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How to defend your home against the critter invasion

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Winter brings guests to your home for the holidays, but some—like rodents, spiders, and other small invaders—you want to keep out. Here's how. We've all been there—woken up in the middle of the night with scampering across the floor or scratching in your walls. Mice, rats, and even squirrels can make their way inside your warm home, on top of the u...
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Don’t fall behind on your home maintenance checklist

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Daylight savings time has ended, which means time is running out to winterize your home. Get ready for the long, cold months ahead with these fall home tips.   You're burning daylight. With the usual suspects—cold temperatures, snow, and higher utility bills—arriving sooner rather than later, you need to prepare your home for those long, cold ...
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Rooftop maintenance you should do now (before it’s too late)

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Santa's annual rooftop adventure will be here before we know it, so keep your roof in tip-top condition with these helpful tips. ​If completing maintenance on your roof isn't a priority, it should be. A new roof can cost as much as $40,000 , and insurance companies may refuse to honor a damage claim if your roof was not well-maintained in the first...
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The most popular heating systems and the maintenance you absolutely, positively must do annually

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"I loved the Polar Vortex, so I'm not going to complete the routine maintenance to keep my heating system working," said no one ever.   ​ Heating is no joking matter. A cold winter's night can be unpleasant at best, and rather than suffering through with blanket forts and warm tea (if you have a gas stove), complete the proper maintenance to a...
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Winter is coming: 10 ways to cut your utility bill

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In this episode of "Game of Homes," we deal with skyrocketing utility bills, and you can win without a fire-breathing dragon thanks to these home hacks.   ​ Winter is coming...and with it comes higher energy bills. Not only can this put a strain on the environment, but it can also put a lot of pressure on your wallet. Keep more money in your b...
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Not-so-scary essential fall home maintenance

Not-so-scary essential fall home maintenance
Get over your fear of tackling your home maintenance list with these essential autumn repairs you can complete before the trick-or-treaters arrive. ​Halloween is a time for ghoulish delights, not homeowner frights, but that's exactly what your home might deliver. And when you have expected guests popping in for treats, you don't want to worry about...
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3 homeowner horror stories that will give you the heebie-jeebies

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Chills, thrills, and spills. These homeowners walked into their slightly-used digs and walked out - or fled  after their houses turned on them. ​Every new homeowner has at least one horror story. From collapsing floors to ants in the bed, these frights can keep you up at night, but many of these stories could have been prevented if the ow...
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The trouble with trees

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If a tree falls on your property, it'll make some noise and cause some damage. Prevent a dangerous situation with our all-in-one guide on tree removal. ​Trees are more than just a natural accent to your property. They can present a clear and present danger to your home if diseased or in a precarious position. If you have a worst-case scenario and n...
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The alarming truth about in-home alarms

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Saving lives from house fires is as simple as a few batteries, a handful of alarms, and some metaphorical elbow grease. Here's what you need to know. Firefighters, Smokey the Bear, and Sparky the Fire Dog all tell you the same thing: Most house fires are preventable. Not to put you in the hot seat when it comes to the "only you can...." messag...
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