Maintenance Future Military Homeowners

  • Avoid Expensive Roofing Problems Before They Start

    Avoid Expensive Roofing Problems Before They Start

    Owning a home is all about having a good roof over your head. Your roof is your first line of defense against the elements and also plays a vital role in keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. For being such an important part of the home, not many people know about maintaining and repairing roofs. Whether you’re trying to spot problems early or avoid buying a costly money pit, homeowners an…

  • Get A Home Energy Audit Now (Or Pay For It Later)

    Get A Home Energy Audit Now (Or Pay For It Later)

    Increasing our energy efficiency on a personal level has been a hot topic over the past few years. One of the best ways to do this is ensure that your house is running as green as possible to save you money, conserve energy and make your home more efficient. Better yet, many municipalities, including on-base housing groups, offer free programs to help you cut out energy waste. So what are you waiting for? G…

  • Before You Build Out: The Hidden Cost of Home Additions

    Before You Build Out: The Hidden Cost of Home Additions

    One of the biggest perks of homeownership is the ability to mold the home to your liking. Repainting the walls, getting a few accent pieces to decorate the entrance, adding a rug or two or other home additions can all work wonders for your living space. But if you have a larger remodeling project in mind, you might want to consider whether its future payoff justifies the money invested. An important cost many home…

  • How to Keep Your Cool: Fire Safety Tips for Winter

    How to Keep Your Cool: Fire Safety Tips for Winter

    Winter is here, and it's a time for building snowmen, drinking hot cocoa and sitting in front of the fireplace. Because it's cold outside, heating up some soup on the stove, turning on the heat in your house and letting a fire crackle in the fireplace are ideal remedies for bone-chilling weather. But with all the extra needs to create warmth during the winter, fire and heat will be used much more than during summe…

  • After the Storm: 5 Steps to Take Once Disaster Strikes Your Home

    After the Storm: 5 Steps to Take Once Disaster Strikes Your Home

    After a major disaster strikes your home, there are several steps you need to take to make sure it's safe to return. Here are some tips for re-entering and repairing your home. Look for external damage Check foundations, roofs and chimneys for cracks or other signs of damage. Stuck doors and sagging ceilings can be indicators of structural weakness. Contact a building inspector if you spot anything concerning. …

  • How Ready are You? 6 Resources to Get You Prepped for Disaster

    How Ready are You? 6 Resources to Get You Prepped for Disaster

    As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, many people out East and elsewhere might be asking themselves, "Am I prepared for a disaster?" Check out these guides to disaster preparedness from around the Web to make sure you have all your bases covered. Know your hazards. This general guide from MSN Real Estate describes eight of the most common disasters homeowners face and outlines best practices for getting…

  • 17 Ways to Be a Great Houseguest (or Host)

    17 Ways to Be a Great Houseguest (or Host)

    Being a good houseguest or host isn't always as easy as it seems. Plans can go awry, schedules can conflict and manners can sometimes be lost. But whether you're the guest or host, you want the experience to be pleasant and memorable. Even if you know your guest or host well, it never hurts to go the extra step to ensure a smooth visit. In order to do this, planning and organization are key. Here are several t…

  • Beyond Red, White and Blue: Americana Decor for the Modern Home

    Beyond Red, White and Blue: Americana Decor for the Modern Home

    Choosing Americana decor for your home is a great way to celebrate our country's cultural heritage and to show off the love of your country. But be careful: that nostalgia-fueled style is easily overdone. Too much gingham, reclaimed barn wood and Route 66 memorabilia and you're living in a Cracker Barrel gift shop. If literal isn't the look you're going for, embrace a less-is-more approach. For militar…

  • Welcome Home: How to Throw a Perfect Housewarming Party

    Welcome Home: How to Throw a Perfect Housewarming Party

    For a military family that moves a lot, another new house might not be all that exciting. But the first permanent home you purchase for yourself and your family is certainly cause for celebration. A housewarming party is a great way to welcome others into your new place and show off your accomplishment. You don’t have to wait until everything’s perfect to have people over. Just make sure the place is clean …

  • 8 Cool Household Uses for Magnets

    8 Cool Household Uses for Magnets

    When you hear the word "magnet," you probably think of the little gadget that holds your family photos on the refrigerator door. But magnets can have other versatile uses around the house aside from decoration, and can offer practical solutions to household projects you might be having trouble with. Whether you want to create better storage or simply keep your food fresher, here are 9 cool household uses for magne…