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When’s the best time to remodel?

The changing seasons bring a lot of color to our world, but they can also mean putting projects you want to do on your home on delay. You don’t want to be redoing a roof in the middle of rainy season, or pouring concrete when the ground is frozen. Picking the right time of year for your remodel goals can mean the difference between a successful project done on time and on budget, and a remodel that drags on for weeks and hits half a dozen snags. Below, we’ve compiled a list of just a few things to consider when …

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What are red flags for home professionals?

Hiring a professional to work in your house is a touchy thing. You want to get the best work for your dollar, but not all of the “professionals” out there will give you the kind of quality work you’re looking for, or even be honest about how much it will cost you in the end. To help homeowners figure out how to tell the true professionals from the scam artists, we turned to our home industry experts to find out what the red flags are for the home expert industry. Here’s a list of the biggest red flags they pointed …

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How can you cut costs without compromising quality?

Whether you’re building a home from scratch or planning a remodel, doing home improvement or construction work can get costly very quickly. It’s unsurprising, then, that homeowners are always looking for ways to save money and cut down on their budget. However, there are many aspects of a construction budget that should never be compromised, and too often homeowners settle for shoddy work because of a savings opportunity. How can you cut back on your cost without compromising quality or, more importantly, safety? Our home experts have some suggestions for where you can save money. Get Professional Advice It may …

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When should you refuse a project?

When you work in a service industry, you often find yourself at the mercy of your clients’ whims. Many homeowners do research into what trends are popular and what options are available to them beforehand, and sometimes they have bad information and want something that is either impractical or unsafe. Dealing with a situation where a customer wants you to circumvent the rules for a project can be a tricky, delicate process, and it’s a tough situation for both the homeowner who isn’t getting what he or she wanted, and for the professional who might even have to walk away …

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Sidestep the Dangers of Your Stairs

You might not think of climbing the stairs as a risky endeavor, but you probably should. In the United States, a child with a stair-related injury is admitted to the ER every six minutes, and many other stair-related accidents go unreported. Luckily, these accidents are preventable. Educating yourself about the dangers of an improperly constructed staircase can save you and your family from future tumbles. Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates and info from our Home Expert Network. Sidestep the Dangers …

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What’s the deal with “man caves”?

Home owning trends come and go, but some have more longevity than others. The Man Cave is a concept that has come into style in the last few decades and seems to be here to stay. After all, what’s not to like about a whole room dedicated to your recreational interests? But as with any other construction or remodeling project, building your perfect Man Cave can get complicated very quickly. Depending on what kinds of elements you want to include in your sanctuary, things can get costly and there is a lot of potential for the build to go wrong. …

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How can homeowners live green in 2013?

Now more than ever, it is important to consider the environment and the impact you are having on the planet as you go about your daily life. Of course, with all the issues facing our world today, it can be quite overwhelming trying to find ways to help. Going green can get expensive and time-consuming very quickly. Luckily, our home experts have taken the time to come up with some easy ways for you to go green without feeling too overwhelmed. Adopt a few of these quick tricks and you’ll be environmentally friendly in no time. 1. Use a clothes …

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Pesky House Pests

Pests are annoying, costly, and downright dangerous. So when pests enter your home, it should be your highest priority to get rid of them. In most cases, hiring an exterminator is the fastest, most cost-effective way to rid your home of problem pests. Figure out what kind of pests you have, what removal options are available and get to exterminating. The infographic below was created out of joint collaboration between our staff writers and our Expert Network professionals. Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all …

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6 Updates for a Healthier Home

When you’re at home, the last thing you want to be worrying about is what dangers might be lurking around every corner. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize the real risks posed by threats they can’t even see. That’s why we turned to our experts, to find out what updates and changes homeowners can make to keep their homes safe, and to help them rest easy at night. Our experts had a lot of suggestions, ranging from minor home adjustments to more major undertakings.

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4 Everyday Elements Homeowners Take for Granted

Living a modern life comes with a great deal of conveniences that are easily taken for granted. Its pretty common to never give a second thought to the pipes and wires in your walls, the humming appliances that clean your dishes and clothes, and even the fact that you can go to sleep at night without worry of insects joining you. All of these modern conveniences make our lives easier and safer, but rarely get the recognition they deserve. In honor of World Plumbing Day, which celebrates the vital but under-appreciated role plumbing plays in human health and safety, we …