Winter Storm Preparedness Guide

a lonely house covered with snow

It’s 24 hours before the big storm is supposed to strike—is your home ready for the weather? Winter storms can bring extended power outages, and of course, may keep you homebound for a few days. And naturally, wind and ice pose a threat to your home and physical safety as well. Here’s what you need […]

Winter Pest Removal the Humane Way

a mouse nibbling on peanuts

The internet has really changed how we view our fellow critters. After all, once you’ve seen a mouse having a tea party or shed real, honest-to-goodness tears over the story of these battle-scarred ants, you just can’t really treat them as hostile foes any more. Of course, you can’t exactly invite them into your home for […]

5 Important Water Heater Maintenance Steps You Might Have Missed

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We all do a little bit better with some love and attention—and your water heater is no different! Water heaters perform a lot better with regular maintenance, but there may be some steps you’ve been overlooking. For instance, did you know you can reduce corrosion in your pipes just by turning the water temperature down […]

Turkey Day Scramble: How to Clean Up Fast Before the Big Day

Thanksgiving place setting

This is it: your last weekend to clean up before boatloads of relatives begin squeezing themselves into your kitchen, setting platters on every available inch of countertop and using enough toilet paper to cover a small army. In essence, you’re going to need to clean house before the horde descends. After all, you have enough […]

Project Thanksgiving: 6 Tips to Get Yourself Ready for Turkey Day Guests

Thanksgiving feast

Can you believe Thanksgiving is already just around the corner? Pretty soon your home will be infiltrated with guests, relatives and that one aunt who always has something to say about how you keep house! And there’s plenty to do before then. Besides food shopping and turning out dinner for 15, you’ll have to make […]

Get Winter-Ready in 7 Easy Steps

snowy house

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Whoever wrote those lyrics obviously wasn’t a homeowner! Winter snows may be picturesque, but they can do a number on your roof, sprinklers, and heating bills—at least if you’re not prepared, that is! Luckily, you aren’t powerless in the face of nature. These seven steps will […]

3 Projects to Modernize Your Historical Home

victorian home

Historical homes are a whole different animal when it comes to home maintenance. On one hand, if your older home has been properly cared for, many antique materials and fixtures may last much longer than those in modern homes. On the other hand, they may be in desperate need of repair, replacement or updating in […]

6 Household Items You Should Never Throw Away

old paint cans

There’s nothing like cleaning your garage or that “junk” room in your house. Suddenly you have enough space to park your car again, and you can finally see the bed in the spare bedroom! But as you clean out garages, junk drawers or utility rooms, you’re bound to come across some items that shouldn’t go […]

3 Plumbing Projects You Can Do By Yourself

black kitchen faucet

Plumbing can make you feel like a very accomplished DIYer indeed. After all, there’s nothing more satisfying that finally fixing that running toilet. That said, with plumbing projects, it’s easy to get in over your head. A few wrong turns of the wrench and you may need a raft to get out of the house. […]

4 Neglected Parts of Your Home That Could Use Some TLC This Weekend

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Owning a home is a bit of a mystery, when you think about it. You have all these hidden systems working to keep you clean, safe, and comfortable—half of which you don’t really think about until they go out. It’s those hidden heroes we’re here to talk about today. Your sump pump, quietly lying in […]