Sept. 16, 2019

Which Home Updates Are Worth It?

Never forget the first rule of upgrades, according to Remodeling magazine's Cost vs. Value Report for 2019: "Think like a real-estate broker." That includes focusing heavily on curb appeal and first impressions.

Worth It: A New Garage Door

It ranked first on the magazine’s list of projects, with a ...

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Posted in DIY, Home Owners, Money Tips
Aug. 6, 2019

Deter Insects with Essential Oils

Pesticides are highly toxic and detrimental to humans and pets alike. The next time you see a pest in your home, reach for essential oils instead of the can of insect spray. These recipes for homemade insecticides contain absolutely no dangerous chemicals, are highly effective, and as an added bonus ...

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July 22, 2019

2019 Outdoor Living and Design Trends

Blurring of Indoor and Outdoor Areas

Beyond windows and patio doors, home designs are truly blending indoor and outdoor areas thanks to features such as folding walls and collapsible screens. For example, imagine a family room that opens up completely to an outdoor patio for easy entertaining, made possible by ...

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May 30, 2019

Ideas to Enhance Your Yard’s Natural Benefits

Your healthy yard is more than what meets the eyes. Healthy lawn and landscape filter the air of pollutants and prevent unwanted runoff. Simply looking at trees and plants can reduce stress. Inspired? Here are some tips to make your yard look even better.

• Mow Properly:

Raising the deck ...

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May 9, 2019

Looking to Sell? Don’t Make These Three Home Improvement Mistakes

It might seem obvious that home improvements are a good investment and will increase a property’s value. Unfortunately, that’s not always true. Many improvements don’t raise a home’s value enough to repay their costs, leaving you out of pocket. Even worse, some projects can actually lower your home’s value.

If ...

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April 19, 2019

Homemade Nontoxic Cleaners for Your Home

Keeping your home clean is a constant challenge, and all those chemical-laden cleansers can be irritating and even dangerous. If you would like to clean your home the natural way, the answer may be as close as your pantry or fridge.

Many common household products can double as excellent cleansers ...

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April 4, 2019

Five Ways to Add Style and Character to Your Kitchen

A welcoming and comfortable kitchen is the heart of a happy home. If you’ve spent time and money on a remodel but still feel something’s missing, a few final touches that add extra character and style can make all the difference. Here are five simple and affordable ways to make ...

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March 29, 2019

Four Hot Home-Design Trends

If you’re wondering what’s popular this season, check out these four trends as described by Better Homes and Gardens:


The more environmentally conscious we become as a nation, the more people take personal responsibility for the use of our resources. When it comes to customizing a home, some of ...

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