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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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If your home is your castle, then your backyard ought to be Eden reimagined. No matter the size of your backyard, there are different ways to turn it into a peaceful haven where you can relish peace and quiet if only for a few hours. Turning your backyard into a lush oasis is a project that even beginners can get into without opening a line of credit. Here are a few ideas that can spark some inspiration. Create Shady Spots with Shrubs and Trees Look at the entirety of your backyard and identify areas that may become more functional with…

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For many people, staying cool in the summer is not as easy as turning on an air conditioner. A lot of houses are not equipped with an air conditioner. In some cases, the existing unit is broken and too expensive to fix. Of course, plenty of people have some kind of air conditioner system in their home, but they do not want to use it, so they can save money on electricity bills. No matter what scenario fits your situation, there are many ways to keep the heat at bay in your home without a standard air conditioner. Create a…

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