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February 2018 Blog Posts (26)

Easy Tips for Increasing Your HVAC System's Efficiency

Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is most likely costing you quite a bit of money every year. Relatively minor efficiency issues add up over time, and there is no reason to accept skyrocketing energy bills without a fight. These few tips and tricks will help you make your HVAC system as efficient as possible no matter what the weather is like…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on February 28, 2018 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Looking for a House? 4 Simple Tips to Help You Find One Fast

As exciting as it can be to buy a new house, the actual process of buying one can quickly become a drawn-out grind if you let it. While you don’t want to rush your purchase, you should be efficient about it. Here are four important tips that will help you make it through your house search more quickly.

List Your Must-Haves and Your Wants

It’s much…

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Added by Kara Masterson on February 28, 2018 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Interactive Log Home Magazine Launched by Honest Abe

Honest Abe Living magazine, an in-house publication of Honest Abe Log homes, will be presented as an online, interactive magazine beginning with the March 2018 edition.
"We believe that designing the magazine in an interactive format will offer readers a richer experience," said Honest Abe President Josh Beasley.…
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Added by Honest Abe Log Homes on February 27, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments

4 Cleanup Tricks When Constructing Your Own Home

One of the biggest challenges of constructing a home is safely and affordably disposing of the leftover materials. States and counties have very strict laws regarding construction waste removal, and you might end up being fined if you don’t adhere to those regulations. Here is a look at four cleanup tricks for those who are building a home from the ground up or remodeling an…

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Added by Emma Sturgis on February 27, 2018 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Wind Chill: 3 Ways to Find and Seal Drafts in Your Home

With the weather as cold as it is, you want to be sure that every bit of the air you pay to heat stays inside to keep you warm. At the same time, you want the cold air that’s outside to stay right where it belongs, too. To do both tasks successfully, finding and sealing drafts in your home is an important first step. Fortunately, there are some easy ways you can go about doing…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on February 26, 2018 at 4:50pm — No Comments

4 Rustic Expansions to Add to Your Log Home

Log home living is a lifestyle that epitomizes casual comfort with a touch of rustic elegance. There are various ways you can expand the cozy, comfortable, attractive and durable interior design features of a log home to the exterior of your home. Outdoor living and rustic design are a perfect match.

Patio

Log cabin living typically includes a home…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on February 23, 2018 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Weather the Water: How to Prepare Your Home for Spring Rain

After you buy your own home, you are responsible for making any repairs because there is no landlord to call for assistance. Fortunately, it is easy to complete do-it-yourself projects when you take the time to watch an online video or when you buy a home improvement book. Use these five pointers to complete some simple repairs in your own home.

Fixing a…

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Added by Kara Masterson on February 23, 2018 at 12:59pm — No Comments

4 Things to Check Before Buying a New Home

Before homeowners sign on the dotted line, real estate professionals agree they need to check on some less obvious aspects of their dream home. Severe problems can be hidden in the walls, foundations, and HVAC systems. If the homeowner buys a home with these problems, they could be on the hook for burdensome repairs that wipe out any equity. If they know about trouble areas…

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Added by Emma Sturgis on February 23, 2018 at 11:37am — No Comments

Home Checkups: 7 Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your Home for Spring

No matter how nasty a winter, spring does finally arrive. Before it does, there is a list of maintenance checks a homeowner should perform to make the house ready for the warmer weather.

 

Clean the Air Conditioners

Make sure that the space around the condenser is clear,…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on February 21, 2018 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Floor Lore: 5 Secrets to Getting Gorgeous Flooring on the Cheap

When you want to replace the floors in your home, it can become expensive. If you are on a tight budget, then you must find ways to buy high-quality floor coverings that are affordable. Use these five secrets to find beautiful flooring for your home that you can afford.

Shop at Online Flooring Stores

You can find a wider variety of inexpensive flooring materials at online stores. A local store can only offer a limited amount of products, and you may…

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Added by Kara Masterson on February 21, 2018 at 11:29am — No Comments

Mouse Trap: How to Keep Mice and Other Rodents out of Your Home This Spring

As the weather gets warmer and animal populations begin to increase, you could find yourself with some unwanted house guests. No one wants rodents in their house. If you want to prevent pests from getting into your house this spring, here are a few tips you should try.

 

Eliminate Food Supply

Pest are opportunistic. They are looking for a warm,…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on February 20, 2018 at 8:35pm — No Comments

5 Post-Winter Repairs for Your Home This Spring

Winter is hard on houses. Snow and ice pile up on their roofs, water freezes in the gutters, their foundations may heave, their pipes freeze and sometimes burst, the timbers creak and shrink. The least a homeowner can do after their house has protected them throughout these hard months, is to do a bit of…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on February 16, 2018 at 1:41pm — No Comments

The Right Mattress Can Uplift the Look of Your Bedroom

When you are decorating your bedroom, it is crucial for you to buy the right items that match the furniture and the colors of your walls. It is here that you should purchase the correct mattress for your bedroom so that you do not sleep on a comfortable bed. Many people often wake up with a stiff body primarily because they did not buy the right mattress for their needs. It is here that both health specialists and interior designers say that you should carefully take time and research to buy…

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Added by Silvia Watson on February 16, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

4 Signs It's Time to Call for HVAC Repair

Maintaining a comfortable temperature is one of the best ways to enjoy your home. Having a cool home in the summer and a warm home in the winter allow you to focus on other, much more important activities other than simply staying comfortable. Sometimes, though, your HVAC system doesn’t deliver on its promise to keep you comfortable, and you need to enlist the services of a…

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Added by Emma Sturgis on February 14, 2018 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Identifying Common Signs of Roof Wear and Tear

The one construction aspect of your log home that you rely upon the most while it takes the most punishment from the elements is your roof. Being a high-ticket item when it comes to replacement and insurance claims, there are several players who may have an incentive to sway inspection conclusions. For this and other reasons, the responsible homeowner checks for signs…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on February 13, 2018 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Bright Light: How to Make Your Log Home Feel More Open

A light, bright home can feel open, airy and welcoming. As seemingly simple as it may seem to create a light and inviting space, the reality is that many homeowners struggle in this area. Dark, dreary rooms are unfortunately common, but they can be properly addressed with the right strategies.

Use Light Paint Colors

If your walls are darker or bold…

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Added by Meghan Belnap on February 13, 2018 at 5:11pm — No Comments

5 Ways to Make Sure Your Home is a Natural Pest Deterrant this Winter

Cold winter temperatures often cause pests to look for a warmer, more hospitable environment, making deterrents essential to avoid a winter infestation. A variety of deterrents are available to help prevent insects and rodents in your home. Instead of pesticides, try these natural pest deterrents to keep…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on February 13, 2018 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

Need a New Roof: How Get the Right Materials for Your Budget

The roof is one of the most important parts of your home. If you are looking to implement a new roof, you will want the latest tools and materials to assist you. Let’s take a look at how to get the right materials for your budget.

 

Warehouses

Warehouses are often the best sources of roof materials. They are full of leftover or spare parts that…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on February 12, 2018 at 7:35pm — No Comments

Winter Weathering: 3 Property Pieces that Will Need Post-Snow Maintenance

While winter is considered a magical time of feasting, gift-giving, and family bonding, it’s not the most forgiving season for your home or your property. Once you’ve survived the frigid winter season, you may want to spend the first days of spring assessing your property for signs of latent winter damages. Here are some of the areas where you can begin your…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on February 8, 2018 at 7:58pm — No Comments

Leaky Faucets: 4 DIY Plumbing Tricks to Help You Out

Do not let a small budget keep you from repairing your leaky faucet. While the constant dripping may seem to be only a nuisance to your ears, it is actually costing you a pretty penny in water costs over the long haul. Take an hour on your next day off to troubleshoot the problem yourself.

Check for Worn Seals and Corroded Valves

After turning off the…

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Added by Kara Masterson on February 7, 2018 at 11:27am — No Comments

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