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Buying Extra Storage For Your Electronic Records

December 10th, 2019

 

There are many storage options for your household items. For example, receipts and other paper records can be stored in a file box. Seasonal items, such as winter clothing, can be put in the basement. You can even rent a local storage unit to help with decluttering.

But what about stuff that exists electronically? These days, many important records -- vacation pictures, tax receipts, home ...

What To Fix Up In Your Home Before You Sell

December 3rd, 2019

 

If you have a home that is overdue for a renovation, you might be worried that it will be difficult to sell as a "fixer-upper". In fact, you might delay listing your property for that reason.

The good news is, you don’t need to fix up everything in your home to prepare it for sale. You can be selective and choose only those projects that are most likely to help your home show well and sel ...

DIY-Friendly Bathroom Makeovers

November 13th, 2019

 

Want to make your bathroom look fantastic without having to do a major renovation? There are a lot of projects you can do yourself. In fact, there are some improvements you can get done in less than a day that will transform the look and feel of your bathroom. Check out these ideas:

 

  • Update the sink. If you have some basic plumbing knowledge, this is a project you should be able to do ...

4 Steps To A Stress-Free Sale

November 4th, 2019

 

Ideally, when you sell your home, you want the process to go smoothly and relatively stress-free. While things may happen that are outside your control, there is a lot you can do to ensure that the selling experience is a good one. 

Consider these four steps to reduce worry and stress when listing your home: 

Step 1: Learn the selling process. 

Find out what to expect when the FOR SAL ...

A Little Help For The Move

October 28th, 2019

The Latest Options In Outdoor Lighting

October 9th, 2019

 

Outdoor lighting has come a long way from the days of patio lanterns and strings of lightbulbs. These days, there's an exhaustive array of options available to illuminate your outdoor space, and make it more appealing and comfortable, particularly in the evenings. 

Here are just a few ideas: 

  • Solar garden lights. These lights are on stakes that can be easily inserted throughout the gar ...

Open House Ideas For Boosting Curb Appeal

October 2nd, 2019

 

You've heard of the term "curb appeal". It refers to the initial impression buyers get when they first see your property from the street. If the impression is a good one, it sets the right tone for the rest of the home viewing. 

How do you boost curb appeal?  Here are some proven ideas that you can get done in an hour or so: 

  • Wash both the inside and outside of the front windows. You'l ...

Cutting Renovation Costs Without Cutting Quality

September 16th, 2019



As you probably know, it's easy to lower the costs of a renovation. Just hire an inexpensive, fly-by-night contractor — and hope for the best! 

Chances are, you won't want to take that risk. So how do you ensure you get quality work while keeping your budget in check? 

Here are some tips: 

  • Get estimates from at least three contractors. Often prices can vary widely, even amongst contracto ...

How Much Should You Budget For Your Next Home?

September 9th, 2019

 

If it’s been a while since you last moved, you might be wondering how much you'll need to spend on your next home. That's an important question to answer, even if you're just at the "thinking about it" stage and haven't decided whether or not you'll look for a new property. 

After all, knowing your budget might influence your decision. 

How should you determine your budget? 

The first s ...

Protecting Your Home Gadgets From Hacking

August 30th, 2019

 

Imagine your coffee maker switching on by itself, staying on for hours, overheating and becoming a fire hazard. That's not science fiction. As more and more appliances incorporate WIFI, the opportunities for hackers to play havoc with your home gadgets increase. 

How do you prevent that from happening? Here are some safety tips: 

  • If your gadget uses a password to access the settings, c ...
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