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Monday 03/23/2015
Healthy Spring for House Plants
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) When the invigorating air of spring arrives, remember that you’re not alone in wanting to soak up that refreshing warm breeze. Your houseplants are eager for a break from winter, too.

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Ways to Recycle at Home
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Though recycling may seem like a chore, it is an important key to managing the waste in your family’s home.

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Unexpected Guests?
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) You just heard that your mother-in-law is coming for an extended visit. Instead of freaking out because your guest room is currently being used as an oversized storage bin, take advantage of this opportunity to organize the space into a welcoming, comfortable haven for guests – in-laws or otherwise.

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Spacious Upgrades
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) So, you’ve decided to make some updates to your home? Whether you plan on building a home from the ground up, purchasing new construction or adding value to your current residence, there are many opportunities for upgrades.

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Get Inspired by Outdoor Living Ideas
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Inspired by neighbors, home improvement shows and social media channels like Pinterest and Houzz, today’s homeowners are entering the deck planning and building process more informed than ever before. But sorting through this wealth of information and inspiration can make it hard to decipher what’s really hot for today’s outdoor spaces – and to choose what’s right for your home.

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Is your money going out the window? It won't with energy-efficient windows
Updated: March 28, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - One of the largest contributors to a home’s energy efficiency is its windows. Energy-efficient windows can lower your energy costs and increase your home’s comfort while reducing your carbon footprint and increasing your home’s value.

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Thursday 03/19/2015
4 Surprising Tips You Need to Know Before Buying or Selling a House
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Insider tips -- who doesn't love a good (legal) one?

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Tips To Help You Sell Your House
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re considering putting your home on the market in the coming months, there are a few tips you should follow.

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What to Know Before You Replace Your Home's Siding
Updated: March 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re building a home from scratch or contemplating an upgrade, when choosing siding, there’s a lot more to consider beyond color. The type of material you use can impact durability, beauty and even energy efficiency.

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Tuesday 03/17/2015
Swim For Your Life
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you’ve never learned how to swim, you’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 37 percent of American adults can’t swim the length of a pool. If you’re in that 37 percent, you risk becoming one of the 10 people who drown every day in the U.S.

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Thursday 03/05/2015
5 upgrades for under $5,000 to put your home at the top of every buyer's list
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - It’s a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home could use some TLC and updating, spending as little as $5,000 on key upgrades could improve its appeal for buyers – and ensure a speedier sale at a better price.

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5 home-improvement projects to help sell your home
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - The real estate market has improved across much of the country, but homeowners thinking about listing their homes this summer need to stay competitive to attract buyers. Buyers are looking for long-term homes, ones they want to stay in for years while raising their children, or settling down and retiring.

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This top garage trend keeps gaining momentum
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - The carriage house garage door is to your house what the little black dress and strand of pearls are to your wardrobe; classic style elements that never go out of fashion.

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Creating an island paradise: Tips for adding an island in your kitchen renovation
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, reclaimed wood flooring and accents, and top-of-the-line, high-tech appliances – what more do you need to make your kitchen renovation perfect? How about adding an island? Designers and builders across the country are pointing to the addition of an island as the must-have upgrade for kitchen renovations this year.

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Friday 02/27/2015
Giving the Elderly a Lift -- In Their Home
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 3:39 am

(NewsUSA) - Although home may be where the heart is, for older people, it may not be where they are able to stay.

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What's up in roofs? Metal growing in popularity
Updated: March 06, 2015 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - It’s hard to believe, but the 2013-14 polar vortex wasn’t all bad. Sure, it brought North America record cold and snow, in one of the worst winters ever. But the weather phenomenon’s silver lining was in persuading many homeowners it was time to forever abandon their conventional roofs for something better. That "something" is the increasingly popular metal roof.

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Friday 02/13/2015
8 ways first-time homebuyers can make themselves mortgage-ready
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - It’s rare to get something right the very first time you try it, but when it comes to buying your first home, a lack of knowledge and experience can lead to costly mistakes. One in four first-time homebuyers say they are completely unfamiliar with the mortgage financing process, according to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Even among those with an understanding of the overall process, the report found that many first time homebuyers still had significant knowledge gaps in important areas such as available mortgage rates, closing costs, down-payment requirements and income required to qualify for a loan.

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Monday 01/26/2015
Bathroom bliss: Upscale touches top manufactured homes trends in 2015
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The trend toward affordable luxury has resonated in the hearts of American homeowners, including those in the market for a manufactured home. Today’s manufactured homes deliver affordability and convenience, as well as the kind of designer elements found in site-built homes.

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Tuesday 01/13/2015
Busting first-time homebuyer myths
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - When buying a first home, most people are making one of the biggest purchases of their lives. Without home buying experience, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.

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Monday 12/29/2014
What to look for in a new garage door - and why you should replace yours now
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - At first thought, the dead of winter may not seem to be the optimum time to replace your garage door. In fact, quite the opposite is true: frigid temperatures and brisk winds readily prove the need to upgrade your garage door from an older non-insulated version to a modern, energy efficient garage door.

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