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Just like that---cooler weather blows into the Houston area.  Of course it won't last for very long, at least this early in the season.  But now that the Fall season has arrived it is a great time to look at 7 simple maintenance tips we can do to protect our greatest investments, our homes.1. Winterize your pipes.  The first thing we can do is to winterize our pipes, why wait until ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/23/2014 By Charles O'Quin]
You might assume that making your home energy efficient requires a lot of time and money, but generally that's not the case. Often small fixes can have a big impact on your heating, cooling, and other utility bills. Here are some easy things you can do to make your home more efficient right now: Tip #1: Don't turn that dialKeep your thermostat set at one temperature and leave it! In the winter ar...
Read Post [Posted on 09/22/2014 By Tonya Haugen]
Everyone's heard the old adage that kitchens and baths sell homes. So naturally when you want to renovate your home to increase its value most homeowners think of doing the kitchen. I want to share with you today a way to save a few dollars while doing that. Pocket the savings or spend them on splurge items like higher quality appliances, stone counters, a glass backsplash.. the choices are numero...
Read Post [Posted on 09/22/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
(NewsUSA) – The kids are back in school, football season is starting and fall is around the corner, which means it is time to turn down the air conditioner and rely a little more on your ceiling fan to save energy and money. This September 18 marks the second annual National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD). More than 20 ceiling fan manufacturers, the American Lighting Association (ALA) and leading energy ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Susan Roddy]
(NewsUSA)  From “The Jetsons” to Hollywood’s “I, Robot,” Americans often dream about homes of the future. It would seem that the future is here. Case in point: Lights in your house can be turned on or off remotely from any room, “zones” of activity can be created, and owners can also control every shade of light and color without ever flipping a switch or getting up from a favorite chair. On...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
Skip the rake and attach a mulching blade to your mower. The shredded leaves will protect and feed your lawn during winter. Image: Paul Balze ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Marla Lewis]
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Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By Susan Greer]
When you're getting ready to sell your home, you don't want to make any mistakes that can decrease the value of your home. However, sometimes sellers unintentionally do.That's because what a buyer sees as a mistake is not always the same as what a seller considers a mistake. But when you're selling your home, you're hoping for a meeting of the minds.Let's uncover some of the mistakes that sellers ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
While it doesn't look like we'll get our flying cars too soon, you may yet park your normal old cars in driveways attached to homes and buildings of a very different sort. Popular culture blog Gizmodo identified seven new materials and techniques that could lead to everything from taller high-rises to wallpaper that could charge your smartphone.A company called uBeam is heading the latter ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By John Askins]
 The perennial champ when it comes to giving a return on your investment, an entry door replacement featuring a modestly priced steel door upgrades both energy efficiency and curb appeal. Steel doors come in many colors and can be painted to fit your exterior scheme.National average cost: $1,162ROI: 96.6%  What better way to enjoy outdoor living than on your backyard deck? At a cost...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Although kitchens and bathrooms always steal the spotlight in a home remodel, they aren’t necessarily the ones that have the highest return on investment when you sell your home.Since 2002, a trade magazine for contractors and builders called “Remodeling” has been tracking how much it costs to do common home improvement projects — and then calculating how much of that cost is recovered when the ho...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Midrange 2014 National Averages West South Central PROJECTJOBCOSTRESALE VALUECOST RECOUPEDJOBCOSTRESALE VALUECOST RECOUPEDCHANGE VS 2013Attic Bedroom$49,438$41,65684.3%$44,581$36,88383.0%Backup Power Generator$11,742$7,92267.5%$11,116$9,53386.0%Basement Remodel$62,834$48,77777.6%$56,110$51,58692.0%Bathroom Addition$38,186$22,94060.1%$34,835$23,28167.0%Bathroom Remodel$16,128$11,6887...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
These stair treads are MDF covered in stained brown paper, giving the overall effect of cork. All images in this post: Rachael from Lovely Crafty Home When I first saw pictures of Rachael Evans’ stairway upgrade, I honed in on the textured wallpaper she applied to the risers beneath what looked like cork treads. But as I read Rachael’s post, I realized the t...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
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