How to keep your home and family safe from fires

(BPT) – According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms — often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms. A new generation of home safety technology — combined with tried-and-true safety practices — can help keep homes and families safer from the threat of home fires. The following are tips to keep your family safe and healthy: Be safe, replace: If you can’t think of the last time you installed a smoke alarm, chances are, it’s time to replace your old ones. All …

Simple steps to keep your second home safe from costly repairs

(BPT) – Whether it’s a cabin up north, a villa down south or a quaint cottage near family, many people in the United States own second homes. You spend time at these vacation properties during some seasons, but for much of the year they remain empty. That’s why it’s important to take precautions to ensure your property and belongings stay safe even when you’re not there. Not only are vacation homes a target for thieves, but empty homes are often vulnerable to the elements and the unexpected. For example, can you imagine the damage that a water leak would cause …

Want a showstopper master bathroom? 5 criteria to achieve exceptional design

(BPT) – When it’s time to renovate your master bathroom, why not set your sights on something bigger and better? Rather than letting the latest fads drive your choices, create a room that holds its breathtaking beauty for years, and never fails to transform your mood each time you cross the threshold. That’s the epitome of showstopping design. To help you achieve showstopping design in the master bathroom, here are some insights from a brand that’s won numerous accolades for the innovation and design of its technologically advanced yet art-inspired bathroom fixtures. The design experts at TOTO, the global plumbing …

How to throw a fun themed holiday party

(BPT) – This year, why not choose a fun theme for your holiday party? You can create a great atmosphere while providing entertainment for all ages with a little creativity — and local resources. You could do the usual “white elephant” gift swap, or hold an ugly sweater competition, but that’s so last year — why not brainstorm a few new ideas? Silver screen soiree How about designing your party around a favorite movie? Choose a film or movie franchise that means a lot to you and your crew. Is it something you all grew up on? Or a current …

3 things that may go wrong if you don’t winterize your house

(BPT) – Fall is here, which means, like it or not, cold weather is just around the corner. While most of us would prefer not to think about turning on our heat just yet, this is actually the best time to check your heating to ensure everything is operating as it should. Neglecting to winterize your home and letting small issues pile up can have big repercussions. Ahead of the winter season, HomeServe, a leading provider of service plans, repair and installation services for the home, wants to make sure you’re aware of three major things that may go wrong …

Mother Nature inspires ‘new neutral’ home design trends

(BPT) – Many interior designers gravitate toward grays or whites as a starting point when building a home’s look and feel, but a new trend is emerging. Homeowners are getting back to basics and finding ways to bring the outdoors in by using neutral earth tones as their blank slate. These wood tones have become the “new neutral” for those beginning their brand-new home design. No matter your style — modern, eclectic or anything in between — the toned-down hues of natural-looking wood surfaces are the perfect starting point for building a versatile, relaxing and high-end look in your home. …

Simple and Fresh Ways to Bring Color to Your Home

There’s something so fun about redecorating your home. Next time you revamp, check out these ways to bring color to your home—you won’t regret it! Decorating the rooms in your home adds such an intimate personality to a house that would otherwise feel dull. The power of decoration, of color, and of personal style play a huge role in making a house feel more like a home. If drab neutrals no longer hold any appeal, or you just generally want to add a pop of color to your space, check out these different ways to bring color to your home. …

The Most Necessary Steps for Finishing a Basement

Have an unfinished basement? It may be time to finally complete and utilize it. We outline a few of the most important steps for finishing a basement. So, you want to transform the lowest level of your home into a space you can finally utilize. Before undertaking this project, you must understand the entire process first. Below, we cover a few of the most important steps for finishing a basement. Step 1: Obtain Local Building Permits If you choose to finish your basement, we recommend acquiring a permit through your city to prove you constructed it safely. Having a permit …

The Power of Pigment: Using Paint Color to Sell Your House

Hoping to sell your home? Make sure you create a blank slate for potential buyers—look here for more info on using paint color to sell your house. When you live in a home, you do what you can to personalize it and make every little aspect fit your style. Your paint colors, decorations, and furniture all fit who you are, and that’s important. But when you’re thinking about selling your house, you need to create a blank slate so that the new owners can create their own sanctuary. If you need help deciding how to paint your home for the …

Common House Problems to Keep an Eye Out For

Your home should be a relaxing haven, not a place riddled with problems. Don’t let those get the best of you: watch out for these common household problems. No place is quite as relaxing as your home. If problems strike, however, they can cause quite the headache—not to mention a money drain. Be wary of these common house problems, and deal with them as soon as they arise. Faulty heating or air conditioning Nothing is more uncomfortable than a house that’s too hot or too cold. All too often, though, people have issues with their heating or air conditioning. Worst …