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Holiday Kitchen Prep

The problem with most of us is we are inflexible. Sure, we like to believe we would do the right thing, the most logical solutions. What is funny is during heavy times like the holidays, we wind up tripping over ourselves doing reckless things because we are afraid to change our systems. Here are a…

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Cobblestone Creek

Fall and Winter Landscape

When fall is fast approaching and winter rains are not far behind, it is a good time to start planning your landscape improvements to solve drainage problems that might have surfaced last winter, clean up any mess left by last year’s water, and create an attractive new yard that will help prevent property damage in…

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House in Snow

Frozen Pipes

It happens every winter. You don’t leave the heat on when you leave, or the temperature drops so low you don’t even think about the water freezing in the pipes. As much as we know about what to do to protect our homes and apartments, sometimes we just forget. The problem is, if you forget…

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Opened Pool

Money, Geography Determine when to Open and Buy A Pool

Logistically, you can open your pool as soon as you’re sure the temperature won’t hit freezing and cause your water to freeze. Of course, few homeowners need their pools open this early, but wait too long and you’re likely to miss out on that first sterling, 85-degree spring day. If you have a basic pool…

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Chimney in snow

Santa Claus is Coming to Town — Is your Chimney Ready for Him?

Before you light the Yule log this holiday season, it’s a good idea to make sure your chimney is prepared to handle it. Though often neglected, chimney cleaning is essential if you want your Christmas to be as safe as it is jolly. The good news is, chimney cleaning is not just quick, but affordable,…

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Checklist: Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

Whether your guests are staying just for the day or will be overnight visitors, this holiday checklist will help make your home as inviting and comfortable as possible. Entrance Make sure walkways and porches are free of ice and snow. Taking someone to the emergency room because of a fall is not the way you…

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Home in Winter

Checklist: Cold Weather Survival Tips

The best way to get through cold weather is to be prepared for it. In areas where long periods of cold weather are simply a part of life, having a winterized house is extremely important. As fuel and electricity costs continue to rise, knowing the best and most effective ways to keep your home warm…

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Clean Living Room

Spring Cleaning Myths & Mistakes

Many of us learned our cleaning habits growing up. Like other home remedies, for every spring cleaning tip that has served us well over the years is another one that is all smoke-and-mirrors. Here are some common spring cleaning myths and mistakes that either don’t get things cleaned as they should or waste valuable time…

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Frozen pots

Home Winterization

In some areas of the U.S., home winterization is not a big deal. Places like southern Florida and southern California may get a touch of winter chill from time to time, but problems like freezing pipes and frost heave are virtually unheard of. That being said, home winterization is something that homeowners in just about…

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Snow removal

Snow Removal Tips

Every year hundreds of people injure their backs, or worse, by shoveling snow. Snow removal may be a necessity if it snows frequently, but it is also a physical activity that should be carefully undertaken. However, there are some tips that can help alleviate this hassle and keep you and your back safe so that…

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