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December 22, 2016

Prepping Your Home for the Winter Months

Winter can really be a lovely time of year. Cozy sweaters, making fires and a built-in excuse to hang around the house binge watching Netflix? I’m in. But with the change in temperature comes some prep work for any smart homeowner. Be sure to take care of these home preparation tasks for a hassle free winter season:

Heating System Preparation:

First things first, have your heating and air company come out to check the functionality of your heating system. They will clean and service your HVAC system and replace any air filters. It’s basically like an annual physical for your HVAC system; get the yearly check up as preventative maintenance and it will be much less costly in [...]

 
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December 22, 2016

Make Money by Letting Your House Go To The Dogs

Are you trying to pay off a mortgage, or earn extra income for home repairs or remodeling? Consider putting your house to work for you. Maybe an Airbnb isn’t an option for your home, but a Dogvacay may be. Think of Dogvacay as an Airbnb for your dog, or cat, or birds, fish, snakes or hamsters. Why? Because having your pet stay in someone’s house is so much better than putting them into in a concrete kennel or a cage at your vet’s office. On the human side, being the homeowner who works from home watching other people’s pets is also so much more rewarding than a minimum wage job with a long commute. “Who wouldn’t want to stay home playing with [...]

 
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December 20, 2016

Ask Anna: Christmas Decor

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly…”

Now that I’ve got you singing a Christmas carol, let’s talk Christmas decorations! Don’t you just love this time of year? I don’t “deck [our] halls with boughs of holly” but I do go crazy with decorations, twinkle lights and all things Christmas because it makes the house feel so magical. Today I’m going to share a little bit of our decorations and a few of my favorite Christmas decorating tips, that are a little outside the box.

1. Don’t Be Afraid of Color

When I was growing up my parents always decorated with very traditional colors, but when I moved out on my own I [...]

 
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December 14, 2016

15 Must-Use Pool Maintenance Hacks That Can Keep Your Pool Clean and Green

The pool is an exciting attraction for recreation and people of all ages get drawn to it easily. It can, however, become a nightmare when it is not in proper condition.

Here are 15 Great Pool Maintenance Tips to keep your Pool Clean The water level of your pool should not be too low or overly high. The gauge is the center level marked by your pool skimmer. This is the point that is fitting for best performance and optimal outcomes. The water pump can go dry if the water is too low or get burnt when it goes too high. Debris gets trapped by the skimmer door when the water level is too high and hereby impairing its performance. An efficient Ozonator keeps your pool chlorine [...]
 
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December 13, 2016

Don’t Fall for These Five Holiday Scams

‘Tis the season! The holidays are a flurry of activity — gift buying, trimming trees, placing poinsettias, parties with family and friends, eggnog, candy canes, and evergreens. Unfortunately, the winter holiday season is also a time when scammers come out to play. Scammers are around all year, but the holidays are especially tempting. People spend money on gifts, both in malls and online, and it’s tempting for scammers to insert themselves between you, your money and the things you intend to purchase.

Observers are expecting a 12 percent rise in scammer activity this holiday season. For fraudulent activity online, the increase is much higher: 3 percent.

Avoid disaster [...]

 
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December 13, 2016

Hobby Homes: Best Home Add-Ons for the Climber In Your Life

If you’re a climber who owns a home or are in the market for one, it’s safe to say you’re not living-in-a-van obsessed with climbing. But if you are actually that obsessed, your home may be in need of some custom climbing additions.

Luckily, homes are a great surface for all things climbing. From hangboards to full climbing walls, if you have the will, there is probably a way to incorporate your climbing dream into your home. Check out some of these crazy home add-ons from other chalk-fingered homeowners.

Gear Racks

Anyone who’s opened their rope bag to find a pile of knots can tell you the horrors of disorganized gear. Gear racks are a simple DIY project that fit about [...]

 
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December 5, 2016

4 Advantages of Kit Homes

“Homeowners can save up to 50 percent of the cost of building a home from scratch as they can by buying a kit home,” said Massachusetts architect Noah Grunberg. Grunberg is a huge fan of kit homes, both their history and the variations on their designs. Kit homes are also an alternative for the homeowner who has land that might not be accessible for traditional builders.

What are kit homes?

Kit homes have been around for more than a century. In fact, Sears (Sears Roebuck) used to sell kit homes through their mail-order catalogs. The homes were shipped by train to their new owners, neatly packaged, but unlike modular homes which are built in sections in a factory [...]

 
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December 1, 2016

What Time Does America Go To Bed?

The United States is a big old place with a lot of diverse lifestyles. Vastly different regions have different problems, solutions, worries, and habits. But at the end of the day everyone needs a good night’s sleep, right?

This made us wonder: are there certain areas in America where people struggle to sleep more than others? Are the ‘night owls‘ confined to certain states, and the ‘larks’ found elsewhere?

To begin, we gathered some of the most up-to-the-minute data we could find on America’s sleep patterns and what they mean for people from different areas. We looked at reports from the CDC and cross-referenced it with some [...]

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