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October 17, 2017

5 myths about solar panels, debunked
(BPT) - Home solar panels can drastically cut or even eliminate electricity bills, reduce a home's carbon footprint, increase resale value, and may even help a home sell faster. The cost of rooftop solar systems has fallen dramatically in recent years, and most homeowners have the option of buying ... More >>


5 DIY home upgrades anyone can do in a day
(BPT) - (BPT) - Do-it-yourself home projects are sweeping the nation, and it's easy to see why. DIY is typically budget-friendly and fulfilling to complete; simply find the right project to match your skill set and needs.To get started, here are five inexpensive projects that can by tackled by any ... More >>


Two roof areas you can't afford to overlook this season
(BPT) - As summer gives way to changing colors and colder nights, now is an ideal time to tackle the necessary home maintenance projects that get put off during those sun-filled months - especially when it comes to one of the most protective and necessary aspects of any home, the roof. Cold weather... More >>


Upping your laundry room's wow factor
(BPT) - Doing the laundry is no longer relegated to dark, musty basements where no one cares to go. Thanks to modern technology, great design and access to innovative ideas online, laundry rooms have moved upstairs and come into their own. In fact, laundry rooms today are right up there with dream ... More >>


3 important areas to focus on when winterizing your home
(BPT) - From the holidays to cold-weather fun like ice skating and skiing, winter promises its share of good times. Preparing your home for winter's weather extremes can help ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment out of the season, while protecting your home's vital systems and indoor comfort.'... More >>


7 projects to help your home weather the winter safely and efficiently
(BPT) - If chilly temperatures make you want to snuggle under a blanket in front of a roaring fire, just think about your poor water pipes that can't escape the cold. You can't wrap your home in a warm, protective blanket when winter arrives, but a few winterization steps can help ensure your home ... More >>


How can insulation contribute to home repair following a hurricane?
(BPT) - As we are all too aware, hurricane season is in full swing, and thousands of homeowners across the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico have been hit by mammoth hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Nearly every year, the cost of damages that occur as a result of hurricanes or intense tropical storms... More >>


Which type of insulation is right for your home?
(BPT) - With the imminent approach of dropping temperatures, many people reach for their sweaters as they run out the door. In a bittersweet farewell to summer, boats are hauled out of the water and taken in to be winterized. Wool sock purchases start to soar, and Instagram is filled again with pum... More >>


Raising the bar(n) in your home: Say hello to a barn door this winter
(BPT) - Amid the many trends ebbing and flowing through home improvement, one in particular seems likely to stick around. Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country - in contemporary and rustic designs. With this design element found on such opposite si... More >>


5 Effortless DIY Projects to Prep Your Home for Fall -- and Beyond
(BPT) - The telltale signs are all there. Maybe it's football season, the changing color of the trees right outside your door, or the crisp morning air that's suddenly taken on a chill. Yes, there's no denying it, fall is here and winter is quickly following behind.No matter where you live in the c... More >>


Garage doors: More visual impact than your front door
(BPT) - If you're buying a garage door, you'll be faced with several decisions that you likely never had to make before. Before you call your local garage door dealer, here are some of the decisions that you need to face.The design decisionRemember the adage that the front door is the most importan... More >>


All home warranties are not created equal
(BPT) - Having a home warranty is a smart way to help deal with the inevitable home repair problems that all property owners face at one point or another.After all, a good home warranty can mean getting expert help when your HVAC system needs to be fixed, your water heater needs to be replaced, or ... More >>


Ready, set, guests: 3 paint projects for fall entertaining
(BPT) - 'Despite the hectic chaos that comes with the back-to-school season and adapting our family schedules, I find fall to be the perfect time to tackle my home to-do list,' explains Cyndy Aldred, the do-it-yourself paint blogger behind The Creativity Exchange. 'It's perfect because fall is our ... More >>


House hunting and credit: What you need to know
(BPT) - By now it is something of a cliche to call homeownership the American dream. But even if sitting on your own deck, looking over your picket fence and sipping lemonade doesn't move you, homeownership is still one of the best ways to build wealth.For many, owning a home is cheaper than rentin... More >>


Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning
(BPT) - Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations.Be... More >>


Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it's time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the change in... More >>


Replacing a furnace? How to choose an energy-efficient system
(BPT) - If it's time to replace your furnace, you may be wondering if it's worth the extra investment to buy an energy-efficient system. Or, you may be unsure how to choose an energy-efficient system for your home.'Energy-efficient heating systems can substantially lower your fuel costs over the li... More >>


6 timeless home features that are always 'in'
(BPT) - Home design trends come and go. In five years, the blue kitchen cabinets that are so trendy right now may well go the way of the avocado-hued appliances that graced many American kitchens in the '70s. However, certain home features are timeless, and those are the ones well worth investing i... More >>


Hot home design: 4 things to consider when choosing siding
(BPT) - Selecting new siding is one of the most important curb appeal decisions homeowners face when building new or remodeling an existing home. With so many options - both classic and modern materials - there's a lot to consider.Many manufacturers are now combining traditional styles and material... More >>


This fall, make home upgrades with staying power
(BPT) - Fall can be the perfect time for homeowners to complete projects that busy summer schedules didn't allow. It's also a great time to look at ways to add lasting value to your property. This season, upgrade cheap fixes, freshen dated looks and incorporate lasting improvements in your home. Ch... More >>


Artisanal elegance for curated design in the kitchen
(BPT) - Original, handcrafted décor brings an artisanal elegance to today's modern kitchen. Designers and homeowners alike are incorporating more one-of-a-kind pieces that bring an individualized artisanship to the heart of the home. These unique fittings and fixtures adapt to multiple style prefer... More >>


How to lower your monthly mortgage payment
(BPT) - Owning your own home comes with many advantages, including escaping rising rents and the personal and financial stability associated with homeownership. Fortunately, millions of Americans, with less than 20 percent down, have been able to buy a home sooner thanks to mortgage insurance (MI).... More >>


Big, smart ideas for renovating smaller homes
(BPT) - While newly constructed homes are bigger than ever, most Americans still live in modestly sized or even small houses - and many of these owners are choosing to remodel rather than move into a bigger home.More than half of all American houses were built before 1980, according to the National... More >>


5 kitchen upgrades to make your inner host flourish
(BPT) - You love entertaining and treating guests to delectable dishes and fun times. Unfortunately, your kitchen layout, appliances and even the faucet are so downright unappealing that the thought of planning and preparing a party menu is equally unpleasant.What do you do when you're built to ent... More >>


Housework may be a key to improving your relationship
(BPT) - Cleaning the bathroom and emptying the dishwasher isn't at the top of a couple's 'To Do Together' list, but it may be the true language of love. In fact, a recent survey from home appliance leader LG Electronics found most Americans (52%) get turned on by their partner doing housework. In f... More >>


5 fabulous deck fix-ups
(BPT) - Are you tired of having a deck you're no longer proud to show off? You're not alone. According to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscape Trends Study, one of the top reasons motivating homeowners to tackle outdoor projects like deck upgrades is their open-air space is past its prime.If you're like s... More >>


How to Tackle a Dust-Free Renovation
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Is your family expanding? Protect what matters most with these nursery safety checks
(BPT) - You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks?'The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light,' said Tarsila Wey, marketing director for First Alert, the most trusted ... More >>


5 smart technology upgrades to make the bathroom the brainiest room in the house
(BPT) - Smart technology has found a place in virtually every room in the home, even the one where we take care of our most low-tech needs. In fact, thanks to innovations like sensor-operated, self-cleaning toilets, moisture-sensing ventilation fans and digital shower controls, it's possible to tur... More >>


Focus on a single element to get the feel of a remodel for less investment
(BPT) - Dreaming of a renovation but lacking the time and resources for a full upgrade? You might be able to refresh your space by focusing your efforts on individual elements that have the most impact.This growing interior design trend uses a thoughtful approach to renovation by analyzing what sho... More >>


Must-have elements for building a sustainable new home
(BPT) - When someone builds a home for you, you have the opportunity to make it as sustainable, eco-friendly and energy-efficient as possible. Not only are sustainable homes more cost-effective over the long term, they have a smaller environmental impact, and can be more appealing to homebuyers whe... More >>


Tricks to customize a kitchen on a budget
(BPT) - Who wouldn't want a kitchen customized to meet their specific tastes and needs? A complete kitchen renovation can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but you don't have to spend a bundle to achieve a custom effect. A few modest investments can help make your kitchen work well and look great.... More >>


Hidden helper: Home equity lines of credit [Infographic]
(BPT) - Many homeowners aren't familiar with the variety of ways home equity lines of credit (HELOC) can be used. Not surprisingly, current owners are more likely than less experienced first-time buyers to understand that a HELOC can be used for purposes beyond home improvements, including consolid... More >>


Transform your backyard with these 3 elements
(BPT) - It's amazing to contemplate that all the famous paintings in history - from da Vinci's Mona Lisa to van Gogh's Starry Night - are essentially formed from three primary colors. Artists skillfully combine red, yellow and blue to formulate an infinite range of colors to bring their paintings t... More >>


5 ways to create big luxury in a small master bathroom
(BPT) - If you're thinking about remodeling your small bathroom, you may know that studies show updating a bathroom of any size can increase the value of a home. However, there's a statistic from a Houzz survey you might not know: 75 percent of people who renovate a master bathroom don't make it bi... More >>


3 steps to a more secure home
(BPT) - More than 75 percent of Americans are concerned about the security of their home, yet few think about door hardware when it comes to added protection.In fact, out of those who have ever purchased a new lockset or deadbolt, only 19 percent have done so with the safety of their home in mind, ... More >>


Tips to turn the kitchen sink into a beautiful, functional focal point
(BPT) - When you're updating a kitchen, it's time to ignore that old adage 'everything but the kitchen sink.' Many homeowners don't think about replacing their kitchen sink unless it's broken, ancient or they're upgrading countertops. However, the sink has the potential to be the perfect focal poin... More >>


Tips to prepare your budget before buying a home
(BPT) - It's virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren't fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month.Start with your income: How much do you bring home after taxes and retirement plan contributions?Next, look at your expenses: ... More >>


5 hot trends for the home
(BPT) - Home safety is one of the top priorities of homeowners and renters alike. Your home should be a place to relax, play and enjoy spending time with family and friends.Here are a few of the latest trends in home security so that you can make yours a home sweet home that's equally safe.Home aut... More >>


5 ways to keep your cottage comfortable this summer
(BPT) - Although it's officially summer, the fluctuations in temperatures, sporadic downpours and tornado-inciting weather would make you think otherwise. While many of us take the opportunity to hit the beach, lake or ranch during the summer for some rest and relaxation, cottage home improvements ... More >>


How to perfectly light a bathroom for beauty, function and safety
(BPT) - Good lighting is important throughout a home, and each room has different lighting needs. Kitchens require overhead and task lighting, while bedrooms and dining rooms can benefit from variable illumination. However, no room in the house requires more layers and nuances of lighting than the ... More >>


Latest deck trend: 'Monster' size, mega-luxury
(BPT) - Move over mini - the new trend in decking is anything but small.When it comes to the size of their decks, the majority of Americans feel bigger is better - as multiple surveys indicate decks are getting larger and more luxurious, RealtorMag reports.Today's decks dwarf the outdoor spaces of ... More >>


Repair or replace? What to do with a worn-out cooling system
(BPT) - Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system.To a... More >>


Rethinking bathroom design
(BPT) - As homeowners begin to dream up plans to update their kitchens and bathrooms, they can spend hours searching for inspiration on the web or one of the many home renovation television shows. There's no shortage of beautiful ideas and designs out there, but before you make any decision, you sh... More >>


A room-by-room guide to decluttering your home
(BPT) - Controlling clutter in your home can be a challenge; 48 percent of Americans say their houses are cluttered with stuff they don't use anymore, according to a survey by ClearVoice Research. Multiple studies have found a cluttered home can negatively affect your mental and physical health, wh... More >>


6 must-know kitchen and bathroom design trends
(BPT) - Many homeowners today wonder how they can turn their bathrooms or kitchens into something worthy of making the rounds on Pinterest or Instagram. As more people want to give their home a personal and stylish touch, home decorating and interior design is hotter than ever, and the possibilitie... More >>


Cypress siding: It's what the pros choose
(BPT) - If current design trends are any indication, wood siding is back. Design professionals are recommending one species in particular: cypress. What's behind this revival of cypress siding?'Good looks, dependable performance and affordability,' says Stephen Logue of the Southern Cypress Manufac... More >>


Natural selection: Live-edge wood in home design
(BPT) - Live-edge hardwood, in which the sides of the slab are left unmilled to retain the natural profile of the tree trunk, is an increasingly popular decorative trend in today's residential interiors. The technique is not only used for pieces of standalone furniture such as tables and benches bu... More >>


5 ways tiny homes have become luxury homes
(BPT) - Sponsored ad content by ClaytonFor decades, it seemed like the name of the game in the United States was if it's bigger then it will be better. This is a big country; we like big portions, big cars, big homes, big everything. But what's true for many isn't true for everyone. In the housing ... More >>



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