Spruce up Your Home This Year

(BPT) – Making a New Year’s resolution is common, and many people set goals for ways to improve themselves. If you have set a goal to lose weight, learn a new skill or get promoted, congratulations. But while you are striving to attain your personal goal, have you ever thought of setting a goal to…

How to Install Split AC the Right Way

As a homeowner, installing a split AC can be tricky. However, even if you are unable to get it all done, you can do some of the work and save a few bucks. There are a few things that you need to know about installing this type of system, such as an LG mini split, so…

Cutting your heating bill

Now that we’re getting into the winter months, most people will notice a spike in their electricity use and a more expensive monthly bill, mostly because of the energy used to heat their home. If you want to avoid paying hefty heating bills, there are plenty of things you can do to lower your consumption.…

The Real American Dream

It’s been getting to me, I must admit. Fifteen years ago, I bought my first house. I’d just started a freelance writing business and money was tight. An appraiser I knew told me about a fixer-upper in the country he had just assessed. He was confident I could get a good deal on it. Boy,…

Do-it-Yourself Landscaping

You know a nice looking landscape when you see one. Hop in your car and take a drive around your neighborhood- it’s not hard to see which landscape is in line for the ‘Yard of the Month’. Odds are that it was designed by a professional landscaper or someone with some knowledge of design and art…

The 5 Best Home Improvements

With the many popular renovation television shows on it is obvious that people love to do up their homes.  Not only does it improve the look and functionality of your home it also increases its value.  Adding things like a veranda, solar panels, skylights, security doors, paving, security screens and a garden are all great…

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by Composting

Reduce your carbon footprint this year by composting. Composting is an easy way to recycle biodegradable materials that would otherwise meet the landfill. From daily items like coffee grounds, egg shells and bread crusts to seasonal items like leaves and plant trimmings, there are many items that can be recycled and eventually turned into soil…

Home Ownership Requires Some Basic Maintenance

A  home isn’t something you just acquire then forget about. Homes require some basic maintenance from time to time. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments that most people make over a lifetime; taking care of it once you buy it is simply the best way to take care of your investment. No…

Do You Have Enough Storage in Your Home?

Will  there ever be  enough storage in your home? You may have thought that you had plenty when you first moved in, but a few years later all that room seems to have shrunk  with your now   expanded  family or those hobbies and interests that have caused you to  accumulate more possessions along the…

Go Greener: Home, Garden, and Landscape Ideas

In the last few years, many areas of the country and the world have seen mild to severe drought conditions. Water restrictions, whether voluntary or mandated by law, seem to be the new norm in a lot of areas. To some it may sound like an impossible task to keep your lawn and gardens healthy…