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Color me Impressed

To increase curb appeal, repaint your front door with an eye-catching color. For some added character, you can add a door knocker.

Mia Simon

Redfin

Grow it Out

Let your grass grow longer (2 - 2.5 inches). You will be able to mow less frequently, and your lawn won't be as thirsty.

Jessyca Frederick

Water Wise Now

Don't Leave Out A Spare

Never hide a key under your door mat or anywhere else on the outside of your house. Burglars always look for these! Instead, give your spare key to a trusted neighbor.

Nickko Nunez

Protect America

Vintage Meets Modern

Create instant ambience on your back porch by hanging an old or unused chandelier. Even better—use solar lamps instead of regular lightbulbs. No electricity or unsightly power cords required!

Smitha Ramchandani

Keller Williams

Well Lit

Use efficient lighting solutions to save money and resources. LEDs, on average, use only a tenth of the electricity and last 50 times longer than incandescent lights and are twice as efficient and last five times longer than CFLs.

Austin Energy

Scan It In

The process for obtaining a mortgage has evolved over time, and many lenders provide online solutions. Ask your lender if they have online tools that can help you streamline the process, verify information or provide the ability to submit monthly payments anytime with just an internet connection and a scanner.

Victoria Araj

Quicken Loans

Flip Out

Rotate and flip your sofa cushions every couple of weeks and you'll double the life of your sofa.

Edgar Blazona

BenchMade Modern

Open Up Your Room

Switching to white bedsheets will make your bedroom instantly feel bigger and cleaner.

Vicki Fulop

Brooklinen

Bring in the Breeze

In the summer, you can save on energy costs by raising your themostat by a few degrees and then speeding up your ceiling fan in the rooms you are using. You'll save up to 5% on your cooling costs for each degree you raise your thermostat but feel just as comfortable thanks to those breezes.

Katheran Wasson

Haiku Home

Boost Ventilation

Double hung windows, which open at both the top and bottom, don't just look nice. They're designed to boost ventilation and energy conservation. Open the lower sashes on side of the house facing the breeze, and the upper sashes on the side away from the breeze. This will bring in cool air, while forcing warm, stale air to rise and exit.

Solar City

Stop that Beeping!

When you change the clocks in the Spring and the Fall, make that the day you check the batteries in your smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector and any other home safety tool that runs on batteries.

Regina Leeds

The Zen Organizer

Keep Your Pets Healthy

Most folks dump their pet food out of the bag into a plastic storage container without realizing that, unless the container is washed out regularly, the oils that adhere on the side of the container become rancid over time contaminating the new food you’re pouring in. This can make your pup sick! Instead of pouring the food out, keep it in its original bag, and place the bag in the container.

Michael Landa

Nulo Pet Food

Save Your Jars

A pull-out rack for jars and cans displays your entire inventory, guaranteeing nothing is forgotten in the back of the pantry.

Dan Moyer Jr.

Closet Factory

Firecrackers!

Expecting company over for the big game? Blow everyone away with this simple snack.

  • 2 boxes of mini/bite sized saltine crackers.
  • Mix well: 1 cup canola oil, 1 package dry ranch dressing mix, 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Put half of the crackers in a big Tupperware container or bowl. Pour half of the mixture over the crackers.
  • Pour in the rest of crackers then the rest of the seasoning liquid. Stir gently with large spoon until evenly coated.
  • Stir / turn over every 15 mins.

Brigitte Gjonaj

Fathead

Chill Out

To quickly chill a bottle of champagne, fill a bucket about halfway with ice, add enough water to just cover the ice, and sprinkle in some salt. Put the champagne in the bucket and rotate it a few times very quickly to drain some of the heat. It should be completely chilled within 15 minutes.

Brett Anderson

Robb Report

Planning a kitchen and bath remodel?

These are complex spaces, with design, safety, accessibility and planning considerations. Look for professionals with NKBA designations after their names:

  • AKBD: Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer
  • CKD: Certified Kitchen Designer
  • CBD: Certified Bath Designer
  • CKBD: Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer
  • CMKBD: Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer

Bill Darcy

National Kitchen & Bath Association

Move Smart

Moving? Don’t use a mover’s truck. Either rent a moving truck from a reputable company like UHaul or reserve a portable storage container. Then, hire moving labor to come load and unload it for you. You stay in complete control of your stuff (preventing unfair pricing practices), and it’s more affordable than hiring a full-service moving company.

Mike Glanz

HireAHelper

No More Door Dings

If you have children or a tight garage, protect your garage walls (and car doors) by using pool noodles. Cut a noodle in half lengthwise and attach to your garage wall at the level of your car door. That way, the door won't ding the walls even when opened too forcefully.

Dave Whittaker

Monkey Bar Storage

Keep Your Driveway Warm

If you are leaving on vacation or for an extended period of time, always leave a car in the driveway. This provides the illusion that someone is home. If you don't have a car to spare for this, ask a neighbor to park in your driveway while you're gone.

Bill Stanton - Safety Expert

Getting Out of Hot Water

Set your water heater to 120 degrees or lower to prevent scalding children or anyone with sensitive skin. You'll also save money on your electric bill.

SeniorAdvisor.com

Testing Sensors

Test your garage door’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2 x 4 board in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call an authorized technician for a professional repair.

Sarah Schram

Wayne Dalton Garage Doors

Painting in Peace

Don’t like the smell of paint? Mix in 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract before you start painting. It won’t affect the paint, and it will make your home smell great.

HomeAdvisor