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People entertain during the year for various reasons. However, the winter holidays are special. Everyone wants their home to look its best for their guests. Most holiday home improvement is cosmetic rather than structural. Here are some holiday home improvement ideas for your celebrations that won’t break the bank. Front Door Guests will see the front door before they see your new home improvements. You’d have a good idea if you painted it. It would give the outside of the house a fresh, new look as well as being attractive to whomever knocks on it. While you’re at it, buy…

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Winter is here, and with it comes chilly temperatures and a desire to be inside curled up in a blanket sipping on a warm drink. To ensure that your house is comfortable, you’ve probably turned on your heater and are letting the warm air circulate through your space. Make sure when it’s time to heat your home, you’re doing it the best way you can. If you’re like most Americans, then heating your home during the winter accounts for almost half of your utility bills. This can be a lot of money. More than likely, your heater is also being…

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As a homeowner, you probably understand the importance of taking good care of your roof. After all, your roof serves as a barrier of protection between your home and the elements. Keeping your roof in good condition helps you avoid serious damage to your home and can help you preserve your home’s value. Plus, replacing your roof can be very expensive, so you probably want to take good care of your roof so that you will not have to replace it anytime soon. If you don’t know much about this topic, you might not really know where to begin. But…

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Keeping your firewood dry and ready to use throughout the winter months is essential to ensuring you have access to wood that will burn properly and keep you warm. Additionally, since firewood costs a lot of money, it is important to protect your investment and store firewood in the best way you can. 1. Storage Determining the best place to store your firewood is important as this will protect your investment as well as your home. When deciding where to store your firewood, you should choose a place that has the appropriate amount of space that will allow you to…

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Homeowners living in warm, southern climes won’t be winterizing their sprinkler systems. However, if you live in an area with a colder winter then you should winterize your sprinkler system to prevent freezing of the pipes and the damages it could possibly cause. While preparing sprinkler systems for winter weather will cost a few bucks, repairing the damages caused by not doing do will cost even more. What does this winterizing entail? Necessary Equipment Homeowners who aren’t familiar with their sprinkler system’s specific parts might want to hire a professional in order to avoid breaking something that they’ll later have…

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One of the most important things to have as winter approaches is a furnace that is in good condition and ready to provide reliable service on the coldest days of the year. Poor maintenance can lead to breakdowns that leave the house dangerously cold for people, pets, and pipes. Too many homeowners think that preparing the furnace for winter is just a matter of switching the system from “cool” to “heat”, but there are a number of steps involved in checking out your system and determining that it is really prepared for what is ahead. These easy actions will help…

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It may be easy to ignore the grass when you just walk over it, but it really does have a massive impact on how a home looks. A wilted lawn can make a mansion look neglected while a lush, green lawn can make any home look like a palace. It can be tricky to keep your grass healthy but it is worth the effort. Most people don’t realize how easy it can be to aerate your lawn and how beneficial it can be. What is Aeration? Aeration is a simple and powerful procedure. When you want to aerate your lawn,…

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The cooler winds of autumn are on their way. Now’s the time to get your yard ready for the colder weather ahead. Here’s a yard cleanup checklist for getting and keeping you yard ready for fall. Clean Out Plant Beds Pests love to hide in weeds and leaves caught up in flower beds. Start pulling weeds and raking leaves out of the bed. It will make the beds look better and make pests go find somewhere else to hide. Clear and Till the Vegetable Garden If you have a vegetable garden, fall is the time to get it ready for…

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If you have ever experienced the frustration of removing your outdoor furniture from storage and finding it rusting or covered in mold and mildew, you know how disappointing this can be. Fortunately, you can make sure that this does not happen next season by following a few simple steps to protect your furniture through the winter months. 1. Give it a Good Cleaning This first step is, perhaps, one of the most important steps in getting your outdoor furniture ready for winter storage. Storing furniture with dirt, debris, or food stuck in the crevices can lead to the development of…

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Did you know that you could save as much as 15 percent on your winter heating bills by performing a few winterizing tasks in the late fall? By sealing leaky doors and windows, you are cutting down on the amount of cold air that enters your home, reducing the wear and tear on your furnace or heat pump and saving money along the way. Here are a few ways you can quickly and affordably seal air leaks and keep your home that much warmer in the winter. 1. Use Wintering Plastic Around Patio Doors and Windows One of the easiest…

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