How to – choose a home safe

A good safe lives up to its name by keeping your important documents and belongings protected. A quality model can guard its contents from theft, fire and water alike, making it a recommended item for many homes. But do you need a safe, and if so, how should you go about choosing and buying one? ...

How to – build an emergency supply kit

Your home provides safety and shelter most of the time, but during an emergency, that can all change. Last year saw parts of the U.S. hit by devastating storms, floods, fires and other events that forced thousands to evacuate, sometimes with little or no warning. That’s why it’s important to have an emergency plan, which ...

How to – shop for a refrigerator

Everyone loves to have choices, but too many options can be overwhelming. So it is when shopping for modern appliances like refrigerators. What was once little more than a non-descript “ice box” is now available in countless finishes and styles with extravagant features such as sparkling water dispensers, built-in touchscreens and smart home integration.

How to – wash your pillows

It’s important to wash your pillows every three to six months. Not convinced? According to one statistic, skin cells and oils and dead insects like mites (and their droppings) can make up one-third of your pillows’ weight after two years. That should be more than enough motivation! Here’s how to wash your pillows so you ...

How to – avoid hiring a bad contractor

A great contractor provides quality ideas, expert advice and impeccable workmanship for your home improvement needs, but finding one isn’t necessarily easy. Hire the wrong business and you could be left with shoddy workmanship or major cost overruns, assuming they even show up to perform the work at all. Here are some tips for steering ...

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