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Posted on 09/25/2022
Trends: Fireplace designs that won't quit
When interior designers or architects design fireplaces, they often go with the classic brick fireplace or a timeless marble fireplace, which often serves as the focal point for a living room or dining room. But homeowners may be looking for fresh fireplace ideas that step outside the traditional setup, or want to explore new ways to spruce up...
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Posted on 09/18/2022
Pet basics: How to make a cat happy
Are you a prospective cat owner wondering how to make a...
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Posted on 09/11/2022
Fall time: Your quick guide to some of the best fall activities
Fall is a beautiful time of year. It’s filled with...
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Posted on 09/04/2022
A basic guide to keeping domesticated rabbits
Have you ever considered domesticated rabbits as pets?...
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Posted on 08/28/2022
Flipping a House: How Much Funding Do You Need?
For many, flipping homes is lucrative. However, there are many costs associated with flipping a property, and it’s important to budget carefully for every detail. Here are the major costs to consider when determining how much funding you’ll need for a flip: Down Payments Just like buying a move-in ready house, buying a house you intend to flip...
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Posted on 08/21/2022
Dwelling coverage 101
Dwelling coverage, also called dwelling insurance, is part of every standard homeowners insurance policy. Dwelling coverage concerns the physical structure of your home, and can help you recoup financially if it’s damaged. While most homeowners insurance policies include dwelling coverage, it can be confusing to determine what sort of damaging events are covered. Here is a quick reference...
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Posted on 08/14/2022
3 Major Items to Consider When Installing a Well
The thought of private well ownership grows increasingly attractive as the cost of municipal water skyrockets. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), residential homes use upwards of 82 gallons daily at an average annual cost that may exceed $1,000. Installing a private well typically involves an upfront cost that differs significantly from state to state. But after...
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Posted on 08/07/2022
Top ideas for outdoor fireplaces: Brick, stone & more
For homeowners considering outdoor fireplaces, brick is often the first choice of building material. Brick fireplaces are timeless and practical, adding cozy style to any outdoor space. However, there are other material options and designs to consider if you want to find the best fit for your home. Here is a basic guide to some of the most...
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Posted on 07/31/2022
3 Key differences between recasting mortgage and refinancing it
When it comes to home finance, your monthly mortgage payment probably tops the list of important factors. For those who have some equity stored up in their home, it may even be tempting to refinance your mortgage to get a better rate. However, there is another option for the homeowner who simply wants to get their mortgage payment...
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Posted on 07/24/2022
Is an Open Concept Home Right for You?
Open concept homes, also called open floor plans, have been a mainstay of home design for decades. There are many reasons this style of architecture is so popular, yet there are also some downsides. If you’re considering an open concept home, here are the major pros and cons to consider: Open Concept Pros Better Flow - With a...
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Posted on 07/17/2022
Checklist for buying a house: First steps for would-be homeowners
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of home buying, it can be helpful to create a checklist for buying a house. Using a checklist can help you right from the beginning, since there are several important steps to take before you even begin your home search, like securing a mortgage lender. To help get you started, here...
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Posted on 07/10/2022
How to Find & Prepare Your Own Reclaimed Wood
Crafty homeowners may enjoy a rare opportunity to transform seemingly old and useless lumber into inspiring rustic interior designs. In recent years, the trend to repurpose home furnishings and products spilled into the construction materials realm. With the aid of a few basic tools and a DIY attitude, you can reclaim wood and enhance the quality of their...
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