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5 Ways to Switch Up Seasonal Decor

Looking to liven up the decor in your home? Beat the winter doldrums? Tie in signs of the season? How about all three? Winter is a season that naturally contains an abundance of inspiring color and decor, from the bold colors in a lit fireplace to the frosty weather outside. Color and decor trends this season aim to bring all of the best elements of winter into... (more)

Tips for Taking Stress out of Holiday Socials

By Barbara Pronin Most of us like to socialize with friends and neighbors during the holiday season. But with shopping, wrapping and family gatherings heading up many to-do lists, it may not be easy to find time to socialize without throwing a big, glitzy party. The consumer editors at Better Homes and Gardens Magazine suggest simple party ideas guaranteed to... (more)

Tis the Season to Prepare Your Home for Cold Weather

Approximately one-fifth of homeowners insurance claims are brought on by damage caused by water or cold temperatures—much of which comes as a result of snowy conditions. Although standard homeowners and renters policies cover winter-related damage, such as that caused by burst pipes, ice dams and wind, as well as damage caused by either the weight of ice or snow,... (more)

Is Your Roof Reindeer-Ready?

The holidays are fast approaching! Amid the gift-giving, gathering with loved ones and decorating, the season serves as an important reminder for homeowners to make their roofs “reindeer-ready,” or review their roofs. To do that, the experts at the Metal Roofing Alliance advise completing the following 10 checks, which can be done without a ladder: 1. For homes... (more)

Holiday Shopping? 7 Bad Spending Habits to Avoid

Holiday shopping may be fun, but it can also negatively impact your finances if gone unchecked. Avoiding debt is the goal. The holiday season is an exciting and inspiring time of the year that promotes giving, but spending within your means is the best gift you can give yourself. Managing a realistic budget and developing a shopping list that compliments it... (more)

5 New Home Mistakes to Absolutely Avoid

By Andrea Davis A home is a major investment and it’s one that stands to appreciate if you continue to invest your money wisely. Avoiding these five critical mistakes will help you turn your home into your greatest asset instead of your greatest expense. 1) Don’t sell too soon. Generally speaking, it takes at least three to five years to gain home equity. That... (more)

Five Ways to Protect Credit This Holiday Season

Amid the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s important for shoppers to make informed decisions about holiday spending when taking advantage of Black Friday and other deals. According to the experts at Credit Sesame (www.creditsesame.com), shoppers should keep in mind the following tips. 1. Avoid opening new retail store cards. Retail store credit cards often... (more)

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