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July 3, 2015

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Tuesday 06/30/2015
Minimizing the Mess: How to Keep a Clean Home With Kids
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - No doubt about it, Americans like their "stuff."

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How To Create An Outdoor Oasis
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Wow your friends and families at gatherings, pool parties or barbecues in your backyard by creating your own outdoor oasis. Build.com and Donny Osmond have teamed up to share 10 surprisingly easy and affordable ways to turn your backyard into a great space for both relaxing and entertaining.

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Monday 06/29/2015
Simple Steps to Safeguard Your Second Home
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Owning a second home has many benefits: a potential rental income and a relaxing, reliable getaway, to name a few. However, second homeowners also must consider the challenges of maintaining a property left vacant for long periods of time.

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Smart Homes Save Time and Money
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - The smart home has gone mainstream. Currently available technology allows homeowners to further personalize the environments in their homes and to monitor their homes remotely. Consider the increasing popularity of smart appliances such as motion-sensor lights, programmable thermostats and sound-control surround systems. Such technologies will likely expand as ways to make homes not only more comfortable, but also safer and more efficient. Smart home technology is becoming increasingly affordable and will become increasingly common in new homes. For example, in 2013, approximately half of all new homes built in the United States included structured wiring, which is needed for the transmission of high-speed video.

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Smart Ways to Save on Home Insurance
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - The high cost of home insurance can seem like one more financial hurdle to homeowners, but a solid home insurance policy doesn't have to break the bank.

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Know Your Pipe Type And Catch Leaks Early
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - The saying "They don't make things like they used to," may apply to the plumbing in many homes built in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. During those decades, polybutylene was considered the great future of plumbing for the home. Pipes made from polybutylene (PB) cost half as much as traditional copper pipes, and they were lightweight and easy for contractors to install.

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Bug Off
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) A yard that is lush, green and free of weeds shows evidence of healthy lawn maintenance. However, many homeowners overlook an important aspect of lawn care that can affect not only the health of the yard, but also your family. Nuisance pests such as fleas, ticks, ants, spiders and more can transmit diseases and cause allergic reactions for both people and pets.

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Savvy Storage Advice for Renters
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Just because you don't own your home or have a permanent abode, does not mean you can't be neat and organized in the place you currently hang your hat.

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Party-Perfect Deck
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting an al fresco gathering for friends or celebrating a summer holiday with loved ones, an outdoor living space is the perfect place for your big event.

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Connected Home Conveniences
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) For busy families juggling to keep up with the pace of life, technology brings convenience and peace of mind to home life, making things easier for all of us. At the touch of a button, new technologies meet the needs of busy families who benefit from thoughtful, technological shortcuts throughout the house.

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More Home Improvement
Monday 06/01/2015
5 tips for a seamless moving process
Updated: June 08, 2015 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Packing up your entire life and moving it somewhere new is an exciting, yet intimidating task. Whether you’re moving across the country or just down the street, you’re bound to experience all the ups and downs of the moving process. Between the packing, moving and eventual unpacking, the process seems never ending.

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Tuesday 05/26/2015
Planning a home improvement project? Financing is the first tool you'll need
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - If you’re planning a home improvement project this year, you’re in good company. The economy and housing market are recovering, home values and equity are rising, and many homeowners are beginning projects they had put off over the past few years. A recent report by the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University predicts that the home improvement industry could post record-level spending in 2015.

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
5 ways to boost your home's curb appeal
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Spring and summer continue to be the most popular months for selling your home, according to Realtor.com. And with many homeowners staying in their houses for an average of 13 years, your home will surely need some sprucing up to add to its curb appeal. By following a these simple steps, you can increase your home’s value without breaking the bank.

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Monday 05/18/2015
How to tackle your home's stubborn stains and odors
Updated: May 25, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - From wall stains to washing machines, indoor stains and smells can be a challenge to tackle. Luckily, there are surprisingly simple methods to erase them for good. Here are a few tips to freshen up the most stubborn spots in your home.

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Thursday 05/07/2015
Smart Ways to Spruce up a Small Space
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Giving a design facelift to small spaces may seem challenging. But you can make more of every square inch with creative solutions.

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Getting Set to Sell: Which Home Upgrades Matter Most?
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re preparing to sell, or just looking to increase your home’s value, it’s important to think about strategic upgrades -- and not just how; but where to remodel. 

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Quick tips to reduce moving stress
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Moving brings exciting possibilities of a different neighborhood, fresh spaces to decorate and new family traditions to be made. But it also means leaving behind people and places you love. While some sentimental items can be taken to your new place, many memories just aren’t transportable. That’s why it’s even more important to protect those goods that can make the move.

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Glass act: How modern fenestration improves a home's energy efficiency
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Most people probably think of windows and skylights only when they’re buying or selling a house, when they get dirty, when they leak, or when the kid next door lobs a baseball through one. Yet the glass in your home is arguably among its most important features, directly impacting the structure’s overall energy efficiency and livability.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
How to determine the true value of home improvements
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As the U.S. housing industry continues to emerge from the Great Recession, signs are pointing toward positive recovery. In fact, a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University states that the home improvement industry could see record spending in 2015. It’s news like this that may have you contemplating an update to your house. Even if you plan to stay in your home for years to come, it’s important to consider which home remodeling projects offer the potential for a positive return on investment.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
One smart update can upgrade your entire home
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.

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