Money That Can Be Better Spent on a Down Payment

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One of the biggest obstacles for first-time homebuyers is saving for a down payment. The first mistake new homebuyers make is believing that they must have 20 percent to put down on a home, when (depending on your credit and the loan terms) you can usually put down much less. The second mistake is believing you’ll never Read More

Tips for Stretching a Small Living Room

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Some people see a small living room as a cozy, intimate space. Others say they simply feel cramped. For those who fall into the latter category, professional decorators offer the following seven tips for making any living area look more spacious: Clear out the clutter. Nothing makes a room look cramped like having too much Read More

How-To Upgrade Your Entryway

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They say first impressions matter, and the entryway of your home is the perfect example. Below are some helpful tips for making sure your space wows you–and your guests–every time you enter. Kill clutter. Clutter is a huge no-no in your entryway, as it impacts the entire vibe of your space from the moment you Read More

3 Strange Things to Clean With

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When cleaning your home, look past the vacuum and mop to get the job done right. Below are three strange household items that can be a huge help when cleaning. Mismatched Socks You know those socks that seem to lose their partners in the wash? Put them in a pile and use them for cleaning! Read More

5 Tips to Care for Your Floors

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5 Tips to Care for Your Floors You may spend a lot of time thinking about how to keep your home tidy and up-to-date, but how often do you look down at your floors? Flooring is one of the biggest factors on overall feel of a space. It may be tempting to opt for cheaper Read More

4 Reasons Why Bamboo Is Taking Home Decor by Storm

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4 Reasons Why Bamboo Is Taking Home Decor by Storm Homeowners are often looking for home improvement options that strike the right balance between affordability, functionality, aesthetics and eco-friendliness. Bamboo has been marketed as something of a panacea—a kind of wonder wood that checks all the boxes. Designers, contractors and consumers have all taken note, Read More

Odd Things to Run in the Dishwasher

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Odd Things to Run in the Dishwasher Move over, dinner plates! The dishwasher can actually be used to wash a myriad of strange items. Below is a good rundown. A quick bit of common sense: if suds-ing up something super greasy or grimy (like an old hubcap), don’t mix your eatery into the same load. Read More

Add Family Fun to Chores

Add Family Fun to Chores When school is in session and just getting out the door is an accomplishment, having go-to routines can help make ordinary activities more exciting for the entire family. However, if you encounter resistance to everyday household tasks, you may just need a simple revamp to make activities more entertaining and Read More

Tips for Prioritizing Your Fall Maintenance Projects

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Tips for Prioritizing Your Fall Maintenance Projects No matter what part of the country your home is in, the coming of fall signals an opportunity to do whatever necessary or voluntary projects need to be done ahead of winter weather, the coming holiday season, and the New Year. Have you been putting off re-staining or sealing Read More

Just Bought a Home? Here’s What Not to Do

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Just Bought a Home? Here’s What Not to Do Buying your first home is an exciting milestone, putting you on the path to a smart financial future. There are certain traps you can fall into as a new homeowner, however, that can put your financial well-being at risk. Avoid doing the following too soon: Remodeling. Unless Read More