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How to Stage Your Home On a Budget

Getting your home into prime showing shape is essential to helping it sell in the shortest amount of time for the best possible price. But while a professional home stager can work wonders, it just might not be in your budget. Don’t despair – here are some great ways to inexpensively stage your home all on your own: Get rid of the the excess. The first... (more)

5 Interior Design Details for Winter

Are you interested in adding a little seasonal oomph to your space? Below are a handful of cozy—and inexpensive—winter updates. Cozy blankets galore. Nothing is better than a snuggly blanket on a cool winter evening. Drape heavier blankets over sofas, chairs or reading nooks, and even fold one up by the fireplace for stretching out on the floor. Just make sure... (more)

3 Strange Things to Clean With

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! Unlike a rag, you can slip your whole hand inside the sock, which offers... (more)

7 Steps for a Healthier Home

As homeowners become increasingly aware of the impact their homes can have on the environment – and on their health – making eco-conscious choices is as important as ever. From controlling the types of materials used within your home to keeping an eye on indoor air quality, these tips can help you create a healthier, more earth-friendly indoor environment. Use... (more)

4 Reasons Why Bamboo Is Taking Home Decor by Storm

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... (more)

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. Rubber Boots and Flip Flops – Want to wash your favorite rubber footwear? Pop them in the dishwasher... (more)

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 engaging. Refresh your family routines with these... (more)

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 your deck? Take advantage of the remaining warm, dry weather to clean and seal or stain... (more)

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 there’s something in need of serious repair, hold off on any remodeling projects. This... (more)

5 Tips for Deck Design

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 a reality. Lay a Solid Foundation Don’t... (more)

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