Home Improvement Tips

Tips for renovating a home for the best price in the most reasonable amount of time.

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Light Bulb Information for HomeownersAt one time, the majority of light bulbs in the home were incandescent. These light bulbs produced a warm glow, made a lot of heat and used more energy than necessary to create light. However, they were inexpensive to buy and easy to replace. Homeowners were happy enough about incandescent light bulbs until new products were invented.

Today, light bulbs come in many styles and use less energy. Tuscany homeowners who want to save the most energy possible should be aware of the different types of light bulbs. Having this kind of information makes it possible for homeowners to save money and reduce their carbon footprint.

1. LED Light Bulbs

One of the most energy-efficient light bulbs on the market are LED light bulbs. They're more efficient than

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Chimney and Fireplace Care Information for Brand New HomeownersChimneys require a certain amount of maintenance. If you're a new Seven Hills homeowner with a chimney, it's important to learn about the various ways that you can take care of your fireplace to avoid chimney fires. Fireplaces need to be cleaned, inspected, and used properly. Here's what you need to know about your new fireplace.

When (and How Often) Should You Clean Your Chimney?

Chimneys should be cleaned and inspected on an annual basis. During the cleaning, the fireplace contractor will use a device similar to a vacuum to suck the ash out of the flu. The cleaning process typically takes less than half an hour.

Even if the fireplace hasn't been used, it still needs to be cleaned and inspected, as chimneys can develop problems even if

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3 Tips for Moving into a New Home With PetsMoving can be a tremendous ordeal, and it becomes even more difficult when you have pets. Animals get easily stressed out by the moving process: furniture and familiar items are being moved, strange people may be coming into their homes, and they themselves are eventually brought to a strange location they've never been in before.

If you're moving with pets, here are some tips to make the transition more easy.

Minimize Pet Stress

Animals are easily stressed out by big changes, which makes moving an overwhelming period. With new sights, new smells, and new locations, any animal can become scared and act out of their usual behavior. Whether this means biting, hiding, or running away, minimizing pet stress is the first step in ensuring your pet

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5 Popular Home Heating OptionsHeating an Arbors home may feel like a simple decision with only one or two options. In fact, there are a variety of choices homeowners can select, ranging from the traditional to the trendy and modern. Home heating can be the largest part of a property's energy expenses, and many systems cost several-thousand dollars to purchase and install. As such, it is important for homeowners to make the most practical and effective choice. Here are five options people can consider.

1. Furnaces

Furnaces are the most common form of heating in the U.S. Also called forced-air heating, this appliance uses energy to produce heat. The heating element warms the air cycled through the machine, which is then pushed through ductwork to vents in every room of the

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5 Things to Know About Indoor Air QualityAir quality is something that many Inspirada homeowners worry about as they choose a location to buy a property. Inside the home, however, air quality can often be worse than it is outside. Allergens, dirt, and contaminants can easily build up inside rooms, contributing to allergies and other problems. Fortunately, there are a few ways that homeowners can get a sense for their home's air quality and make it better. With this information, people will know the common sources of lower air quality and what they can do about it.

1. Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Contaminants can invade the home from almost anywhere. Some come from the outside but most are already in the house. In many cases, the toxins leave signs that people can pick up with their

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How to Keep Your Fireplace as Efficient as PossibleA fireplace can be a major benefit for any home, especially for those homes that might be for sale. However, a fireplace can also be a potential hazard that can end up causing headaches or even a rapid-spreading disaster. To keep the fireplace functioning the way it was intended, homeowners will need to commit to regular maintenance and safety guidelines.

Limit the Smoke

A fireplace may have been the home's primary source of heat at one time, but homeowners should not be treating it as their furnace anymore. Experts recommend no more than five hours of continuous burning. Homeowners can also limit the amount of smoke by cracking the window. Even in cold weather, the majority of the air from the window should travel up the chimney rather than

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Deferred Maintenance: What Is it?When looking for a new home to buy, one of the things that may come up during the search is deferred maintenance. When a home has deferred maintenance, it can have a big impact on the homeowner. But just what is deferred maintenance? This guide will explain what deferred maintenance is, and what it means for buyers and sellers alike when dealing with a home that has it.

What Is Deferred Maintenance?

Deferred maintenance on a home is exactly what it sounds like: when a homeowner continually postpones necessary repairs, resulting in the home to fall into disrepair. This is often done in order to save money, stay under budget, or simply because they can’t afford to have their home repaired. Examples of deferred maintenance include things like: 

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    Does Your Home Need Professional Gutter Cleaning? How To TellGutter care is an important part of home maintenance - they are not something that you should defer cleaning. If you're a new homeowner, here's what you'll need to know about taking care of your home's gutters.

    Why It's Important to Clean Gutters

    Gutters are designed to carry water away from the home. Without a proper drainage system, water can saturate the ground around the home, or may seep into the home's roof and walls. If water saturates the ground surrounding a home's foundation, the earth around the home may heave during freeze/thaw cycles, causing costly foundation damage.

    If water leaks into the walls or attic of a home, this could lead to mold, wood rot, pest infestation and other problems. Cleaning the gutters can ensure that water

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    How to Pick a Kitchen Countertop Material That's Right for YouThe kitchen counters are a major feature in the room, making it important for homeowners to consider a few types of materials before settling on one. Before deciding, they need to consider how much time they spend in the kitchen, what types of meals they prepare, and how long they plan to own the home before selling. For those getting ready to start a DIY project or hire a professional to add or redo countertops, keep the following in mind about the many colors, patterns, and textures available on the market.

    Granite

    Granite is a smart choice for homeowners who want to increase their home's resale value. The elegance and luxury of granite are instantly apparent to potential homebuyers, even if they don't consider themselves to be serious

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    Getting Your Garage Organized: Tips for HomeownersKeeping an organized garage is important, especially if you're using your garage primarily for storage. A clean garage is also important should you want to sell your home. The more organized your garage is, the easier it will be to find the things you need. If you're trying to organize your garage, these tips can help.

    Utilize All Available Space

    Most garages have a lot of un-utilized space, especially on the walls and near the ceiling. Installing storage shelves and loft space makes it possible to use these spaces more efficiently.

    Hanging wire bins from a peg board on the wall can also give the homeowner more storage space. When installing loft space or shelves, homeowners should work with a professional contractor, especially if they're

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