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  1. How can I ensure my family will be safe in an emergency?

    June is National Safety Month, making it an excellent time to review your family's safety systems and procedures.

    Do you know how to turn off your utilities? An emergency may require you to shut down your water, electrical or gas lines in a pinch. None of these are difficult to do, but you don't want to be fumbling around to figure it out when seconds count. Learn where your home's shutoff points are, and how to access them.

    PREPARE FOR HOME FIRES

    At least ...
  2. How can I prevent summer mold?

    Summer provides ideal conditions for mold growth in many regions of America. The combination of humidity, rainfall and tightly sealed home envelopes help mold grow out of control in a hurry. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep this problem from ever happening. Follow these tips to ensure a mold-free home for the season.

    MOLD PREVENTION

    Mold needs water to grow, so moisture control is your best weapon. Cooking, showering, running the dishwasher and outside air entering ...
  3. How can I improve curb appeal?

    You only get one chance to make a first impression, and your home's first look makes a big difference. Whether you're trying to sell your home or make a splash in the neighborhood, curb appeal plays a big role in your home's value. Here are five effective ways to boost your home's curb appeal this spring.

    1. CLEAN THE EXTERIOR

    The first step to achieving great curb appeal is to start with a clean hose. Power washing the exterior is a great way to remove accumulated dirt, ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
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