Archive for February, 2014
Your house’s curb appeal matters more than you think. With the right landscaping, lawn maintenance, and paint colors, your home will be a neighborhood stand-out. The colors you choose to style the exterior of your house can often tell a passerby a lot about your character and personality, and explain just how much you care about the upkeep of our house. When you use colors that accent each other well, and work perfectly with the size, style, and scope of your house, any onlooker will be able to see how much effort you have put into your home’s overall aesthetics. For this reason, many people maintain the exterior paint quality of their house carefully.
So take a look at the exterior of your house. If you see paint chipping, or siding that looks dull, you might want to consider re-painting. But it woul
The housing collapse hit this country hard, and the effects are still being felt. As the country slowly recovers, many people who would have otherwise purchased new homes are being a little more circumspect, and opting to upgrade their current homes instead. The logic is, by the time they decide they’re finally ready to sell, the market will have rebounded even further, and their remodeling project will add to the home’s value.
One of the easiest solutions people are finding to increase the value of their homes (and make them more functional and enjoyable to use in the meantime) is kitchen remodeling. Even something as simple as some new kitchen flooring ideas can dramatically increase the overall value of a home. According to a recent study by Remodeling magazine, even minor kitchen remodeling p
Did you know that there are about 40 million corporate relocations in the United States every year? Although businesses relocate for a number of different reasons, relocation usually occurs for positive reasons like growth and expansion. Even if the reason for the move is nothing but good news, that doesn’t take away the fact that corporate relocation can be stressful and inconvenient.
When companies hire new employees, part or the deal often involves the employer assuming responsibility for all employee relocation costs. Given the high costs of moving long distances, relocation assistance can be a huge perk when it comes to getting a hotshot job applicant to accept an lucrative offer.
Did you know that a home’s biggest source of water waste are toilets? They waste nearly 30% of an average home’s indoor water consumption! Older, less efficient models can use as much as six whole gallons per flush.
Thankfully, there are new, modern, water saving toilets that can help curb the amount of water wasted. These water efficient toilets can provide equal or even superior performance as older toilets, while still only using a measly 1.28 gallons of water per flush. Believe it or not, if every old, inefficient toilet was replaced with the water saving models, 520 billion gallons of water would be saved every year. That’s the same amount th
When the temperatures get extreme, both in the winter and summer, most Americans use their HVAC systems to stay comfortable. Unfortunately, over time, even the most reliable systems can break down and cause homeowners to need to invest in air and heating repairs. In order to save a bit of money by avoiding those pesky heating and cooling repairs, or while just waiting for a contractor to show up, there are a few things anyone can do to stay comfortable. Some happen to be a lot more silly than you realize.
During the 2012 Heat Wave, The Huffington Post shared some of the funniest ways to keep cool without cranking the AC.
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A lot of us are looking at all sorts of ways to save money and keep our budgets in check. We want to make sure that we do not spend money unnecessarily on our household budgets. One place many people try to save money is on utility costs.
A lot of money is spent on utility bills by Americans. An estimated two thirds of all home in the United States have air conditioning that can result in high energy bills. Every year, aid conditioning costs equate to $11 billion according to the Energy Information Association. You can reduce the cost of running your air conditioner by replacing it with a high efficiency model that can reduce energy use by 20% to 50%. You will of course, see a corresponding reduction in your utility bills.
In addition, you should also make sure that your furnace is in good shape. You