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Tips to tackle 5 of the most satisfying DIY projects

Whats your favorite DIY project youve ever completed? Chances are the answer pops right into your mind, and even if youve completed hundreds of DIY projects over the years, you probably have some that truly stand out.For those that werent at the top of your list, maybe the result wasnt what you hoped for, the project wasnt particularly rewarding or youve done it before.The following five projects might be new to your list, but they are sure to improve your... read more
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Do the math: Homebuying now may save a lot

It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the...
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The beauty of barn doors

Barn doors moved out of the farmyard and into the house a long time ago. Recently, however, they have become an even more popular and useful feature in residential design. Its not hard to see why.Many homeowners hear the term barn door and think of reclaimed, rustic wood, which may not be a look theyre interested in, says...
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Keep your home pest free this year

Now is a great time to establish year-long goals and resolutions, including home improvement goals youd like to tackle this year. The first step is to create a pest control plan for your home. Its important to establish good habits early in the year to help prevent potential pest problems. Unchecked, pests can wreak havoc in your home,...
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Deciphering the legalese in your furnace warranty

From smartphones to mattresses, almost everything you buy comes with a warranty. How can you ensure you get the most benefit from a warranty, especially for a major investment thats critical to the comfort of your home, like a new furnace?Warranties are meant to assure a homeowner that the furnace theyre purchasing will do what its supposed to,...
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