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    • Most homeowners are under the impression that the majority of burglaries occur at night because the darkness provides much-needed cover for the criminals. In fact, nighttime burglaries are why most home security system companies recommend that you install motion-activated security lighting around your property. The common perception is that if a burglar is exposed by light, he won’t break in. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, some research indicates that the majority of [...]

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      While most people know that attic insulation helps homeowners, builders or even renters save money, most people don't know if their current situation is adequate. Some older homes have bare attics, while another home may have experienced a do-it-yourself job. Knowing what's right for your home is pretty easy to figure out with the help of a professional. Making sure your home has what it needs is key in keeping your energy costs down. First, evaluate the situation with the help of a [...]

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      When you want to be warm during the winter, use an electric blanket. If you are carrying a child and in your first three months of pregnancy you shouldn't use an electric blanket. According to studies you can cause birth defects to your unborn child. If you are going to sleep make sure your blanket is on low because it can catch on fire. To make sure you and your family is safe always keep your blanket on low while you are sleeping. To warm your bed before climbing in it, turn it on the setting[...]

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      It is wise to prepare your home for the winter before the first cold spell arrives. One of the most important things to do is to inspect your heating system for structural defects or signs of damage and deterioration that can hamper its proper functioning. When winter comes it is vital that you have your heaters properly functioning. As you know, having them services in cold season can be more expensive. It is wise to prepare your home for the winter before the first cold spell arrives. One [...]

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      When a new neighborhood or apartment complex issuing built, the building company is usually pre-occupied with the homes that are being built and trying fill the homes that have already been built. The building company often do not have time to manage the community, so that responsibility falls on the first residents. These residents band together to form a homeowners association (HOA) so that they can manage and oversee communal areas and issues relating to the care of the neighborhood. [...]

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      Getting to know your neighbors is a great way to make new friends and increase the feeling of community where you live. Find out the best way to reach out to your neighbors. Moving into a new community is always exciting; however, you might find the idea of meeting new neighbors to be a bit anxiety-producing. While it's not always easy to be the new family on the block, it can be fun to make friends and introduce yourself to the rest of the community. Here are several ways in which you might [...]

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      Adding value to your home is a great idea, but not every home improvement project will be worth the investment. There are, however, several areas that you can improve greatly without shelling out tons of cash in the process. Most don’t require major home renovation, and many can even be tackled on your own without a lot of expertise or know-how. Kitchen Facelift The kitchen is one area where it’s real easy to spend way beyond your home improvement budget. Because of that, many people think[...]

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      If you are a newcomer to an older neighborhood you will be needing to look into the local association or club. Some neighborhoods that were built a long time ago have neglected their association to the point of nonexistence. A lot of people consider themselves pioneers for moving into these lovely old inner city areas. They are avoiding the traffic that they used to deal with and are enjoying the lovely established foliage but are getting some unpleasant surprises too. Community support is right[...]

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      Every homeowner wants their bathroom to look nice, but not every homeowner has the budget set aside to do extensive remodeling work. While nothing can take the place of a full remodeling job (replacing or refurnishing cabinets, putting in a new tub, expanding the space), you might be surprised at how many little tricks can make a big difference. If you have a sense of style, you can make the space look interesting and even expensive without spending a lot of money. If you're ready to get [...]

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      Tax season is here and everyone wants as many deductions as they can get. If you’re a member of a homeowners association, you may have wondered whether or not the HOA fees you pay are tax deductible? Every HOA is different, so you’ll want to find out what applies to your specific Association. Members of an HOA  pay HOA fees or dues. These fees usually pay for the maintenance of  amenities (swimming pool, landscaping, trash removal, etc.) or are set aside in a savings account (also known[...]

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