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

Don’t Let Your Dream Home Improvement Project Turn Into A Money Pit

Summer is primetime for home improvements. For every homeowner’s best intention of improving the livability, quality and value of their home comes a hard truth: Most American homeowners can’t afford to swing and miss on a major home improvement project.

While two-time NBA world champion Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors can afford to miss on 50 percent of his shots and still find a way to guide his team to wins and championships, the vast majority of home owners don’t have that luxury.… Read the rest

Finding Calm After the Storm

Knowing what your insurance covers is critical to recovering from Iowa’s Floods of 2016

When the rivers finally crest and the waters recede from Iowa’s floods of 2016, the last place Iowa homeowners want to find themselves is high and dry without adequate insurance coverage.

Don’t wait to read the fine print of your home’s insurance policy to find out you have no coverage from the damage caused by the second most severe flooding event in the Hawkeye State’s history.… Read the rest

How to Beat the Summer Home Energy Cooling Blues

Sweet summertime brings the the funnest and hottest days of the year. Alas, summer also brings the most expensive home cooling days of the year.

Keeping your family and pets cool during the sizzling summer heat can be an expensive endeavor.

United States Department of Energy statistics show that heating and cooling costs account for about 48 percent of the energy use in the typical American home.… Read the rest