Winter Worries: A Guide to Your First Winter in A New House

There’s no way around it. Winter is coming and with it comes snow, ice, and cold. It’s important to know what kind of damage winter can do to a home, especially if it’s your first winter in your new home. If you’ve lived in apartments or other housing, winter might have come with a few extra rules but for homeowners, winter means preparing the house to stay warm and undamaged all season long.

Check It Twice

There are several checks and updates you may want to make before winter truly descends. First, check your roof and attic to see if they have proper insulation and add more if necessary. A lot of heat gets lost out of your roof so you need to make sure the insulation is high quality. Proper attic insulation can save you up to 50% on your heating and cooling bill and prevents the formation of ice dams, which can badly damage your roof. While you’re checking the insulation, check for any sagging, wetness, cracks, or holes in your roof or attic. If you see anything wrong, talk to a roofer. They will be able to tell you if your roof will make it through the season or if you should have repairs or replacement done sooner.

After your roof is taken care of, check the opposite place, the basement. About 98% of homes with basements will experience some type of water damage. Check for foundation cracks or holes and get them filled pronto, as this will help prevent leaks and other water damage. For further protection, install a dehumidifier to keep the air dry and make sure your basement is well sealed and properly insulated. Finally, check your pipes at all possible access points for cracking, leaking, and insulation. Proper pipe insulation will prevent them from bursting during the winter months.

Prepare The Defenses

Heating and cooling are expensive, even more so in winter. There are a lot of steps you can take toward better heating and cooling in your home. Install ceiling fans to circulate air, install a high-quality thermostat, ensure good seals on all windows and doors, and keep vents clear of obstructions. To mitigate water heating costs, put a blanket on your water heater, turn down the temperature, and ensure pipes are properly insulated.

Other winter preparations include cleaning out your heater vents, purchasing extra fuel for your furnace, changing out furnace filters, rearranging furniture to better suit the vents, and sealing any holes in your siding, porch, and crawlspace. The last thing you want is winter rats in your walls.

Every year around 43 million Americans move. So if it’s your first winter in a new house, take the time to check it. Without the right winter preparations, spring will only bring flooding, bugs, and breakages that will cost you.

Stepping up: How (and Why) to Become a Community Leader in Your Locale


*If you want to be an effective community leader, you need to be a great communicator. 

You need to understand the needs of those you work with and your employees. Communication is only one of the many things that help you become a leader. It helps you become a leader in your community at any event. 

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Is the Middle of A Pandemic the Right Time to Sell Your House?

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For months, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on various industries.

Everything has been affected in some way. One big question for renters, newlyweds, and empty-nesters is if this is the right time to buy a house.

However, to answer that, another question needs an answer first. Is it the right time to sell a house?

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Video Games and Pandemics: Why You Should Encourage Your Kids to Play

Since the first games were engineered in the 1970s and 1980s, video games have become a part of everyday life for some people.

Whether it’s on a PlayStation 4, X-Box One, Nintendo Switch, a computer, or a mobile device, they’ve only grown more popular year after year. COVID-19 has pushed video game popularity to whole new heights.

However, many parents are worried about how games might affect their kids and if they’re even good for kids. Here’s what you should know about video games and kids.

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Shia Labeouf Officially Charged with Battery and Petty Theft from Summer Incident

Actor Shia Labeouf is no stranger to a bit of controversy. From the artist’s public displays of anti-fame culture to his infamous arrests back in 2017, keeping a low profile is not in his wheelhouse. Regardless, this is the actor’s first confirmed legal dispute since the aforementioned occurrences in 2017.

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How Working Remotely Can Help Employees, Companies, and the Planet

COVID-19 has caused a lot of changes to day-to-day life across the world. One of the biggest has been a shift from working in offices to working from home. Many businesses, from law offices to marketing companies, have been forced to learn how to work remotely. This has had all kinds of effects on the world, including just how eco-friendly working from home can be. In a world where energy use is doubling every 20 years, saving as much energy and keeping our carbon footprints light is extremely important.

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5 Tips to Improve Your Home and Your Landscape’s Look, Feel, and Value!

If you own a home, then you know just how much it matters to make sure that you are always taking care of things around the house.

However, with all the stresses of day to day activities, business engagements, and other concerns, it can be all too easy to allow things on the home front to take a back seat to more pressing matters.

Whether you’re looking at enhancing the value of your home and landscaping through eco-friendly options, improving its look, or adding to the overall feel, there is a lot you can do.

That’s why we have come up with this list of 5 tips to improve the look, feel, and value of both your home and your landscaping. Without further ado, let’s get right into things.

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