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Protecting your home from falling trees

By Austin White / January 13, 2015
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With winter just around the corner and the last leaves falling, it’s time to take a good look around your backyard, for trees and tree limbs that may need attention. Falling trees can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage and can even result in loss of life. Taking real time to inspect the trees in your yard can minimize the risk of a potential disaster.

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Fall Leaves

Making the Most of Falling Leaves

By Austin White / December 4, 2014
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Many of us of a certain age have a childhood memory of raking leaves into large piles and burning them by the roadside. Huddled in the twilight amidst barren trees, the pungent smoke of cherry and oak leaves rising in the first cold air of autumn evokes a very different time.

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Home, Tech

Your Home Office

By Austin White / November 18, 2014
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To get the best in-home office setup, don’t be scared to think outside of the box—after all, you decided to start your own business or go it alone for your own reasons, one of which was very likely to get out of the cubicle.

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House, Paint

Exterior Paint Colors – Which is the Right One for Your Home

By Austin White / November 13, 2014
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If you are unlike the tens of thousands of Americans who don’t really have options in the color they select for their home exterior due to Home Owner’s Association constraints, then you are dealing with both a blessing and a curse. Do you want to be the house that sticks out or blends in?

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A Checklist for Getting Your Home Winter Ready

By Austin White / October 23, 2014
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While the days grow shorter and temperatures dip lower, there’s still time to get your home ready for the winter ahead. In addition to stowing away deck furniture and prepping the lawn and garden for the winter, here is a simple checklist of things you can do to make sure your home is warm and cozy for the winter.

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Smaller homes are they the next big thing

By Austin White / October 16, 2014
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The smaller house movement began in earnest In 1997 with the publication of “The Not So Big House” by Sara Susanka. The recession, which hit the nation’s housing market hard ten years later, only served to strengthened the movement.

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Lawn

Getting Your Lawn and Mower Ready for Winter

By Austin White / October 7, 2014
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Preparing your lawn for the winter ahead doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. The result, a lush green lawn is well worth the effort of seeding and fertilizing one last time. Here’s where to start.

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Storage-Space

5 of the Best Online Sites for Space Saving Tips and More

By Austin White / August 27, 2014
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As the old adage goes “nature abhors a vacuum.” It doesn’t seem to matter how much space we have, clutter will accumulate. Space saving has become a multi-billion dollar industry with specialized interior designers willing to reconfigure your closets, attic and basement.

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Buying a home

Are You Ready for Home Ownership

By Austin White / April 22, 2014
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So how do you know when you are finally ready to buy? The following checklist is a start to determining whether you are prepared to be king (or queen) of your own castle.

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Home Equity

Home Equity: How to Improve It

By Austin White / April 10, 2014
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If you are like most home owners, you can’t afford to increase the equity in your home by making double mortgage payments each month. Fortunately, there are other ways to improve your home’s value without breaking the bank.

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