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Preventive home maintenance will not only keep you safer and more comfortable, it will keep up your homes value AND allow you to stay in it as long as you can.  Here are a few home maintenance suggestions that can help you do that. 

Monthly preventive home maintenance: Test your smoke...

Decorating and Design

Simple holiday safety tips could make the difference between a peaceful or disastrous holiday season. Trees, lights and holiday cheer make this such a special time of year, so don't let your celebrations turn to tragedies because of dangerous decorations, faulty fireplaces or other common...

Pellet Stoves
More and more consumers than ever are burning firewood to heat their homes this winter. While the costs of heating oil and gas have gone down, the popularity of stoking a wood fire seems to be at an all time high.
Leslie Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association, said...
Pests

Firewood piles are popular nesting sites for rodents, attracting both termites and carpenter ants that can cause serious damage to your house. After the fireplace season has passed, be sure to properly store any remaining firewood off the ground and away from the foundation.

Cleaning

Sources of carbon monoxide in the home can be significant, and as a professional home inspector who has completed thousands of heating system examinations, it is astounding the number of times I find a problem with carbon monoxide leakage. Severity ranges, but it is not unusual to find life...

Chimney Repair and Cleaning

When temperatures drop, it's time to think about getting your house ready for winter. A good place to start is by reviewing your chimney for any repair or cleaning it may need.

Often neglected, chimneys are a vital part of a home's structure and mechanical functioning. If a chimney is not...