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Read Post [Posted on 08/19/2014 By Katrina Barnes]
Do You Need Hurricane Insurance? Published: October 26, 2010 By: Gwen Moran Be the first to comment Tagged in: Protect Your Home Home Insurance Disaster Insurance How to Protect Your Home From Storm Damage . You have to investigate your policy details and how they relate to your location before making a decision on hurricane insurance. Effort: Low 1 day (policy r...
Read Post [Posted on 08/15/2014 By Cassandra Dixon]
One of the most exciting times in a parent’s life is the time before a baby’s arrival. Between anticipation and preparation time passes in an instant, and before you know it you will be holding your little one in your arms. Although newborns are too small to get into too much trouble, in only a few short months your child will be looking to explore the world around them. Make sure your home is re...
Read Post [Posted on 08/15/2014 By Susan Roddy]
by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard  The purpose of this article is twofold. First, at InterNACHI, we’d like you to take measures to keep your garage free from fire. Fortunately, there are ways this can be done, some of which are described below. Secondly, garage fires do happen, and we’d like you to make sure that a fire cannot not easily spread to the rest of your house. While you...
Read Post [Posted on 08/14/2014 By Susan Roddy]
How To Keep Home Maintenance Costs Under $300 A YearBy:John RiahCringe at the thought of major repairs to your home? It’s the little preventative maintenance things you do throughout the year that’ll keep big repair bills at bay. In fact, you can keep your entire house fit and healthy for a mere $300 per year. Here’s how. 1. Get Up Close and Personal with Your HouseAnnual cost...
Read Post [Posted on 08/05/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
If you are in the market to buy a new washer, one of the first decisions you will want to make is whether to buy a top-loading or a front-loading washing machine. I've heard that top loaders are better since they 'agitate' your clothes but a front loader 'tumbles' your clothes. What's your opinion on the best cleaning method and which is more energy and water efficient?...
Read Post [Posted on 07/24/2014 By Chantell Newsome]
Texas Governor Rick Perry has directed the Texas Land Office to be the lead agency for the management of the state's hurricane recovery efforts.The land office, which is responsible for managing public lands, administers U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants to disaster areas, bringing more accountability to the state's hurricane relief efforts.During hurricanes ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/21/2014 By John Askins]
While you're shopping for warm-weather summer bargains, you can save yourself cool cash year-round on your utility bills by looking into an energy-saving alternatives...here's a few suggestions:  Faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads: Reduce how much water you use and the amount of energy required to heat it. You can find these for under $10 and $25. Pressure cooke...
Read Post [Posted on 07/07/2014 By John Askins]
You undoubtedly have a lot of passwords you use to protect your private and business information. But if you want to keep your information safe, you’ll want to make sure your password isn’t on the list of the top 10 “worst passwords,” according to Imperva. The company analyzed 32 million passwords stolen from a hacked Web site called RockYou to reveal the most stolen passwords. They are:...
Read Post [Posted on 07/05/2014 By John Askins]
A breath of fresh air is what you can expect in these five U.S. cities. The American Lung Association rates metro areas based on ozone and smog levels. Here are the five cities that emerged on top for cleanest air: Santa Fe, N.M.: New Mexico is known for having strict emission standards and Santa Fe's closest major power plant is about 200 miles away.  Bismarck, N.D.: The city’s flat l...
Read Post [Posted on 07/02/2014 By John Askins]
Outdoor Pathways   Pathways are areas that help create a functional method of getting from different locations of your yard or around your home.  Pathways create a sense of direction for guests arriving at your home.  They also provide access to areas that might be harder to reach without pathways. Getting to your front door requires some sort of walkway.  Whether you ha...
Read Post [Posted on 06/10/2014 By Tonya Haugen]
In its 2014 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued Thursday, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a near-normal or below-normal season. The main driver of this year’s outlook is the anticipated development of El Niño this summer. El Niño causes stronger wind shear, which reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes. El Niño can ...
Read Post [Posted on 05/23/2014 By John Askins]
 Five to seven times a day, the air in your home circulates through the air ducts of your HVAC heating and cooling system, carrying with it the dust and debris of everyday living.Your furnace filter catches much of the stuff, but neglect, remodeling projects, or shoddy duct installation can lead to a buildup of gunk inside your ductwork that threatens the efficient functioning of your s...
Read Post [Posted on 05/22/2014 By Janet Buff]
 We know so well the thrill of owning your own house — but don’t let the excitement cause you to overlook the basics. We’ve gathered up a half dozen classic boo-boos new homeowners often commit — and give you some insight on why each is critically important to avoid.1. Not Knowing Where the Main Water Shutoff Valve IsWater from a burst or broken plumbing pipe can spew dozens of gallons i...
Read Post [Posted on 05/22/2014 By Janet Buff]
One day last week at my home in Champions Forest Houston, my Gt Dane decided he was going to say 'Hello' to the UPS delivery man through my old lead glass door! My husband and I had already planned on changing the door but later rather than sooner ! So this weekend we changed the front door and just that one update has enhanced our home ...
Read Post [Posted on 05/19/2014 By Gayle Buzzelli]
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