Month: September 2015

Design tips for a chef-centered kitchen

(HIB) - Many homeowners with a passion for cooking desire a kitchen that mirrors those of renowned chefs. To achieve this, various design elements and simple upgrades can be incorporated to create the ideal kitchen that combines ultimate functionality ...

4 ways to keep kids safe outdoors

(HIB) - Colder temperatures are on their way, but right now the weather is beautiful and that means there’s still plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. As an adult, spending time outside allows you to pursue passions such as landscaping, lawn games, swimming in the pool or just enjoying the company …

5 DIY house hacks to prep your home for winter

(HIB) - As summer comes to an end and the temperature begins to drop, home improvement opportunities can heat up.  Now is the time to do some cost-saving improvements on your home before it gets too cold outside. Whether you’re a seasoned pr...

Easy, affordable home winterization ideas with big impact

(HIB) - Although you may prefer to forget, last winter’s subfreezing temperatures may not be an isolated occurrence. Weather experts are already discussing if El Nino and arctic air from a polar vortex will cause colder than normal winter weather throughout the country. Is your home ready to withstand the chill?Smart homeowners are taking time now …

Top 5 winter money saving tips for homeowners

(HIB) - The winter can be harsh in many ways — slick driveways, brisk winds, heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures. Unfortunately, that’s not all — these weather annoyances can lead to high heating costs and energy bills, which can b...

Winterize your outdoor living space in 5 easy steps

(HIB) - Ahh the backyard – it’s served you well all summer. But now the seasons are changing and colder weather is on the way. Which means you need to prime your property from the ravages of winter. That’s right, it’s time to winterize!Since you can finish your indoor winterizing as temperatures get cooler, it makes …

Important backyard safety steps for all seasons

(HIB) - From building snowmen with the kids in winter to playing fetch with Fido in the spring, your backyard is the backdrop for fun activity all year long. That means safety should be top of mind during all seasons. Just as you take steps to protect your children inside your house, you must be cautious …

5 easy fall home updates

(HIB) - There are so many reasons to love fall. From the brisk breeze and color-changing leaves outdoors, to prepping for the holidays and watching football inside, there couldn’t be a better time to make a few updates around your house. Consider...

Ceiling revamps: Leave the popcorn to the movies

(HIB) - Calling all DIY enthusiasts: Those popcorn ceilings have to go. They don’t get much love from homeowners or homebuyers, and they can really bring down the overall look and feel of an otherwise attractive room.Popcorn ceilings haven’...

Fall: The best season for home improvement

(HIB) - The rituals of fall include sending kids back to school, raking leaves and cheering on the hometown football team. In addition, a new fall tradition has emerged for America’s nearly 74 million homeowners — home improvement.This fall...