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  1. How can I get the most out of my household appliances?

    Appliances lend a helping hand with everything from fresh laundry to a home-cooked meal. For how much we lean on them, it's easy to forget that our dishwashers, refrigerators, HVAC systems and washing machines need regular care and maintenance to do their jobs well. Whether your appliances are working overtime or you just use them occasionally, these tips can help you stay ahead of unexpected issues and extend their overall life.

    1. Load your washing machine correctly.

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  2. Do I need to repair my gutters?

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    Gutters serve the important function of diverting water away from your home, preventing costly damage and keeping your siding and foundation in good working order. With regular maintenance, gutters can last for many years. But if they're beginning to show signs of wear, it may be time to repair or replace them. These are a few things to look out for.

    ARE YOUR GUTTERS SAGGING?

    If you see your gutters leaning or pulling away from your house, ...
  3. When is it time to replace my carpet?

    Eventually, even the best-laid carpets must be replaced. While regular upkeep can increase your carpet's lifespan, most manufacturers estimate you'll need a full replacement after about 10 years. And the signs you need to start shopping around aren't always obvious. Here are a few ways you can tell your carpet is reaching the end.

    Stains won't come out

    Whether it's from spilled wine or a new puppy, there are some stubborn stains that even professional cleaning can't get ...
  4. How can I improve the lighting in my home?

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ID:	11297Lighting is an important, yet often overlooked, design element that can impact the look and feel of your home.

    Fortunately, it's also one of the easiest to update! Whether you're looking to add ambiance and task lighting – or simply to swap out a few outdated fixtures – these ideas will help to inspire lighting upgrades in every room.

    Living room: Apart from the kitchen, there's perhaps nowhere else in your home more highly trafficked than ...
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    Lighting
  5. Your smart-home devices could be easy to hack. Here’s how to protect yourself.

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    So your holiday gift was a new smart-home device. It could be Amazon's Echo, often called "Alexa," or Google Home using "Siri," which provide music, news updates and other information features; iRobot Roomba to clean your floors; the Ring doorbell, or a smart TV for voice-command video.

    Maybe you're thrilled with your gift, or maybe you're a bit wary, given recent reports of cyberhacking of some devices. Internet-oriented devices ...
  6. How much does interior painting cost?

    A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in transforming your space – and what better time to start than heading into a new year? Here's what you need to know to set your budget and complete a job well done.

    Getting started

    Painting the interior of a 2,000-square-foot house costs between $1,900 and $7,800. Wall height, designer paint and regional differences all play into the final price point, so be sure to communicate with your painting pro about your budget.
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