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Moving can be a stressful and costly experience, and the bigger the move, the more you need to plan it out and prepare properly. While many moving expenses are unavoidable, you can cut your costs quite a bit with the right game plan. Follow these tips and you’ll keep expenses on your next move to a minimum. The number of items you move and the weight of those items affect are two of the most significant factors in determining your moving costs. It’s a good idea to get rid of whatever you can before your move so you aren’t paying…

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Summer is officially here and with summer comes festivals, vacations, and everyone is enjoying activities outside. You want your yard to be one of the best looking yards in the neighborhood, so you should add a little add curb appeal. For those of you that don’t know, curb appeal is how attractive your yard and the surrounding area looks from the street. This article will talk about ten ways to add curb appeal to any size yard this summer. 1. Install Outdoor Lighting Your yard will get an instantly updated look, as well as curb appeal by installing outdoor lighting.…

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Every home deserves to be surrounded by a beautiful lawn, but quality landscaping can cost a fortune. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can save money on lawn care without too much extra effort. All you have to do is plan your lawn’s design carefully to make sure that you don’t waste any time or money. Choose Plants Carefully Plants are living things, and each one has adapted to a specific environment. This is even true of plants like grass, where the difference between each species is almost invisible to the naked eye. You can certainly plant species…

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Remodeling your home can be a costly, time-consuming, annoying and plain old complicated process. Even the most well-intentioned home renovators often find themselves halfway through a project and wishing they had never started it. Equally as likely is the prospect that, for whatever reason, the work stops and before you know it you’re living in a permanent construction zone. If you already own a home and you have some equity in it, moving to a place more to your liking can end up costing less, particularly as interest rates stay stable. Here are some specific discussions of why you should…

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With property values on the rise nationwide, home owners are looking to turn every square foot of their home into usable living space. Long the home of cars, lawn and garden equipment and seasonal items, garages are quickly being transformed into additional living space areas ranging from entertainment spaces to game rooms to full-fledged man caves. The advantage that attached garages have over other storage buildings such as sheds or detached garages is that they are generally already wired for electricity and can even be easily plumbed to offer an additional bathroom or even shower space. Some people, however, want…

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Hardwood flooring is a way to add beauty and style to your home, which helps to explain its popularity. Once it’s installed, though, you may have noticed that gaps start to appear when the weather cools down. While small gaps are normal, wider gaps become havens for dust and dirt. Those wider gaps also lead to drafty conditions in those cold winter months. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to guard against hardwood floor gaps. Wood Selection Different kinds of wood react differently to changes in moisture. The amount wood shrinks or expands in response to changes in…

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Healthy trees in good soil can provide a wind break, protection from the glaring sun, a buffer for storm winds, and a beautiful and comfortable spot to relax outdoors. On the other hand, with your average oak tree weighing many tons, trees can be a formidable force against your house when they are dead or dying. Oak is exceptionally heavy, but trees of all types can crush through brick walls, smash cars, flatten sheds, crash through roofs and a whole lot more. Here is how to tell if trees on your property are dying and becoming a fall risk. Tree…

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If you are in the market for new ways to save energy in your home, you have probably heard of Programmable Thermostats. Programmable thermostats are marketed as saving energy, cutting costs, and increasing ease of use. Are they worth the hype? The following is a breakdown of Programmable Thermostats’ key features and how they live up to these marketing claims. Automatic Adjustments With a traditional thermostat, you manually adjust the temperature in your home. You have a couple specific ways that you can adjust what is happening. You can choose to heat or cool your home to a specific temperature.…

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Greenhouses may not seem cheap or easy to build, but they can be necessary for your farm or garden. Figuring out some important key factors before you get started on a greenhouse will help save you time and money. Here are 5 things to consider before adding a greenhouse to your operation. 1. Freestanding or attached? Greenhouses come in two basic forms: freestanding structures or buildings that are attached to already-built houses. Both have their pros and cons. Attached greenhouses have the benefit of having a pre-existing north wall to use as insulation. It can be costly to build a…

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Help Your Pets Go From Foe to Fam(ily) As Easy As Saying, “1, 2, 3! “…In the arms of the angel, fly away from here…” no wait, “…and the endlessness that you fear. You are pulled from the wreckage…” who has the remote?? Find the remote!! “You’re in the arms of the angel. May you find some comfort here…” it’s too late. My eyes have welled up with tears and I’m earnestly searching for my cuddle buddies. I cry out, “Snookums? Where are you Snookums? Mommy loves you, come here please!!” You’ve all been there before. When Sarah McLachlan gives…

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