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Tuesday 12/12/2017
10 tips for efficient, effective home appliances
Updated: December 13, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Today’s typical family home is a buzzing hub of activity where meals are cooked, homework is done and family game nights are contested. In the background of it all: the home appliances that keep life moving along. Focusing on a few maintenance tasks can keep appliances efficient and effective.

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Think spring: Now's the time to plan the landscape of your dreams
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - The weather outside is frightful, and the week ahead calls for falling temperatures, maybe even snow. That makes it easy to dream of warmer spring weather, but to plan for it? To sit and strategize for making the most of next year’s lawn and landscape projects? That seems like no small feat.

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How to Find an Affordable Home in Today’s Market
Updated: December 12, 2017 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Affordable housing is in high demand in cities and counties nationwide. Experts say that areas grappling with affordable housing issues may find factory-built homes to be a powerful tool in addressing this need.

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Wednesday 12/06/2017
Infuse life into the bath for a spa-like oasis
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Today, more than ever, homeowners gravitate toward design elements that transform the bath into a spa-like oasis. Designers look to incorporate pieces inspired by the natural world to bring renewed energy into the room and create a soothing environment. From fixtures inspired by booming waterfalls, to neutral color schemes and natural light, nature infuses life back into luxury bath design for a serene sense of calm.

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Thursday 11/30/2017
That '70s home: 5 trends making a comeback today
Updated: December 08, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Disco may be dead, but the spirit of the 1970s is not. In homes all across the country, people are adding their own splash of ‘70s style in updated, modern ways.

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Wednesday 11/29/2017
The New Year's resolution you can keep: A more eco-friendly home
Updated: December 07, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Nearly 42 percent of all New Year’s resolutions are broken by February, according to Statisticbrain. It’s easy to understand why — resolutions are difficult to keep all year long. Instead of risking disappointment in 2018, why not make a resolution that takes short-term effort but yields long-term benefits?

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Monday 11/27/2017
6 hot spots in your house where critters and creepy-crawlies would love to spend the winter
Updated: December 05, 2017 - 3:34 am

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Wednesday 11/22/2017
6 tips to make your bathroom sellable, and enjoyable, at the same time
Updated: November 30, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - When it comes time to sell your home, not all rooms are created equal. Sure, potential buyers will walk through the entire house, but their opinion of a few primary rooms can ultimately determine whether they choose to offer or walk.

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Tuesday 11/21/2017
Barn doors go indoors: An ideal winter project
Updated: November 28, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country — in contemporary and rustic designs. Read on to discover why adding a barn door is an ideal winter home-improvement project.

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Top 5 features millennials look for in a home
Updated: November 29, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - For generations, homeownership has been part of the American dream. For most Americans, it’s the largest, most significant investment they’ll make, and because homeownership is the best way to grow their wealth, the most important investment as well.

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6 ways to refresh your home with hardwood
Updated: November 29, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Hardwood is one of the oldest building materials known to man, yet as any savvy architect, designer or homeowner will tell you, renovating with characterful woods is a sure way to make a tired interior look fresh and contemporary. “There’s something rejuvenating about the unique colors and textures offered by beautifully milled and finished hardwood surfaces,” says Linda Jovanovich, of the American Hardwood Information Center. “Used with flair and imagination, even the most traditional species like oak, walnut, cherry and maple will provide a stylish, up-to-date makeover.” Here are six ways hardwood can infuse new life into your home.

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Thursday 11/16/2017
Survey: Messy garages stand in the way of Americans pursuing their passions
Updated: November 24, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Americans would love more time to pursue hobbies they’re passionate about, and time-drains like disorganized garages are a big obstacle to doing the activities they enjoy, according to a new survey conducted by Gladiator and Kelton Global.

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How to avoid cold weather woes
Updated: November 24, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - As sweater season knocks on the door, it’s time to prepare for the brisk temperatures ahead. This winter, keep your home, health and well-being top of mind with these simple tips to avoid cold weather woes.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Winterize your home now for comfort all throughout winter
Updated: November 23, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - While temperatures across the country are still mild, major snow fall in some parts of the country has given some Americans a bitter taste of what to expect this winter. Depending on where you live, winter may mean cooler, rainy days or lake-effect snow with four feet of the white stuff at your door.

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Tuesday 11/14/2017
Desperate deer turn winter into the most dangerous season for pricey landscape plants
Updated: November 22, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Deer can cause major damage to yards in any season, but in winter they can be downright deadly to some of the most expensive backyard landscape plants. When regular foods like leaves, grass and annuals become scarce, deer turn their attention to woody plants, shrubs and trees that stay green in winter, like rhododendron, arborvitaes, yew, holly, and those that lose their leaves, like oak, willow and dogwood trees. Deer will tear away at the lower leaves and branches of these shrubs and trees, which won’t grow back evenly and may be permanently damaged, in need of replacement, come springtime.

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How to Find the Right Home Mortgage So You Don’t Overpay
Updated: November 14, 2017 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Ample bedrooms and bathrooms? Check. A roomy kitchen? Check. A nice-sized backyard, storage space in the attic and just the right amount of curb appeal? Check, check and check.

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Thursday 11/09/2017
4 reasons why a real estate franchise might be the career move for you
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Small business has always been the backbone of the American economy, and today's entrepreneurs are as diverse as American culture itself. Entrepreneurship takes many forms, from freelancers and independent contractors to sole proprietors. In fact, just one form of entrepreneurship — franchises — employs 8 million people and accounts for 40 percent of all retail sales, according to the Small Business Administration.

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The sound of silence: How to design a quiet home office
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s no surprise that more employees are opting to work from home. While there may be a shift of physical locations — from the office building to the home — productivity is still paramount, making the need for quiet home workspaces more important than ever.

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
Roof repair: Mind the gaps, banish the squirrels
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Cold can aggravate a roof issue 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 costs over $20,000.

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Insulation tips: Give your home its own winter coat
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - In fall's natural progression toward hibernation and all things cozy, preparation for your house is often forgotten. Insulation for the home can seem intimidating, but don’t let that stop you from digging deeper. You’ll find that proper insulation is key for superior home comfort and increased energy savings. Read on for some information on why your home may need its own new coat this winter to help you stay warm.

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Tuesday 11/07/2017
Insulation can help protect homes from flooding
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - 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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Friday 11/03/2017
Increase kitchen efficiency with ease
Updated: November 11, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As the holiday season approaches and the calendar begins to populate, it’s important not to allow the stress of entertaining large groups to become a burden. Below are four tips to help organize a kitchen and host with ease, creating a functional space for family and friends to enjoy.

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Tuesday 10/31/2017
The savvy homeowner's 5-point outdoor winterization checklist
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(BPT) - As temperatures drop, you're reminded that Old Man Winter will soon rear his ugly head. Before the first flurries fly, it's important to take some winterization steps to ensure your home is ready for whatever the season brings.

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Thursday 10/26/2017
America's finest: 6 luxury home improvement products made in the U.S.
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(BPT) - Peruse any home improvement media and you may get the impression you just can’t build, renovate or decorate a quality home without relying on foreign-made products like granite from Italy for countertops, cherry hardwood flooring from Brazil or textiles from India. However, you don’t have to sacrifice quality and luxury in order to buy American for your home; some of the finest home decor products originate right here in the U.S.

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Thursday 10/19/2017
Home improvement insight: 5 tips to redesign with kids' safety in mind
Updated: October 27, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids' safety in mind during the redesign process.

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Tuesday 10/17/2017
5 myths about solar panels, debunked
Updated: October 25, 2017 - 3:36 am

(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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5 DIY home upgrades anyone can do in a day
Updated: October 25, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - (BPT) - Do-it-yourself home projects are sweeping the nation, and it’s easy to see why. DIY is typically budget-friendly and fulfilling to complete; simply find the right project to match your skill set and needs.

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Friday 10/13/2017
Upping your laundry room's wow factor
Updated: October 21, 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 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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