Top 5 Mattress Care and Maintenance Tips

If you’re someone who not only enjoys a good night’s sleep but actually gets it, then we’re willing to bet that you put some real time, attention and yes, money into the kind of mattress that you have. And so, being that it’s been so good to you, we’re pretty sure that you want your mattress to last for as long as possible (for the record, a good mattress can last for about 7-8 years). Continue reading Top 5 Mattress Care and Maintenance Tips

5 Effective Ways to Prevent Your Basement From Flooding

For a lot of homeowners, a strong rainstorm only means one thing: basement flooding. When it comes down to it, even a small rainstorm can cause flooding, especially if your basement is particularly susceptible. Not only can excess water in your basement be frustrating – it can also be incredibly damaging. Water damage can destroy your personal belongings and it can start to erode your foundation walls. If this is the case, you want to make sure that you find ways to prevent basement flooding from happening in the first place. Here are five effective ways to prevent your basement from flooding. Continue reading 5 Effective Ways to Prevent Your Basement From Flooding

5 Things to Consider Before Purchasing Furniture for Your Master Bedroom

When it comes to selecting furniture, you might not want to put in too much time or effort. As long as the couch is comfortable and the dining room table is big enough to seat everyone in your household, you may not fret unduly over details like the materials, the size of the piece, how it fits in your home, or whether it matches your other decor. So long as the price is right, you’re happy. But if you’ve decided that you’re tired of your home looking like a college bachelor pad, you might be keen to start selecting pieces that suit your space, reflect your personal style, and help to make your decor look cohesive and planned. Here are just a few things you may want to consider, then, before you start purchasing pieces to outfit your master bedroom. Continue reading 5 Things to Consider Before Purchasing Furniture for Your Master Bedroom

5 Easy and Effective Tile and Grout Cleaning Tips

No matter how big or small your bathroom is, one thing that you have is tile and grout. And if you don’t make sure to clean it on a consistent basis, it can lead to things like soap scum, hard water stains or even mild and mildew. If that happens, the very place where you go to get clean could end up being the room that leads to sneezing, coughing and respiratory problems. Continue reading 5 Easy and Effective Tile and Grout Cleaning Tips

The Most Common Problems to Look for When Buying an Older Home

There are a few reasons why buying an older home can be an appealing prospect. For one thing, older structures tend to come with a smaller price tag than their new construction counterparts, all things being equal. So buyers that want to make every dollar count will appreciate the fact that they can afford a large home in their target neighborhood, even if it was built during the Prohibition era. And of course, older homes tend to feature the architectural elements of their time, lending an air of charm and visual appeal that some newer (ahem, tract) homes seem to lack. Unfortunately, there is a downside: older homes may need a lot of repairs to make them livable and/or allow for the modern features that many homeowners require. So you need to be prepared for upgrades, replacement, and renovation when you purchase an older home. Here are just a few common problems you’ll want to keep an eye out for when you’re viewing properties for prospective purchase. Continue reading The Most Common Problems to Look for When Buying an Older Home

Garage Winter-Proofing Tips to Help You Stay Warm

Most homeowners don’t realize just how much heat could be escaping through the walls of their garage during the winter. While you might not want to bother with insulating the entire garage and adding heat, you should be aware of the fact that any interior walls inside your home that connect to the garage should be treated as exterior walls and insulated accordingly. And of course, you can always find ways to winter-proof the garage itself in order to ensure that the warm air you pay for inside isn’t escaping through the garage. You might even want to take steps to make your garage a bit warmer, not only for your own benefit, but also in an effort to better protect expensive machinery that could be damaged by extreme cold weather, like vehicles, lawn and garden equipment, and so on. In some cases, weather-proofing upgrades can be pricy, but you don’t necessarily have to spend an arm and a leg to keep your garage a little warmer. Here are some options to consider. Continue reading Garage Winter-Proofing Tips to Help You Stay Warm

Solving Water Efficiency Problems with Mobile Apps

It seems like everywhere we turn, there are new apps springing up to address home improvement issues big and small. For example, you can use apps as levelers and inclinometers, since many modern smartphones have built-in accelerometers and gyroscopes. However, many app developers are taking it to a new level, helping you monitor water efficiency, usage, and risk through a few handy apps. Continue reading Solving Water Efficiency Problems with Mobile Apps

5 Swimming Pool Safety and Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Buying a home that has a swimming pool may seem like a dream come true initially, especially if you and your family are avid swimmers. However, there’s more to having a pool than simply sticking a hose in a hole in the ground, filling it with water, and jumping in. You’re going to have to keep your pool clean and maintained if you want to enjoy it for the foreseeable future, and you’ll certainly want to make sure that you create a safe environment for family recreation. And this goes well beyond skimming the pool with a net once in a while and telling the kinds not to run near the pool. Here are just a few tips that are sure to help you create and maintain a safe swimming environment that your family will enjoy. Continue reading 5 Swimming Pool Safety and Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

5 Preventative Summertime Pest Control Tips for Homeowners

Preparing your home for the summer months includes some maintenance and preventative measures. Since lots of time is spent outdoors, you will need to protect your home from allowing in unwanted pests. Here are 5 preventative summertime pest control tips for homeowners. Continue reading 5 Preventative Summertime Pest Control Tips for Homeowners

Home Addition Mistakes That Could Hurt Resale Value

There are all kinds of reasons to consider placing an addition on your home, but the main goal for most homeowners is to increase the livable square footage in their structure. Perhaps you want to transform a makeshift mud room into a warm and inviting foyer with plenty of storage. Or maybe you need extra bedrooms to accommodate your growing family or make a separate space for an elderly parent. It could be that your kitchen and living room just aren’t big enough for your entertaining needs. Whatever functional concerns you have, building an addition will certainly give you the extra space you need for living. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that extra square footage increases your resale value, especially if you’re tacking extra bedrooms and bathrooms onto your listing. However, there are also plenty of ways that you could end up damaging your anticipated return on investment. Here are some home addition mistakes that you should know about so that you can avoid them. Continue reading Home Addition Mistakes That Could Hurt Resale Value