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Quick Fixes for Your Common Household Problems

It may seem like there’s always something going on as a homeowner, from silencing a squeaky hinge to unclogging a temperamental toilet. But many household problems can be easily fixed without calling a repair service.

A can of WD-40, a toilet plunger and a bottle of vinegar are great basics to keep on hand for easing sticky fittings, clearing the toilet and making short work of common stains. Here are some simple fixes for common home problems that even the non-handy can handle:

Squeaky Floorboard
Banish that annoying squeak by sprinkling a little talcum powder over the noisy area and brushing it into the cracks.

Stained Tub 
Removed stubborn stains by combining equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain...

How to Deal with Unauthorized Credit Inquiries

Unauthorized credit inquiries are a sign that someone has fraudulently applied for credit in your name. They can hurt your credit score and make your financial life more difficult until they’re removed from your credit report.

A credit inquiry is a record that your credit report was accessed because you submitted a credit application somewhere.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act defines who can be granted legal access to your credit. These include you, a court order if you’re alleged to have caused credit damage, debt collectors, lenders, employers (with your permission) and insurance underwriters.

An unauthorized credit inquiry is when your credit is being used fraudulently by someone, such as running up...

4 Questions to Ask Your Landscaper Before They Dig In

If you’re planning on designing a new garden, patio or outdoor living space in the future, you’re likely going to work with a landscaper. Aside from the cost of the project, there are some important conversations you should have with your landscaper before they break ground. Here are four questions to start with.

Can I see examples of your work? It’s an error to assume someone will get your design ideas without seeing past examples of their work. They likely have a stack of examples, so all you have to do is ask.

How long will the process take? Make sure to have a clear time window (dates are preferable) so you know how long your landscaper expects the job to take. This will also help hold them accountable should the project run longer.

When will the plants reach maturity, and what will that...

6 Shortcuts to a Smaller Utility Bill

Looking to cut your energy costs?

It can take years for a new, more energy-efficient refrigerator or other major appliance to pay for itself in savings on a utility bill. If that’s the path you want to take, this Energy Star calculator can estimate the amount of money saved by replacing an old fridge with a new one. But if you want to see quicker results, here’s how you can save on cash and your energy usage:

Less Hot Water
By lowering the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you use less energy to heat your water. You can also use less hot water by washing clothes in cold water, and only using the dishwasher when it’s completely full and during off-peak times if your utility company offers lower rates.

Set the Thermostat
The furnace and air conditioners...

Four ways for a beginner to invest in real estate

It's easy to get caught up on all of the glamorous house-flipping and renovation shows on the cable channels. The shows always portray things as incredibly easy, and it seems like the investors always earn a profit. This is not always the case in real life. Fortunately, there are many ways to invest in real estate. If you're just getting started you may want to consider some of the following options.

1. A REIT, or real estate investment trust. The corporation or trust that manages the REIT uses investors' money to buy and manage properties. This is a great way to invest in commercial properties or apartment buildings -- the kind of properties that are usually out of reach for a beginning investor. Plus, the REIT already has a management team in place so you don't have to do all of the hard work yourself. REITs are ideal for stock market investors...

How to Save Your Home From Foreclosure

One out of every 200 homes will be foreclosed upon, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Foreclosure is a traumatic experience that no family should have to experience. It contributes to depression and marital problems, and causes distress among family members. Many homeowners report they even avoided their lenders out of embarrassment during financial struggles. You may not be able to prevent job loss, but there are some things you can do to save your home from foreclosure.

  1.  Call the lender. Let them know that you are having financial trouble before you miss a payment. There are ways they can work with you to avoid foreclosure. They don't want to own your home, but they need you to help yourself so they can help you.
  2. Check your terms to see if you have any coverage for your situation. For example, the Home Affordable...

Enjoy a Meal Downtown

As you're unpacking boxes and arranging furniture, hunger is likely to strike. Since you might not have your refrigerator or pantry stocked full of food quite yet, we thought we would recommend a few great restaurants in Omaha.

Spaghetti Works Restaurant - Located in the center of Old Market, this restaurant offers diners a unique dining experience as it's housed inside a restored warehouse. Its menu offers something for just about everyone with choices such as Cajun Shrimp Alfredo, Eggplant Parmesan, and Lasagna.  This is a place everyone can find something to eat. 

Block 16 - Block 16 is known for its farm to table street food. The owners met in Metropolitan Community...

Things to do for Halloween in Nebraska

The fall is upon us and that means the leaves are falling, the weather is cooling down and we are getting ready for Halloween.  I'm sure you are like the rest of us and wondering whats going on and what activities we can do for the holidays. We have taken the time to gather the most comprehensive list of websites that provide the best lists of things to do. Take a look at the websites and let us know what you think.  Have a safe Halloween and happy holidays! 

Links:

Family Fun Calendar

Omaha.com

http://www.visitomaha.com/events/...

Four Ways Homeowners Can Save Money on Utility Bills

Congratulations! You've just bought a home. The pictures are hung, the furniture is arranged, and the refrigerator is full of food.

Now that you're organized, it's a good idea to take a minute to learn how you can keep your utility bills as low as possible. Here are four ways new homeowners can save money:

1. Replace Your Air Filters

One of the first things you should do is change the air filter for your air conditioner or furnace. Old filters don’t filter the air very well causing the units to work harder resulting in more energy usage. When the HVAC unit is used on a regular basis, it's recommended that homeowners change the filter once a month. This reduces energy consumption up to fifteen percent.

2. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat and setting it to automatically lower when you're sleeping...

Things To Do This 4th of July

This has been a crazy few weeks for Omaha and the fun keeps going.  With the College World Series wrapping up with a crazy finish we still have the Olympic Swim trials and the Fourth of July!  This is a great time to eat lots of food, spend time with friends and family, listen to some live music and watch fireworks. We have compiled a list of websites that provide things to do this upcoming weekend. Smile until your cheeks hurt and laugh till you cant breathe, we hope you have a great weekend and next time invite us! Let us know if we missed any evens or if there is another website we should add. 

http://familyfuninomaha.com/fourth-july-fireworks-displays-events-omaha/

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