Home Maintenance

Clean Your Chimney, Avoid a House Fire

You might not want to think about it, but the cold winds of winter will be here again before you know it. If that fact inspires dreams of cozy nights spent next to the fire, ask yourself this important question: when was the last time you had your chimney cleaned? Although it's easy to ignore throughout the year, your fireplace could be the source of major disaster if not properly maintained. Keep reading to learn about how you can keep your home and family safe during the upcoming winter by having your chimney inspected now.

Smoking Indoors Can Massively Reduce a Home's Value

After months of searching for the perfect home, you finally find one that checks all the boxes: great location, lots of curb appeal, and a price that seems too good to be true! In fact, it isn't until the front door swings open and you catch a whiff of cigarettes that you realize why the price is so low. Rates of smoking may have fallen dramatically in the last several decades, but there are still thousands of hopeful buyers who encounter this exact situation every year. According to the CDC, 14% of U.S. adults were active smokers in 2017, which means that there are about 34 million potential home sellers who could be lighting up right now. If you are one of these smokers, you might be interested in learning just how much smoking inside reduces the resale value of your home. Plus, this post lists some of the methods that smokers and nonsmokers alike might want to employ in an attempt to rid their home of that distinctive smell.

The Cure for Wood Scratches? Walnuts!

We've all experienced it: you pull a table away from the wall and hear the horrible screech as the floor is scratched. No matter how careful you are with your hardwood floors, eventually life will find a way to scratch them. In an instant, that pristine surface can become horribly marred. Luckily, there are a number of surprisingly easy methods for removing or repairing even deep scratches from hardwood floors! Keep reading to find the one that will work for your scratches.