4 Good Reasons to Get Your Ducts Cleaned

Whether you have just moved into your home or have resided there for many years, the air ducts that run throughout the home are probably an area that you do not give much thought to if you are like most people.

However, these air ducts play vital roles in dispersing hot and cool air to all rooms of the home and not keeping them clean can result in higher energy bills and health problems.

If you know that your ducts need to be cleaned or are unsure when they were last done, you should definitely consider hiring a professional to clean them and there are many benefits in doing so.

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7 Shopping Tips to Buy a New Vacuum Cleaner

Thinking of buying someone a vacuum this holiday season? While it might not sound like the most romantic or glamourous gift to give, the truth is that almost everyone needs a machine to clean their floors. Whether buying for a first-time home owner or replacing an older model, vacuum cleaners are a must have in any home, office, or commercial space.

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An Unexpected Guest: 5 Ways to Keep Raccoons Out of Your Home

Raccoons are adorable little critters with their furry bandit masks and fluffy, ringed tails. There is no denying we’ve all “awed” over the Instagram post of Pumpkin the Raccoon snuggling up to Boris the Golden Retriever. Along with their ability to make friends with household pets, raccoons are wildly intelligent.

Based on studies performed in the early 1900’s at the University of Oklahoma, researchers determined “…that raccoons bested the abilities of cats and dogs, most closely approximating the mental attributes of monkeys,”. The researchers studied raccoons’ ability to escape from a wooden box, which was closed by a series of latches. After their first successful escape, the raccoons could solve the problem quicker each time they tried it.

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No Keys? No Problem! 4 Benefits of Keyless Entry In Your Home

While traditional keys have withstood the test of time, a large majority of homeowners struggle with keeping keys and locks are susceptible to being picked. More people are considering keyless entry options either for their new home or by installing a system on the front door of their current home.

Keyless entry systems are keypads that give entry to home occupants when a passcode is entered and are becoming popular for many reasons. Below are 5 benefits that keyless entry systems have over traditional lock and key setups.

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5 Short-Term Rental Guidelines for All Landlords (Or Property Owners)

Let’s be honest: it can be too expensive to live in the city under today’s conditions. Rising property taxes, rising energy costs, rising home values. At the end of the month, what’s left in your pocketbook? Not much, except just more bills, receipts and notices. This is why so many homeowners and landlords are taking advantage of short-term rentals.

Despite the government clamping down on the latest housing trend, it still remains popular for both property owners and tenants. It is convenient for homeowners and affordable for tenants. That said, it is imperative to protect yourself, your property and your investment when you decide to take on a short-term rental. You want the right tenants, you want everything to remain in great condition and you want to ensure you have a superb reputation.

Here are five short-term rental tips for all property owners and landlords:

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Settling Down: 4 Important Activities After You’ve Moved

Moving is always a stressful time with so many things to plan and do, even if you are moving locally. You could be moving to a nearby town but it still requires a lot of work. However, when you plan things properly and in an organized way, it can definitely reduce a lot of stress for everyone, especially if you have a family with children.

You want to make sure everything goes smoothly and that you don’t skip a beat the moment you get to the new place. Here are some things you really need to do so that you and your family get back into a normal routine as soon as possible.

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Raise the Roof: 5 Guidelines for Working with Roofing Contractors

Picking a roofing contractor can seem intimidating especially since everyone knows someone with a contractor-from-hell story. Fortunately, there are a few things to look for that will help you find a quality contractor. This blog post looks at five different factors that go into picking a quality roofing contractor!

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7 Basic Plumbing Lessons for Newbies

When you own a home, at some point, you are going to need to do some plumbing work. You don’t always have to call a plumber unless it’s a major problem which you can’t handle. If you know absolutely nothing about plumbing, then you may have no choice, but if you do have some basic plumbing knowledge and experience, then you may be able to handle it yourself.

Here are some basic plumbing tips every homeowner should know, since you can prevent or fix it yourself and save hundreds of dollars.

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Buzz Off: 5 Safety Measures to Keep Bees Out of Your Home

Bees are one of the most important types of insects on the planet, providing honey and pollinating plants that bear fruit for us to eat and provide seeds to re-plant. But when they become prevalent around homes they can become a nuisance and a threat to sting people in the vicinity. As a result, sometimes it is necessary to take steps to make sure your home is not an appealing place for bees to nest. Below are 5 steps you can take to make sure that bees do not become a threat to your home.

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