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Colder Temps Causing Squirrel Drama? Trap Them!

Have a sneaky suspicion that you might have an uninvited guest taking up residency in your attic? Here are five steps to trap and release that pesky squirrel.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Quick! While the Bugs are Away...

Cleaning up your home and applying a few of the following prevention tips will go a long way in defending your home against bugs before it warms up again.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Home Maintenance To-Dos

As you know, home-ownership is a full-time gig, full of to-do lists and maintenance chores. So as one season exits another enters and yet another list of what needs to be...

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Slide it, Push It, Swing it, Fold it - Patio Door Guide

Patios are a luxury. Outdoor living spaces can make or break the sale of a home for many potential home buyers. If you have an outdoor living area, you'll definitely need...

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Cleaning and Storing Your Above Ground Swimming Pool

Labor Day has come and gone. School is back in session. The leaves are beginning to change color. Let's face it. Summer is over. There might still be the occasional 80-de...

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Portable Hammocks and Other Ways to Relax on the Patio

The hot humid days of July and August are not always the best for hanging out on your patio. It's hard to relax when the heat index hits upwards of 100 degrees and you ca...

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Outdoor Fireplaces for Your Backyard

You do not have to own a home for long before you realize that the word "project" soon becomes a frequent topic of conversation. From the semi-necessary to the "oh no ple...

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Tongs, Thermometers and Skewers: A Guide to BBQ Grill Accessories

You know it's summertime when the air smells like a mix of freshly cut grass and barbecues. Grill season is in full swing, but before you ditch the kitchen, you might wan...

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Patio Décor Ideas for the Summer

Preparing and improving the look of your patio for the summer doesn't have to be a chore. There are lots of fun ways to incorporate anything from lawn furniture and fabri...

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Planning a Garden Checklist

From selecting a garden type and location to choosing specific plants and sketching out the area, there are many steps involved in creating the perfect garden for your ya...

Monday, April 18th, 2016

How To Safely Remove Ice Dams

Removing ice dams once they have formed can be extremely difficult, which is why a professional should be called in for the job. That said, there are pros and cons to pro...

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

How To Clean Clogged Gutters

If you find yourself having to scoop out all the muck and debris throughout the seasons, you may need advice on how to clean clogged downspouts. Read on for advice on how...

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Gutter Cleaning Tips: Choosing Ladders

So, it's time to clean out those gutters, but you can't seem to find a secure way to get up there. What's a homeowner to do? Well, it all starts with the right gutter lad...

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

How to Fix Yard Drainage Problems

Here we will list and explain some common yard drainage problems and how to fix them. It's best to address drainage problems sooner rather than later when they can cause ...

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Types of Paint to Use on Gutters in Nebraska and Iowa

Here are some tips on paint choice, color choice, safety, and application techniques.

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Cleaning Your Gutters From a Ladder Safely

Here are some safety tips to using a ladder for cleaning gutters and getting it done right at least twice a year, usually in spring and fall when the weather is mild.

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

How-To Choose New Gutter Colors in Nebraska and Iowa

If it's time to upgrade your home's color scheme, it's easy to overlook your gutters. Painting the gutters alone can be a quicker, and cheaper, way to change the look of ...

Monday, June 15th, 2015

How to Build a Rain Garden in 5 Steps

Below for 5 steps to creating a unique, useful, and aesthetically pleasing rain garden in your own yard. If you get stuck on any of the steps, don't hesitate to contact t...

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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