Home Ownership

Home ownership is one of the most rewarding responsibilities of a person’s life. That’s why it’s so important to consistently add value and keep up with regular maintenance. Whether you’re a new owner, keeping up with your current home, or looking to sell, prioritizing tasks can be daunting. We aim to help figure out what is most impactful to your home with expert advice. We cover all types of DIY and contracted projects. Check out the articles below for a wide range of answers to common homeowner questions!

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Adding value to your home with these simple tips

What’s It Worth to You? How to Add Value to Your Home

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Knowing how to add value to your home isn't about making huge changes. Small improvements here and there can add to your enjoyment in your home until it's time to sell - whether that's next year or next decade.

It doesn't matter if you're about to say goodbye or you're just settling in for the long-haul: your home means something to you. That's why it's... [Read More]

Adding value to your home with these simple tips

 
Home maintenance tips

A Maintained Home is a Happy Home: The Top Home Maintenance Tips Everyone Should Know

When it comes to home maintenance, you should abide by the one to four percent rule. This rule states you should spend between one and four percent of your home’s value each year on repairs and maintenance. You may wonder what type of repairs you should focus on to keep your home well maintained. This can vary based on the house, it’s age and othe... [Read More]
Home maintenance tips

 
How to Host an Easy and Special Summer Party

How to Host an Easy and Special Summer Party

Get ready to celebrate summer in the comfort of your home! Entertaining is as essential to summer as popsicles, trips to the beach, and firefly-filled nights. In a busy world, it’s important to take time to slow down and reconnect, and there’s no better place than your backyard. Outdoor parties take planning and prep work, but the payoff is priceless: happy memories. To ease the stress of hosting, try these entertaining ideas and party tips for a summer gatheri... [Read More]
How to Host an Easy and Special Summer Party

 
Remarkable Health Benefits of Being Organized

Remarkable Health Benefits of Being Organized

Getting Control of Your Stuff Is Good for Your Health, and Science Can Prove It Frankly, clutter makes us feel crappy. That’s why, every year, after the ball drops, oodles of us vow this year we will get organized. But, as days, weeks and months pass and we resume our daily routines, the determination to declutter tends to diminish. Perhaps your inner neat freak merely needs an incenti... [Read More]
Remarkable Health Benefits of Being Organized

 
Valentine’s Day Ideas That Prove All You Need Is Home

Valentine’s Day Ideas That Prove All You Need Is Home

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Valentine's Day dates out on the town can be exciting, but dealing with overcrowded venues and overpriced menus, not so much. If you love a low-key February 14, you’re not alone. According to Bing, 53% of people prefer to stay home for Valentine’s Day, and the desire to celebrate at home increases as people get older. Concerned staying in on Cupid's holiday will be boring? No n... [Read More]
Valentine’s Day Ideas That Prove All You Need Is Home

 

10 Ways to Save on Energy Costs This Winter

Reduce Your Heating Bills Without Sacrificing Comfort Winter weather is here. January and February tend to be the coldest months of the year in Pennsylvania and New York. If your ill-prepared house causes you to consume more than conserve this winter, you'll most likely see shocking utility bills in your mailbox. What if you could avoid spending too much to stay warm all winter long? Little changes add up and can help keep more of your hard-earned money in your... [Read More]

 

Top 7 Clutter Problem Areas and How to Clear the Chaos

Simplify Your Stuff and Organize Your Home’s Clutter Hot Spots Imagine you walk in the door with an armload of groceries and trip over several shoes. Red-faced, you vow, “That’s it! I’m going to get organized!” It’s the same promise you had made the previous month while searching through your kitchen junk drawer for the “good” pair of scissors. But, now you’re determined. The clutter must go. Fast forward one year. You still can’t find the “good” scissors. Many... [Read More]

 
frozen pipes

How to Deal with and Prevent Frozen Pipes

Learn Ways to Keep Pipes from Freezing and Ways to Thaw Them If They Do Freeze You wake up early on a cold winter's morning and reach for the kitchen faucet, but there’s no water. Now what? Frozen pipes are no joke. Low temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze and possibly burst, resultin... [Read More]
frozen pipes

 
5 Steps to Take When You Want to Get Organized

5 Steps to Take When You Want to Get Organized

So Long 2017, Here's to a Clutter-Free Home in 2018 Are your countertops covered in piles of papers? Does the thought of opening your closets make you nervous? You’re not alone. Most of us have a lot more “stuff” in our homes than we need, use, or even want. All too often, our possessions end up owning us rather than the other way around. We hope this post will encourage you to stick to a plan that will lead you to a clutter-free home. But, before you can succe... [Read More]
5 Steps to Take When You Want to Get Organized

 

Evaluate Your House for a Deck

Dave Toht has written or edited over 60 books on home repair and remodeling for The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, and Reader’s Digest. He's a former contractor with decades of hands-on experience.

Here’s how to plan a new deck that suits your property, meets your budget, and offers the best return on your investment.

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