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Furnace Repair and Maintenance Tips

furnace-repairThere are many household maintenance jobs that most homeowners don’t normally think about until the time comes when it actually doesn’t work – specifically heating and cooling systems. Colder weather comes quick in the Northern United States and the day will soon be here when you have to turn on your furnace to stay warm. But wouldn’t it be terrible if it didn’t work and now you are stuck in the cold? Although you can quickly call a furnace repair specialist near you to fix any problem you are having, wouldn’t it be easier to just take a few simple steps to keep your system working with just a little maintenance? Here are 5 easy furnace repair and maintenance tips to keep your system running smoothly all year long. Continue reading “Furnace Repair and Maintenance Tips” »

Decorating Tips for Your First Home

No more renting out apartments that 100 of people have already lived in, you finally have your own place! A way to make your new home finally yours is to decorate it the way that you want. Looking at your new and empty home is like looking at a blank canvas. You want to decorate in a way that looks grown-up, comforting, and inviting all at the same time. But where does one get started on decorating? Follow these decorating tips for your first home.

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Office Trends of 2016

2016 home office trends

Trends come and go like seasons. Some people partake in trends, and others stick to what they are comfortable with as the trends pass. One of the trendiest places can be your office, whether it is your corporate office of your home office. For some people, their work space impacts the quality of the work they do. Check out the corporate office trends of this year that you could implement in your home office today!

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Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

You and your family are all set to go on vacation. But, you begin to worry about the safety of your home, even when you do the security basics of locking your doors. How can someone ensure that their home will be safe when they are away on vacation? Check out these tips on keeping your home safe, beyond locking the doors, while you are on vacation.

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Benefits of Renting a Cabin on a Lake

Time for some de-stressing without added distress? Kiss those high-maintenance getaways goodbye, and head for the water. Here are seven benefits of renting a cabin on a lake. Continue reading “Benefits of Renting a Cabin on a Lake” »

Home Office Design Inspiration

If you are a blogger, a freelancer, or any other stay-at-home worker, you have a designated home office area. Being able to get up every day and get work done from home takes a lot of self motivation. A work space that is unorganized or dull can make it even harder to stay motivated throughout the work day. Since you spend a lot of your time at your desk when working from home, it wouldn’t hurt to give yourself an organized work space. It also wouldn’t hurt to add some color or design to your home office either. After all, you do spend a lot of time in your work area, you might as well make it look exactly how you like it. If you are interested in spicing up your home office workspace, here are some design inspiration and ideas to get you started.

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How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

Eco-friendly Home Picture

Today, a lot of home owners are going green by making their homes more eco-friendly and energy efficient. Climate change is a real problem all over the world, and a lot of people are wondering how they can help out in some way throughout their everyday lives. If you are one of those people, keep reading to find out ways to make your home more eco-friendly by providing a good balance between the health of the environment and the health of your household.

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Are LED Downlights Affordable For A Home?

old light bulbSolid state LED lighting has become the standard. Energy savings over conventional lighting can reach as much as 25% on brightly lit structures. LED streetlights are appearing in cities all over the globe, and the US Department of Energy claims it will represent over 45% of public lighting in the next two decades.

But the same advantages of commercial LED downlights are available to homeowners as well. Energy consumption can’t be so easily monitored, and most people don’t figure in lighting costs as part of the home expenditures. But people are becoming more aware that LED bulbs can create substantial savings over time. LED bulbs and lighting fixtures are taking up more space in retail stores than they did just a few years ago, and even tech review sites have jumped on the LED bandwagon. Continue reading “Are LED Downlights Affordable For A Home?” »

Perfect Wonderlic Score. Perfect House.

Perfect HouseI recently had the good fortune to meet football legend Pat McInally who played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1975 through 1985.  (A little bit of side trivia, Pat is rumored to be the only NFL player in history to have made a perfect Wonderlic score on the official NFL-issued Wonderlic test.)  Anyway, when I met Mr. McInally, we weren’t talking about football or standardized testing or anything of the sort.   Continue reading “Perfect Wonderlic Score. Perfect House.” »

The Best Ways to Get Rid of Thick Ice on Your Driveway

review_id_433_image3_ATT00002De-icing your driveway is no easy task. We’re right in the heart of winter right now, and much of the northeast and midwest have been seeing heavy snow storms. Much of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are about to get hit with a snow storm within the next couple days. Unfortunatley for many of us in these regions, that means unruly snow mixtures accumulating on our driveways and sidewalks. Continue reading “The Best Ways to Get Rid of Thick Ice on Your Driveway” »

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