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How to Avoid a Home Robbery This Summer

Nothing will stunt the joy of summer faster than a home robbery. But as homeowners head out on daytrips or long vacations, their homes are ripe for robbers casing neighborhoods for empty houses. According to the FBI, summer is the peak season for burglaries as people head outdoors and on vacation. Use these following tips to help keep your home secure all season... (more)

7 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Once a Year

When you bought your house, there were a million things you needed to do. Then real life set in, and those driveway pavers you always meant to replace are still staring you in the face. Stay on top of your home maintenance to-dos by making sure you tackle each of the following once a year. Clean your gutters. Old Frisbees. Dead leaves. Dead rodents. Nasty stuff... (more)

10 Easy Home Improvements to Make on Your Fixer Upper

There is something awesome about buying a fixer upper and doing the renovations yourself. Some people fix them up a bit at a time, using cash as they have it available. If you want to make a big impact by doing small things, here are 10 things you need to include. 1. Change Out the Lighting Nothing says outdated like an old-fashioned gold chandelier. Lighting... (more)

Renovate or Decorate? 3 Things to Consider Before Choosing

If you are unhappy with the current look of your home, you may be thinking about redecorating to spruce the space up. For most, redecorating includes repainting the walls, refreshing the decor and even purchasing new curtains or furnishings. However, in some cases, redecorating is not enough to produce the desired results. The last thing you want to do is spend... (more)

10 Fall Home Improvement Tips

Now that summer gear has been stowed away, it’s time to focus on fall home improvement projects. Autumn is the key time to evaluate your home exterior and prepare it for the harsh winter months ahead. With cooler fall weather comes the realization that your home will soon experience cold, snowy weather. To get your house ready, start by giving your exterior... (more)

7 No-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home This Spring

By Barbara Pronin Ready or not, spring is here, and with it comes the urge to open up your home to fresh breezes and sunshine. The trouble with that, as some homeowners lament, is that the furnishings may look a little tired. Before you replace a few big-ticket items, take a few tips from the editors of Home & Garden Magazine to spruce up your home without... (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)

Three Foolproof Ways to Update Your Living Room

By David Glenn  The living room is the room where most families spend the majority of their time. The TV is usually there, the comfy couches are there, and oftentimes the living room has the best view of the backyard. Sometimes, though, the living room needs some sprucing up. Here are three things you can do to instantly revolutionize the favorite room in the... (more)

7 Ways to Wow Buyers with Outdoor Staging

As one of the busier times of year for real estate activity, summertime is ideal for sellers hoping to unload their homes for top dollar. If your home is on the market this summer, stand out from the pack with these outdoor staging tips, courtesy of the experts at Point2.com. 1. Invite Buyers In It’s no secret curb appeal matters to buyers, but too often, minor... (more)

7 New Ways to Make Your Home Look Larger

By Barbara Pronin Hanging large mirrors on one wall of the living room has been touted for years as a way to make the room larger. But, said New York designer Jeffrey Blum, mirrors reflect everything in the room, creating the illusion of clutter. Blum, the owner of SixZero6 Designs, suggests seven less traditional ways homeowners should consider to create the... (more)

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