Stack the Deck in Your Favor When Adding a Pro Deck to Your Home

Nothing says summertime than grilling out or relaxing on an outdoor deck. Fewer home improvements add better aesthetic or financial value to your home than a stylish, stunning new deck.

Alas, like Rome, no smart, good home deck is planned and built in a day. And with Improvenet.com reporting the average cost of adding a new deck to the average American home ranging between $9,000 and $20,000, swinging and missing a home deck addition is a strikeout most families can’t afford.… Read the rest

How to Remove Skunk Smell From Your House & Clothes

Reader advisory: The subject of this story stinks worse than 5-year-old garbage coated in vinegar and dirty diaper frosting.

Reader guarantee: Reading this story can greatly improve your ability to prevent your home from being skunked.

As a homeowner, we must always be on guard against unruly and unsanitary intruders: From mice to termites to birds to raccoons, devious home invaders come in all shapes and sizes and from all directions

And no matter how unlikely the squatter, homeowners need to be prepared and have a game plan when unexpected trouble comes wandering in, like say, a skunk.… Read the rest