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

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

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

5 Tips for Deck Design

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5 Tips for Deck Design Timing can be everything, especially when it comes to planning an outdoor living space. By getting a jump-start on planning, you can afford yourself time to complete the process with maximum creativity and minimal stress. Try these expert tips and tricks of the trade to help make your dream deck Read More

8 Best Upgrades to Personalize Your New Home

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8 Best Upgrades to Personalize Your New Home Before you move into your new house, you may want to make upgrades. These add value to your investment, improve your home’s function and allow you to express your personality. Plus, making upgrades before you move in reduces inconvenience later. Consider the following upgrades to make your Read More

Last Minute Things to Do Before Back-to-School

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Last Minute Things to Do Before Back-to-School For parents, back-to-school is looming on the horizon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze a bit more out of the season! Below are a handful things you can still do with your family before they head to school, offered by Booking.com. Plan a last-minute family vacation: They Read More

Transform Your Front Porch

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The lazy days of summer are peak season for front-porch sitting. But if your porch doesn’t quite match the iconic image of lazily rocking with a tall glass of lemonade, it may be time for a little design refresh. Start at the beginning—your front door. A fresh coat of paint in a bright, cheery color Read More

8 Ways to Make Your Backyard a Summer Paradise

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Summer is the season to be outdoors. It’s the perfect time for backyard barbecues, neighborhood socials, and late-night evenings on the patio. You don’t need to travel to a luxurious and exotic location to enjoy spending time outdoors. Make your own backyard a summer paradise with these eight simple suggestions. Inspect and Update Wooden Decks Read More