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Posted on 06/29/2022
Planning a Living Room Renovation? Here are 4 Ways to Get Started
There are many things to consider when planning a home renovation, from the smallest projects to complete overhauls. In particular, if you’re thinking about renovating your living room it might seem like the possibilities are endless. Depending on whether your priority is adding more space or changing up the style, here are some ideas to get you started....
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Posted on 06/22/2022
DIY solutions to water in your basement
More than a few homeowners are surprised to discover water leaks and moisture in basements pose a substantial risk. Molds tend to flourish in dark wet environments, which can negatively impact the health and wellness of household members. Consistent or large amounts of water damage may also impact structural supports underneath the home. These rank among the many...
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Posted on 06/15/2022
Loans: When should you take out a home equity loan?
Home equity loans are term loans that are taken out against the value of your home already paid or the amount of the home owned. For example, homeowners who have paid 25% of their full outstanding loan balance, say $50,000 of a $200,000 mortgage, have that much equity in their home or how much of their home they...
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Posted on 06/08/2022
The best outdoor fireplaces: Brick, steel & more
For homeowners considering outdoor fireplaces, brick is often the first choice of building material. Brick fireplaces are timeless and practical, adding cozy style to any outdoor space. However, there are other material options and designs to consider if you want to find the best fit for your home. Here is a basic guide to some of the most...
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Posted on 06/05/2022
How Should Interest Rates Influence When You Buy?
Photo by Doubletree Studio via Shutterstock Interest rates rise in correlation to inflation and other economic activity. When that happens, it can increase housing costs. But the question is, should it prompt you to buy sooner than you’re ready? The Right Time Is Now In real estate, the right time is always now for someone. Is it the...
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Posted on 06/01/2022
How to Grow an Areca Palm as a Houseplant
Areca palms are a common sight in outdoor spaces but also make great houseplants. They're easy to care for and can grow in your home in practically any climate as long as they get the proper care. Here are the basics of growing areca palms indoors: Lighting Needs One of the areca palm's most popular characteristics is its...
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Posted on 05/25/2022
The best plants for shade gardens
If your yard or garden space doesn’t get much sun during the day, it’s valuable to know the best plants for shade. There are plenty of plant options with colorful flowers and foliage that make perfect additions to a shady garden. Here is a quick guide to some of the best plants for shade gardens: Hosta Hosta is...
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Posted on 05/18/2022
A beginner's guide to building soil
Improving or “building” soil is essential for every successful home garden. By adding the right nutrients, you can help your plants grow healthy and plentiful. Luckily, the process is fairly simple, and can save you money you’d otherwise spend on ready-made soil. Here are some beginner tips for turning regular dirt into healthy garden soil: Start with a...
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Posted on 05/11/2022
Make a Statement With These Dark Foliage Houseplants
Houseplants come in a rainbow of colors beyond the expected green. Growers are discovering new colorful varieties of popular plants, including those with dark foliage. Dark-leafed plants make a bold statement in an indoor space and add a touch of drama to any plant collection. If you’re interested in finding the perfect dark foliage for your space, here...
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Posted on 05/04/2022
What's involved in caring for a garden
Caring for a garden is an ongoing process, but it doesn’t have to feel like a chore. The more you know about how to care for your flowers, vegetables and other plants, the easier it is to maintain a happy and healthy garden. To help you get started or to refresh the basics, here is a list of...
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Posted on 04/27/2022
Working from home with dogs: How to keep them chill while you work
While working from home with your pets, it’s often a good idea to give them some room of their own to help minimize your distractions. However, creating a relaxing environment for them can be a little tricky, especially if you happen to have a very involved dog. Here are a few quick ways to build a dog house...
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Posted on 04/20/2022
Should You Plant a Container Victory Garden?
For those who wish to plant a victory garden, container planting might be the best option. Many vegetables and other edible plants grow successfully in containers and may give you the flexibility you need. However, there are some disadvantages to consider, especially when deciding between container gardening or planting directly into the ground. Here we’ll go over some...
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