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Chores to Tackle to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

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(Family Features) After months spent largely indoors while harsh elements battered your home’s exterior, many homeowners are throwing open the windows and embracing spring’s arrival.

Every home requires ongoing maintenance to ensure it’s living up to its aesthetic and functional best. This checklist can help you create a comfortable home setting for enjoying the warmer months.

Check gutters. During the colder months, debris can accumulate in the gutters, which can be problematic when spring rains arrive. Clogged gutters prevent water from flowing efficiently away from the roof and house. When they’re backed up, they can cause water damage in a short amount of time. Faulty guttering can also cause slow leaks that lead to damage you may not discover until major repair work is needed. Properly functioning gutters are clear of debris, flow freely and are securely attached to the home.

Inspect the roof. Your roof takes a real beating in all kinds of weather conditions. Making it a common practice to carefully inspect the roof with the change of seasons can help you identify potential problems while they’re still in early stages, before a big storm hits and major damage occurs. Some roof issues can be addressed with simple repairs you can do yourself while others may require a professional. A roofing expert can help you determine whether any trouble areas can be patched or if a more complete restoration is in order.

Replace the dryer vent. Upgrading your dryer vent is an opportunity to conserve energy and prevent flammable lint build-up in your dryers. One option for updating the exhaust system is a paintable version of InoVate’s Prime DryerWallVent. Engineered for both vent replacement and new construction, the vent includes features such as a gravity-assist damper, integrated magnets and a drip edge to provide extra protection from the elements as well as pests. A large, clean opening and lightweight angled damper promote exceptional airflow efficiency.

Service air conditioning units. Your heating and cooling system works hard to keep your indoor climate comfortable when extreme temperatures make the outdoors unbearable. That’s why it’s important to have your systems serviced by a professional, and spring is a smart time to do so before they’re hard at work throughout the warmer months. Service can correct problems and ensure everything is operating efficiently, which can lead to money savings as well.

Repair window screens. Throughout the winter, your home’s window screens can accumulate a layer of dirt and grime that isn’t just unsightly; it blows indoors when you open the windows to welcome a fresh breeze. What’s more, if your screens have rips and tears, pesky bugs and other critters can make their way into your home more easily. Cleaning and repairing your screens can make your home more secure and help protect your indoor air quality.

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Find more information to help get your home ready for spring at DryerWallVent.com.

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Leading Livestream Shopping Retailer QVC Collaborates with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth on Home Décor Line

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The Exclusive BFF Collection by Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling Launches on all QVC Apps Beginning January 26

WEST CHESTER, Pa. /PRNewswire/ — QVC®, the premier home décor retailer and leader in video commerce and multiplatform shopping, today exclusively launches The BFF Collection by Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling. Created with an approach of ‘where style meets function,’ the collection features curated home décor items meant to take the work out of home decorating and help beautify and transform homes. Exclusive to QVC, Jennie and Tori’s home collection is now available for purchase on QVC.com, with Jennie and Tori making their live on-air debut on QVC January 26 at 8 p.m. EST and on all QVC digital streaming platforms. QVC is part of Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA, QRTEB, QRTEP).

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“QVC specializes in effortless yet sophisticated home accents and décor, all at affordable prices. The BFF Collection with Jennie and Tori is an excellent addition to our roster of expert and celebrity brands in the home category,” said Karl Schroeder, VP and GMM of Home Merchandising, QVC. “QVC’s powerful live video commerce platform is the perfect place for Jennie and Tori to share the story behind their passion for home décor and how they worked with our in-house Design, Development, and Global Sourcing team to create these exclusive pieces.”

Best known for starring in the iconic TV show “Beverly Hills 90210,” Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling bring you The BFF Collection. Their elevated designs are both functional and stylish and will liven up any room in your home, making the collection luxurious yet accessible.

With a Beverly Hills-inspired energy and color palette, The BFF Collection presents a fresh spin on home décor and textiles. The debut collection will feature 11 home décor finds, including functional entertainment carts, storage ottomans, everyday trunks, apothecary jars, etched glass canisters, illuminated hurricanes, decorative pillows and throw blankets. Textiles featured throughout the product line include geode, marble and acrylic accents. The collection will range in price from $49 to $242.

“Our 35-year friendship was our inspiration for most of the pieces in the collection. During the design process with QVC, we reflected on all our joyful and happy memories together and designed pieces that we would want to use in our own homes,” said Jennie Garth. Tori Spelling added, “collaborating with QVC allowed Jennie and I to share the stories behind our creation of each piece. We cannot wait for the world to see how much love was poured into this collection – we are so proud and excited for it to come to life.”

For more information, visit QVC.com and search “The BFF Collection.” Get social with Tori and Jennie @torispelling and @jenniegarth to learn more about their long-storied friendship and journey to creating The BFF Collection, exclusively for QVC.

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About QVC 

QVC® is a world leader in video commerce (“vCommerce”), which includes video-driven shopping across linear TV, ecommerce sites, digital streaming and social platforms.  QVC empowers shoppers with knowledge and shares insights in a lively and engaging way.  QVC offers an ever-changing collection of familiar brands and fresh new products – from home and fashion to beauty, electronics and jewelry – and connects shoppers to interesting personalities, engaging stories and award-winning customer service.  Based in West Chester, Pa., and founded in 1986, QVC has retail operations in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Japan and Italy.  Worldwide, QVC reaches more than 200 million homes via 12 TV channels, which are widely available on cable/satellite TV, free over-the-air TV, and digital livestreaming TV.  The retailer also reaches millions of customers via its QVC+ and HSN+ streaming experience, websites, mobile apps and social pages.  To learn more, visit corporate.qvc.com, follow @QVC on FacebookInstagram or Twitter, or follow QVC on PinterestYouTube or LinkedIn.   

Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA, QRTEB, QRTEP) is a Fortune 500 company that includes the Qurate Retail GroupSM portfolio of brands as well as other minority interests and green energy investments.  Qurate Retail Group is the largest player in vCommerce and comprises seven leading retail brands – QVC, HSN®, Zulily®, Ballard Designs®, Frontgate®, Garnet Hill® and Grandin Road® – all dedicated to providing a more human way to shop. For more information, visit qurateretailgroup.com, follow @QurateRetailGrp on FacebookInstagram or Twitter, or follow Qurate Retail Group on YouTube or LinkedIn.  QVC and Q are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

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Upgrading Your Oasis

Picture this: You’ve purchased your home. You’re on the land you’ve dreamt about and you’ve got great ideas to turn your property into the personal oasis you’ve always wanted.

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(Family Features) Picture this: You’ve purchased your home. You’re on the land you’ve dreamt about and you’ve got great ideas to turn your property into the personal oasis you’ve always wanted.

As you consider developing your land, building with environmentally sensitive choices becomes more important than ever. According to LightStream’s 9th Annual Home Improvement Trends Survey, more than 93% of homeowners see the benefits of undertaking renovations that have positive environmental impacts. Yet, one of the top barriers to making eco-friendly upgrades is that people don’t know what to do (27%) nor where to begin (24%).*

As a first step, homeowners can take on renovations to make their existing home or building greener. Among the many smaller-scale eco-projects are new insulation, HVAC systems, lighting or appliances. 

“One popular upgrade is installing custom windows and doors that are thermally broken, meaning they’re designed to keep out cold or hot temperatures,” said Sean Cain, president of Morton Buildings, a specialized construction company with decades of experience in eco-conscious construction. “It’s a big improvement that is not only energy-efficient, but it will immediately impact the overall comfort of your building and save money on energy expenses.” 

Reflecting larger visions, the survey also found that many homeowners are thinking outside the home itself, enhancing their properties by adding a separate garage, hobby shop, barn, office or accessory dwelling unit.

“Today’s homeowners are looking for a solid property improvement investment as well as construction specialists with the unique knowledge and know-how to deliver eco-friendly best practices and sustainable products,” said Todd Nelson, senior vice president at LightStream, an online lending division of Truist Bank.

In addition to return on investment and environmentally sustainable upgrades, homeowners are also increasingly interested in the longevity of their improvement projects.

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“People today are keenly interested in the long-term sustainability of their building decisions including construction of ancillary buildings on their property,” Cain said. “Post-frame buildings with steel exteriors have advantages both for longevity and recyclability whereas shingle roofs or vinyl siding may need replacement more frequently, which often results in additional waste that cannot be recycled. Moreover, they have protective benefits as well, helping to mitigate inclement weather and extreme climate events. Most of all, their design flexibility makes them modern and stylish.”

FROM START TO FINANCE
Sustainability begins with material selection and production.

“There are many ways to make the manufacturing processes more sustainable, such as recycling or repurposing unused or misdirected materials and even capturing and reusing water,” Cain said.

Managing the Costs
Sustainable building options can also be more affordable, particularly if you’re looking at cost savings over time. 

“Reducing energy costs is important to many building owners,” Cain said. “Make sure your building or home is well-insulated because this can save you a considerable amount of money.”

Consider the Options
As consumers seek sustainability in their residential structures, more are considering their long-term financial impacts, too.

“We’re in era of rising interest rates,” Nelson said. “A fixed rate loan can save money and be the right choice for many reasons.”

Visit LightStream.com to see how unsecured, affordable home improvement loans can help finance your renovation.

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*The 9th Annual LightStream Home Improvement Survey was distributed by Ipsos among 1,301 U.S. homeowners, between January 4, 2022 and January 13, 2022.

  Truist Bank is an Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC.

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Lectrium is Helping Every Home Become EV-Ready by 2040

In the next seven years, more than 44 million Americans are projected to buy an electric car, and 28 million private EV chargers will be installed in people’s homes, according to a McKinsey study.

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NEW YORK (Newswire.com) – In the next seven years, more than 44 million Americans are projected to buy an electric car, and 28 million private EV chargers will be installed in people’s homes, according to a McKinsey study. Following this trend, this means that by 2040, the number of at-home EV chargers could surpass 90 million, turning it into one of the hottest new industries. The New York-based EV technology startup Lectrium is among the front runners to make Americans EV-ready. They automate and digitize the outdated process of finding an electrician, and manage the full process of installing EV chargers in people’s home. 

Waking up with the maximum amount of range every morning is completely possible with electric vehicles. To have this convenience, an EV driver needs a level 2 EV charger installed by certified and trusted professionals. This can be done in any garage or driveway.

With over $200B dollars committed by Ford, GM, Toyota & VW in the EV industry, and $5B in NEVI Formula Funding from the US government, electric vehicles are on an irreversible path to road domination. While a lot of media attention so far has been spent on public EV charging infrastructure, J.D. Power research shows that 84% of charging happens at home.

Lectrium has built an online survey for customers to complete a virtual site inspection of their home and job-sourcing software for electricians. “A process that previously took over a few weeks can be done in just a few clicks, allowing customers to get fair quotes from trusted installers and electricians to access more jobs,” says Peter Barba, CEO, and co-founder of Lectrium. The company also advises customers on charger types and which tax incentives they may qualify for in their area. Think of them as an all-inclusive electric vehicle advisor for your home.

Lectrium is on a mission to make every home EV-ready. “We want to make the transition towards electric vehicles as seamless and easy as possible in America,” states Barba. He mentions innovation and education as the main ways to achieve success, which is evident from their installation service and an impressive EV Knowledge Hub on their website, informing readers of various EV trends and tips. 

As EV adoption continues to progress, the way electricity is bought, sold and transported will be completely different, and Lectrium is building the foundation for that future.

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