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August 16, 2018

Welcome to Your New, Neglected Lawn: A Homeowner’s Firsthand Tips

Is your yard overgrown and in need of some TLC? From obvious to unconventional ideas, there are many ways to take care of your landscaping. Check out these tips to reclaim your yard!
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July 18, 2018

Wells 101: What’s Going On Down There

A well on your property usually means you only need to claim the water rights with your city government, and then you pay nothing for the use of that water.
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July 10, 2018

Summer-Proofing Your Home: Tips for Staying Cool and Preventing Damage

The temperature climbs, humidity comes and goes with the afternoon thunderstorms, dust devils kick up the desert sand blowing down the sidewalks, and mosquitoes drone in the background. In some states, summer is almost as harsh as winter - for the people, the land, and the places we call home.
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June 27, 2018

Choosing Furniture: Three Ways to Approach It

You have the keys, you’ve painted in all the new colors, and now… furniture! Here are three ways to reduce the stress around furniture shopping and help you focus on finding the pieces you will really love and use.
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June 21, 2018

A Tool Guide for the New DIYer

If you own a home, you probably have to fix many things yourself. Here are a few recommended basic tools and a bonus list and tool guide for you to use.
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June 12, 2018

4 Sites to Get (Trustworthy) DIY Home Advice

Not finding the answers you need on Google? We've compiled the 4 sites to get trustworthy DIY home advice.
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June 1, 2018

Furniture DIY: Turning Hand-Me-Downs into Pieces You Love

Instead of spending extra money buying new furniture for your new home, why not revamp some of your old furniture? Here are three weekend furniture DIY projects you can tackle to update or makeover that one new-to-you piece that you just can’t part with.
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April 18, 2018

Millennial Home Buyers: How to Improve Your Credit and Qualify for a Mortgage

As we learned in our profile of millennial homebuyers, most are burdened with student loans and are relatively new to earning a steady paycheck while a significant portion don’t have any credit to speak of. Let’s look at first-time homebuyer loans and what you can do to quickly improve your credit to qualify for a mortgage.

First-Time Homebuyers Loans

Because these loans are designed to encourage people with moderate incomes to venture into the real estate market, they come with a few restrictions. It’s helpful to know about these before you start house-hunting. Most first-time buyer loans

Cap the price of the house you can buy (so you’re not [...]
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April 17, 2018

A Low Percentage of Millennials are Buying Homes – Why?

Millennial – the generation born between the 1980s and late 1990s, often associated with technological savvy, social media obsession, short attention spans, and self-centeredness.

But are they? A Pew Research survey found that millennials are more likely to be critical of themselves than older generations, readily identifying with words like “greedy,” “self-absorbed,” and “wasteful.” But the deeper you dig into the data, the clearer it is that millennials are cautious, content, and community-minded.

Cautious: Rent, Not Buy

Millennials are significantly more likely to rent or live with their parents (or in a group living [...]

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March 29, 2018

Pruning 101: When, How, and Why Even Bother?

While there is some charm to a wildflower garden, most of us would prefer that the bushes, trees, and plantings around our house rein it in a bit. Not only does pruning help with curb appeal, but it’s healthy for the plants around your home. And for some of us, it scratches that itch to keep everything neat and tidy.

Start Small

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Flowering plants are easy to maintain. There are a couple techniques you can try throughout the year to keep bushes with blooms bright and thriving:

Dead-heading: Pinching off the dead or dying flowers near where they meet the stem of [...]
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March 16, 2018

Diagnosing and Cleaning up Water Damage in Your Home

Water problems in your home can happen quickly and just as quickly get out of hand. It can be a little scary to walk into your kitchen and see a flood spreading rapidly toward your ankles. But these three tips will help you quickly assess what went wrong, how bad it is, and how to start fixing it immediately.

“A few weeks ago, I noticed a little puddle on the floor by the dishwasher, which isn’t currently working. So my roommate and I assumed it was from tidying the kitchen; we mopped it up and moved on with our lives. I came back to the kitchen 30 minutes later and found a puddle that had engulfed the dishwasher, fridge, half the kitchen floor, and was making [...]

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