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Atiic insulation for the DIYer

 
According to theEnergyStarâ„¢ Program, heating and cooling costs can be slashed by upto 20% per year by properly sealing and insulating the home. Insulating theattic should be a top priority for preventing heat loss because as heat rises, a critical amount of heat loss from the living areas of the home occurs through an unfinished attic.  During the summer months, heat trapped in the attic can reduce a home’s ability to keep cool, forcing occupants to further tax the home's cooling system.

Deadly Mistakes A Home Buyer Should Know

Three Deadly Mistakes Every Home Buyer
Should Avoid
Deadly Mistake #1: Thinking you can't afford it.
 
Many people who thought that buying the home they wanted was simply out of their reach are now enjoying a new lifestyle in their very own homes. 
 
Buying a home is the smartest financial decision you will ever make.  In fact, most homeowners would be broke at retirement if it wasn't for one saving grace -- the equity in their homes.  Furthermore, tax allowances favor home ownership.

Efflorescence On Concrete

 
 
Efflorescence is the white chalky powder that you might find on the surface of a concrete or brick wall. It can be a cosmetic issue, or it can be an indication of moisture intrusion that could lead to major structural and indoor air quality issues.
 
Indications of Moisture
 
 
 
Efflorescence is the dissolved salts deposited on the surface of a material (such as concrete or brick) that are visible after the evaporation of the water in which it was transported. The moisture that creates efflorescence often comes from groundwater, but rainwater can also be the source.
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