5 Reasons to Change Your Home Air Filter

Can’t recall the last time you changed your home’s air filter? If you’re like most people, it’s on the to-do list for maintaining your home … it’s just near the bottom. And it tends to stay there as other items are added. Whether it’s for your air conditioner, furnace, whole-house air cleaner, or other purifier…

Solutions for Organizing a Cluttered Garage

Keeping your house clean can take some work – which means the garage can get ignored. Because garages are often used as storage rooms, it’s easy to embrace the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. A messy garage can seem overwhelming – tools, sports equipment, seasonal items, and even flammables like paint or fuel…

Home Repair Loans and Grants for Low-Income Americans

Houses are a lot like cars in that if you don’t keep up on repairs, pretty soon they start to coalesce into one big, expensive pain in the neck. When the needed repairs are of a health or safety nature, the need for speed in fixing them can be overwhelming. While leaky roofs, bad wiring…

6 Energy-Efficient Upgrades for Your Older Home

The average age of homes for sale in today’s housing market is creeping up. From 100-year-old homes in historic districts to split-level houses from the 1960s, many homebuyers – particularly first-time homebuyers – find themselves sifting through older housing stock. The upside of older homes is that they come with character and history. However, they…

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Family and Home

The winter holidays – love them or despise them – are a time to celebrate. With celebration, however, comes complacency. It’s a time of year when we are more prone to relax and let our guards down, all in the spirit of the season. As wonderful as the holidays are, there is danger lurking behind…

Finishing Your Basement? Do it Right to Protect Your Investment

Thinking about turning your concrete dungeon into a comfortable retreat? That’s a great way to add value and increase marketability of your home. A home with a finished basement is typically more appealing to buyers as it offers additional storage and living space. However, when executed poorly, a finished basement may deter buyers or give…

Protecting Your Home: Security Alarm Systems

Types of Home Security Alarm Systems A quick glance at any retailer’s selection is likely to show you an overwhelming array of various home security alarm systems, each with different bells and whistles. While all perform one basic function – letting you and the authorities know that your safety may be in danger – different…

10 Maintenance Tips to Highlight Your Hardwood Floor’s Natural Beauty

If you have wood floors in your home, it’s vital that you care for and maintain them – and show them off. Properly maintained floors last longer and are less difficult to restore should damage ever occur. It’s the same principle as garden maintenance: If you regularly water, pull weeds, prune, fertilize, and replant, you’ll…

Get the Right Roofing Contractor With This Easy Hiring Checklist

You can easily find a roofing contractor in your neighborhood, on the Internet, or even by just asking your friends. But getting the right one to work on your home is much harder. Between storm chasers and back-of-the-truck companies, the roofing industry has larger than its fair share of scams, poor workmanship, and overly expensive…

Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

Home maintenance is one of the less enjoyable aspects of homeownership. It’s easy to put off and even easier to forget completely. When the time comes to put your home on the market, though, all that deferred maintenance rears its ugly head. You may find yourself in a panic, trying to repair years of neglect….