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5 Benefits of Using a Realtor When Searching for a New Home

If you’ve decided the time is finally right to look for a new home, you’ll certainly have no shortage of choices. It’s a buyer’s market right now, with more homes available than people who can afford the mortgages. Even though the recession has dropped interest rates to near record lows, it’s still a difficult proposition these days, which puts those who have taken the time to properly prepare for the financial leap in a very... ❯❯❯

Top Three Safety Tips for Workers

Over one million people suffered a work-related illness in 2011 and 2012, according to the Health and Safety Executive. A whopping 27 million working days were lost due to workplace injuries and work-related illness. And 172 workers were killed while doing their jobs. These statistics are sobering and all the more regrettable since workers and employers can do a lot to reduce these numbers. Safety in the workplace and on the job should be a priority for... ❯❯❯

5 Smart Ways to Slash Your Home Energy Bills

Everyone knows that feeling of getting their energy bill in the mail and seeing that it is higher – much higher – than usual. In the summertime and wintertime – when we are trying to beat the extreme temperatures and stay comfortable – our utility bills can sky rocket. This is usually due to the fact that we’re running our air conditioning and heating systems all day and night. Not only is this taking a hit on your wallet, but... ❯❯❯

5 Interior Design Ideas That Keep Your Home Cool

When it comes to beating the summer heat, sometimes it pays to get creative. In some cases, getting creative can literally pay – by saving you money on your utility bills. Not only that, but making sure that your home stays cool – without a total dependence on the air conditioner – can also make your more eco-conscious too. Moreover, maybe its time for a little aesthetic upgrade. There is no better time than the summertime to make a few... ❯❯❯

5 Benefits of Replacing the Windows throughout Your Home

Owning a home may be a big part of the American dream, but that doesn’t mean you can simply lay out the cash for your purchase and call it a day. Over time, the materials used to build your home will start to deteriorate, which means you need to keep up with maintenance, repairs, and replacement if you want to preserve the value of your investment. This could mean painting the exterior every few years, clearing rain gutters and replacing damaged... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Home Power Outage Preparation Tips

Power outages aren’t fun – it can also be incredibly inconvenient. Yet, in extreme weather conditions and as our demand for electricity gets higher and higher, power outages will be more and more common. This is why it is critical to be prepared. Not only is it important to be prepared for when the power goes out, but also when the power comes back on. Yet, in the winter or even the summer – it is important to know what to do when the... ❯❯❯

How to Transform Your Basement Into a More Comfortable Livable Space

Chances are that your basement is dark, damp – and uncomfortable. However, with moderate effort and construction, you can turn your basement into a second living room or bedroom. There are a few things you need to consider, however, before turning your basement into a comfortable living space. It is important to know that some parts of your basement cannot be moved or removed. This is because the basement of your house holds a lot of the structural... ❯❯❯

Add Equity to Your Home with These Simple DIY Projects

Improving the value of your home is easier than you might think, and doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise either. If you’re looking for great ways to add value to your home, there is a truly great range of DIY improvements that you can make without taking a huge chunk out of your savings. Here are some top tips on how to add equity to your home with these simple DIY projects. Painted Perfection You’d be surprised how much of a... ❯❯❯

What Tools Do Electricians Use

Electricians need to make use of a wide selection of tools to efficiently complete the many jobs asked of them. From rewiring houses, installing new electrical equipment and repairing existing electric components, the profession of a general electrician requires specific tools to suit each task in hand. For new or trainee electricians, it is useful to understand which tools are appropriate for certain jobs and how they operate. As well as standard... ❯❯❯

The Most Common Basement Remodeling Challenges

Basements are hard to remodel – they are damp, sticky, warm, and a general nightmare to work in. Whether you want to create a new entertainment center in your basement or turn it into a bedroom for your teenager, you will undoubtedly be posed with a number of challenges. Most of these challenges are posed by the innate nature of the intended purpose of our basements. Our basements are supposed to be a little bit raw, because the basement is where we... ❯❯❯

Tips on how to Store your Belongings Safely

So you’ve rented yourself a storage facility at Fort Knox, or your local version of this, and now you actually have to do the work. Moving day is nearing ever so close. Rip the band aid right off or in other words, get it done sooner rather than later. You don’t want to be last minute packing. Do it Yourself Nobody likes to pack. Fitting all of your belongings into boxes is a challenge for all. It’s just one of those chores that sooner... ❯❯❯

The Greenest Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in Summer

If you’re someone who tries to be energy efficient, then there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve been looking for some ideas on how to keep your house cool during the summer months in the “greenest” ways possible. Yet when the temperatures are absolutely scorching, we can understand why it might be tempting to turn your central air unit on blast now and deal with the consequences of having a ridiculously high electricity bill... ❯❯❯

What do I do if my Pipes Burst?

So you’re running down the stairs on a chilly winter’s morning, already half an hour behind schedule – and you find yourself knee-deep in ice-cold water, watching your coffee table serenely floating past. Burst pipes are a homeowner’s nightmare, but quick thinking can really reduce the damage. Here are some tips for what to do if this happens to you. • Turn off the water: This is one of the first things you need to... ❯❯❯

How To Save Money On Electricity

With an economy trying to recover from a recession and budgets stretched to their limits, it is no wonder that people are trying to save money in as many ways as possible. If you’ve cut back on your luxuries and are stuck for ideas of what to do next, take a look at your utilities and see if you can reduce your outgoings on energy. Here are a few suggestions to reduce your electricity bill and become more environmentally friendly, too! Lighting ... ❯❯❯

How to Prevent Cracks in Your Home’s Foundation

As every homeowner inevitably experiences at one time or another, maintenance issues will crop up. Perhaps it’s a cracked roof tile, a gap in a window frame, a peeling paint job or a termite infestation. Large or small, difficult or simple, home improvement tasks will appear practically every single year you own your home. Some people let these things slide until they become large issues, and then call in the professionals. Others spend months... ❯❯❯

Equipment to Keep your Building Site Safe

Construction sites can be very dangerous places, and it is important that you stick to all of the health and safety regulations put in place to keep everyone safe and well and free from harm. Once you have set up your site with all of the necessary, legally required equipment, you might find that there are still elements of your site which might need some extra safety supplies to make absolutely sure that nobody gets hurt. So, what should you keep on... ❯❯❯

Common Causes behind Uneven Cooling throughout Your Home

Uneven cooling is extremely common, and unless you understand the intricacies by which air flows throughout your home, it can be hard to know how to remedy the problem. Our air conditioning units use a combination of different methods to properly cool our homes. These methods are usually determined by the homeowner’s energy needs or how big the property is. For instance, most apartments only need a small outdoor air conditioning unit to properly cool... ❯❯❯

5 Different types of pool covers with a purpose

A pool cover is an essential tool when it comes to taking care of your pool, but most people only use a cover during the colder months to keep the water from being exposed to too much debris while it’s out of use. While this type of cover is definitely important, there are many other swimming pool covers at that you can use to enhance your experience. These are just a few of those covers that you might want to start using today. ... ❯❯❯

5 Must Do Repairs When Selling Your Home

Selling your home these days is a lot harder than it used to be. There are a lot of reasons for this, but mainly it is because new homebuyers are coming out of the woodwork. They have the tools and the insider knowledge, they have the Internet to do research and, after the last economic collapse, they are more weary and cautious. No one wants to make a bad investment and no home seller want to lose out on finding a buyer, because everyone knows that if you... ❯❯❯

Is insurance necessary once my mortgage is paid off?

Find out how to get a contents insurance quote here Image attributed to Wikimedia Editor5807 If you no longer have a mortgage then you'll no longer be obliged to take out home insurance by a mortgage lender. This doesn't mean, however, that it's a good idea to cancel your existing policy. Both buildings and contents insurance continue to be worthwhile investments as these policies will provide you with support should you suffer a loss.  According... ❯❯❯