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5 mistakes to avoid when buying your first home

Buying your first home is comparable to the first time you ride a bike. You can learn how it works from your parents and observe it from a distance, but you really wont know the ins and outs until you sit down on the bicycle and start riding.Like most beginners, first-time homebuyers will likely make a few mistakes as they initially go through the home-buying process in the upcoming year. Here are five mistakes first-time homebuyers often make, and how... read more
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Know what's below: Call 811 before digging for landscaping and home improvement projects this spring

With the snow melted and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this spring.During the transition into digging season, Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the association dedicated to protecting underground utilities and the people who dig near them,...
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5 projects to create the perfect outdoor kitchen

The weather outside is beautiful, so naturally you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible — and that includes mealtime and even the time spent preparing your food. So, if your outdoor cooking station isn't quite master chef worthy, worry not. There are several easy, affordable projects to help you transform the area into the perfect...
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Natural ways to keep roses radiant this season

Warm weather welcomes flowerbeds, gardens burst with color and fragrance, and in many yards, roses are the stars of the show. Theyre the most popular and prized flower in American gardens, one of the most-beloved flowers for weddings, and staples of Valentines and Mothers Day bouquets. Americans love their roses — and so do a host of harmful...
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5 tips to create an affordable and rewarding home DIY project

When it comes to home improvement, DIY is more popular than ever. Theres just something satisfying about improving your home with your own two hands and being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor, day after day. However, home improvement projects can be expensive, and many people shy away from tackling home improvements they know they would...
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