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5 Appliances to Buy in September and October

dishwasher

Summer vacation is a fond memory, the dog days of summer are in the past, and school is back in session. It’s now time to think about preparing your home for fall and winter. A big part of that preparation is taking inventory of your appliances. The months of September and October are a great… (read more)

DIY Plumbing Maintenance: Think Prevention, Not Repair

Plumbing maintenece

For the past three weeks, DIY plumbing was our topic. What if you could perform DIY plumbing maintenance and take preventive measures to lessen the need for DIY plumbing repairs? It’s almost fall, and time to look around the house for potential plumbing problems. Do you have time for water damage from leaks, burst pipes,… (read more)

DIY Plumbing Jobs: Plumbing Issues with Sinks and Showers

draining sink for plumbing issues with sinks and showers

Over the past two weeks, we talked about DIY plumbing jobs. Last week, we covered toilet repair in detail. To continue this series, let’s consider DIY projects for sink and shower repair. Plumbing issues with sinks and showers are common and can be expensive when adding the cost of a plumber to the bill. To… (read more)

DIY Plumbing Jobs You Can Do Now: Toilet Repair 101

Plumber for toilet repair

Last week, we talked about 6 DIY plumbing jobs you can execute with confidence. To help you gain more knowledge and increase your plumbing repair confidence, let’s now look more in depth at DIY toilet repair. As a starting point, follow the advice often given to me by my son, “just google it or watch a… (read more)

How to Find a Walkable Neighborhood That Works For You

Restaurants in walkable neighborhood

A walkable neighborhood has many benefits for all ages. The upsides of walkable neighborhoods include convenience, social, health, economic, and environmental advantages. This popular trend is real and is there for the taking. Are you adventurous enough to learn the location and positive aspects of the best walkable neighborhoods and cities and make the decision… (read more)

5 Ways to Refresh Your Home Without Breaking the Budget

Refresh your home living room

While remodels and improvements to your home are expensive, there are many ways to refresh your home and update your living space without spending a lot of money. Major renovations can cost thousands of dollars per room. With a little imagination and a few dollars, the stale tired look of the rooms in your home… (read more)

Ideas for Swimming Pool Landscaping With Easy Maintenance

Bougainvillea for swimming pool landscaping

Swimming pool landscaping can be tricky. Privacy, safety of swimmers, and maintenance requirements all are considerations when planning the landscape near your pool. The weather is warm and your goal is to enjoy the pool with your friends and family. Plan carefully to avoid spending your free time on landscape upkeep and pool maintenance. Avoid Leaf and Flower Litter Around the Pool Your… (read more)

Emergency Home Repairs-How to Budget and Plan Ahead

Handymen with equipment

Your home is most likely your biggest investment, and taking care of it is essential. Home repairs are a fact of life, and emergency repairs such as sewer line breaks, roof leaks, heating and air-conditioning issues are costly. In your financial planning, budget for the inevitable break downs in your home and save yourself time and stress when they occur. How Much to Save The general… (read more)

5 Ways to Prep for Moving Day to Ensure a Smoother Move

Mailboxes

You are ready to take possession of your new house and moving day is near. If you think the physical move is all that is left to do, you need to think again. A bit of prep work makes the difference between smooth sailing and choppy waters. This is an exciting time! Use the following tips to… (read more)

Spring Cleaning with a Twist

Canoes

When spring cleaning this year, forget the stuffed closets and messy garages. Make a mundane task more fun by cleaning in groups and cleaning unusual areas and items. If you know your neighbors, go from house to house and work together. Laugh, have fun, and when you finish, order pizza and celebrate your accomplishments. Sports Equipment Start with sports equipment, then… (read more)