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  • Four pros and cons of a mini-split air-conditioning unit

    You may be asking what is a mini-split air-conditioning unit? That’s not too surprising, but they are something you need to know about here in the desert.
  • Seven outside-of-the-box ideas for what to get mom for Mother’s Day

    The countdown to Mother’s Day has begun. Think about doing something for the special mother in your life that will show a little more imagination.
  • Questions to ask when getting your pool ready for Arizona summers

    Having a swimming pool can be a blessing and a curse. Here are some key questions to ask yourself when getting yours ready for the Arizona summer.
  • 5 myths homeowners believe when it comes to saving on summer electric bills

    When the thermostat breaks triple-digit numbers, we are flooded with questions about how to reduce or prevent heat gain in order to lower electric bills.
  • Twelve ways to improve your home for under $500

    We’ve put together a list of 12 projects you can do in your home for under $500 along with some budget ideas, just in time for your tax return to arrive.
  • Six ideas for remodeling your backyard for summer

    Before things heat up, we put together a list of six backyard remodel ideas to help you improve your outdoor living conditions this summer.
  • Three ideas for what you can do with that swimming pool you never use

    Are you tired of your swimming pool? Maybe it's just not used as much or you're tired of the upkeep? Here are three ideas for that unused pool.
  • Important questions to ask when buying a house

    Buying a house is an important step many people choose to take, but there are six important questions you should ask before signing on the dotted line.
  • Six fixes to consider in older houses you may be able to do yourself

    If you buy older houses, there is probably something you want to get rid of or replace. Here are some of the features that may bother you.
  • You asked, we answered: Turn your carport into a garage

    Many homeowners in Arizona with older homes have had carports put up when houses were built but many homeowners yearn to turn them into garages.
  • Three ways to keep a burglar from getting into your home

    It might surprise you to learn that the top way a bad guy prefers to enter your house is through your front door. When a burglar drives down a street, he’s often looking for a vulnerable door that’s shielded by a wall or gate or big bush. So, for starters, you need to make the front […]
  • Seven steps to hire the right contractor to work in your home

    All too often we take calls hearing homeowner horror stories about a bad contracting job. Here's seven steps to hire the right contractor.
  • What you need to do in the garden this month

    We’re turning our attention to other outdoor to-dos. If you want a lush and fertile garden this year, there are two important jobs to take on in February.
  • Here’s when and how to prune your trees in Arizona

    When you live in the desert, the pruning of the trees in your yard raises a lot of questions: When to prune? What's the proper procedure?
  • What homeowners need to know about having an HOA

    There's a lot to learn about having an HOA, especially with thousands of them in Arizona. Here are the questions you should ask of your association.