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Living Smart: What Causes Low Water Pressure in My House?

(TNS)—Many homeowners have experienced the irritation of dealing with low water pressure in the house at least once. Low water pressure makes simple daily activities, such as showering or washing your dishes, frustrating and time consuming, but finding the cause can be the most irksome aspect of this common plumbing ...


Homebuying: Beware of Foundation Problems

When buying a new home, chances are you spend a lot of time inspecting various aspects of the property. Before making an offer, be sure to take a closer look at one hidden area of the home: its foundation. Foundation problems can ...


10 Quick Checks a Year Can Keep Your Home in Top Condition

If you live in cold weather, fall is when you put in the storm windows. If you live in a warm climate, summer is when you step up the pool maintenance. No matter where ...


You Don’t Need a Farm or Estate to Justify a Hobby Greenhouse

As many more of us begin gardening to supply our own home-grown fresh food and decorative plants or flowers, the tendency to want to garden year-round, especially in cold or cooler climates is increasing. For ideas, I turned to a recently published ...


8 Cheap and Easy Kitchen Facelifts

If there’s not enough money in the budget to remodel your kitchen, Lowe’s home designers suggest you browse the aisles of your home store for ideas and give the room a whole new look with a few cheap and easy makeover options. ...


Tips for Selling Your House for a Bigger Profit

(TNS)—Existing home sales are on the rise, up 9 percent from last year, according to the National Association of Realtors. Now that buyers are back in the market, read these practical tips to add value to your home so you can get the best possible sale price. ...


Ways to Ease the Burden of College Expenses

(TNS)—College is a large financial undertaking, but with the economy on the rebound more families are willing to shoulder the cost. ...


Money Tips for Those Expecting

(TNS)—Deciding to have children is one of the most life-altering choices you’ll ever make. Joy, stress, excitement, exhaustion, hundreds of books on how to not screw up, and thousands of bucks to prepare your little one: Your plate is now loaded. Here are ...


6 Ways to Cut $500 from Your Monthly Bills

(TNS)—Surely, you’ve heard advice about cutting discretionary expenses—a daily latte, for example—to save money. It’s true that small savings can add up and provide more wiggle room in your budget. ...


4 Ways to Tell How Fast Your Home Will Sell

Selling a home can be an unpredictable pursuit with a plethora of variables. Here are data-driven pointers from Zillow Research that help identify which homes are likely to fly off the market (in 60 days or less): ...


12 Stunning Ways to Repurpose Pallets and Crates in Your Home

Pallets and crates have long been used for packing and shipping, but lately they’ve become the face of a new generation of DIY. They can be repurposed in a number of different, surprising ways that not only are useful, but also quite stylish. ...


Move Over Man Caves, ‘She Sheds’ Are Taking Storm Now

Alright ladies, if you’ve just about had it with the man cave trend that’s been taking the industry by storm the last few years, it’s time to put your foot down and demand your very own space. And no, we’re not talking about ...


Great Spaces: Living It Up in Luxury, Vegas Style

With majestic mountain views in a guard-gated community, this Mediterranean-inspired palace really wows. There’s a six-car garage, five bedroom suites, a custom movie theater, game room, sub-level wine cellar, spiral staircases throughout, and three oversized gathering rooms. As if that’s not enough sprawling ...


Deck Decisions: Time and Money-Saving Tips, Basics

In certain parts of the country - clear weather periods in July and August are prime time for deck building, resurfacing and renovations. So this month we'll be bringing you a few different perspectives depending on whether you're just thinking about building ...


Consumer Credit Growth Slows

The Federal Reserve Board recently reported that consumer credit outstanding rose by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.7 percent, $193.0 billion, in May 2015, slower than the 7.6 percent rate of growth recorded in April 2015. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.401 trillion. ...


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