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Carpeting A Damp Space…Is It Wise?

To preserve a healthy indoor living environment, one thing that should be prevented at all costs is mold. With this thought in mind, it is good to consider the title of this blog – should you lay carpet in areas of the home that are more prone to moisture? How can you...

A Happy and Healthy Environment for Your Tenants

In our previous blog, we discussed the steps you should take toward finding the right rental property. Now let’s assume that you have found that property, the next step will be finding the right tenants to live in it. Here are a few suggestions for keeping your...

Take Your Time and Be Patient

This month we are going to discuss how to be successful when buying an investment property to use as rental income. If this is your first time buying this type of property, then you should be aware that it is quite different than buying a house of your own to live in,...

House Construction…Why Involve Your Home Inspector?

Many people would associate home inspections with older houses that have had time to develop the problems that come with general wear and tear. So, does that mean it is not necessary to inspect newly constructed homes? No, it is still a good idea to have a brand-new...

Check The History

It is fair to say that any home you purchase, unless its brand-new construction, comes with a history. But why is it a good idea to find out about some of that history before making your final decision? Because the house may have been damaged in the past, and...

Reusing Your Water With A Wastewater Saving System

In our last blog, we discussed the subject of greywater. We thought we would take the subject a little further and talk about wastewater saving systems. We will consider the benefits of installing such a system in your home as well as the possible downsides. As we...

Reusing Your Wastewater

Recycling has become part of our everyday lives and does a lot towards protecting the environment. But how often do we think about reusing our wastewater? Let’s look at some of the ways this can be done. We use so much water every day without even thinking about it....

A Powerful Flush

Pressure-assist toilets are becoming more of a common feature in new houses these days, as they are one water-saving feature that can easily be incorporated into a home. In this blog, we are going to delve a little into this topic to help you see if a pressure-assist...

How Sturdy Is Your Front Door?

Perhaps you are very conscious with regards to home security. Advanced technology has certainly provided us with many ways to increase the security of our homes. However, could some of the simpler security measures become overlooked? For example, what about the front...

A Stress Less Move

Moving house can be extremely stressful and hectic, especially on the day of the move. If you leave a lot of the packing till the last minute, you may end up taking more than you need to your new house or disposing of items in an environmentally irresponsible way. So,...

Do You Need Help Buying a Home?

Would you like to be in a position to purchase your own home? For so many people, this dream seems out of reach. Perhaps you do not have a lot of money to put towards a down payment, or maybe you have had credit problems, but it doesn’t always mean you cannot become a...

Exploring Your Drywall Options

Did you know that there is more than one type of drywall? It is perhaps not something you have thought about unless you are remodeling or building a house, but it is good to know there are different options. For now, let’s consider the difference between 2 types of...

Getting Your Central A/C System Ready

Before we know it, the hot weather will be upon us, and our air conditioning units will be used to the max. So, now might be a good time to get it cleaned up and ready for use. Although you should ideally have your central a/c system serviced every year, you can still...

Composting Safely

Have you recently started your own compost pile? There is something so rewarding about having a garden of your own. Composting, however, while good for the environment, also comes with some hazards that you need to be aware of. Here are a few suggestions for...

Safety When Using Chemical Pesticides

Because pesticides are known to have a damaging effect on our health, the less we are exposed to them, the better. If you need to use pesticides, though, it is important to take the necessary safety measures. Here are some ways to protect yourself against overexposure...

Which Realtor?… How To Make A Choice

You are not alone if the thought of going through the home buying process is intimidating. But you do not need to worry, as there are experienced people who can help you each step of the way. The decision you will need to make, however, is who you will choose to help...

Be Careful Under There

There are times when a homeowner may find it necessary to enter the under-house crawlspace. But, before going into a space like this, you must be well aware of the hazards that commonly exist in a space like this. Here are some of those hazards: Firstly, it should be...

A Great Appliance When Used Correctly

When reading the title of this blog, you may have wondered what appliance we are talking about, seeing that all appliances should be used correctly. The appliance in question is a kitchen garbage disposal unit. Without realizing it, we may not be using it in the way...

Dust Mites…Are They Bugging You?

The idea that tiny living organisms are sharing our living space is not a very pleasant one, but the fact is that dust mites are just that, microscopic creatures that are found in practically every home. For the majority of people, dust mites are harmless. For others,...

Why Am I Smelling That?

Do you ever smell a foul odor of sewer gas in your home? If so, you are not alone, but what could be causing it? A common reason why sewer gas may leak into your home is the plumbing system. Plumbing fixtures can start to dry out, which can happen if you have...

Are They Safe At Home?

Do you have an elderly or vulnerable loved one living on their own? Maybe they live in a place that has been their home for many years and have no desire to move. In such a case, how can you make sure the home that they love so much does not put their safety at risk?...

Please Don’t Let It Be Bed Bugs

The subject of bed bugs is not a pleasant one but, sad to say, they have become a big problem in recent years. It is very easy to unknowingly transfer bed bugs from one location to another in your luggage, etc. which means that if you have stayed in a place that has...

What If There’s A Problem?

The buyer's home inspection is an essential part of the home buying process. But what happens if the inspection reveals problems with the property? What does that mean for you? It is not uncommon to see a few faulty items listed on a home inspection report. The...

Tips for Energy Saving

  No matter what the season, energy usage tends to increase one way or another. With long-running air conditioning and increased wash cycles of sweaty laundry in summer, to high heating usage and wash cycles of bulkier laundry in winter, we simply cannot operate...

Kid Friendly Home Ideas

Just because you have kids doesn't mean you have to give up your personal style or get rid of your fancy coffee table (unless it has sharp corners—then you may need to compromise). Admittedly, though, it takes a keen eye to figure out how to create a space that's both...

DIY Painting Tips

The look of your home or any room can be transformed with a fresh coat of paint. In order for your DIY painting project to go smoothly, there are a few tips that you should take advantage of. These handy tips will make your next project look like a professional popped...

Should I Replace The Garage Door?

Homeowners are understandably concerned with the value of your home. The garage door is an important piece to consider when it comes to the home’s curb appeal and value. If your garage door is old, not functioning properly, and not energy-efficient it may be time to...

Common Draining Issues

A properly functioning drainage system is the key to your home’s plumbing anatomy. Here are a few common residential plumbing problems that can cost you thousands of dollars: Overflowing gutters and downspouts. Gutter systems are a primary tool on the exterior of...

How To Maintain Your Hot Water Tank!

  Here are some tricks to make your water heater last longer and run efficiently. Perform a visual inspection. Once or twice a year visual checks of your tank should be a part of your water heater Maintenance. Check for loose screws, nuts, and bolts. Look out for...

Indoor Air Quality

Many homeowners are concerned with outdoor air quality but indoor air quality is not ever a concern. However,  indoor air quality is never as good as one might think. But there are things you can do to improve it. There are serious problems that can arise with indoor...

I’m Floored!

Have you ever felt overwhelmed about the types of flooring you should choose for the rooms in your home? Every room will dictate different reasons for different types of flooring. So how do we make a good decision about the flooring that we put in our homes? What’s...

DIY Projects at Home!

Everyone is spending a lot more time at home. DIY projects are becoming a very important part of our lives. There are several home improvements that we can do while we’re stuck at home that will increase our home’s value and curb appeal. Many of the projects listed...

Do My House Numbers Matter?

Many homeowners wonder if the look of their house numbers matter. House numbers are a very important part of the home for a few reasons. First responders need to be able to identify their intended destinations. So they need to be clear enough so that the police, fire...

Are Your Windows Costing You Money?

Are Your Windows Costing You Money?

Have you ever heard about Low-E windows? These windows are especially good for people that live in warmer climates, such as here in Texas. Low-e stands for low emission, which means that these windows are made to limit the energy loss from windows. They are helpful...

Are Trees Your Friends Or Foes?

Are Trees Your Friends Or Foes?

Trees can be dangerous. While you probably are old enough to have stopped climbing trees, they could still pose a risk to you and your home. It is sometimes difficult to tell whether or not a tree is healthy, and if it grows near your home, it could fall over or drop...

When Power Is Unreliable

When Power Is Unreliable

When the power goes out, does this put you in a tough spot? Some who have started working from home might have a hard time making their living without power, but if the power outage goes on for a long period of time, it might even pose a bigger problem. If you are...

An Old Siding Material That Sticks Around

An Old Siding Material That Sticks Around

Homes with wood siding aren’t that common these days. There are several reasons for this, but among the prime reasons are the cheap alternatives that you could use instead. Of course, if your home already has wooden siding, or if you prefer a material that is...

A Soapy Disaster

A Soapy Disaster

Everyone doesn’t know quite how to use a dishwasher, even though they have been around for a long time. If you were to use the wrong type of soap in your dishwasher, what would happen? Well, dish detergent is definitely not made for use in dishwashers, and if you do,...

Feeling Safe In Your Home

Feeling Safe In Your Home

Do you live in an unsafe neighborhood? Do you worry about home invasions? Sadly, it seems like we hear of people getting attacked in their own homes more and more often these days. One security measure that some homeowners have invested in is a safe room. While some...

Climbing A Ladder The Right Way

Climbing A Ladder The Right Way

If you own a home, you probably own a ladder as well, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you know how to use it safely. There are so many accidents with people falling off of ladders every year that could be avoided. This is why you should take a minute before you...

Caring For Your Outdoor Masonry Work

Caring For Your Outdoor Masonry Work

As you have probably realized if you have owned your home for a while, there are many things that can damage your home over time. One of the more common culprits when it comes to damaging your home is water. While water might seem fairly harmless, water in the wrong...

How Safe Is Your Home?

How Safe Is Your Home?

  Being safe in your own home might seem like it should be a given, but at the same time, you hear that most accidents happen in the home. So what does this mean for you as a homeowner? Well, naturally you want to protect your family and yourself, so taking...

Grilling Safety: 4 Tips for Backyard Cookouts

Grilling Safety: 4 Tips for Backyard Cookouts

Warm weather is the perfect time of year to plan a backyard barbecue. Your family and friends will enjoy eating burgers from the grill and spending time together outdoors. Before you make plans to grill out, address any issues of grilling safety. Prevent accidents and...

Tips for Swimming Pool Safety

Tips for Swimming Pool Safety

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hundreds of young lives are lost each year in residential pools. Taking precautions and following...

4 Easy Home Renovations That Can Be Done in a Weekend

4 Easy Home Renovations That Can Be Done in a Weekend

Do you want to upgrade your home but don't know where to start? Try completing just a few easy home renovations and you may be inspired to do more. These renovations won't take much time and you can enjoy the results. Select a specific room, area, or element to focus...

Why You Should Request a Builder’s Warranty Inspection

Why You Should Request a Builder’s Warranty Inspection

Having a new home built is an exciting project. It's the chance to live in a brand new space that is uniquely yours. Even newly-built homes can require repairs. Make sure that any potential issues with your home are taken care of while it is still under warranty....

Fire Pit Safety: 6 Things You Need to Know

Fire Pit Safety: 6 Things You Need to Know

An outdoor fire provides a warm place to gather on a cool evening. Get ready to enjoy nights by the fire by following these fire pit safety tips. Fire Pit Safety Tips The Location of the Fire Pit is Important for Safety Where you place the fire pit matters. Install it...

What to Expect as a New Homeowner

What to Expect as a New Homeowner

Buying your first home is an exciting time. Your house is a long-term investment and also likely your biggest asset. With homeownership comes many responsibilities. Read on to learn what to expect as a new homeowner. 5 Things to Expect as a New Homeowner You’re...

4 Simple Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

4 Simple Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

The process of selling a house is a major undertaking. You want to sell it for a good price and profit off of your investment. One of the most important things you can do to help it sell is improve curb appeal. Use these tips to help your home make a great first...

Maintaining a Safe and Healthy Home

Maintaining a Safe and Healthy Home

Creating a safe home isn’t just about preventing break-ins. Properly protecting your family also means getting rid of toxins and pollutants in the home. Make an effort to maintain a safe and healthy home with these methods. How to Keep Your Home Healthy and Safe...

Basic Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

Basic Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

Anyone who owns a home will occasionally need to tackle minor projects. Making repairs keeps the house functioning well and maintains the home’s value. These small chores often require the use of tools to accomplish the task. Here is a list of the basic tools every...

4 Easy Septic Tank Maintenance Tips

4 Easy Septic Tank Maintenance Tips

Most people don't know that it costs between $3,000 and $7,000 to replace the average septic tank. The good news is these septic tank maintenance tips are easy to implement and can extend the life of your septic system. 4 Septic Tank Maintenance Tips There are some...

4 Ways to Prevent Mold at Home

4 Ways to Prevent Mold at Home

Mold creates an unhealthy home environment. Mold spores can grow on any surface from paper and walls to food and carpet, so it's important to take steps to prevent mold at home. Homeowners who are concerned about mold can take proactive measures to keep their property...

Home Maintenance Tasks to Add to Your List

Home Maintenance Tasks to Add to Your List

Create a Budget for Home Maintenance Tasks New homeowners need to be diligent when budgeting for their mortgage, home insurance, and property tax. However, many first-time buyers neglect to budget for property maintenance, too. Here are some common home maintenance...

7 Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

7 Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners to Keep Your Home Clean It takes extra work to keep your home clean when you have pets. House cleaning is easier when you follow these cleaning tips for pet owners. 1. Keep Your Pets Clean The first of our cleaning tips for pet owners...

Smoke Detector Placement in the Home

Smoke Detector Placement in the Home

Smoke detectors are one of the most important safety essentials for your home. In order for smoke detectors to be effective, they need to be installed where they will provide an early alert for you and your family. Learn about correct smoke detector placement in the...

Keep Your Home Secure While on Vacation

Keep Your Home Secure While on Vacation

Summer is here and many families are planning their vacations. With the kids out of school, you're looking forward to road trips, visits to friends and family in other areas, or even a trip to an exotic destination. Keeping your home safe from criminals requires...

Basic Summer Lawn Care Tips

Basic Summer Lawn Care Tips

Your lawn has looked lush and green throughout the spring, but during the summer, the heat makes lawn maintenance more difficult. Keep grass healthy during the warmer months with a few basic summer lawn care tips. For Optimal Summer Lawn Care, Cut One-Third of the...

Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

Having a pool in your backyard makes it feel like you’re on vacation all summer. However, it does take a little work to keep the water clean and safe. Here are four tips for swimming pool maintenance that will keep your pool looking great. 1) Opening and Closing Some...

6 People and Places to Notify When You Move

6 People and Places to Notify When You Move

Your moving process includes many tasks that must be completed. Making a to-do list will help you stay organized and prevent you from forgetting something important. Notifying people and organizations where you are moving should be done before your moving date. Here...

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