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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 are so important not only for reducing stress, but for bonding and making... (more)

Dog vs. Yard: How to Keep Your Landscape and Your Pet Happy

Any dog owner has likely watched their beautiful new garden dug up by their four-legged family member, or their beloved new grass become Spot’s outdoor toilet.  With this in mind, here are top five tips for ensuring the family yard is a place everyone can enjoy year-round. Consider your dog’s needs Each dog – senior, puppy, small, big, active breed... (more)

8 Ways to Make Your Backyard a Summer Paradise

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 To... (more)

10 Ways to Save on Utility Bills This Summer

Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save on utility bills and energy costs before you’re shocked by your first big bill this summer. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to prepare your home (and your wallet) for the summer heat without sacrificing comfort. So, before you crank up the AC,... (more)

How to Avoid a Home Robbery This Summer

Nothing will stunt the joy of summer faster than a home robbery. But as homeowners head out on daytrips or long vacations, their homes are ripe for robbers casing neighborhoods for empty houses. According to the FBI, summer is the peak season for burglaries as people head outdoors and on vacation. Use these following tips to help keep your home secure all season... (more)

Are You Making These 5 Lawn Watering Mistakes?

Proper watering nourishes lawns, just as proper hydration nourishes our bodies. Yet too many of us are failing at both. We’re not going to lecture you about drinking more water—we’ll leave that to your doctor or significant other—but we are going to give you a lesson about correctly watering your lawn. Here are five lawn watering mistakes that you’re... (more)

Buying Property in Another Country? What you Need to Know

Maybe you have a close family member living in Mexico. Or perhaps skiing in Vancouver is your favorite winter vacation spot. Maybe you have a child attending school in London. Or maybe you want to retire to the small town in China that your ancestors are from. No matter what the reason may be, more and more Americans are looking to purchase property outside... (more)

5 Smarter Ways to Keep Your Home Warm

jack russell dog sleeping under the blanket in bed the bedroom, ill ,sick or tired, sheet covering its head When cool winds are blowing and the temperatures outside take a dive, even a well-insulated house may feel the chill. Simply kicking up the thermostat can be expensive and depending on your home’s circulation, you may still have areas that need an extra... (more)

Buying a Home in Winter? What to Look for

While spring and early summer reign as peek home-shopping seasons, there’s no good reason why you can’t find that perfect house in the middle of winter, too. In fact, you might even get a good deal from homeowners who are anxious to sell as soon as possible and don’t want to wait for the spring thaw. Looking at homes in winter, however, requires... (more)

Buying a New Home? 4 Reasons Why Location Is Essential

Buyers are so hyper-focused on the home that they often cast aside surroundings. “Surroundings” do not equal trees, fences or landscape. The home’s surroundings are the houses around the home and the residents occupying them. Surroundings also include the neighborhood, the passersby and the city. Surroundings are the home’s location and... (more)

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