Big-Impact Ideas for Small Patio Spaces

Posted on: June 1, 2017 by in Blog
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(BPT) - Do you have a small patio? Do you think you can't do much with the space due to its size? There's probably a lot more potential than you think.From the influx of urban dwellers, empty-nesters in transition and even the tiny-home movement, the trend of downsizing continues across the United States. Contrary to popular belief, you can have an impressive patio even if you have a smaller abode.Here are a few design ideas to help bring your limited patio area to life while maximizing Continue Reading ...

5 Renovation Resolutions for Your Home This Year

Posted on: May 29, 2017 by in Blog
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5 Renovation Resolutions for Your Home This Year

(BPT) - It’s no secret that springtime is synonymous with spruce-ups. But, as is often the case, homeowners hone in on prettying-up patios and backyards with fresh florals and new outdoor furniture, leaving the inside of the home as “same old, same old.” This spring, resolve to reinvent your home from the inside out with stylish décor sure to add the wow-factor it deserves.The five refreshing projects below will to help create a beautiful setting worthy of the new season — and Continue Reading ...

5 Green Home Improvements That Can Help Sell Your Home for More

Posted on: May 22, 2017 by in Blog
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5 Green Home Improvements - Home Seller Tips

(BPT) - Demand remains high for energy-efficient, eco-friendly home features, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In fact, the majority of builders now put energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling systems, thermostats and appliances in their construction, the survey says. If you’re selling your home and hope to compete with new construction — as well as set your house apart from other resales — making green improvements could significantly pay Continue Reading ...

5 Spring Cleaning Projects to Take on Immediately

Posted on: May 15, 2017 by in Blog
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5 indoor projects to add to your spring cleaning list (BPT) - Spring cleaning is a seasonal tradition. You’ve been setting house projects aside all winter, and now’s the perfect time to make sure the warm weather season starts with a cleaner, happier home. So open the windows, turn on your favorite song, and start your spring cleaning with these five to-dos.* Clear the clutter. Removing excess clutter is a great cleaning tip any time of year, but finishing this task when the weather Continue Reading ...

Instilling Garage Logic in Your Kids

Posted on: May 10, 2017 by in Blog
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It’s a long-standing tradition performed at the workbench of American garages — passing garage logic to the next generation. From hammering that first nail to changing a car’s oil, the garage is a living laboratory where parents teach their kids life lessons, self-reliance and problem-solving skills. It can even be an incubator where the seeds of a future profession grow.Today, instilling that larger vision requires a break from the small screen. Too often, smartphones and video games Continue Reading ...

5 Easy Ways To ‘Charge Up’ Your Recycling Habits

Posted on: May 5, 2017 by in Blog
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Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most recent figures, and only about one-third of that waste is recycled. For many, one of the main barriers to recycling is not knowing how or where to recycle certain items.For instance, many household cordless products we use every day are powered by rechargeable batteries. These batteries are not only recyclable, but contain materials that are potentially harmful to the Continue Reading ...

Self-Employed? Tips To Help You Navigate The Mortgage Process

Posted on: April 28, 2017 by in Blog
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Sponsored ad content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.When you're self-employed, you often work harder than anyone else you know. That's what it takes to be your own boss. While rewarding, it comes with a lot of added responsibility. This is especially true when applying for a mortgage."Self-employment can complicate the mortgage process for one very simple but critically important reason," says Eric Hamilton, president of Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance. "Lenders need to know Continue Reading ...

5 Tips To Protect Your Devices From Cybercrime

Posted on: April 21, 2017 by in Blog
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Your smartphone, your tablet, your computer - they are some of your most important and most used possessions. They are the daily tools you use for research, to connect with others and make purchases. You take them everywhere and fill them with your important, personal information.And all of that makes them the perfect targets for a cyberattack.The number of cybercrime incidents in the United States grows each year, and as Americans move into an increasingly digital society - thanks to Continue Reading ...

What You Should Know About Rising Interest Rates

Posted on: April 14, 2017 by in Blog
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Homeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what’s in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. This is in part because rates can change direction fast, and when they rise—as they have been recently—it can cost borrowers a great deal of money and time.The effect of rising interest rates on your home purchaseToday, the median existing home price in the United States is around Continue Reading ...

Reducing Risks While Taking Care Of Business: Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

Posted on: April 7, 2017 by in Blog
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The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they’re driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims thousands of lives and causes thousands more injuries every year.More than a quarter of all car crashes involve cell phone use, both hand sets and hands-free, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports. In 13 percent of fatal crashes, the drivers were using Continue Reading ...