3 super-simple ways to create a barefoot friendly backyard deck

Posted on: June 16, 2017 by in Blog
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Three super-simple ways to create a barefoot-friendly backyard deck When the sun is out and the sky is blue, your deck should be one of the most popular areas in your yard. But, if deck boards leave you with splinters or burned feet on hot summer days, there may be little incentive to spend time in your open-air getaway. The good news is this problem is easily preventable. With the right plan, you can build a barefoot-friendly backyard deck that will be the hub of your outdoor living space Continue Reading ...

3 backyard projects you can tackle in a weekend

Posted on: June 9, 2017 by in Blog
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Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, you want to be outside to enjoy it. Your backyard could be the perfect place to bask in the sun, entertain friends or indulge in your hobbies. It just needs a little sprucing up, and the right projects can help.Best of all, many of these projects are quick and easy. To get you started, here are three projects you can accomplish in a spring weekend — and enjoy all summer long.Forging a fire pitWhether it’s an afternoon gathering or Continue Reading ...

Don’t sweat your summer move: 10 tips for smarter moving

Posted on: June 2, 2017 by in Blog
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Summer isn’t just vacation season, it’s also peak moving season. Studies show more people move during summer months than any other time of year; kids are out of school and weather is less likely to delay moves. However, moving is hard work no matter what time of year you do it. You’ll need careful planning and smart packing to ensure your summer move goes smoothly and safely.These 10 tips can help:1. Rent the right size moving truck.Choose a truck that’s too big, and Continue Reading ...

Uniquely you hues: Decorating with your personality in mind

Posted on: May 26, 2017 by in Blog
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Whether you realize it or not, the colors you select for your home and your personal belongings tell a lot about your personality. In fact, according to a recent survey by PPG, 58 percent of 2,500 consumers surveyed agree that colors selected for their home, car and consumer products - such as appliances and electronics - reflect their personality and style all or most of the time. In addition, 70 percent of those surveyed agreed color selection is important when purchasing paint for their Continue Reading ...

7 often missed baby-proofing tips | Dayton Home Inspection

Posted on: May 19, 2017 by in Blog
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 Most parents, or soon-to-be parents, are often aware of the obvious baby proofing checklist items: baby gates, electrical outlet covers, cabinet locks, sharp furniture corners, etc. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are a surprising number of "hidden" hazards around the home. These hazards, such as window cords, hide in plain sight and should be on everyone's list of items to baby proof.Corded window coverings are a strangulation Continue Reading ...

Here’s how to tap into your home’s not-so-hidden potential

Posted on: May 12, 2017 by in Real Estate
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Your most valuable asset is around you all the time. It's above you, it's below you and in many cases you don't realize how much it can do for you.According to the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., "Americans have a staggering amount of untapped equity in their homes." How much? Altogether, $11,030,000,000,000. That's 11 trillion, 30 billion dollars.Yet despite this huge wealth possessed by homeowners, using it isn't as simple as writing a check. You have to capitalize on your home's Continue Reading ...

Hosting guests? 9 easy steps to prep your home

Posted on: May 5, 2017 by in Blog
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Fast tips to protect your home when hosting guests Hosting friends and family at your home is a guaranteed way to make long-lasting memories.Not only will your guests be reminiscing about the wonderful chats and laughs you shared, but thanks to some quick tips from Minwax(R) spokesperson, Bruce Johnson, they'll remember how great your home looked, too.To prepare your home for guests, no matter how long they plan to stay, consider these 9 easy tips:Mats and rugs: The sand and dirt Continue Reading ...

Where to find rebates, tax credits and rewards for energy-efficient home improvements

Posted on: April 28, 2017 by in Blog
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energy-efficient home improvements tips by certified chimney inspectors

If you're planning to make some home improvements this year, you're probably thinking about energy-efficient options, knowing they can save you money in the long run. However, many eco-friendly home improvements that help lower your energy bills can also pay off right away in the form of rebates and tax credits.Whether you're considering installing an energy-efficient tankless water heater, putting solar panels on your house, or adding a skylight, chances are you can find a program that Continue Reading ...

Six factors driving the cost of your new HVAC system

Posted on: April 21, 2017 by in Blog
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More than half of homes in the U.S were built before 1980, according to U.S. Census figures. With most home heating and ventilation systems lasting around 20 years, millions of American homeowners will be looking at replacing their HVAC systems this year. If you’ll be among them, understanding the factors that influence the cost of a system could help save you money in the long run.“The cost of HVAC systems can vary widely, and most people who face replacing a system have never gone Continue Reading ...

5 easy ways to keep your family comfortable during a power outage

Posted on: April 14, 2017 by in Blog
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Losing power at home is inconvenient. When it happens, the worst part is not knowing if the outage will last for a couple hours, or if it will stretch on for days. But if you take a little time to get organized and round up a few items today, you will be ready to keep your family comfortable when the lights go out."This time of year, a variety of causes can lead to a power outage and affect the length of the outage, as well," says Ed Del Grande, a home improvement TV host, author and Continue Reading ...