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The home fire safety feature you probably haven't thought about

Home is supposed to be a safe space, so it can be scary to think about things like fires. Unfortunately, fires are a real threat. Seven people die each day due to home fires, so it's important to be ready.Every home needs working smoke alarms and an escape plan for exiting the house. These are essential first steps, but there is an additional tool that dramatically reduces the spread of home fires, and the risk of dying from one: installing... read more

5 steps to prepare for natural disasters

Whether its hurricanes, tornadoes or snowstorms, natural disasters can occur anywhere at any time. When they do, its often sudden, so being prepared ahead of time is key. However, only 39% of Americans are prepared for an unexpected natural disaster, according to a study by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Its important to always follow official evacuation orders. But...
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The building blocks to a more beautiful outdoor-living space

Segmental retaining wall units are one of the most versatile landscaping tools in the homeowners and professional landscapers toolbox. Retaining wall units have evolved from just retaining soil, transitioning slopes and preventing erosion. Todays SRWs can do all that plus serve as multipurpose building blocks for outdoor-living features, including stairs, columns, freestanding walls, tiered walls, curved walls, seating...
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You talking to me? Housing associations take new approach to resident relations

Without thoughtful communication, relationships between board members, residents and property managers of community associations can go from smooth to contentious in a hurry. From single-family communities to high-rise condos, everyone has their own ideas about whats best for the neighborhood. But despite what most headlines will have you believe, the reality is that homeowner satisfaction in managed communities...
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3 weekend projects to cut your energy bills

Seasons come and go, but one thing remains the same — energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average annual energy cost for a single-family American home is more than $2,000. While some of this cost is due to the rise in electronic usage in homes, there is a much bigger problem driving up...
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