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  1. Preparing for home appraisal

    If you’ve ever bought or sold a house, you know the crucial role home appraisers play in the outcome. Even if you haven't had the (sometimes stressful) pleasure of buying or selling a home, you should still familiarize yourself with what a home appraiser does—and how it impacts your bottom line should you ever find yourself closing in on a home sale.

    On average, a single-family residential home appraisal will cost between $300 and $500, though that price may go up for larger homes. ...
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    Real Estate
  2. How to brighten up your home’s lighting

    Whether you live in a temperate zone, or the sun sets at 4 p.m. come winter, your home’s indoor lighting plays a vital role in your daily comfort and happiness. Here are some tips for lighting your interior for bright, cheery season year-round.

    1. Add diverse lighting

    The classic solution! Placing two different light sources in a room adds variation and creates a more pleasant ambiance. One primary overhead light will do the trick, though some homeowners find it to be ...
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    Lighting
  3. Getting an attic inspection

    You may not give much thought to your attic beyond the occasional handy storage space. But the attic plays a crucial role in many elements of your home, including comfort, energy efficiency and roof protection.

    Your attic can easily attract moisture, which means it’s important to keep an eye on it. Moisture tends to rise, and it can follow your ceilings and walls up into the attic. Without good ventilation, it will stay in the attic and create mold, mildew or other kinds of damage. ...
  4. How to handle emergency tree service

    When storms roll in, damage trees and drop heavy branches in your lawn, you need to address the problem as quickly as possible. This is even more important if a storm-damaged tree poses an imminent threat to your home or property (or someone else's!)

    Experts recommend you follow three steps when storms cause tree damage:

    1. Make sure everyone in the house and around it is safe.

    2. Contact your insurance company for guidance. Your agent can explain how your ...
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    Garden, Landscaping
  5. Look out for these contractor red flags

    It’s frightening to think the contractors you pay to work on your home may not always have your best interests at heart. While most pros take their duty of good work seriously, there are still those who seek to take advantage of people’s trust. Fear not, though; there is a solution for every underhanded scheme. And in all cases, the best solution is to stop the fraud before it starts. Here’s our rundown of some of the most common scams and the best way to avoid them.

    THE FLAG: The ...
  6. Should I hire a handyperson or specialist?

    Everything from that squeaky door to the leaky faucet has been getting on your nerves, and you’ve decided it’s time to take care of them all at once. Hiring a handyperson service is an excellent way to cross everything off this to-do list in a hurry.

    However, even if you’ve got a reliable handyperson on speed-dial, you might not be sure if you should hire them or a licensed trade specialist for the work. How can you tell the difference?

    First up, go ahead and ask your ...
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