Home Maintenance tips

June 23, 2021

Here are tips on whether you should eliminate that mortgage in retirement

Here are tips on whether you should eliminate that mortgage in retirement

When it comes to whether retirees should pay off their mortgage in retirement, there typically is no clear-cut answer.

That’s because like most things about planning for (and in) your post-working years, the decision depends on your specific ...

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Sept. 17, 2019

4 Tips for Painting Your Home’s Exterior


Most homeowners turn to professional painters when updating their home’s exterior. However, with the right know-how and proper equipment, painting your home is easy and, let’s face it, more affordable. 

Homeowners who want to ‘DIY’ the job should consider these tips.

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When you’re painting a home, not ...
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April 12, 2018

Houzz reveals the hottest outdoor spring renovations

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate the warmer temperatures ahead than taking some time to revamp your yard?

According to Houzz’s latest Landscaping Survey, homeowners are investing to make their outdoor spaces more livable — a plus since 27 percent of owners say these spaces are bigger ...

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Feb. 2, 2018

February Garden Chores and Tips

February Garden Chores and Tips


What To Do in February

Even though it is starting to get a little warmer in the Valley of the Sun, we can still have an occasional frost. Don't forget that weather forecasts are generally quoted from Sky Harbor International Airport, and many of ...

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Jan. 16, 2018

The First-Time Homebuyer's Guide To Grown-Up Furniture

The First-Time Homebuyer's Guide To Grown-Up Furniture

You just bought your first home. Congratulations: You're an adult! Now it's time to fill it up. But if you were planning to pack up those ratty old beanbag chairs and the bed that awakens you with a morning backache and move them to your new place, we ...

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Dec. 1, 2017

9 Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights


    Steer Clear of Disaster

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    Sure, it's wildly funny to watch the death-defying antics of Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) as he blankets his home in lights in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation , but his technique is not something that you want to imitate. Don't be like Clark. Take ...

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Nov. 17, 2017

4 Social Benefits of Homeownership

Improved educational performance, higher civic participation, lower crime rates, and improved health remain the biggest social benefits linked to homeownership, according to a new research paper by NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun and research economist Nadia Evangelou, which appears in The Journal of the Center for Real Estate Studies. Some findings ...

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Nov. 15, 2017

Helpful Hints for the Holidays

Save Your Holiday Lights

The LightKeeper Pro tests a strand of lights.

The LightKeeper Pro fixes a string of lights.

It never fails. Whether you’re ready to decorate a pre-lit tree or hang icicle lights outside, there’s always at least one strand that doesn’t work properly. Before you toss them in the trash, try fixing them first.

The LightKeeper ...

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Nov. 9, 2017

A survival guide for moving with pets

Here is your survival guide for some of the most common stress-induced issues furry family members may face during a move, conveniently broken down by species.


According to the vets at Pet MD, dogs generally tend to internalize their emotional pain, and the symptoms of their stress are usually ...

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Nov. 3, 2017

How Green Can You Go? Eco-friendly Solutions For Every Commitment Level

It's easier and more rewarding than ever to live a leaner, greener life. So it might be time to ask yourself: How green can you go?

Here's our breakdown of some of the best ways to incorporate a more eco-friendly way of life into your world, no matter ...

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