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Homeownership in the U.S. in increasing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, the Q2 2018 U.S. homeownership rate was 64.3 percent, up from 64.2 percent in Q1 2018 and 63.7 percent in Q2 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Being a homeowner is exciting and rewarding—not to mention it comes with a lot of perks. No more landlord, no more renting, and no more leases. While owning a home has a long list of benefits, it also comes with great responsibility and hard work. Be... read more
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Hiring a Home Contractor? Read this first!

Posted by Matthew Hillier on February 21, 2019 in  Buying a Home  Home Improvement
Home improvement professionals vary. Who you hire will depend largely on the size and complexity of your project. What follows is a brief description of the different contractors who do work for homeowners: General contractors: They manage all facets of the project, including hiring and supervising subcontractors, obtaining building permits, scheduling inspections, and working with architects and designers. Specialty contractors: Those who install products, such as cabinets, bathroom fixtures, and bookshelves. Arc... read more
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How To Fix & Prevent Frozen Pipes

Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 29, 2019 in  Home Improvement  Homeowner Tips  Winter
Frigid winter temperatures can cause pipes to freeze – or even burst! Do you know how to tell if pipes are frozen? We’ve pulled together a list of battle tested suggestions to help you fix your frozen pipes as well as a list of suggestions for you to follow if they do freeze.If you attempt to fix a frozen pipe yourself, keep the following tips in mind: Keep your faucet open. Water and steam will be created during the thawing process, and your pipes need an opening to discharge this. Keeping the fa... read more
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Lower Temperatures, Lower Bills

Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 08, 2019 in  Home Improvement  Homeowner Tips  Winter
Colder months often mean higher bills. Check DTE's tips to spare your wallet this winter: Programmable Thermostat Install a programmable thermostat and set it at 68 degrees Fahrenheit or lower - the recommended setting for winter. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs. Check out our DTE Rebate Program to learn how you can get money back for buying a new thermostat. Changing Blade Direction I... read more
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If you feel like you’re being drenched by utility bills, you may be looking for ways to cut your monthly costs. While utilities like internet and cable TV may seem like obvious targets, your water bill can also run much higher than necessary. Missing water bill payments could also eventually hurt your credit score. While most utilities don’t report on-time payments to the credit bureaus, many will report accounts that have gone into default or collections, which will cause your scores to take a hit. The... read more
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