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Monday 08/14/2017
Is your family expanding? Protect what matters most with these nursery safety checks
Updated: August 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks?

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Tuesday 08/08/2017
5 smart technology upgrades to make the bathroom the brainiest room in the house
Updated: August 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Smart technology has found a place in virtually every room in the home, even the one where we take care of our most low-tech needs. In fact, thanks to innovations like sensor-operated, self-cleaning toilets, moisture-sensing ventilation fans and digital shower controls, it’s possible to turn an ordinary bathroom into the brainiest room in the house.

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Focus on a single element to get the feel of a remodel for less investment
Updated: August 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Dreaming of a renovation but lacking the time and resources for a full upgrade? You might be able to refresh your space by focusing your efforts on individual elements that have the most impact.

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Wednesday 08/02/2017
Must-have elements for building a sustainable new home
Updated: August 10, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - When someone builds a home for you, you have the opportunity to make it as sustainable, eco-friendly and energy-efficient as possible. Not only are sustainable homes more cost-effective over the long term, they have a smaller environmental impact, and can be more appealing to homebuyers when you’re ready to sell and move.

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Thursday 07/27/2017
Tricks to customize a kitchen on a budget
Updated: August 04, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Who wouldn’t want a kitchen customized to meet their specific tastes and needs? A complete kitchen renovation can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but you don’t have to spend a bundle to achieve a custom effect. A few modest investments can help make your kitchen work well and look great.

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Wednesday 07/26/2017
Hidden helper: Home equity lines of credit [Infographic]
Posted: July 26, 2017

(BPT) - Many homeowners aren’t familiar with the variety of ways home equity lines of credit (HELOC) can be used. Not surprisingly, current owners are more likely than less experienced first-time buyers to understand that a HELOC can be used for purposes beyond home improvements, including consolidating debt and paying education expenses. Learn more about current trends among modern homebuyers in this infographic.

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Wednesday 07/19/2017
Your backyard canvas: 3 ways to create an outdoor living area as unique as you are
Updated: July 27, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - It’s amazing to contemplate that all the famous paintings in history — from da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to van Gogh’s Starry Night — are essentially formed from three primary colors. Artists skillfully combine red, yellow and blue to formulate an infinite range of colors to bring their paintings to life.

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5 ways to create big luxury in a small master bathroom
Updated: July 27, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - If you’re thinking about remodeling your small bathroom, you may know that studies show updating a bathroom of any size can increase the value of a home. However, there’s a statistic from a Houzz survey you might not know: 75 percent of people who renovate a master bathroom don’t make it bigger.

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3 steps to a more secure home
Updated: July 27, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - More than 75 percent of Americans are concerned about the security of their home, yet few think about door hardware when it comes to added protection.

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Monday 07/17/2017
Tips to turn the kitchen sink into a beautiful, functional focal point
Updated: July 25, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - When you’re updating a kitchen, it’s time to ignore that old adage “everything but the kitchen sink.” Many homeowners don’t think about replacing their kitchen sink unless it’s broken, ancient or they’re upgrading countertops. However, the sink has the potential to be the perfect focal point of beauty and functionality in any kitchen.

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Tips to prepare your budget before buying a home
Updated: July 25, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - It’s virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren’t fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month.

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Wednesday 07/12/2017
5 hot trends for the home
Updated: July 20, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Home safety is one of the top priorities of homeowners and renters alike. Your home should be a place to relax, play and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

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5 ways to keep your cottage comfortable this summer
Updated: July 20, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Although it’s officially summer, the fluctuations in temperatures, sporadic downpours and tornado-inciting weather would make you think otherwise. While many of us take the opportunity to hit the beach, lake or ranch during the summer for some rest and relaxation, cottage home improvements are often the furthest thing from our mind.

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Tuesday 07/11/2017
How to perfectly light a bathroom for beauty, function and safety
Updated: July 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Good lighting is important throughout a home, and each room has different lighting needs. Kitchens require overhead and task lighting, while bedrooms and dining rooms can benefit from variable illumination. However, no room in the house requires more layers and nuances of lighting than the bathroom, where lighting directly influences the room’s efficiency, utility, safety and beauty.

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Thursday 07/06/2017
Latest deck trend: 'Monster' size, mega-luxury
Updated: July 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Move over mini — the new trend in decking is anything but small.

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Wednesday 07/05/2017
Repair or replace? What to do with a worn-out cooling system
Updated: July 13, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system.

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Friday 06/30/2017
Rethinking bathroom design
Updated: July 08, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - As homeowners begin to dream up plans to update their kitchens and bathrooms, they can spend hours searching for inspiration on the web or one of the many home renovation television shows. There’s no shortage of beautiful ideas and designs out there, but before you make any decision, you should start with the crucial question: What is it I really want?

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A room-by-room guide to decluttering your home
Updated: July 08, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Controlling clutter in your home can be a challenge; 48 percent of Americans say their houses are cluttered with stuff they don’t use anymore, according to a survey by ClearVoice Research. Multiple studies have found a cluttered home can negatively affect your mental and physical health, while a cleaner home can make you feel happier and healthier.

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6 must-know kitchen and bathroom design trends
Updated: July 08, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Many homeowners today wonder how they can turn their bathrooms or kitchens into something worthy of making the rounds on Pinterest or Instagram. As more people want to give their home a personal and stylish touch, home decorating and interior design is hotter than ever, and the possibilities are seemingly limitless.

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Wednesday 06/28/2017
Cypress siding: It's what the pros choose
Updated: July 06, 2017 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - If current design trends are any indication, wood siding is back. Design professionals are recommending one species in particular: cypress. What’s behind this revival of cypress siding?

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Natural selection: Live-edge wood in home design
Updated: July 06, 2017 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Live-edge hardwood, in which the sides of the slab are left unmilled to retain the natural profile of the tree trunk, is an increasingly popular decorative trend in today’s residential interiors. The technique is not only used for pieces of standalone furniture such as tables and benches but also for built-in elements like shelving, mantles, counter tops, bars and kitchen islands.

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Monday 06/26/2017
5 ways tiny homes have become luxury homes
Posted: June 26, 2017

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Wednesday 06/14/2017
4 reasons why black shingles are resurging in popularity
Updated: June 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Grays, browns, taupes — after decades of neutral-colored shingles dominating entire neighborhoods, homeowners are turning to the dark side. Home improvement experts agree black roofs are making a comeback, offering a sleek alternative that boosts curb appeal and enhances design elements.

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Monday 06/12/2017
Garage door industry issues consumer alert
Updated: June 20, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Friday 06/09/2017
Hardworking kitchens can still have style
Updated: June 12, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Years ago, the kitchen served a very utilitarian function — a place to prepare food and clean the dishes. Today, it's truly the nerve center of the house where people eat meals, discuss the day's events, plan calendars, do homework, check e-mail and entertain guests.

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Smaller metros take action to draw millennials fleeing bigger urban areas
Updated: June 17, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Are millennials getting ready to leave big cities in droves? Some experts in demographics, economics and real estate have predicted the millennial exodus from huge urban areas has already begun. If true, the question remains: where will they go?

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Thursday 06/08/2017
3 ways to quickly and economically save big bucks on home cooling costs
Updated: June 09, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - What would you rather do: Pay your utility bill or take a much-deserved vacation? With an endless stream of bills each month, you might wonder where you can find the money to jet off to the beach or mountain resort of your dreams. There is a solution.

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Wednesday 06/07/2017
Simple upgrades and habit changes can yield big water savings in bathrooms
Updated: June 15, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Researchers predict that rising water prices could mean within five years a third of American households will not be able to pay their water bills, despite the replenishment of water reserves around the country.

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Tuesday 06/06/2017
Moving tips, services to make military families' moves go smoothly
Updated: June 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Moving is hectic for anyone, but it can be especially challenging for military families. Frequent relocations, sometimes across the country and often with short notice, can make it difficult for military families to build the kind of friends and family support teams that civilians rely on to help them move.

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Thursday 06/01/2017
Home innovations that protect against moisture
Updated: June 09, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - There is an insidious enemy that every homeowner dreads: moisture and the damage and degradation it can cause if left unchecked. Luckily, home improvement manufacturers have discovered new ways to prevent moisture from penetrating the home in the first place. With new home product innovations, there is no reason to suffer the costly and damaging effects of rain, snow or ice.

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Wednesday 05/31/2017
Buying a Home: How to Know How High to Go
Updated: May 31, 2017 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Shopping for a home? Before you begin your search, it’s important to figure out what you can comfortably afford.

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Thursday 05/25/2017
5 steps that can improve your credit score in 100 days or less
Updated: June 02, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Low interest rates, a strong economy and the turn of the seasons are all causing the real estate market to heat up. More homes on the market bring more competition to buy the inventory that is out there. And one way to stand apart from other buyers who are vying for their dream home is to take steps to improve your credit score now.

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Wednesday 05/24/2017
7 'little' upgrades that can mean a lot to homebuyers
Updated: June 01, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is "just right." While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it is to buyers, small details like fresh paint and new faucets can also help clinch a sale.

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Tuesday 05/23/2017
A smarter way to buy a home
Updated: May 31, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Are you considering buying a home? With mortgage rates on the slow and steady incline, there may be no better time for a home purchase than now. Mortgage interest rates will likely continue to go up for the foreseeable future, according to recent data from the housing finance company Freddie Mac. Many housing experts and industry observers agree.

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Monday 05/22/2017
10 tips to save money, cut stress when buying or selling a home
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Thursday 05/18/2017
Want to catch homebuyers' eyes? Follow 5 easy steps to a lush lawn
Updated: May 26, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - When it comes to selling a home there are many different strategies and most of them focus on the home's interior. However, what many sellers fail to realize is that it's the exterior of the home that often makes or breaks a sale.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
How to use color psychology to influence the mood of your home
Updated: May 25, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Looking to make a few changes around the house? A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference on the look of your home and how you feel living in it. But unless you’re a color expert, it’s hard to know what colors are best among the endless array of options. A great place to start is by understanding the psychology behind various colors, so that you can achieve the look and create the effect you want in each room.

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Wednesday 05/10/2017
Easy DIY projects to prepare your home for sale
Updated: May 18, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If you're looking to sell your home quickly and for more money, CBS News recommends listing when the market begins to heat up in May. To accomplish these goals, it's essential to make popular areas of the house look appealing to potential buyers. Fortunately, with a little DIY effort, you don't have to spend money on expensive home repairs or real estate-staging services.

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Tuesday 05/02/2017
2017 Homebuyer Insights Report [Infographic]
Posted: May 02, 2017

(BPT) - Younger buyers understand the long-term benefits of homeownership. In fact, millennials who have become homeowners are buying what they can afford now, and are planning to purchase their dream home in the future. Learn more about current trends among modern homebuyers in this infographic.

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Wednesday 04/26/2017
Add living space to your home with an easy patio makeover
Updated: May 04, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Everyone looks forward to a shift into summer mode, with its sun-soaked days, flower-scented breezes and velvety nights under the stars.

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Tuesday 04/25/2017
Changing weather patterns leave homeowners underinsured
Updated: May 03, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The U.S. has experienced significant shifts in the frequency, severity and locations of natural disasters — including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires — during the past decade.

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Monday 04/24/2017
Survey: African-Americans passionate about homeownership, but fewer own homes
Updated: May 02, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - More than any other demographic group, African-Americans perceive homeownership as an integral component of the American Dream, and a way to build security and wealth for their families, according to a recent survey.

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Thursday 04/20/2017
Big-impact ideas for small patio spaces
Updated: April 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Do you have a small patio? Do you think you can't do much with the space due to its size? There's probably a lot more potential than you think.

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Wednesday 04/19/2017
5 green home improvements that can help sell your home for more
Updated: April 27, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Demand remains high for energy-efficient, eco-friendly home features, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In fact, the majority of builders now put energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling systems, thermostats and appliances in their construction, the survey says. If you’re selling your home and hope to compete with new construction — as well as set your house apart from other resales — making green improvements could significantly pay off.

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Tuesday 04/18/2017
3 ways to personalize your home's curb appeal with an eye-catching front door
Updated: April 26, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - At its core, the desire to create a home with curb appeal is a desire to make a home uniquely one’s own. After all, no matter how beautiful they are, rows of homes that look the same inherently fail to capture attention. Using personal touches, people want friends and family to know which home is theirs.

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Don't suffer the pain of high energy bills in your next home
Updated: April 26, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Do you cringe each month when your utility bill arrives in the mail? If high energy costs are getting you down, don’t blame your electronic devices. Heating and cooling are the largest energy expense for most homes, reports the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Friday 04/14/2017
Before Buying a Home, Learn the Lingo!
Updated: April 14, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Buying a home for the first time? You may discover that one of the biggest obstacles is learning the lingo. Homebuying can be overwhelming and perhaps a bit intimidating if you aren’t familiar with the terminology.

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Wednesday 04/12/2017
Plumbing the possibilities: Kitchens, showers and baths highlight outdoor living spaces
Updated: April 20, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The trend toward outdoor living spaces that mimic the look, comfort, convenience and functionality of indoor spaces doesn’t have to stop at the backyard grilling station. A growing number of homeowners are exploring new additions to their outdoor spaces, including outdoor showers and powder rooms, and even garage entertaining areas anchored by sinks and wetbars!

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Friday 04/07/2017
Instilling garage logic in your kids
Updated: April 15, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - It’s a long-standing tradition performed at the workbench of American garages — passing garage logic to the next generation. From hammering that first nail to changing a car’s oil, the garage is a living laboratory where parents teach their kids life lessons, self-reliance and problem-solving skills. It can even be an incubator where the seeds of a future profession grow.

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