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  1. 5 quick ways to reduce your heating bills

    Heating bills are looming large. Check out these five tips to quickly cut your energy costs without sacrificing comfort.

    1. Stop leaks. Drafty rooms suck (the heat out of your home). Single-pane, older windows without reliable storm windows can lose heat quickly, so use plastic sheeting like the 3M Window Kit to seal them. If drafts are coming in around the frame, fill those with caulking.

    Sealing leaks around windows and doors will instantly raise the comfort level ...
  2. How to renovate an older home without compromising its charm

    There's a lot of talk these days about the many ways to bring historic homes into the modern era. But if you've purchased an older home or watched enough of the TV shows featuring their renovations you know that the original features can lend the most charm. Here are some things to consider as you work to maintain the integrity of a vintage home through updates, upgrades and renovations.

    KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING INTO

    Historic homes are popular for a reason. They exude ...
  3. What are some good home projects to tackle right now?

    With the holidays behind us and the coldest months settling in, you might not be thinking too much about getting professional work done in your home. But whether it's hiring a handyman to finish a to-do list or putting pen to paper for a big remodel, you can still complete some useful projects. And since winter is a slow period for many professionals, you might even be able to negotiate a better rate and get on the schedule quickly.

    WINTERIZE YOUR INTERIOR

    You may be a ...
  4. Home improvements you might regret

    Between trying to save money and customizing a home to an exact lifestyle, homeowners can make some big mistakes. Whether they decrease resale value, go way over budget, or increase maintenance costs, some renovations are better left undone.

    These are the projects homeowners most commonly tell us they regret.

    MAKING A BEDROOM INTO A CLOSET

    Most of us dream of a big closet, but converting a bedroom into a walk-in will make your realtor cringe. First, removing ...
  5. What can you do about frozen gutters?

    Frozen gutters and downspouts may seem like an inevitable effect of winter weather. But those heavy icicles hanging from your rooftop after a heavy snow or cold snap need not be a foregone conclusion. You can take steps to prevent them and should because they can damage gutters and lead to ice and water backing up on the roof and forming even more damaging ice dams. The weight of ice can sag the gutter or bring it down entirely.
    First off, resist the urge to go after the ice with a hammer ...
  6. How to prevent mold in your garage

    The garage isn't the first place most homeowners think will present a mold problem, but mold can infest your garage just like any other area of your home and the basics behind preventing it are essentially the same in every space. Mold thrives in moist, dark, stale environments, so it's important to ensure your garage stays dry and well-ventilated. Mold problems are common, and even the most conscientious homeowners can be affected.

    BUILDING A MOLD-PROOF GARAGE

    If you're ...
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