DIY/Home Improvement

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The Bottom Line

There is no reason to renovate a home when it can be updated for a lot less money. In addition to the options mentioned above, there are many other possibilities—be creative!

Molding

molding

One last way to update your home without a major overhaul is to have baseboards and any crown moldings replaced. Replacements can be purchased at home improvement stores already painted or stained and then cut to size.

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Patio adds value  
Patios are a great cost-effective way to increase your home’s living space without actually adding on. Plus you’ll recover 30% to 60% of your investment. A $2,000 patio would return around $900 at resale. 

But don’t go crazy and trick out your patio with high-end amenities, like an outdoor kitchen — especially if you’d be the only one on the block with one. When it’s time to sell, you won’t get back much — if any — of your investment on kitchens and other high-end amenities. Instead, keep it simple and functional. (And, really, how often would you use an outdoor kitchen?)

Some wise advice when planning a patio:
  • Check property for slope, sun, and shade patterns.
  • Remember ‘dig alerts’ that utilities provide free of charge.
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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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Citronella

7 Plants That Repel Insects

Chare, you’ve heard of this one before- it’s one of the most common ingredients in most mosquito repellents. Strange enough though, many people don’t even know that citronella is actually a plant! Citronella is a beautiful perennial clumping grass that emits a strong aroma. That aroma masks other scents, and keeps mosquitoes from being attracted to things located around it. The citronella plant has a much stronger aroma than other mosquito repellents that contain citronella, so it is a great choice. Citronella is very easy to grow, and can get to be a very tall 5 or 6 feet high! You can grow citronella in pots and place it around a porch or patio, or you can plant it directly in a yard or garden bed. It’s a great choice for repelling

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