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    Quick tips to reduce moving stress

    (BPT) - Moving brings exciting possibilities of a different neighborhood, fresh spaces to decorate and new family traditions to be made. But it also means leaving behind people and places you love. While some sentimental items can be taken to your new place, many memories just aren’t transportable. That’s why it’s even more important to protect those goods that can make the move.

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    Glass act: How modern fenestration improves a home's energy efficiency

    (BPT) - Most people probably think of windows and skylights only when they’re buying or selling a house, when they get dirty, when they leak, or when the kid next door lobs a baseball through one. Yet the glass in your home is arguably among its most important features, directly impacting the structure’s overall energy efficiency and livability.

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    How to determine the true value of home improvements

    (BPT) - As the U.S. housing industry continues to emerge from the Great Recession, signs are pointing toward positive recovery. In fact, a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University states that the home improvement industry could see record spending in 2015. It’s news like this that may have you contemplating an update to your house. Even if you plan to stay in your home for years to come, it’s important to consider which home remodeling projects offer the potential for a positive return on investment.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Repairing potholes protects your vehicle and wallet
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - There are millions of potholes in the United States, so it is not surprising that nearly 500,000 insurance claims are filed annually due to damage caused by this unrelenting enemy of vehicles across the country. Making matters worse, these potholes often sit unrepaired for extended periods of time in the worst possible locations like residential driveways or business parking lots.

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Monday 04/27/2015
5 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal, Value
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Whether you're planning to list your home for sale soon or you're simply working to maintain features that attracted you to the charming abode in the first place, careful attention to curb appeal is a must.

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Spring Project Breakdown
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) As a kickoff to home improvement season, there are many home updates homeowners are undertaking. But before you grab your toolkit or enlist the help of a professional, do your wallet a favor, and conduct a little research.

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Maximizing Your Storage Space
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) A recent study found that 50 percent of homeowners claim their garage is the most disorganized place in the home. In addition, The Department of Energy cites 25 percent of people with two-car garages have too much clutter to leave room for cars, while 32 percent only have room for one vehicle. Isn’t it time to do something about the mess? This year, focus your efforts on maximizing storage space in the garage.   

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Garden-Inspired Gifts for Mom
Updated: May 02, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for a mom who has it all, or just the right way to express your love and appreciation, this Mother’s Day you can give a gift that keeps on growing with items inspired by the garden.

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Enjoy Backyard Family Time
Updated: May 02, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) A lush, healthy landscape is the perfect setting for making family memories. In fact, more than half of Americans say their yard is their favorite place at home to spend quality time with family.

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Get Your Yard Ready for Outdoor Fun
Updated: May 02, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) From impromptu dinners with pals to celebrating special events with family, warm weather adventures await in your own backyard. Before you invite the gang over to enjoy cocktails or a cookout, make sure your outdoor spaces give the right impression for enjoying those carefree summer moments.

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What’s your storage style?
Updated: May 02, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Storage has style? Really? Of course it does. And when it comes to tackling storage projects, don’t skimp on creating the style that best suits your personality.

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Thursday 04/23/2015
Protect Your Family Three Ways
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—A few simple steps can help reduce the risk that your loved ones will be injured in your house.

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Protect Your Business From Termite Problems
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—While termites cause more than $5 billion in damage a year, knowing a few facts can help your company and property best those pests.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
One smart update can upgrade your entire home
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.

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Monday 04/06/2015
Will Your Home Withstand Storm Season? Six Tips to Help You Prepare
Updated: April 06, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Year after year, Americans from Tornado Alley to the Gulf Coast to the metropolises of the Eastern Seaboard witness storms that cause millions in damage and loss of life. However, no matter where you live, or what type of extreme weather you may face, there are things you can do to protect your home and family from the worst.

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Monday 03/30/2015
Plan now for your big move this summer
Updated: April 06, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The big move – it should be in all-caps and announced with a deep, authoritative voice. THE BIG MOVE. And it's coming to your family soon. It might be from one house to another across town, or it might involve crossing many state lines. No matter the distance, amount of belongings or number of people, your big move is going to be a big deal.

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Thursday 03/19/2015
4 Surprising Tips You Need to Know Before Buying or Selling a House
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Insider tips -- who doesn't love a good (legal) one?

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Thursday 03/12/2015
Buyer Beware: Termite Inspections a Necessity for Spring House Hunters
Updated: March 13, 2015 - 3:39 am

(NewsUSA) - A home is the biggest financial investment most people will make in their lifetime. However, dream homes can quickly turn to nightmares if destructive termites find their way into the structure.

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How to secure the home loan you need
Updated: March 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Springtime represents new beginnings and is the prime time to get the house in order. Whether you’re looking to make a first-time purchase, refresh an existing home or simply leverage built-up equity for other reasons, it’s important to figure out which path is right for you and understand the lending options available.

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Thursday 03/05/2015
5 upgrades for under $5,000 to put your home at the top of every buyer's list
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - It’s a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home could use some TLC and updating, spending as little as $5,000 on key upgrades could improve its appeal for buyers – and ensure a speedier sale at a better price.

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5 home-improvement projects to help sell your home
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - The real estate market has improved across much of the country, but homeowners thinking about listing their homes this summer need to stay competitive to attract buyers. Buyers are looking for long-term homes, ones they want to stay in for years while raising their children, or settling down and retiring.

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This top garage trend keeps gaining momentum
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - The carriage house garage door is to your house what the little black dress and strand of pearls are to your wardrobe; classic style elements that never go out of fashion.

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Creating an island paradise: Tips for adding an island in your kitchen renovation
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, reclaimed wood flooring and accents, and top-of-the-line, high-tech appliances – what more do you need to make your kitchen renovation perfect? How about adding an island? Designers and builders across the country are pointing to the addition of an island as the must-have upgrade for kitchen renovations this year.

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