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Owning your home makes you want to prepare and design each aspect of your property carefully including outdoor spaces such as the garden. A garden not only enhances the appearance of your home but is also that special place where you, your family, friends and even pets congregate while enjoying the beauty of nature and of being outdoors. This is one of the many reasons why it is essential to design, build and maintain a garden through the seasons that is safe for users. Green spaces that are free from obstructions and protected from natural hazards are also desirable. Caref....
5 Simple Hacks To Keep Your Home Warm Over The Winter Winter is coming in a few weeks and homeowners all over the US will be preparing their homes to stay warm throughout the cold months. A majority of Fort Worth residents will also be gearing up to deal with the costs of heating as a survey reveals that almost half of Texas residents heat with electricity, a greater proportion than the US average. Meanwhile, those who heat using natural gas are projected to spend about $116, while homes that use heating oil will shell out an average of $378. Keeping a house warm can ind....
A beautiful fountain is the ideal centerpiece for the gardens of your country home and can be an eye catching conversation starter at barbecues or garden parties. Smaller fountains may be easier to maintain due to their size but larger fountains or those with more intricate details may need more regular care. Turn off the water of your fountain and pick up some of the following items to start the cleaning process: • Distilled water • Pressure washer • Vinegar • Old toothbrush (for hard-to-reach areas) Your water fountain may appear to....
Buying a house, especially for a first-time homeowner, is exciting. However, it can also be confusing. Apart from the price tag of the home, there are additional costs that buyers are also expected to shoulder. Some of these costs even need to be paid before the buyer gets the keys. When saving for a down payment, home buyers should consider these costs and account for them in their budget to avoid any surprises at the closing. Appraisal   Most lenders require a professional appraisal. This document tells the lender about the condition of the property and its approxim....
The time has come for buying a house. For some, paying rent has become more of a hassle than a help, yet others wish to move to something bigger or smaller when their circumstances have changed. Regardless of why this decision has been arrived at, certain choices must be made, with one being whether to purchase a fixer-upper or a new house. This remains a controversial topic with many, so how does one know which is best when buying a house? Costs of a fixer-upper   Budget often plays a big role in this decision, with many believing a fixer upper is cheaper. However, t....
Preowned homes are currently selling faster than the agents can set up a marketing plan. Since it can be very time-consuming to find and purchase one of these houses, many savvy buyers are looking at new construction as an affordable alternative to the high prices of older homes for sale today. There are a few tips that can help buyers as they plan for moving into a brand new home. Get preapproved for a mortgage. Taking this proactive step shows builders a buyer is serious. Work with an independent agent. Builders often have their own agents. However, a buyer who hasn̵....
Today’s homeowners prefer sophisticated, stylish designs, and this year is no exception. Here are four home decoration trends to watch for in 2016. Elegant Metals As the popularity of stainless steel wanes, other types of metal are taking its place in the home decor category. A few have already become hot sellers, while others are poised to be in high demand this year.   Instead of stainless steel, blackened steel is a new favorite. It can be found as an essential part of some small tables and bathroom fixtures. Copper is also a top choice. From faucets to lamps,....