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How Energy Efficient Windows Lower Energy Costs

Sometimes you have to spend money to save money, and that’s especially true when you’re buying energy-saving replacement windows. Even better, they’ll make your home more enjoyable during every season.

Let’s take a quick look about how replacing windows saves on energy costs and can give you a little peace of mind.

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How to Clean Gutters Clogged With Fall Leaves

Fall is the perfect time for cleaning out gutters. They should be as clear as possible so leaves don’t cause clogs and send water into your home, creating major damage. We’ve put together a few gutter-cleaning tips to help make sure you and your home are safe all winter long.

When cleaning out rain gutters, there are several things you’ll want to have on hand to keep both you and your home safe:

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How to Pick the Right Window Treatments

Window treatments serve as aesthetic coverings placed on, inside or over windows. They allow you to control light that enters your home and function as insulators that may make it easier for you to keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter.

Of course, window treatments provide you with the opportunity to make a distinct fashion statement anywhere in your home, too. They come in a variety of colors, patterns and designs, and as such, you’re sure to find plenty of window treatment options to match your personal style.

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The Ultimate Guide for Hiring a Reliable Home Improvement Contractor

Maybe you just bought your first house, or maybe you upgraded and are ready to create your dream home. Either way, nothing strikes excitement and fear into a homeowner’s heart like renovations.

Choosing a contractor for home improvement can be nerve wracking, but with the right team at your side the process can be smooth — and even enjoyable. With tips for hiring a contractor, checklists for negotiating contracts, and tips for home renovation, our how-to guide for hiring a home improvement contractor will teach you everything you need to know.

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How to Prepare Your Home for a Summer Storm

Every summer comes with storms that roll in and unleash torrential rains, high winds and more. You can protect your home now by taking a few minutes to perform some summer storm prep and checks.

All of these storm preparation tips are also good to do anytime because they’ll protect your home from the sudden storm as well as slower damage that’s creeping in due to problem areas. Here are six things to consider:

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15 Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

With the human population expanding at an increasing rate, it seems that our Earth’s natural resources are dwindling fast.

The good news is, conserving our natural resources has now become a major priority. People everywhere are taking note of this issue and starting to become concerned with how to be environmentally friendly. There are many changes, big and small, that you can make throughout your home that will have a positive impact on the environment.

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5 Fun Ways to Entertain Outdoors This Summer

The season of warm weather is quickly approaching. Daylight hours are finally starting to linger a little longer after work, and kids are getting antsy for school to end so they can finally get outdoors and splash in the pool. You’re already daydreaming about curling up on your deck with a nice book and summery drink in hand, basking in the warm sun.

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Give Your Home an Extra Pop of Color

Window boxes can help add life and color to any part of your home. They give you depth and increase curb appeal, while creating a fun hobby that’s beautiful throughout the year. Window box gardening also gives you an easy way to create centerpieces or have a healthy snack.

Here are just a few of our favorite plants for a garden window box, including those ever-popular hanging window gardens:

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Spring Into Action With These Roof Maintenance Tips

If the frigid winter temperatures here in Northern Virginia have left you feeling bogged down, remember that spring is only a few months away. You’ll soon enjoy milder weather and the fresh scent of flowers in bloom, and you won’t have to worry about breaking your back shoveling snow.

Don’t forget that warmer days bring with them a new set of responsibilities for home maintenance, particularly in regards to your roof. There are a few things you’ll want to watch for as the snow melts and the spring weather sets in. Let’s take a look at some roof maintenance tasks you can accomplish to stay “on top” of things.

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Pressure Treated vs. Composite Decks: Which One is Right for Your Home?

What better time than the thick of winter to start planning out your summer barbeques? The next few months can be spent inside dreaming up new recipes, sauces, and rubs. As you plan out your meals in advance of warmer weather, you may be thinking about replacing your deck or building a new one.

Two of the most popular options for deck building are decks made from pressure treated lumber and decks made from composite materials. Each carry their own set of advantages and drawbacks you’ll want to consider as you make your decision.

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