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  1. What kind of maintenance does my hardscape require?

    It's easy to think of stone hardscaping as needing little or no maintenance. Patio stones, pavers, retaining walls and sidewalks are made of stout material that seems indestructible compared to wood, dirt and plants. But, the elements still take their toll on your hardscape, and this stonework will deteriorate without proper care.

    The good news is hardscaping maintenance isn't difficult. Follow these steps to ensure many years of enjoyment from your outdoor stone.

    REGULARLY ...
  2. How can I prepare my deck for the warm season?

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    An outdoor deck provides great comfort and luxury for spring and summer outdoor entertaining. But, even the most well-constructed deck needs to be well-maintained and inspected every so often. Wood decks require the most maintenance, but even composite decks need to be checked. Follow these steps to ensure a safe deck season for your family.

    INSPECT YOUR DECK

    At least once per year, conduct your own inspection of the deck to identify ...
  3. Your official spring home walkthrough

    With the change of seasons, it's time to open your windows and let that fresh spring breeze flow through your home. But it's also time to inspect your property for damage, maintenance issues and potential improvements.

    If you conduct a thorough home walkthrough, your spring tests and inspections will fly by and you'll be on to enjoying the weather in no time.

    - Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they're working properly, and swap out old batteries ...
  4. How can I save water around the house?

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ID:	11159Water is one of the most important utilities in the home, and one of the easiest to overuse. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the average home loses 10,000 gallons per year to leaks. The EPA has declared March 18-24 as Fix a Leak Week, but you can improve your home's water usage any time.

    Follow these tips to conserve water around the house and save money while doing your part to use water wisely.

    Update your appliances: Older appliances ...
  5. Spring cleaning checklist: Hire it out or DIY?

    If you're like most homeowners, your home maintenance to-do list is longest during the spring. Over the course of a few short weeks, you need to clean house, get organized and tend to any essential maintenance issues that resulted from winter's harsh weather.

    Chances are, you can't get to everything on the list yourself, which is where the pros come in. But which projects should you hire out and which should you tackle yourself?

    HIRE IT OUT

    DEEP CLEAN CARPETS ...
  6. How do I prepare my home for spring?

    With the change of seasons, it's time to update your home task list and get ready for spring. Don't overlook basic maintenance during your preparations. These tasks may be among the least glamorous, but they're crucial to keeping your home in tip-top shape.

    Get an HVAC inspection: You should hire a professional to assess your HVAC system twice a year shortly before you begin to use heating in fall, and again when you begin to use air conditioning in spring. A thorough inspection will ...
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