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Posted on 10/25/2020
Key Factors to Consider Before You Reject an Offer to Purchase
If you receive a "lowball" offer to purchase your house, your first reaction may be to respond with an immediate "No." However, it is important to evaluate any offer to purchase your house closely. Because if you weigh the pros and cons of rejecting an offer to purchase your home, you'll be better equipped than ever before to make...
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Posted on 10/18/2020
How your Landscaping can Help with Efficiency
Image by Tom from Shutterstock Energy efficiency isn’t just for the inside of your home. What you plant outside can affect the bottom line inside. Choosing the right trees, grasses, and shrubs can help. Location, location, location Well placed trees can help to reduce your heating and cooling bills. Trees can keep your home cooler in the summer...
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Posted on 10/11/2020
Build an Umbrella Table That Fits Your Style
Photo by Jazella via Pixabay An umbrella table provides you with more than just a comfortable place to sit; it adds color and texture to your space, too. You'll need to have an idea of where the table will go, what size umbrella it needs to support and how many people it will need to seat comfortably. You...
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Posted on 10/04/2020
DIY: Multifaceted Potting Bench
Photo by Neslihan Gunaydin on Unsplash If you're like most homeowners who enjoy cultivating an attractive yard and garden space and perhaps even providing some tasty treats for the family table, you probably appreciate tools and amenities designed to make your gardening chores easier and more enjoyable. Many home gardeners make do with whatever available surfaces that happen...
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Posted on 09/27/2020
Selling: How to Boost Your Curb Appeal
Photo by Javani LLC via Shutterstock Before you ever place your home on the market, start working on curb appeal. What’s curb appeal? It’s the first thing that makes people want to take a second look when they drive by. If they’re house shopping or just dreaming for the future, a home with curb appeal will bring them...
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Posted on 09/20/2020
Key Issues to Address Before You Purchase a Home
If you intend to purchase a house soon, it helps to prepare for the home buying journey. In fact, if you identify potential issues before you start your quest to find your dream home, you could avoid them during your property search. Now, let's take a look at three common issues that plague homebuyers, along with tips to address...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
Decorating with Dark Colors -- Without Making Your Home Look Gloomy
Photo by Media Design and Media Publishing via Pixabay Dark colors can be striking in any home, but too many darks can make your home seem gloomy and depressing. Fortunately, simple changes and choices can help you create a space with a dark palette that is attention-getting, not depressing. Lighting Matters Lighting at various levels matters for any...
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Tips for Budgeting for a Fixer Upper
Image by Annie Gray from Unsplash If you are handy with home repair, you could buy a more expensive house if you are willing to put some work into it. Many foreclosures are often sold “as is,” and require some work. The seller may also be more open to negotiating a lower price based on the number of...
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Posted on 08/30/2020
Recipe: Traditional Italian Macaroni Soup
Image by Valter Cirillo from Pixabay In Italy, it's long been a cherished tradition to harvest beans, place the pods over the ground under the autumn sun, then store the sun-dried beans for wintertime. On brisk days, beans would be cooked up with a medley of vegetables and pasta. When the cook tossed dry pasta tossed into the...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
Do It Yourself: Best Flooring Options for Below-Grade Spaces
Picture by PIRO4D via Pixabay Flooring can add to the function of your newly finished basement, or it can take it away. Installing the wrong type of flooring material in a below-grade space could leave you open to costly water damage or even the growth of mold and bacteria. Even the best-built basements are sometimes prone to invasion...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
Tips for Purchasing a Foreclosure
Photo by Alex D'Alessio on Unsplash Purchasing a foreclosure property is a great opportunity to own a home at an extremely affordable price. While many people successfully buy foreclosed homes and are happy with their decision, before making this large financial commitment, it’s a good idea to understand what you might be walking into—before you buy. Homeowner Left...
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