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Adding Efficiency to an Older Home
Posted on 11/13/2019
Adding Efficiency to an Older Home
Photo by Vivint Solar from Pexels When your pocketbook determines you can’t afford a new, energy-efficient home, you can still satisfy your preferences by upgrading an older house. Try these options for improving energy efficiency in your home. Apply for the FHA’s Energy-Efficient Mortgage program. With an EEM, you can finance an already energy-efficient home or use funds...
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Speedy Holiday Pad Thai
Posted on 11/10/2019
Speedy Holiday Pad Thai
Photo by Sharon Ang via PixabayOne of the best parts of the holidays is the wonderful food we get to overindulge on. It's always fun to have a big, multi-course feast, with the delicious tradition of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw, and some kind of pie -- especially pumpkin or chocolate cream pie -- or...
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Five Fundamental Reasons Tenants Should Have Renters' Insurance
Posted on 11/06/2019
Five Fundamental Reasons Tenants Should Have Renters' Insurance
Image by edar from Pixabay There are many reasons people choose to rent. There are fewer responsibilities, it doesn't take saving up a large down payment, maintenance is likely taken care of and there are no real estate taxes and no homeowners' insurance to pay. That doesn't mean, however, you shouldn't carry insurance. If you rent a home,...
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Safety Precautions For Children In Your Home
Posted on 11/04/2019
Safety Precautions For Children In Your Home
There are plenty of things to worry about around your home when you have kids. One of your top priorities should be safety for your kids. If you look closely, you’ll find some hidden safety dangers around your home that should be addressed. The top culprits can be found described in detail below. The Dishwasher Your dishwasher is something...
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Staging Tips for a Successful Open House
Posted on 11/03/2019
Staging Tips for a Successful Open House
Photo by David Gonzales via Pexels When it comes to selling a home, presentation is key. A well-staged home highlights the best features while leaving plenty of room for imagination in the minds of home buyers. Here are a few tried and true home staging tips to help your home steal the show and bring in the best...
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Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?
Posted on 11/01/2019
Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?
We all know that buying a home is a significant decision that comes with a great deal of financial planning and preparation. However, few of us are taught the ins and outs of actually obtaining a mortgage to make your dream of homeownership come true. Mortgages are a complicated business that is always changing, both with fluctuations in market...
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Easy Fireplace Care
Posted on 10/30/2019
Easy Fireplace Care
Photo by RawPixel via Pixabay Before you start your first fire of the season, take a few moments to put your fireplace in order. You can do this in less than a half-hour if you gather everything you need. Here's the list: Metal bucket with a lid for removing ash A garden kneeling pad Heavy rubber work gloves...
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Benefits of Installing Skylights
Posted on 10/28/2019
Benefits of Installing Skylights
Photo by Tania Van den Berghen via Pixabay When your kitchen or another part of your home could use a bit more light, consider adding skylights instead of lamps or light fixtures. Skylights can provide your home with some important benefits. As long as you have these lights properly installed, they can offer the following advantages for your...
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Homemade Cleaning Basics
Posted on 10/27/2019
Homemade Cleaning Basics
In today’s world, many people are concerned about the harm that chemicals may do. Especially in homes with pets and children, families may want to do everything to protect their loved ones from harm. Having chemicals in your home may not only be hazardous, but they could also aggravate certain health conditions like asthma and allergies. There are many...
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5 Ways to Improve your Home's Security
Posted on 10/25/2019
5 Ways to Improve your Home's Security
Photo by PhotoMIX Ltd. via Pexels Worried about package theft, break-ins and other crime? Even if you have a home security system, there are still steps you can take to make your home less appealing to thieves and criminals. From installing some high tech (but surprisingly affordable) gadgets to caring for your home’s exterior, you can help make...
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How to Find a Great Local Veterinarian
Posted on 10/23/2019
How to Find a Great Local Veterinarian
Photo by David Mark via PixabayPicking the right veterinarian for your pets matters. It will put you at ease every time they need a healing touch. Whether you're new in town, or your pet has a specific issue you'd like carefully tended, here's how to find a vet who will offer you a high standard of care. Finding...
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Should You Get a Reverse Mortgage?
Posted on 10/21/2019
Should You Get a Reverse Mortgage?
Photo by 3D Animation Production Company via PixabayIf you’re retired, own your own home and have trouble making ends meet, a reverse mortgage may seem like the answer to prayers. You get to stay in your house and you’ll have some extra cash to see you through. Before you run to the nearest lender, however, consider the downside...
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