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Having a front yard is definitely something to appreciate and to take advantage of. The front yard is like a magical garden through which guests have to walk before reaching you and it’s an amazing opportunity to use it to your advantage. You can give it a stunning landscape if you use natural materials along with actual rocks and a variety of plants.



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Don't landscape to flip a house.

Nicely landscaped front yard


Good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a house, says landscape economist John Harris, and cut its time on the market 10% to 15%. Even taking your landscaping to the next level, upgrading from “good” to “excellent,” in terms of design, condition, and placement, can add 6% to 7% to a home’s value, according to a Clemson University study.

We’re here to share the essential elements (trees, native plants, and outdoor lighting) — and a few nice-to-haves (fencing, walkways, retaining walls and terracing) — for value-adding and beautiful landscaping. After all, potential buyers come to your door once; you come home every day.

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It’s a good idea to hire a HVAC company to inspect and do maintenance on your system every fall and spring. They’ll do things like inspect and clean the wiring and mechanisms of the unit, which is bit more challenging for the average homeowner. 
 
However, you can prolong the life and increase the efficiency of your system if you follow this simple maintenance plan:

HVAC checklist 
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A recent video that’s gone viral shows how thieves can break in to your garage in just six seconds. But there are ways to prevent it from happening to you.

A video that shows a burglar only needs a wire hanger and six seconds to break in to a garage has received nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube.

 Maybe that’s because garage door burglaries are on the rise in parts of the country, according to a variety of reports we found. 

We’re not saying this video is to blame, but it’s a good idea to button up when it comes to your attached garage. It’s the fourth most-common entry point for residential break-ins.

What can you do? A few DIYs can secure your garage door:

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Is It Better to Rent or Buy?

The choice between buying a home and renting one is among the biggest financial decisions that many adults make. But the costs of buying are more varied and complicated than for renting, making it hard to tell which is a better deal. To help you answer this question, our calculator takes the most important costs associated with buying a house and computes the equivalent monthly rent.

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