Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Fall - 4 Seasons of Home Ownership

The 4 Seasons of Home Ownership is your expert source for complete year-round home maintenance and improvement. Homes don’t come with instructions, so we decided to create some with our easy-to-follow guide for homeowners. Download our Fall Checklist to make sure you’re getting all of the priority items done at your home. Check out the links below, and happy home improving!

Top ten must-do

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Regular roof maintenance is important, particularly during the fall. (DepositPhotos)Fall Checklist
Danny Lipford shows the selection of air conditioner filters available for purchase

How to Choose Air Conditioner Filters

How well your central heating and cooling system cleans the air largely depends on your air conditioner filters. Here's how to judge their quality.

If time and budget allow

Danny Lipford trims trees and bushes while wearing safety glasses

Basic Shrub Pruning Techniques

Well pruned shrubs and trees are a hallmark of a carefully tended yard or garden. Foundation plantings are lush and full, and blooming shrubs display their blossoms on shapely branches that accentuate each plant's unique style.
Young woman painting a blue wall

How to Prepare Interior Walls and Trim for Painting

Cleaning and preparation are very important steps when painting the walls and trim in your home. To begin, you'll need a damp cloth to wipe off any dust or dirt. Mild soap and water can be used for the harder to clean stains. Watch this video to find out more.

A Little Something Extra

House in the fall

September Home Maintenance To-Do List

Cool weather comes soon — are you ready? Here are tips for everything from servicing your heating and cooling system to keeping your fireplace in top shape, along with a printable checklist!
Man services a fire extinguisher that's hanging on the wall

Fire Safety Tips for Your Kitchen

Most home fires start in the kitchen and are caused by cooking on a stove. To keep your kitchen and home safe from fire, it’s important to have both smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. Watch this video to find out more.

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