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From amateur to expert: 5 gardening hacks you need to know

Posted: 6.10.2016

Gardening isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. Connecting with nature, being outdoors and putting in the needed work for a beautiful result is the ultimate reward. As an avid gardener, you’re always looking for new ways to outshine the previous year and achieve bigger, lusher results. If you’ve been using the same techniques for […]

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4 ways to make your home comfortable and safe for your pet

Posted: 6.3.2016

For millions of Americans, pets are a member of the family. They provide companionship and countless memories that last a lifetime. Having a pet-friendly home increases the likelihood that these memories will be positive. These tips can make pet ownership simpler, and create a safer, healthier environment for your four-legged companion. Pet-friendly flooring Carpeted flooring […]

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Top energy-efficient housing features every new homebuyer should know

Posted: 6.1.2016

Most Americans want an energy-efficient home, and they’re willing to make the necessary changes to help improve efficiency, whether it’s changing their habits or buying more energy-efficient appliances. But reducing energy bills and making your home more efficient doesn’t just begin with remembering to switch off lights in empty rooms or paying top-dollar for newer […]

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7 steps to allergy relief with spring cleaning

7 steps to allergy relief with spring cleaning

Posted: 5.1.2016

Longing for allergy relief? To stop the endless cycle of sniffles, sneezes and wheezes, it’s time to ready your vacuum and rubber gloves. Spring cleaning helps eliminate allergens so you can relax, breathe easy and enjoy the season. “People who suffer from allergies may not realize there’s a direct connection between cleaning your home and […]

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The quick guide to home financing

The quick guide to home financing

Posted: 3.22.2016

It’s an all too familiar monthly event: you write out a rent check and wait for the funds to disappear from your bank account. But what if instead of making endless payments on something you don’t own, you could own a home of your own? When you finance a home purchase with a mortgage, you […]

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4 ways to improve your home's curb appeal

4 ways to improve your home’s curb appeal

Posted: 3.22.2016

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This steadfast advice isn’t just for interviews and first dates; it’s also applicable to your home. Whether it’s a potential buyer or simply a visitor, within seconds of seeing your home’s exterior, that first impression will be made. That’s why experts from home builders […]

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Transform your home today, stay safe tomorrow

Transform your home today, stay safe tomorrow

Posted: 3.22.2016

While many can only dream of the day they’ll retire, for baby boomers, that dream is quickly becoming a reality. By the year 2030, approximately 20 percent of Americans are expected to be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But retirement doesn’t necessarily mean relocating to a senior community. More and […]

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Put your home on autopilot to save money, time and energy

Posted: 2.17.2016

Every homeowner can remember a time when they wondered, “Did I lock the front door this morning?” Or, “Did I leave a light on?” Others can attest to that feeling of dread knowing their air conditioner is running full blast while they’re away on a weekend trip. There’s nothing worse than worrying about the security […]

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These 2016 kitchen design trends are on track to become timeless

Posted: 2.17.2016

Some kitchen design trends fade as quickly as they come in – tile countertops, naked windows or avocado-hued appliances may come to mind. Other trends, however, are so deeply rooted in good design that they’re destined to become timeless style statements – and enhance your kitchen with a look you’ll love as much in a […]

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Make your new house feel like home to your family pets

Posted: 2.17.2016

Moving into a new home is exciting – for the humans in the family. It can be less comfortable for pets who need time to adjust to a new environment, learn their way around and discover the best nap spots in their new home. As a loving pet parent, you want every member of your […]

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5 tips for creating fall curb appeal

5 tips for creating fall curb appeal

Posted: 9.11.2015

Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don’t have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales – below are tips and projects for sprucing up your […]

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The most common - and solvable - home health and safety risks

The most common – and solvable – home health and safety risks

Posted: 9.11.2015

For many Americans, “home” evokes warmth, comfort, security and safety. But while home may be sweet, statistics show it’s far from safe. From falls and other types of accidents to fires and poor indoor air quality, home can be a dangerous place – so it’s important to make simple home improvements that can help minimize […]

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5 tips for a seamless moving process

Posted: 9.11.2015

Packing up your entire life and moving it somewhere new is an exciting, yet intimidating task. Whether you’re moving across the country or just down the street, you’re bound to experience all the ups and downs of the moving process. Between the packing, moving and eventual unpacking, the process seems never ending. It’s easy to […]

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Standing water in your yard Solve your drainage problems in three steps

Standing water in your yard? Solve your drainage problems in three steps

Posted: 9.11.2015

Whether it’s the result of melting snow or a heavy rainstorm, standing water in the backyard is an unwelcome sight for any homeowner. While it’s unsightly and robs your yard of valuable green space, standing water can also cause excessive damage to your home’s foundation and even damage hardscape areas such as patios. These problems […]

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6 home improvements to withstand severe summer weather

Posted: 7.14.2015

Mother Nature can be hard on your home, especially during the summer months. Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes can cause extensive damage to houses and entire communities. Some preparation, however, can help homeowners defend their homes against severe-weather damage. “It pays to prepare your home to handle the worst of what Mother Nature dishes out in […]

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8 simple tips to designing safe living spaces for seniors

Posted: 7.14.2015

The saying goes, “With age comes wisdom,” but often times, it also comes with a new set of physical challenges, such as limited mobility and difficulties with hearing and seeing. That’s why when designing living spaces for seniors, whether in an assisted living community or in your life-long home, safety and comfort take a front […]

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first-time homebuyers

8 ways first-time homebuyers can make themselves mortgage-ready

Posted: 7.13.2015

When it comes to buying your first home, a lack of knowledge and experience can lead to costly mistakes. One in four first-time homebuyers say they are completely unfamiliar with the mortgage financing process, according to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Even among those with an understanding of the overall process, the […]

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How to determine the true value of home improvements

Posted: 7.12.2015

The 2015 Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value report identifies these top five mid-range exterior home renovations as beneficial investments that allow homeowners to recoup a substantial percentage of their investment when they resell their homes: Replacing the front door (steel 101.8 percent) Adding manufactured stone veneer (92.2 percent) Replacing the garage door (88.4 percent) Replacing […]

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Operation Safety: Tips To Make Every Bath A Safe Bath

Posted: 3.17.2015

Does your bathroom need a makeover? Go beyond functional and stylish updates and consider upgrades that add an element of safety, too. A few affordable, small updates can dramatically affect your bathroom’s level of safety while still providing a look you’ll love. Leave a little light on Low lighting levels can reduce visibility and be […]

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Energy-Saving Resolutions

Posted: 3.17.2015

Taking small steps throughout the year can lead to big results – not only helping lower your energy bills but also helping to protect the planet. Here are some ways you can resolve to save energy year round: Install and set a programmable thermostat. Save money on your heating and cooling bills every day by […]

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Expert Tips To Make Your New House Feel Like Home

Posted: 3.17.2015

Making your new house feel like your home can help provide a safe-haven for some much needed relaxation. “Everyone has a different sense of what home is,” says Elizabeth Lindmier of The Art Institute of Colorado. So while the same aesthetic won’t work for everyone, she offers her top five tips to start you in […]

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Spring Projects That Are Sure To Spruce Up Your Home

Posted: 3.17.2015

Warmer weather and sunnier days are on their way and many homeowners are itching to begin home improvement projects. If you are one of them, consider these areas of your home when prepping for spring. Windows and doors From a full window replacement to a simple coat of paint, updating your windows and doors can […]

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Home safety tips for a safe and happy winter season

Posted: 12.23.2014

This winter, the western part of the U.S. should stay warm, while a cooler and wetter-than-average winter is likely across the southern tier of the nation, according to forecasts from the Climate Prediction Center. Homeowners need to take steps to ensure that their loved-ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months […]

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Keep your family secure at home with these tips

Posted: 12.23.2014

When it comes to protecting your family, your home is your fortress. It’s the place where your children fall asleep at night, tucked safely in their beds. It has the backyard where your pets roam freely without any danger of running into traffic. And it’s the place where you can relax, knowing your family is […]

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How to cut clutter

How to cut the clutter and take back your home

Posted: 12.22.2014

You’ve reached your breaking point. You’ve tripped over the same thing in the living room too many times. Now you’ve picked it up to finally put it away and you realize – you have nowhere to put it. You have too much clutter in your home. So what do you do? How do you decide […]

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2015 home design trends

6 design trends to heighten your home’s style in 2015

Posted: 12.21.2014

As the new year kicks off, it’s the premier time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life … and the home is no exception. Say goodbye to lackluster interiors as renowned interior designer and DIY television personality, Taniya Nayak, has forecasted the top trends for 2015 that will be sure to enhance […]

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Carpools and school buses: tips for arriving to school safely and on time

Posted: 9.28.2014

Your children are getting older and with each new grade level they want more independence. You’re OK with that, but you still get a little worried when you think about them getting to school safely each day. Whether they drive themselves, ride in a carpool or they take the bus, safety is paramount. Follow these […]

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Accomplish your to-do list of finishing the deck with ease this fall

Posted: 9.28.2014

If you have a wood deck, chances are that it’s made its way onto your summer to-do list. And if summer quickly slipped by you without that list being completely checked off, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time in the fall months to finish your deck. What many people don’t know is that […]

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Make a grand entrance: simple ideas to refresh your entryway

Posted: 9.28.2014

Most people enter their home through the garage or backdoor, forgetting how the front entrance looks to neighbors and guests. Your front door is often the first thing others notice about your home. That’s why it’s key to make a positive first impression. How to create an inviting entrance Transform your home’s curb appeal with […]

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