Get the Facts About 5 Home Inspection Myths

Once the sale contract is signed, eager home buyers have another hurdle to overcome, the home inspection. As a real estate agent, you can ease your client’s mind by being a source of information about the home inspection process. Here are the facts behind five common home inspection myths. An…

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Your Home Tested High for Radon, Now What?

If you’ve received failing results from a radon test, you may feel a little panicked. However, it’s important to remember that there are professional radon mitigation installers who can get your home back to a healthy level. While it is not possible to get rid of radon gas, it is…

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Call in the Professionals or Do It Yourself

The presence of mold in any home or business is always a cause for concern. Urban legends may insist that getting rid of mold is either impossible or shockingly expensive. In reality, each situation is unique. In some cases it makes sense to call in an experienced mold remediation company,…

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Office Organizers in Your Kitchen

Are you tired of sorting through a mess of different sizes of cookie sheets, baking pans, and cutting boards in your kitchen? Storing these items in messy stacks is not only cumbersome and a waste of storage space; it’s also a good way to damage their surfaces. Instead of potentially…

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How to Repair a Doorbell

Doorbells are a classic way for guests to let you know they’re at the door, and malfunctioning ones can be an inconvenience. Fortunately, you can identify and fix the problem on your own. Here’s what to look out for: The problem may be with the wiring that connects the parts…

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Buying a House With High Radon Levels

You’ve been house hunting for months only to find the house you want has increased radon levels. Now what? High radon levels, if left untreated, pose a serious health concern. You are right to be cautious when financing a new home, especially if radon is present. The presence of radon…

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Save Energy by Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

A clothes dryer cannot work as effectively as possible with a clogged and dirty vent. A clogged dryer vent can interrupt the flow of air through the exhaust system, reducing the efficiency of the appliance. Failing to clean your vents could be a drain on your home’s electrical system. It…

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Be Careful of Fake UL Stickers

Underwriters Laboratory dedicates its organization to guaranteeing products meet stringent safety standards. Smoke detectors, extension cords and many products in between have a UL sticker. This means that the manufacturing facility and the device passed the inspection. Now, some manufacturers try to bypass the inspection by creating fake UL labels.…

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Hide Your Electronics Remotes and Cables

Looking for a solution to all the remotes cluttering up your coffee tables? Use adhesive-backed hook-and-loop strips to attach them to the underside. Your remotes will always be right where you left them, and you’ll never have to worry about the clutter on top of your tables again. There is…

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Top Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

A few small maintenance jobs can keep you free of expensive refrigerator repair bills. These jobs take no more than five minutes each, but can save you a lot of time and money. Complete them twice a year for best results, but, the more often you do them, the better.…

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Where Does Radon Come From?

Radon is a radioactive gas created when naturally radioactive components of rocks, soil, and groundwater begin to decompose. The radon is released into the air and disperses. When it is released into a home, however, it can accumulate to toxic levels. Sources of Radon   Many natural materials emit a…

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Use Energy Efficient Products

Do you care about the environment? Do you care about saving money? If your answer is yes, then it is time to switch to energy efficient products. Monetary savings include less energy expenditure as well as tax credits. Look around your home and see where you can save. Energy Efficient…

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Real Estate Transaction Radon Testing

Before buying a home, many people hire inspectors to take a look at the property. In general, these inspectors perform a variety of tests to check for harmful substances or chemicals in a residence. A radon test may be part of this process, depending on the inspector you hire. During…

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Inexpensive Tricks to Burglar-Proof Your Home

Have trouble remembering the code to your combination lock? Pick your favorite number and add it to each number of the combination. Write the new numbers on a piece of tape and stick it to the bottom of the lock. Anytime you need to remember the combination, subtract your number…

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How To Reduce the Radon Level in Your Home

If you have discovered a high level of radon in your home, don’t panic. It is an easy and relatively inexpensive problem to fix.  Install a Soil Suction Radon Reduction System  While there are numerous systems that can reduce the amount of radon in your house, the most common is…

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Testing Your Home for Radon

Radon is odorless, colorless–and dangerous. Ongoing environmental exposure to this toxic gas leads to an increased risk of lung cancer. To ensure the safety of your family, it’s critical to have the radon levels in your home tested. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends this…

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Make a Homemade Curve Tracer

If you’ve ever tackled a woodworking project with curves, you’ll know how difficult it is to get the curve just right. To achieve a perfect curve every time, try this homemade curve tracer. You’ll need a ¼ inch thick piece of wood. It must have a straight grain with no…

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What Is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas present in the environment as well as in high levels in many homes across the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon exposure is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States. Radon testing can ensure the safety…

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Why You Should Test Your Home for Radon

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that every home in America undergo radon testing. Read on to find out why this often-overlooked test is necessary. The Dangers of Radon According to the EPA, 1 out of every 15 homes in America has a problem with radon. Radon is also one of…

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Why Any Home May Have a Radon Issue

No matter where you live, or what type of house you reside in, you could be at risk for radon exposure. That is why you should test your home for radon as soon as possible. Radon Doesn’t Discriminate Radon is a radioactive gas that is found in most soils. It…

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Where Does Radon Come From?

Radon is a radioactive gas created when naturally radioactive components of rocks, soil, and groundwater begin to decompose. The radon is released into the air and disperses. When it is released into a home, however, it can accumulate to toxic levels. Sources of Radon Many natural materials emit a small…

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What You Need To Know About Radon in Drinking Water

Did you know radon can contaminate your drinking water Luckily, this only affects a small number of people, and there are easy ways to treat the problem. Radon and Ground Water Radon gas can dissolve and infiltrate well water or water from other underground sources. Drinking this water can cause stomach…

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How to Unclog a Slow Sink Drain

It’s usually easy to fix most backed-up sink drains in your home with a few simple tools. Your kitchen and bathroom basins have two places where most debris can turn into a nasty clog. Clean them out regularly to keep your drains free-flowing. Purging them is often a disgusting, smelly,…

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Easy Repair for Loose Doorknobs

You may wonder why some of the doorknobs in your home or office are loose and wobbly. Over time, they may break or make it difficult to open a door. Instead of replacing the whole knob, did you know there are secret screws you can tighten for a more secure…

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DIY Drawer Dividers

Do you have plenty of drawer space but find it difficult to keep everything organized? While you can purchase drawer organizers, these pre-made devices may not fit correctly in your drawers or may not have the right spacing for your drawers’ contents. Instead of spending money on ineffective organization tools,…

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How to Install Outdoor Lighting and Outlets

Need more outdoor lighting, but don’t have the plugs to provide electricity? You could resort to self-powered solar lights, or you could install a new outlet for outdoor lighting. Installing outdoor lighting is something most handymen and women can do on their own, even if there currently isn’t a source…

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Create a Welcoming Mirror and Message Board

It’s hard for families to stay connected during the week. Everyone is running off in different directions. It’s nice to have a home base area in your house to organize everything and to share important bits of information. Start your own message board with this cute and simple idea. Find…

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Best Way to Store Miscellaneous Items

We all have that one drawer that holds all of our miscellaneous junk. Some of us even keep our unwanted screws and bolts in a coffee can. But, with these setups, it can become impossible to find what you’re looking for, or even to know if what you need is…

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Check Your Gutters Without a Ladder

No homeowner enjoys cleaning the gutters, but this essential household chore prevents expensive water damage from flooding gutters. If you’re not sure whether you need to clean your gutters, there is an easy way you can check without climbing a ladder. Attach a hand mirror to a length of PVC…

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Add Extra Space in Your Closet

Running out of space in your closet? We’ve got the solution you’ve been looking for. Install an add-on clothes rack, doubling the amount of hanging space for your wardrobe. Measure a piece of rod to match the length of the rod on the top level of your closet. Screw eye…

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A Must-Know Tape Tearing Tip

Masking tape comes with a couple of nuisances: 1) the tape won’t tear, and 2) the seam disappears. While there are tape holders that can help prevent these issues, there’s an easier way to solve both problems. Here’s what to do: Pull the amount of tape you need from the…

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Ten Tools You Need to Paint Your Home’s Exterior

Painting your home’s exterior can give it a fresh new look and increase its property value. Even better, you can do the job inexpensively on your own. To achieve an exterior paint job that lasts, gather these ten tools: A multi-purpose five-in-one tool to help with removing obstructions, opening and…

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