Smart steps to beat the heat in favorite outdoor spaces

Posted on: July 3, 2018 by in Blog
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Smart steps to beat the heat in favorite outdoor spaces (BPT) - Are summer’s sizzling temperatures causing you to retreat from your favorite outdoor spaces? Garages, patios, sheds, gardens and other outdoor areas should be enjoyed throughout the year. Unfortunately, heat and humidity can quickly make being outside intolerable during the dog days of summer. The good news is keeping outdoor spaces comfortable doesn’t have to be a challenge. With the right tools and some thoughtful Continue Reading ...

Lower temps at a lower price: How to improve the energy-efficiency of your home today

Posted on: May 31, 2018 by in Blog
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Lower temps at a lower price: How to improve the energy-efficiency of your home today (BPT) - When the seasons change, the energy needs in your home change right along with them. And yet, whether you need to heat or cool your home, there’s one thing that never shifts: You want to do so as efficiently as possible. An energy-efficient home is more than just good for the environment. It’s good for your pocketbook as well. By eliminating any unnecessary energy expenses you ensure you have Continue Reading ...

How much will it cost to replace your roof?

Posted on: May 24, 2018 by in Blog
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How much will it cost to replace your roof? (BPT) - How can there be thousands of dollars difference between contractor bids for similar home improvement projects on neighboring homes? And how can homeowners get an idea of what a new roof will cost? In general, labor for a new roof should make up 60-65 percent of the cost and most of the remaining cost, 30-35 percent, should be the cost for materials, according to Rick Taylor, a longtime roofing contractor now working as a training manager Continue Reading ...

Top tips to help first-timers navigate the fast-paced housing market

Posted on: May 17, 2018 by in Blog
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(BPT) - Across the U.S., the housing market is picking up pace moving into the peak of the summer homebuying season. In city after city, home prices are on the rise, up 2.3 percent on average between April 2017 and 2018, according to the RE/MAX April 2018 National Housing Report. And there are fewer houses on the market to choose from, with total housing inventory down by 11.3 percent. Based on home sales in April 2018, the national supply of inventory was at 2.5 months, making it a Continue Reading ...

Home improvements to help your home sell faster and for more money

Posted on: May 1, 2018 by in Blog
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(BPT) - The real estate market is heating up, and if you're planning to sell your home in the future, you want it to sell quickly and for as high of a price as possible. By taking proactive action now, you can make a few strategic home improvements that can help you achieve both your goals. To boost your home sale and reduce time on the market, consider these top home improvement ideas to catch buyers' eyes. Garage door: When potential buyers visit your property, you want to make the Continue Reading ...

Keep your home pest free this year

Posted on: March 17, 2018 by in Blog
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Keep your home pest free this year (BPT) - Now is a great time to establish year-long goals and resolutions, including home improvement goals you’d like to tackle this year. The first step is to create a pest control plan for your home. It’s important to establish good habits early in the year to help prevent potential pest problems. Unchecked, pests can wreak havoc in your home, but there are several steps homeowners can take to help avoid an infestation and keep their home safe and their Continue Reading ...

Ideas to help you reap big rewards from your garden

Posted on: March 10, 2018 by in Blog
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Ideas to help you reap big rewards from your garden (BPT) - Get active outdoors with a hobby more satisfying than binge-watching another television series. As a pastime, gardening can help you eat delicious, more flavorful food while transforming your patio or yard into a colorful hangout for butterflies and bees. Many people don’t realize how easy it is to have a fresh supply of crisp veggies, fragrant herbs or fresh-grown flowers. Whether you have a balcony, rooftop or patio, gardening Continue Reading ...

5 tips to keep allergy sufferers from dreading spring

Posted on: March 3, 2018 by in Blog
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5 tips to keep allergy sufferers from dreading spring 5 tips to feel better immediately during spring allergy season (BPT) - From flowers poking through the ground to ditching heavy winter parkas, it’s easy to look forward to spring. Unless, of course, you have allergies. Then, the path to warmer weather and additional daylight could be marked with watery eyes, sneezing and a runny nose. Makes it hard to be excited, right? It doesn’t have to. While spring carries its own concerns Continue Reading ...

5 top trends for your kitchen in 2018

Posted on: February 8, 2018 by in Blog
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(BPT) - It’s your home’s focal point. The site of some of your best moments and the base of operations for entertaining — it’s your kitchen, and no room in your home is more valuable. A magnificent kitchen defines a home, and bringing your kitchen to this level means capitalizing on today’s top trends. Many of the trends that will define kitchens for the year appear first at KBIS, the kitchen and bath industry convention held every year in January. More than 600 brands attended Continue Reading ...

4 Tips for Protecting Your Home this Season and Beyond

Posted on: January 3, 2018 by in Blog
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(BPT) - Winter is in full swing and extremely cold temperatures continue to grip much of the U.S.; which mean hats, gloves and high home maintenance bills could be in your future. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016 severe winter weather cost homeowners more than $1.7 billion in property damages. While the seasonal shift can be a challenge for homeowners, taking these four steps today could ease home maintenance burdens this season and all year-round. 1. Continue Reading ...