Thinking About a Remodel? Consider Going Green!

Originally posted on The Daily Lending Patriot:

Every home seems to have a never-ending remodeling list. As you consider tackling your next project, it usually pays off if you also think about helping the environment.

Green remodeling can last longer, utilize recycled materials and typically end up saving you money in the long run. Below are several environment-friendly ideas that will have your neighbors green with envy.

1. Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are a shallow depressions in your yard planted with native shrubs and flowers. When there is a large rainfall, all the water rushes along roadways picking up dirt and pollutants along their way to drainage systems and eventually rivers and streams.

Rain gardens catch water run-off, which reduces the street flooding and makes for cleaner water sources.

2. Reclaimed Hardwoods

Using reclaimed wood is all of the rage right now – and it’s easy to see why. Reclaimed wood helps the environment by being recycled…

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Is Your Home Older Than Its Years?

Originally posted on Lehigh Valley Home Dreams:

By: Lara Edge

Would you throw away $20,000? You are if you’re letting your home age faster than it should. Here’s a simple maintenance strategy to keep your home young.

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You know how Dr. Oz says that if you keep your body fit and your mind nimble, you’re likely younger than your chronological years? The same principle applies to your house.

An out-of-shape house is older than its years and could lose 10% of its appraised value, says Mack Strickland, an appraiser and real estate agent in Chester, Va. That’s a $15,000-$20,000 adjustment for the average home.

But good maintenance can even add value. A study out of the University of Connecticut and Syracuse University finds that regular maintenance increases the value of a home by about 1% each year.

So if you’ve been deferring maintenance, or just need a good strategy to stay on top of it, here’s the…

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Can Ceiling Fans Help Save Energy?

Originally posted on St. Louis HVAC Company, Premier Lennox Dealer, Air Conditioner Repair:

With rising energy costs, homeowners try to do everything they can to cut down on the energy consumption.

do-ceiling-fans-save-money-hvac-tipsHeating and cooling costs constitute a large part of domestic energy bills. Factually speaking, about 50% of an average household bill is contributed by the HVAC system. HVAC experts are often asked whether the use of ceiling fans during summers can help reduce energy consumption. So, in this post, our HVAC experts will try to answer this question, and offer some other simple energy saving tips.

HVAC experts believe that ceiling fans can certainly help save energy, if they are used in the right way. To find out ways to use ceiling fans in a way that can help save some energy, it is important that homeowners understand the functioning and purpose of ceiling fans. Unlike air conditioners, ceiling fans do not cool the air; they simply circulate or move the…

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Avoid Costly Home Improvement Mistakes By Using Valuable Tips

Originally posted on Nice Iron Doors & Gates:

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You already know that making improvements to your home, not only adds beauty to your living area, but also increases your home’s value. To make sure you are getting the most value for your effort, you need to find the best advice to help with your home improvement project. Check out the valuable tips in this article.

After some initial use, your kitchen cabinets can start to lose their luster. You can shine up kitchen cabinetry by using car wax. Apply some car wax liberally to a towel and wipe your cabinets down in a circular motion. This can make your cabinets appear like they’re new and shiny.

When it comes to home improvement, it is important to realize that the more customized your have, the less likely it will be appreciated by your future buyers. If you are concerned about the resale value of your house, it is important…

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Advice About Home Security That You Should Remember

Originally posted on Construction Headquarters Blog:

86493485Making a home safe from intruders is definitely on the top of most people’s priority lists. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes what it really takes to achieve this very important goal. Keep reading the tips and insights that follow below, and you will soon have what it takes to keep your most important investment secure.

If you are planning to be away for a while it is important to stop your paper delivery and put your mail on hold until you return. Newspapers piled up in your driveway or mail spilling out of your mailbox is a red flag that no one is home, and this leaves you vulnerable to thieves.

If you have a home alarm system, make sure all the wires are concealed. If a burglar wants to break into your home, he may cut any wires he sees before following through with his plan. Depending on where the…

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Study: Utah ranks in top safest states to live

Originally posted on fox13now.com:

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In honor of National Safety month, Wallet Hub has compiled a list of the nation’s safest states.

Utah is getting high marks as one of the most secure states in which to live.

The study takes more into account than only protection from violence and crime.

It also included workplace safety, natural disasters, stability in the community, traffic safety and financial security.

Our state comes in at No. 11. ranking very high in workplace safety with a very low incidence of natural disasters.

Massachusetts came in at No. 1 as the safest state followed by New Hampshire and Minnesota.

The most dangerous rank in this study goes to Nevada with very low scores in financial and community safety.

See Wallet Hub’s full study here

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