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(BPT) - Home solar panels can drastically cut or even eliminate electricity bills, reduce a home’s carbon footprint, increase resale value, and may even help a home sell faster.

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Tuesday 10/17/2017
5 DIY home upgrades anyone can do in a day
Updated: October 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

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Friday 10/13/2017
Upping your laundry room's wow factor
Updated: October 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Doing the laundry is no longer relegated to dark, musty basements where no one cares to go. Thanks to modern technology, great design and access to innovative ideas online, laundry rooms have moved upstairs and come into their own. In fact, laundry rooms today are right up there with dream kitchens and dream bathrooms — and the more style, function and “wow factor,” the better.

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Wednesday 10/11/2017
Garage doors: More visual impact than your front door
Updated: October 13, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - If you’re buying a garage door, you’ll be faced with several decisions that you likely never had to make before. Before you call your local garage door dealer, here are some of the decisions that you need to face.

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Thursday 10/05/2017
3 important areas to focus on when winterizing your home
Updated: October 13, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - From the holidays to cold-weather fun like ice skating and skiing, winter promises its share of good times. Preparing your home for winter’s weather extremes can help ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment out of the season, while protecting your home’s vital systems and indoor comfort.

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7 projects to help your home weather the winter safely and efficiently
Updated: October 13, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - If chilly temperatures make you want to snuggle under a blanket in front of a roaring fire, just think about your poor water pipes that can’t escape the cold. You can’t wrap your home in a warm, protective blanket when winter arrives, but a few winterization steps can help ensure your home weathers the winter safely and efficiently.

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Wednesday 10/04/2017
Two roof areas you can't afford to overlook this season
Updated: October 12, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - As summer gives way to changing colors and colder nights, now is an ideal time to tackle the necessary home maintenance projects that get put off during those sun-filled months – especially when it comes to one of the most protective and necessary aspects of any home, the roof. Cold weather can aggravate a roof and quickly turn minor defects into costly repair bills; in fact, the latest “Cost vs. Value” report from Remodeling Magazine estimates the average roofing replacement cost at over $20,000.

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How can insulation contribute to home repair following a hurricane?
Updated: October 12, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - As we are all too aware, hurricane season is in full swing, and thousands of homeowners across the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico have been hit by mammoth hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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Tuesday 10/03/2017
Which type of insulation is right for your home?
Updated: October 11, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - With the imminent approach of dropping temperatures, many people reach for their sweaters as they run out the door. In a bittersweet farewell to summer, boats are hauled out of the water and taken in to be winterized. Wool sock purchases start to soar, and Instagram is filled again with pumpkin spice latte images. And, don’t forget those pet owners who dress their dogs in miniature rain jackets and scarves. It is officially fall.

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Raising the bar(n) in your home: Say hello to a barn door this winter
Updated: October 11, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Amid the many trends ebbing and flowing through home improvement, one in particular seems likely to stick around. Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country — in contemporary and rustic designs. With this design element found on such opposite sides of the style spectrum, one might wonder what it is about barn doors that people love so much. If you’ve found yourself asking the same thing, read on to discover why adding a barn door is an ideal winter home-improvement project.

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Wednesday 09/27/2017
5 Effortless DIY Projects to Prep Your Home for Fall -- and Beyond
Updated: October 05, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - The telltale signs are all there. Maybe it’s football season, the changing color of the trees right outside your door, or the crisp morning air that’s suddenly taken on a chill. Yes, there’s no denying it, fall is here and winter is quickly following behind.

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Monday 09/25/2017
All home warranties are not created equal
Updated: October 03, 2017 - 3:34 am

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Tuesday 09/19/2017
House hunting and credit: What you need to know
Updated: September 27, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - By now it is something of a cliche to call homeownership the American dream. But even if sitting on your own deck, looking over your picket fence and sipping lemonade doesn’t move you, homeownership is still one of the best ways to build wealth.

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Monday 09/18/2017
Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning
Updated: September 26, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations.

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Friday 09/15/2017
Military families can get help with their moves
Updated: September 18, 2017 - 4:34 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 civilians rely on to help them move.

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Thursday 09/14/2017
Transform your backyard with these 3 elements
Updated: September 18, 2017 - 4:34 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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Wednesday 09/13/2017
Replacing a furnace? How to choose an energy-efficient system
Updated: September 21, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - If it’s time to replace your furnace, you may be wondering if it’s worth the extra investment to buy an energy-efficient system. Or, you may be unsure how to choose an energy-efficient system for your home.

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Tuesday 09/12/2017
6 timeless home features that are always 'in'
Posted: September 12, 2017

(BPT) - Home design trends come and go. In five years, the blue kitchen cabinets that are so trendy right now may well go the way of the avocado-hued appliances that graced many American kitchens in the ‘70s. However, certain home features are timeless, and those are the ones well worth investing in if you’re ready to purchase a new home.

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Monday 09/11/2017
Yesterday's Factories Could Be Tomorrow's Offices and Homes
Updated: September 11, 2017 - 4:38 am

(StatePoint) To counter generic new construction projects, many cities and towns are converting older structures into vibrant tech offices, loft-style residences and even art institutions -- a process known as “adaptive reuse.”

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Thursday 09/07/2017
Hot home design: 4 things to consider when choosing siding
Updated: September 15, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Selecting new siding is one of the most important curb appeal decisions homeowners face when building new or remodeling an existing home. With so many options — both classic and modern materials — there’s a lot to consider.

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This fall, make home upgrades with staying power
Updated: September 15, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Fall can be the perfect time for homeowners to complete projects that busy summer schedules didn’t allow. It’s also a great time to look at ways to add lasting value to your property. This season, upgrade cheap fixes, freshen dated looks and incorporate lasting improvements in your home. Changes that can bring impact and also increase the resale potential of your home include:

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Artisanal elegance for curated design in the kitchen
Updated: September 15, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Original, handcrafted décor brings an artisanal elegance to today’s modern kitchen. Designers and homeowners alike are incorporating more one-of-a-kind pieces that bring an individualized artisanship to the heart of the home. These unique fittings and fixtures adapt to multiple style preferences, from modern and contemporary urban design to rustic elegance. When it comes to the kitchen space, handmade furniture and accessories coupled with exposed natural materials infuse a sense of artistry for unmatched style.

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Tuesday 09/05/2017
How to lower your monthly mortgage payment
Updated: September 13, 2017 - 4:20 am

(BPT) - Owning your own home comes with many advantages, including escaping rising rents and the personal and financial stability associated with homeownership. Fortunately, millions of Americans, with less than 20 percent down, have been able to buy a home sooner thanks to mortgage insurance (MI). If you don’t put down 20 percent of the mortgage cost, you will likely be required to purchase MI, which enables low-down-payment borrowers to qualify for home financing from lenders.

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Friday 08/25/2017
Make changes in the bathroom to save water, money
Updated: August 28, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Researchers predict 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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Big, smart ideas for renovating smaller homes
Updated: September 02, 2017 - 7:43 am

(BPT) - While newly constructed homes are bigger than ever, most Americans still live in modestly sized or even small houses — and many of these owners are choosing to remodel rather than move into a bigger home.

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Thursday 08/24/2017
5 kitchen upgrades to make your inner host flourish
Updated: September 01, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - You love entertaining and treating guests to delectable dishes and fun times. Unfortunately, your kitchen layout, appliances and even the faucet are so downright unappealing that the thought of planning and preparing a party menu is equally unpleasant.

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Tuesday 08/22/2017
Housework may be a key to improving your relationship
Updated: August 30, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Cleaning the bathroom and emptying the dishwasher isn’t at the top of a couple’s “To Do Together” list, but it may be the true language of love. In fact, a recent survey from home appliance leader LG Electronics found most Americans (52%) get turned on by their partner doing housework. In fact, those who do chores with their partner (60%) are nearly twice as likely as those who don’t (37%) to believe a person who is good at chores is good in bed.

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Thursday 08/17/2017
5 fabulous deck fix-ups
Updated: August 25, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Are you tired of having a deck you’re no longer proud to show off? You’re not alone. According to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscape Trends Study, one of the top reasons motivating homeowners to tackle outdoor projects like deck upgrades is their open-air space is past its prime.

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Monday 08/14/2017
How to Tackle a Dust-Free Renovation
Updated: August 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Is your family expanding? Protect what matters most with these nursery safety checks
Updated: August 22, 2017 - 3:33 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
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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