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How to Handle a Home Pest InvasionDespite their size, pests can cause big damage to a home if the owners aren't careful. Their teeth, breeding habits, and waste can quickly tarnish the home's integrity and even stability. But more than structural damage, pests can bring disease and illness to residents if they're not careful. Rats can carry anything from rat-bite fever to plague to certain forms of meningitis. And if you are thinking of selling your home, getting rid of pests before selling is very important. Pest remediation starts with understanding how to prevent, identify, and attack an infestation as soon as it occurs. Here are five tips for getting it done as efficiently as possible.

Tour the Home

It doesn't take very much space for an ant to make its way from outside

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verything You Need to Know About Home SecurityHome security can help you protect your property and the people in your household. The safer your home is, the better you'll feel about being at home - and after buying a home, it's important to add security in the home, if it is not already there. If you're a homeowner who would like to get started improving security in your home, here's what you need to know.

Different Types of Security Systems

Different homeowners may choose to install different types of security systems, depending on how much money they want to spend, what they would like to get out of their home security system, and whether they wish to install their system themselves. Different products may have different features, but in general, the two most popular kinds of security

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Hidden Safety Hazards Homeowners May Find in Their HomesDespite homeowners' best efforts to make sure otherwise, homes have many hidden hazards lurking in their shadows and in plain sight. At each corner of the house, there could be a handful of hazards awaiting adults and children alike. Homeowners, especially those who are first home buyers, can take their preventative tactics one step further by understanding the nature of these hazards and learning how to prevent them. To get started, they can use this guide to start learning about the three most common residential safety hazards.

Trip and Fall Accidents

Trip and fall accidents can cause minor to severe injuries ranging from bone fractures to traumatic brain injuries. In residences, these accidents frequently occur due to loose or otherwise

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Spotting Mold Growth In Your HomeResponsible homeowners, especially those looking to sell their homes, are always looking for dangers in their home so they can get rid of them before they can cause any harm. However, some dangers are much more difficult to find than others, and mold is one of these. Mold can be tricky to identify for homeowners who don’t know what to look for. Here is what all homeowners need to know about mold growth in their home and what they should be looking for to keep their home safe.

Different Types of Mold

There are many different types of mold that can be fond in a home, and not all of pose a life-or-death threat. Here are some of the different types of mold that can be found growing in homes:

  • Alternaria: Most people are familiar with this
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How to Light Your Home Room-by-RoomDesigning the home lighting of each room may seem as simple as buying a few fixtures and light bulbs. However, the lighting of the home has a major effect on how people perceive each room. It's also an important safety element that's easy to overlook.

Dim lighting can lead to major accidents in slick spaces like the kitchen or the bathroom. It can even lead to chronic vision problems if people are constantly squinting while reading or going about their daily tasks. In addition, when selling a home, proper staging, along with good lighting, helps sell a home faster, and possibly for more money. For homeowners who'd like a little more visibility, keep these tips in mind.

Aesthetics, Meet Functionality

Spaces like the living room, family

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What You Can Do When You Discover Unpermitted Work In Your HomeThe home permitting process is an important one. Without permits, there would be no ability to control for quality in new home and existing home construction. Insurance companies and home buyers rely on the permitting process to ensure that the homes in their communities are safe and functional.

Unpermitted work is a problem because it is often not done to code, and even if it is, there is usually no way to certify this is the case. Only through the permitting process can a homeowner be totally sure that their home is built with safety and modern building standards in mind.

How Permits Work

When a permit is pulled, this is a signal to the local building inspectors that a home improvement project is underway and it will soon need to be

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4 Ways to Make Painting a Home EasierPainting the inside of the home can be an inexpensive and simple way to significantly change its appearance. A new colour scheme could make an entire house seem newer, as well as wiping away decades of age from the walls. A new paint job often helps sell a home for a better price as well. Getting everything ready in advance can really speed up the process and improve the end result. Here's a few tips to make everything run more smoothly.

1. Buy the Proper Home Painting Tools

Painting a home does not need to take a lot of equipment, but a few useful tools could make all the difference. Homeowners should plan to buy:

  • paint rollers and covers
  • paint trays
  • brushes of different sizes and materials
  • plastic sheeting to protect
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4 Must-Have Energy Efficient Home UpgradesIt’s always a good idea to care about the environment. There’s only one earth, and the better it’s taken care of, the better life future generations will have. These days, there is technology dedicated to being environmentally friendly and helping people reduce how much energy they use. Smart technology can also help sell a home!

This green tech is widely available, but many homeowners may not know of its existence or how useful it is. Here are some of the different pieces of green technology any homeowner can use in their home to reduce their carbon footprint without changing their current lifestyle.

1. Smart Thermostats

Everyone has left their Coventry home for work without remembering to turn off the air conditioning, only realizing ten

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How You Can Help Prevent Foundation Damage TodayFoundation damage can seem to happen all at once when in reality it's been happening in tiny degrees over the past several decades. Fixing foundation problems when they first occur is far less expensive than after the home sustains a major fracture. This is just one of the reasons why a homeowner may want to pay more attention to the subtle changes around their home. Here are several things that anyone can do to help maintain the stability of their home.

Check the Doors and Windows

A home that has a solid foundation will function in the most basic of ways: doors will shut easily, windows will close without sticking, and water will stay inside the pipes. Puddles that form around the supports in the basement or stubborn window panes may be the

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Know More About Dealing with Roof DamageA house is vulnerable to roof damage from high winds, hail and flying debris. Homeowners may see signs of roof damage and not know what to do next. Depending on the type of roof damage and the source of the damage, a homeowner may be able to file a claim and have significant damage covered in part or in full from their insurance company. This helps homeowners reduce the financial burden when it comes to unexpected repairs. However, roof damage can occur for a number of reasons and it is important for homeowners and property owners to be aware of their options.

Ignoring Roof Damage

Some homeowners may not be aware of roof damage or may put off looking into the extent of the damage and required repairs. It is important not to wait. Water damage

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