The Latest in Maintenance & Renovation

Health

Good Bidet to You: Meet The Bathroom Accessory You Didn’t Know You Needed

That totally clean feeling is pretty nice—now it’s more accessible than ever.

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Inspiration

A New Fireplace Without a Renovation? That’s a Thing Now

Meet the smokeless, ventless, sootless, odorless, wood-free fireplace that can be added to just about any home.

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Home Tech

130 Years Later, the Inventors of the Room Thermostat Turn Up the Heat

Johnson Controls, the father of the modern room thermostat, has released its first smart home thermostat, GLAS, which not only learns temperature preferences, it also monitors energy use and indoor and outdoor air quality.

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Home Tech

Smart Water Monitoring for the 21st Century Home

Meet the new smart home device that catches water leaks early, automatically shuts off your water in the event of an emergency, and monitors water use and pressure with impeccable detail.

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Maintenance & Renovation

Are You Adequately Insured? Here Are 16 Items Not Covered by Home Insurance

You may think that your home insurance covers all damage to your house, but flooding, earthquakes, and normal wear and tear are just a few items not covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy. Here are 16 items not covered by homeowners insurance and how you can get coverage for them.

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Home Tech

Meet the Simple Device That Can Save You Money on Energy Bills

The Sense energy monitor could save you hundreds on your energy bills every year and can predict appliance and system failure. Meet the device that unlocks a multitude of information about how our money, time, and energy is being spent in the home.

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Home Safety

Egress Windows: Types, Requirements, and Safety Considerations

Prepare your home for an emergency by ensuring your homes meets egress window safety requirements. In this article, we’ll discuss types of egress windows, international building code requirements, and considerations for installing egress windows.

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Maintenance & Renovation

How Much Should You Really Be Budgeting for a Home Renovation?

It’s estimated that nearly half of home renovations go over budget, so how can you plan for the unexpected when it comes to a costly project? We explore how much you should really be budgeting for your reno and how to ensure you stay within budget and on schedule.

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Maintenance & Renovation

Accommodating the Needs of a Multigenerational Household

For multigenerational households that aren’t looking to buy or build a new house, there are changes that can be made to an existing space to make it work for everyone. Here are three ways to accommodate the needs of a multigenerational household.

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Curb Appeal

What You Can Do About Messy Neighbors

Advice from the pros about how you can solve the problem of messy neighbors. How you can broach the subject with your neighbors, what authorities you can appeal to for help, and how you can obscure the view.

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Maintenance

How to Vacuum: The Ultimate Guide

The ultimate guide on how to vacuum with insight from experts at Dyson, Miele, Roomba Stanley Steemer, and more. We'll address how to pick the right vacuum for you, how to make the most of attachments, how to care for your floors, and even how vacuums work. But ultimately, we'll answer the question: Is there a right way to vacuum?

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Inspiration

Galley Kitchens:
Design Ideas and Configuration Tips

If you’re designing a new galley kitchen or looking to remodel an existing one, we’ll show you how to maximize your space for the most beautiful and efficient layout.

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Health

A Guide to Buying the
Best Shower Filter

Shower filters remove harmful elements like chlorine and chloramine from your water and can reduce dry skin, irritation, and hair loss. View our guide to the best shower filters of 2018.

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Maintenance

Best Bathroom Cleaners of 2018

We’ve reviewed the best bathroom cleaner solutions, accessories, chemical-free options, and DIY recipes to keep your bathroom fresh and clean. Check out our 2018 bathroom cleaner guide.

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Maintenance

How to Clean Blinds of All Types

Dirty blinds can harbor dust, pet fur, and other allergens that affect the indoor air quality of your home. Learn how to clean blinds quickly and effectively with this step-by-step guide.

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Home Safety

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Learn how to prepare for a hurricane with this complete guide detailing what to include in a disaster kit, how to secure your home, how to create a family emergency plan, and what steps are necessary to ensure safety for your family and pets.

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Garden

How to Keep Deer
Out of Your Garden

Deer creating problems in your garden? We’ll help you identify signs that you’re dealing with deer and provide 17 effective methods (including plenty of humane and harmless tactics) that have been proven to keep deer out of gardens all year long.

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Curb Appeal

57 Things You Can Do This Weekend
to Increase Your Curb Appeal

Increasing your home’s curb appeal can make you the envy of the neighborhood and give you a leg up in the real estate market. Here are 57 things you can do in a weekend to increase your home’s curb appeal.

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Maintenance

How to Clean a Grill

Start grilling season off right with a clean outdoor grill. Not only does a clean grill provide for better-tasting food, it prevents bacteria from building and is much safer than cooking on a dirty grill. Here’s your quick guide to a clean grill.

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Maintenance

How to Save Energy During the Summer

Making simple energy-efficient changes to your home can save you from paying hefty utility bills this summer. Beat the heat, practice environmental responsibility, and lower your energy bills with these 11 home upgrades.

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Maintenance

Best Ways to Conserve Water at Home This Weekend

We’re all using more water at home than is necessary. Here’s how you can change your habits and conserve water at home.

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Health

The Complete Guide to Childproofing Your Home

The complete guide to childproofing your home room by room. Everything you need to know about keeping children of all ages safe in and around your home, patio, and yard. Make sure your household is happy and healthy.

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Home Safety

Pet Safety Guide: Pet-Proofing & Emergency Safety at Home

How to pet-proof your home room by room and how to prepare and handle an emergency. In this exhaustive guide, we address all steps you should be taking to ensure your dogs, cats, and other animals are kept safe, happy, and healthy in your home.

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Home Tech

8 Home Tech Devices
for a Safer Home

Thanks to continuous advancements in technology, home security is better than ever at a fraction of the price of old-school security systems. Keep your home safe with these eight home tech devices.

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Maintenance & Renovation

Introducing Dandelion Air: An Affordable Home Geothermal System

Dandelion, a startup that emerged from Alphabet Inc.’s X incubator lab, released a new heating and cooling system that will make geothermal heating more affordable to homeowners.

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Maintenance & Renovation

9 Most Sought-After Home Improvements

When you’re getting ready to list your house, knowing what buyers are in the market for is key. We looked at data on new-construction single-family homes to give you a better idea of the most sought-after features for homes in the US today.

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Health

The Best Child-Safe Cleaning Products

It's plain and simple: you want to keep your family safe from harmful chemicals. Here are our favorite child-safe cleaning products we've come across.

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Maintenance

Mildew: What It Is and How to Get Rid of It

How to identify it, how to tell the difference between mildew and mold, and what you can do to get rid of it in your home and in your garden.

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Inspiration

Outdoor Kitchen
Configuration and Design Ideas

With outdoor kitchen season among us, here’s everything you need to know about building and designing your outdoor space, from design and configuration to safety considerations.

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Maintenance & Renovation

Introducing Wall++: The
Wall of the Future

Get the inside scoop on Wall++, an ordinary wall turned smart wall that can control light levels, track users’ touch, and monitor appliance activity in rooms.

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Maintenance & Renovation

Cabinet Refinishing 101

Cabinet refinishing is a great way to freshen up your kitchen or bathroom with low time and cost investment. We address how much cabinet refinishing costs and how you can find a pro or do it yourself.

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Maintenance

How to Deal with Noisy Neighbors

What on God’s green earth are they doing up there anyway? Here are five things you can do about noisy neighbors.

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Inspiration

The Spring Cleaning Drinking Game

Turn the chore of spring cleaning into an event! Combine your spring cleaning list with your favorite booze. No cleaning task is too large with a cocktail in hand.

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Maintenance

Best Carpet Cleaners of 2018

What’s the best carpet cleaner? We’ve done the research on carpet cleaning products, chemicals, and DIY carpet cleaning solutions. View the 2018 cleaning guide.

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Health

How to Get Rid of
Black Mold

Black mold can cause severe structural damage to your home and negatively affect your health. Get rid of black mold fast with these simple steps.

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Maintenance

What to Know About Buying a Home with a Septic Tank

Don’t be scared from buying a potentially great home just because it has a septic tank. Follow along as we guide you through what you need to know about buying a home with a septic tank.

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Health

Why Your Tap Water Smells Bad

Tap water can take on various foul odors for a number of reasons. Read on to learn some possible reasons why your tap water smells bad.

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Maintenance

Earwig Control: Identification,
Remediation and Prevention

Earwigs are known to wreak havoc on foliage and flowers and even food that’s been left out in your kitchen. Protect your home and garden by learning how to identify an earwig and how to implement natural and chemical solutions for removal.

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Maintenance

Dishwasher Won’t Start?
Troubleshoot in 9 Steps

Dishwasher won’t start? Before calling in a professional for a repair or replacement, follow our step-by-step troubleshooting guide to help assess the problem.

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Maintenance

Mole Cricket Identification and Removal

Mole crickets can damage turfgrass, lawns, and pastures by disrupting soil and destroying plants. Learn how to identify signs of a mole cricket infestation and how to eliminate these pests with these natural and chemical methods.

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Maintenance

House Centipede Identification and Removal

House centipedes can be an unsettling nuisance, but you can get rid of an infestation. Here’s how you can identify and remove a house centipede problem.

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Maintenance & Renovation

How Much Does a Home Warranty Cost?

How much does a home warranty cost? Find out what a home warranty covers and how much different warranty plans cost.

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Maintenance

How to Fix Standing Water
in Dishwasher

If you have standing water in your dishwasher, it may be easier to troubleshoot the issue before calling in a professional. Here’s our guide to troubleshooting standing water in your dishwasher.

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Maintenance

Water Bug vs. Cockroach:
What’s the Difference?

Water bugs and cockroaches are entirely different insects, but are often confused because of their similar appearances. Learn how to identify a water bug and get rid of an infestation.

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Maintenance

How to Fix a Running Toilet

Plumbing is an area of home repair that many homeowners and renters choose to stay away from. But some projects, like dealing with a running toilet, are fairly simple to handle on your own. Learn how to fix a running toilet with this troubleshooting guide.

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Maintenance

What Is Home Appliance Insurance?

Home appliance insurance, also known as a home warranty, protects you from paying expensive repair and replacement costs on major systems and appliances. Here’s everything you need to know about home appliance insurance.

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Kitchen

Marble Countertops |
Everything You Need to Know

Marble countertops are one of the most popular home design options—they’re a luxurious statement piece accessible at a range of price points. Here’s everything you need to know about marble countertops, from heat resistance and durability to price and maintenance.

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Inspiration

5 Kitchen Island Ideas

Kitchen islands can be both functional and beautiful. Here are 5 kitchen island ideas for your home.

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Kitchen

Soapstone Countertops |
Everything You Need to Know

Soapstone countertops are a great option if you’re into a classic and timeless look. In this pros and cons article, we discuss durability, heat tolerance, stain resistance, maintenance, and cost.

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Maintenance

How to Fix a Dishwasher
That Won’t Drain

Dishwasher won’t drain? Follow our troubleshooting guide to identify what could be causing the issue, what can be fixed now, and when to call in professional help.

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Maintenance

What Do Fleas Look Like?

What do fleas look like? We’ll help you determine how to identify a flea, treat bites on humans and pets, and eliminate fleas from your home.

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Maintenance

Dishwasher Not Cleaning
Properly? Here Are 9 Quick Fixes

Dishwasher not cleaning properly? Before calling a service technician to assess the problem, follow this troubleshooting guide to check and clean different parts of your dishwasher.

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Maintenance

HERS Testing: What Is It
and When Is It Necessary?

HERS testing examines a home’s energy efficiency and determines where there’s room to reduce energy consumption. Learn more about HERS testing and when it should be performed.

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Maintenance

Everything You Need To Know
About Palmetto Bugs

Palmetto bugs can carry a variety of diseases, easily contaminating food prep areas and other parts of your home. Learn how to quickly get rid of these pests and prevent them from coming back.

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Maintenance

What Does a Home Warranty Cover?

A home warranty can give you peace of mind by protecting major systems and appliances and saving you money on repair costs. Learn what a home warranty covers and how to choose the best policy.

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Maintenance

DIY Pest Control

Find natural, do-it-yourself solutions for getting rid of cockroaches, ants, flies, bed bugs, moths, silverfish, carpenter bees, and other pests. Here’s your guide to DIY pest control.

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Maintenance

What Is a Home Warranty?

Be prepared in the event that a major system or appliance breaks down by securing a home warranty. Learn how a home warranty works and how to choose the best policy.

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Maintenance

Top Rat Poison Options
for Your Home

If you’re dealing with a pesky mouse or an entire rodent infestation, consider the following rat poison options to eliminate the issue once and for all.

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Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants

Sugar ants are most prevalent in homes between March and September. Learn how to get rid of sugar ants naturally and chemically and prevent them from infesting your home.

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Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Gnats

Learn how to identify the signs of a gnat infestation and how to get rid of gnats with these natural and chemical methods.

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Maintenance

The Gardener’s Guide
to Mosquito Repellent

From essential oils to fabric types, practical habits, and active ingredients, learn the best ways to avoid mosquitos and how to choose the best mosquito repellent.

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Maintenance

How to Caulk a Shower or Tub

Here’s your step-by-step guide on how to caulk a shower or tub. How to prep, what materials and tools to get, and how to complete the job like a pro.

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Maintenance & Renovation

How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

Learn the average cost of a bathroom remodel, what tasks are DIY and which require professional help, and how to save money on your bathroom reno.

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Maintenance & Renovation

Everything You Need to Know About Cellular Shades

Besides offering privacy, cellular shades help you save energy and stay comfortable all year long. Here’s your guide to buying cellular shades for your home.

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Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are a common household nuisance that can cause severe wood and structural damage if left untreated. Here’s everything you need to know to get rid of carpenter bees.

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HVAC

When to Replace Your HVAC System

As your heating and cooling units age, they break down and lose efficiency. Here are the telltale signs that you need an HVAC replacement.

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Inspiration

5 Questions for Finding the Perfect Kitchen Backsplash

The right backsplash can complete the look of your kitchen. Here are five questions to help you determine which style is right for your home.

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Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Moths

Moths in the home ruin can clothing and food and are often tricky to eliminate. Here’s how you can get rid of moths in kitchens and closets in your home.

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HVAC

How to Change Air Filters

Learn how to change a disposable or reusable air filter and other practical tips for maintaining your air conditioning system to ensure high quality indoor air.

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Maintenance & Renovation

The Lowdown on
Low-E Windows

You’ve likely heard of energy-efficient windows. But are you aware of the benefits of low-E? Here’s the information you’ll need on these energy savers.

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Health

Mold Testing 101

Find out everything you need to know about mold testing—whether you need it, when to get it, what to expect, how to find a professional to perform the job, and how much it costs.

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Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Home

Learn signs that you may have a mouse problem, how to get rid of them using natural and chemical methods, and how to get rid of mice in your home altogether.

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Health

How to Get Rid of Fleas

Learn how to identify fleas, how to get rid of fleas, and how to prevent future infestations in your home and on your pets.

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Maintenance

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

Prevent costly repairs and keep your home in good working order with our comprehensive checklist. Here’s what you need to do each spring, summer, winter, and fall.

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HVAC

The Basics of Geothermal
Heating Systems

Learn the basics of how geothermal heating systems—how they work, types, cost, energy efficiency, maintenance, and installation.

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Maintenance

Guide to Home Weather Stripping

Stay warm through the winter by weather stripping your doors and windows to prevent drafts and keep energy bills under control. Details on weather stripping cost, types, and installation.

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Maintenance

How to Flush Your Water Heater in 8 Simple Steps

Flushing your water heater gets rid of sediment buildup and increases system efficiency. Learn how to flush your water heater in these eight simple steps.

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Maintenance

Everything You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance

A simple guide to shopping for homeowners insurance—what is covered, what is not, and how to find a great policy.

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Health

Everything You Need to Know About HEPA Filters

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. Learn how HEPA filters work and how to choose one as well as cost, care, and the importance of clean air.

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Maintenance

Everything You Need to Know About Renters Insurance

Learn what renters insurance is, who needs it, what it covers, and how to find a plan that suits your needs.

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Inspiration

How to Spruce Up Your Home for $300 or Less: An Interview with Adrienne Hubbard

We sat down with Adrienne Hubbard of Crafty Little Gnome for her take on how to spruce up and even increase the resale value of your home for less than $300.

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Inspiration

Guide to Kitchen Layouts

A kitchen remodel can add 82.7% of the project’s cost to the value of your home. Whether you're designing a new construction or upgrading an existing space, get inspired with this guide to kitchen layouts.

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Maintenance & Renovation

How to Stain Wood: Tips for Large and Small Projects

Learn the best types of wood to stain, the tools you need, the type of stain to use, and how to stain wood for small or large projects.

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HVAC

Furnace & Heater
Troubleshooting Guide

Your comprehensive furnace and heater troubleshooting guide—identify the source of the problem and determine whether to call in the the professionals.

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Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Ants

Learn how ants enter your home, how to quickly get rid of an ant infestation fast, and prevent these pests from coming back.

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Hardscaping

5 Patio Materials by Cost, Durability, Installation & Style

When choosing a material for your patio, consider cost, durability, style, and—if you’re taking on the project yourself—installation difficulty. We’ve ranked five of the most common materials to help you make the best choice.

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Maintenance

Termites 101: Inspection, Prevention, Extermination

Learn when you should have your home inspected for termites, how much they cost, what an infestation looks like, how to prevent termites in your home, and how to find a extermination professional.

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Health

Making the Right Choice with Child-Safe Cleaning Products

Keep your kids safe and your home sparkling. Here’s what you need to know about chemical cleaning products in your home, what to avoid, and how to choose kid-friendly products.

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Maintenance

Quick Fixes to Quiet Your Squeaky Floorboards

Here are three quick fixes—two above ground and one below—for squeaky floorboards. From diagnosing the problem to silencing the noise, here’s what you need to know.

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Hardscaping

A Quick Guide to Brick Patterns

A quick digest of the most common brick patterns. We rank six patterns from easiest to hardest so you can decide whether you want to DIY the job or call in a pro.

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Maintenance

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

A burst pipe can cause thousands of dollars in water damage to your home. Here’s how to prevent your pipes from freezing, what to do if you suspect a frozen pipe, and what to do if a pipe bursts.

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Maintenance

Soundproofing for Apartments

We explore eight easy and inexpensive strategies for soundproofing your apartment. Keep noise inside or out with these methods you can tackle in a single weekend.

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Maintenance & Renovation

Guide to Energy-Efficient Windows

Learn what you should be looking for when shopping for energy-efficient windows, how to read an energy efficiency rating, and how to pick windows for your home.

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Home Safety

Emergency Winter Power
Outage Kit

Don’t be caught unprepared when ice and snow storms come your way. Prep your home for inclement weather with an emergency winter power outage kit. Here’s how to build yours.

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HVAC

Types of Energy-Efficient
Home Heating

We explore four types of energy-efficient home heating systems, how they work, overall cost, and how to choose the best one for your home.

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Installation

Crown Molding | Types and Installation

Crown molding is a surprisingly easy way to completely transform your home. We'll walk you through the basics of installing crown molding yourself.

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Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Condensation in Double-Pane Windows

Condensation in double-pane windows signals that a seal has been compromised. Here’s how to address the issue.

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Maintenance

Home Warranties:
What You Need to Know

Learn the most important considerations and read what realtors have to say about purchasing a home warranty.

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Maintenance & Renovation

5 Wall Texture Techniques
for Your Home

From stucco finishes to board-formed concrete, we consider traditional and modern wall texture techniques and give you the top five options for your home.

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