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A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel

Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end – with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project. To help you start your remodel on the right track, consider... (more)

More Tips for Cooling Your Home and Saving Money This Summer

A hot home is never comfortable. However, a sky high utility bill can seem even less appealing. With that in mind, Petri Plumbing & Heating offers these five tips for more efficiently cooling a home during summer. Check the seals around windows and doors. A homeowner will often take the time to make sure their air conditioner is running properly, but they... (more)

Get Ready for Guests This Summer

Summer entertaining season brings joy, laughter and plenty of ways to create special memories. From a fresh coat of paint to some simple sprucing up, you can ensure your home is poised to be the perfect backdrop to a fun-filled summer. Color can have an enormous effect on a room’s overall atmosphere, so bringing out your home’s unique charm can be... (more)

How to Ban Bugs From Your Home

While spiders and bugs are part of a natural ecosystem, when they invade your home, they’re often less than welcome. If you suspect something crawly is moving in, consider the following advice… -Caulking can go a long way to shoo bugs away. Seal tiny cracks and holes near your doors and windows and along baseboards with a strong tape that can be found at... (more)

5 Things to Ask About Your Utility Bills

Many Americans pay little mind to their utility bills. But it’s important to be aware of what you’re paying for, and why. To help, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) issued the following tips on the five questions utility customers should ask about their electric and gas bills. Am I paying for an alternative gas or electric supplier? Your bill is divided... (more)

5 Things That Truly Don't Matter When You Buy Your First House

Buying your first home can be scary. All those concerns you have about money are quite legitimate, and the mortgage process can be confusing. On top of that, you want to make sure the house fits you. But some of the things that first-time homebuyers worry about really don’t matter. Here are five issues that shouldn’t factor into choosing a home: Your dining room... (more)

Effortless Spring Entertaining

Spring brings plenty of reasons to celebrate, from holidays to weddings to baby showers. Even a just-because al fresco brunch is a great way to share time with family and friends while taking advantage of a beautiful day. Make hosting your next spring gathering a breeze with these entertaining tips for organizing an effortless event: Set the stage for a beautiful... (more)

Wise Ways to Water Your Yard

Whether you’re in a community with watering restrictions or not, it’s common sense to look for ways to maximize efficiency when watering your lawn and gardens. Here are some tips to help you use water wisely: • Understand your soil. The soil type in your yard will greatly affect your watering schedule and influence the type of sprinkler you choose. •... (more)

Spring Dilemma: To Gutter, or Not to Gutter

Every year as the spring season rolls around, I’m reminded of the adage that “April showers bring May flowers.” And like the countless drops of water in each April shower, there are just as many opinions when it comes to rain gutters. A few years back, Katahdin Cedar Log Homes in Oakfield, Maine, published a concise but comprehensive article reviewing... (more)

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality for Spring

As the season changes, your environment shifts, both indoors and out. A switch of seasons is the perfect time to focus on freshening the air in your home. Here are some tips to maintain great indoor air quality as you prep for spring. Use allergen-rated filters. Besides making sure that your air filters are changed on an appropriate schedule, using a high-quality... (more)

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