Organized Garages: Attached vs Detached & Finished vs Unfinished

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Over the years, I have owned about a half dozen different homes.What's the first thing on my priority list when I move into a house with no garage?Build one!...Usually before the last of the boxes is unpacked from the move.Living in the snowbelt makes it almost mandatory for me to have a garage to protect the family vehicles as well as other motorized tools and equipment.As Jay Leno would likely confirm, there's no such thing as too large of a garage!Did You Know?... By … [Read more...]

Before You Hire A Home Repair Handyman… 9 Things You Need To Know!

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Every now and then, you may need a little help with home repairs and maintenance issues.You've probably heard about handymen who come to your home to fix things that you may not have the knowledge or ability to do yourself.For the record, not all handymen are carpenters, electricians, or plumbers. Some confine their efforts to yard work, clearing brush, mowing grass, and general outdoor maintenance instead of indoor home repairs. Regardless, it shouldn't be too difficult to find a … [Read more...]

12 Best Home Improvement Projects That Benefit Home Sellers Most

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HomeGain surveyed 1,000 Realtors nationwide and asked for the top 12 DIY home improvements that cost under $5,000 and benefit home sellers. Guess what?... The #1 home improvement that Realtors recommend to home sellers -- based on cost and return on investment) is:  Cleaning and de-cluttering! That's right. It costs $200 on average to do the proper amount of cleaning and decluttering prior to a move, yet it can increase your home's value by as much as $1,700. That's an 872% return on … [Read more...]

Whole House Surge Protectors vs Power Strip Surge Protectors

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Odds are, a few items inside your home (like your computer, TV, DVD player and such) are plugged into multi-strip extension cords that also provide point-of-use surge protection.Most of those types of surge protectors provide the minimum level of protection for everyday household items.But is that really enough protection for your home electronics and appliances?Are power strips the best way to protect your things from lightning strikes and sudden jolts of electricity?The fact … [Read more...]

All About Portable Space Heaters – Which One Is Best?

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Generally speaking, space heaters are used for 2 reasons: to heat one room; or   to make up for the fact that the main heating system doesn't adequately heat a room. In both cases, a space heater can be used as a supplemental heat source. Whatever the reason for your choosing to use a space heater, there are some things that you should know about space heaters first. … [Read more...]

Getting To Know Our ThermoSpas Hot Tub: From Delivery To Daily Spa Therapy

Earlier, I told you how we decided on ThermoSpas for our very first hot tub. Now, I'll share a little bit of inside scoop about the ThermoSpa hot tub delivery process. It wasn't exactly as we thought it would be. That doesn't mean it was a 'bad' experience -- just different than we initially thought. The good news is, we're thrilled with our ThermoSpa hot tub and we've used it every day since we got it (...except for a few days when we were out of town). This is what our backyard looked like -- … [Read more...]