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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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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  3. 10 tips to get organized

    Clear the clutter! More than ever before, people are opting for minimalism instead of overstuffed and cluttered homes. From items purchased on a vacation to treasured mementos and those that have been gifted, the accumulation of items may be what is standing in the way of you creating a more organized home.

    Closets should be organized and not just used for storage, ditto for kitchen pantry areas and shelving. Bookcases can become organized showcases for home decor.

    Here ...
  4. How can I keep a new baby safe in my home?

    If you're welcoming a new baby to the family, you may be wondering what you can do to keep the little one safe at home. Whether this is your first baby or your fifth grandchild, there are lots of things you can do to keep your family's pride and joy happy and healthy as they grow.

    Test for toxins

    When was the last time you tested the air quality in your home? You may have locked up harmful cleaning chemicals, but you should also test for levels of mold, radon, lead and ...
  5. How can I prevent a fire during the holidays?

    Twinkling lights, a crackling fireplace, home-cooked meals with your favorite family and friends – there’s a lot to love about Thanksgiving and the holiday season. There are also precautions to take and necessary maintenance needed to keep you and your home safe, whether you’re playing host or spending some time away.

    Careful cooking

    The kitchen is the heart of the house. It’s also where home fires are most likely to start, according to the American Red Cross. There are ...
  6. Should You Repair Your Dallas Roof, Patch, or Replace Your Roof in Dallas TX

    The decision, whether to repair, patch or fully replace your roof in Dallas TX depends primarily on the right timing. You must not end up reroofing too soon and unnecessarily waste a lot of money, but at the same time, you must not wait too long to replace a very old roof that may end up with expensive water damage due to irreparable leaks. It is natural for all roofs to wear out and eventually they would need a replacement. For getting the timing right, you should learn ways to examine and evaluate ...
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