MAT SPACKMAN's Blog Posts

Your Need to Know Guide to Buying an Older Home!!!

For a lot of homebuyers, buying their dream home means choosing an older structure that has passed the test of time. These grand places have an undeniable charm about them, with classic styling that

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Weeds, Wildflowers or Invasive Plants???

If you have plants popping up in your yard that you didn’t plant, your first instinct may be that it’s a weed. You very well might be right; after all, what are weeds except for unwanted

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Foundation Cracks Don’t Have to Spell Disaster!!!

Cracks in the foundation of your house can be signs of a problem. This doesn’t mean that you should automatically worry if you see a few small cracks, however. Believe it or not, there are a

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The Dirt on Septic Tank Ownership!!!

Septic tanks are common in rural areas, though depending on where you live, you might have a septic system, even close to town. So long as things are going smoothly, it’s often difficult to

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Who Do You Call When a Water Pipe Bursts???

A burst water pipe is no laughing matter. Depending on the size of the damaged area, a large pipe can lose a gallon or more per second. Even smaller pipes can cause a significant amount of water,

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Your Need to Know Guide to Buying a New Home!!!

If you’ve been following along, you know that last time around we covered a lot of the important things you should be thinking about when buying an older home. They’re great, but they

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7 Things to Consider When Choosing New Windows!!!

The first few years of owning your home mean discovering lots of things about it. Every house is different and some almost seem like they have a personality of their own — which isn’t

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Sewer Line Repair for Homeowners!!!

Your basic household drain pipe is a fairly simple device. It has one job: to take liquids away to the sewer, where water treatment experts somehow magically turn those contaminated fluids into

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Pros and Cons of Filling in Your Pool!!!

An in-ground pool can be a great way to relax around the house, enjoying the water on a hot summer day. There are a few potential issues with in-ground pools that can get to you after a while,

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Kitchen Fires 101!!!

Several of the biggest fire hazards in your home all live in your kitchen. The oven, the stovetop, your toaster… when you think of all of the heat sources your kitchen contains, it’s

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Change Your World with Smart Plugs and Switches!!!

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the world of smart homes and home automation, then the fact that smart switches and smart lights exist could not have escaped your notice. But if

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5 Things to Consider Before Listing Your Home as a Short Term Rental!!!

As the march into winter gets underway, a lot of people are already starting to plan their spring and summer vacations. Oh, they’ll go somewhere sunny, or to a fantastic resort or maybe, if&

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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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What Do I Need to Know About Mold???

There are few things that homeowners dread more than mold in the house. You’ve likely heard horror stories about people living with mold infestations that made them seriously ill. Is this just

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Invest in Your Renters by Screening Them Well: Top Questions to Ask!!!

If you own a rental property, you know how important it is to have the right tenant. Good renters will take care of the property as though it were their own, leaving it as close to how they moved in

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What is Mortgage Insurance???

If you currently have a mortgage or are looking at taking one out, you’ve probably come across a concept so notorious, so vile, that it can cause blood-curdling screams and fainting in the

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8 Reasons You Need a Realtor to Ease Your Home Purchase!!!

If you’re shopping for a house, or even just considering buying one, there’s one person that you absolutely need on your side: a Realtor. Potential buyers often think they can go it,

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Carpet Cleaning 101 for Pet Owners!!!

It’s amazing how much a pet can give you just by simply existing. According to the Centers for Disease Control, owning a pet can help increase your fitness level, lower stress, help

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Is it Time for New Windows???

Whether you just bought your home or you’ve owned it a while, it can be easy to overlook the windows that open it up to the world, as if they didn’t even exist. Even if you don’t,

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Smarter Climate For Every Room In The House!!!

Home automation is increasingly common these days as the number of consumer-focused smart devices continues to increase. Though automation covers everything from light controls and security systems

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7 Things to Know About Whole-Home Generators!!!

There’s little more frightening than losing your electricity in the middle of a big winter storm or even a spring tornado. Whatever natural disaster is common in your area, you have probably

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Going Head-To-Head: Robot Vacuums Versus Traditional Vacuums!!!

One of the best parts about living in the future is that we’ve got some of the coolest technology available to help with almost any household task. Forget if you needed milk at the market?

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Smarter Climate For Every Room In The House!!!!

Home automation is increasingly common these days as the number of consumer-focused smart devices continues to increase. Though automation covers everything from light controls and security systems

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What’s an Attic Exhaust Fan and How Do They Work???

Keeping your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter can be expensive. Add in the cost of regular maintenance to your heating and air systems and it’s no wonder that many homeowners

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What Do You Know About Airflow? Choosing Air Filters 101!!!

Air filtration is an important part of your home’s ventilation system. Without an air filter in place, dust and other airborne particles would be distributed throughout your ductwork. This

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5 Tips for a Healthy Chimney Flue!!!

For many people in North America, the weather outside is still pretty frightful, but a fire is so delightful. That is, as long as their flues are in good shape. Homeowners, especially in their first

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Have You Made Any of These 5 Credit Mistakes As a Homebuyer???

You’ve been renting for a while now and it feels like the timing is right to make the leap to homeownership. After all, your friends are all buying houses and your job feels pretty stable, how

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Here Come the Drones! Real Estate Photography on the Wing!!!

The day is not that far away when you’ll hear a tippity tap at the front door and open it to find your friendly neighborhood pizza drone just waiting for you to collect your order

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What’s New in High End Garages????

Your garage is a big deal. Even if you totally ignore that your garage doors themselves can take up a significant portion of your home’s street facing surface, there’s all that (often

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Drywall Anchors: Secrets Revealed!!!!

Whether you’re hanging a picture or mounting a television, anything that goes on your wall needs something to anchor it in place. If there’s a stud in the wall that you can attach it to

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3 Ways to Make Your Attic Reno Unique!!!

The word “attic” conjures up images of dark, dusty relic storerooms that just happen to be hidden in plain sight. For plenty of homeowners, their attics are full of treasure, just not

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How to Drain Your Water Heater!!!

Of all the things that civilization has brought us, including sliced bread, hot water may be the very best. It’s certainly up there, without a doubt. So, it would follow that if you really

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Tips on cleaning household appliances

When the next bowl of chili explodes all over the inside of the microwave or you finally give in to the inch thick layer of pizza burn off inside your oven, this page of advice for cleaning

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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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Robo Lawnmowers: Like a Roomba for Your Lawn!!!

Robotics and automation have changed the way that a number of things work in the home. You may not realize that you can automate tasks outside of the home as well. Though they have not received as

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Weatherstripping Windows and Doors: How to Find the Leaks!!!

o/~ “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose…. even though your windows are closed….” o/~If that sounds disturbingly like your home in the

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Weatherstripping Windows and Doors: Technology and Techniques!!!

In the first part of this two part blog on weatherstripping, we walked through ways to detect leaks and how to determine if you even need to weatherstrip your home this year. You didn’t think

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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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3 Better Ways to Track Your Home-Related Expenses!!!

Owning a home means having a place that’s safe and secure to come back to after a long day at work, every day, forever, until you decide it’s time to buy a different home. In exchange

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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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5 Reasons to Try a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning System!!!

It’s almost spring in much of North America, which means it’s time once again to tune up your air conditioner or send it to the big home improvement store in the sky. Even an older A/C

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Patio Planning 101!!!

It’s finally spring! Time to break out the grill and the patio set and spend your evenings cooking out under the stars. Except, you don’t have a patio, you have a backyard that’s

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What is a Homeowner’s Association???

For everyone out there looking at homes right now, there are three little letters that could make or break your purchase decision. They are “H,” “O” and “A.”

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Saying Goodbye to Your Family Home!!!

It’s easy to tell yourself that your house is just a building made of walls and ceilings and light fixtures and flooring, but when it comes time to sell, you may start to feel the sting of

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5 Things to Consider When Planning a Family Picture Wall!!!

One of the best parts of owning your own home is that you can do pretty much whatever you want when it comes to hanging things on the wall. No landlord will charge you $5 per hole you poke through

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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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What Can Smart Switches and Light Plugs Do For Your Home???

“Siri, how much water did I drink today?”“Alexa, what’s on TV tonight?”“Google, turn off the lights!”You know the drill. We’re all starting to talk to

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7 Things to Do Before Listing Your Home This Spring!!!

As the snow starts to melt, revealing the brightly colored flowers of crocus, and robins bop merrily around the yard, another cycle of the real estate market begins. If you’re considering

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Tips For Running a Successful Garage Sale!!!

Awww, springtime. It’s a great time to go through the closets and find anything you’re not using. But what do you do with all that junk that’s no longer in your trunk? For lots of

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Spring Cleaning… Your Air Conditioner???

Spring is a time of beginnings. You get a chance to start over, to try something new and to get your air conditioner ready for the hot summer to come. It might not be as romantic as the budding of

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5 Need To Know Items Before Installing a Pool!!!

With the sunny days of summer just around the corner, it’s hard to not let your thoughts turn to the cool, refreshing blue waters of a backyard pool. Maybe you’ve been considering

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

Pros and Cons of Re-roofing Your HomeFirst, a few terms to clarify any confusion. “Re-roofing” is a term that specifically applies to homes that have one or more layers of existing

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Hey, Siri, Shut the Shades! Smart Blinds for Homeowners!!!

It seems that everything is getting smarter these days. You’ve got your basic smartphone, your smart security system, your smart speakers and even smart refrigerators. It should come as no

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Smart Homes Need Smart Protection: Getting to Know Smart Cameras!!!

Things seem to be getting smarter and smarter these days. From smartphones to smart pressure cookers, anything that can be built with a brain or an internet connection seems to be being bulked up.

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5 Ways to Make Your AC Dollars Go Further !!!

The aqua jeweled waters of the Caribbean pared with lush, jungle-like vegetation that seems to stretch along the beach forever greet you every single summer. It’s amazing, really, and you hope

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Garbage Disposal Care – Tips and Tricks!!!

The modern world has so much to offer, from microwaves that can talk to your favorite smart home assistant to refrigerators that can remind you you’re out of milk. It’s amazing that

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5 SECRETS WEAPONS FOR DIY PROJECTS!!!

#RealEstate #DIY Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store? There are

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DEALING WITH SCRATCHED HARDWOOD FLOORS, YIKES

#HardWoodFloors #RealEstateHardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few

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5 CRITERIA FOR PRICING A HOME !!!

#RealEstate #HomeSale #Preperation When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-

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