Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees: Which is Better?

in homeowner tips, safety tips, fireplace, wood stoves, electric heaters, Virginia, fire prevention, home heating, local, home fire, holidays, home, environment, farming, allergies Nov 25, 2019

I'll never forget our first Christmas together. My husband's family was coming to visit for the holidays from the west coast and he wanted everything to be perfect right down to the Christmas tree. The fresh smell of balsam from a perfectly shaped beautiful evergreen.  And it went about as well as this clip from the Christmas Vacation movie...

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Your Home Fireplace Needs One Simple Thing Before The Holidays

in homeowner tips, fireplace, wood stoves, Virginia, winter, fire prevention, cleaning, home heating, home maintenance, fall, cold weather Nov 19, 2019

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…

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SAFE & SOUND: Extra Heat in Your Virginia Home

in homeowner tips, carbon monoxide, fireplace, wood stoves, electric heaters Nov 14, 2019

Brrrrrrrrrrrr! Who's thankful for extra heat from fireplaces, wood stoves, and electric heaters? And fireplaces and woodstoves are positively essential if there’s a winter power outage!  So it’s no coincidence that almost half of all home fires occur in December, January, and February. Stationary or portable space heaters pose a significant fire hazard and 86% of home heating fire deaths. Even a small chimney fire can have a costly impact;...

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How To Fireproof Your Virginia Home This Winter

in homeowner tips, safety tips, air quality, air filters, carbon monoxide, fireplace, wood stoves, electric heaters, Virginia, winter, diy, home heating, home maintenance, fall, cold weather Nov 7, 2019

Virginia is said to have a “goldilocks climate”- not too hot, not too cold. We're not sure if this is true anymore.  According to the Baltimore office of the National Weather Service, Virginia set a new heat record this October for 96 degrees! Thank goodness it's feeling more like fall now. But not for long. The Farmers' Almanac predicts a wintery ride of highs and extreme lows deemed a "Polar Coaster". Your home needs to be safe and snug!   

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2 Simple Tips To Prepare Your Trees For Winter

in insider, hurricane, wind damage, homeowner tips, Virginia, winter, hurricane season, severe weather, trees, home maintenance, fall, home insurance, weather, home Nov 1, 2019

Do you treasure big trees? Their sublime fall colors tell us another summer is gone and winter is coming. And they have such a nostalgic draw when looking at houses or driving down a tree-lined street. Trees give us beauty, shade and wildlife. Just a look at this stunning view from Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.

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