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Posted on 08/22/2022
Ways to Make Your Backyard Safer
Your backyard offers the ideal place to spend time outside. However, if you're planning on getting plenty of use out of your backyard, you should make sure it doesn't have hazards that could be harmful to you and your household, including your pets. Here are a few ways you can make your backyard a safer place: Switch to...
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Posted on 08/15/2022
Moving & Short-Term Storage: Expert Tips
Moving to a new home is a complex and sometimes stressful logistical process. There are many details to consider and just as many ways to streamline and simplify the experience. One of the best ways to make your move easier is by using short-term storage. If you’ve never used temporary storage before or if you’re thinking about using...
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Posted on 08/08/2022
How to Make Planters From a Wine Barrel
If you’re looking for a satisfying garden DIY project, try repurposing an old wine barrel. Wine barrels are made of sturdy materials and built to last even long after their original purpose has ended. This makes them excellent candidates for outdoor planters. Here we’ll go over the process and materials you’ll need to make your very own DIY...
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Posted on 08/01/2022
Are Your Eligible for a VA Loan? Basic Info to Know
A loan from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs can be an excellent choice for financing a home purchase. While VA benefits are generally reserved for veterans, there are a few exceptions with mortgage programs. Here are some other ways you could be eligible for a VA loan: Active Duty Fortunately, you don't have to have served in...
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Posted on 07/25/2022
No Renovating Needed: Easy Ways to Divide Up a Room
Sometimes decorating a large room is difficult. With so much space, knowing how and where to arrange furniture and accessories can seem daunting. One thing that can make the process easier is dividing the space in half or into smaller pieces. Rather than call your contractor about building a new wall, we’ve gathered some easy and inexpensive ways...
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Posted on 07/18/2022
3 Ideas for Organizing Your Laundry Room
If you’re looking for a way to make your laundry days easier and more efficient, organization is the best place to start. Creating storage and organizing your laundry room will help you every step of the process. Here are a few clever ideas for laundry room storage and organization to inspire you. Mounted Drying Racks Clothes that require...
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Posted on 07/11/2022
DIY outdoor patio furniture ideas on a budget
If you’re in need of outdoor patio furniture ideas that won’t break the bank and look great in an outdoor living room, there are plenty of stylish options to consider. Whether you upcycle items you already own or create them from scratch with your DIY skills, you can decorate your outdoor space on a budget in a variety...
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Posted on 06/27/2022
Basics of refinance: Costs and fees to consider
Many homeowners have at least entertained the idea of mortgage refinance. Common questions about refinancing costs, closing costs and how the process might impact a current mortgage loan are just a few of the queries swimming around in the refinancing conversation. Don’t worry. There are a few general topics that can easily answer these questions and a slew...
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Posted on 06/20/2022
Your Quick Guide to Smart Home Entertainment Integrations
Home theaters are often filled with multiple electronic components, which can lead to a jumble of cords and remote controls. Having to rely on different remote controls for your screen, sound system and other components can become a hassle. Adding smart home features to your home theater allows you to simplify this process and cut down on the...
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Posted on 06/13/2022
The Major Variables Affecting the Price of Homes
Housing prices are constantly changing, which can make both buying and selling a home more complicated. While it’s difficult to predict future changes, it’s important to understand the key factors that affect the housing market and home prices. Here are the five major things that affect housing prices: Economic Change The overall health of the economy is a...
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Posted on 06/06/2022
Flipping a House? Don't Forget These Renovation Projects
When flipping property, every project is unique. However, there are some specific renovations and upgrades to include to add the most value to the home. To make the most of your fix-and-flip property sale, focus on renovation projects with the best ROI. Here is a list of some projects to prioritize in your flip: Curb Appeal A simple...
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Posted on 05/30/2022
Mortgages: Which 15-year loan is right for you?
Mortgages can be a very flustering part of the homebuying process, just based on the sheer volume of available options. Most homebuyers choose the 30-year fixed rate option, as long as they meet the criteria. But what about the 15-year option? What choices are available for homebuyers, first-time and experienced? How do you know which one to pick?...
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