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4 Home Features That are Easy to Maintain in a Log Cabin

A log cabin can be a great way to enjoy the simpler things in life, allowing you to relax and de-stress, all while enjoying all that nature has to offer. If you’re constantly maintaining your log cabin, though, this idealistic lifestyle can quickly be interrupted. Fortunately, there are many features you can add or update that will help make your log…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on October 4, 2019 at 10:32am — No Comments

Protecting Your Cabin from Water Damage

Whether you have a vacation cabin in the woods or you live full time in your cabin, protecting it from the elements is a necessity. You don’t want it to get ruined by harsh weather prematurely. Here are a few different ways to protect your cabin from water damage this year.

Consider Large Roof Overhangs

One of the best ways to protect…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on September 27, 2019 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Why Your House Is Always Dusty and What to Do about It

If you’re constantly battling dust inside your home, you might have conditions indoors that foster it. Dust is not a single thing. It’s composed of all kinds of particles, the largest of which is lint. Smaller particles inside your home may also be in abundance that attach themselves to the lint, creating a noticeable coating on surfaces.

Lots of Carpets and…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on April 10, 2019 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Spring Cleaning: How to Prepare for a Major Home Overhaul

Spring cleaning is more than an opportunity to air out your house and remove dust bunnies from under the furniture. You can use it as a way of prepping for a major home overhaul. Whether it’s a kitchen remodel or repainting the entire interior, a clean and organized home will make the process a lot easier. Let’s look at a few ways you make…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on March 11, 2019 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Where to Look for Bargains When Buying Real Estate

Regardless of where you live, you understandably want to get a great deal on a new home. Perhaps you are searching for a fabulous rental property that generates a great return on investment. While some real estate markets are significantly pricier than others, there are bargains to be found in almost every location at any given time. You may need to explore the options thoroughly to find a…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on February 28, 2019 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Extra Home Problems Caused by Your Heater Working Poorly

Many homeowners will not schedule heating repair service until the heater completely stops working. As long as heat continues to filter through the air vents, they will continue to use the heater as a primary source of heat throughout the winter. However, when your heating equipment is not working properly, many problems can result. In fact, these are a few of the…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on February 14, 2019 at 6:11pm — No Comments

3 Unique Storage Solutions for a Big Back Yard

Buying a home on a large lot or an acreage estate may have been a dream come true several years ago. Many people will accumulate many items over the years, and you may have realized recently that you simply do not have enough space in your home anymore accommodate all of your belongings. Adding on to your home is one idea, but this may be a much more expensive…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on January 17, 2019 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Comprom-Iced: How Cold Weather Can Threaten Your Home

Your home, among other things, offers you shelter from the harsh winter cold. But the very shelter that protects you from the harsh winter elements can itself be damaged by those same elements. The same way your home protects you, you need to protect your home to help it help you stay warm, safe and dry through the winter. Here are three ways cold weather can affect your home and…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on January 3, 2019 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Ice Bath? What to Do When Your Hot Water Goes Out

Taking a warm bath or a hot shower are popular ways to start or end a busy day. The warm water can help you to wake up in the morning, and it offers relaxation benefits in the evening. Unfortunately, hot water heaters can run into trouble from time to time, and when this happens in your home, you may be jolted by a cold stream of water from your faucet or showerhead. If your…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on December 27, 2018 at 6:54pm — No Comments

At Home: What Makes Your Decor Inviting to Guests

While you understandably want to decorate your home tastefully so that it expresses your unique sense of style and personality beautifully, you also want your home to be inviting and comfortable to guests. Many people have gorgeous homes, but their homes are so pristine and polished that they create a formal, imposing feel. This formality can, unfortunately, make a…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on December 6, 2018 at 9:01pm — No Comments

3 Design Ideas for an Extravagant Kitchen Transformation

When you invite guests over to your home, you want them to feel in awe at the pure opulence of your home decor. This is especially true for your kitchen. Many meals and conversations will be had in your kitchen, so it needs to impress your guests while remaining practical for repeated use.

Install Hanging Cookware Racks

Creating an extravagant kitchen can begin with…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on November 16, 2018 at 6:05pm — 1 Comment

Home Fashion: What Makes Your House Make You Look Good

One of the reasons why many people struggle with their home decorating efforts is because they fail to incorporate a personal touch into the décor. For example, a common approach to home decorating is to mimic a look that you see in a design magazine or online. Some people even purchase an entire suite of furniture and accent pieces at a local furniture store.…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on November 8, 2018 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Plumbing Season: How Cold Weather Promotes Problems with Your Pipes

Plumbing issues can develop at any time of year, and most require a fast response from a plumber. After all, even a seemingly minor issue can grow into a major concern quickly and may result in wasted water, property damage and more. The winter months may bring additional plumbing challenges that you need to be aware of. In some instances, you can take proactive steps to prevent…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on November 5, 2018 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Snow Worries: What Your House Needs to Survive Winter Weather

The holiday season is almost upon us and that means that there’s something else that’s on the way—winter. Whether you love it or you hate it, you still have to prepare for it. This is especially true when it comes to preparing your home. There are many things, a few are listed below, that your house will need to survive the winter weather.

Furnace Maintenance

One of the first things your…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on October 27, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Frozen Pipes: 4 Winterization Tips for Your Whole Home

Winter is just around the corner, which means that right now is your last chance to prepare your home for the coming cold. If you need help with your home winterization process, here are a few tips on where to start.

Install/Upgrade Weather Stripping

Winter brings strong, frigid winds that can sneak into your home as cold drafts. These cold drafts…

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

3 Ways Your Home May Be Vulnerable to Winter Weather

Your home may endure tremendous force and damaging elements throughout the year. For example, strong winds and UV rays can damage your home year-round. The winter months may be the most brutal because they bring sub-freezing temperatures, snow, ice and more to your home’s exterior. To be the protective shelter that you need your home to be, it is important that you prepare it for the months…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on October 4, 2018 at 8:15pm — No Comments

3 Things Your Home Will Need after the Summer Wildfires

Hundreds of structures burned during the summer wildfires in California. Even if yours wasn’t one of the homes that burned, your home may have still been affected by these huge fires. Even homes that were far away from the front lines have the potential to have lingering effects that need to be corrected. If you were in the general vicinity of the wildfires this summer,…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on September 18, 2018 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Weather Woes: 3 Ways to Protect Your Home from Precipitation

Your home should be the place where you can go to be protected from all types of precipitation. What happens, then, when your home can’t protect itself from precipitation? If precipitation is allowed to invade your home, your home will, slowly but surely, begin to deteriorate. To prevent this from occurring, here are three ways to protect your home from precipitation, in all its various…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on September 14, 2018 at 4:19pm — No Comments

3 Awesome Home Additions that Exude Luxury

If you are thinking about updating your home with a touch of luxury, it is important to understand what your many options are to create the desired ambiance. There are some luxury features that instantly create the look and feel of a high-end home, and these are some of the coolest features that you’ll want to take a closer look at as you prepare for a home…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on August 24, 2018 at 7:36pm — No Comments

3 Ways to Decorate Your Home without Knowing What You’re Doing

Between work responsibilities, family obligations, and personal time set aside for your own enjoyment, there’s precious little time for you to devote to learning how to decorate your home. This is especially true if you aren’t gifted with an eye for home decor and style. Your lack of decorating skill doesn’t have to subject you to a lifetime in a boring home. Below, you…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on August 14, 2018 at 6:28pm — No Comments

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