Forward-thinking yard projects to tackle as the weather cools off this fall

(BPT) – The temperature may not have dropped just yet, but make no mistake, fall is coming. Soon enough, baseball will give way to football, green leaves will turn yellow and red and your lawn care routine will take on a whole new set of tasks. Fall lawn care isn’t the long marathon of the summer yard season, but it packs plenty of work into a few short months before the winter. You can make this lawn care blitz a little bit easier by applying the following tips. * Stimulate your lawn. While your grass may no longer need its weekly

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Fall: The best season for home improvement

(BPT) – The rituals of fall include sending kids back to school, raking leaves and cheering on the hometown football team. In addition, a new fall tradition has emerged for America’s nearly 74 million homeowners — home improvement. This fall promises to be particularly popular for home projects. Lower gas prices are boosting people’s discretionary income and Metrostudy’s latest Residential Remodeling Index points to a continued rise in activity. Like many trends, there isn’t one particular reason fall has emerged as a popular time for home improvement, several factors play a role. Energy efficiency is top of mind With colder

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5 tips for creating fall curb appeal

(BPT) – Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don’t have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales — below are tips and projects for sprucing up your home’s view from the curb this season. Front door, first impressions Your front door is one of the first things people notice about your home. Give your door a fresh face with a coat of paint in a bold fall color to draw

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6 backyard projects you can’t skip this fall

(BPT) – When it comes to caring for your yard, maintenance is crucial – especially during the fall when it needs to recover from the wear and tear of summer and prepare for winter’s harsh conditions. Knowing what your lawn and garden needs from season to season not only makes it easier for you to stay organized with your list of backyard to-do’s, but it also allows you to identify and treat any problems before they become bigger issues down the road. Get your lawn and garden back in shape and ready for the coming season by completing these fall

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Fall projects to make your home sensational

(BPT) – There still is time to complete your unfinished outdoor projects. Sixty percent of homeowners will accomplish a home improvement project this year, according to survey data from the Zillow Digs Summer Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey. Follow these tips to make your home’s exterior shine. * Smooth over concrete surfaces. In order to prevent trips or falls, now is a good time to fix and patch those cracks in the driveway or garage.  Be sure to fix them now before they get larger and you could incur larger repair costs. It will also help prevent any future

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Home Buying and Selling Tips for Fall

HGTV’s real estate site Front Door says the weeks between now and the end-of-the year holidays are the best ones to find a bargain. Here are some of their tips for fall buyers and sellers:   Fall Sellers: · Replace faded summer plants with fall-blooming flowers and add autumn decorations to the home. · Expect low-ball offers and be prepared with higher counter offers. · Freshen up listing photos by shooting pictures that make it less obvious that the seasons have changed. · Price the home to sell. A price that is a little lower than the competition may be

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Why This Autumn is a Great Time to Buy

This fall could be a particularly great time for first-time or buyers long out of the market to jump in, say a variety of real estate professionals. Here are the reasons why: Prices are probably as low as they are going to go as the market stabilizes, thanks to the government takeover of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.   Interest rates are likely to decline as Freddie and Fannie get government help.     The Federal Housing Administration recently boosted its loan limits to $729,750 in expensive areas. It’s going to take some of that back come Jan. 1, when

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Back to School Home Organizing

Back to school is always a struggle. After the first couple of weeks, things are bound to be lost, forgotten or “eaten by the dog.” Eliminate the confusion by following these great tips for keeping your home organized (and your brain un-frazzled) throughout the entire school year. Color Coordinate Your Kids Use each child’s favorite color to color code all of their belongings. The blue folders belong in the blue backpack with the blue pencil case, and so on. Keep a color-coded folder for yourself and include updated immunization records and other vital documents and store it in a convenient

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