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Water running from showerhead.
If you’re looking for ways to cut expenses, you may be wondering how you can reduce your water bill. The average person uses 80 to 100 gallons of water per day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). From showering and washing dishes to watering the garden, water usage can quickly add up. If you unnecessarily leave…
Model of house with blueprints and hard hat.
While not every home renovation works in the exact same order, you may want to follow a certain course to help avoid unnecessary work. For example, you don’t want to close walls and paint, only to realize you need to add a new plumbing stack that requires going behind the wall again. Many renovation projects involve multiple steps. Here are 10 common steps…
man clearing off snow from driveway.
For many parts of the country, winter means snow. It’s beautiful to look at and kids often like to play in it, but it also usually requires shoveling. Snow blowers can help with some of the work, but sometimes you’ll still need a shovel, says Consumer Reports. But shoveling is not safe for everyone. While some…
brown door looking out the window.
If you have a fenced-in yard, a doggie door can be a convenient amenity for your pet. It allows your four-legged friend to go in and out of the house as needed without getting you involved. This can be especially helpful if you are gone for extended periods during the day. Getting a dog door…
closeup of a dirty home air filter.
While many homeowners may know they should change their air filters regularly, some may not know what kind to get. If you’re a first-time homebuyer and have never had to worry about your filter before, how do you know what will suit your needs? There are different options available and it’s important to pick the…
spot hail damage
Depending on where you live and the severity of the storm, hail can be either a minor irritating event or a potentially devastating, destructive threat. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), hailstones fall to earth from 30,000 feet, reaching up to 120 mph before they hit trees, vehicles and structures. These storms cause $1 billion in damages to crops and property each…
oil spill and stain on driveway.
If your car leaks fluids or you spill some while filling up your vehicle, lawn mower or snow blower, your driveway might end up with a stain or two. Fluids such as oil, transmission fluid and gasoline can leave a stain on paved driveways and garage floors. Because these liquids are all different, cleaning techniques vary…
living room with yellow walls.
Regardless if you own or rent, your home is likely at the center of your universe. It’s where you eat, sleep, socialize and store all the things that matter most. So, why do you feel like it’s a little bit outdated? You might be thinking two reasons: time and money, or the lack thereof. In…
green home with two wooden garage doors.
Your garage door is the biggest moving part in your home, according to BobVila.com. To help ensure it provides you easy, safe and reliable access, it is important to keep the door and its opener working properly. Basic, routine maintenance can help extend the life of your garage door and opener. The International Door Association (IDA) recommends checking and…
caulking drafty window.
There’s a nip in the air. And whether you live in the city or the suburbs, you don’t want the chill to come in with you — or your home’s warmed air to leak out — when you settle in for the night. Air leaks can be uncomfortable, maybe even frustrating, and they also may cost you…