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Good lighting can give kitchen, bathroom or bedroom a lift

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 09:19 am

Good lighting can give kitchen, bathroom or bedroom a lift Good lighting can give kitchen, bathroom or bedroom a lift

Good lighting is something many people don’t think much about until they don’t have it. According to the American Lighting Association, living in a well-lit room is a much more pleasurable experience than trying to cook, read, entertain or do just about anything in a dark, shadowy space. The association offers the following tips for improving the lighting in a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

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Doing it yourself? There’s an app for that

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Written by Emily Lingo Tuesday, October 21, 2014 04:08 am

For a weekend project or spur-of-the-moment do-it-yourself idea, grab your hammer, nails and your cellphone. Whether it’s choosing a paint color or rearranging the furniture, cellphone apps can help make the process easier.

Here are a few apps to download to help with your DIY project.

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Beware of contractor scams

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 11:00 pm

At this time of year, many people hire home improvement services for everything from heating to roofing work, but with any home improvement job, it is important to do some research on a business to avoid falling victim to a scam, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Many scammers claim to be legitimate, but aren’t the roofing or heating contractor they claim to be. And although the scammers are out there, there are still many reputable home improvement contractors who will get the job done on time and within budget, the BBB said.

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Start saving energy today with Energy Star-qualified products

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 09:24 pm

Energy Star is a voluntary program established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through increased energy efficiency. The program was created in 1992 under the Clean Air Act to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate nonregulatory strategies and technologies for reducing air pollution.

In 2005, Congress enacted the Energy Policy Act, which established a voluntary program for labeling products and buildings that meet energy efficiency standards. As a result, the Energy Star label was established to make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products.

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Keeping hardwood floors beautiful is easier than you think

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 02:00 pm

Keeping hardwood floors beautiful is easier than you think Keeping hardwood floors beautiful is easier than you think No matter what the setting, the good looks and durability of hardwood floors can be maintained with minimal effort, according to the American Hardwood Information Center. It’s simply a matter of proper care and maintenance.

The center, in conjunction with the National Wood Flooring Association, suggests the following care and maintenance guidelines to keep hardwood floors looking beautiful for years to come.

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Make sure contractor has registered before proceeding with any work

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 12:35 pm

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs requires any contractor who does home improvement work to register with the state. No home improvement contractor may offer to perform, engage or attempt to engage in the business of making or selling residential home improvements unless registered with the state.

Contractors who are doing work valued in excess of $500 are required to provide potential customers with a contract specifying the price and nature of the work to be performed, start and finish times, and other details.

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Inspect, repair window cords to avoid child safety hazard

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 12:17 pm

Inspect, repair window cords to avoid child safety hazard Inspect, repair window cords to avoid child safety hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging parents and caregivers to check all window coverings for exposed or dangling cords, which pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children.

CPSC is in agreement with the Window Covering Safety Council and safety advocates that only cordless window coverings, or those with inaccessible cords, should be used in homes, childcare centers and other places where young children are present. To heighten public awareness of window cord dangers, the council has declared October National Window Covering Safety Month.

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Prevent overwintering pests from making your home theirs

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 12:06 pm

Prevent overwintering pests from making your home theirs Prevent overwintering pests from making your home theirs

In the fall, pests searching for shelter from the harsh winter elements often end up in homes and other structures. The National Pest Management Association offers a few fall pest-proofing techniques that can help homeowners avoid infestations, prevent structural damage and protect the health of their family.

"When pests enter homes to overwinter during the fall, they can often go unnoticed," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. "However, when the weather warms, they re-emerge and become active, often revealing larger problems."

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Atlantic County Real Estate Transactions, Aug. 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 06, 2014 01:20 pm

Absecon Real Estate Transactions

43 E. Church St., Absecon, $140,000, Aug. 4

720 S. New Road Unit 2d, Absecon, $45,000, Aug. 5

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SandCastles, August 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 11:50 am

SandCastles

   

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