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1. Fertilization
Fertilize your lawn properly, and you’ll be on your way to a healthy turf that maintains a deep green color and gives weeds a run for their money. Nitrogen is every lawn’s most important ingredient, and each type of grass demands different amounts to display peak growth and performance. How often you fertilize affects not only lawn appearance, but also maintenance level. The more you fertilize, the more you’ll have to mow, for instance.

2. Using a Broadcast or Rotary Spreader

A broadcast or rotary spreader works well when you’re fertilizing larger lawn areas. Before filling the hopper, make sure it’s closed. It’s a good idea to fill it on a tarp, so you can easily gather any spilled fertilizer. Apply

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According to the 2016 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects fire pits are one of the "hottest" requested design features. Whether your pit is a metal ring or an elaborate brick construction, follow these tips to stay safe while enjoying it.

1. Never build a fire pit with smooth river rocks. While aesthetically pleasing, they can heat rapidly and explode. Lining your pit with rough stones is a much safer choice.

2. Make sure to place your pit at least 10 feet away from any structures, fencing or other flammable material.

3. Check that your Home Owners Association (HOA) or local authority allows open fires in your yard BEFORE you install your fire pit.

4. Find a level place

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 1. Change locks- Don’t assume the keys you’re holding make up the only existing set. Play it safe and have all of your locks changed.

 2. Reprogram the garage door opener -Again, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to security. Most remotes have a reset button, but if you need more instructions, contact the manufacturer to walk you through the steps for your make and model.

 3. Locate the water shutoffs - Find the main water shutoff as well as all outside water spigots. Ask the previous homeowner if you cannot find them.

 4. Locate the main circuit breaker -Check it out and make sure you fully understand the labeling. If it’s a new home and unlabeled, identify the circuits and make your own labels.

  5. Test the

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After buying a home the real fun begins as the opportunities are endless décor wise. The décor of your house serves as a description of the person you truly are which sends some people out on a hunt for the perfect décor pieces for their home. Set your home apart from the rest and take a look at our Top 10 Home Décor picks that are sure to make your home unique at a price that can’t be beat.

1.    Turn a door into a multi picture frame to put on the wall.
2.    Create a frame around your flat screen to make it look like it’s part of the wall.
3.    Using chalk paint in the kitchen makes it easy and creative to write down menus and grocery list.
4.    Taking an old vase and hot gluing pennies adds a bit of unique sparkle to your décor.
5.    Making a…
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While you're luxuriating in a tropical locale or in a quaint European town enjoying time with friends or loved ones, thieves could be planning to attack your home and ruin more than your vacation. There are some easy steps you can take to make your home look occupied while you're away and protect your property.

"If it looks like there are still people at home, you are much less likely to be robbed, do everything you can to make it look like there is activity both inside and outside the house." said A Secure Life. 

Add a security system

If you don't want to deal with the monthly output, you can buy a DIY alarm system like iSmart Alarm, offering an eight-piece set "with an alarm hub, two window sensors, two door sensors, a motion sensor and two

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You have signed a contract to purchase a house. Your potential lender has qualified you for the mortgage loan, on the condition that the house will appraise high enough to support the loan. Now you have learned that the appraisal has come in too low, and the lender is not prepared to commit the loan.

You have a number of options.

Let's take this example. Your contract price is $500,000, and you are seeking a loan which will be 80 percent of the purchase price -- or $400,000. Such a loan will help you avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI) premiums. However, the lender has appraised the house for only $480,000, and will only lend you $384,000.

Here are some of your options.

1. Cancel the deal. Read your sales contract carefully. Do you

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The National Association of REALTORS® has announced that there's a housing supply shortage. Homes are selling quickly and home prices are starting to inch up again. It's becoming a seller's market in many areas.

Any time the market changes, it's time to change strategies. During a buyer's market, buyers have the upper hand and can make more demands to sellers over their homes' price and condition. During a sellers' market, buyers concede the upper hand to sellers and are more willing to accept higher prices and terms.

When homes are in short supply, buyers don't have the luxury of taking their time, teasing sellers with lowball offers, demanding that every little thing be fixed, and shopping for homes with multiple real estate agents. Do these five

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Outdoor living has never been hotter, but decking out your yard can cost as much as a new car—and that's without adding a big-ticket item like a pool. Use these tips to make smart additions in creating an inviting space without going broke.

1. A fire pit

You don't have to hire masons to come and build you a towering outdoor fireplace to create some warmth in your yard. An inexpensive fire pit from Home Depot, Lowes, or Target surrounded by comfy seating can be all it takes to create a seating area you'll want to spend every evening enjoying.

Or, buy an outdoor furniture set with a fire pit built right into your table. You can also make your own with one of these DIY fire pit ideas.

2. A little color

Creating a vibrant garden doesn't

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Bed bug infestations in hotels and cockroaches’ sightings in restaurants are the pest problems that make headlines and garner attention. But, pests can find their way into your private home, too. Many homeowners don't know how to properly identify a pest infestation. And, often times, if a pest problem is identified, it’s already too late. Read on to learn how to properly identify and prevent common pests in your region:

Identifying Pests

It’s true that many bugs are important to the ecosystem and life cycle. But, not all bugs are good. Insects can spread disease and damage your garden and home.

For example, wood-eating termites can destroy your home by eating away at the foundation. These pests can be spotted flying in swarms, and they often

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