Michael Barth's Blog Posts

Crack or Canyon? When is it Time for Driveway Repair?

Sometimes it’s easy to make a mountain out of a molehill. Other times, like when your driveway is starting to show some wear, you might instead try to make a crack out of a canyon. It’s

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5 Tips for Finishing Your Basement

More people are choosing to stay in their existing home, expanding into unused space rather than going through the trouble of selling and buying again. If you’re in the same position, it might

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5 Ways to Make Gardening Easier

If the idea of getting up early on Saturday morning to commune with your landscape is an idea that you cherish, but don’t dare pursue because of the high level of maintenance required, you may

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FSBO? Are You REALLY Ready to Sell Your Home Yourself?

Everybody likes the idea of a little DIY. Whether that means unclogging your own sink drain or putting in a few shelves in your pantry, there’s a lot of satisfaction that goes along with doing

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Easy Ways to Keep Water Out of Your Basement

All homes have quirks that require special care and consideration, but when it comes to homes with basements, it’s a whole different ball game. Instead of fighting with the lightswitch on the

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Raising the Roof: Can You Lay New Shingles Over Old?

A house is more than just four walls and a roof. However, when your roof springs a leak, shingles start to blow away or age has just gotten the best of it, all you’re thinking about is that

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Welcoming Your Plants Back After a Long Winter

If you’re a gardener, or at least want to be one, there’s no time as amazing as early spring. This is when your plants are starting to wake from their long winter’s sleep. The

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Popcorn Ceilings: What They Are, How to Get Rid of Them & Are They a Health Hazard?

Popcorn is great for lots of stuff. You can enjoy a big bucket with family and friends while at the movies, string it on a thread to give Christmas that old-fashioned touch and even turn it into

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What's a Reverse Mortgage?

“What goes up must come down,” so goes the saying. And, to that end, what goes forward must also go in reverse. Turns out the same also applies to mortgages, sort of. Except, instead of

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5 Easy Ways to Keep Water Out of Your Basement

All homes have quirks that require special care and consideration, but when it comes to homes with basements, it’s a whole different ball game. Instead of fighting with the lightswitch on the

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Water Filters and You.

There’s something you should know about your water: it’s not as clean as you might think.In fact, depending on where it comes from, you could be having that skinny half-caf latte with

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7 Tips to Make Your Relocation Easier

You just found out that you’re being relocated by your job, or maybe you were offered a job that was too good to be true in another state. Either way, you’ve got a big move ahead of you

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The Easiest Way to Catalog Your Stuff for Insurance.

What if you lost everything in your home to fire, flood, earthquake, tornado or burglary. Would you remember what you owned so you could make a claim on the contents of your home?And how would you

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Bi-Level Split Entry Homes: The Hidden Gem for Upgrades

Before: Nothing to see here. Move along.The Bi-Level Split Entry Home: it is one of the most overlooked homes ever built.It has some strong features but many home-buyers turn their nose up at them

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Why you should pay off your mortgage early.

Even with the low interest mortgage rates of today, paying down your mortgage is the safest and highest rate of return on your money. Now, I know some of you will say that the stock market

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The Secret of EASILY Removing Hard Water Deposits from Glass

Prepping your home for sale can be exhausting, so you will love this little tip. Almost all of the "professional" window cleaners don't even know this one. I trained and worked with several

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