Melissa

Melissa

Stories by Melissa

Before You Buy the House: Check the Gutters

Sep 03, 2014

House-hunters have many things to examine in a potential new home, both inside and out, to help ensure they’re making the best decision they can. One thing you might not think about is the home’s gutters and downspouts. They are very important, as they help route water away from the home’s foundation. How can you tell […]

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Before You Buy the House: Take a Look at the Roof

Sep 03, 2014

A home is often referred to as “a roof over your head” — so the roof is obviously a major component to look at if you’re thinking of buying a house. As a first-time home buyer, how can you tell if a roof was likely recently installed, or if it may need to be replaced soon? Here […]

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Smart Tips for Savvy House-Hunting

Sep 03, 2014

Looking for a new home can be exciting—and overwhelming. In order to properly assess the quality of a house, there are some key things you should check out early on as you’re going through a showing, before you put in an offer. Take a look at these videos featuring tips from a licensed home inspector to help you evaluate […]

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Before You Buy the House: Look at the Home’s Foundation

Sep 03, 2014

Everything rests on a home’s foundation. When you’re looking to potentially buy a home, there are a few things you may want to notice about its foundation. Watch the video to find out: For more tips on what to look at when you’re looking for a home to buy, visit our Smart Tips for Savvy House-Hunting. […]

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Cut Down Your Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

Sep 01, 2014

Sweltering summer temperatures can send many Americans’ air conditioning costs soaring. But you don’t necessarily have to choose between a comfortable home temperature and lower costs. There are ways to keep your home cool without taking a big bite of your budget. Consider these straightforward ideas you can begin using quickly. Make the Most of Your […]

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End the Summer in Style with a Block Party

Sep 01, 2014

Soon enough, summer will be winding down, and the kids will be heading back to school. But before we all say goodbye to sunshine, swimsuits and sunblock, consider one last hurrah: Throw the ultimate summer block party and celebrate the end of summer with your neighbors. Here are some step-by-step ideas on how to throw […]

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Checklist: 20 Days to Ready

Aug 29, 2014

20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Complete the 20 tasks on the list below, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks. Click the plus signs next to each task and follow […]

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Canning Safety 101

Aug 29, 2014

While canning your home-grown produce is a great way to enjoy the bounty of your garden year round, it is important to know how to do so in a safe manner. If canning is done improperly, there is a risk of contracting botulism poisoning from the finished product. Botulism poisoning is a serious disease caused by […]

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8 Walkable Neighborhoods in the Phoenix Area

Aug 28, 2014

Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs rank among the nation’s least-walkable neighborhoods, according to Walk Score, an organization that ranks the ease of navigating an area without a car. Despite the need for an automobile to get around the city, some areas do buck the trend. Here’s a look at some of them.

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Tips for Buying an Investor-Owned Home in Phoenix

Aug 28, 2014

Phoenix has a lot of flipped houses — homes that are bought by investors and sold within six months, usually after renovations, according to a report from RealtyTrac, a real-estate data company. In fact, Phoenix ranked second in the nation for the largest volume of “flips” during the first three months of 2014, RealtyTrac says. ‘Open the […]

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