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    Giving the Elderly a Lift -- In Their Home

    (NewsUSA) - Although home may be where the heart is, for older people, it may not be where they are able to stay.

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    What's up in roofs? Metal growing in popularity

    (BPT) - It’s hard to believe, but the 2013-14 polar vortex wasn’t all bad. Sure, it brought North America record cold and snow, in one of the worst winters ever. But the weather phenomenon’s silver lining was in persuading many homeowners it was time to forever abandon their conventional roofs for something better. That "something" is the increasingly popular metal roof.

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    8 ways first-time homebuyers can make themselves mortgage-ready

    (BPT) - It’s rare to get something right the very first time you try it, but when it comes to buying your first home, a lack of knowledge and experience can lead to costly mistakes. One in four first-time homebuyers say they are completely unfamiliar with the mortgage financing process, according to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Even among those with an understanding of the overall process, the report found that many first time homebuyers still had significant knowledge gaps in important areas such as available mortgage rates, closing costs, down-payment requirements and income required to qualify for a loan.

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Monday 03/02/2015
Get Your Garage Safe for Spring
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 4:39 am

(Family Features) When you throw open the windows to welcome spring breezes, you’ll likely be spending more time with the garage door open, too. Make access to all your outdoor equipment safer with these tips to ready your garage for spring.

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Healthy Spring for House Plants
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 4:39 am

(Family Features) When the invigorating air of spring arrives, remember that you’re not alone in wanting to soak up that refreshing warm breeze. Your houseplants are eager for a break from winter, too.

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Ways to Recycle at Home
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 4:39 am

(Family Features) Though recycling may seem like a chore, it is an important key to managing the waste in your family’s home.

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A Lush Lawn in 4 Easy Steps
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 4:39 am

(Family Features) Want to get the best out of your lawn this year? Implement these simple hacks to keep your lawn green and growing, your equipment up and running, and your yard looking great:

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Friday 02/27/2015
Simple Tips To Get Growing At Home
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 4:39 am

(NAPSI)—There may be few things more satisfying than growing colorful flowers or eating vegetables picked fresh from the garden. That might seem ambitious if you haven’t gardened before, but getting started this year need not be difficult. Just follow these simple gardening tips to enjoy the benefits of fresh air, gentle exercise and healthy produce:

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Be Smart About Snow
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 4:39 am

(NAPSI)—Heeding a few hints can help you give snow the cold shoulder without risking your health and safety.

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Get A Handle On Household Leaks
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 4:39 am

(NAPSI)—Over 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in the United States every year from easy-to-fix household leaks. That is the amount of water used by more than 11 million homes every year!

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
'Aging In Place' Drives Need For Energy-Dependent, At-Home Health Care
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—As thousands of baby boomers turn 65 each day, some 90 percent of them hope to remain in their homes as long as they can, relying on modifications to improve safety and accessibility, as well as advancements in home-based medical devices to make that dream possible.

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Tuesday 02/24/2015
Make Your Home the Envy of the Neighborhood
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 4:30 am

(StatePoint) You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a home by its exterior. Making your home the envy of the neighborhood starts with boosting its curb appeal.

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Monday 02/23/2015
Weatherizing Your Home Can Mean Big Benefits
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 4:30 am

(NewsUSA) - The volatility of Mother Nature this year has served as a reminder that electric and gas bills can get out of hand quickly -- especially when a home isn't properly weatherized.

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Monday 01/26/2015
Bathroom bliss: Upscale touches top manufactured homes trends in 2015
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - The trend toward affordable luxury has resonated in the hearts of American homeowners, including those in the market for a manufactured home. Today’s manufactured homes deliver affordability and convenience, as well as the kind of designer elements found in site-built homes.

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Tuesday 01/13/2015
Busting first-time homebuyer myths
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - When buying a first home, most people are making one of the biggest purchases of their lives. Without home buying experience, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.

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Monday 12/29/2014
What to look for in a new garage door - and why you should replace yours now
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - At first thought, the dead of winter may not seem to be the optimum time to replace your garage door. In fact, quite the opposite is true: frigid temperatures and brisk winds readily prove the need to upgrade your garage door from an older non-insulated version to a modern, energy efficient garage door.

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The easiest resolution to keep: Upgrading your bathroom
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Whether committing to losing weight, improving your health or furthering your career, New Year’s resolutions create stress and require time and hard work. This year, along with those admirable but difficult-to-keep resolutions, why not set a goal that’s easy to achieve and will leave you with long-lasting satisfaction? Start the new year with a new bathroom, and you’ll reap the rewards for years to come.

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Monday 12/08/2014
Get the Low Down on Low Down Payments
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 4:31 am

(StatePoint) You may have heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't buy a home unless you can put down 20 percent of the purchase price. However, today’s home buyers have many choices when it comes to the size of the down payment.

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Friday 11/21/2014
New homebuyers checklist to ID costly repairs
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - When you’re about to buy a house, it’s easy to get excited about its great location, spacious floor plan or beautifully decorated interior. Yet the old saying, “beauty’s only skin deep” can apply to any home, especially if you’re considering an older, previously owned property. Before signing on the dotted line, use this checklist to help avoid some potentially costly surprises and anticipate repairs or upgrades that may be needed.      

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Thursday 11/20/2014
Add a signature style to your home
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Expert tips to make your new house feel like home
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - You know that moving into a new home can be one of life's biggest stressors - the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home can help alleviate some of this stress and provide a safe-haven for some much needed relaxation.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Factors that Impact a Home's Value
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) It may seem like the size of your home is the be-all and end-all of your home’s value. But there are many other factors that come into play when determining the listing price of a particular home.

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Monday 11/10/2014
6 steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - A remodeling project is one of the most invigorating lifestyle changes a homeowner can make. However, trusting a contractor with both your home and your money can feel overwhelming. Spare your time, money and sanity by following these steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor:

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