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Having a Party? Prep the Plumbing

If you’re getting ready to host a house full of people, you’re likely focusing on a zillion details, from food to home staging, music and more. But have you thought about your pipes? Here are some recommendations for party hosts and guests to help avoid common plumbing mishaps and help ensure everyone has a great time…   Be mindful of... (more)

How to Make an Open Floor Plan Work for You

Once a trend, open floor plans have become a staple of most modern homes. An open floor plan generally means the living room, kitchen, and dining room are combined into a large space or great room. Before taking a hammer to all interior walls, it’s important to know the structure of your home, as well as the benefits and ways you can accomplish an open... (more)

3 Strange Things to Clean With

When cleaning your home, look past the vacuum and mop to get the job done right. Below are three strange household items that can be a huge help when cleaning. Mismatched Socks You know those socks that seem to lose their partners in the wash? Put them in a pile and use them for cleaning! Unlike a rag, you can slip your whole hand inside the sock, which offers... (more)

4 Ways to Keep the Outside Activities Going

If you’re like a lot of people, that first nip in the air sends you running for the couch and the clicker, ready to start a binge-watching bonanza until the spring thaw signifies it’s safe to head outdoors again. But don’t relinquish your outdoor activities yet! The crisp autumn air and sun’s natural vitamin D dosage are important for... (more)

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)

Dog vs. Yard: How to Keep Your Landscape and Your Pet Happy

Any dog owner has likely watched their beautiful new garden dug up by their four-legged family member, or their beloved new grass become Spot’s outdoor toilet.  With this in mind, here are top five tips for ensuring the family yard is a place everyone can enjoy year-round. Consider your dog’s needs Each dog – senior, puppy, small, big, active breed... (more)

5 Ways to Create an Energy-Efficient Home for Under $500

Summer is a time filled with good times and warm weather. Unfortunately, it’s also a time for many homeowners when energy costs skyrocket as they attempt to keep their homes cool and comfortable. Thankfully, there are many things that can be done to help keep homes cool while saving energy and money. These five tips will help make the most of energy-efficient... (more)

Transform Your Front Porch

The lazy days of summer are peak season for front-porch sitting. But if your porch doesn’t quite match the iconic image of lazily rocking with a tall glass of lemonade, it may be time for a little design refresh. Start at the beginning—your front door. A fresh coat of paint in a bright, cheery color will act as a focal point and breathe new life into your entire... (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)

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