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Your home is a huge investment when you buy it, plus monthly operating costs like utility bills. We help you spend less, get more value & build homeowner equity like a savings account.

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You've probably never hung a door or shingled a roof. That’s why problems are scary. We share concepts, terminology so you can make smart decisions about your home ... with confidence!

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With Pinterest, Houzz and so many shows about home improvements, it's natural to have a wish list. We share our ideas, your homeowner stories and support you in achieving your dreams.

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Water Mitigation Done Wrong!

Water mitigation is the process of preventing or reversing damage caused by water in a building. When my house flooded, the insurance company sent out their preferred water mitigation company. Sadly they failed to follow the standard steps used to dry out a house quickly, resulting in mold!

Here's what my house looked like when the water mitigation company arrived.

flooded house with waves in the bedroom

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How to Track Homeowner Expenses

When you buy a house you focus on the mortgage, property taxes and homeowner insurance. These costs won't tell you the true cost of home ownership. Imagine how you would handle a $500 water bill or an electric bill exceeding $700. It's time to track homeowner expenses starting now!

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Stainless Appliance Finishes & Color

Cabinets, countertops and appliances are the biggest expenses when remodeling a kitchen. That's why most homeowners pick neutral colors that will look great for many years. A backsplash is the easiest way to add more color with paint, tile or stone. Manufacturers are now offering appliance finishes that can also add color. We'll explore the colored stainless and bright colors available today. 

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6 Recommended Mold Cleaning Products

Most people have heard a few stories about mold, often stories about toxic mold making people sick. There are many types of mold so mold testing is the critical first step in any mold remediation process. Yesterday my flooded house was tested for mold using air sample and swab testing techniques. Before the mold team left, they told me the mold cleaning products I could use to wipe down or wash personal belongings.

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Replacing Baseboard After a Flood

Every house has baseboard which is installed when a house is built. You might replace your baseboard when remodeling or refinishing your floors. If your house floods, replacing baseboard will be one of the many things needed to return your home to it's pre-flood condition. The big question is when to remove the baseboard?

decorative baseboard can dress up a room, which is why homeowners are replacing baseboard installed by builders

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What We Touch in Our Homes

Our home is where we relax and enjoy life with our family. Home is where we feel safe … but how safe are we? This article explores what we touch in our homes to identify what we need to clean more often. Why? The Coronavirus is highly contagious. To minimize how one person can pass the virus to another, we need to learn what to clean and what to avoid touching in our homes.

Clean What You Touch at Home

Whether you're at home, work, school or almost anywhere, washing your hands (20 seconds) with soap is the best way to kill germs. [Start Dreaming ...]

Should You Remodel or Move?

Remember why you bought your current home? But now there are things you'd like to change. The big question is should you remodel or move to the house of your dreams.

Deciding to remodel or move is a huge decision. There are the obvious financial factors to think about. Even more important [Start Dreaming …]

Holiday Memories to Enjoy Year Round

We spend more time at home around the holidays. We put a lot of time into cleaning, decorating, baking and cooking. Why not capture these special holiday memories with photos you can enjoy the rest of the year? Then you can take your favorite photos and make a holiday memory book (Mixbook, Walmart, Costco and more).

decorating the Christmas tree provides great holiday memories all year round

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Let's take this idea a step further. Instead of rushing around and doing everything yourself, why not invite guests to join you for a tree decorating party or an afternoon baking cookies? That's how you can turn chores into holiday memories [Start Dreaming …]

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How to Create Your Dream Home

Have you got a long list of projects that never seem to get done? We’re here to help you prioritize what needs to get done now, along with tips to create your dream home and the lifestyle you want. Our free report will help you remember what’s really important, what you loved about the houses where you’ve lived.

Owning 12+ houses through the years working for I’ve Been Moved (IBM), gave me lots of experience to share about what works, and what doesn’t. Then I settled down to live/work in one place, and started a handyman business (8 years, 2,000 homeowners). I discovered my passion for helping women learn to manage their homes with confidence. So let’s connect and create the house you’ve always dreamed of!

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