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Broken Appliances: The Cost of Repair vs. Replacement

When you own a home, appliance breakdown is inevitable. Once it happens, it can be difficult to figure out whether to replace or repair the broken appliance, especially when factoring in the economy and the desire by many homeowners to be energy efficient. Part Select has created a helpful infographic that troubleshoots potential problems and [...]
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Maintenance Tips for Your Stone Kitchen Benchtop

Your kitchen bench tops are probably the most important part of your kitchen. Knowingly or unknowingly they assist you through various cumbersome kitchen chores. Sometimes these kitchen stone bench tops carry the extra heavy load for you while, other times they serve as your resting chairs. Being so closely knit into your life, the kitchen [...]
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Change Your Architectural Hardware to Give Your Home a Facelift

If you’re looking for a no fuss way to give your home a facelift that doesn’t involve going anywhere near a paint pot then why not think about changing your architectural hardware? Often when people move homes they are keen to redecorate but they don’t consider changing door and cupboard handles, knockers, or window casements. [...]
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How to Sand Your Wood Floor

Sanding your wood floor is a mandatory task you have to do before refinishing or finishing your floor. Before you start sanding your wood floor yourself you must be aware that there are a few steps to follow in order to make you don’t ruin your floor. Sanding can be a tricky task to handle [...]
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Laminate or Hardwood Floor?

It is never easy when you have to pick between hardwood flooring or laminate flooring. Both hardwood floors and laminate floors have many advantages and inconveniences. It is important to make sure what is the best for your situation and your house to make the most of it. And, of course, to avoid any expense [...]
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Interior Trends for 2012

Interior design trends, just as with other fashions, tend to be cyclical, and the mantra for the next season looks to be “old ideas remodelled”. Elegance and striking colours are back in fashion, and instead of studying the colour wheel, designers are being encouraged to go for clashing colours, bright contrasts, and intense shades. Think [...]
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Getting a Home Theater Set-up: 8 Tips for Convincing Your Spouse

So you found the killer home theater system you’ve always wanted. The trouble is that your spouse isn’t as enthusiastic about the whole affair as you are. Maybe he thinks you can’t afford it, or she believes that the television set you have now is fine. What can you do? Here are eight ideas for [...]
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Five Things Every Renter Should Know

Too many people today are so hard pressed to find a home, they overlook basic rights and entitlements just to get ahead. When you’re renting, you are charged with a very serious task; finding a place that is right for you, within your price range, that offers you the safety and the equipment that you [...]
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Preparing Your Warm Season Lawn for Winter

In terms of winter preparation, warm season lawns differ from cold season lawns in that they go completely dormant and lose their color (most cool season lawns will remain green although they stop growing), and they will do so much earlier in the season. That means that all of your heavy-duty maintenance, such as dethatching, [...]
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Keeping Your Granite in Top Shape

While granite is pretty easy to keep up with, it does require a little special care every now and again. For example, you need to make sure that you clean granite about once a week so that you can keep it looking great. You should be using an actual granite cleaning product for this, and [...]