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Simple Signs It's Time to Check Your HVAC
Posted on 10/13/2019
Simple Signs It's Time to Check Your HVAC
Your HVAC system keeps everything cool and comfortable, but only if it is working properly. You don't have to have any repair or DIY skills to determine if your air conditioner is struggling, just look for one or more of the signs below. Finding problems now, at the first sign of trouble, can prevent costly repairs later --...
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Great Tips for Outdoor Entertaining
Posted on 10/06/2019
Great Tips for Outdoor Entertaining
Whether you're hosting outdoor gatherings in your own backyard or at another outdoor venue, there are a few elements you will need to consider carefully. The size of your space and the number of expected guests is only the beginning. You'll want to plan out the flow of traffic and access to certain areas. Seating is also an...
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Budget-Minded Curb Appeal Projects - Outdoor Decor
Posted on 09/29/2019
Budget-Minded Curb Appeal Projects - Outdoor Decor
Post When prepping your home to sell, you might find yourself tempted to spend lots of money to reface the street side to improve its appeal. However, cutting into your bottom line may not give you the return on investment you want. Instead, take the time to check out some of these budget-friendly curb appeal ideas to spruce up...
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Common Mistakes Made by First-Time Homebuyers
Posted on 09/22/2019
Common Mistakes Made by First-Time Homebuyers
First-time homebuyers are prone to making a lot of mistakes when it comes to picking a home, due to many reasons—one of which is just plain old inexperience. If you plan to buy your first home soon, these are a few things you want to avoid. Not having a budget. It might surprise you to know but a...
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How to Break the Smartphone Addiction
Posted on 09/15/2019
How to Break the Smartphone Addiction
While you may not think of it that way, your brain can become addicted to personal electronics to such a degree that it impacts multiple areas of your life. Of course, the physical effects are substantial once you’re aware of them. But worse yet is the impact on your family. What smartphones do to your brain While it...
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Mortgage: Is Bigger Better?
Posted on 09/08/2019
Mortgage: Is Bigger Better?
When dealing with mortgages, people erroneously believe that the smaller the mortgage taken out, the better for them. This article will clarify the reasons why even as daunting as it sounds, the larger and more prolonged the loan, the better. People who apply for mortgages are those who want to own a house but don't have sufficient cash...
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6 Easy Ways to Enhance Your Home's Street Cred
Posted on 09/01/2019
6 Easy Ways to Enhance Your Home's Street Cred
The exterior of your home makes its first impression. It gives outsiders an idea of what is inside. If you are looking to sell your house or you just want your home to look more attractive, then there are many ways that you can make your home look more beautiful without spending too much money. Flowers and greens...
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To Flip or Keep?
Posted on 08/25/2019
To Flip or Keep?
Okay, so you’ve been watching all those home shows and think you want to invest in a second property, but that whole flipping business seems like more trouble than you want to handle. First, you have to budget correctly for the remodel, then it absolutely has to sell, and quickly, otherwise, it stops being a good investment. There...
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Considering a Patio Fire Pit?
Posted on 08/18/2019
Considering a Patio Fire Pit?
Are you a homeowner looking to make your backyard a fun place to hang out? Why not try a patio fire pit? Summer comes with a lot of warmth during the day followed by cool evenings. This alone makes it a period where homeowners are privileged to explore outdoor activities that winter denies them. Now fire pits are...
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Xeriscaping With Succulents in Your Yard
Posted on 08/11/2019
Xeriscaping With Succulents in Your Yard
Succulents, succulents, succulents. Probably the most commonly thought of plant when considering xeriscaping. Succulents retain water in their leaves, stems, and roots, so they require little watering. Though you do have to be careful in your selection, or employ a bit more care, if your climate area experiences frost, most succulents grow very well in areas with hot...
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Bad Habits That Can Affect Your Chance of Securing A Mortgage
Posted on 08/04/2019
Bad Habits That Can Affect Your Chance of Securing A Mortgage
Securing a mortgage can be quite challenging if you do not meet specific requirements and demands made by the lenders. But really, you can’t blame lenders or mortgage companies for setting up these rules. Most of these demands are made to ensure the borrower can repay a loan without too much of a problem. Everyone has one or...
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How to Plan for a Successful Open House
Posted on 07/28/2019
How to Plan for a Successful Open House
An open house is a great way to showcase your home for sale to potential buyers. A successful open house is one that helps you to bring several concrete offers for your house for sale. Below are some guidelines to help you successfully plan your next open house event; Time Your Event Right: The time for your open...
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