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Posted on 04/04/2022
Long-Distance Moving Ideas to Save Money
Moving is exciting and complicated, no matter how far away you’re going. It can also be an expensive process, even with careful budgeting. If you’re moving across the country, transportation, shipping and other aspects of your move can add up quickly. Luckily, there are inexpensive ways to move long distances. Here are some budget-friendly ideas for moving cross-country:...
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Posted on 03/28/2022
Backyard Party: 3 Low-to-No-Contact Games for Your Outdoor Gathering
Have you ever gotten together with friends or family only to realize you don’t know what activities to engage in? Maybe you have a great outdoor space that’s primed and ready, but you just don’t know how to incorporate playful activities into it. Fret not. Here are 3 easygoing and low-to-no-contact games for you and your guests. Kickball...
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Posted on 03/21/2022
Pet-Safe & Pollinator-Friendly: Pentas & Other Great Picks for Your Garden
When planning an outdoor garden, many want to prioritize plants that attract and support local pollinators. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds can add an enjoyable presence to your yard and help your plants and local ecosystem thrive. However, it's also important to protect and support your own animal friends. While many popular flowers and plants are toxic to dogs...
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Posted on 03/14/2022
3 Fresh Ideas for Garden Trellis Vines
Growing climbing plants on a trellis is a perfect way to use a small space efficiently. Trellises with vines can be purely decorative or provide valuable functionality like shade and privacy. There are many popular climbing plants to choose from if you’re looking for something to cover a trellis, but even if you’re looking for something different from...
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Posted on 03/07/2022
How to use black and white decoration in any room
Black and white decoration is a timeless staple of interior design. Many designers love this combination for its simplicity, elegance and high contrast. While it might seem simple to design a room based on black and white, there are some basic guidelines to help you create the perfect aesthetic. Here are some ideas for creating an inspiring black...
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Posted on 02/28/2022
3 Ways to Update Your Living Room on a Budget
Sometimes all you need to refresh your home is a change to the living room. Unfortunately, new furniture isn’t cheap, and it’s easy to feel you can’t make a major change without breaking your budget. However, there are some ways you can completely revamp and decorate your living room inexpensively. Here are the best budget-friendly living room decor...
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Posted on 02/21/2022
The Basics of Homeowners' Insurance
Homeowners’ insurance is a popular and widely recommended service for homeowners. It provides protection from certain types of incidents and can cover damage and losses to your property. It can also cover certain furnishings and assets besides the actual structure of the home. If you’re curious about homeowners’ insurance, how it works and how it compares to other...
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Posted on 02/14/2022
Best indoor trees for growing edible fruit
If you're interested in taking your edible gardening to the next level, consider growing fruit on an indoor tree. There are many varieties of fruit trees you can grow in your home environments with the right care, providing you with a personal source of fresh fruit and a beautiful indoor plant at the same time. Here are some...
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Posted on 02/07/2022
3 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Smarter
If you’re putting your house on the market, you’re likely trying to find every way to increase buyer interest. There are many things you can do to boost home value and attractiveness to potential buyers. One thing that has become increasingly effective in modern home sales is smart technology. If you’re interested in adding some easy smart home...
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Posted on 01/31/2022
Bleach and Alcohol: Disinfectant Safety and Usage
Disinfectants are an integral part of every home’s arsenal. Whether you opt for more traditional disinfectants or prefer less abrasive versions, there are a few key points to remember. Here are the basic dos and don’ts of two of the most common disinfectants. Chlorine Bleach Most homeowners, renters and residents know that bleach has a plethora of uses....
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Posted on 01/24/2022
Green Real Estate Trends to Know
Sustainable and eco-friendly materials and practices continue to rise in popularity and accessibility in the real estate world. Technological advancements and increased awareness of environmental issues have made green real estate a smart choice in any location. Here are some of the main green real estate trends appearing in the market today: Energy Efficiency Energy efficient materials and...
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Posted on 01/17/2022
Is an Open Concept Kitchen Right for You?
Open concept kitchens have been a popular aspect of open floor plans for decades. Open kitchens do not have walls to separate prep, cooking and dining spaces, which can have some key advantages for some homeowners. However, an open concept kitchen might not be right for everyone. Here are some of the major pros and cons to consider:...
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