It’s been a very long winter. In fact, many cities had record snowfall and ice totals. The US was hit with one large winter storm after another. We thought it would never come, but spring is on its way. With April coming, we can begin to look forward to the spring flowers bursting with color and the sound of birds chirping. If only it were that simple. When the sun and warmer temperatures come and begin to melt the record snow accumulations, be prepared to find damage to your home and landscape from this long rough winter.
It seems we never think about our plumbing until it’s too late and there’s water spraying all over the walls. If you really want to be prepared for a plumbing emergency then you’ll start preparing a list of prequalified plumbers right now. Having a list of prequalified plumbers when an emergency does hit leaves you in a great position because all you have to do is call the plumbers on your list for an estimate and check their references. From that point, picking the plumber that gives you the best value is usually pretty easy. Let’s talk about prequalifying plumbers so you can be prepared when a plumbing emergency strikes.
Sure, you know when you own or buy a home that it is going to cost you money. You have the mortgage payment, insurance, utility bills and more. What about the unexpected costs of home ownership? Or the costs, although expected, that are higher than you thought they would be? Three primary areas that commonly empty homeowner’ wallets are heating and cooling, electricity and leaks. Find out what you can do to cut back on your spending in these areas, so your home does not cost you more than it should.
It’s no secret that moving is terribly expensive. Even moves that take place within the same town or neighborhood have a way of racking up astronomical costs. But, no more! By planning ahead, you can save money on your next move. We show you how.
More than 1.5 million residential burglaries occur every year in the United States, according to the FBI. Thieves target electronics, jewelry and other valuables, resulting in an average dollar loss of $2,079. There are measures you can take, however, to protect your home and family – many of which are easy and free. Make sure your home is secure with our home security checklist.
If you’re like many Americans, you move homes fairly regularly. In fact, more than 40 million Americans move every year, according to the Census Bureau. For many folks, moving is about getting into a bigger or better home. Whatever the reason, moving always brings stress and extra expense. Here are five helpful moving tips that will hopefully make your next move a little easier.
The creative use of ordinary items you already have in your home can save you money. Consider, for example, plain white toothpaste. It’s cheap, especially if purchased in a clearance bin or dollar store. In addition to keeping your pearly whites shining and healthy, the humble tube of toothpaste can do the following for you at a fraction of the cost of buying a cartload of specialized products.
You pay attention to your credit score, you’ve set up a budget, and you shop around for the best deals from home loans to groceries. Still, who can’t use a little extra cash now and then? If you’re thinking about having a garage sale, make the most of your hard work. You’ll enjoy that extra money in your pocket!
You can save money and be environmentally friendly at the same time with a few simple supplies you probably already have in your home. Your windows will sparkle and your floors will shine. You’ll keep potentially harmful chemicals out of your home. Best of all, your budget will stay “green” and healthy too!
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