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Mel Childs is a freelance writer, author, and aspiring screenwriter from St. Louis, Missouri, who currently resides in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. She operates her own writing company and has also written for various publications, including Bob Vila, Lawnstarter, WikiLawn, Homelight, Fixr, and LeadsForward, Interesting!Things, Upscale Magazine, Black EOE Journal, Ancient Origins, and many more. When she’s not writing, she spends time working out, roller skating and playing billiards.

Tips for Getting Your House Ready for the Holidays

Are you hosting the family gathering this year? Here are a few ways to whip your house into shape so you won’t have to worry about mishaps arising while guests are visiting.

How to Prepare For a Home Inspection

When selling your home, you’re not required to get a home inspection. But as the seller, you can preemptively address issues head-on to avoid hiccups in the sales process. Here are some key areas to focus on fixing before the inspector arrives.

How to Eliminate Dryer Odors

You know it’s not time yet to replace your dryer, but there’s a stench coming from it that makes you want to buy another one. No need to spring for a brand-new appliance. We’ll show you how to remove the smell from a dryer for next to nothing.

Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?

If you don’t take care of problems with your roof before the cold weather arrives, those issues can worsen over time, creating an even more expensive roofing headache in the spring. Here’s what you need to know to prepare your roof for winter.

How to Get Your Chimney Ready for Use in Winter

Relaxing in front of a fire is an enjoyable experience as long as it’s safe. Read this guide to prevent hazards and ensure that your chimney is in good working condition this winter.

How to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter

Your furnace may need some TLC before starting it up this winter. Here are some tips on what to do to get your furnace prepped before the cold months arrive.

How to Remove Stains from Your Mattress

If you want your mattress to last, you’ll need to make sure that you get out stains as soon as possible. Here are some tips on keeping your mattress clean until it’s time to replace it.

Deck Maintenance Checklist: How to Keep Yours in Tip-Top Shape

Decks are a charming addition to your house. Keeping them maintained will provide lasting beauty and functionality. However, improper care can lead to serious problems. Here are tips to keep your deck in tip-top shape.

How to Care for Ornamental Grass

These types of grasses can add beauty and grace to your lawn or garden, but it is critical to know how to care for them. Here are some factors to consider when selecting ornamental grass.