tips: Tips for Boarding Up Windows Against High Winds - 06/27/10 10:21 AM

tips: Asphalt Roofing 101 - 06/27/10 02:42 AM

tips: Heat Pumps 101 - 06/27/10 02:37 AM

tips: Alternative Household Cleaning Products - 08/12/09 04:04 AM
According to the National Environmental Service Center (NESC) it is estimated that the average homeowner may have up to 100 pounds of various types of hazardous household waste products at any time in their home. This includes products that are flammable, combustible, toxic, explosive or corrosive. You are probably well aware of the hazards associated with the improper storage and use of certain products such as gasoline, anti-freeze, pesticides, and varnishes. But other common products such as nail polish remover, charcoal lighter fluid, and fluorescent light bulbs are also quite hazardous to humans, pets and the environment when used or disposed … (1 comments)

tips: Keep Your Fireplace Fit - 01/27/09 01:58 PM
To avoid unexpected mishaps that could ruin an evening around the fireplace, observe some simple precautions. Clean fireplaces annually, preferably by a certified chimney sweep. Use safety screens and doors for wood-burning fireplaces. Before lighting any fire, check to see that flue damper is open. Only burn dry, seasoned wood. Green or wet wood will not burn cleanly, increasing the rate of creosote buildup. Do not burn wrapping papers or evergreens in the fireplace. These ignite suddenly and burn intensely, increasing risk of a flash fire. Use care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. Keep … (5 comments)

tips: Be Mindful of Maintenance Costs - 01/27/09 01:43 PM
Maintenance costs need to be considered when purchasing a home. General estimates indicate that every home will require between 1 percent and 3 percent of the home’s value in annual maintenance costs, and this figure does not necessarily include major or emergency repairs.
Prevention Saves Time and Money The ongoing maintenance of a home is a significant contributor to holding or increasing its value. Homeowners should plan a solid preventive maintenance schedule, so problems can be fixed before they become more costly and damaging.
There are many other benefits for current and potential homeowners when they incorporate preventive maintenance … (1 comments)

tips: Sell Well: Know How to Negotiate - 12/01/08 02:35 PM
Price negotiations are a part of most real estate deals. Sellers usually brace themselves as the buyer’s home inspector combs through the house, but sellers do not need to feel powerless and anxious. Sellers are better positioned to fend off unrealistic price negotiations by getting a pre-listing home inspection first.
Stay Ahead of the Game A pre-listing inspection allows the seller to stay a step ahead. There are three major benefits for the seller to get his or her own inspection: 1. Better preparation for a more efficient sale: You can choose to fix potential defects that could turn off … (0 comments)


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