Home Safe Home: Protect Your Children With These 5 Easy Tips

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(BPT) - We all like to think of our homes as secure havens where our families can retreat from the world in peace and comfort. While most of us do everything we can to protect our children from harm, records show that in the U.S. some 2,000 children 14 and younger succumb to preventable injuries in the home caused by burns, suffocation, drowning, firearms, falls, choking or poisoning. That's why it's important to stay vigilant when checking for potential safety hazards in and around our Continue Reading ...

A Guide To Affordable Home Improvement

(BPT) - The holy grail of home improvement is a project that makes a big difference to the appearance or value of the home without breaking the bank. The key is to focus on low-cost, quality items that will give the most bang for your buck. Here are five to consider: New bathroom countertop Bathroom remodels still provide some of the best return on investment for home improvement projects, but can also be some of the most expensive. If you can't afford a full bathroom overhaul, opt for Continue Reading ...

How To Keep Your Home Cool And Improve Indoor Air Quality

(BPT) - Summer heat may be good if you're at the beach or pool, but when you're at home, it often means fighting scorching temperatures with costly air conditioning. Not only can this feel like an endless battle during the dog days of summer, but leaving the trapped hot air in your home can also worsen indoor air quality. Considering people spend an average of 90 percent of their time indoors, this is a big deal. Proper ventilation has many benefits, from keeping a home comfortable all Continue Reading ...

5 Signs You Need To Hire A Landscape Professional

You might need a landscape professional if ... (BPT) - In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and expertise than an online search engine can provide, and the project may end up costing more if doing it themselves. Fortunately, trained, Continue Reading ...

The Homeowner’s Guide To Reading Your Roof – What’s Normal And What’s Not

How to tell when your roof needs repair? (BPT) - Four out of five homes in the U.S. Have asphalt shingles on their roof. And it's easy to see why. The wide variety of available colors and styles, combined with durability and affordability, has made asphalt shingles the leading choice for residential roofing in the country. But, like all exterior building products, asphalt shingles start to age as soon as they are exposed to nature. Buildings experience aging factors differently, so it's Continue Reading ...

How To Create An Outdoor Living Space You Can Enjoy All Year Long

How to create the outdoor sanctuary you've always wanted? (BPT) - The dream of a perfect outdoor space where homeowners can enjoy the beauty of nature while still being completely comfortable is no longer limited to a specific climate or time of year. A one-of-a-kind, all-seasons deck is possible if the right features are included in the design. The key is to combine features that protect from the elements, and then use the right materials to make it happen. Whether you're revamping Continue Reading ...

Use Your Builder’s Warranty Inspection

Generally, builders have a one-year warranty on newly built homes. It’s common for homeowners believe that new homes have no issues. As a result, they easily conclude that a warranty is unnecessary. If the house you have is almost hitting the 1-year mark, schedule an inspection right away. You will never be sorry for sparing time for warranty inspection. What Exactly Is a Builder’s Warranty Inspection For? A builder’s warranty inspection will educate you on the quality of your home. Continue Reading ...

How To Improve Your Credit Score Before Applying For A Mortgage

(BPT) - In today's world, lenders use many different types of credit scoring models. There are virtually hundreds of different models out there for lenders to choose from. Many lenders continue to use conventional models that don't provide a score for millions of consumers. That often puts younger borrowers such as millennials at a disadvantage. Millennials are less likely to have long credit histories, and they may only have one or two credit accounts. Because young adults today carry Continue Reading ...

How Long Does A Home Inspection Will Take?

A home inspection is an excellent idea and commonly a required process when buying a new home. The process commonly consists of a standard assessment of a property evaluating the structure of the establishment, the roofing system, air conditioning, and heating unit, and finally the condition of plumbing connections. Its primary goal is to provide you the definite condition of a home before you can invest your cash in a new home. If neglected, you are most likely to be a susceptible target for a Continue Reading ...

Dispelling Myths About Home Warranty Plans

(BPT) - If you're considering a home warranty plan, you are probably doing your due diligence - as you should - on how they work, who the different providers are and what to expect from the experience. This article is meant to help you understand home warranty plans, as well as separate fact from fiction. Go the extra mile to protect your home Myth: "I don't need a home warranty plan because I have home insurance." Investing money, time and love into a place to call home can be scary, Continue Reading ...

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