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  • 7 Landscaping Mistakes That Wreck Curb Appeal

    landscaping-mistakes-curb-appeal-bushes-deer_f757f446a977745ebe6eaecd9cb4ed5d_3x2_jpg_570x380_q85Clumsy, neglected, and hodgepodge landscaping not only hurts your home’s curb appeal, it can cut the value of your property and make it harder to sell.

    Real estate appraisers say bad landscaping is a buyer turnoff that can increase the number of days a property languishes on the market, which also hurts prices.

    “I’ve been with clients who won’t even go into a house because of the bad landscaping outside,” says Mack Strickland, a Chester, Va., REALTOR® and appraiser. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Poll Finds Homeownership Trumps Gold, Stocks, and Savings Accounts

    Although the real estate crisis might have broken some homeowners’ hearts, many folks are ready to start dating again, according to two Gallup polls.

    One poll shows Americans again believe real estate is the best long-term investment, better even than gold, stocks, bonds, and savings accounts. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Go Tub-Less: Dump Your Tub for a Dreamy Shower

    tub-shower-conversion-before-after_d936678f3a25897db565910edd6466e5_3x2_jpg_600x400_q85If you’re thinking of converting your bathtub to a shower, you’re in good company. The American Institute of Architects says that the tub-less bathroom is growing in popularity.

    Its annual Home Design Trends Survey found that more than 60% of homeowners preferred a stall shower without a tub in 2013. Compare that to 49% in 2012, the first year they specifically surveyed about tub-less bathrooms. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Save 20% When You BIY Instead of DIY. Here’s How

    remodeling-on-a-budget-install-image_1d1f49e9ab8298682b102dea824b4d24_1_3x2_jpg_600x400_q85You want to get projects done around the house, but you lack the skills, desire, or the time to DIY.

    The other side of the coin — hiring it all out — is an expensive option you’d like to avoid. What to do? Read the rest of this entry »

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    Do Organic Home Remedies for Lawn Care Work?

    organic-lawn-care_f9061d59df8b48fb8f10d8894af82c01_1_3x2_jpg_600x400_q85We might love the idea of maintaining our lawns with non-toxic pantry products — soda, vinegar, and dish detergent — that help keep pesticides and other chemicals out of the environment while saving us a little money.

    But do these home remedies really work as organic alternatives to traditional pesticides? And if so, do they really save money? Read the rest of this entry »

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    The Best Home Maintenance Tool is Right at Your Fingertips

    how-to-organize-projects-smartphone_30eb4f87e5d4fbe91bc7b8712f47d727_3x2_jpg_600x400_q85With the help of a few common digital tools, you can transform your device into a household control center that simplifies home upkeep.

    Boost Your Photographic Memory

    Here are better uses for your smartphone camera than selfies. Read the rest of this entry »

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