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Quick TIPS: Top tips for keeping your toddler safe at home

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Babies are naturally curious and have a supreme knack for finding things that can put them in danger. Make sure your home is safe for their exploration with these quick tips.   Secure empty electrical outlets​   Place little plastic pieces into electrical outlets when they're not in use. These items are inexpensive and handy for travel, b...
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10 Things to do the first year after buying a home

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​Moving into a new home is exciting, but what do you do first? We spoke to recent home buyers regarding immediate safety precautions homeowners need to take after buying a home, but what other projects deserve to be at the top of your to-do list that first year? We have a few practical suggestions. 1. Got tools? ​   Even if you are not Bo...
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Quick TIPS: What to do when your pipes break + prevention plans

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What do you do the moment you see water streaking down your walls? We talked to Don Joyner, Founder and President of Great Lakes Waterproofing, to learn immediate steps you need to take to save your home. After the break ​   Find the main water valve, which is usually in your basement. It's most likely a round or oblong red handle. Turn i...
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In deep water: Preventing water damage in your home

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When the Polar Vortex attacks without mercy, à la  The Day After Tomorrow , a swift but harsh cold front can cause a drastic change in temperature and major problems for your home – icicles running down your walls, lumpy carpets, and mold, to name a few. If your home's pipes burst, you will need to take immediate steps to stop the leakage and ...
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Home Resolutions 2020: Expert Edition

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Every year, you know your gutters will need to be cleaned out.  You have to rake and mow the lawn, and every once and awhile, you need to apply a fresh coat of paint somewhere. But do you know what maintenance items you are missing? We asked Home Improvement Contractor Matt Van Cleve to give us his professional insight into essential main...
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Top New Year’s Resolutions – Homeowner(s) Edition

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This year, more and more people are resolving to be healthier in 2020. Why not make the same promise to your house? We asked homeowners to tell us their 2020 home resolutions, and their answers may surprise you.  Home Resolution #1 – A DIY redesign ​ The house was built around 1910 and has a central staircase with two rooms up, two rooms down,...
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Your home's holiday wish list: Bedroom edition

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Relaxation reigns in the bedroom, so this holiday season, gift your private space these modern and tranquil comforts for ultimate convenience. If you're hosting the family this holiday, you'll need your private space to recharge after a long day of festivities. Whether you're seeking a hands-free way to turn on your TV or an instant soothing scent ...
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Your home’s holiday wish list: Living room edition

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Make your living area modern and cozy this season with these holiday home gift ideas for your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping excursion.   ​First impressions can be lasting impressions. When your family arrives at your home this holiday season, welcome them into a cozy and modern living area where they'll want to spend all their time (a ...
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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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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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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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