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Debunking common myths about carpeting

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, April 12, 2014 08:15 am

  Carpeting is actually better at trapping allergens and dust in its fibers than smooth-surface floors. Carpeting is actually better at trapping allergens and dust in its fibers than smooth-surface floors.

Carpeting has long been a reliable flooring option to keep rooms looking good and feeling comfortable underfoot. There's something to be said about having a plush, warm cushion on the floors of a home. Carpeting can help buffer sounds and minimize injuries from falls. Walking around on a padded surface may minimize back and joint pain as well as feel more comfortable when going barefoot.

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Nine ways to improve curb appeal

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, April 12, 2014 07:15 am

 Nine ways to improve curb appeal  Nine ways to improve curb appeal

Homeowners who want their homes to make strong first impressions must prioritize curb appeal. Homes with strong curb appeal sell well and can impart a welcoming feel to all visitors. Improving curb appeal need not be expensive, and the following are a handful of ways to improve the appearance of your home.

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The dos and don'ts of basement finishing

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, April 12, 2014 05:20 am

 An unfinished basement allows homeowners to transform the room into anything they desire. But there are some dos and don'ts to finishing a basement, including ensuring the project adheres to local building codes. An unfinished basement allows homeowners to transform the room into anything they desire. But there are some dos and don'ts to finishing a basement, including ensuring the project adheres to local building codes.  Remodeling a basement is a popular home improvement project. A finished basement makes the space more functional and, when done correctly, can add a considerable amount of living space to a home.

Finishing a basement pays dividends in additional space in a home that doesn't require the same level of investment as putting an addition on the house. Also, the groundwork for a finished room is already there, as most basements are already set up with a poured concrete floor and some walls, usually cinder blocks. Some electrical components, plumbing and the creature comforts of drywall and a more inviting floor might be all that's necessary to finish a basement.

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Walk-in closets are in demand among home buyers this year.

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:00 am

 Walk-in closets are in demand among home buyers this year. Walk-in closets are in demand among home buyers this year.   During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is sharing with home buyers the most popular features in new single-family homes in 2014.

Builders from across the country were surveyed on what features they were most likely to include in a typical single-family home this year, revealing that convenience, livability and energy efficiency are top priorities.

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Leave cutting damaged trees to the professionals

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 11, 2014 12:00 am

When yet another storm brings distress into your yard in the form of large branches and even entire trees that have broken and fallen into your world view, it’s best to think before your dig out your brother's old chain saw.

The first question should be, "Am I capable of removing this large tree/limb myself or should I seek professional help?"

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Home improvement tips learned the hard way

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 11, 2014 12:00 am

 HI-tips-664-0410 HI-tips-664-0410 'Tis the season for home improvement projects, and weekend warriors will soon be visiting home supply retailers to buy everything from paint to plywood. There are many advantages to making home improvements on your own, including the opportunity to test your mettle at projects big and small.

Many a novice DIYer has learned the ups and downs of home improvement through trial and error. But the following are a handful of lessons first-timers can heed before beginning their maiden voyages into the world of DIY home improvements.

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How to inspect for roof damage

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 11, 2014 12:00 am

  Spring is a good time to inspect roofs, which are often at the mercy of harsh conditions throughout the winter. Spring is a good time to inspect roofs, which are often at the mercy of harsh conditions throughout the winter.

Many homeowners do not think twice about their roofs. But when leaks develop, roof repairs and the subsequent costs of such work shed light on how important it is for homeowners to pay closer attention to the roofs over their heads.

Though certain roof issues, like shingles lost to inclement weather, are unforeseeable, many problems can be avoided with routine roof inspection. Checking roof conditions twice a year can help homeowners avoid potentially costly repair work or even more expensive roof replacement projects.

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EPA offers cooling tips for every budget this summer

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 11, 2014 12:00 am

 Add insulation to your attic to keep cool air in. If every American household did so, Americans would collectively save more than $1.8 billion in yearly energy costs.

Add insulation to your attic to keep cool air in. If every American household did so, Americans would collectively save more than $1.8 billion in yearly energy costs.

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Recognizing termite damage

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:52 pm

 Recognizing termite damage   Home ownership can be an unending series of adventures, especially for those homeowners who love good home improvement projects. Some projects are fun and improve the value of a home instantly, while others are undertaken to address a potentially serious issue.

Discovering that termites are taking up residence where you live can be disconcerting, but termites are a very common occurrence. Understanding termites and recognizing the signs of termite damage early on can help homeowners reduce the havoc that such critters can wreak on their homes.

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The basics of cleaning windows

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 am

  Following some time-saving tips can cut the work of washing windows considerably. Following some time-saving tips can cut the work of washing windows considerably.  After a long winter of snow and ice, many people are ready for the warmth and sunshine synonymous with spring. But dirty windows can block that sunshine from finding its way into a home.

Washing windows can be quite an undertaking, particularly in those homes with many windows on multiple levels. However, there are several time-saving tips available that can cut the work considerably.

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