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How to Calculate Proper Home Attic Ventilation

Attic ventilation. It’s a topic that is not commonly discussed and yet, when it comes to providing your house with the maintenance that it needs, it’s very important. Not only does a well-ventilated attic ultimately help to reduce energy costs, but it also helps to keep the humidity levels down too. That’s a good thing because it ultimately prevents you from having to worry as much about leaking roofs, water damage and the formation of ice dams in your... ❯❯❯

Water Efficient Landscape Design Tips for Homeowners

If you’re someone who takes a lot of pride in your lawn, you’re certainly not alone. After all, a well landscaped yard is the first impression that anyone gets when visiting anyone’s house. But if you’re also someone who is passionate about being efficient, you might find yourself wondering if there’s anything that you can do to conserve more water as you’re manicuring your lawn. The answer is “yes”. Several things, in fact. And the good news about each... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Mixing Old and New Furniture in Your Home

Mixing new and old furniture is a stylish and fun way to decorate your home. By letting you hang onto your old favorites while also incorporating modern styles, mixing your furniture can add a lot of personality and vitality to your home. Below are five tips to help you mix and match old and new furniture in your home. Color: One of the easiest ways to mix furniture in your home is to stick to a limited color palette. If you stick to two or three colors... ❯❯❯

5 Backyard Sustainability and Water Conservation Tips

Right now, much of the country is being gripped by a crippling drought. In fact, the dry conditions are the worst in decades. Some people are forgoing their lawns altogether – some people have stopped watering their grass. It has gotten so bad that some counties are placing mandatory water restrictions on homeowners. This is why you want to think about water conservation when you are building and maintaining your lawn. There is a common misconception that... ❯❯❯

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Custom Home Builder

Having a custom home built is an exciting prospect and it’s easy to miss some important steps. If you’re making an investment in a custom home, chances are you’ve taken your time coming to that decision and picking out the right piece of land to build on – now it’s time to find the right builder for the job. Picking the right builder can be the difference between a dream home and a nightmare, a great investment and a bad one. While it’s likely the builder... ❯❯❯

How to Make Your Home and Business Less Costly to Run

How to Make Your Home and Business Less Costly to RunRunning a home, and indeed a business, can be a costly endeavour. One of our biggest concerns in recent years is the advancing cost of our energy bills. If you have a home that is run using gas or electricity you will have seen the increasing price of living and many people are looking to offset this with alternative ways of saving those pennies. Here are some guidelines to making some much needed savings. Have an Energy Efficient Boiler System: All... ❯❯❯

5 Easy DIY Weekend Projects to Increase Your Home’s Value

If you’re a homeowner and you’re ready to do a bit of upgrading, or you’re preparing to put your house on the market, it’s always a smart idea to do the kind of renovations that will not only improve the appearance of your home but will also increase your property value too. But if your budget or schedule is pretty tight and you’re wondering when you’ll be able to do these kinds of projects, the good news is that there are several of them that you can do... ❯❯❯

5 Ways for Buyers to Negotiate Issues After a Home Inspection

Once you’ve found a house you love, you’ve submitted an offer, and the seller has accepted, it’s time to go through a home inspection to ensure that you get what you’re paying for. Unfortunately, your home inspection may uncover some dark secrets lurking in the attic, behind the walls, and even down to the foundation of the structure. And when you come across major issues, you’re going to have to figure out who will deal with them, taking on the burden... ❯❯❯

Air Leakage Detection and Sealing Tips for Homeowners

If you were to ask a panel of energy experts to share with you some of the main reasons why people tend to spend more money than they should on energy costs, there is one thing that they are definitely going to have on their list: air leakage. Being that so many homes have small cracks and holes along their windowsills and doors and because some of them even have air coming out of their appliances, many individuals are wasting money without even realizing... ❯❯❯

Simple and Effective Preventative Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

If there are two things that many people take for granted inside of their homes, it would have to be electricity and plumbing. That is until something goes wrong and turning on a light is not as simple as flicking a switch or plumbing leaks make it hard to take a shower or wash clothes. While both concerns are serious, over the course of the next few moments, you will learn some of the simple and effective ways to prevent plumbing issues from being a... ❯❯❯

New Heating and Cooling System Options for Homeowners

Time marches on and so does technology. And advances in computer and mobile technology have impacted every industry, including home heating and air. In fact, there are scads of new HVAC system options available to homeowners interested in making their homes more comfortable, functional, and energy efficient. Whether you’re looking to raise your convenience level when it comes to heating and cooling your home, you’d like to cut your energy bill, you’re... ❯❯❯

5 Things Every New Homeowner Should Do to Start Conserving Energy at Home

As a new homeowner you may be a little overwhelmed with everything that goes into managing your own household. For one thing, you now have a lot more expenses that renters don’t have to deal with, including property tax, homeowners insurance, and annual maintenance, just for example. But you also have to deal with some maintenance tasks. While you’ll probably want to hire a plumber to flush your water heater and snake your drains and an HVAC tech to... ❯❯❯

5 Effective Duct and Vent Cleaning Tips for Homeowners

Why is duct cleaning important? Duct cleaning is important for a number of reasons – it will make your HVAC system more efficient, it will improve the air quality in your home and it will make your home a nice environment to spend time in. Do you turn on your heating or air conditioning system and smell a strange odor? – That odor is most likely dust, dander, mold and mildew that builds up and settles on the floor of your duct system. When you turn your... ❯❯❯

5 Effective Home Cleaning Tips for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

If you’re someone who has allergy or asthma problems, you are certainly not alone. In fact, according to many published reports, one in five people in America battle with the allergy symptoms and one in 12 people suffer from asthma. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t effective things that you can do to make dealing with either diagnosis easier to bear. If you’d like some tips on how to keep the various rooms of your house free of allergy and asthma... ❯❯❯

5 Effective Ways to Cool Down Your Air Conditioning Costs

Heating and cooling your home can be a major expense. But if you live in a particularly hot climate, your electric bill is likely to skyrocket in the summer, despite your best efforts to curb the incursion of summer heat. You can, of course, draw the shades in the daytime and fling open the windows at night to keep your home interior as cool as possible. You can also run the ceiling fans (although this could end up using a significant amount of energy, as... ❯❯❯

Choosing a Fence Style

Choosing a fence style for your yard or landscape can be difficult given the wide array of available choices. Yet a fence can add more than just functionality to your landscape. It can complement your property in some interesting ways while confining it. The following fence styles might be the perfect match for your landscape. If you aren't sure or need more information, talk to your general contractor who can help you arrive at a fencing solution. ... ❯❯❯

3 DIY Jobs That Will Motivate You To Start Your Own DIY Adventure

Carrying out some last minute DIY to leave your home in the best shape possible before a sale can really improve the chances of finding a buyer, but it’s a risky business that a lot of people simply aren’t prepared to take part in. DIY is something that a lot of people find daunting, especially as there are plenty of infamous stories surrounding broken bones and permanently damaged furnishings accessible on the internet, in magazines, or even down the... ❯❯❯

Moving Out? – Make Sure You Check Your Oil Tank First

If you’re in the process of putting your property up for sale and you’re wondering whether or not you’ve covered all the necessary requirements, make sure you include an oil tank check on your list of things to do. Whilst many of us don’t rely on oil heating, many properties do have oil tanks that require attention should you plan on selling your home. What’s more, property owners are unaware of old or abandoned oil tanks in some cases, so you might even... ❯❯❯

Looking After Your Glass

On a job site, vulnerable or fragile materials can often get damaged accidentally. This does include glass, as the surface can be damaged in a number of ways, making the finished product look below the standard it should. It must therefore be protected. Alkali Solutions as a Cause of Glass Surface Damage Alkali solutions can cause a world of problems when it comes to glass, and they can appear in a variety of ways. Perhaps surprisingly, water is one of... ❯❯❯

What You Should Know When Buying Oak Reproduction Furniture

The look of antique oak furniture is beautiful and timeless and it can really add a lot of elegance to your home. Many people love to have antiques in their home, because they are timeless treasures that have a beautiful and elegant look. Perhaps you love the look of a particular era, such as Art Deco or Victorian and you want to add that style to your décor? There are many beautiful antique pieces out there that will really add a lot of charm and... ❯❯❯

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