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couple moving their couch on wood floors

How to Move a Couch: A Complete Guide

Whether you’re moving or just rearranging pieces of furniture, transporting a couch from one place to another can be a demanding job. A sofa is often the heaviest piece of furniture in a home. It’s awkwardly shaped and can be difficult to move even with a group of people. …

couple picking up a mattress to move it to a new location

How to Move a Mattress or a Sleep Number Bed

Finding the best mattress that truly gives you a good night’s sleep is no easy task. If you’re planning to move or store your mattress in another location instead of getting a new mattress, transporting that mattress without damage can be difficult, as well. A mattress can be hard …

owner moving a refrigerator away from the wall

How to Move a Refrigerator: A Step-by-Step Guide

The kitchen is one of the most challenging rooms to handle when moving. Before packing, it’s necessary to declutter the home and toss irrelevant things. But packing gets harder when you move onto heavy appliances like your refrigerator. Understanding how to move a refrigerator safely is critical, especially if …

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 …

woman managing her credit score by paying bills on time and monitoring credit utilization

What Is a Good Credit Score to Buy a House?: A Comprehensive Guide

A good credit score is the cornerstone of the home buying process. For everyone from first-time homebuyers to real estate investors, credit history plays a huge role. Determining the perfect score comes with many nuances. To understand them, you need to dive a little deeper into the subject. What …

woman going over her budget to determine the affordability of a down payment on a house

How to Afford a Down Payment on a House

As a first-time homebuyer, you probably have a lot of questions when it comes to buying your first house. One of the most significant elements of buying a new home is being able to put a down payment on a house. If you’re uncertain about how to obtain a …

Everything You Need to Know About How to Move to Another Country

Forget about moving to a new city. Every year, millions of Americans plan out how to move to another country altogether. They’re drawn by love, adventure, work, and everything in-between.

Moving abroad means uprooting your established home and starting a new life in a different part of the world, and …

a grandfather clock placed in a new home

How to Move a Grandfather Clock

Your grandfather clock is a valuable and beloved possession. It’s not a sturdy piece of furniture to be heaved onto a dolly and packed into a moving truck. Instead, you must take special care to avoid damaging the clock’s moving parts. Like other valuable items, a grandfather clock requires …

man reassembling and tuning his piano after a move

How to Move a Piano: A Comprehensive Guide

Pianos are among the heaviest and most delicate items to move, which is why it’s important to properly prepare for the move if you want to do it yourself. Simply put, the process is a lot more involved than packing and moving shoes in your home. If you are moving …

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 …

a pool table on furniture sliders in a game room of a new house

How to Move a Pool Table to a New House or Room

A pool table is one of the most fun items to have in the home, particularly for a complete man or woman cave. But pool tables are also among the heaviest and largest items to move. Pool tables can range from around seven to nine feet long and weigh …

first-time home buyers working with a realtor to create a home offer letter

How to Make an Offer on a House: Your Step-by-Step Guide

Making an offer on a house isn’t as simple as just throwing out a dollar amount you’re willing to pay. If you expect to be taken seriously, there is an extensive home-buying process to follow — and you must be able to prove you can actually get the 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 …

group of neighbors and friends at a housewarming party

How to Throw a Housewarming Party

Your neighborhood is full of people who have varied lifestyles and cultures. Building a connection with your neighbors is essential to your social health and the comfort you have in your neighborhood. One of the best ways to become acquainted with your neighbors and welcome them into your new …

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 …

woman showing her grandchildren the steps of water bath canning

The Ultimate Guide to Water Bath Canning

Water bath canning is a processing method used to preserve high-acid foods. Jars are filled with food, sealed loosely with a lid, and boiled for a specific amount of time. Some examples of acidic foods include applesauce, jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, chutneys, salsas, and tomato products with added acid. …

father and son carrying plastic bins toward a college dorm

Ultimate College Packing List for the 2020-2021 School Year

Packing for college may seem challenging or overwhelming, especially if you’re moving far from home. But knowing how to approach the packing process with a college packing list will make packing far less stressful. Knowing what to pack well beforehand can also help you stay within your available student …

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 …

woman clipping mint from her indoor herb garden

How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavor to practically every meal you prepare, but they aren’t always easy to find and can be expensive. Growing your own herbs is one way to always have the flavors you want without going to the grocery store. You don’t have …

man cleaning his motorcycle in preparation for motorcycle storage

The Ultimate Guide to Motorcycle Storage

Your motorcycle is one of your prized possessions. Maybe you only use it during warm summer months for the occasional joyride, or maybe your motorcycle is your main mode of transportation. Either way, you will come across times that you want to store your bike, and, just like when …

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 …

woman tending to her vegetables after learning how to make a raised garden bed

How to Make a Raised Garden Bed

A raised garden bed solves many problems associated with typical gardens. Whether your reason for choosing a raised bed style is because of poor soil, lack of space, or simply to avoid weeds, you’ll need a few more supplies and a different approach to build your new garden. This …

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 …

woman packing dishes as part of her moving checklist

The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Moving to a new house is one of the biggest projects any person, couple, or family can take on. If you need a moving checklist that will help you cover every possible base and be ready to transition seamlessly from one home to the next, then you’re in the …

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, …

a disassembled bed frame and boxes ready for the next step of shipping furniture

The Comprehensive Guide to Shipping Furniture

When you’re preparing for a big move, especially a move across the country, you may need to ship your furniture instead of moving it yourself. Figuring out how to ship your furniture safely, however, can pose a challenge. There are several things to take into consideration when shipping furniture. 
The …

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 …

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