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Posted on 09/28/2022
Before closing: What is the final walkthrough?
The homebuying process is exciting, but can be...
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Posted on 09/21/2022
Decorate with herringbone pattern in 5 simple ways
Herringbone pattern is everywhere, both in exterior and interior design. Whether made with stone, brick, tile, wood or vinyl, it’s a pattern you can incorporate into a wide variety of styles and spaces. If you’re interested in finding ways to decorate your home using the herringbone pattern, here are a few ideas to inspire you: Wallpaper Wallpaper has...
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Posted on 09/14/2022
Party design 101: Outdoor table settings
If you’re hosting an outdoor dinner party, your choice...
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Posted on 09/07/2022
Non load bearing walls: What they are & how to remove them
If you’re planning a major remodel of your home, you’ll need to know about safely removing non load bearing walls. Most interior walls you are likely to remove during a remodeling project are non load bearing, but it’s important to know how to identify them before you begin demolition. As always with significant renovation projects, consult a professional...
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Posted on 08/31/2022
Pergola covers for shade, rain & more
The open-air style of a pergola might be perfect for some...
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Posted on 08/24/2022
Understanding the difference between hazard insurance & homeowners insurance
With so many apparent similarities between the two, hazard insurance and homeowners insurance are often mistaken for the same thing. Standard homeowners insurance policies include hazard coverage, but what about standalone hazard insurance? Here is a basic comparison of hazard insurance and homeowners insurance to help clarify the differences and similarities: Hazard insurance Hazard insurance protects you financially...
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Posted on 08/17/2022
Mowing & cutting the grass: Tips & tricks
Did you know there’s more to mowing your lawn than just cutting the grass? While the process itself is simple, there are plenty of ways you can make it easier for yourself while also benefiting your lawn. Here are some expert tips to help you get the most of your lawn mowing: Keep the blades sharp Making sure...
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Posted on 08/10/2022
Grandmillennial style guide
Sometimes called “granny chic,” the grandmillennial style of decorating has come to the forefront of accessible design trends. Grandmillennial style is a perfect balance of new and vintage, mixing beloved heirloom pieces with contemporary essentials. To help you understand the basics of this chic yet comfortable decorating scheme, here are some of the key elements of the style:...
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Posted on 08/03/2022
Budget room decorator ideas: How to design like a professional without the price
With the right ideas, you can make budget room decoration worthy of a professional. Save your hard-earned money on simple DIY solutions rather than hiring an interior designer, and you'll end up with a design all your own. If you want to achieve room decor befitting an expert, here are some ideas to inspire you: Update existing furniture...
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Posted on 07/27/2022
Interior design basics: Symmetrical & asymmetrical balance
Symmetrical balance is a crucial part of interior design. The arrangement of furnishings and decorative pieces in a space can have a profound effect on the overall aesthetic, regardless of the style of the room. To help you achieve a symmetrical or asymmetrical balance in your home decorating, here is a simple guide to the basics: Symmetrical balance...
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Posted on 07/20/2022
Ad valorem tax, millage rates & more: Key terms to know
Ad valorem is a Latin term meaning "according to value." In tax language, ad valorem means a flexible value dependent on the specific asset. Ad valorem is just one of many important terms related to property taxes you should know. Here are a few more examples of important property tax terms: Assessed value Assessed value refers to the...
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Posted on 07/13/2022
DIY Projects: Wood crafts for beginners
If you're new to DIY projects, wood is an excellent material to begin with. Woodworking projects range from simple to elaborate, some of them quick enough to accomplish in just a few hours or less. Plus, there are plenty of beginner woodworking projects for useful objects like furniture and storage solutions. Wood density: Choosing the right materials Before...
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