(NAPSI)—According to a recent Ipsos survey, just 4 percent of homeowners surveyed selected heat as the household item they would miss the most during a power outage, compared to more than half (51 percent) who said they would miss their TV the most. Yes, long hours in the dark can be incredibly boring without the entertainment of a news program or favorite show, but when considering power outages during the dead of winter, a lack of entertainment may be the last thing homeowners should be concerned about.
(NewsUSA) - Driving through neighborhoods this holiday season, you may have noticed that some holiday lights are brighter and more vividly colored than others. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), the reason for the added brilliance is that more and more homeowners are opting to decorate with LED lights instead of the traditional incandescent type.
(NAPSI)—The winter season is here and with it brings cooler temperatures and shorter days. For many of us, winter means spending less time outdoors and more time inside with family and entertaining friends. To make the winter months more enjoyable for everyone in your home, try these DIY projects that will add subtle character and help brighten up the gray days ahead:
(NAPSI)—It was once a steadfast tradition to cut down a live tree to place in the home for the holidays. However, live Christmas trees and their upkeep—and often, their mess—caused many to forgo this tradition and turn to artificial trees to decorate their homes during the holidays. Today, the benefits of a sustainable, safe, clean, artificial tree have caused eight in 10 homes to opt for an artificial tree. While that all sounds like improvement, there has always remained one significant drawback to going faux: Artificial trees simply don’t offer the coveted aroma of a real Christmas tree.
(Family Features) A holiday-ready home is filled with small touches that celebrate the season. Welcome guests with these easy DIY projects that lend an extra special feel to your home.
(Family Features) Natural disasters – hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and earthquakes – can be unpredictable. That’s why organizations like the American Red Cross urge people to prepare ahead of time. You may have an emergency plan in place, so everyone in your family knows what to do and where to go if a disaster strikes. What you may not have is a disaster preparedness kit.
(Family Features) While the holiday season is the “most wonderful time of the year,” it can also be the most stressful. Gift giving, family gatherings and travel coordination can all be stressors, but at the top of the list, playing holiday host just might be the biggest tension producer.
(Family Features) As the leaves begin to fall and change color and cooler weather begins to take over, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your outdoor space. While your deck receives a lot of use during the summer with foot traffic, summer storms, scorching heat and high humidity, fall and winter bring in a whole other slew of wearing elements.
(Family Features) With the right preparation and kitchen set up, hosting a holiday feast can be as enjoyable as sitting down to savor that delicious holiday meal. Having the right kitchen appliances and making sure they are working properly before you begin can go a long way toward a successful holiday gathering with friends and family.
(Family Features) ’Tis the season for gift giving. As shoppers make their holiday gift lists and check them twice, it’s not necessarily what’s on the inside that counts. The presentation makes the first impression and how the gifts look on the outside is often what builds the most excitement and makes them memorable.
(StatePoint) While curb appeal, structural integrity and a brand new set of appliances can impact a home’s value, there is one factor that seems to reign supreme.
(BPT) - The home loan process can seem intimidating, especially for a first-time homebuyer. It is not a simple process, but it doesn’t have to be too complicated. There are many resources available to help you prepare for your home buying journey, and your mortgage lender can answer the questions you have throughout the process.
(BPT) - Once limited to simplistic, clean lines and cool color schemes, modern design has evolved to include sleek, minimalistic looks with gentle, warm, organic elements. The new “approachable modern” design schemes emphasize the grace of nature, respect the strength of simplicity and can be effortlessly incorporated into any home by choosing the right accents.
(BPT) - Wouldn’t it be awesome if your home could make money for you, instead of costing you to pay the mortgage, utilities and upkeep? Many homeowners are making their homes pay with short-term and long-term vacation rentals. The vacation rental industry generates more than $85 billion annually in the U.S. and Europe, according to Radius Global Market Research. In 2014, 54 percent of vacation property owners said they were able to cover three quarters or more of their mortgage with rental income, according to HomeAway. Popular websites like HomeAway make it easy for anyone to rent out their house, condo or townhouse to vacationers from around the world.
(BPT) - 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 with sophisticated style.
(BPT) - While the number of home fires occurring in the U.S. each year has fallen by more than 50 percent since 1977, the ratio of people who die in home fires has remained virtually unchanged, based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 1977, deaths occurred in .8 percent of home fires, and in 2013, that rate was .7 percent. One possible explanation for this discrepancy: home fires now burn hotter and faster than they did 40 years ago, meaning victims have less time to escape a burning house.
(BPT) - Winter this year promises to be harsh across much of the U.S. The Farmers’ Almanac predicts conditions will be “bitter cold,” “unseasonably cold,” “very chilly” and “frigid” for states east of the Mississippi River. In a word, brrrrrr!
(BPT) - 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.
(BPT) - 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.
(StatePoint) Looking to sell your home? Then improve its curb appeal. That's the advice of realtors who say that many home buyers won't even get out of their cars unless they like the way the house looks from the street.