Fall and Winter Energy Saving Tips

We have the strategies to help you save energy, save money, and stay comfortable during the cool fall and cold winter months. We promise those lower temperatures are coming! A typical American family spends nearly $2,000 per year on their home energy bills. Start with these fall and winter energy saving tips to bring that amount down. The savings from each individual tip might be small, but when you start putting them together they add up quickly! Energy Saving Tips Seal any exposed ... Read more

Fire Prevention Week Awareness

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” The National Fire Protection Association aims to raise awareness of these three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire. We are going to focus on the first step - LOOK for possible fire hazards in your home and eliminate them. Take a good look around your home, identify potential fire hazards, and address them. Fire Prevention As the weather cools down, ... Read more

DIY Projects Worth Your Time

It is never a bad idea or a bad time to invest in your home and capitalize on the benefits of home improvement. But sometimes DIYers have to ask themselves, "Is this really worth my time?"  When is it smart to DIY and when is it time to outsource? We want to suggest a list of DIY projects that give you a great return on the investment of your time and your money. It's DIY Time! Painting - One of the easiest ... Read more

Why Yes, it is All About the Curb Appeal!

Curb appeal is all about first impressions.  First impressions can be nearly impossible to reverse or undo. And all it really takes is a glance of about 3 seconds for someone to form a first impression of your home or business based on the outward appearance. So make a great first impression with these curb tips: Boost Your Curb Appeal Lawn: The simplest way to boost curb appeal is to have a well manicured lawn. Healthy looking, weed free trimmed grass, clean lines around walkways and ... Read more

Why Do You DIY?

Are you part of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement? The DIY movement is growing every year, with no signs of slowing down. We find that there are just about as many reasons to DIY as there are DIYers! What is your motivation to DIY? To save money The freedom to add your own special touch or style To learn and develop new skills Feeling of satisfaction in completing a project on your own True enjoyment of the process To keep your mind and body ... Read more

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Is it here? Has warm, spring weather finally arrived? Only time will tell. However, the time to think about spring home maintenance and improvements has definitely arrived! As you are tackling your spring cleaning and decluttering lists, don't forget now is a great time to perform a little home maintenance. We have put together a few spring home maintenance tips to help you get started. Check all concrete and asphalt driveways, pathways, and patios for cracks. The repeated freezing and thawing of ... Read more

4 Energy Efficient Strategies for New Homes or Remodels

Simple design features can make a big difference in the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. Some energy efficient strategies require an increased upfront cost, but you should have a quick return on investment by decreasing utility bills. Energy Efficient Strategies Home Placement - Did you know the position and placement of your house in relation to the sun, wind and other surroundings can make a huge difference in your heating and cooling costs? A simple directional or design tweak can make the ... Read more

3 Step Plan to Prepare Your Deck or Patio for Winter

I think we are still going to find a few warm days in the upcoming weeks to check off all the outstanding outdoor home maintenance items on the list. If you have a deck or patio, you can use one of those mild days to get all the remnants of summer grilling cleaned up and prepare your outdoor space for the colder months. 3 Step Plan: Declutter - Clear away all planters, decorative items, summer leisure equipment, and barbecue accessories that won't be ... Read more

Plumbing Upgrades Can Save Big Bucks

Saying the phrase "home improvement project" tends to get people excited. Thinking out with the old, in with the new can give you a whole new, fresh outlook on your home. But what if I said the phrase "plumbing upgrade"? That doesn't sound as exciting, does it? While plumbing upgrades may not be the most exciting home improvement upgrade, we have a feeling you will be excited about the big bucks you can save with the following upgrades. Faucets Aesthetically speaking, this one ... Read more