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Winter wonderlands are cute and all, but they get pretty cold, too.But you still have time to avoid all of its frigid pitfalls it puts on your home. It's best to be prepared for the frost, snow and freezing temperatures with a few simple tasks that will prevent drafts, frosty windows and every homeowner's nightmare: Busted pipes.A good place to start prior to tackling problem areas i...
Read Post [Posted on 12/13/2014 By John Askins]
Boot trays by the front door keep wet footwear from soaking your floors. Image: Helen ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/11/2014 By Marla Lewis]
With all the festivities that come with this time of year, the lights, the music, the magic of it all also comes with more chances of burglaries and theft.  We all know the movie Home Alone.Two burglars plan a whole holiday heist of all the homes in the neighborhood while everyone is out of town for Christmas. Due to travel, business and overcrowded parking lots and stores, this seems to be a...
Read Post [Posted on 12/10/2014 By Teresa Sartin]
It’s the holiday season — something’s bound to go wrong. We’ve all heard about those nightmarish holiday disaster stories in which accident after accident befalls some poor soul who just wanted a quiet, peaceful Christmas with the family. And we know you can’t get enough of those stories, so we’re here to bring you more!We asked around to get some of the most ridiculous holiday horror s...
Read Post [Posted on 12/03/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
It's hard to believe, but burglars do target homes during the holiday season, knowing there are gifts to be stolen inside. Protect yourself and your home by making safe decisions. Image: HouseLogic photo compilation ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/03/2014 By Marla Lewis]
Montebello is one of the premier buildings for high rise living in Houston, close to the Galleria and within convenient proximity to the shops and restaurants of Uptown Park.  This 2 bedroom corner residence will be coming onto the market soon.  The gorgeous bamboo floors are being refurbished along with fresh paint throughout. The open floor plan layout is perfec...
Read Post [Posted on 12/01/2014 By Judith Sinnard]
1. HOLIDAY LIGHTING All those twinkle lights help make spirits bright, but they can also start fires. Be careful to choose strands of lights that are flame-resistant. Inspect your older lights and make sure to replace them if the wires are frayed, sockets are cracked or the cord is tightly kinked. Look for a certification mark like UL or ELT to make sure the product complies with safety standar...
Read Post [Posted on 11/25/2014 By Chauntae Lopez]
A simple children’s book message speaks volumes about individuality and the importance of home ownership.The children’s book “The Big Orange Splot” reinforces what we know about home ownership — your home should be a reflection of who you are. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic“My house is me and I am it … It looks like all my dreams.”That’s the key message in Daniel Manus Pinkwater’s children’s bo...
Read Post [Posted on 11/19/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Imagine you’re preparing to host your annual holiday party, and you’re past the point of no return. The veggies and meats have been bought. Guests are already braving busy airports and crowded highways to get to your home—and then your oven won’t turn on. Your home-cooked meal has quickly turned into a microwave dinner. That’s just one of many hosting nightmares that can...
Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By Stacie Lynch]
Showhomes, a Nashville, Tenn.-based home-management and staging company with eight offices in Florida, provides live-in stagers for vacant homes that are up for sale. Live-in stagers reduce the chances that the property will be vandalized, and they ensure that the listing is kept in show condition and ready for buyers to tour with just 30 minutes' notice. They also must vacate the home when it sel...
Read Post [Posted on 11/16/2014 By John Askins]
Preventing Home Heating FiresAs temperatures fall over the coming days, many residents will be firing up their home’s heating appliances for the first time this year. Home heating fires often occur at the worst possible time, breaking out in the middle of the night while our families are asleep. The number one safety recommendation is to first and foremost have working smoke detectors throughout t...
Read Post [Posted on 11/14/2014 By Don Arsenault]
Feds promise you access to affordable flood insurance through Sept. 30, 2017. And that’s an important win for the housing market and broader economy. Find out why.The National Flood Insurance Program has been renewed for the next five years. Image: Andrea Booher/FEMACongress last week agreed to continue the National Flood Insurance Program for the next five years, saving a vital program that’s the...
Read Post [Posted on 11/13/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Houston home sales continue to rise, despite forecasts of a slowdownNov 12, 2014, 4:36pm CSTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this articleEnlarge PhotoCourtesy HARChaille Ralph, chair of the board of the Houston Association of Realtors.Paul TakahashiReporter-Houston Business JournalEmail    TwitterHouston homes sales inched up in October d...
Read Post [Posted on 11/13/2014 By Christopher Chin]
Home Improvement expert Danny Lipford offers these tips on how to:          Protect the Outside of Your Home In Frigid Temperatures Clean your gutters and downspouts before cold weather arrives to prevent ice from forming in them. Spray an ice repellent solution on steps and walks before freezing weather arrives Check antifreeze levels in cars....
Read Post [Posted on 11/12/2014 By John Askins]
Learn to prevent a kitchen fire so you don't have to get the fire department involved. Image: Scott Leman/Shutterstock I was troubled to see so many kitchen fires crowding the news today — especially since Sunday begins Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15).Cooking fires, primarily started on ranges or in ovens, cause 40% of all house fires, and 36% of all fire-r...
Read Post [Posted on 11/11/2014 By Marla Lewis]
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