No backyard? No problem – the new trend of yardless gardening

April 15, 2013 · Filed under: Garden, Landscapeing Ideas, Landscaping, Patio  

(BYardless GardeningPT) – Backyard or back patio, it’s time to get planting, no matter where you live. The number of American households engaging in do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities rose by more than 3 million in recent years, the National Gardening Association’s National Garden 2012 Survey found. That can include you, even if you don’t have an actual yard.

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Make exterior trim part of home remodeling

Exterior Trim(BPT) – As existing home sales continue to climb and housing prices increase, remodeling is also on the rise, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Owners of older homes are investing more in home improvement projects that add beauty and value, especially with environmentally friendly products.

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More beauty, less beast in your lawn and garden

April 11, 2013 · Filed under: Garden, Landscaping  

Lawn and garden(BPT) – A tale as old as time, true as it can be … insects, weeds and poor fertilization are the beasts that take away from the beauty of plants and flowers in our lawns, gardens and even homes. To maintain a home and landscape your neighbors envy, interiors and exteriors should remain pest-free, and plants should be fed with the proper nutrients to stay healthy all-season-long.

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Selling your home? Make it more appealing to buyers

April 10, 2013 · Filed under: Curb Appeal, Lighting, Simple Home Improvements, Windows  

Make your home sale(BPT) – You’ve made the decision to sell your home – now you want to position yourself for a quick and successful sale. What’s the most important thing you can do to entice buyers?

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Greenest of the green: Top efficiency-boosting home improvements

Green Remodeling(BPT) – Forget wondering who’s the fairest; when it comes to choosing home improvements that make your home look good – from the curb and to potential buyers – it may make more sense to ask “Who’s the greenest of them all.” Sustainable home improvements not only help reduce utility costs and boost owner satisfaction with their homes, they also make a house more appealing to potential buyers.

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Tips for setting up your home theater viewing space

March 28, 2013 · Filed under: Home Decorating, Home Decorating Ideas, Lighting  

Home Entertainment(BPT) – Few things are more disappointing than turning on your new TV for the first time only to discover the picture doesn’t look as good as it did in the store. Or the audio balance is so far off that you feel like you’re listening from inside a tunnel.

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Baby boomers: Bathroom updates that increase livability and home value

March 28, 2013 · Filed under: Bathroom Remodeling, Flooring, Lighting  

Bathroom Upgrades(BPT) – Baby boomers are a smart group when it comes to home updates. While embracing life today, they fully recognize that in the future, their homes may need upgrades to help them live well and stay safe. The bathroom naturally gets the most attention and for good reason – it’s one of the most frequently used rooms in a home and also one with many hazards. Baby boomers are turning towards safer bathing options to support their changing lifestyle including walk-in baths, handicap accessible showers, and other supportive furnishings.

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Warmer weather home updates that are easy on your wallet

March 20, 2013 · Filed under: Curb Appeal, Garden, Green Remodeling, Landscaping  

Outdoor Home Improvement(BPT) – As the weather turns warmer, most of us are experiencing cabin fever, anxious to escape to the outdoors. But has the harsh winter weather put a damper on your outdoor spaces? Don’t fret. You can easily spruce up your exteriors with a few easy and inexpensive home improvement projects. Here are a few fast fixes that will have your home looking great without taking a huge hit on your wallet.

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Three stress-free tricks to refresh your home from floor to ceiling

March 20, 2013 · Filed under: Flooring, Home Decorating  

Spring Home Decorating(BPT) – Spring is the time of year for renewal. So, it’s no surprise that springtime finds most people planning to rejuvenate their spaces. Four out of five Americans have a room in the home in need or redecorating, according to a 2013 study by Homegoods. Unfortunately, all too often the decorating process is a source of stress and anxiety for homeowners. How will you ever afford new furniture in your living room? How can you be on-trend without dating your home?

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Staging on a shoestring: Tips from the pros for quick home sales

March 15, 2013 · Filed under: Painting, Simple Home Improvements  

Home Staging(BPT) – The real estate market is starting to show signs of improvement, which is welcome news for people wanting to sell their homes. This positive momentum alone isn’t enough to close a deal, though – a homeowner must make their properties appealing to potential buyers so they stand out from the competition. The good news is it’s easy to create an appealing atmosphere with a few staging tips and tricks from the experts.
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