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June 23, 2017

7 Add-ons for Waterside Homes

Nothing says summer quite like splashing around in the water. And whether it’s on a lake or the ocean, no good home on the water goes unappreciated in summer. If you’re one of the lucky few owners of a lake or beach house, your summer is probably already packed full of weekend visits and house guests. That being said, if you have a free weekend or two, maybe you should consider adding one of the following crazy home add-ons to make sure yours is the hottest house on the water this summer.

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June 23, 2017

Ten Great Backyard Accessories for This Summer

Want to turn your backyard into someplace special this summer? Here are ten great backyard accessories you'll want to get.
 
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June 22, 2017

Types of Roofs That Can Lower Cooling Costs

Whether you’re planning a roof upgrade or total replacement, one thing is certain — you’re about to make a significant investment. Luckily, current roofing options allow you to understand the benefit of your investment immediately, and perhaps even increase it over time.

Types of Roofs

Consider a Cool Roof

Cool roofs reflect sunlight by design, allowing for decreased heat absorption. Depending on the type of roof you choose, cool roofs can >decrease surface heat by as much as 50-60 degrees. This effect trickles down into the home, creating more comfort inside with less energy usage and subsequent cost.

What are the most cost-effective cool roof [...]

 
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June 21, 2017

5 Wonderfilet Delicious Cities for Seafood Lovers

It’s summer, which means… great seafood! But for some people, waiting around for their favorite fish to come into season just isn’t enough. If you’re a seafood aficionado, you’re in luck – the U.S. enjoys some of the widest variety of fish options in the world–from the blue oceans of Hawaii to the lobster traps of Maine, there’s something for just about everyone. So pack your bib and butter, these five cities offer great seafood options, along with amazing fishing for anyone who likes to catch their own dinner.

1. Portland, Maine

Nothing says shellfish like New England. Portland may be famous for its lobster and clam, but the [...]

 
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June 21, 2017

Energy Saving Tips for Keeping Utility Bills Low in Summer Weather

Learn how to beat the heat without it costing you in your wallet. Here are five energy saving tips to help keep your utility bills low this summer.
 
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June 16, 2017

Planting a Pet-Friendly Garden

Many of our furry friends, puppies especially, will try and taste just about anything they can reach. Cats are pickier, but will still chew on grasses and flowers. Most people know that chocolate is a no-go, but some mushrooms, flowers, grasses, and other natural flora are also poisonous to pets. When out walking, don’t allow your pets to eat anything they find, since you can’t be certain of what it is or whether it might be toxic. Also note that many fertilizers and pesticides sprayed on roadsides or in gardens can be equally deadly, so it’s always a good idea to keep your pets from nibbling on plants in strange areas. But you have more control over your own yard, [...]

 
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June 14, 2017

How to Choose and Change Your Air Filter

Air filters, like many things in modern life, generally go unseen. However, they can have a large impact on your health as well as the “health” of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. These devices are often neglected until obvious problems arise, such as a broken heating unit. It’s a safer bet to change these filters regularly before you experience any issues, helping to keep your system in shape and provide your family with good indoor air quality.

If you’ve been neglecting these devices, though, where do you even start? Here’s a handy step-by-step guide that will take you through all the elements of an air filter [...]

 
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June 14, 2017

8 Tips to Help You Host the Yard Sale of the Summer

Getting ready to put together an amazing yard sale this summer? Read these 8 easy tips from Homes.com and make sure you get the most from your yard sale.
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