Home Maintenance

Your home is one of the single biggest investments you’ll ever make—be sure you do all you can to care for it. Get hands-on advice to help you make the most of your investment and ensure your home remains safe and comfortable for your family. From carpet care and general maintenance to mold and building materials, let NAHB be your guide.

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Learn how to keep your family and home safe with properly working smoke detectors.
12/3/2014
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'Tis the season for giving — and for taking. Unfortunately, the holiday season has become a prime time for criminals to go shopping in unprotected homes.  FBI data shows that burglaries in the United States spike in November and December each year. The National Crime Prevention …
12/1/2014
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Learn the basics of how to paint any room in your house.
10/21/2014
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Follow these tips to stay comfortable and keep your home heating costs down during the winter weather.
9/18/2014
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The summer months are a popular time for families to move into new homes, as they want to get settled in before the new school year. One way to ease the stress of moving is to get rid of unwanted household items before you start packing. It doesn’t make sense to transport items or clothes …
6/16/2014
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Your 80-year-old aunt is coming to stay for a few days. You're looking forward to the visit, but realize your home may not be entirely "older-generation" friendly. To help enhance the safety and comfort of your visitor, especially one who may have some of the physical challenges that come with …
4/25/2014
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Home Maintenance Made Easy provides home owners with a sensible approach to regular home maintenance.
2013
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The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of holiday memories for many people. While artificial trees are a popular choice for some, selecting and decorating a live tree remains a treasured tradition for many families.  Whether you purchase your tree in a retail lot or at a cut-your-own tree …
10/28/2013
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Deciding whether to hire a contractor or do the work yourself has implications for your social calendar, your peace of mind and your pocketbook.
7/18/2013
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Do you and your family have fun in your yard, or is it just unused space that means you have a long list of chores this weekend? A well-planned yard gives you extra room to enjoy without adding a tremendous amount of upkeep, and summer is a great time for you to start making a master plan for …
4/30/2013
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This article is on how to keep your lawn beautiful and lush, even in the hot summer months.
3/22/2013
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This post from NAHB's Eye on Housing blog describes why it costs less on average to maintain a new home as compared to an existing home.
3/21/2013
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An article about the steps home owners can take to get a house sold quickly.
1/2/2013
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Don't have a big budget but want to make some big design changes to your home? Well-designed rooms don’t always have to come with a huge price tag; in fact, designing on a budget may be easier than you think. Many times, by changing small elements, you can give a room an entirely new …
1/4/2012
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Every New Year, do you make the same old resolutions? Go to the gym. Quit smoking. Be more organized. Then, like many people, do you abandon these goals within a month or two? Here are some resolutions you can make — and keep — that will benefit not only you, but also your family, your …
1/4/2012
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When you first move into your new home, you wonder how you are going to fill up the large, empty space. Pretty soon life takes over — and before you know it, you are wondering where all of that space went. If you find yourself struggling to find room to store everything you’ve …
7/14/2011
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Summer is a great time to entertain visiting friends and family.  There are some guests, however, that you shouldn’t allow into your home — pests such as ants, roaches, rats and termites. Pest infestations are more than a nuisance. It is important to protect your family from …
7/14/2011
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Does the mere thought of tackling your weekly house cleaning chores exhaust you? Unfortunately you can’t eliminate the tasks entirely or you and your house will quickly become the talk of the neighborhood.  Don’t fret! Simply incorporate these quick cleaning tips into …
5/12/2011
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Tips for home owners about the EPA lead rule for remodeling pre-1978 homes.
4/27/2011
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Read the current issue (and links to back issues) of NAHB HouseKeys here.  NAHB HouseKeys is a quarterly e-newsletter alert designed exclusively for consumers. Subscribers can anticipate getting consumer news from America's home builders quarterly, so subscribe today — it's …
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