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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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How we live at home is changing. More people are working at home, there's home schooling and we’re integrating indoor & outdoor spaces as we spend more time at home. Get ideas for your home.

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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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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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8 Wood Rot Repairs Your Home Might Need

wood rot repairs aren't optional & should be done as soon as possible, before the damage expands & drives up repair costs
Wood repair is one of the most common home repairs because your house has a lot of wood. Most (not all) wood rot occurs on your home's exterior when your home gets wet and water doesn't run off or evaporate. While some home repairs might seem optional, you'll save money by making wood rot repairs as soon as you find the problem. [Learn More…]

What is Drip Edge & Why It’s Important

drip edges helps protect the wood structure under your roofing shingles

Drip edge is the flashing that protects the edges of your roof, both the eaves and the gable ends. It is required by the 2012 International Building Codes (IBS) for shingle roofs, and you should make sure that it's properly installed with any new roof you get. Optional for years, drip edge is now required by the International Building Codes. This is great because it protects the wood structure underneath your roofing shingles, an area of the roof you can't see [Learn More…]

Roof Repairs vs New Roof, a Big Decision

roof repair versus getting a new roof is a big decision

Roof repairs versus a new roof is a big decision. We're all so busy and unlike our cars that we listen to every day we drive, we seldom look at our roof — we're running late when we leave the house and coming home, we're focused on what's next like making dinner. That means most homeowners don't regularly inspect their roof for damage.

That's not good. Many home features will tell you when [Learn More…]

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Tips to Installing a Swing Set

installing a swing set isn't trivial so plan your schedule (at least 2 full weekends for larger sets) accordingly

Your kids will love any swing set, big or small …

Swing sets are a popular spring project for families with young, energetic children with energy to burn. Installing a swing set is not difficult but it does take more time and patience than most people realize. Home owners should be realistic in estimating how much time they need to assemble the swing set and [Go Explore…]

When Your Shower Door Leaks: What To Do

shower door leaks are one of the most common homeowner problems & water damage is often hidden making it hard to find & fix problems quickly

Bathrooms and specifically showers and bathtubs are prone to leaks. Do you have a shower door that leaks? Maybe the corners of the glass enclosure leak every time you take a shower?  If you answered yes, you may have water damage on your walls, baseboard or the floor outside the shower.  The problem and solution to shower door leaks may be less complicated than you think once you learn about the new solutions for a frameless shower door. [Go Explore…]

Laundry Room Storage: Shelves, Cabinets or Drawers?

laundry room storage keeps the room neater & doing laundry more stress free when it's easy to find everything you need

There’s something to be said for a more traditional approach to laundry room storage, with cabinets on the wall above the machines. A top-load washer doesn’t have to look dated. Many new models are undeniably modern, with sleek lines and as many wash cycle options as a front load set and room for laundry storage on the wall above. [Go Explore…]

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Home Aspriations

Custom Home Builders: Who They Are & What They Do

custom homes like this one have more complicated exteriors (interiors too) and lovely landscaping like this brick driveway ... and are found in communities that have considerable wealth, like Newburyport Massachuetts

For many, the American dream includes owning your own house. For some homeowners, this dream involves building a custom house they design with the features they want. It's an amazing experience to watch your dreams move from a set of blueprints to your new home's framing.

Building a custom home is also scary when you're doing it for the first time. [Start Dreaming …]

Indoor Gardens for Many Reasons

indoor gardens are gaining popularity as a way to grow your own food or filter chemicals out of your home's air
Color affects our mood, our purchasing decisions, our appetite and so much more. That's why it's important to understand how the color choices we make when decorating affect us. Green is one of the most versatile colors for decorating and many more people are creating indoor gardens, so let's dig into why and how they're making this investment in time and money. [Start Dreaming …]

DIY Wood Stain Guide for Beginners

a wood stain lets you enjoy the wood texture with any color you want

Getting a great DIY result on a wood stain project doesn't have to be rocket science. But it does take a little planning on the front end. There's more to staining wood than brushing on the stain and sealing it. If you've got a woodworking project that you're anxious to stain, here's what you'll need to know to get the best results. [Start Dreaming …]

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Saving Money

Letter to Allstate: Time to End Gender Bias

This article is meant to change the culture at Allstate, and other corporations like them, that to date do not recognize the gender bias built into their business processes. I have been treated respectfully by my Allstate insurance agents. Sadly they have little/no influence on changing the way Allstate's software applications are implemented.  [Save More…]

How to Repair a Toilet: Learn Why & How to DIY

getting more toilet paper is easy; learning how to repair a toilet is harder definitely a good DIY skill for every homeowner

Hopefully the biggest toilet problem you'll ever have is getting someone to deliver a roll of toilet paper to you when sitting on the throne. But toilets have lots of moving parts and get lots of use. That means you'll probably need to deal with at least one toilet problem in your life as a homeowner. So before you end up with a ridiculous bill from a plumber, you should really learn how to repair a toilet. [Save More…]

Energy Efficient Homes & Homeowner Resources

energy efficient homes are important & evolving from windmills to wind turbines, solar & more

Have you seen windmills in Holland? Or driven past wind farms with hundreds of modern windmills? They show how yesterday's windmills have evolved to capture the wind, sunshine and more. Because sustainable energy means no matter how much we use, there's just as much energy tomorrow. So let's look at how [Save More…]

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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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