How well do you know your basement?

Whether you’re a brand-new homeowner or you’ve been living in your house for decades, it might be surprising to learn that you’re at high risk for expensive water damage — in fact, more than 98% of homes with basements will see some type of water damage. In many cases, a house’s crawl space is where that water damage begins.

Many homeowners are deterred from the sticker shock of a traditional basement waterproofing service. But when water damage-related services like mold removal can cost you up to $4,000, the need to keep your home’s crawl space dry this summer is readily apparent. And it’s possible to do so without making the major investment of a basement waterproofing.

If you’re wondering how to keep your crawl space dry without investing in a basement waterproofing, take a look at these three tips:

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As a homeowner, keeping up with the demands and financial responsibilities of your HVAC system can be quite the challenge. Sometimes, it feels like you’re constantly adjusting your thermostat in hopes of coming to a solution that keeps your home at a comfortable temperature without breaking the bank. If this sounds like your daily struggle, you’re definitely not alone. But you should know that installing a programmable thermostat could save you up to 10% on your heating bills, and there are plenty of other ways they can simplify your life and save you money. Here are just a few undeniable signs that your home is in desperate need of a programmable thermostat.

You’re consistently paying for high utility costs.

As mentioned, a home with a traditional thermostat can easily result in spending too much on utility costs. The fact is, most people like to adjust the temperature of their home throughout the day, but without a programmable thermostat, temperatures often stay higher or lower than they have to. If you wake up in the morning and are always cold, for example, a programmable thermostat can adjust your air conditioning or furnace temperature overnight to ensure a more comfortable (and affordable) awakening.

You have an erratic schedule or are not home very often.

If you’re not home very often, why keep your home heated or cooled when it’s empty? This won’t do anything but add to both your utility costs and your air conditioning’s level of wear and tear. Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to customize your home’s temperature at any time of the day, meaning you can turn the system off when you’re leaving while ensuring that it will be at the perfect temperature when you return home.

You care about the environment.

Finally, if you truly care about the impact that your home’s energy usage has on the environment, investing in a programmable thermostat is one of the best steps you can take to improve home energy efficiency. A programmable thermostat reduces the amount of heating and cooling energy your home uses unnecessarily, improving long-term sustainability.

Ultimately, understanding these signs can help you determine whether or not a programmable thermostat is the right investment for you.

If you’re looking to spruce up your home, there are few things that can do the job as effectively as a coat of new paint. Dollar for dollar, it’s one of the most cost-effective ways of improving your look. Keep reading for tips on how to pick the right paint and a checklist for the home hardware store shopping trip!

Choosing Paint

When it comes to interior paint, there’s a bewildering array of choices at your home hardware store. The most common type to use is latex paint because it can be wiped clean: a great feature for homes with pets or small children. Unlike oil paint, it also tends to blister less because it breathes better, and it won’t fade quickly. For most of the walls you’ll almost certainly want a low-VOC latex paint, but if you have any wood that needs to be stained or primed, oil-based paints are excellent in this application.

Choosing Sheen

Paints come in a variety of sheens, and the general rule is that the glossier the paint, the easier it is to clea

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