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    Are You and Your Family Prepared for Winter Storm Season? Six Questions to Ask Yourself

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

    AccuWeather is predicting above-average snowfall for the East Coast this winter, and a long winter for the entire U.S. What this means is: if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to get ready for winter storms (especially if you live in an area where storms like these are a possibility).

    If you want to make sure your home, car and family are prepared for winter, there are six important questions you need to ask yourself:

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter Car, Winter Safety

    18 Ways to Save Electricity (or Go Green) this Winter Without Sacrificing Warmth

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 24, 2016 8:02:00 AM

    Winter readiness can mean many things, but the desire to "go green" and save on your electric bill must be balanced with the desire to stay warm and comfortable. To put it "colorfully," you want to find a way to go green without turning blue.

    Below we have 18 winter readiness tips: most of them are simple and fast to implement, and can help you accumulate significant energy savings:

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter

    Getting Ready for Winter with Chip Wade, Celebrity Craftsman

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 27, 2016 4:01:42 PM

    Images provided by: Wade Works Creative

    Let’s take a peek into the life and work of Chip Wade, a home designer and craftsman who’s built a career doing what he loves -- serving as a creative vehicle to design homes of his clients’ dreams. Thank you, Chip, for sharing your story with us!

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    Topics: Home Maintenance

    Keeping Your Home Energy Efficient, Eco-friendly, and Environmentally Safe this Winter

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Aug 27, 2016 8:30:00 AM

    With the rising costs of electricity and home-heating fuels, homeowners are more concerned than ever before about maintaining an energy efficient home. Concerns for safety and for the environment are also high priorities among many homeowners, and thankfully, the very same actions that curb the high costs of home energy usage often also tend toward "eco-friendliness" and environmental safety.

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter, Winter Safety

    Top 5 Reasons your Driveway is Covered in Cracks

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 18, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    If your driveway is covered in cracks, littered with potholes, and spotted with "rash-like" surface erosion, you will have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to repair or replace it. If it is your neighbor's driveway in this condition, on the other hand, or if you have just installed a brand new driveway, you will want to know how to prevent such a fate from befalling your concrete or asphalt driveway.

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    Topics: Driveway, Home Maintenance, Winter, Concrete

    3 Reasons Outdoor Heated Floor Mats are Worth the Investment

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Aug 3, 2016 2:44:00 PM

    With so many snow removal methods on the market, it can be overwhelming to understand which is the best method for you. While deicing solutions can be tempting to use in the winter due to their effectiveness they are time consuming, environmentally hazardous and break down the materials of your driveway and walkways. Although they can be great short-term solutions, in the long run they rack up serious damages and costs! Here’s the top three reasons that outdoor heated floor mats are worth the investment for next year!

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Snow Melting Mats, Heated Floor Mats

    Tips to Maintaining Your Driveway Year Round!

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Aug 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Your driveway is one of the most important aspects of your property maintenance. Whether it’s where you park your car, shoot hoops or watch your children play, a maintained drive is critical for homeownership.

    The bad news is that all this usage means wear and tear, regardless of your driveway type. The good news? When it comes to keeping your driveway in top condition basic driveway maintenance is easy to do yourself.

    From having a good snow removal plan of action to reapplying sealants in summer, these expert tips keep a driveway looking its best during every season.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Landscaping, Concrete

    Refinishing Wood After Winter: Get Your Decks and Patios Back

    Posted by Nichole Morine on May 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

     The winter elements are tough on all materials, but especially wood. Wood can fade, stain, crack, chip, splinter and get water logged… The list seems endless!

    The good news is that revitalizing your wooden decks, patio furniture, wooden trims and wall panels back (without hiring a professional!) is easier than you think.

    Read on to see your tips for getting your wood looking beautiful again!

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Landscaping

    How to Avoid Common Winter Liability Issues On Your Home's Property

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Feb 9, 2016 4:30:00 AM
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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter, Liability, Winter Safety

    How the Different Winter Elements Affect Your Home's Roof

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Feb 3, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Winter weather can be hard on your home in general, but usually, your roof will suffer more than any other part of your house. This damage can be attributed to particular elements of winter weather, each of which tends to harm your roofing in different ways. Knowing what these dangers are and how to minimize the risk can save you money by preventing expensive repairs.

    Below, we look at how the various elements of winter weather affect your home's roof, and include a few tips on damage-prevention:

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter, Ice, Roof, Hail