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Oct 07
Surprise! These 8 DIY Projects Require a Permit

Surprise! These 8 DIY Projects Require a Permit

It may seem like a hassle to get a permit for a simple DIY project, but there are several home improvements that actually require you to go through the permit application process. Without a permit, your insurance company could deny your claim should something go wrong during the project. We don’t want to see that happen to you. Here’s a list of 8 DIY projects that require a permit before you get started.

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Oct 06
How to Select the Best Color for Your Roof

How to Select the Best Color for Your Roof

Congratulations! You've decided to invest in a new roof for your home. But, how do you go about selecting the color that perfectly complements your home's exterior?

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Oct 03
3 Reasons to Upgrade Your Floodlight This Fall

3 Reasons to Upgrade Your Floodlight This Fall

We all know floodlights are excellent for security, but that old floodlight you’ve had for years may not be doing as good of a job as it could. According to the experts at BobVila.com, the newest floodlights on the market offer three great features that make them worth your investment this fall.

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Sep 29
3 Reasons Roofing is Not a DIY Project

3 Reasons Roofing is Not a DIY Project

We get it. You like to save money. Who doesn’t? Many homeowners save a lot of money on their home maintenance work by skipping the contractor and doing the work on their own. In some cases, however, tackling these jobs on your own is a very bad idea. Roofing is one of those jobs.

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Sep 26
How to Identify & Remove Stains on Your Roof

How to Identify & Remove Stains on Your Roof

Nobody wants to see unsightly stains on the roof of their house. For many homeowners in the Chicagoland area, identifying the root cause of the stain is the largest part of the battle. We found a great article, How to Distinguish Roof Stain by Type of Cause, Color , Source, that we believe can be of help. This article will help you identify what caused the stain, remove it safely, and then prevent it from happening again.

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Sep 23
10 Items to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Begins

10 Items to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Begins

Working with a contractor can be a pleasant experience or a stressful ordeal, depending on how you approach it. For some homeowners, having a stranger working in or around their home for several hours a day is nerve-wracking. That's why it's so important to discuss the particulars of a home improvement project with your contractor before they get started working at your home.

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Sep 22
6 Benefits of Fiber-Cement Siding

6 Benefits of Fiber-Cement Siding

Vinyl siding is great for improving your home’s outward appearance, but many environmentally-conscious consumers are touting the benefits of using fiber-cement siding instead. If you are considering updating your home’s exterior with this more expensive siding option, this article by Dan Chiras of Mother Earth News may be useful in helping you determine whether fiber-cement siding is the right choice for you.

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Sep 16
How to Protect Your Home from Wood-Destroying Insects

How to Protect Your Home from Wood-Destroying Insects

Termites and carpenter ants are a homeowner’s nightmare–and for good reason. Each year these little pests create an estimated $5 billion in property damage. Here’s how to protect your home against these wood-destroying insects.

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Sep 15
How to Install Weather Stripping on Your Windows

How to Install Weather Stripping on Your Windows

As temperatures begin to drop, it’s time for Chicagoland homeowners to start thinking about sealing leaks around their windows. If you have never tackled this chore before, we’ve found a quick instructional video that shows you how to use weather stripping to keep cold air from seeping inside your warm home this fall and winter.

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Sep 13
8 Ideas to Get Your Porch Ready for Fall

8 Ideas to Get Your Porch Ready for Fall

For many homeowners, one of the joys of fall is decorating in the rich colors of the season. The front porch is one of the best places to start because there are so many options available to express your personal style. We’ve tracked down some great buys that will help make your porch more cozy so you can enjoy the cool, autumn nights outdoors.

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Sep 08
Lawn & Garden To-Do List for September

Lawn & Garden To-Do List for September

September’s moderate weather makes it the perfect month to get out in the lawn and tackle important fall maintenance tasks.  If you’re not quite sure what all needs to be done before the first frost hits, we’ve found the perfect to-do list for you to use.

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Sep 07
6 Smart Reasons to Replace Your Windows

6 Smart Reasons to Replace Your Windows

Many homeowners put off replacing their windows until absolutely necessary. But, how do you know when you’ve reached that point? If your windows fall into any of the following six categories, the home experts at BobVila.com recommend that you start shopping around for a new view.

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Sep 03
8 Household Chores to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

8 Household Chores to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

The changing of the seasons provides the perfect prompt for homeowners to start thinking about tackling household chores that only need to be done occasionally. So, what should you put on your list for fall?

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Aug 31
12 Inventions That Make Home Chores Easier

12 Inventions That Make Home Chores Easier

Few homeowners actually enjoy doing household chores. After all, that’s what makes them chores. Every now and then, however, an invention comes along that helps make doing chores a lot more bearable. We recently came across several brilliant products that fall into that category.

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Aug 30
6 Steps to Take When Your Roof Leaks

6 Steps to Take When Your Roof Leaks

With heavy rains recently hitting the Chicagoland area, some homeowners may have been distraught to find that it was raining inside their home too. One of the last things you want to discover in the middle of a thunderstorm is that you have a leak in your roof. But, when that’s the case, you need to respond quickly to limit the damage and protect your home.

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Aug 25
How to Handle a Household Disaster

How to Handle a Household Disaster

Homeownership has plenty of perks. But, on occasion, situations arise that make many homeowners wish they could just call the landlord to the rescue. Not to worry though. We’ve found a few tips to help you survive some of the common household disasters you might face.

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Aug 23
10 DIY Projects That Don’t Save You Money

10 DIY Projects That Don’t Save You Money

We like to save a buck just as much as the next guy. That’s why we love to post DIY projects that help our customers save money. But, not all DIY projects are created equal. Sometimes, it’s best to hire a professional contractor to get the job done right. So, how do you know which jobs to tackle yourself and when it’s best to outsource? The home experts at BobVila.com have taken the guesswork out of that decision for you. Their recent blog 10 Times Doing It Yourself Doesn’t Save You Money breaks it all down.

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Aug 22
7 Reasons to Wait for Fall to Buy a New House

7 Reasons to Wait for Fall to Buy a New House

If you have plans to upsize or downsize from your current home, it may be smart to let the hot summer sales season pass and start your search this fall.   According to Trulia.com, there are several reasons why buying in the fall is a better financial move. You can check out all of them by reading  7 Best Things About Buying a House in the Fall. We’ve also provided a preview of the top three reasons here.   Less Competition: You are less likely to get in a bidding war with other buyers, and end up paying more...

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Aug 22
5 Ways to Update Your Home with a Retro Look

5 Ways to Update Your Home with a Retro Look

Sometimes giving your home a fresh new look calls for borrowing from the past. But, if it’s your first time venturing into retro home decor, you have to be careful that your vintage finds don’t just make your home look old and outdated. There’s a careful balance to consider when mixing old with new. Interior designer Kerrie Kelly breaks down the five key ways you can pull off a successful retro redesign in a recent article for Zillow. We’ve briefly highlighted her recommendations below: Use Saturated Colors–Pai...

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Aug 03
28 Simple Weekend Projects You Should Try This Summer

28 Simple Weekend Projects You Should Try This Summer

There’s still plenty of time left this summer to take advantage of the warm weather and tackle some of the small home improvement projects on your list. The best way to get started is with an easy project that can be completed over the weekend. To get your creative juices flowing, This Old House has compiled a list of 28 simple DIY projects you can finish in a two days or less. You can check out the full list here, but below are our favorite 10 projects from the list.

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