate crime with the holidays, but unfortunately burglary incidents increase this time of year. With a few simple safety precautions, you can protect your property, your family and your valuables now and well into the New Year. 1. Tone down decor and hide gifts – When it comes to holiday decorations, modesty is definitely the best policy.... (more)

Spruce Up Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

From tackling holiday stains cleaning the crevices most commonly inspected by mothers-in-law, keeping a clean home around the holidays can seem like an impossible task. Between entertaining unexpected guests and hosting get-togethers with friends and family, having a clean home is never more important than it is around the holidays. “The holidays are a fun, but... (more)

Budget-Friendly Ways to Fix Up Your Home for the Holidays

By Cannon Christian The holidays are around the corner and so are all those family and friends just waiting to visit and share a little holiday spirit. While playing host and celebrating the season’s cheer, you want to be proud of the spaces within your home. If you are like most Americans, you will spend an estimated $730 on gifts, food, décor and other festive... (more)

Six Ways Homeowners Can Prepare for Winter Weather

This year’s winter weather predictions vary on the amount of precipitation we can expect, but many of them agree that much of the country will experience below normal temperatures. Energy authorities encourage homeowners to take steps before these cold temperatures set in to help keep warm air in your home and money in your pocket. “Most winterizing... (more)

Hot Home Color Trends for 2015

It’s a strategy interior designers often use to create stunning rooms that wow the instant someone enters them: the use of creative color. Homeowners looking to deliver impressive interior style can take cues from what will be the trendiest of 2015 and beyond. Homeowners can covey a variety of emotions in their favorite rooms by embracing different color patterns.... (more)

Tips to Maximize Space in Every Room

Current trending of lifestyles, whether it may be empty-nesters, first time home buyers or the economy, have left people with smaller spaces. There are several ways that you can maximize storage just by thinking ahead and taking steps to stay organized. Designate a spot A crucial rule to always follow when trying to conserve space is to give every item its own... (more)

Five Secrets to Savings This Holiday Season

With holidays often an expensive time for families, spenders should remain vigilant when shopping for gifts and household essentials. To score maximum savings, experts recommend shopping at specific times to take advantage of big sales or online bargains. 1. Beat Black Friday deals. The best way to score holiday bargains might be to wait for Cyber Monday. Last... (more)

Build a Social Kitchen

Today’s kitchens are built for entertaining, digital networks and cooking, but creating one that meets all of these needs can be a challenge. A recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports asked more than 1,000 Americans what activities they do in the kitchen at least once in a typical week and found that uses for the kitchen go beyond meal prep. Nearly half entertain... (more)

Winterizing Your Home Doesn't Have to Break the Bank

By John Voket With all the buttoning up many homeowners are doing as temperatures drop and winter approaches, I went looking for some basic tips to help that won’t break the bank. Luckily, our partners at Better Business Bureau say that winterizing your home doesn’t have to be expensive. We already learned in previous October reports that the installation... (more)

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