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Last Minute Things to Do Before Back-to-School

For parents, back-to-school is looming on the horizon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze a bit more out of the season! Below are a handful things you can still do with your family before they head to school, offered by Booking.com. Plan a last-minute family vacation: They are so important not only for reducing stress, but for bonding and making... (more)

Save Money by Converting From Oil to Gas Heating: Here's How

If you have an aging, oil-fired heating system and are dreading the day you’ll need to replace or service  your heating system, you may want to explore converting from oil to gas. Heating your home with a cleaner, more fuel-efficient system will shrink your energy bill in the process. Converting from oil to gas is an increasingly common move. Here are... (more)

Save On Utilities While On Vacation

We all like to save a little money, but many of us don’t consider saving money while on vacation. However, if you tweak some settings in your home before you jet off to your next adventure, you can return home to a small bundle of savings on your utilities. Below, Georgia Power lets us know how. Think about the Thermostat – If you have a programmable thermostat,... (more)

8 Ways to Make Your Backyard a Summer Paradise

Summer is the season to be outdoors. It’s the perfect time for backyard barbecues, neighborhood socials, and late-night evenings on the patio. You don’t need to travel to a luxurious and exotic location to enjoy spending time outdoors. Make your own backyard a summer paradise with these eight simple suggestions. Inspect and Update Wooden Decks To... (more)

Refresh Your Space for a Brighter Season

As temperatures rise and springtime blooms, it’s time to wipe away winter and refresh your home. Spring is all about airing out your space and spending more time outside, which calls for cleaning and perking up your routine. While a seasonal overhaul can sound daunting, here are five simple steps to help make spring preparations a breeze. Clean Out the... (more)

5 Ways to Let Spring into Your Home

No matter how mild or harsh your winter may have been, spring is a rite of passage that should be recognized throughout your home with elements of renewal. This will not only serve as a refresh for your living environment, but for your state of mind as well. Here are some simple yet highly effective ways to infuse spring throughout your home: Lighten up…literally. One... (more)

Tips for Finding the Perfect Vacation Home

For many, a small, pricey hotel room is no way to vacation. Many would prefer instead the space and creature comforts of a home away from home. Renting a home, however, is not like booking a hotel.  Hotels come with a lot of predictability in terms of size, location and amenities. With a vacation home, however, you’re leaving a bit to chance. Follow these... (more)

5 Smarter Ways to Keep Your Home Warm

jack russell dog sleeping under the blanket in bed the bedroom, ill ,sick or tired, sheet covering its head When cool winds are blowing and the temperatures outside take a dive, even a well-insulated house may feel the chill. Simply kicking up the thermostat can be expensive and depending on your home’s circulation, you may still have areas that need an extra... (more)

5 Pesky Mistakes New Homeowners Make

From seasonal temperature fluctuations to excess rainfall, pests find any excuse to enter homes. The homes of new homeowners are especially prone to attracting pests, says Ron Harrison, entomologist with Orkin, partly because they are unaware of the best preventative measures. If you’re a new homeowner, avoid these 5 “pesky” mistakes. 1. Overlooking Tiny Cracks –... (more)

10 Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplaces are one of the most coveted features in homes today—but they can be hazardous if precautions aren’t taken. Whenever you use your fireplace, keep in mind these safety tips. 1. Get an annual chimney check. Have chimneys inspected annually, and cleaned as necessary, by a qualified professional chimney service technician. This reduces the risk of fires... (more)

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