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November 19, 2017

Homeowners liable for snow and ice control
(BPT) - Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn't just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fall and... Read More


Dirtiest objects in the home
(BPT) - Home is where you live, eat, sleep and everything in between. It's a sanctuary away from work and the chaos of the outside world, but have you ever given thought to how filthy even the most commonly used items are? To keep your clean home happening so that you can enjoy your treasured time,... Read More


Extreme weather damage: How to repair and prepare [Infographic]
(BPT) - Extreme weather events can cause serious damage to homes. The damage can be extensive and expensive to repair. Prepare your home for future extreme weather events such as hurricanes by installing closed-cell spray foam insulation into your home. Closed-cell spray foam can help reject bulk w... Read More


4 things you might not know about DIY home security
(BPT) - With the holiday season approaching, you may be thinking about giving your family the gift of home security - especially if you know you'll be traveling over the holidays.A growing number of homeowners are turning to do-it-yourself smart home security systems to address their security conce... Read More


How to avoid cold weather woes
(BPT) - As sweater season knocks on the door, it's time to prepare for the brisk temperatures ahead. This winter, keep your home, health and well-being top of mind with these simple tips to avoid cold weather woes.Winterize your porchInstall plexiglass panels to keep the cold weather out, allowing ... Read More


Survey: Messy garages stand in the way of Americans pursuing their passions
(BPT) - Americans would love more time to pursue hobbies they're passionate about, and time-drains like disorganized garages are a big obstacle to doing the activities they enjoy, according to a new survey conducted by Gladiator and Kelton Global.Eighty-four percent of Americans surveyed would like... Read More


4 DIY projects to improve the visual appeal of your home
(BPT) - If you love a good DIY project, then the beautiful weather of the spring and summer marked the perfect time to tackle all of your outdoor goals. Yes, these were the good times, but since then, the weather has shifted and cooler temperatures have arrived. So, is now the time to shelve your D... Read More


Winterize your home now for comfort all throughout winter
(BPT) - While temperatures across the country are still mild, major snow fall in some parts of the country has given some Americans a bitter taste of what to expect this winter. Depending on where you live, winter may mean cooler, rainy days or lake-effect snow with four feet of the white stuff at ... Read More


Is your home ready for the holidays? [Infographic]
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Reduce and Reuse at Home [Infographic]
(BPT) - From your roof to your mailbox, these easy steps will save energy, help the environment and put some extra cash in your wallet.... Read More


Essential maintenance tasks to keep a clean home happening
(BPT) - Today's typical family home is a buzzing hub of activity where meals are cooked, homework is done and family game nights are contested. In the background of it all: the home appliances that keep home life moving along. Focusing on a few maintenance tasks can keep home appliances performing ... Read More


Home cleaning routines for allergy relief
(BPT) - Many people turn to nasal sprays and antihistamines to combat seasonal nasal allergies or hay fever, but keeping the home clean to combat allergens, pollen and dust mite debris is just as important in the fight against allergies.Vacuum often, and with the right filters and bagsOne key to mi... Read More


Increase kitchen efficiency with ease
(BPT) - As the holiday season approaches and the calendar begins to populate, it's important not to allow the stress of entertaining large groups to become a burden. Below are four tips to help organize a kitchen and host with ease, creating a functional space for family and friends to enjoy.Plan i... Read More


The sound of silence: How to design a quiet home office
(BPT) - In today's increasingly digital world, it's no surprise that more employees are opting to work from home. While there may be a shift of physical locations - from the office building to the home - productivity is still paramount, making the need for quiet home workspaces more important than ... Read More


4 DIY tips to save money and get your home ready for winter
(BPT) - Many people look forward to the cooler weather. The brisk autumn winds and colorful leaves signal that once again it's time to take out the sweaters and scarves. There are the hot soups and pumpkin-flavored drinks to keep one warm as the weather gets cooler, but for the conscientious homeow... Read More


What to look for when shopping for home locks and deadbolts [Infographic]
(BPT) - When it comes to your home, we know how important it is to you to keep it safe and secure. That’s why you should look for the BHMA Certified Secure Home label when shopping for a new lock or deadbolt. For more information, visit www.securehome.org.... Read More


The savvy homeowner's 5-point outdoor winterization checklist
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, you're reminded that Old Man Winter will soon rear his ugly head. Before the first flurries fly, it's important to take some winterization steps to ensure your home is ready for whatever the season brings.This five-point checklist will help safeguard your home against ... Read More


Home smart home: Boost your home IQ with smart appliances
(BPT) - If you think a Jetsons-like home of the future is still a ways off, think again. Today's smart home is here offering simple ways for consumers to operate their home, adding the ultimate in efficiency, convenience and enjoyment. It's easier than you think to create a connected home that lets... Read More


America's finest: 6 luxury home improvement products made in the U.S.
(BPT) - Peruse any home improvement media and you may get the impression you just can't build, renovate or decorate a quality home without relying on foreign-made products like granite from Italy for countertops, cherry hardwood flooring from Brazil or textiles from India. However, you don't have t... Read More


3 steps to a healthier, happier home
(BPT) - Today, people are more focused on health and wellness than ever before. You know this because you are constantly flooded with advice on what to eat, how (and how much) to exercise, and what to ask your doctors.All of these things are important but what about the vital role the home plays in... Read More


Home improvement insight: 5 tips to redesign with kids' safety in mind
(BPT) - Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids' safety in mind during the redesign process.By being proactive today, you can ensure your entire family can safely enjoy the results of your home improveme... Read More


5 myths about solar panels, debunked
(BPT) - Home solar panels can drastically cut or even eliminate electricity bills, reduce a home's carbon footprint, increase resale value, and may even help a home sell faster.The cost of rooftop solar systems has fallen dramatically in recent years, and most homeowners have the option of buying t... Read More


5 DIY home upgrades anyone can do in a day
(BPT) - (BPT) - Do-it-yourself home projects are sweeping the nation, and it's easy to see why. DIY is typically budget-friendly and fulfilling to complete; simply find the right project to match your skill set and needs.To get started, here are five inexpensive projects that can by tackled by any ... Read More


Shedding new light: 8 surprising facts that will have you rethinking your lighting
(BPT) - You step into a dark room, turn on the light switch and go about your day without giving it another thought.But here's the thing - you should.According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American home has approximately 50 light sockets, and most of those still contain ... Read More


Upping your laundry room's wow factor
(BPT) - Doing the laundry is no longer relegated to dark, musty basements where no one cares to go. Thanks to modern technology, great design and access to innovative ideas online, laundry rooms have moved upstairs and come into their own. In fact, laundry rooms today are right up there with dream ... Read More


Cost-effective home improvements
(BPT) - Home improvement projects don't always require breaking the bank and turning your living space into a construction zone. There are plenty of small, cost-effective projects that are not only affordable, but can potentially save you money in the long run. Programmable thermostat Simple ins... Read More


Easy winter weatherproofing: Keep the chill out as temperatures drop
(BPT) - Households heating with natural gas, which is almost half of U.S. homes, are expected to spend an average of $635 on heating this winter - 22 percent more than last winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration - but some easy seasonal maintenance tips can make a big diffe... Read More


The key to a better love life lies in your chores [Infographic]
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Installing large format tile for beautiful, durable floors
(BPT) - Floors set with large format porcelain and natural stone tile continue to be the rage among homeowners and interior designers. Large format tiles, which are defined as 15 inches or longer on one side, make any room feel more open and welcoming. These popular tiles make a bold statement that... Read More


3 important areas to focus on when winterizing your home
(BPT) - From the holidays to cold-weather fun like ice skating and skiing, winter promises its share of good times. Preparing your home for winter's weather extremes can help ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment out of the season, while protecting your home's vital systems and indoor comfort.'... Read More


7 projects to help your home weather the winter safely and efficiently
(BPT) - If chilly temperatures make you want to snuggle under a blanket in front of a roaring fire, just think about your poor water pipes that can't escape the cold. You can't wrap your home in a warm, protective blanket when winter arrives, but a few winterization steps can help ensure your home ... Read More


Insulation can help protect homes from flooding
(BPT) - Hurricane season is in full swing, and thousands of homeowners across the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico have been hit by mammoth hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.The cost of damages that occur in hurricanes or intense tropical storms making landfall in the U.S. each year numbers in the bil... Read More


Roof repair: Mind the gaps, banish the squirrels
(BPT) - Cold can aggravate a roof issue and quickly turn minor defects into costly repair bills; in fact, the latest 'Cost vs. Value' report from Remodeling Magazine estimates the average roofing replacement costs over $20,000.So, whether you've already noticed signs of wear on your roof or just wa... Read More


It's time: Signs your heating system needs a tune-up
(BPT) - Temperatures are falling, pumpkin spice everything has reappeared and stores have already put out holiday displays - all signs that winter is either on the way, or already here, depending on where you live. If you haven't already had your heating system tuned up, now is the time.Neglect is ... Read More


Raising the bar(n) in your home: Say hello to a barn door this winter
(BPT) - Amid the many trends ebbing and flowing through home improvement, one in particular seems likely to stick around. Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country - in contemporary and rustic designs. With this design element found on such opposite si... Read More


Insulation tips: Give your home its own winter coat
(BPT) - In fall's natural progression toward hibernation and all things cozy, preparation for your house is often forgotten. Insulation for the home can seem intimidating, but don't let that stop you from digging deeper. You'll find that proper insulation is key for superior home comfort and increa... Read More


6 tips to improve indoor air quality
(BPT) - Stuffy and runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose and eyes - having allergies can be miserable. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 60 million Americans suffer from asthma and allergies, and nearly 70 percent of U.S. households are affected by indoor allerg... Read More


Top tips to reap the fullest experience from fall TV
(BPT) - With long nights and chilly temperatures, it's always good to find an excuse to stay home. Here's a classic excuse that's gone from lame to legitimate in a short time: I have to catch up on my favorite TV show.So fix your favorite snack and pull up a sofa, because this fall, there are a ton... Read More


Real-mom life hacks for an imperfectly perfect life
(BPT) - Your house is spotless, your children are well behaved, and every night there's a beautiful home-cooked meal on the table. Just how do you do it?The answer: You don't. From 1960s how-to guides portraying the perfect mother to today's Pinterest-crazed super moms, there's always been pressure... Read More


5 Effortless DIY Projects to Prep Your Home for Fall -- and Beyond
(BPT) - The telltale signs are all there. Maybe it's football season, the changing color of the trees right outside your door, or the crisp morning air that's suddenly taken on a chill. Yes, there's no denying it, fall is here and winter is quickly following behind.No matter where you live in the c... Read More


During storm cleanup, safety comes first
(BPT) - For many people, fall is their favorite season - mild temperatures, fall clothes and fall leaves creating colorful yards. But the season involves more than cool breezes and fall colors. From New England to California, Florida to the Great Lakes, the final few months of the year usually brin... Read More


All home warranties are not created equal
(BPT) - Having a home warranty is a smart way to help deal with the inevitable home repair problems that all property owners face at one point or another.After all, a good home warranty can mean getting expert help when your HVAC system needs to be fixed, your water heater needs to be replaced, or ... Read More


Create your cozy [Infographic]
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Ready, set, guests: 3 paint projects for fall entertaining
(BPT) - 'Despite the hectic chaos that comes with the back-to-school season and adapting our family schedules, I find fall to be the perfect time to tackle my home to-do list,' explains Cyndy Aldred, the do-it-yourself paint blogger behind The Creativity Exchange. 'It's perfect because fall is our ... Read More


5 easy ways to turn your house into a smart home
(BPT) - There was a time when setting up a smart home was a labor-intensive endeavor. You had to know which devices worked together, spend tedious days getting everything to work just right, then master complicated software to control the whole experience.Things have changed. Nowadays, smart homes ... Read More


How to choose the right lock for your home [Video]
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Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning
(BPT) - Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations.Be... Read More


Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it's time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the change in... Read More


How to Transform Your Cleaning Routine [Infographic]
(BPT) - According to a survey* from affresh(R), 28% of Americans haven't considered cleaning the inside of their laundry appliances or didn't know that the inside of dishwashers should be cleaned. The appliances that clean our clothes daily or remove built-up residue from our dishes are just as imp... Read More


Increasing your home's appeal through design
(BPT) - When you think of where you are happiest in your home, is it a place where you can relax, where you enjoy socializing, or where you feel most productive? Most people associate positive feelings with their home - but more specifically, they associate positive emotions with certain parts of t... Read More


5 strategies to embrace a green lifestyle
(BPT) - Going green: It's more than an idea - it's a fundamental change you make to support the environment and reduce your carbon footprint. In making this change, you probably started with the small stuff. You turn the lights off when you're not in the room, unplug devices that aren't in use and ... Read More


Replacing a furnace? How to choose an energy-efficient system
(BPT) - If it's time to replace your furnace, you may be wondering if it's worth the extra investment to buy an energy-efficient system. Or, you may be unsure how to choose an energy-efficient system for your home.'Energy-efficient heating systems can substantially lower your fuel costs over the li... Read More


Bringing sustainability home is as easy as ABC
(BPT) - With 67 percent of consumers from across the globe preferring products from sustainable sources, according to a recent Nielsen survey, creating a more sustainable home is the new normal. From buying down and feather products to repairing leaky pipes, making your home more sustainable is as ... Read More


4 fallacies you should never believe about wooden decks
(BPT) - Deck-building trends come and go, including new styles and building materials like composites. However, wood remains the material of choice for the majority of deck projects, according to Popular Mechanics.When you're weighing what type of material to use for your deck project, you'll likel... Read More


Garage doors: More visual impact than your front door
(BPT) - If you're buying a garage door, you'll be faced with several decisions that you likely never had to make before. Before you call your local garage door dealer, here are some of the decisions that you need to face.The design decisionRemember the adage that the front door is the most importan... Read More


Hot home design: 4 things to consider when choosing siding
(BPT) - Selecting new siding is one of the most important curb appeal decisions homeowners face when building new or remodeling an existing home. With so many options - both classic and modern materials - there's a lot to consider.Many manufacturers are now combining traditional styles and material... Read More


This fall, make home upgrades with staying power
(BPT) - Fall can be the perfect time for homeowners to complete projects that busy summer schedules didn't allow. It's also a great time to look at ways to add lasting value to your property. This season, upgrade cheap fixes, freshen dated looks and incorporate lasting improvements in your home. Ch... Read More


Artisanal elegance for curated design in the kitchen
(BPT) - Original, handcrafted décor brings an artisanal elegance to today's modern kitchen. Designers and homeowners alike are incorporating more one-of-a-kind pieces that bring an individualized artisanship to the heart of the home. These unique fittings and fixtures adapt to multiple style prefer... Read More


5 ways to refresh your not-so-fresh bathroom
(BPT) - Whether you have a powder room that looks like it was last decorated in the '70s or a master bathroom that has never felt very masterful, you might be one of the many homeowners around the country who is clamoring to give their bathrooms a little touch-up. There's no doubt a coat of paint i... Read More


Tricks of the trade: How to maximize your kitchen renovation
(BPT) - Considering a kitchen renovation but not sure how to get the most out of your space and budget? Expert tips can help you focus your plans so you get the kitchen of your dreams for less money and less stress."Redesigning your kitchen is a big investment," says A-list designer Nate Berkus, Ar... Read More


Tips to make sure your fire extinguisher is at the ready
(BPT) - You check your alarms regularly and practice your family escape plan - but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers and knowing how to use them is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family.'In America, a fire starts in a... Read More


Big, smart ideas for renovating smaller homes
(BPT) - While newly constructed homes are bigger than ever, most Americans still live in modestly sized or even small houses - and many of these owners are choosing to remodel rather than move into a bigger home.More than half of all American houses were built before 1980, according to the National... Read More


5 kitchen upgrades to make your inner host flourish
(BPT) - You love entertaining and treating guests to delectable dishes and fun times. Unfortunately, your kitchen layout, appliances and even the faucet are so downright unappealing that the thought of planning and preparing a party menu is equally unpleasant.What do you do when you're built to ent... Read More


Teentastic: 5 tips to make any space perfect for young adults
(BPT) - Teenagers are at a point in their life where they are looking to make their own mark and find their own space. You want to give it to them, but as you start considering renovation ideas, how do you create a space your teen will appreciate?The Boys & Girls Clubs of America knows all abou... Read More


Housework may be a key to improving your relationship
(BPT) - Cleaning the bathroom and emptying the dishwasher isn't at the top of a couple's 'To Do Together' list, but it may be the true language of love. In fact, a recent survey from home appliance leader LG Electronics found most Americans (52%) get turned on by their partner doing housework. In f... Read More


5 fabulous deck fix-ups
(BPT) - Are you tired of having a deck you're no longer proud to show off? You're not alone. According to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscape Trends Study, one of the top reasons motivating homeowners to tackle outdoor projects like deck upgrades is their open-air space is past its prime.If you're like s... Read More


How to Tackle a Dust-Free Renovation
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Enjoy the latest trend in swimming pools
(BPT) - It was supposed to be a community swimming pool, but many people stayed away because they couldn't tolerate the biting, nose-curdling odor of chlorine. Others experienced breathing and skin problems.So the Evergreen Commons senior center in Holland, Michigan, converted its 65,000-gallon chl... Read More


Give your outdoor space the home field advantage
(BPT) - On a beautiful, sunny day, you simply have to be outside. But when you step outdoors, where do you go? To the park? The lake? A friend's home?How often do you stay home and enjoy the beauty of your own outdoor space?If your answer is not often or never, it's time to create your own home fie... Read More


Forward-thinking yard projects to tackle as the weather cools off this fall
(BPT) - The temperature may not have dropped just yet, but make no mistake, fall is coming. Soon enough, baseball will give way to football, green leaves will turn yellow and red and your lawn care routine will take on a whole new set of tasks. Fall lawn care isn't the long marathon of the summer y... Read More


Focus on a single element to get the feel of a remodel for less investment
(BPT) - Dreaming of a renovation but lacking the time and resources for a full upgrade? You might be able to refresh your space by focusing your efforts on individual elements that have the most impact.This growing interior design trend uses a thoughtful approach to renovation by analyzing what sho... Read More


5 smart technology upgrades to make the bathroom the brainiest room in the house
(BPT) - Smart technology has found a place in virtually every room in the home, even the one where we take care of our most low-tech needs. In fact, thanks to innovations like sensor-operated, self-cleaning toilets, moisture-sensing ventilation fans and digital shower controls, it's possible to tur... Read More


Must-have elements for building a sustainable new home
(BPT) - When someone builds a home for you, you have the opportunity to make it as sustainable, eco-friendly and energy-efficient as possible. Not only are sustainable homes more cost-effective over the long term, they have a smaller environmental impact, and can be more appealing to homebuyers whe... Read More


Buying smart home tech? This approach helps you steer clear of disappointment
(BPT) - Are you tempted by smart home technology?It's the high-tech home improvement trend that shows no sign of slowing down. Homeowners are flocking to electronics stores to pick up app-controlled smart thermostats, automated smart locks and even smart doorbells with onboard video cameras.But don... Read More


Turn your basic backyard into an outdoor oasis
(BPT) - Summer's in full swing, but are you truly making the most of it? Creating a vibrant outdoor space can expand the living area of your home, while providing a unique venue for entertaining or relaxation, allowing you to enjoy every free moment to the fullest.From the ultimate sports bar to a ... Read More


Use steel to improve your home's curb appeal
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Tricks to customize a kitchen on a budget
(BPT) - Who wouldn't want a kitchen customized to meet their specific tastes and needs? A complete kitchen renovation can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but you don't have to spend a bundle to achieve a custom effect. A few modest investments can help make your kitchen work well and look great.... Read More


Take precautions in the heat - lifesaving tips
(BPT) - From tornadoes and floods to hail and lightning storms, the United States experiences a broad array of extreme weather. Fatalities do occur, but many people are surprised to learn that the weather event that causes the greatest number of deaths is heat.According to the National Weather Serv... Read More


5 steps to a smart home
(BPT) - When it comes to technology, smarter is better. There are smart watches, smart televisions and just about everyone has a smartphone.So what about a smart home?Smart thermostats and lighting timers represent the first steps toward smart home technology for many homeowners, but in a lot of ca... Read More


Transform your backyard with these 3 elements
(BPT) - It's amazing to contemplate that all the famous paintings in history - from da Vinci's Mona Lisa to van Gogh's Starry Night - are essentially formed from three primary colors. Artists skillfully combine red, yellow and blue to formulate an infinite range of colors to bring their paintings t... Read More


5 ways to create big luxury in a small master bathroom
(BPT) - If you're thinking about remodeling your small bathroom, you may know that studies show updating a bathroom of any size can increase the value of a home. However, there's a statistic from a Houzz survey you might not know: 75 percent of people who renovate a master bathroom don't make it bi... Read More


3 steps to a more secure home
(BPT) - More than 75 percent of Americans are concerned about the security of their home, yet few think about door hardware when it comes to added protection.In fact, out of those who have ever purchased a new lockset or deadbolt, only 19 percent have done so with the safety of their home in mind, ... Read More



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