How to Paint Exterior House Trim

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When you’re planning an exterior painting project, you hope for dry, sunny weather. That means this summer is the perfect time to paint some trim! Here are tips on how to prep and paint exterior house trim so that your work will last for years. Ask the Expert: How to Paint Exterior House Trim Step…

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How to Budget for Home Maintenance

In this post, we’re going to look at a key area for financial planning: monthly home maintenance costs. As a homeowner, you not only have to cover mortgage and taxes, you also need to account for ongoing maintenance, planned upgrades, and emergencies like burst water pipes or storm damage. You may be asking, “How much…

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Decking Materials: Cost vs Maintenance

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Time and money—both upfront and long-term—can influence which decking materials you choose. Here’s a quick rundown on the cost and maintenance of five common decking materials. They range from least to most expensive. (Top Photo: Evgenia Basyrova from Pexels) PRESSURE TREATED LUMBER is the least expensive of all materials and is resistant to rot and…

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Home Monitoring Systems

As we emerge from the pandemic and leave the house more often, it’s a good time to install home monitoring so that you can keep an eye on things when you’re not on the property. Consider upgrading to a more robust security system, expanding into automated lighting and sound systems, or adding monitors for energy…

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Dial Back Maintenance Through Design

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Maintenance is a broad concept. To some people, maintenance means getting the furnace checked once a year and changing the batteries in the smoke alarms before they start beeping. Others embrace it as a lifestyle and create schedules for repainting rooms (note the “re”), seek out special beeswax for their hardwood floors, and have no…

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How to save $100k


I got a great piece from my insurance company on “How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage” and I would like to share this information with you. Here are their tips, along with my comments in italics: Annually inspect the hoses leading to dishwashers, refrigerator and washing machines. Yes, they do blow. Get some…

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