3 Smart Steps To Protect Your Vacation Home When You’re Away

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(BPT) - Whether it's a cabin up north, a villa down south or a quaint cottage near family, many people in the United States own second homes. There are seasons you may spend more time at these vacation properties, but for many people, much of the year they remain empty. That's why it's important to take precautions to ensure your property and belongings stay safe even when you're not there. Not only are vacation homes a target for thieves, but empty homes are often vulnerable to the elements Continue Reading ...

4 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Smart Garage

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(BPT) - If there is one thing that we learned from Prime Day it's that the smart garage is a must-have for Amazon Prime Members. Chamberlain Group's myQ Smart Garage Hub was one of the best-selling smart home items during Prime Day. So, why are so many homeowners focusing on making their garage smart? 1) Get deliveries straight to your garage with Key by Amazon. Key by Amazon lets you get packages delivered safely and securely right in your garage so you don't have to worry that the dog's Continue Reading ...

Home Safe Home: Protect Your Children With These 5 Easy Tips

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(BPT) - We all like to think of our homes as secure havens where our families can retreat from the world in peace and comfort. While most of us do everything we can to protect our children from harm, records show that in the U.S. some 2,000 children 14 and younger succumb to preventable injuries in the home caused by burns, suffocation, drowning, firearms, falls, choking or poisoning. That's why it's important to stay vigilant when checking for potential safety hazards in and around our Continue Reading ...

Cleaning Tricks: 5 Overlooked Items In Your Kitchen That Deserve A Refresh

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(BPT) - You wipe down the counters, clean the floor and run the dishwasher regularly. Your kitchen appears clean on the surface, but there's probably a lot that could use a refresh. It's time to pay attention to frequently used but often forgotten items in your kitchen. Make sure to include these five kitchen items on the next round of cleaning so you get the sparkling kitchen you deserve. Dishwasher Why would a machine with the main job of cleaning need cleaning itself? Because food Continue Reading ...

Feeling Overwhelmed? 5 Tips To Make Time For Self-Care

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(BPT) - Ever feel like the days just get away from you, and you don't have time to do the things you need to do, much less want to do? Often wish you could just spend your evenings or weekends on your personal goals, practicing self-care or just relaxing? There are many ways you can take control of your time and take better care of yourself. Sometimes it's a question of prioritizing what you want to do - and outsourcing the rest. Simplify meal prep and cooking. Unless cooking is enjoyable Continue Reading ...

How To Keep Your Home Cool And Improve Indoor Air Quality

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(BPT) - Summer heat may be good if you're at the beach or pool, but when you're at home, it often means fighting scorching temperatures with costly air conditioning. Not only can this feel like an endless battle during the dog days of summer, but leaving the trapped hot air in your home can also worsen indoor air quality. Considering people spend an average of 90 percent of their time indoors, this is a big deal. Proper ventilation has many benefits, from keeping a home comfortable all Continue Reading ...

5 signs you need to hire a landscape professional

You might need a landscape professional if... (BPT) - In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and expertise than an online search engine can provide, and the project may end up costing more if doing it themselves. Fortunately, trained, experienced Continue Reading ...

The Homeowner’s Guide To Reading Your Roof – What’s Normal And What’s Not

How to tell when your roof needs repair? (BPT) - Four out of five homes in the U.S. Have asphalt shingles on their roof. And it's easy to see why. The wide variety of available colors and styles, combined with durability and affordability, has made asphalt shingles the leading choice for residential roofing in the country. But, like all exterior building products, asphalt shingles start to age as soon as they are exposed to nature. Buildings experience aging factors differently, so it's Continue Reading ...

5 Smart Ideas To Refresh Your Deck

(BPT) - At seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room - an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can do yourself with minimal effort. To start, if you don't have a deck or patio, research materials carefully before making an investment. One prevalent building trend involves making the smart Continue Reading ...

Room Redesign? Start With The Floor

5 trusty tips for a room redesign (Hint: Start with the floors) (BPT) - To change the look of any room, start with the floor. A beautifully finished hardwood floor adds warmth and charm - and the range of options available for hardwood floors today can truly transform a room. With choices from soft natural to cool gray to dark charcoal you can find the perfect shade for your renovation. The floor sets the tone for the room's overall appearance.Don't know where to start? Here are a few tips to Continue Reading ...