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Office furniture: Choosing Furniture For a Small Home Office

A small home office need not necessarily be furnished with small office furniture. When choosing furniture when space is limited, you should first make a list of the essential items you must have, then a list of what it would be good to be able to accommodate. Keep in mind that most home offices in […]

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Kitchen Flooring Ideas to Increase your Home’s Value

Kitchen flooring used to be a simple choice: linoleum or tiles. Now you have a much wider choice of flooring materials for your kitchen. The choice you make can make a difference to the value of your home, particularly if you intend selling in the near future. Here are some ideas for materials suitable for […]

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Patio Paving and How to Install Patio Pavers

Patio paving can be used for a number of areas around your home. Apart from the most obvious use, you can install patio pavers on garden paths, driveways, around pools and even steps in your garden or backyard. They are available in a range of shapes, sizes and colors, and you can also use recycled […]

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Plants to Avoid In Your Yard: Bamboo, Ivy and Others

Here are five plants to avoid in your yard or garden.  Most of these grow very aggressively and are very difficult to control once they have taken hold. Some look great, but will soon rule your entire garden or yard and may even threaten the integrity of your home. There are not many in this […]

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Homeowners Associations: Benefits of Membership

Homeowners Associations have grown up all over the USA over the past few years. What are the benefits of membership, and is there a downside to membership of an HOA? Opinion is mixed between those who like living in a well organized housing development and those that feel it to be too restrictive. The prime […]

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Moving With Children – How to Make Moving Easy

It is important that you make moving easy on your children. If you find moving home stressful, as most adults do, then what is it doing to your kids? They are having to leave all their friends, leave their sports teams, settle into a new school and  perhaps have to fit into a neighborhood where […]

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Caring for Indoor Plants: Increase the Value of Your Home

You can increase the value of your home by caring for indoor plants. Nobody deliberately neglects or kills their houseplants, but many people fail to keep them healthy through ignorance or a lack of knowledge of their worth to the perceived value of their home. Indoor plants can be a significant factor in staging a […]

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Accidental Landlords and Income Tax: Depreciation and Other Claims

Accidental landlords are those that find themselves in a situation where they are forced to rent out their home. Fundamentally, they cannot pay the mortgage but are unable to sell, so must either be foreclosed, sell cheaply at a significant loss or rent it out and move to cheaper housing. If you have found yourself […]

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Private Mortgage Insurance: How to Avoid PMI

Private mortgage insurance can be costly. It is possible to avoid PMI by putting 20% down on your house. If you cannot afford a 20% down payment, then you must pay for private mortgage insurance on your mortgage Problems With PMI Private mortgage insurance is costly. It is charged at around 0.5% – 1% or […]

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Importance of Cleaning Gutters and Downpipes

Cleaning gutters and downpipes is likely the most important home maintenance job that is frequently ignored. The purpose of maintaining your home is two-fold; firstly, to keep it wind and waterproof, and extend its life, and secondly to maintain its value. Ignore this and your equity will soon drop. Not good! Some people never clean […]

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