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When To Invest In A House – How Do You Know Your Ready To Own Your Home
April 27, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Audra McMahon

Home ownership means you no longer pay monthly rent for the roof over your head. You can do what you want with your house (within reason). When you leave, you can sell it to recoup the purchase price and – with any luck – earn a profit too.

But don’t kid yourself. Home ownership comes with a slew of disadvantages, responsibilities, and downright headaches.

So before going any further, consider whether your lifestyle and finances make home buying a smart move.

TIP: High costs mean you should be prepared to stay put. Except in a roaring real estate market, it usually doesn’t make sense to buy a home you’ll own for less than three or four years. Reason: the high transaction cost of buying and selling property means you could lose money on the deal. If you do make money, you’ll pay capital gains taxes if you’re in the house…

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Smelly Washer
April 27, 2013, 1:44 pm
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Does your front loading washer have a bad smell inside the drum? Especially in a small laundry room does it ever become overpowering?
For years I couldn’t work out why my washer had this musty smell every time I opened the door, then one day I happened to mention it to my daughter. OMG she says, I had the same problem but I found the source of the problem.
Since then I have mentioned the smell to many people and, guess what they all have the same problem.
So before you get rid of your machine, which indeed one of my friends did, try this solution.
How often do you drain the overflow? “What overflow? I didn’t know there was an overflow.”
At the bottom, front left of my machine is a small flap. Inside is a rubber hose that drains the water that collects between the two drums of…

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Make your Backyard Fun!!
April 27, 2013, 1:42 pm
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Silver Stone Homes

Make your Backyard Fun!!

When the cold months end and Spring begins, kids want to go outside and play with their friends. Warmer weather is perfect for running in the backyard, playing in the tree house, or digging around in the sandbox. So, you need to create a fun backyard for your kids to enjoy during spring and summer.

If you have a spacious backyard, there are many things you can do to make it conducive to fun activities. You can add sports and playground equipment, sandboxes, play houses, etc. But, if space is limited, make the most of the space by asking your kids what they want the most for your backyard.

To help you create a fun backyard at home, here are a few tips:

Add a sandbox. Every kid loves to dig up sand and create sandcastles. Though the beach may be miles away from your home, that doesn’t have to…

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Steps to a Great Spring Lawn
April 27, 2013, 1:41 pm
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Kick off your springtime gardening with these easy tips for a lush-looking lawn.

Spring Lawn

Get Ready for Spring

Your lawn may look sadder than a termite at a concrete festival, but it certainly doesn’t have to stay that way. Giving your grass a bit of attention toward the end of winter will pay off big-time this spring and summer.

Step 1: Aerate your soil.

Compacted soil is hard for water, air, and roots to penetrate, and that makes it hard on grass. So go to your local equipment rental store, and get a core aerator. A half-day’s rental should cost you around $40.

This machine, which resembles a large rotary tiller, uses steel tubes to take plugs of soil from the lawn and deposit them on the ground. Aerating once a year reduces compaction and increases the vigor of your lawn.

Step 2: Mow the old grass low.

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Improving Your Home One Tip At A Time!
April 27, 2013, 1:39 pm
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Home improvement projects have the potential to make or break your wallet, your investment and your resale value (μετακομιζω). This article will give you lots of great advice on how you can protect the investment you’ve made, get the best bang for your buck and not go broke in the process.

To keep all of your family’s device chargers and cables organized, consider devoting one outlet in your home to a charging station. You can build (or purchase) boxes, stands, or other organizational solutions to contain the clutter and provide an easy spot to power up your cell phones, mp3 players, cameras, and more.

When painting a room it is important to make sure to have proper ventilation. If a room is not moving the air properly it can lead to difficulty breathing. You should keep a window open while you are painting a room so that you…

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April To-Do List
April 20, 2013, 12:17 pm
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Great spring tips!

A s k H o m e s a l e

April 2013 IOV - Ecard


“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”
– William Shakespeare

Spring is in full-swing….let it inspire you to make the most of this month! It’s a terrific time to get out into the fresh air and to let the fresh air in as well! Here are a few ideas to get you started…

  • Inspect window screens for tears/bent frames, clean with a mild soap and soft bristle brush; allow to dry thoroughly before installing.
  • Cleaning the carpets is another way to bring a fresh feel to your home. Rent a carpet steamer or call in a professional.
  • Get out into the garden. Clean up leftover leaves and debris, turn the soil allowing it to breathe, and get prepared for planting.
  • Check garden hoses for leaks; repair or replace damaged hoses. Do not leave hoses connected to an outdoor spigot until the danger of frost is completely over!

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7 Ways to Prevent Basement Flooding This Spring
April 20, 2013, 12:16 pm
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Great tips!


A flooded basement can put a real damper on your ability to enjoy the warm weather and greenery that spring brings us. Here are 7 tips to prevent basement flooding this season and keep yours looking beautiful.

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