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  • Understanding How Landslide Slope Risks Can Be Reduced

    According to FEMA, there are several areas of the country that are on or are extremely close to natural faults. These areas have fairly high earthquake hazard risks, and you are likely to experience strong shaking and notice structural damage if an earthquake does occur. If your home is built on an elevated property, then landslides may be a risk as well. You can work with an earthquake engineer or a seismic retrofitting business to help reduce these concerns. [Read More]

  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Refinishing Your Wood Kitchen Cabinets

    You've decided to take the plunge and renovate your outdated kitchen. However, there is one nagging problem: you don't want to part with your beautiful wood cabinets. Instead of wasting money on replacing your pricey wood cabinets, there is another option: refinish them. It doesn't take a lot of money or time to bring your exiting wood cabinets to life. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you refinish your beautiful wood cabinets: [Read More]

  • 2 Ways To Determine A Sewer Line Blockage In Your Home's Sewer Main

    You know you may have a sewer main clog when your home's bathtub drains gurgle or have a low suction during draining or when your basement drains spew up sewage occasionally. Here are two methods to use to help you determine if your home's sewer main is damaged and is causing a blockage and needs repair. Determine the Material and Age of Your Sewer Line Knowing the age of your home and when it was built can help you determine what type of sewer line may have been installed in your yard and decide if it needs replacement. [Read More]

  • Homeowner Tips: Improve Curb Appeal While Reducing The Need For Future Various Repairs

    Making a few property updates is a great way to improve its value and increase comfort for those who live there. There are a few updates you can make that will not only enhance your property's curb appeal, but will help reduce the need for various repairs as your home ages. Here are a few options to consider incorporating into your coming property update plans: Sealcoat the Driveway Sealcoating your asphalt driveway is an effective way to improve its overall appearance and reduce the chance of cracking as time goes on. [Read More]

  • Tips For Preventing Heat Loss Through Your Windows This Winter

    If your windows rattle and shake during winter storms, they are probably letting warm air escape and cold drafts inside. This combination can make for chilly evenings where you never seem to warm up no matter how high you crank the thermostat. The problem isn't your furnace; its heat loss through your windows. Replacing the windows with new energy-efficient windows is the best solution, but if you must make do with the windows you have for anther winter, there are some things you can to do to prevent heat loss and keep your family comfortable. [Read More]

  • Six Compelling Reasons To Consider A Kitchen Remodel

    Knowing whether to give your kitchen a complete remodel or to settle for a fresh coat of paint isn't always easy. While a remodel will take longer and require a larger financial investment, there are a number of benefits to remodeling your kitchen. Consider these common reasons for nixing the paint job and opting for a kitchen remodel instead. Modernize Your Kitchen Design One of the most common reasons people remodel their kitchen is to update it to meet the current trends in kitchen design. [Read More]

  • 5 Warning Signs It May Be Time For A New Roof

    Maintaining your house can be challenging. From washing the exterior and mowing the lawn to shampooing carpets, it is easy to see how so many homeowners become overwhelmed. While you may focus on your home's landscaping and interior design, ensuring your roof is in good condition should also be a priority. Not only will a new roof protect you and your family from the environmental elements, but it can also increase your home value by an estimated $12,000. [Read More]

  • Two Signs Of Poor DIY Asphalt Roof Installation

    Replacing your entire asphalt roof can be an expensive job. For the most basic roof possible, you may spend as much as $9,000 for a professional installation. If you want to save yourself on labor, which is typically about 60% of the cost, you can attempt to install the roof yourself. If you do this and you make a mistake, then you will notice some signs of this soon after the initial replacement. [Read More]

  • From LED Bulbs to Sensors: Lighting Upgrades That Can Save You Big Money on Your Energy Bills

    According to data collected by the Energy Information Administration, the average American household spends approximately $2000 a year on electricity bills. If you're like most families, chances are you've taken several steps to lower your monthly energy bills, including investing in energy-efficient appliances and unplugging electronics when they're not in use. However, before you begin spending money on expensive appliances, you should know there is a simpler way: investing in better lighting options. [Read More]

  • 2 Ways to Help Improve Your Basement's Waterproofing

    If your home's basement and foundation are leaking from exterior ground water, it is important to remedy this moisture problem to prevent mold, mildew, and rot from occurring in your home. Here are two ways you can help improve the waterproofing of your home's basement. Divert Ground Water with a French Drain Plan for Your French-Drain Installation One of the best preventative measures to keep your home's basement dry is to install an exterior French-drain system around your home's foundation. [Read More]