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  1. Getting an attic inspection

    You may not give much thought to your attic beyond the occasional handy storage space. But the attic plays a crucial role in many elements of your home, including comfort, energy efficiency and roof protection.

    Your attic can easily attract moisture, which means itís important to keep an eye on it. Moisture tends to rise, and it can follow your ceilings and walls up into the attic. Without good ventilation, it will stay in the attic and create mold, mildew or other kinds of damage. ...
  2. Look out for these contractor red flags

    Itís frightening to think the contractors you pay to work on your home may not always have your best interests at heart. While most pros take their duty of good work seriously, there are still those who seek to take advantage of peopleís trust. Fear not, though; there is a solution for every underhanded scheme. And in all cases, the best solution is to stop the fraud before it starts. Hereís our rundown of some of the most common scams and the best way to avoid them.

    THE FLAG: The ...
  3. Should I hire a handyperson or specialist?

    Everything from that squeaky door to the leaky faucet has been getting on your nerves, and youíve decided itís time to take care of them all at once. Hiring a handyperson service is an excellent way to cross everything off this to-do list in a hurry.

    However, even if youíve got a reliable handyperson on speed-dial, you might not be sure if you should hire them or a licensed trade specialist for the work. How can you tell the difference?

    First up, go ahead and ask your ...
  4. 4 electrical projects to improve your home

    If you think of your home as a body, the electrical system is undoubtedly the beating heart, constantly providing energy through the walls and pumping power into everything from the HVAC system to your toaster.

    However, just like many critical systems in your own body, you often donít even notice everything the electrical system does until something goes wrong! Here are four electrician projects that can improve your home and protect against future disaster. These are complicated tasks, ...
  5. 4 tips for preparing your home for severe weather

    Hurricane season is descending on some coastal regions, and that means itís time to prepare for potential weather disasters. However, even if you donít live in a hurricane zone, every part of the nation runs some kind of weather risk, ranging from tornadoes and storms to floods and earthquakes.

    Weíve offered these tips to get you started on a plan. For fully detailed information on how to prep for severe weather, including advice specific to particular problems, visit the Federal Emergency ...
  6. Planning for a smart home future

    Smart tech advances fast. Every day it seems it gets less expensive and more user-friendly. Before you invest, think about your needs and goals, and consider these tips to make your home a little smarter and your life a little easier.

    Most smart tech can be smoothly integrated into an existing home. You donít have to rewire your whole house for voice-activated light bulbs! However, the more tech you add, the more your infrastructure needs may change. Consider these projects to plan ...
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