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Sunday, November 17, 2019   /   by Scott Ivey

Which Home Updates are Worth It?

Owning a home is expensive, particularly for first-time homeowners. You are smart to control potential big-ticket expenses with a home warranty protecting your household budget from costly repair or replacement when covered appliances or home systems break down. If you're looking for more smart ways to improve your homeownership balance sheet, you may want to consider making energy-efficient updates to your home. But which ones are worth it?
Do Energy-Efficient Upgrades Help?
You’ve probably read that improving your home’s efficiency can save you money. Indeed, some improvements or upgrades can quickly cut home energy costs. But it's important to consider how much you will save for the cost of investment, whether you will recoup those costs, and how long payback will take. It’s also a good idea to know if upgrades you make will add value to your home.
If you’re a new homeowner, or your home is new to you, certain less costly upgrades can be smart first steps ...

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Sunday, November 17, 2019   /   by Scott Ivey

How to Clear Clogged Drains

Have standing water in your shower or a clogged sink drain? It could be a lot easier than you think to get the water draining again. Here are a few things to try (besides harsh chemicals) to unclog a drain before you call the plumber.
Clearing a Clogged Kitchen Drain
If you’ve got a clogged kitchen sink, chances are, it’s caused by grease or food particles, or a combination of both.
1. Start by Boiling Water
If you’ve got a partially clogged sink, wait until all of the water drains and then carefully pour at least two quarts of very hot or boiling water (hot tap water won’t do it) down the drain. Repeat if it doesn’t work the first time.
2. Get out the Plunger
If hot water doesn’t work, it’s time to try a plunger–a standard cup plunger works best. If you have a double kitchen sink, seal the second drain with a stopper or wet cloth. Otherwise, the plunger will simply send the water up into the second sink instead of down the drain pi ...

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Sunday, November 17, 2019   /   by Scott Ivey

Great Thanksgivings Start with a Great Brine

There are two ways to brine a turkey--using a wet brine or a dry brine. A wet brine allows the turkey to soak up a saltwater solution overnight, resulting in an incredibly flavorful and moist turkey. A dry brine, which is much easier to do than a wet brine, involves covering the turkey in salt and letting it process in the refrigerator overnight. Dry brining also gives you the extra crispy skin everyone loves. Use fresh herbs and spices between the turkey breast and skin, with either type of brine, to add even more flavoring, both to the brine and after the brine.
How it works: For a wet brine, when you immerse a raw turkey in a salt solution overnight, the protein in the turkey absorbs the salt water, but it also retains more water as it cooks. This offsets the loss of moisture during roasting, resulting in a very moist cooked bird.
How it works: The salt in a dry brine draws the juices out of the turkey, then the salt dissolves into the turkey juices, which are then ...

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Thursday, October 17, 2019   /   by Scott Ivey

Greater buying power amid historically low rates bolsters September home sales

 Greater buying power amid historically low rates bolsters September home sales,C.A.R. reports.
- Existing, single-family home sales totaled 404,030 in September on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 0.5 percent from August and up 5.8 percent from September 2018.
- September’s statewide median home price was $605,680, down 1.9 percent from August and up 4.7 percent from September 2018.
- Year-to-date statewide home sales were down 3.1 percent in September.
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 16) – Amid the most favorable mortgage interest rates in nearly three years, California’s housing market recorded a third consecutive year-over-year sales increase as month-over-month sales remained essentially flat, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. 
Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 404,030 units in September, according to ...

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Thursday, October 17, 2019   /   by Scott Ivey

Homeowners’ Top DIY Mistakes

Many homeowners attempting to save money on household projects are turning to DIY projects. But do-it-yourself fixes can be costly, shows a new survey from Clovered, a home insurance company.
Eighty-seven percent of more than 1,000 homeowners recently surveyed admitted to making a mistake while attempting a do-it-yourself home improvement project. The median amount spent on fixing those DIY mistakes was $137.50, the survey showed. Millennials tended to spend the most in fixing their mistakes, spending up to four times as much as baby boomers—$200 versus $50 post-mistake.
The top DIY mistake across all generations was starting a project without the necessary supplies or tools. Gen Xers tended to admit to picking the wrong paint, and millennials were the most often to skimp on materials, the survey showed.



Thirty-two percent of DIYers admit to having to contact a family member or friend to help them finish a home improvement project. Seventeen percent said t ...

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