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Growing and tending a garden are two of the most satisfying ways to spend your free time. Not only do you get to witness the fruits of your labor on a seasonal basis, you also get the added benefit of physical activity and sunshine. Gardening burns around 200 to 400 calories an hour, giving you yet another reason to spend time outdoors pulling weeds, trimming hedges and planting seeds. Garden tools help you take care of complex jobs quickly. The energy that you exert will not be wasted if you have a tool in hand that can make the task…

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The leaves are turning and the cider is flowing. As you enjoy wearing cozy sweaters and smelling the cold crisp air, don’t forget to take the time to prepare your home for the colder weather ahead. Take care of these fall maintenance musts now and it will take care of you when the snow flies and the wind howls. Windows and doors Caulk around your doors and windows to guard against drafts and heat loss. This may seem like a small thing, but it will equals big savings on your heating bills. If there is even a small gap, your…

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Unless you live where the weather is gorgeous all year around, you probably don’t use your outdoor furniture all year. Outdoor furniture is not inexpensive and that means you must find a way to properly store it during the winter, when you’re traveling and when dangerous weather approaches. That leaves many homeowners wondering where and how they should properly store your outdoor furniture when it’s not on the deck. Clean Your Furniture The single most important thing you can do for your outdoor furniture is clean each piece. You cannot store dirty furniture if you want it to withstand time.…

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Do you have an end-of-summer to-do list that includes back-to-school preparation and completing a few outdoor updates before the colder temperatures arrive? Another item that should be added to your agenda is checking to make sure that your heating system will be ready to efficiently and effectively keep you warm. This step can prevent some unexpected surprises when you need to turn on the heat. Here’s is your end-of-summer heating system checklist to help you get started. Safety First Before doing a maintenance check, turn off the electrical power and fuel supply (in most homes, this is the red switch-plate…

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Looking for some simple DIY projects to update your home? You don’t need a large budget to recreate your home. Investing in basic DIY projects will make a big difference in how your home looks and feels. Try these easy DIYs and add your own personal touch to your home. Painting Interior Walls Are the interior walls in your home painted an ugly hue? Are your walls covered in peeling, outdated wallpaper? Repainting the walls in your home is a wonderful way to give that instantly “wow” factor. If you plan on selling your home in the near future, painting…

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Nothing makes a more immediate impact or adds appeal to your home more than its exterior paint. When applied the right way, it not only adds personality and beautifies your home, but it shows true pride of ownership as well. From prepping the exterior of your home and choosing the right paint to proper application techniques, our expert tips will make painting the exterior of your home a breeze. Tip #1: Only Paint During the Right Time of Year When painting the exterior of your home, it’s important to plan ahead and consider the weather patterns of your location. Since…

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With the sudden popularity of tiny homes and minimalistic living, you’d think small spaces would be welcome and embraced by homeowners. However, this is not the case for many homeowners. If you have small spaces at home, you might want to make them look larger than they are so they appear more open and more inviting. This task might seem impossible, but it’s not. Many people find it difficult to envision a small space as larger and brighter, but it’s entirely possible. These tips can make your small space look deceptively large. Get Rid of Big Furniture Get rid of…

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There are more than 40 million Americans who owe student loans for their college degree. The average student loan debt is around $25,000, but many people owe much more than that. Many Millennials are delaying buying a new home or car because of high debt from their school loans. When adults have large sums of debt, it can affect their ability to make a purchase. However, you can still become a homeowner even if you have student loan obligations. Here are some simple ways to make your dream come true. 1. Live Within Your Means It is easy to get…

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Organizing a garage sale can be exciting, but only if you make sufficient preparations for the sale event. Having a garage sale is a great way to get organized by downsizing and getting rid of items that you no longer need or want. A yard sale will put money in your wallet while helping you remove clutter at the same time. Before you rush to put up signs, here are some tips to help you get started. Gathering and Labeling Items Scour your entire home/house for items you no longer need or want. Place like items in the same box,…

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It is a common understanding that your home is a castle that should make you feel comfortable and safe within its walls. However, if your home is not living up to the promise of comfort and safety, you can consider remodeling it to match your needs. Despite the fact that a home improvement is an excellent way of adding the lacking value to your home, most homeowners are kept at bay by the exorbitant costs associated with a home improvement project. Are you one of such individuals? If you are, below are ways to finance your home improvement project. 1.…

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