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9 Essential Things You Need For A New House

In Home improvements, Homeowners, Practical Tips by Doug Phelps

Image: donatas1205/Shutterstock These must-haves will make things a lot easier in the first few weeks. When Lauren Hunter and her husband moved into their first home in Hilliard, Ohio, the previous homeowner had left behind a ladder. “It turned out to be awesome,” Hunter says. “You don’t realize how many situations where ladders make things easier. Hanging pictures is one thing, but …

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4 Genius Yard Upgrades Even a Klutz Can Crush

In Home improvements, Homeowners, Practical Tips by Doug Phelps

Image: Mr. Interior/Shutterstock No DIY skills necessary for these outdoor projects. Did we mention they’re really, really easy? You don’t need to be the host of an extreme home makeover show to build an amazing backyard. In fact, the transformative projects below are easy enough for even the klutziest home improvement newbie to complete. Just don’t be shocked when the Johnsons …

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8 Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home

In Home improvements, Homeowners, Practical Tips by Doug Phelps

Image: CustomHouseNumbers.com A good washing, and a bit of color are two low-cost ways. Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell.  But which projects pump up curb appeal most? Here are financially smart ways to boost your home’s equity. #1 Wash Your House’s Face Before you scrape any paint or plant more azaleas, wash the …