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    • According to a recent survey by Merial Limited, when it comes to scooping the poop, many Americans feel their pet-owning neighbors deserve to be in the dog house-and with good reason. Neglecting to remove dog waste increases health threats at parks, playgrounds and even backyards. Parasites, such as hookworms and roundworms, may be found in animal waste and may be transmitted to other dogs and to people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 10,000 human cases of roundworm[...]

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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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      When a homeowner has a concern about the community or a fellow neighbor, an HOA management company mediates the problem. There are certain procedures that need to be followed. There are a lot of different responsibilities that fall to an HOA management company. Disputes arise all the time over a variety of situations and issues and someone needs to sort things out. Whether the complaint involves loud music, parking concerns, or even the weeds in the front yard, homeowners need to be able to let[...]

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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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      It is often shocking how many people actually end up moving to a bad neighborhood in a bad part of town just because they didn't do their research. It is understandable that when you're relocating to a new area it is hard to find a neighborhood that isn't considered low-end or bad. How can you avoid those bad areas? It is often shocking how many people actually end up moving to a bad neighborhood in a bad part of town just because they didn't do their research. It is understandable that when [...]

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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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      If you plan to buy a single-detached house, a condominium or a townhouse from a developer, one of the important bits of information you have to know is: do property owners automatically become members of a homeowners association? If the answer is yes, you have to know the following: 1. Neighborhood Condition Look around. If there are already existing homeowners and the association has been formed, are the common areas well maintained and in order? 2. Association Dues How much would you have to[...]

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