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  1. Is there any way to recoup upfront money from a bad contractor?

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    How do I get money back from a shady roofer after paying upfront?

    Unfortunately, there's no simple answer, and no guarantee that action on your part will result in getting money back.

    Avoiding a contractor nightmare is easier than dealing with one after the fact. The way to enhance your odds of a satisfying experience is to be sure you're working with an experienced contractor who has a proven record of reliability and is appropriately ...
  2. Color ideas for exterior of home

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    Is it time to paint the exterior of your home? Is some of the old paint peeling? Has the current color lost its luster? Or are you just in the mood for change? If you've answered yes to any of the above, read on.

    If you think about it, only a few people get to see the inside of your home to see what wonderful and colorful things you've done. But everyone who drives by your house sees the exterior. What do they think about your house? The ...
  3. More consumers choose contemporary kitchens

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    Consumers are starting to embrace contemporary kitchens. They're realizing this style is more than just a clean, uncomplicated look. It also can be functional and easy to live with.

    It's been a decades-long crawl to move this approach to design out of trendsetting hubs such as New York and Los Angeles and into locations where traditional home decor has been the top choice.

    A change of heart is creeping in with our growing ...
  4. Outdoor Lighting

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    Done right, outdoor lighting makes your home safer, more secure and more attractive.

    However, top-rated landscaping lighting experts report that homeowners are spending thousands of dollars on lighting that is focused less on security concerns and more on aesthetics.

    Lighting pros with the following list of outdoor - lighting trends:

    - Increasing use of low-voltage LED lights to accentuate outdoor focal ...
  5. What to do and not do when selling home

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    Planning to put your house on the market? Here are some things to do and some things to avoid before and after the sign goes in the yard.



    - Pay attention to the inside of closets. If you are leaving a house vacant for showings, be sure to paint the master closet. Paint will brighten the space.

    - Have heating and air conditioning serviced.

    - Have the ...
    Opinion , Real Estate
  6. Proper fireplace maintenance saves time, money and accidents

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    On the heels of an unusually frigid winter, it's important for homeowners to take a critical look at their fireplaces to assess if any damage was sustained from the season's heavy usage. Cracks in the hearth or a build-up of soot are especially important conditions to note and have rectified. To help you inspect your fireplace, here are some life-saving tips for keeping the home fires burning - safely.

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