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Allergy-Free Sleep in the Bedroom By Dave Donovan For years we’ve known how important sleep is to our health, but when you suffer from allergies, sleeping can be a frustrating and less-than-refreshing experience. From everyday dust to more serious problems like bed bugs, there are dozens of irritations that affect the quality and soundness of one’s sleep. Luckily, most of these issues c...
Read Post [Posted on 04/16/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
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Read Post [Posted on 04/16/2014 By Susan Greer]
Here’s an easy, doable preventative maintenance plan to keep your HVAC in top shape. It’s a good idea to hire a HVAC company to inspect and do maintenance on your system every fall and spring. They’ll do things like inspect and clean the wiring and mechanisms of the unit, which is bit more challenging for the average homeowner.  But you can prolong the life and increase the ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/15/2014 By Carlos Andrade]
The Pros and Cons of Adding a Pool to Your Home In general, building a pool is not the best way to add value to your home. You’re better off making physical improvements to your actual house instead of adding a pool to your yard. However, a pool can add value to your home in some cases: §  If you live in a higher-end neighborhood and most of your neighbors have pools. In fact, ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/15/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Energy efficiency is a big selling point in a home and even if you don't plan to move for years, why not make improvements that will save you money? An energy audit for your home identifies what improvements you can do to make your home run more efficient and will show you where you're wasting money. Sometimes the energy wasting culprits are obvious, other times not so much which is why a professi...
Read Post [Posted on 04/14/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
Recent deadly tornado seasons have sent the sales of storm shelters skyrocketing, and may even prompt more home buyers to add it to their home shopping wish-lists.  Joe Zinser, the owner of Tornado and Storm Shelters.com in Flower Mound, Texas, says he has sold more than 600 storm shelters this year, which is double what he typically sells in a year. A basic shelter, on average, costs a...
Read Post [Posted on 04/10/2014 By John Askins]
Landscaping should always be done first for your enjoyment and pleasure, but by following the advice laid out in this article you can also boost the curb appeal of your home and potentially its value for when it’s time to sell. Native plants and smart landscaping design that is not too maintenance intensive is ideal. You may have a green thumb, but the person buying your home may want the lus...
Read Post [Posted on 04/09/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
What Is The  Best Insulation For My Garage Though often overlooked, your garage is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s also one of the largest. It gets used several times everyday. It acts as a main storage unit. Plus, if you have an attached addition, it probably becomes your most accessible entryway, which makes your garage door more like your front door. However, sin...
Read Post [Posted on 04/08/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Realtor.com® and the home improvement startup Porch have teamed up to offer a new tool that will display information about the remodeling history of for-sale homes listed on realtor.com®. The Porch Home and Neighborhood Report will provide buyers with access to home improvement project history as well as the cost and details of the remodeling projects when buyers are searching for a home....
Read Post [Posted on 04/06/2014 By John Askins]
We love you, Martha Stewart — but we beg to differ when it comes to spring cleaning chores. Image: David Shankbone/Wikipedia For the record, we love Martha Stewart. She has elevated housekeeping to high art, which protects home values. Martha’s taught us the devil is in the details, and that even mundane chores can be tackled...
Read Post [Posted on 04/04/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
Pressure washers blast away dirt and grime without harmful chemicals, which is good for your deck or patio plants. Image: nikkytok/Shutterstock Images ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/04/2014 By Marla Lewis]
Cut Your Electric Bills Painlessly A few simple tricks can save you a bundle  When Mom told you to turn out the lights, she was thinking of saving energy dollars, not rolling blackouts and bankrupt utility companies. Rarely have Moms words of wisdom been as fitting as they are now and not just in California. Electricity rates are going up everywhere. Besides switching off &nb...
Read Post [Posted on 04/03/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Step Up Your Curb Appeal   A beautiful yard is a head-turner, no doubt about it. The good news is that even if you can’t tell a tulip from a turnip at the garden center, you can still create eye-catching curb appeal by paying attention to the basics of good landscaping. Ignoring your yard—or doing something that’s out of character with the neighborhood —can jeopardize the assessed...
Read Post [Posted on 04/01/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
After buying one of these beautiful front load machines, my daughter told me about the "FAST" wash.  Oh, Awesome!  Anything that takes less time must be good right?  WRONG!  In a couple of months I started to notice an unpleasant odor and of course it must be the machines fault!  I ran it through the CLEAN cycle with no difference!  I wound up throwing some clothes aw...
Read Post [Posted on 03/31/2014 By Pamela Harris]
Make Your Home Spotless for Selling   Deep cleaning your house is that top-to-bottom, take-no-dust-bunny-prisoners, mother-in-law-quality cleaning that trulymaintains the value of your home. Here are frequently overlooked areas that a little spit and polish wouldn’t hurt: Time allotted: 1 weekend   De-Bug the Light Fixtures See that bug ...
Read Post [Posted on 03/31/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
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