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Feeling Overwhelmed? 5 Tips To Make Time For Self-Care

(BPT) - Ever feel like the days just get away from you, and you don't have time to do the things you need to do, much less want to do? Often wish you could just spend your evenings or weekends on your personal goals, practicing self-care or just relaxing? There are many ways you can take control of your time and take better care of yourself. Sometimes it's a question of prioritizing what you want to do - and outsourcing the rest. Simplify meal prep and cooking. Unless cooking is enjoyable Continue Reading ...

How To Keep Your Home Cool And Improve Indoor Air Quality

(BPT) - Summer heat may be good if you're at the beach or pool, but when you're at home, it often means fighting scorching temperatures with costly air conditioning. Not only can this feel like an endless battle during the dog days of summer, but leaving the trapped hot air in your home can also worsen indoor air quality. Considering people spend an average of 90 percent of their time indoors, this is a big deal. Proper ventilation has many benefits, from keeping a home comfortable all Continue Reading ...

5 Signs You Need To Hire A Landscape Professional

You might need a landscape professional if ... (BPT) - In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and expertise than an online search engine can provide, and the project may end up costing more if doing it themselves. Fortunately, trained, Continue Reading ...

The Homeowner’s Guide To Reading Your Roof – What’s Normal And What’s Not

How to tell when your roof needs repair? (BPT) - Four out of five homes in the U.S. Have asphalt shingles on their roof. And it's easy to see why. The wide variety of available colors and styles, combined with durability and affordability, has made asphalt shingles the leading choice for residential roofing in the country. But, like all exterior building products, asphalt shingles start to age as soon as they are exposed to nature. Buildings experience aging factors differently, so it's Continue Reading ...

How To Add A Bathroom In The Basement or Garage

(BPT) - It's home improvement season, which means you're probably dreaming of enhancements to make your space more livable and to enhance property value. Adding a bathroom is a great way to do both, but for many people, concrete poses a potential problem. Want to add a bathroom to your garage? How about in the basement? A bathroom addition means you need proper plumbing, and often in these types of spaces, none exists. You have a cold concrete slab and a bit of a dilemma: Do you give up on Continue Reading ...

Unique Ways To Add Style And Personality To Your Kitchen

(BPT) - From cook to conversing to entertaining, the kitchen truly is the heart of the home. It's also one of the spaces that homeowners most often dream of renovating. A growing trend in kitchen design is personalization, where thoughtful updates go beyond stainless steel appliances and standard cabinetry to incorporate a host of interesting design elements. By adding splashes of personality to your kitchen, not only will you make the space one of a kind, but you'll also enjoy it more because Continue Reading ...

Want To Buy A Home? Do The Math

(BPT) - It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the best advice and is, in fact, not in line with market trends, considering the median down payment for first-time homebuyers is 7 percent, according to the National Association of Continue Reading ...

How To Improve Your Credit Score Before Applying For A Mortgage

(BPT) - In today's world, lenders use many different types of credit scoring models. There are virtually hundreds of different models out there for lenders to choose from. Many lenders continue to use conventional models that don't provide a score for millions of consumers. That often puts younger borrowers such as millennials at a disadvantage. Millennials are less likely to have long credit histories, and they may only have one or two credit accounts. Because young adults today carry Continue Reading ...

Dispelling Myths About Home Warranty Plans

(BPT) - If you're considering a home warranty plan, you are probably doing your due diligence - as you should - on how they work, who the different providers are and what to expect from the experience. This article is meant to help you understand home warranty plans, as well as separate fact from fiction. Go the extra mile to protect your home Myth: "I don't need a home warranty plan because I have home insurance." Investing money, time and love into a place to call home can be scary, Continue Reading ...

7 Smart Steps To Improve Indoor Air Quality At Home

(BPT) - Think about how much time you and your family spend inside versus outside. From your home to the car to work and to school, it's not uncommon that the majority of your day is spent indoors. This modern phenomenon means increased exposure to indoor air pollution. Fortunately, with a few smart, proactive steps, you can help protect yourself and your family. People vastly underestimate the time they spend inside, assuming just four hours, when in actuality they are inside more than 21 Continue Reading ...