6 Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into a New House

By: Courtney Craig Published: February 18, 2015 Moving into your first home is exciting! But it also means you’ve got work to do. When I bought my first house, my timing couldn’t have been better: The house closing was two weeks before the lease was up on my apartment. That meant I could take my […]

Should You Tornado-Proof Your House?

By: John Riha Published: April 10, 2012 Here are six ways to tornado-proof your home. Warning: These aren’t cheap — nor foolproof — methods. Ever been awakened by a tornado siren in the middle of the night? It’s plenty scary — tornadoes move fast and can tear apart your house in seconds. To keep you […]

Home Security Check

By: Joseph D’Agnese Published: February 1, 2010 The first step toward protecting your home from break-ins is to conduct a home security check that will show where your property is most vulnerable. A professionally installed and monitored home security system is a nice addition to your home’s defenses, but it shouldn’t be your first step […]

Protect Data from Crash and Catastrophe

By: Joseph D’Agnese Published: October 8, 2010 Protect data and files from Mother Nature, spying eyes, and computer meltdowns. Fire, theft, and natural disaster can wipe out office data before you can say, “!@%$#%@, I didn’t back up.” You’ve worked hard to collect those gazillion bytes of information. Here’s how to protect data and avoid […]

What Does Homeowners Insurance Cover?

By: Dona DeZube You’d be surprised at what your home insurance policy doesn’t cover. Here’s what is and isn’t covered by your insurance. What does your homeowners insurance cover? The short answer is: “A basic homeowners insurance policy (called HO-1 in insurance lingo) covers your home and possessions if they’re damaged or destroyed by these […]

Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Yard

By: Pat Curry Published: March 25, 2010 A well-landscaped yard creates curb appeal and helps your property retain maximum value. Here are a few tips and tricks for sprucing up your outdoor spaces yourself. A beautiful yard is a head-turner, no doubt about it. The good news is that even if you can’t tell a […]

Do Swimming Pools Add Value to Homes?

By: Julie Sturgeon Follow these HouseLogic tips to learn how swimming pools affect home value, and get advice on construction and maintenance costs. Does a pool add value to a home? No. And yes. In general, building a pool is not the best way to add value to your home. You’re better off making physical […]

Ants, Wasps, & Mosquitoes: Do-No-Harm Defense or All-Out War?

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon Published: May 25, 2011 This week we’ve been helping you <a class=”external” href=”http://www.houselogic.com/blog/outdoor-living/” target=”_blank”>make patios and decks more comfortable</a> during hot and humid days. Today, we’re focusing on how to prevent ants (try Cream of Wheat), yellow jackets, and mosquitoes from ruining your outdoor fun this summer. Would you rather shoo […]

Your Guide to Outdoor Maintenance — Midwest

By: Dave Toht Published: February 12, 2010 If you live in the Midwest, prevent problems and preserve the value of your property with proactive outdoor maintenance. Substantial snowmelt and heavy spring rains signal the onset of summer’s heat and humidity in the Midwest—extreme conditions that put stress on the exterior of a house and other […]

Outdoor Lighting for Curb Appeal and Safety

By: Dave Toht Well-planned outdoor lighting improves curb appeal, safety, and security for your home. Think about it: Most of your guests (and if your home is on the market, many would-be buyers) see your home only in the evening, when its best features may be lost in the shadows. Well-executed outdoor lighting enhances architectural […]