Melissa

Melissa

Stories by Melissa

Tips for Home Window Safety

Oct 10, 2014

As summer transitions into fall, many of us take advantage of the pleasant weather by opening windows and letting in the cool breeze. And while windows allow us to enjoy the season’s lovely sunshine and temperatures, they’re also an essential component of our homes’ safety. Learn how to let the right things in — and keep […]

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INFOGRAPHIC: Maximize Your Bathroom Remodel Investment

Oct 02, 2014

Renovating your bathroom can be its own reward, leaving you with a more pleasant, functional space. If you’re investing your hard-earned money in fixing up your bathroom, you’ll also likely want to know what the return on investment might be — and how to maximize it. The below infographic, created by The Allstate Blog and HomeAdvisor, […]

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Canning 101: Preserve the Fruits (and Veggies) of Your Garden

Sep 29, 2014

As the “going green” trend continues to gain popularity, many people are finding passion in plants. It’s not a new idea; people have long grown food in their yards, and in the 1940s, the government even encouraged them to keep “Victory Gardens” and buy local produce so that commercially grown food could go toward the troops […]

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Quiz: Think You’ve Got House Smarts?

Sep 24, 2014

As a first-time home buyer, no doubt you’re encountering lots of new things all at once. From navigating confusing mortgage lingo to figuring out how everything in your place operates, there’s quite a learning curve. Take the quiz below to test your knowledge of common home features, and then download the accompanying PDFs for more […]

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How to Dispose of an Old Computer and Thwart Identity Thieves

Sep 19, 2014

Banging a hammer against your hard drive: It’s not just a satisfying way take out your extra aggression on a helpless piece of old technology. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) also says it’s one way to help protect sensitive data that may still be held within an old personal computer you want to discard. The […]

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Pros and Cons of Homeowners Associations: What to Know About HOAs Before You Buy

Sep 12, 2014

If you’re shopping for a new house, you’re likely to come across at least a few properties that are part of a homeowners association, or HOA. Some 26 million homes across the country are governed by them, according to the trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI). Of course, amenities like swimming pools or club houses […]

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Do Hybrid Cars Really Make Us Greener?

Sep 11, 2014

Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) have been a common sight on American roads since 2001 when Toyota introduced the first-generation of its Prius to the United States market. Since then, HEVs, along with electric vehicles, have contributed to a reduction in the percentage of overall fossil fuel consumption, from 86.3 in 2001 to 83.6 in 2012. […]

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Before You Buy the House: Check Out the Home’s Windows and Doors

Sep 03, 2014

As a potential home buyer, there’s a lot to consider when you’re looking at different properties. Did you know that a home’s windows and doors can give you a glimpse into potential structural problems? Here’s how: Looking to buy a home? Watch all the videos in our Smart Tips for Savvy House-Hunting series. Download a printable […]

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Before You Buy the House: Watch for Plumbing Issues

Sep 03, 2014

That first visit to a home you’re thinking about buying gives you a great opportunity to get a feel for the home, and there are many factors to consider. One thing to look at is the home’s plumbing. Watch the video below for some tips for your next showing: Before you buy your first home, […]

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Before You Buy the House: Examine the Furnace

Sep 03, 2014

There’s nothing quite like walking into your toasty-warm home on a cold winter’s night. When looking at a home you might purchase, one thing you may want to do is take a quick look at the furnace. Watch out for red flags that may indicate you’ll need to buy a new furnace before that winter chill […]

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