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Sealing a driveway can extend its life

  Driveway sealants preserve the look of the driveway and can make the surface durable and impervious to stains. Driveway sealants preserve the look of the driveway and can make the surface durable and impervious to stains.  Installing an asphalt or a concrete driveway can be an expensive undertaking. To preserve the fresh, new look of the driveway, have the driveway sealed and then routinely seal it to keep it looking pristine.

A good sealant can keep a driveway looking new longer and also can rejuvenate the appearance of an older driveway. Sealant can be compared to car wax. It provides an outer coating that will repel stains, stop UV rays from fading the driveway and help to protect against cracks and driveway degradation.

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers spring lawn and garden tips

 Start planting summer bulbs such as gladiolus in May Start planting summer bulbs such as gladiolus in May  The Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers the following tips for people doing work on their lawn and garden this spring.

Bulbs

Start planting summer bulbs in May. Some favorites are gladiolus, dahlias, calla lilies, caladiums, alstroemeria, lilies, crocosmia and tuberous begonias.

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Be careful when choosing a contractor

Spring is almost here and many consumers are getting ready to remodel, repair, or just spruce up their home as part of spring cleaning. Some tasks can be accomplished with simple elbow grease, but other more difficult or complex chores may require home owners to engage the services of a contractor.

The Better Business Bureau advises consumers to take the time to choose a contractor they can trust and offers the following tips:

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Home Sweet Home - Fall 2013

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Home Improvement & Decor Magazine, Fall 2013

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Home Sweet Home - Spring 2012

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home
Home Improvement & Decor Magazine, Spring 2012

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Sellers should be prepared for a home inspection

People who are in the process of selling a home should be prepared for a thorough home inspection, according to RealtyPin.com, a listing and search service for real estate buyers and sellers.

Smart buyers will make their offer contingent on the home passing an inspection, the site says. Sure, a home may look fine to the casual observer, but do you know what could be lurking underneath that fresh coat of paint or those new roof tiles?

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Make a plan for garage organization

  Tools and items that are used more often should be stored within reach or where easily visible. Tools and items that are used more often should be stored within reach or where easily visible.  Spring cleaning plans are on the minds of many once the weather warms up. Many homeowners feel a sense of renewal in the spring, when the desire to clean house and get organized becomes a priority.

Garages are often targets for homeowners hoping to target clutter. Once a space reserved for cars, garages are no longer strictly for vehicles, used instead to store items that simply do not fit inside the home or a backyard shed. Organizing the garage is typically a weekend or several-day project. Here's how to turn a garage from a cluttered mess into a space suited for storing items of all shapes and sizes.

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Realtors rate most valuable home improvements

A home’s curb appeal is crucial because it can be the first thing buyers notice about a home. That’s why Realtors rated exterior projects among the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. Projects such as entry door, siding and window replacements can recoup homeowners more than 78 percent of costs upon resale.

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Home & Garden Spring 2013

Home Garden

Home & Garden
Home Improvement & Decor Magazine, Spring 2013 

 
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