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Cheap and Free Ways to Grow Your Garden

Cheap and Free Ways to Grow Your Garden
Growing a garden can be very rewarding, providing you with food, flowers, and a beautiful landscape all season long - but buying an instant garden at full retail can be very costly. Fortunately, it's easy to cut your costs if you have patience and keep your eyes open for opportunities. Here are a few tips to get you started: Buy smaller woody plants. Cut costs on permanent landscaping by starting with smaller trees and shrubs and space them according...
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Top 7 Investments to Boost Your Home’s Value

Top 7 Investments to Boost Your Home’s Value
You can spend your money on whatever you want, but some purchases are better than others. Anything you can do to boost the value of your home is well worth considering. But here is the question: which projects generate the most bang for your buck? Well, here are the top seven investments (in no particular order) in regards to boosting your home’s value: 1. Landscape Makeover Not only does this improve the curb appeal of your...
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I could not agree more with #5 and #7. Those are the top 2 items a buyer looks for when purchasing a house. You should get your re... Read More
Sunday, 22 May 2016 17:46
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Regular Home Maintenance can Save You Money

Regular Home Maintenance can Save You Money
Buying a home is a big investment, as you are required to pay a variety of bills. In addition to your mortgage and utilities, home maintenance comes into play from time to time. Some homeowners shy away from this, hoping that a problem goes away without their attention (this never happens). Others, however, realize this to be true: regular home maintenance can actually save them money. Here is an example. You realize that a few shingles...
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I couldn't agree with the post more. You may hate wanting to spend the money now, but over time this will save you 1000s of dollar... Read More
Sunday, 22 May 2016 16:32
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How to Hire a Contractor Without Busting Your Budget

How to Hire a Contractor Without Busting Your Budget
At some point, you may realize that taking on a DIY project is not going to work. When this happens, it’s time to call in a professional. It’s time to consult with a contractor. The primary benefit of a DIY job is that you don’t have to pay for the services of a professional. As you know, this can save you thousands of dollars. While there is no denying the fact that a contractor will set...
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I have also heard people compensate the contractor based on the time to finish and staying under budget. That way both parties are... Read More
Sunday, 22 May 2016 16:30
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Don’t Exceed Your Home Renovation Budget

Don’t Exceed Your Home Renovation Budget
Imagine this: you have planned every phase of a home renovation project. You are excited to get started, as you can’t wait to see your vision come true. And then something happens along the way. With each passing day, you continue to spend more money than you budgeted for. Soon enough, you realize that you are facing a very serious problem. There is no better way to kill the buzz of a home renovation project than...
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The best piece of advice I can give to someone who is about to undertake home renovation is to have a flexible budget. There are a... Read More
Thursday, 21 April 2016 16:28
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5 Tips Many First-Time Homebuyers Overlook

5 Tips Many First-Time Homebuyers Overlook
Buying a home is a big decision, as this will change your life in a number of ways. This is particularly true if you are going through the process for the first time, as you may not know what to expect along the way. To improve the likelihood of making a confident decision, here are five tips to follow: 1. Think about the future. Even if you have every intention of remaining in the home for...
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Great info again Chris! As I said in another post, I am purchasing my first house so I am trying to research as much as possible s... Read More
Tuesday, 08 March 2016 09:40
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Answer these 5 Questions to Ease the Stress of Buying a Home

Answer these 5 Questions to Ease the Stress of Buying a Home
Buying a home should be an enjoyable experience. It doesn’t matter if you are buying your first home or you have gone through this process in the past, nothing should steal the excitement. If you don’t know how to deal with the stress of buying a home, it could soon drag you down. It may even stop you dead on your tracks, causing you to second guess your decision. Fortunately, you can ease the stress by...
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Great questions to ask yourself Chris. I am actually in the process of beginning to purchase my first home so these questions are ... Read More
Tuesday, 08 March 2016 09:02
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Save on Your Heating Costs

Save on Your Heating Costs
Cooler weather may be a welcome change from the summer's heat, but it won't be long before you'll need to crank up your home's heating system. Now is the time to get prepared and check that everything is working properly so you'll be cozy at home when it turns cold outside. Maximize your heating system's efficiency. Vacuum your air vents, clean or replace your furnace filter every month, and clear debris such as leaves, dirt, and grass...
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Great information Mary. I would also add: 1) Add blankets to the bed 2)Using your ceiling fan. Many people think fans only cool d... Read More
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 10:28
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Don’t Hire a Lawn Care Company Until you Answer these Questions

Don’t Hire a Lawn Care Company Until you Answer these Questions
Many homeowners enjoy the sight of a lush, green lawn. While some are able to achieve this result on their own, others realize the need to hire a professional. There are many benefits of hiring a lawn care company, including the fact that they do all the work for you. You never again have to purchase fertilizer, apply it on your grass, and hope for the best. There is a professional who can do the job...
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These are very important questions to ask yourself. Lawn care is an expense a lot of people forget about. Some lawn care companies... Read More
Thursday, 20 August 2015 08:49
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How to Get the Best Price on Flooring

One of the best updates you can make to your home is new flooring. This can take any room, regardless of the size and style, to the next level in terms of appearance and comfort. For many people, there is only one problem with buying flooring: finding a deal they can afford. There are many steps you can follow to get the best price on flooring. Here are three things you should do: 1. Compare multiple...
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