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12 Outdoor Halloween Decorations to Spook Out Your House

Halloween lights and decoration ideas you can DIY. Colorful floodlights add a haunted-house vibe to your run-of-the-mill dollar-store outdoor Halloween decorations. Make Paper Silhouettes Black-paper silhouettes are a wickedly cool way to make Halloween decorations light up the night. Get … Continue reading

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13 Tips for Home Wildfire Protection

Image: NFPA Firewise Communities Program All it takes is for one ember to fall on your roof. Don’t let it happen. How do most homes ignite during a wildfire? A floating ember or piece of burning wood touches down on … Continue reading

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The 7 Most Financially Savvy Home Upgrades You Can Make

Enjoy your home more today — and sell it for the best price tomorrow. When it comes to home improvement, some dollars stretch more than others. And if you’re on a limited budget, it becomes even more important to spend … Continue reading

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10 Tricks for Hosting an Open House That Make Buyers Say “OMG, Wow!”

Here’s what you can do to get your home ready for its big reveal. Few words get home buyers more excited than these two: open house. An open house is their opportunity to give your house a whirl. To wiggle the … Continue reading

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8 Ways to Get Rid of Awful Pet Smells That Turn Off Buyers

You probably only think you’ve eliminated pet odors. Here’s how to make sure. Having pet odors inside your home can turn off potential homebuyers and keep your home from selling. Ask your real estate agent for an honest opinion about … Continue reading

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4 Outdoor Projects That Offer The Most Paybacks

Outdoor projects can help boost a home’s value by up to 10 percent, according to a new realtor.com® report. Outdoor showers, barbecue stations, entertainment pools, and firepits are the top projects that realtor.com® researchers found with the biggest potential increases … Continue reading

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Fix Layout Problems Without Changing Walls

It’s no secret that builders, developers, and architects have favored open-plan layouts in the past decade or two. Bigger kitchens that spill out into family and dining rooms are the new norm, and the aesthetics and healthfulness of outdoor living … Continue reading

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How Older Homes Can Gain an Edge

The 4,200-square-foot lakefront property Mark Parrish listed last August seemed like any home buyer’s dream. Twenty minutes outside of Minneapolis, it was more spacious than most comparable homes in the neighborhood, with four bedrooms and four baths, and had unobstructed water … Continue reading

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6 Easy Projects to Personalize a Cookie-Cutter Home

Value-boosting ideas for your home’s interior to make it really yours. There’s so much to love about a brand new home! No worries about an aging furnace or the source of a stain in the carpet. Yet, it can also … Continue reading

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