How to Keep Your Fireplace in Tip-Top Shape This Winter

How to Keep Your Fireplace in Tip-Top Shape This WinterNothing beats relaxing and reading a book by the fireside. But before you snuggle up and enjoy the comforting crackle of a fire this winter, make sure your fireplace is safe.

Four out of five fire-related deaths occur in the home. What’s more, 33 percent of house fires are caused by unkempt fireplaces and chimneys. That’s why it’s vital to make sure your chimney is clear and that you properly tend to your fireplace — your family’s safety depends on it. Nothing is worse than a home that is expected to be cozy but instead is on fire because of the lack of care of the home. Home maintenance is key to keeping a home safe, healthy and efficient for the entire family.

In this article, Elizabeth Dodson, cofounder of HomeZada, discusses the importance of maintaining a fireplace and provides tips you can use to make sure your fireplace is safe this winter. We hope you have a cozy and delightful winter.


10 Tips to Organize a Small Laundry Room

Laundry Room

Guest Blogger:  Francesca Holmes

The laundry room is one area of your home which is frequented on an everyday basis, and where you get a lot of household work done. With so much going on in one place, it is bound to get cluttered which can, sometimes, leave you overwhelmed. Whether it is the pile of dirty clothes, coats randomly thrown around, or soiled socks strewn about, they’re all eyesores. Read More


5 Areas That Will Make or Break Your Home Inspection

Photo Courtesy: The House of Smiths - Home Inspection

You have butterflies in your stomach. You can’t decide which perfume to use. Flowery and feminine or bold so he knows you mean business. Should you start in the kitchen or go straight upstairs? And should you tell him about that thing in the attic? These are questions that come up all the time when getting a home inspection. Read More


7 Simple Upgrades for a Totally Chic Bathroom

Totally Chic Bathroom
Photo Courtesy: SheKnows
There’s a sweet spot for bathroom decor, and it lies somewhere between outhouse and spa.

I’ve seen some horrible bathrooms. From the over-matched room where everything from the loofah to the toilet brush is the same olive green. To cat litter-themed bathrooms where you can’t tell where the rug ends and the kitty grits begin. Totally chic bathroom design can all be yours with simple tips.

Believe it or not, your bathroom is one of the most important areas of your home when you’re thinking about reselling. According to the remodeling cost vs. value index, remodeling your bathroom can give you up to a 65 percent return on your investment.

Bathrooms can also be expensive to remodel. So if yours hasn’t been updated since the 1970s, it tells potential buyers that your house is a “project.” And most people aren’t looking for …. Read More


Four Thanksgiving Table Decorating Tips

thanksgiving table decorating

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and celebrating with family and friends. Adding a magnificent table to your holiday festivities can be simple with a few of these tips. Thanksgiving table decorating is a great way to get the festivities started. Read More