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August 17, 2017

Low-Water Planting in San Francisco, California

The mild winters and dry summers in neighborhoods like the Richmond District around San Francisco can be a real dream, offering some of our nation’s most comfortable year-round climate for everyone from young families to retirees. While the climate can be wonderful for people, it can take a bit of planning when thinking about your garden and landscaping. Different areas of the United States get different levels of annual rainfall and daily sun, so it’s always important to keep in mind which plants are native your region and which may need to be avoided. But regardless of your local climate, plants that conserve water or are drought-resistant can make really good sense, allowing [...]

 
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August 17, 2017

What Your Property Inspection Does Not Cover

The property inspection may feel like one of the last lines of defense when purchasing a home. While a property inspection does protect and prepare you for upcoming life as a homeowner, it is important to know all the items your property inspection does not cover so you may stay protected during this critical step of a transaction. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) was founded in 1976 and formed a standards of practice that has become the standard to follow in many states now. These standards help add consistency and keep the inspection focused on major home systems such as the heating, cooling, electrical systems, and plumbing systems. This may leave you to believe [...]

 
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August 16, 2017

10 Ways To Improve Your Backyard

A backyard offers all kinds of potential — so if yours is nothing more than grass, it’s time to do something about it. Through a few smart enhancements and additions, you can turn your backyard into a favorite gathering space, a playground for your kids, or a private retreat where you go to relax and recharge after a long day. The bottom line is a backyard can be whatever you make of it, so why not make it great? In the process, you not only create a more useful space, but you can also end up adding value to your property.

What are some creative ways to improve your backyard for more enjoyment and value? Here’s a look at 10 great ideas:

1. Create hangout [...]
 
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August 16, 2017

How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Summer is hurricane season. Follow these tips to prepare your home for hurricane season and increase your odds of limiting damage to your property.
 
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August 14, 2017

The 411: HVAC Tips and Tricks to Save on your Electricity Bill This Summer

Beat the heat this summer and save on your energy bill by making these six HVAC tips and tricks part of your spring and summer maintenance plan.
 
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August 10, 2017

Beachy or Bust: Best Decor to Sell Your Home in Jacksonville

Everyone who has ever been to Florida knows there’s one decor style to rule them all. Beach themes make sense for both locals and those who rent out their Jacksonville properties to vacationers heading south throughout the year.

Due to its popularity, beach decor is a great way to style your home before you put it on the market, too. If you’re not sure where to start — there are so many options when it comes to making your home look and feel Floridian — here are the dos and don’ts of beach-inspired interior design.

Do: Keep Things Light and Airy

Selling your home often requires you to present a more neutral color palette so that potential buyers have [...]

 
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August 9, 2017

Are you Ready for Hurricane Season?

Do you live near the Gulf or Atlantic Coasts? Are you planning to move to or vacation in a city like New Orleans, Orlando, Virginia Beach, Jacksonville, Charleston, or even Atlanta or Washington, DC that may lie in the path of a devastating hurricane this summer?

If so, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center advise you to be prepared for another worse-than-normal hurricane season. For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season and only a 20 percent chance of a [...]

 
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August 8, 2017

Decor Advice for Commitment-Phobes

“Permanent” decor can be intimidating. We’ve all been there—that first “designer” sofa you invest in gets a large stain, or the bedroom set you had to have ends up being made of plywood and falls apart after a year. So, you’re not alone if you consider yourself a “decor commitment-phobe.” Some aspects of interior design can help alleviate this fear—you can find easy, short-term design commitments to make those longer-term decisions easier to make. Furniture and accessories don’t fall into one single category. Here’s a breakdown of how to think about those decor commitments.

Long term: Window treatments

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