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Top Home Security SystemsThere are many types of home security systems available today that can help homeowners feel safe both while at home and when they are away. With statistics estimating that more than two million homes are burglarized annually, the best way to prevent becoming a victim is to invest in a solid home security system. Beyond enjoying greater peace of mind, there are typically insurance discounts for home security systems ranging from 15-20 percent. These are the most popular types of security systems for homeowners.

Electric Current Home Alarm Systems

While somewhat outdated, these systems simply use sensors to detect when connected doors and windows are opened. As implied, they connect directly to the home's electrical current, which renders them

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Mold? In Your Home? What You Should Be Looking ForWhen it comes to things that no homeowner wants to find in their home, mold is near the top of the list. But while no homeowner wants to find mold growing in their home, it can actually be quite difficult to identify when it does grow. If a homeowner doesn’t know what to look for, a lot of mold can look extremely benign, like just some dust or dirt that needs to be swept up. Here is what every homeowner needs to know in order to find and identify mold growth in their home.

Signs and Appearances of Mold

Looking for mold is tricky because it can take on just about any appearance. Most people are familiar with the ugly black stains that grow on shower curtains, but that’s just one way mold can appear. Mold can take on many different shapes

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5 Common Household Dangers and Prevention TipsOne would think that a Brentwood home is the safest place to be, but unfortunately that's simply not the case. In fact, a good portion of injuries occur within the home—likely because it's where we feel most comfortable. With this in mind, here are five common home dangers along with some home injury prevention tips.

Falls in the Home

One-third of annually reported injuries in the US are due to falls. The majority of falling incidents occur within residences making falls one of the most common dangers in the home. Falls can happen anywhere indoors… in kitchens, baths, on stair and by tripping on rugs. However, preventive measures include adding rugs in damp areas to stave off falls while taking time to secure them to prevent tripping. Install

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Ample Creative Lighting Adds a Personal Note to a HomeLighting your home the right way involves a lot of decision-making, and it's not all about style, according to the experts. There are right ways to light every room, and doing it well hinges on factors that go beyond the appearance of the fixtures or the size of the bulbs, even though those are important as well.

Lighting professionals talk about overall effect, lumens and wattage, ambient and task lighting, recessed cans and pendants, special effects and low voltage lights, and whether or not a room's light should be subdued or powerful. By correctly lighting a home, it greatly increases the possibility of a quick home sale as well.

Many of the decisions are personal choice, but there are some basics about home lighting that can affect

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How to Construct an Outdoor Living SpaceAn outdoor living space adds value to the home while also providing an excellent space for entertaining. Certain features in outdoor living spaces can help dress up the area and make it a more enjoyable place to spend time. Here's what homeowners need to know to make their outdoor living space more attractive and pleasant.

Provide Privacy and Shelter

Adding some privacy from neighbors makes the outdoor living space more usable. Some Crieve homeowners make their outdoor living space more private by constructing walls from lattice, which they can then cover in vining plants. While these "living walls" are effective during the growing season, they can become bare and less attractive during the winter and fall.

Others use canvas drapes and

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What is the value of residential solarIt's well understood that solar panels can increase the value of a home and cut the electric bill every month. But, with the large up front cost often associated with a residential solar installation, many people are not sure whether solar will make a good investment for them or not. There are a number of ways to measure the value of solar panels. By running the numbers, a homeowner can use the answers they get to decide whether solar will save them money or adequately increase the value of their home. A few facets to consider:

Increase in Value of the Home

In surveys, many home buyers say that sustainability is one of the core things that they look at when deciding whether to buy a home. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory says that

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How to Handle Unremediated WorkUnpermitted work refers to changes in the home that may have been done against the housing code of the neighborhood in which a homeowner lives. It's fairly common to find, but the steps to remediate it aren't always so simple. Learn more about how (and why) most owners probably have some type of unpermitted work in their home, and the steps they can take to make it right.

How It Happens

Because permit laws vary from town to town, it's relatively easy to make a mistake. Property owners assume they can tear down a wall or reconfigure their pipes without anyone's permission. After all, it is their property. Often, unpermitted work is completed by the owner of the home, as a DIY project. This is often done to save money and the expense and hassle

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Finding Roof Damage: Repair the Roof or Replace ItHaving roof damage can be frustrating for a homeowner, because of the opportunity for the roof to leak and damage the home. Additionally, it's not always easy to figure out where a leak is coming from or how bad the damage might be. Getting up on the roof can be another problem, especially for homes that are more than one story. But when a homeowner finds roof damage, or a professional inspection of the roof uncovers a problem, the Mount Juliet homeowner will then be faced with whether to repair the damage or replace the roof. There are some specific things to consider when making that determination.

How Bad is the Roof Damage?

For minor areas of damage, it isn't generally realistic to replace the entire roof. But there may be cases where

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Causes and Solutions for a Home's Foundation DamageFoundation damage can be a very costly problem for homeowners. Knowing how to identify foundation trouble and what to do about it can help you solve your problems early, before they become more serious. In many cases, early identification and quick action can help prevent the problem from having catastrophic results.

How To Identify Foundation Trouble

Symptoms of foundation trouble can be subtle at first, so many homeowners don't recognize these problems when they first become an issue. Some of the most common symptoms of foundation trouble include:

  • Cracks in the walls and floors, especially cracks over doorways and windows.
  • Windows and doors that suddenly stick in their jams.
  • Doors that will no longer close or doors that no
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Buying New Flooring for the HomeInstalling new flooring can dramatically change the look and function of the home. With information about the five most popular types of flooring, homeowners can weigh the benefits and disadvantages and make the right choice for their homes.

1. Carpet

For people who want a budget-friendly flooring choice that is warm and can block noise, carpet is the standard option. Carpet prices range from around $1 per square foot to many times that, depending on the cut and arrangement of the fibers, the density, and the materials used. The quality of the pad underneath the carpet could significantly affect its feel and long-term durability. Carpet can be more difficult to clean and maintain, and generally lasts for a shorter time than other flooring

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