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Painted vs. Stained Cabinets

The pros and cons of these two popular cabinet finishKitchen cabinets are largely about the finish. Whether you’re buying cabinets for the first time or you’re a seasoned kitchen remodeler, it probably didn’t take you long to realize that stain and paint are two totally different
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Garage Door Safety

Overhead garage doors may be the largest moving object in most homes and can weigh up to 400 pounds. For safety, homeowners should be sure that it's up to date and kept in proper working order.Older garage doors often lack some of the safety features required in newer installations. These
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Let There Be Light

Homeowners today have many lighting options from which to choose including elegant crystal chandeliers and rustic wrought iron wall sconces, blown glass pendants as well as decorative lamps, all of which come in a wide range of styles and finishes such as sleek metals, bright contemporary colors,
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What Homebuyers Want

The National Association of Home Builders conducted a nationwide survey on what home buyers are looking for when purchasing a new house. Both people who had recently bought a home as well as prospective purchasers were asked what they felt were the most important features.Buyers want a home with a
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Read This Before You Cosign A Loan

Here’s some good money advice: Don’t cosign someone else’s loan. A new survey from CreditCards.com shows that 38 percent of cosigners lost money because the primary borrower whiffed; 28 percent saw their credit score drop; and 26 percent said their relationship with the primary
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5 Tips for Saving on Flights for Holidays

When it comes to holiday travel, it is generally true that the earlier you book, the better – though there are several factors at play. Here are five guidelines to follow if you want more money to spend on gifts this winter.You Can Wait, But Not Too LongA survey by the travel search company
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Tips on Raising a Puppy Properly

Having raised a few puppies over the years there are skills we’ve learned that make the process easier. Here are eight tips:1. Buy lots of inexpensive towels. Towels, and lots of them, are invaluable when puppy-raising. Towels can serve as bedding for your puppy (as long as he doesn’t
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10 Inexpensive Ways to Clean and Polish Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel appliances look fantastic in the modern kitchen. Classy and simple, stainless steel appliances work as great as they look – but they only look as good as you keep them. Stainless steel might be able to resist rust and corrosion, but they can’t resist stains. Despite what
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Wet Weather Driving Tips

With winter soon upon us (and a new driver in the Jones’ household) here are just a few reminders of what to do to stay safe driving in wet weather:What to do if your car skids If your car starts to skid, resist the natural instinct to slam on the brakes, which could lock your wheels and make
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6 Tips for First-Time Home Sellers

Memo to first-time home sellers: This is not your father's housing market.Today's buyers are pickier and have more tools in their tool belts. Consequently, sellers may have to spend more time and cash making their homes camera-ready.For first-time sellers who have never been through the
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