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Homeowner Survey Infographic: Q2 2018

Through our process of matching homeowners with quality contractors across the country, we survey thousands of homeowners each quarter. In the first half of 2018, we learned a lot about how homeowners choose contractors and why they start their projects. A few key findings included: How many estimates homeowners prefer to receive before making a decision... Continue Reading

Energy-efficient Upgrades for Your Home this Earth Day

Did you know that the typical American family spends close to a whopping $2,000 on home energy bills every year? Even worse, much of that is wasted through leaky windows and doors, poorly insulated attics and crawl spaces, and inefficient appliances. But there are plenty of ways you can reduce the amount of energy your home... Continue Reading

Be Ready for Winter with These Home Winterization Tips

You know what it means when your social media feed is suddenly inundated with pictures of pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, fall home décor, and apple picking. Not only is it time to welcome autumn with open arms—it's also the perfect time to start prepping for the cold weather ahead. Here are some must-read prep tips for... Continue Reading

Brand Spotlight: Frontpoint

What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the home tech industry? Recently, the industry has taken a turn toward smart homes and home automation solutions. Not only are customers interested in protecting their homes, but they want to control their door locks, lights, and thermostats, too. We constantly evaluate new products to... Continue Reading

Choosing Between a Split HVAC System or Packaged HVAC System

If it's time for you to purchase a new HVAC system, you might find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are so many brands, types, sizes, and prices to choose from, that you might not know where to start. One way to make the process easier is to first choose between the two mainstream systems—split or... Continue Reading

How to Make Your Nursery More Eco-Friendly

There are so many things to worry about as a new parent, but your child’s nursery shouldn’t be one of them. Make smart choices about the toys, furniture, and decor that you allow in the room and you can rest easy—whether your child is enjoying some tummy time on the throw rug or teething on... Continue Reading

Home Automation: Home Security From Anywhere

Home Security On the Go Home security is something that is always top-of-mind for me. I live in an area of Austin without a lot of foot traffic and it’s secluded enough that there aren’t always regular police patrols. While having more space and a quieter neighborhood is often one of the best parts of living... Continue Reading

The Sun on Social

Here at Modernize, we're big on green energy, especially solar. As we celebrate the New Year and another trip around the sun, we are giving a tribute to the beauty of the sun. If you wanted to catch the best view of a sunset, where would you go? We analyzed a total of 2,515,334 images from Instagram with the... Continue Reading

18 Christmas Tree Safety Tips for Family, Pets, and the Home

  If someday a movie comes out in theaters titled The Killer Christmas Tree, don’t assume it’s a slapstick comedy. The thing is, Christmas trees really can kill—and not by falling on top of you at the lot or farm, but in a tragically easy way—by causing a fire to engulf your home. While burn fatalities from Christmas... Continue Reading