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What California Homeowners Should Know Before Putting in a Pool

Having a pool sounds like a great idea, especially as we approach summertime with its scorching heat. But before you jump in headfirst and start building a pool in your backyard, there are some essential things you should know. Costs and Maintenance The upfront costs...

Unique Flooring Materials That Are Also Eco-Friendly

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How to Get Your Home Ready for California Storms

Storm season is upon us, and as a southern California homeowner, it’s time to start preparing your home before it’s too late. Not being prepared can potentially mean that you may be spending several days cleaning up after a storm comes through. Although damage is...

How to Complete Your Family’s New Home After Moving In

After stepping into your new home, you may be feeling both excited and anxious. This is completely normal as moving often brings a mixture of emotions, both positive and negative. There are several ways that you and your family can complete your new home to help you...

Steps You Can Take to Help Minimize Allergens in Your Home

Allergens can wreak havoc on your well-being. They may trigger asthmatic responses and, in severe cases, slowly contribute to developing lung infections. Reactions to allergens might simply make you miserable in your day to day life, which is reason enough to put a...

How to Create a Rustic Style for Your California Home

  If you want to have a home that captures the eye with its natural beauty, then a rustic style is perfect for your California home. Rustic style seeks to create an organic warmth by focusing on using materials, colors, and textures that mimic structures found in...

How to Make Your House Look Bigger Without Expensive Add-Ons

Changing the square footage of your home is a huge commitment. You may have a hard time selling the house for what you have in it if you overbuild. Renovations are messy and time-consuming. Before you build, work to increase the feeling of space in your home. Add...

How to Make a Bedroom More Appealing to Buyers

  When it comes time to sell a home, there are some changes that should be made that make a home look more appealing. Many real estate agents recommend that you take down personal photos off your walls. Personal items should be packed away. You should also limit...

Yard Elements That Protect Your Home’s Foundation From Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most frustrating and challenging issues a homeowner can face. The primary concern is that once a leak or drainage problem has been detected, the damage has already progressed significantly. Thus, it is important to be proactive in preventing...

5 Reasons Vitamin C Serum Should Be Included in Your Skincare Regimen

Vitamin C isn't produced by the body, but it's important for so many reasons. When it comes to skincare there is a myriad of serums available today that make promises of healthier, younger-looking skin.  Do these products work, and what are the benefits?  You'll be...

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How to Make a Home Improvement Project Worth It

How to Make a Home Improvement Project Worth It

Performing long-term repairs on your home is often a costly prospect. Depending on the scope of the projects, it can be easy to question whether it's worth the time and effort involved. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your chances of getting a solid return on...

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

You turn off lights when they’re not being used and try to buy smart, but somehow, you still end up with higher than normal utility bills. When it comes to saving money, power usage is the first place most homeowners need to assess. Even when you think that you’re...

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A WHOLE NEW WORLD

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