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  • Spring Cleaning Soon? Check Out These Tips

    Mar 16, 2023

    Spring is a season of renewal. When the flowers are blooming and the trees are budding and the weather is pleasantly warm, people often feel inspired to make changes around their homes. Work may begin with culling belongings and organizing essentials. There is debate regarding where the practice of “spring cleaning” originated. Some researchers link it to certain religious groups. It has long been an ancient Jewish custom to thoroughly clean a house in preparation for the springtime feast of Passover. The house is scoured to remove any yeas...

  • Quick And Easy Ways To Give Your Kitchen A New Look

    Mar 16, 2023

    Kitchens are often described as the busiest rooms in a home. Kitchens are where meals are prepared and tend to be go-to gathering spots on holiday get-togethers and during other events when homeowners host family and friends. With so much time spent in the kitchen, it’s easy to see how homeowners might grow a little bored by these rooms. The cost of a kitchen remodel won’t be cheap, as the home improvement resource Angi.com notes that the typical cost of such a project in the United States is between $13,000 and $38,000. Angi.com estimates...

  • Let The Outside In With All-Season Rooms

    Mar 16, 2023

    Many homeowners express interest in creating fewer barriers between the interior and exterior of their homes. Some may have backyards built for entertaining and want to facilitate the transition between the inside of the residence and the outside when guests arrive. In other instances, homes may back to a nature preserve that homeowners want to enjoy more readily. Whatever the reason for bringing the outside in, all-season rooms can serve as a welcoming bridge between indoor and outdoor spaces. What is an all-season room? Also known as a...

  • Siding Materials To Consider For Your Home

    Mar 16, 2023

    Exterior renovations consistently top the list of projects that offer maximum return on investment, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual “Cost vs. Value Report.” Siding replacement is a popular exterior renovation and one that can completely transform the look of a home. Siding comes in a variety of materials, and homeowners can explore the pros, cons and affordability of each to make the most informed decision when replacing their existing siding. Factors to consider apart from price include durability, maintenance and aesthetics....

  • Exterior Trends That Have Come and are Here to Stay

    Mar 16, 2023

    Certain homes have an undeniable wow factor. That instant appeal tends to be noticeable the moment visitors pull up to the curb, and it might be a byproduct of homeowners’ willingness to embrace the latest exterior design trends. Trends come and go, but recognition of the current fashions can help homeowners create that highly sought-after wow factor. The following are some recent trends in home exteriors that have helped homeowners set their properties apart. Wood Natural wood has undeniable appeal, and it hasn’t only found newfound...

  • Options to Finance Home Improvements: Interior and Exterior

    Mar 16, 2023

    Renovating a home is a great way to impart personality indoors and out. Improvements can make spaces more livable and address safety issues. Home renovations often take residents' lifestyles into account, and changes can be customized to accommodate a growing family or an empty nest. No matter the job, home improvements tend to be costly. According to the financial resource SoFi, on average, the cost to renovate or remodel a whole house runs between $10 and $60 per square foot. Certain rooms dem...

  • Minor Exterior Upgrades That Can Help Sell A Home

    Mar 16, 2023

    The home improvement industry has been booming for years, but forecasters are projecting a deceleration in 2023 and perhaps beyond. Estimates from the Home Improvement Research Institute, which is the leading market research resource for the home and building products industry, indicate that growth in the home improvement products market is expected to decelerate from 7.2 percent in 2022 to 1.5 percent in 2023. Inflation continues to affect consumer spending, and homeowners may be looking to...

  • Small Renovations That Can Make A Big Impact

    Mar 16, 2023

    Home renovations provide a host of benefits. Such projects can increase resale value and improve on the safety, aesthetics and functionality of a home. Some homeowners may employ the mantra “go big or go home” when they embark on home improvements, thinking that only the largest renovations produce noticeable change. But that’s not the case. Various smaller renovations can provide a lot of bang for homeowners’ bucks as well. · Countertops (and hardware): A complete kitchen overhaul may stretch some homeowners’ budgets. However,...

  • These DIY Costs May Seem Tiny, But They Add Up

    Mar 16, 2023

    Time DIY projects are a major drain on free time. Homeowners taking the DIY route typically work on weekends or after work. Few people can take off and devote their undivided attention to a remodel like a contractor can. Time is a valuable resource that is not renewable. Mistakes Many resources are available to help DIY enthusiasts work on a project, but there are still tricks and techniques learned after years on the job. DIYers may damage their homes by taking shortcuts or not understanding how to do a job properly. Fines Permits are...

  • How To Make A Backyard Safe For Dogs

    Mar 16, 2023

    Dogs, particularly puppies, can be full of boundless energy. Channeling that energy into exercise with long walks or play sessions can help stem dogs' propensity to get into trouble around the house as they burn off extra adrenaline. Pets who don't have an energy outlet may chew off-limits objects or get into other mischief. According to the American Kennel Club, the amount of exercise a dog needs depends on the animal's age and breed. For example, border collies or Siberian huskies may require...

  • Tips for Pet-Proofing a Home

    Mar 16, 2023

    Expecting parents realize that as their child grows and becomes mobile, certain safety precautions must be made around the house. The term “baby-proofing” refers to making modifications that prevent little ones from getting into trouble and causing injury. Measures include bolting tall furniture to walls, using special inserts to make outlets inaccessible, installing locks to prevent cabinet access, and using gates to block access to dangerous rooms or areas. Even though pets may not require the same level of home modification, some measure...

  • The House On Allegheny

    ANNIE GRAY, For the Herald|Mar 16, 2023

    "Something about" their historic home in downtown Hollidaysburg continues to draw Matt and Annie Davis back. The couple, who are junior-high sweethearts and Hollidaysburg natives, purchased the home in 2018 and have been working on renovations ever since. "The House on Allegheny," as they've coined it on social media, was built in 1877 and sits in the heart of historic Hollidaysburg. The couple was first introduced to the house as junior-high schoolers when they babysat for its previous owners....