4 Ways to Recreate Your Entertaining Space

Posted on: November 26, 2018 by in Blog
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4 ways to recreate your entertaining space

The holidays, the big game, New Year's and everything in between: At this time of year there are plenty of reasons to invite family and friends to your home to entertain. In addition, there are also plenty of times - particularly on cold winter nights - when you just want to have a place you can go to get cozy, play a video game or watch a movie in peace. Either can be an appealing option, but do you have an entertaining space that fits the bill? One where you want to spend your free Continue Reading ...

Tips for Using Metals in Home Decor

Posted on: November 19, 2018 by in Blog
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Using metals in home decor

While trends in home decor often change, there is one constant design feature that continues to shine, literally: metals. Today, homeowners can find creative ways to incorporate a regal touch that produces a timeless look with modern appeal. Take the Temperature A first step in implementing metallic decor is understanding the temperature of the metals. Think of brass, copper and gold as warm, while silver and aluminum are cooler, and cast iron or black metals are neutral. When you couple Continue Reading ...

4 Unexpected Bed Bug Hotspots

Posted on: November 12, 2018 by in Blog
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unexpected bed bug hotspots

The term "bed bugs" might make you shudder and picture a mattress teeming with the bloodsucking insects, but don't be fooled; the name is a bit of a misnomer. While almost 70 percent of bed bug infestations are associated with beds or items found near beds, the insects don't limit themselves to those spaces. Bed bugs are experts at hitchhiking and can be found in common spaces like movie theaters and public transportation. Here are a few tips from Terminix on spots and objects where you may not Continue Reading ...

Winter Weatherproofing: Prepare Your Home to Stay Safe and Save Energy

Posted on: November 6, 2018 by in Blog
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Winter weatherproofing

The heat will certainly be on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the winter season, furnaces are plugging away, causing heating bills across the country to increase. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills - with nearly half of that going toward heating and cooling. To help homeowners combat the cost of heating a home during the winter months, Valerie Mastalka, a home Continue Reading ...

How to Create The Perfect, Four-season Outdoor Living Space

Posted on: October 30, 2018 by in Blog
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perfect four-season outdoor living space

Creating an outdoor living space will give you an extra "room" to enjoy in all types of weather, even as the temperatures drop. You can start small with an inexpensive patio set and charcoal grill on a new deck, go all out with a fully installed kitchen, fireplace and living room, or something in between. It depends on your budget and how you plan to use the space. Here are some ideas for must-have elements in your perfect outdoor living space that will allow you to enjoy your backyard in Continue Reading ...

Prevent These 4 Winter Home Problems Now

Posted on: October 23, 2018 by in Blog
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Prevent these 4 winter home problems

  4 Steps to Prep Your Home for Winter When you start feeling those first hints of winter, the instinct to get ready kicks in. You may dig out your car's snow brush, blanket, shovel and winter survival kit and place them in the trunk of your car. The winter coats and boots come out of storage, and you may pick up some extra mittens. But what do you do to protect your house against the hazards of winter? If you don't take time for maintenance and winterization now, you can end up Continue Reading ...

Integrate Home Accessories for added Luxury

Posted on: October 16, 2018 by in Blog
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integrate home accessories for added luxury

Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a space and, with thoughtful selection, can transform a room into an elevated experience. When used creatively and in unexpected ways, they add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can transform the overall aesthetic and design. From hardware to purposefully placed décor, integrate accessories artfully and functionally to achieve beauty and balance for an even more luxurious space. A balanced perspective Assess the space and identify Continue Reading ...

Rats! How These Rodents Can Ruin Your Day

Posted on: October 9, 2018 by in Blog
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tips to prevent a rat infestation in your home

Say you’ve just gotten home after a long day. All you want to do is put your feet up, but you notice what looks like rodent droppings on the floor, find evidence of something having nibbled at the food in your kitchen and … what is that scrabbling sound coming from inside your walls? You may feel like panicking at the thought of rats in your home, but a little knowledge about these rodents can go a long way toward preparing you for what to do in the event of an infestation. The experts at Continue Reading ...

8 Home Security Hacks Recommended by Police

Posted on: October 2, 2018 by in Blog
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8 tips from a police home safety evaluation

Did you know that many police departments have a community affairs officer whose primary goal is to build a strong working relationship with the community? That means you have access to a trained safety expert who wants to give you ideas to keep your home and neighborhood safe. Read on for eight simple home security hacks from a recent home safety evaluation conducted by a police officer. 1. Change the locks When was the last time you changed the locks? How many previous owners have there Continue Reading ...

Take a Second Look at your Homebuying Options

Posted on: September 25, 2018 by in Blog
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Qualifying for a mortgage

Qualifying for a mortgage might be easier than you think. Buying a home is an exciting process, but for many people, it can also seem out of reach. While many renters would like to buy, there are several factors that may lead potential homebuyers to believe they may not be ready. These include credit score requirements, income, and debt levels, and the common myth that a 20 percent down payment is needed. Here is some good news: Qualifying for a mortgage may not be so far out of Continue Reading ...