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How to Properly Winterize a House That’s On the Market

How to Properly Winterize a House That’s...

When you’re trying to sell an empty house over the winter, it’s important to remember that cold weather can wreak havoc on buildings if they aren’t properly maintained. This is especially difficult if someone isn’t living at the property, because there are all kinds of little things we do every day to keep our house in good condition just by staying there. If you don’t want to be constantly driving back and forth (or find yourself with lots of expensive and unsightly damage that’s going to make the place harder to sell), you’ve got to winterize. But you have to do it with...
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Make the Most Out of Your Fireplace This Winter

Make the Most Out of Your Fireplace This...

For a lot of us, the winter brings temperatures down below a bearable temperature. Though it is true that the holidays bring joy, the weather outside can certainly be frightful! What’s even more frightening is the cost of gas combating the sub zero temperatures outside. That’s why many people have begun to take a step back and consider another alternative. We find ourselves heading back to the era of simple or complex fireplaces. Though fireplaces can be both beautiful and cost effective, many people forget the maintenance and safety precautions that must go into it. It...
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Life Hacks for your Home

Life Hacks for your Home

For people who love style, home improvement can create a never-ending To Do list. However, this list can include making pricey changes to the home, such as refurbishing furniture, finishing floors, and expensive installations. If you want a gorgeous home but don’t want to break the bank, here are some easy home-improvement ideas that you can do on your own time for very little cash. Add a little color: painting your house is always the easiest thing to do to make a dramatic impact without spending a lot of cash. If you want to make an even more exciting change, pick a...
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The Pros and Cons of Using a Credit Card to Pay for Home Improvements

The Pros and Cons of Using a Credit Card...

Are you considering making home improvements but are not certain how to pay for them? Using a credit card is one option, but is it the wisest one? There are pros and cons to paying for home improvements this way, and we will investigate them below. Pros 1. Can be a good idea for small projects If you have a small project in mind costing a few hundred dollars or, at the most, a few thousand, you might want to consider putting the renovation on your credit card. This is a good idea if, when you receive your next statement, you can pay the balance in full or within a matter...
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5 Home Renovations Better Left To The Professionals

5 Home Renovations Better Left To The Pr...

There are many jobs you can DIY around the house that are safe to do and don’t require professionals to take care of.  For example, replacing doors, painting, or installing a new toilet are good DIY jobs that anyone can learn. However, there are some jobs that can be risky to do by yourself (or even with friends).  Not only are they potentially dangerous to yourself and others, they can also be illegal if you don’t have the proper certifications and/or extremely costly. 5 Home Renovations Best Left to the Pros is a good guide to some of the jobs you shouldn’t DIY, such as...
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What You Need To Know Before Refinancing Your Mortgage

What You Need To Know Before Refinancing...

Stuck in a mortgage you’re not happy with? Did you get your mortgage several years ago and you’re looking at those sexy low interest rates with envy? It’s easy, refinance that old bloated mortgage for with a nice shiny new one!  Many homeowners think that once they go through the odious process of getting a mortgage that it’s an experience they’d like to not have to repeat.  But believe it or not, refinancing isn’t nearly as difficult or painful as getting a traditional mortgage. Rates are at a historic low in both the U.S. and Canada....
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Is a Saltwater Pool Right For You?

Is a Saltwater Pool Right For You?

Should I get a saltwater swimming pool?  That’s the question many homeowners are asking themselves as salt water pools seem to be quite the rage these days. Whether you are dreaming of owning a saltwater pool or you’re interested in changing your current pool over from a traditional chlorine one, there are several things you should keep in mind. Overall salt water pools tend to be the better option, but costs and upkeep do play a role and may make you think twice about choosing the saltwater option.  If you have sensitive skin or are just looking to minimize...
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Buying the Right Home: Which Option is f...

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