home maintenance: How to Leave Your Home in Good Shape for Summer Vacation - 07/07/22 11:17 AM
Following two years of pandemic lockdowns and isolation, people have begun packing their bags for much-needed vacation time. According to a recent survey by The Vacationer, 208 million Americans plan to travel this summer, an increase of 35 million American travelers in 2021.
However, before you head out the door to catch a flight, you should do a few things to vacation-proof your home. Here are nine tips for leaving your home in good shape for your summer travels.
Unplug Appliances and Electronic DevicesThe National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) blamed electrical malfunctions and failures for nearly 46,700 home fires annually between 2015 and … (1 comments)

home maintenance: How to Pet-Proof Your Home Before Adopting a Kitten - 06/28/22 07:24 AM
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), about 2.1 million shelter cats get adopted every year.
Of course, while adopting a kitten is exciting, preparing for your new family member to come home requires much more than setting up a litter box and stocking up on gourmet cat food. Kittens and fully grown cats are curious creatures, and even the most basic objects could potentially pose a risk to their health and safety.
For that reason, you'll want to ensure you kitten-proof every room in your house. Here are seven tips to get ready for your furry … (2 comments)

home maintenance: How Much Should You Save for Home Maintenance Each Year? - 06/27/22 06:29 AM
Your home is your castle, but it’s also a big investment. You’ve spent a lot of time and money to make your home your own, so it makes sense to care for it. Unfortunately, many homeowners put off home maintenance until it's too late. You never know when you might have an issue with your roof or plumbing that will cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to fix.
It’s never too soon to start saving for home maintenance. Setting aside a little each year will help prepare you for more costly repairs and the general upkeep of your home without getting a … (3 comments)

home maintenance: Signs You Need to Redo Your Driveway - 08/23/21 07:44 AM
Your driveway provides you with a convenient place to park your cars. However, if yours is outdated, it could become a safety concern if not properly repaired. It can also decrease your home’s curb appeal, making it harder to sell your house. Here are some common signs it’s time to repave your driveway. 
1. Cracks These commonly occur in concrete and asphalt driveways over time. Age, along with natural elements, causes these fissures to form. During the winter, water that seeped into the cracks freezes and expands, which causes the gaps to widen. Other substances, such as oil, gas and salt, can also … (3 comments)

home maintenance: 5 Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle in April - 04/24/19 06:51 AM
Getting a fresh start on home upkeep once spring rolls around can prepare you and your place for the sunny weather to come. This month is the time to perform several vital maintenance tasks so that you can get your home looking its best. Plus, fixing up your house can reverse some of the effects of the harsh winter and thawing period of the past couple of months.
During April, you can knock out these chores to remove hazards and enhance the appearance of your house. Embrace a blossoming spring with the following maintenance list.
1. Inspect the Roof
Hopefully, all the snow has … (3 comments)

home maintenance: 5 Unexpected Ways Your Home Is Losing Heat - 03/18/19 11:52 AM
Unless you reside in Death Valley, the winter of 2018-2019 will likely live on as one of the harshest in recent memory. Frigid temperatures and winter winds equal soaring heating costs. While no one can control the weather — Punxsutawney Phil, how we shake our fists at thee! — people can control the amount of heat they lose at home through proactive strategies.
Whether due to outdated construction techniques or attempts at saving contractor money, many homes lack sufficient energy-saving improvements that keep heat from escaping. The result, other than heating the neighbors' lawns, is equivalent to opening your wallet and tossing … (5 comments)

 


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