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Grow your resale value with the most valued home projects

  Interest.com website recently published an easy to use list of the best projects for 2014, and we wanted to share them with you. This list is based on a survey by Remodeling Magazine and the National Association of Realtors, using national averages. Always remember that potential buyers are comparing your home to ones like…

Posted in : Doors, Windows

Up your house project ROI

  From HGTV, to SmartMoney to realtor websites and blogs, we examined all the top expert advice and analysis to find the common themes and save you hours of your time reading! (And time IS money, right?). We found 5 themes, making these the best of the best resale value home projects: Cover the DIY…

Posted in : Doors, Heating

Energy efficiency tips for pet owners

Here are some of the key things to keep in mind: Go ahead and use your programmable thermostat. The latest thermostats allow you to set different temperatures when you are out, but many people don’t take advantage of those energy savings because they are afraid to make that change when pets are home. Depending on…

Posted in : Doors, Insulation

Is emergency planning just too scary?

Is emergency planning just too scary? Have you put off emergency planning because the thought of serious disaster is too scary? Our local authorities advise having 3 days of water, food, and supplies on hand and a list of other emergency items. And yet, only 30-40 percent of us do this, according to Pierce County…

Posted in : Doors, Windows, Plumbing, Insulation

Polling the experts: projects to get the greatest resale value for your home

From HGTV, to SmartMoney to realtor websites and blogs, we’ve examined 7 of the top articles on projects gain resale value. The articles had these 5 themes in common, making these the best of the best resale value home projects: The DIY basics still work. Paint, de-clutter, stage the furniture, add lighting and clean, clean,…

Posted in : Doors, Heating, Insulation

A cozier valentines day starts with a warm home

Employ a programmable thermostat. There are some remarkable thermostats out there such as the Honeywell Prestige thermostat that do amazing things. You can program it to lower the temperature when you go to work and raise the temperature when you are about to get home. Use a special remote to program the temperature based on…

Posted in : Doors, Windows, Insulation

Weatherize now while the sun is out

Maximize your energy benefits, with minimum work Here are three things you can do to weatherize. There are lots more, but these give you huge benefit for the least amount of work, and money. Insulation. It may not be the most glamorous home project, but one of the best energy savers for the buck is…

Posted in : Doors, Windows, Heating, Insulation

Summer is finally here!

Are you weighing the cost of adding a heat pump, windows or making any energy efficient upgrade? If so, the total cost is not what is written on your contractor’s estimate. A more accurate way to compare options is to include the installed price of your upgrade, less the cost of the energy you will…

Posted in : Doors, Air conditioning

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