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Bacteria is a Growing Concern

Spring cleaning often focuses on reducing clutter, but it can also be an opportunity to reduce potentially harmful bacteria within the home. Start with areas that are likely to have sources of growth, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Thorough cleaning in those areas should include more than the usual suspects. ...

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Everything Depends on Your Foundation

Many house-dwellers might be surprised that the main purpose of their home’s eavestroughs and downpipes is to protect the building’s foundation. If water poured straight to the ground from the roof, it would pool around the house perimeter, eventually compromising the stability of the entire structure. So your eavestroughs and ...

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What to Do When Closing Dates Don’t Match

If you want to sell your current property and purchase your next dream home, you might be concerned that the closing dates need to be on the same day. You might be worried that you’ll lose a property if the closing dates overlap, or you’ll be put out on the ...

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Planning for Renovations that Pay Off

Last year, a survey conducted amongst real estate agents sought to identify renovations that might affect the resale price of homes across the country. Aimed at helping owners decide about investing in a project when intending to sell in the near future, the survey revealed that some low-cost renovations had ...

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Common Household Items that Can Cause a Fire

You never want to smell smoke in your home and realize there’s a fire. That’s why it is important to be diligent about fire safety. Experts recommend that homeowners be especially careful with the following common household items: Portable heaters. Never leave one in a room unattended. Make sure paper ...

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Quick Plumbing Jobs You Can Do Yourself

1. To unclog slow drains without harsh chemicals, pour boiling water into the drain, followed by a cup of baking soda, then 1-2 cups of vinegar (depending on the type). The reaction can dislodge common blockages. 2. To fix a dripping faucet caused by a faulty washer, start by shutting ...

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