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25 Affordable Ways to Keep Your House Warm in Winter

Anastasiia Shavshyna/E+ via Getty Images An ideal time to start winterizing your home is before the snow season hits. Heating the house during the winter, however, consumes a lot of energy. It’s also when homeowners typically experience a spike in their utility bills. A home energy audit from a local professional can help you strategize…

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Blinds vs. Curtains: Which One Is Right for Your Home?

Thanasis Zovoilis/The Image Bank via Getty Images If you are choosing between installing blinds and curtains in your home, consider the style and look you want; your climate control, lighting and energy efficiency goals; and the costs involved in their installation and maintenance. This guide will help you decide whether curtains or blinds are best…

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How to Make Your House Smell Good (+ DIY Scent Recipes)

AleksandarNakic/E+ via Getty Images From active kids to beloved indoor pets, our homes can naturally retain odors over time, including unpleasant ones. While air fresheners can help mask certain smells, these can inevitably contribute to strong odors inside. If you desire a nose-friendly atmosphere that is fresh and inviting, you’re in the right place. Here…

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Is Your Carpet Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat? [Study]

When choosing between flooring options in your home, personal taste matters. Some prefer the cozy, warm look and feel of carpets, while others prefer a sleek laminate or hardwood finish. Personal preference aside, however, hardwood or tile floors offer one key benefit over carpet: They are much easier to clean. And while you might think…

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Is Gardening Easier or Harder Than It Looks? [Survey]

Gardening is on a dramatic rise in the U.S.—demand for seeds in the spring of 2021 matched the blooming sales of the previous spring, when many states were implementing lockdown measures for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic. But increased participation doesn’t necessarily mean gardening is easy for everyone. Some expectations for gardening, especially…

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Survey Reveals How Handy Americans Really Are

As a homeowner, all those tasks your landlord used to do—and your parents did before them—are now on your shoulders. You’ve either got to figure out how to do them yourself or pay someone else to do them. Either way, it would help if you knew how to do a few things around the house….

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Types of Paint and Finishes: How to Choose the Right One

You know the color of paint you want, but you arrive at your local hardware store only to find that choosing the color is just the beginning of your painting project. There you find a dizzying array of options, from matte paint to gloss paint to semi-gloss paint, from flat finish to satin finish. Then…

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13 Laundry Room Makeover Tips for Any Budget

Rawpixel/iStock/Getty Images Plus via Getty Images Even if it’s not a central part of your home, chances are that your laundry room could majorly benefit from a makeover. Since our surroundings influence us more than we realize, it’s possible that giving your laundry area a facelift could positively impact your attitude around household chores. Wouldn’t…

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How to Paint Popcorn & Textured Ceilings

August 4, 2021 Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert.Written by HomeAdvisor. It is possible to paint a popcorn or textured ceiling. However, you have to approach the process differently than you would a flat one. The steps appear to be identical between the two types, but you have to take certain precautions…

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How to Get Rid of a Musty Smell in Your Basement + Other Nuisances

Opat Suvi / Shutterstock.com If you notice a strong, musty smell whenever you spend time in your basement, you’re probably curious about the most efficient and least expensive solution. Mold and mildew are the common culprits of the unpleasant odor. Naturally, mold spores build up more easily in basements due to their tendency to thrive…

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