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    Are you spending home improvement dollars on the wrong door?

    (BPT) - How often do you use the front door? Not often, right? When Americans come home from work or school, the front door now takes a back seat to the garage door.

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    4 questions to ask before purchasing a new home

    (BPT) - Buying a new house is an exciting time in your life. Because it is one of the most important investments you’ll make for yourself and your family, there are many important factors to consider. Before making a purchase, take these four questions into account. Having the answers will allow you to enjoy your new home now and in the years ahead.

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    Singles finding their way to homeownership without making lifestyle compromises [Infographic]

    (BPT) - With the average American getting married later than they have in a century, according to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, more and more singles aren't waiting for wedding bells before they take the plunge into homeownership. A new CENTURY 21 Real Estate survey shows that while singles are less willing to make lifestyle sacrifices in order to purchase a home, they still value homeownership. Find out how these determined buyers pull it off with the help of agents who understand their unique needs.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Shower Better and Save with Satisfaction
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 1:34 am

(NAPSI)—October is Energy Action Month, a time to take action to save energy. Did you know that your heating and cooling systems and appliances aren’t the only things in your home that use energy? It takes a great deal of energy to treat and deliver water to your home, as well as heat that water to shower, shave, and launder shirts.

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Sunday 09/14/2014
Emergency Preparedness Tips
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:33 am

(Family Features) Americans who have recently endured a prolonged power outage at home are much more likely to improve their family's emergency preparation for the future, according to a recent report.

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Outdoor Stain Busters
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:33 am

(Family Features) Engaging in outdoor activities are a great way for families to stay active and spend quality time together, but between tree-climbing, nature hikes, and backyard barbecues, outdoor adventures can lead to piles of dirty, dingy and stained clothing.

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Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:33 am

(Family Features) Now is the season for enjoying backyard BBQs and poolside parties with friends and family - not being trapped in the house for pre- and post-party cleaning. With a little planning, you can minimize time spent on daily chores and maximize time spent soaking up the sun and creating memories with guests.

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Lawn Care Tips for Fall
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:33 am

(Family Features) Taking time in the fall to prepare your lawn for the colder months ahead will pay dividends come spring and allow you to enjoy lusher, greener grass when temperatures rise again. 

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How to Be Prepared for an Emergency
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 1:33 am

(Family Features) To be prepared in any situation, planning ahead is critical. Engine-driven portable generators are intended for multiple uses and designed for portability. When utility power is unavailable due to extreme weather, portable generators become a useful source of temporary or remote electric power.

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Keep Family Safe from Home's Hidden Hazards
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 1:33 am

(Family Features) In the U.S. alone, approximately 60 million people suffer from asthma and allergies, which according to the American Lung Association can be triggered by mold for those who are allergic. As a responsible homeowner, it's essential to be aware of the many threats, such as mold and fire, which may cause harm to your family and your investment.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Ethanol Proven To Lower Gas Prices
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(NAPSI)—Recently, the price of gasoline reached a six-year high. Fortunately, there’s a way to handle that cost. You can use less gas—without reducing your driving. Making that possible is one of the more promising alternative energy sources, ethanol, which is blended with regular gas—a little in most cars and a lot in flex-fuel vehicles.

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Standby Generators Can Provide Safety And Comfort
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for homeowners who want to protect their family and property from the damage and discomfort that can be caused by a power outage.

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Cork Pops Beyond The Bottle
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for homeowners trying to choose among beauty, function and responsible sourcing when it comes to flooring: As famed architect and designer Vern Yip points out, you can now get all three-with cork. A longtime champion of sustainable design, the HGTV star is constantly looking for eco-friendly materials with a fashion-forward appeal that can adapt to just about any taste.

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Monday 08/11/2014
One simple home improvement cuts noise pollution while boosting energy savings
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s the neighbor’s lawnmower, low-flying aircraft, heavy traffic or loud music, noise pollution can hinder you from truly enjoying your home. Nowadays, a quiet place to relax and chill out can be increasingly difficult to find. Yet, a smart investment in the right materials can let you achieve both solace and silence in your home.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Add curb appeal to your home inspired by architecture
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 1:38 am

(BPT) - When you drive through your neighborhood, you may notice a variety of architectural styles. There might be a traditional colonial with evenly spaced windows. Down the road may be an ornate Victorian. On the corner there may be a craftsman home with an inviting front porch. Others may include a mixture of different styles combined to create a unique home.

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Tuesday 07/01/2014
The homebuilding method you've never heard of that cuts energy bills up to 60 percent
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - For people building new homes in the coming months, the ever-increasing pain of monthly utility bills for cooling and heating their homes has them looking for more energy-efficient construction methods. In 2014, homeowners have been burdened with electricity costs that rose 5 percent, heating oil 7 percent and natural gas 10 percent, as reported in USA Today.  At the same time, homebuilders are challenged to meet increasingly stringent energy codes imposed by cities and counties.

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The tools you need to increase your home's curb appeal this year
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - Can the look and condition of your roof affect the resale value and curb appeal of your home? What about your window frames, entry door or shutters? The answer is absolutely.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Three success tips for converting an attic into living space
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Moving up – vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode – was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer. High demand and low inventory, however, may leave many with nowhere to go. Some will rediscover a time-honored space-gaining technique: attic conversion.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Design inspiration at your fingertips: Homeowners go digital to jumpstart home improvement projects
Updated: June 21, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - More than 40 percent of homeowners plan to update their homes in the next two years, according to the latest Houzz & Home Study. Of those who plan to remodel, 78 percent cite their motivation as improving the look and feel of the space.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Bathroom remodeling should start at the studs
Updated: June 10, 2014 - 1:37 am

(BPT) - Remodeling a bathroom can increase the value of your home but short-sighted planning can wash projects down the drain.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
Debunking the Myths about Homeownership
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 1:35 am

(StatePoint) As a result of the recent housing crisis, many potential homebuyers, especially first-timers, are hesitant to enter the market. But if you’re holding back, evaluate why. Experts say your reasons may be based on myth.

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Take the hassle out of moving your boxes to a new home
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 1:37 am

(BPT) - Americans are on the move. More than 35 million Americans moved last year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. While relocating to a new place is exciting, it also brings its own set of worries, with packing and unpacking topping the list of stressors. With careful planning and organizing, your move can be more celebratory than stressful – just follow these tips.

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Thursday 05/22/2014
Most often-overlooked truth of curb appeal: Little things mean a lot
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 1:37 am

(BPT) - Curb appeal relies not just on the color of a home’s siding or the beauty of its landscaping, but on often-overlooked, underplayed details. Whether it’s charming intricate gingerbread scrolls on the porch, or fluted door casing that imparts an elegant, upscale look, trim can have a strong impact on a home’s curb appeal.

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