Rodents and insects are a major source of frustration for many homeowners. But the cost of paying someone to get rid of these pests can often seem like adding insult to injury. With so many costs rising rapidly, most people are already facing the challenges of a tight budget. The idea of getting hit with a sizable bill from an exterminator is almost as scary as the pest problem itself. The good news is, homeowners can handle many pest problems on their own – and save lots of money in the process. Here are some tips for getting the best results from do-it-yourself pest control.
In today’s high-tech, socially-connected society, there are lots of ways to reach people. The problem is, sometimes you don’t want to be reached and sometimes “they” don’t take the hint. Here are some tips for avoiding unwanted communications.
What’s going on with home insurance premiums is that they’re going down. Nationally, the average 12-month premium at the end of the third quarter of 2013 dropped to about $848, according to the HomeInsurance.com Rate Report. That was down about 6% from the end of the first quarter. Average annual premiums have fallen every month since March.
The best way to keep that heat in is to add extra insulation to your roof and attic. We’re going to share a few additional, low-cost and easy ways to keep the warm air in your house, and that put cash back in your pocket.
Thanksgiving is also the leading day for home cooking fires. In fact, three times as many home cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. But here’s the good news: With preparation and common sense, many home cooking fires can be avoided. Check out the following graphic for some important kitchen fire safety information.
Buying your first home is exciting, but it can be a little draining at times. After going through all the paperwork, packing up and moving, then unpacking and realizing you don’t have nearly enough furniture to fill this new space, you’re a little tired. Understandably, furniture is the last thing you want to think about, but don’t worry; we’ve got a list of dos and don’ts to help guide you through the process as smoothly as possible.
Well, it’s time to combat those gloomy feelings of Jack Frost and take advantage of the cold weather. The best way to do this: Build your very own ice rink! It’s a perfect winter activity for those who are just learning to skate or those old-school hockey players.
Unless you really enjoy snow-related activities, winter is pretty terrible. One of the small consolations to this seemingly endless season is the feeling of curling up in front of a nice fire on a cold winter’s day. Most home fireplaces are either wood-fired or use natural gas, though there are some alternatives. Let’s examine the pros and cons of each in a few important categories.
Shutting down your grounds in preparation for the impending cold is critical to making sure it bounces back to its original form next season. You don’t have to be a horticultural expert to prepare your lawn for the winter. Here are a few basic steps you can take to give your plants and grass a long and happy winter’s sleep.
Though becoming environmentally friendly has become hugely trendy in recent years, it’s a trend I can definitely get behind. Every little bit of progress is better than none, and luckily, it’s been easier than I thought to make small changes in my life that eliminate landfill waste and help preserve natural resources. Three of the easiest changes involved switching from paper products to fabric replacements.