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No one likes the feeling of a cold breeze coming in through a closed window. No matter if your home is a new build or has seen a few decades in the sun, drafty windows can be a serious and annoying problem to deal with. A draft might mean poor insulation in your house which can drive up your heating and cooling bills. To help you take control of this issue, below is a list of cost effective solutions to seal up your drafty windows and take control of your home’s temperature. How to Figure out Where the Leak Is…

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If you are like most people, laundry day is one of your most dreaded days, especially if you have to go to the laundromat. But laundry day does not have to be a miserable experience. With a few tips and tricks, make laundry day easier and maybe even enjoyable. Don’t Wash Your Clothes Every Time You Wear Them One of the easiest ways to avoid doing so much laundry is to wash your clothes less often. If you only wear something for a short while, you may be able to get another wear out of it. You can also keep…

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Making frequent improvements to your home is an excellent way to maintain its great condition and to enhance its style and value. While you can make some improvements at any time throughout the year, there are some advantages to completing home improvements during the summer. This season is known for its long days and warm temperatures, making it an ideal time for many outdoor improvements. If you are looking for thoughtful ways to improve your home’s condition, here are some wonderful projects to consider. Gutters Installation Gutters are essential for the exterior of your home. They collect rainwater as well…

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The right landscaping can turn your pool and the surrounding area into a relaxing oasis where people will want to gather and spend time together. Want to find out everything you need to know about landscaping for a pool? Follow the helpful guide below. Think About Your Design and Maintenance Goals Before you start landscaping, take a step back and think about what you want. Most people desire something that is low maintenance, provides privacy, and keeps debris from falling into the pool. You also might have some unique goals like having an area for poolside barbecues or selecting plants…

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Taking a relaxing vacation to a gorgeous tropical destination may be something that you enjoy once a year or it may simply be something that you dream about doing one day in the future. You could spend a substantial amount of money to enjoy a tropical getaway for a limited number of days, or you could spend money updating your backyard for regular enjoyment throughout the year. Regardless of the size of your yard, you could make a few strategic improvements to transform it into a tropical paradise. Create a space that you will love for years to come with…

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If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, then maintenance is something you’ll have to do to keep the pool clean and safe to swim in. While you can hire a professional to do this, you can attempt to clean it yourself with the tips below. 1. Use Affordable Cleaning Solutions Keep your pool’s pH levels balanced by using baking soda from the grocery store. This is an affordable alternative to “alkalinity increaser” products from pool cleaning stores. This will keep the water clean between professional cleanings. In general, you’ll want to use 1.5 lbs of baking soda for every…

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Small, simple and inexpensive floral centerpieces make quite a statement. You can make arrangements out of containers you have around your house and use flowers you can buy at the supermarket or from your own modest garden. Here are some ideas to create simple and stylish floral centerpieces. Flowers in Footed Glass Bowls Place flowers of different shades of the same color in a set of three, different sized, clear glass bowls. Put pink roses and hyacinths in one bowl, pink peonies in another and pink ranunculus and peonies in another. Flutes and Votives Fill tall flute vases with different…

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It’s summertime, and that means beautiful weather, warm sunshine, and parties with friends and family. Summer is also the perfect time of year to gather with friends and family. Party planning can be extremely stressful, use these party prep tips and make party planning hassle-free. Make a Schedule Make a schedule with a timeline of what needs to be done and when to do to take away unnecessary stress. A list is the perfect way to streamline your party planning. Be sure to start your schedule ahead of time just to make sure you have plenty of time to get…

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Whether you’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of friends whom you haven’t seen in years or you’re not so eager about your in-laws spending the weekend, getting the house ready is a necessity. Make the process less overwhelming by integrating the suggestions below. Start Early Depending upon how far in advance you know that the guests are coming, you can start to make some basic preparations right away. Communicate Necessary Information You want your guests to feel comfortable in your home, but they also need to understand that your family lives there. For example, some people are allergic to pets, so…

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Buying a home is one of the most expensive purchases you will ever make. Often when buyers are looking for a home, they just focus on is what they want, not what is going to make them happy in the long run. If you are a first-time buyer, here are some of the best kept secrets when it comes to buying a home to help you land the perfect place. Maintain Financial Stability The closer you are to buying a house the more you want to keep your financial picture the same. Lenders are taking a big risk on you,…

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