Home Maintenance

Square Footage: How to Calculate It, How Much You Need, and More

Square Footage: How to Calculate It, How Much You Need, and More

Do you know your home’s exact square footage?

If you don’t, you’re far from alone. While square footage is one of the most important data points to know about a home, there’s a lot of confusion about how to measure it. And first-hand accounts from homebuyers tell us you can’t necessarily trust the square footage that’s claimed on a home listing.

Home inspector checking the outdoor pipe insulation on pipes in a home's crawlspace

The Homeowner’s Guide to Outdoor Pipe Insulation and Winterization

As a homeowner, you have an important responsibility to winterize your home and outdoor features. Similar to the way you winterize your lawnmower, your car, your home, and other important possessions that will be subject to harsh winter weather, there are ways to protect your home. Outdoor pipe insulation …

Someone dismantling their sprinkler head for the winter

How to Winterize a Sprinkler System: An Essential Guide

Your sprinkler system helps you maintain a lush green lawn and healthy garden during the growing seasons. Before the first freeze arrives, it’s essential to learn how to winterize your sprinkler system or call in a technician to take care of the job for you. While many professional landscaping …

Woman cleaning a glass stovetop with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth

How to Clean a Glass Stovetop

Smooth glass stovetops are great appliances. But even small specks or spills can stand out on the surface. What’s even worse is, if you do not keep the surface spotless, those food particles can burn to the stovetop, making it look old and dirty. Getting that showroom shine back …

Man applying sealant around his camper windows to winterize it

The Ultimate Guide to How to Winterize a Camper or Travel Trailer

Through the spring, summer, and fall, you enjoyed amazing adventures in your camper. As the traditional camping season draws to a close and winter arrives, however, you may have already decided that winter camping isn’t for you. To make sure that your camper is ready to use again when …

Person hanging Christmas lights along a roof peak

How to Put Christmas Lights on the Roof: A Complete Guide

As the temperatures dip and the holiday season approaches, many homeowners are beginning to plan a Christmas light display. But before you dig your favorite holiday lights out of storage and dig through your garage for the ladder, it’s a good idea to take a moment to consider the best way …

A car owner scraping ice and snow off her car windshield

How to Winterize a Car: The Ultimate Guide

Winter weather can be tough to face. The conditions can also wreak havoc on your car. If you’re not going to store your car for the winter, preparing your car for the cold, wet conditions of winter is the best way to avoid damage. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t know …

Man cleaning out his gutters to prevent ice dams

Your Ultimate Guide to How to Winterize a House

Harsh winter temperatures have a major effect on everything outdoors, but winter can also affect your home. Learning how to winterize a house will provide you with the information you need to keep your home safe, warm, and free from potential damage. If you’ve never prepared your home for …

Someone mowing and mulching a lawn with a lawnmower

The Ultimate Guide to Fall Lawn Care

For most people, the idea of lawn care evokes images of sweltering summer days and quality time with the lawnmower. Surprisingly, fall lawn care provides some of the most important benefits for a healthy lawn throughout the year. Whether your lawn will be facing harsh winter weather or a …

woman cleaning mold from her home

How to Get Rid of Mold: The Ultimate Guide

Mold is an unsightly and smelly nuisance that can crop up practically anywhere from your bathrooms and kitchen to your basement. More importantly, mold in your home is dangerous. It can damage your home and even threaten your health.

Many homeowners realize the importance of getting rid of mold quickly. But …

potential homebuyer and professional inspector following a home inspection checklist

The Ultimate Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers

Buying a new home can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re moving into your first home. That’s what makes the home inspection such an important part of the process.

This guide gives you everything you need to know about your house inspection. It provides a comprehensive home inspection checklist for home …

man vacuuming the crevices in car seats

How to Clean Car Seats: A Complete Guide

Car seats get dirty over time. If you provide ride-sharing services or otherwise frequently have passengers, the chances of your car interior getting dirty are even greater. Knowing how to clean car seats the right way can help you get rid of any messes and stains, keep your car …

someone following the vacuum steps of how to clean a mattress

How to Clean a Mattress: A Complete Guide

Deep cleaning bedrooms is a large undertaking, especially when you get into the deep dark corners of the closet and beneath the bed. Still, there’s one item that is often missed when cleaning bedrooms: the mattress. While you may feel clean when you go to bed, your mattress comes …

garage with an insulated garage door to protect the boxes and equipment inside the garage

How to Insulate a Garage Door

Insulating your garage door is a great DIY project for reducing your energy bills and protecting your garage’s content from the elements. Whether it is winter, summer, or any other time of year, having an uninsulated garage door harms your home and wallet. Other distinct benefits of knowing how …

man heating up and cleaning a charcoal grill

How to Clean a Charcoal Grill

If you own a charcoal grill, it’s a great tool to cook delicious meals on throughout the summer season. You can even grill year-round, depending on where you are. A charcoal grill can be especially great for use in a neighborhood block party or another special occasion that calls …

man using a whetstone for knife sharpening

The Ultimate Knife Sharpening Guide

A dull knife doesn’t just make cutting less efficient. It’s also more dangerous because users need to apply additional force when cutting, which could result in slippage and injury. In addition to increased danger, the quality of your food could also suffer as imprecise, and inconsistent cutting leads to …

children playing in a lawn with a wasp nest

The Complete Guide to How to Get Rid of Wasps

Spring and summer lead to more time playing outdoors and enjoying the weather. Unfortunately, it can also mean wasps take up residence around your yard, porch, and home. A wasp infestation can be annoying, painful, and even potentially dangerous.

This guide will help you identify the wasps on your property …

someone cleaning the interior of a fish tank

A Complete Guide for How to Clean a Fish Tank

If you want to keep your fish happy and healthy and your fish tank looking its best, it’s important to know how to clean a fish tank properly. Having a clean fish tank will help improve your fish’s wellbeing and make water filtration more efficient. If you simply want …

man brushing grass off a lawn mower to clean and winterize the lawn mower

How to Winterize Lawn Mowers

Landscapes — and your landscaping equipment — need seasonal attention. Before you store your lawn mower away once cold weather starts, however, you should winterize it. If you don’t properly prepare it for long-term storage, you may have to get another one next spring. Fortunately, this doesn’t take special …

homeowner completing the step by step process of how to pressure wash a deck

How to Pressure Wash a Deck

As you gear up for some back yard enjoyment with a freshly cleaned home this spring, one daunting task you might be dreading is how to get your deck to look shiny and brand new. The simplest and fastest way to get that deck spruced up is with a …

man completing the process of how to clean wood furniture

How to Clean Wood Furniture

When you have wood furniture in your home, there are times when it simply needs to be cleaned. If you need to know how to clean your wood furniture, follow these key steps to ensure that you maintain the quality of the wood furniture and its finish while still …

woman and her child cleaning the pool as a summer pool maintenance chore

Ultimate Printable Guide to Pool Maintenance for Your Home

Maintaining your swimming pool is essential for healthy summer fun, but it can be easy to forget all the details involved with proper pool maintenance. Whether you’re looking for a guide to pool maintenance for beginners or you need to jog your memory on the specifics of pool care, …

homeowner continuing the process of how to insulate an attic with blown in insulation

How to Insulate an Attic: The Ultimate Guide

As much as 25% of your home’s heat could be escaping through your poorly insulated attic. Just as importantly, an improperly insulated attic can lead to ice dams, which eventually cause expensive leaks and dangerous structural damage to your home.

Calling in a professional to insulate your attic could quickly …

ATV Maintenance and Buying Guide

ATV Maintenance Tips and Buying Guide

Just like any other vehicle, an ATV needs a little tender love to keep it at peak performance. ATV maintenance is similar to maintaining a car. You have to frequently check and change the oil, check out the air filter, look for damage on the nuts and bolts, maintain …

Spring Cleaning List

Spring Cleaning List

Spring is here again, and oh how wonderful it is. Early flowers are popping out of the ground, kids are starting to play outside, and everyone looks just a little bit more cheerful. It’s also the season for some spring cleaning.

Hopefully after a long, cold winter, you’re ready to …

Home Improvements to Make Before Baby Arrives - Neighbor Blog

Home Improvements to Make Before the Baby Arrives

Preparing for a new baby is exciting, expensive, and exasperating all at the same time. Every square inch of your home needs to be transformed into a baby-proof bunker in a matter of months. From nursery interior design ideas to making space for baby storage, here are some home …

Landscaping Tips For Beginners and Home Owners

Landscaping Tips for Beginners & First-Time Homeowners

There are a lot of amazing opportunities that owning your first home provides: the chance to customize everything you want, the freedom to put nails in the wall without having to worry about violating your lease, and of course, the yard, and the opportunity to truly make it your …