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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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Unfortunately most of us don’t have the privilege of living in an environment where we can keep our swimming pool open year-round. There are usually at least a few months when the pool will need to be closed and protected. If you live where the winters are mild, closing it will keep it clean and protect the equipment from a possible freeze. If your winters bring you freezing weather, closing your pool effectively is essential to protecting its equipment and piping. Closing your swimming pool is also a fairly simple process. Here’s an easy, 10-step guide and some helpful tips…

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The temperatures are getting chillier and the leaves will soon be turning bright colors. Fall is in the air and you may be itching to get outside to experience this glorious season. This is also a great opportunity to change up your home décor to reflect the bountiful harvests, colorful foliage, and intoxicating aromas all around. Fall is a time for gathering with friends and family. So, let’s explore some interesting ideas for making your home more seasonally inviting inside and out. Create Comfortable and Cozy Seating Areas This is the time for sinking into a couch with a cup…

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When it comes to owning a home, there are always plenty of projects to keep busy with. Since a home is usually one of the most significant financial investments a person makes in their lifetime and is also a person’s primary residence, keeping up with maintenance is critical. This includes properly maintaining the exterior of the home and the driveway. Over time, there are many areas of the exterior of a house that can require preventative maintenance to protect and preserve it, such as the driveway. During the different seasons, a driveway is subjected to a variety of stresses. Summer…

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Dirt, dust, mildew and other grime quickly make many items around the home and even the exterior of the home itself look dingy and unappealing. Pressure washing can give new life to walls, patios, porches, driveways, sheds, outdoor furniture and much more. Using a pressure washer is very simple, but getting the most out of your machine and cleaning safely with it is a bit more complicated. Here are some useful tips and tricks for pressure washing. Always Point the Nozzle in a Safe Direction Pressure washers are much more dangerous than they seem. The water pressure can get so…

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No one enjoys doing chores. Kids may complain the most about it, but most adults despise doing them just as much. Without completing chores, however, no one would ever have any fresh clothes, the house would be a pigsty, and there’d be dust bunnies to the ceiling. Besides being mandatory, chores can actually be made easier to perform. This article will offer up a few tips and tricks to complete them faster and have some fun doing them. 1. Delegate The first way to help make chores easier and faster is to utilize the people that you have. You shouldn’t…

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With the temperamental weather out of the picture, the consistent glare of the hot sun makes summer the best season to do those home improvement projects you’ve been setting aside. Doing these upgrades and renovations are not ideal during the other seasons because the snow, sleet, and rain impede most, if not all, construction work. Home upgrades are best left for the hot months when work can flow smoothly with no interruptions. These home improvements can range from small repairs like patching your roof to large scale renovation projects that include overhauling your entire kitchen. All of these need time,…

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There is no doubt that having a private pool at your home is an excellent amenity. It’s a place for you, your family, and friends to relax and have fun. Better yet, you never have to go far to cool down or have a pool party on a hot day or tropical evening. If you’re looking for ways to make your pool area more appealing and welcoming, here are eleven simple pool landscaping ideas to help inspire you! Rope Lighting Rope lighting is the perfect addition to the landscaping around your pool, deck, or backyard. Safer than bulb lighting that…

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While most families like to enjoy the summer months outdoors, the season brings with it more than just sunshine and warm temperatures. It’s also the season in which powerful storms can cause a lot of damage. You can help protect your family in the summer by following some of these simple summer storm tips. Stay Away From Lightning While dark clouds may mean a storm is coming, you likely don’t think much about it until the rain starts to fall. However, lightning doesn’t need rain in order to occur. While it may be rare for lightning to strike someone, it…

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