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5 Tips to Beautify Your Bath on a Budget

Your bathroom is one of the hardest workers in your home. You want it to help you keep clean and comfy, but when company comes, you want it looking lovely and pristine. To maximize both its use and its beauty here are five thrifty tips for upgrading any bath on a budget: Try Granite – Because bathroom countertops are fairly small, you can swap out dated tile... (more)

Renovate or Decorate? 3 Things to Consider Before Choosing

If you are unhappy with the current look of your home, you may be thinking about redecorating to spruce the space up. For most, redecorating includes repainting the walls, refreshing the decor and even purchasing new curtains or furnishings. However, in some cases, redecorating is not enough to produce the desired results. The last thing you want to do is spend... (more)

7 Considerations for Surviving the Holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time of year for many different reasons. Here are seven considerations that could alleviate the pressure. 1. If money is tight, set a realistic budget. If you know in your gut that you can’t afford a gift, don’t buy it! Take steps to manage expectations in advance. Let people know if you prefer not to exchange gifts... (more)

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a New Neighborhood

Whether you are looking for a hip enclave of bars or a quiet suburban street filled with families for your kids to play with, choosing a new neighborhood requires a lot of consideration. There are many things to think about when making the leap to new surroundings. From creating a helpful checklist of must-haves to uncovering crime statistics, the more information... (more)

4 Tips to Consider When Moving to a New State

Relocating to a new state offers the opportunity to start fresh and experience a life you may not have otherwise planned. But, like anything new, moving can present its own unique challenges, from organizing what to bring and discard, to deciding where to enroll the kids in school, to ensuring everyone remains happy and positive. Truly, the devil is in the details. But... (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 Ways to Budget for Holiday Shopping

It’s not uncommon for shoppers to get a head start on purchasing gifts for the holidays, but shopping before the December rush is fast becoming the norm, according to American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC), a nonprofit organization. “More people realize that waiting until December to start your their holiday shopping can result in extremely high... (more)

6 Kitchen Design Dilemmas and How to Solve Them

Kitchen design is an art form, one where function and beauty harmoniously co-exist. Achieving that balance, however, isn’t always easy. When renovating a kitchen, homeowners can find themselves facing challenging design dilemmas. And they are not alone. When redesigning or refreshing a kitchen, the goal is to create a space that is hard-working, yet beautiful.... (more)

How to Preserve Character when Renovating Your Home

A self-taught home rehabber, licensed real estate agent and designer Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict,” has made an art of introducing the comforts and conveniences of modern living while restoring homes to their former glory. Whether you’re giving new life to a historic treasure or sprucing up a more modern home, there are... (more)

Top 10 Ways to Prep for a Remodel

Proper planning is essential before beginning a remodel, and may be the most critical step in the process, says the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). To prepare for the project, NARI shares the top 10 steps you should take before breaking ground on your next remodel. 1. Research your project. Taking time to research projects will provide... (more)

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