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The Power Outage Survival Guide

When you’re struck by a blackout, brownout, or sudden power surge, follow these tips to safeguard your home’s electronics and appliances—and your family—until the lights come back on.

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Mudroom Design Inspiration for Fall

Sweater weather is creeping in, to be followed far too quickly by autumn’s jacket, raincoat, wellies, and umbrella weather. That’s when the mudroom—one of the hardest-working, least appreciated rooms in the house—really shines.

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How To: Paint a Garage Floor

You can protect your garage floor from oil stains and update the entire space’s appearance with just a couple of coats of epoxy paint. All you need is a weekend to get started.

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How To: Get Your Home Ready to Sell

As we get ready to head into March and spring time, many people will begin (or may have already began) thinking about putting their homes on the market. If this is you, then you have come to the right…

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All About Wood Countertops

Visually rich and warm to the touch, these natural beauties are making a comeback. Here’s how to determine if they’ll work in your house.

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Bob Vila’s Best DIY Projects for Beginners

DIY projects are everywhere these days. More than ever before, a great home improvement can be just a pallet, can of spray paint, or 2×4 away. But if you’re new to the DIY scene, you can feel overwhelmed just figuring…

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10 Cheap, Effective Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home

Americans are having a problem keeping critters outdoors where they belong, as evidenced by the growing field of exterminators: Pest control employment is expected to grow by 20 percent through 2022 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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12 Late-Summer Yard and Garden Upgrades

Don’t despair that summer is almost over! You can still have a well-groomed lot and enjoy the outdoors well into the fall. There are even a few easy prep steps you can take now for a vibrant landscape come next…

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12 Easy Tips for Conserving Water at Home

Whether you live in an area prone to drought or not, saving water is a worthwhile endeavor. Water treatment requires a lot of resources and at a great cost to the environment. These tips can help you reduce the amount…

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How to Protect Your Home From Wildfires

As the West gets drier and hotter, the past few years have been some of the most destructive on record for wildfires. Homeowners who previously thought their property was safe from the embers might find themselves too close to the…

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10 Easiest Home Upgrades to Increase House Value

Whether planning to sell the house, have it rented out, or simply for personal satisfaction, a little renovation and upgrade is always necessary to help increase its market value. In order to boost a house’s value in the market, it…

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The 5 Golden Rules of Home Storage

When you’re moving, cleaning out what you’ve stored up over a lifetime, or thinking about getting more organized, one question you’ll face is “how do I store all of this?” These golden rules of storage will help to answer that,…

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How To: Get Your Home Ready to Sell

As we get ready to head into March and spring time, many people will begin (or may have already began) thinking about putting their homes on the market. If this is you, then you have come to the right…

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Tip-offs to Home Repair Rip-offs

Home improvement scams are a year-round danger, but now is the season when repair rip-offs really go through the roof — sometimes beginning with an offer to fix yours.

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11 Ways to Avoid Costly Home Repairs

Your house talks to you — and what is it saying? It’s giving you early warning signs of potential trouble at its most vulnerable spots, and by paying attention you can prevent costly repairs down the road.

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Good Pests to Keep Around

Are you a bug hater? Do all things that creep and crawl give you goosebumps? Contrary to what you may think, not all bugs are bad. In fact, having some bugs in and around your home can actually be highly…

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7 Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Ideas

Currently nine states suffer from severe, extreme or exceptional drought conditions, according to Weather.com. In California, 94% of the state is experiencing severe or worse drought. In Nevada, it’s 87%, Oregon’s drought covers 68% of its acreage, and in Washington…

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Tips for Parents of Millennial Home Buyers

You’ve probably heard about the helicopter boomer parents accompanying their Millennial kids on their first job interviews. Maybe you’re guilty of this. Well, now that the young adults are buying homes, helicopter parents are hovering over house hunts, too.

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How to Watch the Tour de France

This Saturday, July 4, The Tour de France starts. And you should watch it. Granted, out of all the sports, professional cycling is, by far, the most impenetrable to outsiders. There are so many questions: Why do they all ride…

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How to Grow a Vertical Garden

There are many different varieties of vertical gardens to choose from. One easy option is a container-style garden, which means potted plants are attached to a wall or displayed in rows, or planters are stacked. Another is a “pocket” garden,…

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Listen to Your Agent When it Comes to Staging!

Sometimes it can be a challenge convincing the home seller to use a certified staging professional so I created some visuals using the latest, 2014-2015 statistics to assist agents in getting the point across to their clients. Professional home staging…

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Pomegranate-Peach Barbecue Sauce

Being from Memphis, I’ve been a bit nervous about crafting a recipe for barbecue sauce. People take barbecue seriously in my hometown, and from all available evidence, Memphis-style barbecue sauce is better than any other. In the past, I’ve created…

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Tips for First Time Buyers

The challenge of buying a home for the first time can seem so daunting that it’s tempting to either just go with the first house that falls in your price range or continue to rent. To help you demystify the…

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