(NewsUSA) - What do you treasure most under your roof?
(BPT) - Show the man in your life how much he is appreciated, not just for Father’s Day, but 365 days a year. Choosing the perfect gift for that special guy can sometimes feel like a challenge. If he enjoys fixing things around the house and tackling home improvement projects – big or small – look no further for the perfect tool to add to his collection.
(NAPSI)—Staying safe at home can be simpler for you and your family if you heed a few hints from personal security expert Robert Siciliano, CEO of ID Theft Security, and private investigator Robin Martinelli, of Martinelli Investigations Inc.
(NAPSI)—Before summer kicks into high gear, consider converting your home into an eco-friendly and energy-saving one. An excellent place to start is with your window coverings. Cooling your house with cellular shades, solar screens or window film provides a multitude of benefits that can not only save you money, but create a more enjoyable home environment as well.
(NAPSI)—Investing a little time and effort to prevent electrical hazards can mean increased safety and comfort this summer.
(NAPSI)—Deciding to re-side your home isn’t a small undertaking but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. You need a keen eye, some research and a game plan. Here are hints that can help:
(StatePoint) Buying or selling a home in today’s real estate market? Go about it properly. From home inspections to home improvement, take your advice from leading experts.
(StatePoint) If you work from home, you know how important it is to turn your home office into an efficient workspace. And these days, making improvements with that goal in mind rests on keeping up with the trends and times.
(StatePoint) In addition to filling practical needs, home improvement projects often can increase the value of a home with minimal investment. Some projects add more value than others, however.
(NAPSI)—In the past, selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) meant trying to reach buyers on your own by posting a yard sign or running a classified ad. With over 80 percent of buyers using agents to find homes, however, FSBO sellers were locked out of “the club” because they could not get on the agents’ Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or on popular sites like Realtor.com. Without hiring a full-commission agent, FSBO sellers’ chances of being seen by qualified buyers were slim.
(NAPSI)—When budgets are tight and homeowners feel squeezed by higher electric bills, there may be a simple solution: Put the house on an energy “diet.” Here are some helpful tips:
(NAPSI)—Recent research by United Minds reveals some fascinating facts about Americans’ relationship with green spaces.
(NAPSI)—A growing number of decorators—and homeowners—are expressing positive opinions about the trend of using neutral colors.
(NAPSI)—Five percent may not sound like a lot of anything, but when it comes to building new homes, it can make a big contribution toward putting Americans to work.
(NAPSI)—A remodeled basement can add comfort and value to a home. In fact, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2013 Cost vs. Value Report, basement remodels are still one of the top remodeling projects and typically consist of about a third of the entire home’s available space.
(NAPSI)—Every year on Earth Day, millions reflect on what can be done to be more environmentally conscious. But why limit it to just one day a year? Make every day Earth Day by changing out the old, energy-inefficient light bulbs in your home with LED bulbs and put money back in your pocket.
(NewsUSA) - If you own a home, hot water availability can significantly impact how many daily tasks are accomplished, but it doesn't have to be that way. What if you could check a number of to-dos off your daily list -- such as laundry, dishwashing, showers, baths for the kids and perhaps one for yourself -- without having to devise a hot-water schedule? Well, you can.
(NewsUSA) - Spring is here, and many people have the allergies to prove it. Regardless of spring's slow pace or your motivation levels, however, it's time to start heralding warmer temperatures by beautifying the backyard. So, don the appropriate layers, grab some tools and turn your backyard into something ideal for entertaining.
(NAPSI)—If you’re like an increasing number of Americans at springtime, you’ve begun thinking about better weather and outdoor entertaining. One of the most popular ways to enjoy the season is making sure you have a great outdoor space. For some 30 million American homes, this means a deck.
(NAPSI)--Performing regular engine maintenance is critical to keeping the small engine in a lawn mower running at peak performance. A mower engine tune-up takes about 30 minutes and costs under $12 for the average push mower, according to the engine experts at Briggs & Stratton Corporation, the largest manufacturer of gasoline-powered engines for outdoor power equipment.
(NAPSI)—Many homeowners looking to maximize the efficiency of their outdoor water use turn to drip irrigation systems as a solution for keeping weeds, diseases, garden pests, scorching heat and high water bills at bay. Drip irrigation systems are easily set up by even a novice gardener and will deliver an immediate water savings as they place the exact amount of water slowly and evenly at the plant’s roots—where it’s needed most.
(NAPSI)—There’s good news for those who want to get a handle on cleaning their home but don’t know where to start.
(NAPSI)—If your family is like some 75 percent of households across the United States, you want to get at least one piece of furniture for your outdoor living space this year, reports furniture design expert Jackie Hirschhaut.
(NAPSI)—The United States has some of the world’s best, most drinkable water. But no matter where a home’s water originates, from a large municipal supply to a private well, a whole-house water filtration system can make it better.
(BPT) - If you’re bored by your bathroom, you might think a total room remodel is the only way to make a difference. And, if you’re like most homeowners, you might not have the time, expertise or budget to tackle high-profile projects like replacing your flooring, vanity, tub or shower.
(BPT) - The best bathrooms are more than just functional areas – they’re sanctuaries where you can escape, reset and recharge. And as one of the smallest and most-used rooms in the home, that’s likely why they’ve become the most popular remodeling project (78 percent), according to the National Association of Home Builders.
(NAPSI)—Give your home a safety checkup. Just as regular wellness checkups are critical for maintaining your health, routine safety checkups are critical for the safety of your home.
(NAPSI)—There’s good news for parents who want to protect the environment while providing their children with a safer place to play outdoors.
(NAPSI)—Many people may be surprised to learn how simple it can be to design a closet system that works beautifully with their unique space.
(NAPSI)—Great outdoor living is more than just a trend these days; modern cocooning demands an open-air living space. The deck, the patio, the outdoor kitchen—this is where people are turning for rest and relaxation when time or money limits vacation as an option. So the deck should offer the same elements that a pleasant in-the-house room delivers: comfort, space and aesthetic touches that make it welcoming.
(StatePoint) Painting your home yourself? Don’t be intimidated.
(NAPSI)—Picture this: To make sure your precious old photos, videotapes and family films can be shared with future generations, be sure to preserve such keepsakes on an easily accessible DVD. Here’s why:
(NAPSI)—What makes a house a home? The answer for Dena, acclaimed designer and author of “The Painted Home,” is simple: Look at every room as an opportunity to reflect who you are by surrounding yourself with the things you love.
(NAPSI)—From smaller fixes around the house to grand-scale projects, everyone has a little “do it yourself” inspiration in them.
(NAPSI)—A household item that’s often taken for granted—your dishcloth—can potentially present a serious threat to your family’s health.
(NAPSI)—There’s good news for those who are looking for a way to add a personal touch to their next party, whether it’s a birthday, graduation or a neighborhood gathering.
(NAPSI)—There are a few steps you should take to ensure a season full of safe, productive mowing.
(NAPSI)—When it comes to home decorating, what’s hot now are cool neutral tones, and here’s why: Neutral colors let you establish a palette for the bigger items-floors, doors, furniture and molding-that will stand the test of time. Neutrals also let you transform a room by adding vibrant pops of color through artwork, brightly painted walls, area rugs, and accessories.
(NAPSI)—Theres good newsand some shortcutsfor homeowners who want to be at the cutting edge of lawn care. Here are some tips to achieve a beautiful green space:
(NAPSI)—For enhanced curb appeal of your home, nothing beats a front door with beautiful doorglass.
(StatePoint) All around us, life is getting louder. But home should be a place to relax and unwind. Between televisions, cell phones, computers and video games, it’s sometimes hard to find peace and quiet within the walls of your home.
(NewsUSA) - When it comes to delicate fabric and dry-clean-only clothing, washing your favorite items can be quite a hassle. Picking things up from the dry cleaner isn't always a quick stop, especially if any unexplained marks or stains appear on your clothes.
(StatePoint) Each year, thousands of trusting homeowners hire contractors for home repairs or renovation projects. But for many, dreams of a remodeled kitchen, new roof or updated patio are dashed by contractor fraud.
(StatePoint) Whether you’re making a fast trip to the store or leaving on a two-week vacation, are you confident that locking your doors is enough to keep your home safe and secure?
(StatePoint) When the weather heats up, your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system quickly becomes a most valuable player in your home life and stays that way for several months. However, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 3 million HVAC systems fail each year. Do you know if it’s time to maintain, repair or replace your air conditioning system?
(BPT) - Home is where the heart is. But it’s also a place where families can be more conscious of their energy use. While conserving energy helps save the planet, it also helps homeowners save money.
Whether it’s to provide heat on cold winter days or to set the mood on romantic spring evenings, a glowing fire creates an appealing home atmosphere during any season. Gas fireplaces are convenient and add real estate value, but recently, more homeowners have become concerned about safety.
(NewsUSA) - Remember the 1999 Disney Channel original movie "Smart House," where current "Sons of Anarchy" queen Katey Sagal plays the computerized personality of a highly technical smart home? Sure, Sagal's cyborg-esque character, Pat, goes overboard and winds up trying to parent the motherless household -- but winning a technologically advanced house that eases chores and offers topnotch security was nothing short of out-of-this-world awesome.