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Posted on 10/02/2022
Property tax exemption & more: Tax tips for veterans with disabilities
Home ownership comes with plenty of expenses beyond a mortgage. If you're a veteran with disabilities, you may be able to avoid some common costs of owning a home, including paying property taxes. Here is a guide to some of the ways veterans with disabilities can save on their home ownership tax expenses: Property tax exemption Property taxes...
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Posted on 09/25/2022
3 Smart Technology Upgrades to Help Sell Your House
If you’re putting your house on the market, you’re likely trying to find every way to increase buyer interest. There are many things you can do to boost home value and attractiveness to potential buyers. One thing that has become increasingly effective in modern home sales is smart technology. If you’re interested in adding some easy smart home...
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Posted on 09/18/2022
DIY kitchen decor: Make your own pallet spice rack
If you need a solution for your spices, consider making some DIY kitchen decor. A wooden pallet can be repurposed into an efficient spice rack and add rustic charm to your kitchen. Here is a simple guide for how to make your own pallet spice rack: What you'll need Hammer or nail gun 1 1/2-inch nails Wood glue...
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Posted on 09/04/2022
Rec room: 3 Tips for remodeling your basement
When growing households experience household congestion, expanding their usable living space footprint by remodeling the basement ranks among the best solutions, especially when extra recreational and lounging space is needed. Along with the increased quality-of-life benefits, a remodeled basement reportedly delivers upwards of a 7% return on investment. If you are considering transforming a basement into a rec...
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Posted on 08/28/2022
Planning & designing a landscape: For beginners
There are many factors that go into designing a landscape - for beginners, the number of options can be overwhelming. How do you choose the best plants and where to plant them? How do you arrange your yard in an aesthetically pleasing but functional way? Luckily, there are some basics you can follow to get started in beginner...
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Posted on 08/21/2022
Grass seed: Fescue lawn basics
Knowing how to care for your lawn means knowing how and when to fill in gaps with grass seed. Fescue grass is a popular variety of perennial lawn grass that, despite being tolerant of many climate zones, is prone to brown patches during hot, humid summer months. Using grass seed effectively is the best way to remedy the...
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Posted on 08/14/2022
Try These Trendy Curtain Ideas for Your Bedroom
The window dressings in your bedroom can be as important aesthetically as they are functionally. Choosing the right curtains for the size of the windows and the design of the room can make an enormous impact on the look and feel of the bedroom. If your bedroom needs new curtains, here are some excellent ideas to start with:...
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Posted on 08/07/2022
Pets: How to incorporate a cat house into your home
Cats love having places they can call their own. However, sometimes their space can be a little invasive or clash with your living space’s decor, which can make a pet’s safe space a bit of a hindrance for you and others who may live in your home. And while there are hundreds of DIY cat house designs out...
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Posted on 07/31/2022
Home architecture guide: Cottage house design elements
If you’re fantasizing about a dream cottage house, you might be interested in the variety of styles, shapes and sizes cottages come in. While there are many more options than you might think, all cottage style homes feature some of the same key elements. Here is a short guide to the defining characteristics of cottage house plans: Architectural...
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Posted on 07/24/2022
Organic gardening: Coconut coir vs peat moss
If you’re a gardening or houseplant enthusiast, you may have already pondered the choice of coconut coir vs peat moss. Your choice of growing medium can make an enormous difference in the health and success of your plants, so it’s important to understand the benefits and disadvantages of each option. What is coconut coir? Coconut coir, also called...
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Posted on 07/17/2022
Seeding zoysia: How to start a zoysia lawn
When it comes to planting a grass lawn, you have the option of using rolls, plugs or seeding. Zoysia grass, a popular warm-season grass used in many lawns, can be planted successfully all three ways. While plugs and rolls are a quicker method, seeding can be more cost-effective. If you’re interested in growing a zoysia grass lawn from...
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