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  • Five Home Improvements You Can Make to Keep Pests at Bay

    Sep 17, 2020

    What might seem like one little pest sighting can be a much more extensive invasion than you realize. For starters, a single roach can lay up to 50 eggs at one time! However, you can get a better handle on the situation with these five simple home improvements and preparation tips: • Start outdoors: Standing water can quickly become a mosquito breeding ground. Note whether your yard has any areas where water is prone to collect. If so, you may need to aerate your lawn. Not only will this improve soil drainage, it has the added benefit of hel...

  • Simple Ways to Improve a Kitchen Pantry More Smoothly

    Sep 17, 2020

    People have been spending more time at home in 2020 than in years past, and certain projects around the house have become a priority. One home improvement idea that serves the double benefit of creating organization and making cooking at home more efficient is to reimagine the kitchen pantry. A pantry is a room or closet where food, beverages and linens or dishes are stored. Pantries can be highly useful spaces that provide ancillary storage in kitchens. Many modern homes are equipped with...

  • Five Tips to Prepare for Window Replacement

    Sep 17, 2020

    Winter is coming, and for millions of people who reside in areas of the country that see the mercury drop considerably between December and March, that means prioritizing staying warm. Inefficient or aging housing materials may compromise your ability to do just that. Drafts from doors, poorly protected attics and basements and aging windows may force heating systems to work extra hard to maintain interior temperatures. Replacing old windows can make a home quieter by blocking out exterior...

  • How Military Families Can Navigate Home Buying in Uncertain Times

    Sep 17, 2020

    Like many Americans, the recent pandemic may have you thinking a lot about your current living space and about buying a home. If you're a military service member, veteran or family member, both new and tried-and-true tools and resources can streamline the process. To get you started, Wells Fargo Home Lending is providing these insights: • Assess your readiness: "The decision to buy is personal. Take into account your goals and financial circumstances," says Greg Murray, VP, national client rel...

  • Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Hacks

    Sep 17, 2020

    With families spending more time at home, messes are on repeat and cleanups are often an hourly routine. At the same time, many households are looking to reduce their environmental impact affordably. The good news is that saving money and the planet can go hand-in-hand at home. To green up your clean up and create healthier spaces, consider these tips: Reduce and Reuse Ditch paper towels for reusable cloths and sponges. Make sure to wash them regularly on the highest heat setting (dishwasher...

  • Types of Home Insulation and Where to Install Them

    Sep 17, 2020

    When thinking about renovating their homes, homeowners may imagine changing wall colors, expanding room sizes or upgrading appliances and fixtures. However, unless people take inventory of the less glamourous components of the home, such as structure, plumbing, heating and cooling, and insulation, other improvements may be for naught. A home insulation project certainly doesn't offer the wow factor of a kitchen remodel, but insulation serves a vital function in the house that helps keep people...

  • Get Ahead of Chimney Repair This Season

    Sep 17, 2020

    Woodburning fireplaces or fuel stoves can add warmth and ambiance to a home. These appliances are particularly coveted in the cooler months when people spend more time indoors. Maintenance is necessary in order for fireplaces and stoves to function safely, and that upkeep must include paying close attention to the functionality of the chimney. Chimneys are designed to last for decades. Cracks and spalling in brick chimneys are common concerns that can cause significant damage if left unchecked....

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