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5 simple tips to prepare your home for flood season
(BPT) - After a winter of frigid temperatures and record snowfalls, the nation now faces the spring thaw and long, rainy months. Flood season is officially here - is your home ready for it? Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Over the past five years, the average flood insurance claim was mo...
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Outdoor kitchen? Second-floor laundry? How to easily achieve summer's hottest home improvements
(BPT) - Whether you're staying in place or planning to take advantage of an improving real estate market to sell your home, spring and summer are upgrade seasons. From adding a bathroom to creating an outdoor kitchen, certain improvements pay off for both homeowners who are selling and those who are staying. And while pl...
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Master suite upgrades: the secret to a speedier home sale
(BPT) - All signs point to a hearty real estate market this summer. Experts say more inventory will be available and buyers will have an easier time getting mortgages, all of which means more competition among sellers. If you plan to put your home on the market this spring or summer, you might be looking for the most cos...
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How freeze-thaw cycles, water, impact, sun and pests can damage siding
(BPT) - Spring is a great time to re-side your house, whether to increase your home's value or to replace damaged siding but be sure to evaluate all your siding options. Not all residential siding exteriors perform the same. Weather attacks a home's siding year-round with freeze-thaw cycles, sun, severe storms, wind and ...
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Lead with style: How to create clean, crisp curb appeal for your home's entry
(BPT) - Whether you are building a new home, or want to refresh your existing home, choosing a contemporary style creates high-class curb appeal. But, what goes into contemporary home styling? Among the various ways architects and interior designers describe 'contemporary,' two words come up again and again: 'simple' and...
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Fun in the sun. Warm weather destinations are tops with movers [Infographic]
(BPT) - If you've ever shoveled your driveway or had your car die in the cold, you've probably dreamed of living somewhere warm. You're not alone and each year more and more Americans are making that dream a reality, moving away from the Midwest and Northeast and to warm weather climates. Atlanta, Ga. leads the list of popular moving destinations for the fourth consecutive year, according to Penske Truck Rental. Read on to learn more about this amazing city and what other warm locations are h...
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Why a wood deck is one of the best investments a homeowner can make
By Laura Malm (BPT) - As the seasons turn, more homeowners are looking for projects that not only make their homes more livable, but also offer great return on investment. With demand high across the country for outdoor spaces that bring the comforts of the indoors outside, there's no surprise that decks are one of the t...
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Check the big move off the moving to-do list with ease
(BPT) - When you're planning the big move, you've probably created a lengthy to-do list of everything that needs to be packed, planned and previewed. While you're likely excited about your move, stress can create a bit of an emotional upheaval as well. By staying organized and adopting a schedule that has served professi...
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Renovating? Laying a good foundation for home improvement success
(BPT) - You've probably heard the saying: 'Your home is your castle.' But if your current home - or the home you're thinking of buying - feels more like the servant's quarters than the royal palace, you may need to plan a renovation. At times like these it's easy to give in to your excitement and get the project moving f...
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The best home improvement for less than $5,000
(BPT) - Curious which home improvement costs less than $5,000, delivers the highest return on investment and has the maximum impact on curb appeal? According to the latest studies, the answer is a new garage door. A garage door replacement is one of the best value-returning home improvement investments, according to Remo...
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Increasing your resale value is easy when you save smartly
(BPT) - Investing in home improvements is a smart idea when you're thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money? While it may be tempting to make cosmetic home improvements including decorating touches or fresh coats of paint, upgrading vital home systems such as heating and...
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Reaching new heights: 4 tips for finding a skilled roofing contractor
(BPT) - Purchasing a new roof is one of the most important - and biggest - investments you can make in your home. That's why it's crucial to have a knowledgeable professional on hand to guide you through each step of the process. In fact, choosing the right contractor is just as important as choosing the right roofing co...
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(BPT) - Four hundred gallons - that's how much water the average American home uses in a day, acc...
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(BPT) - Dinner is over and your family is craving something sweet to end the meal. There are plen...
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