Trung Duc Doan's Blog Posts

Security PSA: Don’t Click on that Random Text

Security PSA: Don’t Click on that Random TextHave you received a "too good to be true" text from Amazon? Or Walmart? Or Home Depot? These are scammers phishing for information, and the

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Home Improvements That Can Reduce Insurance Rates

Home Improvements That Can Reduce Insurance RatesThere are many reasons to make upgrades to your home, and some of these can even have the added benefit of reducing the annual cost of your home

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How to Buy a House Without Ever Seeing It in Person

Yes, you can buy a house without setting foot inside—as long as your realtor addresses these details.Illustration: Julia Abbonizio/Getty ImagesHow to Buy a House Without Ever Seeing It in

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Homeowners are NOT in a Recession

September Market Trends ReportHomeowners are NOT in a RecessionHistorically, the best forecasters have been able to consistently recognize we are in a recession once we’re in one. To

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Economist: Mortgage Rates Hurt Buyers More Than Home Prices

© retrorocket - iStock/Getty Images PlusEconomist: Mortgage Rates Hurt Buyers More Than Home PricesAs the average for a 30-year loan rises again, an NAR researcher says higher borrowing costs

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11 Steps: New Mexico Home Buying Process

11 Steps: New Mexico Home Buying ProcessThe New Mexico Home Buying ProcessCongratulations on taking the first step in understanding the purchasing process – this is an extremely exciting

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8 Great Luxury Home Buying Tips to Know!

Understand the Real Estate Buying Process If you're buying a mega-home it's certain to come with a high price, and all the amenities one would expect to find in an expensive home. By

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Hidden Costs when Purchasing a Home

12 Hidden Costs When Buying a HouseThere are hidden costs when buying a home, including closing costs, insurance, or utility costs. When many buyers consider the cost of purchasing a home, the

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Roofs (What to Do)

The Roof of your home is the structure and materials that form the top of your home, and which protects your home from rain, snow, sun, etc. Roof styles include angled (called 'pitched' roofs)

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Pest Control: The How To???

Pest Control is the inspection, prevention and treatment to rid your home of household pests.Pest Control addresses pests such as:- TERMITES;- INSECTS (such as ants, bed bugs, carpet beetles,

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Attic

An Attic is the area of your home which is above the ceiling of the highest story of your home, and just below the roof.Attic vents are the mushroom-shaped circulating fans on your roof, and/or the

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Water Heater (electric)

A Water Heater heats up the water that is used in the plumbing for your sinks, baths, and showers. A Water Heater is different than a Furnace or Boiler, which are part of the central heating system

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Water Heater (gas)

A Water Heater heats up the water that is used in the plumbing for your sinks, baths, and showers. A Water Heater is different than a Furnace or Boiler, which are part of the central heating system

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Water Heater (tankless)

A Water Heater heats up the water that is used in the plumbing for your sinks, baths, and showers. A Water Heater is different than a Furnace or Boiler, which are part of the central heating system

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How to Turn your Backyard into an Oasis

How to Turn your Backyard into an OasisA stay-at-home summer doesn’t need to be boring. You can turn your own backyard into a summer oasis without breaking the budget. Here is how to cost

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Back to School Shopping Hacks

Back to School Shopping HacksIt’s back-to-school season, and that means you’ve got a list of stuff a mile long to buy. The good news is that you don’t need to break the budget

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What to buy and skip in august

What to buy and what to skip in august Independence Day sales are long gone and Labor Day is a month away, but you can still pick up great bargains in August. Here’s what to buy and what

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4 Ways to Stay Financially Fit this Summer

4 Ways to Stay Financially Fit this SummerAhh…summer! The season of flip-flops and sunscreen, of lemonade and baseball games. What’s not to love about summer?Unfortunately, though,

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Insurance Benefits of a Home Inventory

Insurance Benefits of a Home InventoryDocumenting a complete inventory of your home has a number of benefits for your home insurance, and Home-Wizard makes it easy to create and securely save your

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Outdoor Decking: 10 Important Areas to Check

Outdoor Decking: 10 Important Areas to CheckOutdoor decking creates a great place for gathering with friends and family to enjoy your yard during nice weather. This article and video explains the 10

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Home Improvements as You Get Older

Home Improvements as You Get OlderAs we get older, our eyesight, agility, and dexterity are all not what they were when we first moved into our home. This article describes some simple changes that

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Top 5 Tasks for September

Top 5 Tasks for SeptemberIf you only do five home care tasks in September, here are the ones that we recommend you do that will help you to save energy, maintain safety, and avoid problems this

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Top 5 Tasks for August

Top 5 Tasks for AugustIf you only do five home care tasks in August, here are the ones that we recommend you do, that will help you to save energy, improve indoor air quality, keep things safe, and

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Outdoor Patio Furniture Tips

Outdoor Patio Furniture TipsRegardless of what climate you live in, outdoor furniture takes a beating from the elements. But routine care of your patio furniture will help it last longer and look

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Gas Barbecue Grill Safety Tips

Gas Barbecue Grill Safety TipsA gas barbecue grill is a great way for your family and friends to enjoy outdoor cooking. But according to the US Fire Administration, barbecue fires severely injure

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Avoiding Common Plumbing Problems

Avoiding Common Plumbing ProblemsPlumbing problems in your home can range from minor visible nuisances, to hidden troubles that can be causing major damage to your home and your family’s.

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What NOT to Do If You Have a Septic System

What NOT to Do If You Have a Septic SystemReplacing a septic system can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and pumping your tank more frequently gets expensive too. This article describes things you

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Why NOT to Get a Home Energy Audit

Why NOT to Get a Home Energy AuditHaving a home energy audit done by a qualified professional can show you how to reduce your home’s energy bill by up to a whopping 30%. But what are the

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Preventing the 5 Most Fatal Home Accidents

Preventing the 5 Most Fatal Home AccidentsHome accidents cause more deaths each year than any other reason except for motor vehicle accidents. And most of these home fatalities are of children and

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Garbage Disposal DO's and DON'Ts

Garbage Disposal DO's and DON'TsGarbage disposals can be dangerous and cause problems if they are not used properly. This article and video will help you understand how your garbage disposal works,

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Secrets of Microwave Cooking

Secrets of Microwave CookingCooking with a microwave oven is easy to take for granted. Just put food in and push a button, right? Or is there more to it? This article and video gives you 66 tips for

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Well Water Safety: DO's and DON'Ts

Well Water Safety: DO's and DON'TsIf your home uses well water, then there are some very important “do`s”, “don`ts” and other considerations for which you need to pay

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Bathroom Makeover Ideas

Bathroom Makeover IdeasThe great thing about making over your bathroom, is that because of its small size, the cost can be fairly reasonable, but the benefits can be great. This article and video

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Protecting Your Outside Water Faucets in Winter

Protecting Your Outside Water Faucets in WinterIf you live in a region where temperatures outside can go below freezing in the winter, then you should protect your outside water faucets by draining

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Wood Stove Guide

Wood Stove GuideBecause of their green renewable fuel source, improvements in efficiency, and nostalgic charm, wood stoves are starting to make a comeback.  This article discusses the various

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Ceiling Fans: What You Should Know

Ceiling Fans: What You Should KnowCeiling fans can help you save energy and be an elegant feature of your home. This article discusses how to take care of your ceiling fan if you already have one,

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Furnace Tips for Efficiency & Safety

Furnace Tips for Efficiency & SafetyThe cost of heating your home can be up to one-third of your home's energy bill, and your furnace or boiler can also pose a significant safety risk. This

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Low-Cost Ways to Save Energy This Winter

Low-Cost Ways to Save Energy This WinterSome energy-saving projects take several years to pay back the cost of doing them. Well here are six ways to save energy this winter, that will save you more

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25 Dishwasher Tips

Your dishwasher uses jet sprays of hot water to clean your dishes, and an electric heating element to dry them off. This article and video gives you 25 tips that will help you to reduce

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Removing Nasty Gunk from Your Exhaust Fans

Removing Nasty Gunk from Your Exhaust FansExhaust fans are located in places of your home (kitchen and bathrooms) where their job is to remove humidity, grease, smoke and offensive odors. So can you

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Weatherstripping & Caulking: Why, Where, and How

Weatherstripping & Caulking: Why, Where, and HowWeatherstripping and caulking your home can reduce your heating and air conditioning costs by as much as 30 percent. This article covers the what,

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Options for Filtering Your Tap Water

Options for Filtering Your Tap WaterAcross the country, water quality concerns are on the rise. This article explains why you should filter your home's water, and the pro's and con's of 6 home

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Maintaining Your Emergency Supplies

Maintaining Your Emergency SuppliesWhen your power goes out, you'll be glad that you have your emergency supplies available at your fingertips. But to ensure they're ready to go, your emergency

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Home Fireproofing: Prevention; Detection; Action

Home Fireproofing: Prevention; Detection; ActionThe National Fire Protection Association estimates that each year almost 400,000 homes catch on fire, and these fires claim the lives of 3,500 people

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7 Things That Can EXPLODE in Your Home!

7 Things That Can EXPLODE in Your Home!If your attitude towards home maintenance is “I don’t want to know about it, unless it will keep my house from blowing up!”, then you

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Tips for Electric Outlets & Surge Protectors

Tips for Electric Outlets & Surge ProtectorsAccording to the National Fire Protection Association, there are an average of 81,000 electrical system fires in homes every year. This

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Why and How to Clean Your Smoke Detectors

Why and How to Clean Your Smoke DetectorsHopefully you are changing the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year. But did you know you should also clean your smoke detectors at least

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55 tips for operating your your microwave safely.

55 tips for operating your your microwave safely.So let's go through each of these tips now:Microwave ovens can cook unevenly and leave "cold spots" where harmful bacteria can.&

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10 Pool Safety and Maintenance Tips

Put Pool Safety FirstHere are five ways to make sure everyone (including pets) has a great time at the pool.Keep kids and pets out of danger with a pool fence or gate. Consider adding a contact

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Oven Energy-Saving Tips

Oven Energy-Saving TipsWhether you use your oven every day, or just once in a while, here are some tips that will help you save energy when you are using your oven. And food always tastes best when

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Refrigerator Tips for Saving Energy & Food Safety

Your refrigerator is the fourth largest consumer of energy in most homes. This article and video gives you tips that will help you to reduce your refrigerator's energy use, and will also help you to

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Stop Paying for Electricity 'Vampires'

Stop Paying for Electricity 'Vampires'They are lurking in your home, and they attack while you are sleeping, when you leave . . . well basically, they attack all the time. It's the devices which

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14 Ways to Keep Cool AND Save Energy This Summer

14 Ways to Keep Cool AND Save Energy This SummerEveryone is looking for ways to keep cool this summer and how to save money on their air conditioning bills.  This article and video gives you 14

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What You Need To Know About Home WI-FI

What You Need To Know About Home WI-FIHome wireless networks are a great way of providing internet access throughout your house. But unfortunately, the risks from hackers is dramatically growing

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Kitchen Remodeling That Pays Off

Kitchen Remodeling That Pays OffKitchens are the heart and soul of most homes. So it's not surprising that kitchen upgrades are a top choice when making home improvements. This article provides

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Properly Placing Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Properly Placing Your Carbon Monoxide DetectorsIf you don’t have carbon monoxide detectors in your home, you should absolutely install them. And if you do already have them, you’ll want

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Retirement and Homeownership

Retirement and HomeownershipRetirement and homeownership combine an emotional major life transition with the implications of one of most people's largest financial assets. As such, planning for

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The Best Way to Clean Window Screens

The Best Way to Clean Window ScreensWindow screens allow cool, fresh air to come in while keeping bugs out . . . but of course, you also want to see out of them. This article describes the best

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Checklist: How Your AC System Works

Spring Checklist: How Your AC System WorksDon’t wait for a hot summer day to find out that your air conditioning is not working, when you may have to wait days for a service person. Here is a

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Spring Lawn Care Guide: the DO's and DON'Ts

Spring Lawn Care Guide: the DO's and DON'TsWhether your approach to lawn care is do-it-yourself, or you are fortunate enough to have a service do the work for you, this article and video gives you a

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Making Window Cleaning Fun for Kids

Making Window Cleaning Fun for KidsHaving sparkling clear windows allows you to see the beauty of a sunny day, and will allow more sunlight to come in during the winter, which can help you to save

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Handling Neighbor Disputes

Handling Neighbor DisputesYour home should be a place of comfort and serenity, but sometimes the bliss can be disrupted by an uncomfortable dispute with a neighbor. Neighbor disputes can arise in a

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