Don't let your home get the winter blues just by forgetting to take preventative steps.Before the next cold weather approaches, home owners can still do the following maintenance checks to ensure their properties are ready for the coldest months. The real estate Web site Zillow offers some of the following tips:
Check the weather stripping along your door and door frame to ensure the...
With a multi-fuel furnace, you’ll never be left out in the
In this era of rising energy prices and
cost-conscious homeownership, we’ve noticed wood heat is enjoying resurgence.
Makes sense — in regions where wood is plentiful, you can heat an entire house
for less than $1,000 per year. All that makes us intrigued by a relatively new
generation of multi-fuel furnaces that can...
With a 2,000+ mile long winter storm affecting much of the country, there are plenty of home owners who wish they were better prepared. Even when you live in warm climates, some of these things are important to check periodically.
Preparing for the change of seasons can make your home more comfortable and protect your investment. Regular maintenance extends the various components of a home ...
Make Your Home a Hot
Commodity This Winter
the holiday season can be a hectic time to show and sell your house, there are
distinct advantages to staging and showing your home at this time of year—you
have a chance to show your home at its very best, adorned with warmth and cheer
that’s sure to charm. Nothing is more inviting than a home brimming with
greenery, twinkling ...
Despite this still being a tough time for home builders, more new homes were designated Energy Star green properties in 2013.These energy efficient properties accounted for nearly 20 percent of all new single-family homes, up from 12 percent in 2007."Consumer acceptance has been outstanding," says Walter Cuculic of Pulte Homes, which builds Energy Star homes. Owners of existing homes als...
Certain home maintenance tasks should be completed each season to prevent structural damage, save energy, and keep all your home’s systems running properly. These maintenance tasks are most important for the South in fall and winter. For a comprehensive list of tasks by season, refer to the to-do lists to the right of this article.
Fall and winter conditions in the South vary...
Energy Tax Credits Extended for 2013-- Take Advantage!Article and photo couretesy of HouseLogic.com. Article by Donna FuscaldoThe feds have resurrected, through 2013, $500 tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements. If you upgraded one or more of the following systems, you may be eligible to take a tax credit on your return.
Heating, ventilation, air conditionin...
Home remodeling is posting a strong recovery as more home owners regain equity and look to spruce up their homes.
“In the near term, homeowner spending on improvements is expected to see its strongest growth since the height of the housing boom,” says Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.
Home remodeling projects sur...
Your fireplace, the most low-tech piece of equipment in your house, may seem like a simple load-and-light operation, but ignoring annual maintenance can impair its performance, leading to heated air (and dollars) blowing out the chimney, harmful smoke inside, and possibly even a chimney fire.
The average number of annual U.S. home fires caused by fireplace, chimney, and chimney connectors betwee...
Inspect the pipes in your home regularly to
determine if all is well, or if replacing your plumbing is a reality and not
just a pipe dream. Here are a few tips to make sure your water is running
Over the decades, the
water pipes in your home gradually corrode. Eventually, replacing plumbing is
necessary. If you don’t, leaks may occur—and possibly a flood of ...
It’s the contractor you
pick that makes — or breaks — your remodeling project. Finding the right
contractor for your job will determine the quality and
timeliness of the work, and the amount of emotional and financial stress you’ll
have to deal with.
To make sure you’re getting the best work from a
contractor, here are five questions to ask the candidates.
Removing Wallpaper: DIY Basics
By Howard Stier
Tired of that
out-of-date, peeling wallpaper in one or many of your rooms? Well,
if you can muster some patience and a few tools, you'll be able to nicely
remove it and create a new blank canvas for a fresh surface.
Removing it can
be easy. Or, it can be a big chore. This, of course, depends on the paper and
the kind of glue th...
Since our home flooded this past July, we have been living in an apartment. We will be in this temporary living arrangement until our home is restored. Our two Miniature Schnauzers -- Toby & Scout -- have been confined to walking on a leash, and taking "breaks" only when we run back the apartment to let them out (which happens 4-6 times a day at least!) It occurred...
Surprise: Your utility may offer big-time energy rebates to offset the cost
of energy-efficient retrofits.
When it comes to managing your household energy costs, you’d
think your electric and gas utility would be the last place to look for help.
After all, why would they pay you to use less energy? Because regulations now
give them financial rewards for meeting energy-efficiency g...
A power surge happens in
milliseconds — a thousandth of the time it takes you to blink your eyes. Maybe
you see the lights flicker, or your computer locks up for no apparent reason.
Maybe you don’t notice anything at all.
But that little spike in
the current flowing through the wires of your house can have big consequences.
The Insurance Information Institute includes insurance claims from...