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14 Home Improvement Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a great day to show your appreciation for the one you love. Often, it’s through greeting cards, romantic dates, flowers, and gifts. But for some couples, the key to a loved one’s heart just might be in a few framed wedding photos around your home or a new fireplace for a cozy… Continue Reading →

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Easy tasks that will make you happier, healthier and even wealthier! Prevent Bathroom Mold No matter where you live, the high moisture level in your bathroom can cause mold and mildew. Eliminating bathroom dampness is the key to keeping mold from growing. To do that, follow these steps: First, after a bath or a shower,… Continue Reading →

9 Home Energy Conservation Tips for the Winter

Use less energy without sacrificing comfort. Stop fireplace heat loss Wood-burning fireplaces can warm up a room, but more often, they rob a house of heat by letting it escape up the chimney. If you have a modern fireplace with a cold air intake from outside, make sure you equip it with an airtight door…. Continue Reading →

13 Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter

We all know that water expands when it freezes. That’s not a problem with the ice cubes in your freezer, but if that ice forms in your plumbing, it’s a potential disaster. A frozen pipe can crack, spewing hundreds of gallons of water into your home. Fortunately, you can take steps to help prevent a… Continue Reading →

15 Best Projects to Do in Fall

As the weather starts to cool down, you have the perfect opportunity to clean up summer messes and prepare your home for colder days. Use this time to get these fall maintenance and renovation projects done before it’s too late! Upgrade Your Old Furnace If your furnace is 10 to 15 years old and is… Continue Reading →

Your Fall Home-Maintenance To-Do List

Nine things for you (or the handyman) to tackle before winter sets in. As winter nears, it’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, at least some of which most homeowners can do themselves, will lower your utility bills and protect your investment. 1. Tune up your heating system. For about $80… Continue Reading →

Simple Tool Tips, Hints and Tricks

You’ll never know if you need these tips until you do. These hints are the ones we use every day – they’re difference between a fun time in the shop and a frustrating one. A 1-in. Belt Sander is a Versatile Sharpening Tool Most carpenters know that a belt sander can produce a reasonably acceptable… Continue Reading →

Summer Projects That Are Perfect for a Handyman

Summer is a season that can mean many different things. Families view the season as the time to take that long-awaited trip to somewhere fun and exotic. Summer is the season for going to the beach, lounging by the pool, and for general relaxing. However, summer can also mean work around the house and yard… Continue Reading →

10 tips to summer home maintenance

The summer months have arrived. To make the most of your summer and ease the burden of home maintenance and repair, here are 10 tips to keeping your home in tip-top shape. Furnace and Air Conditioner Maintenance – With the change of the season, you should change your air filter and consider getting a tune-up… Continue Reading →

10-Minute House Repair and Home Maintenance Tips

Simple solutions to household headaches that take 10 minutes or less – these house repairs are quick and easy. Cheater’s Chair Fix Trying to keep a rickety old chair together without going through the trouble of taking it apart and regluing it? Just drill pilot holes and drive trim-head screws through the bottom of the… Continue Reading →

11 Essentials for Your Spring Maintenance Checklist

Spring is coming. Are you prepared for the warmer months? These jobs are best done as temperatures get warmer, so make them part of your regular spring home maintenance routine. Clean Air Conditioner Condensers and Evaporators A little sweat equity now will help both your wallet and your comfort level later when summer’s heat sets… Continue Reading →

12 Things Homeowners Neglect Every Winter

There are some things you do around the house regularly to help with upkeep and safety—check smoke alarms, wash the windows and repair the chipped tile in the bathroom. But what are you forgetting? Here are 12 things homeowners neglect every winter that they may regret come spring. Check for Ice Dams If your home… Continue Reading →

15 Decluttering Tips for the Cold Months

From a pair of mittens to a ton of firewood, keeping cold-weather-related necessities accessible but clutter-free is difficult. Check out our smart decluttering tips for storing all your winter stuff. There’s nothing more cozy than curling up before a log fire or wood-burning stove in the depths of winter, but where do you store a… Continue Reading →

A Home Maintenance Recipe for an Enjoyable Holiday Season

Think of holiday home maintenance like cooking Christmas dinner. Although busy with the mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and sweet potato pie, it doesn’t mean you can skip the turkey and hope nobody notices. The truth is between hanging decorations, writing Christmas letters, setting up the tree, shopping for presents and planning for guests, most… Continue Reading →

Energy Efficiency Tips for Older Homes

If you live in an older home or one that’s even considered historic, you have different energy efficiency challenges than people with newer homes. Some of the methods you should pursue to save energy are the same, but others vary. Follow these energy savings tips for the best results if you live in an older… Continue Reading →

15 Best Projects to Do in Fall

As the weather starts to cool down, you have the perfect opportunity to clean up summer messes and prepare your home for colder days. Use this time to get these fall maintenance and renovation projects done before it’s too late! Upgrade Your Old Furnace If your furnace is 10 to 15 years old and is… Continue Reading →

3 Easy and Affordable Home Improvement Ideas

Wallpaper One Wall You don’t have to cover every wall to make a dramatic change. Papering only a single wall will do, and that’ll make some of those fine, expensive papers or fabrics affordable. It’ll also lessen the time, effort and mess of papering an entire room. This is an especially good solution for a… Continue Reading →

Pet-Friendly Doors & Entryways (5 Different Styles)

Taking the dog out can be a tedious task. Fur children can be the epitome of need, with their bathroom habits, exercise routines, and erratic sunbathing. If the barrier between the outdoors and the indoors is wholly dependent on you, you’re likely spending a lot of your day opening and closing doors. Why consider installing… Continue Reading →

10 Things to Do Before Going Out of Town

These are great tips for any season! Get it Fixed Before you leave, resolve any known home maintenance and repair issues that have the potential to go from bad to worse while you’re gone. A slow drip under the sink, a window or door that leaks when the rain comes from just the right direction,… Continue Reading →

7 Ways To Improve Your Home In The New Year

Looking for a few ways to improve your home for the New Year? Check out these 7 tips to quickly and easily give your home that refresh it needs: Update your Coffee Machine Waking up to the smell of coffee is a great and affordable luxury. Installing a timer-based coffee machine can help scoop your… Continue Reading →