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Prevent Water Problems with These Spring Plumbing Tips

Spring is a time for many people to get organized around the house. Yet, it’s easy to ignore your plumbing when taking care of other household responsibilities. Here are some easy tips to help make sure your plumbing continues to work reliably throughout ...


Good Debt vs. Bad Debt

(TNS)—People tend to lump all debts together, yet they are not all equal. Knowing the distinction between a good debt and a bad one can help you make better financial decisions. ...


Your Place: ‘Green’ Renovations, Hiring Contractors Gaining in Popularity

(TNS)—An American Express survey has uncovered the fact that more than half of all Americans are planning “green” renovations. ...


Diggin’ In: May Days the Best for Successful Planting

(TNS)—April showers bring May flowers and a month for the best planting time ever. ...


To Sell or Not to Sell? 5 Signs It’s Time to List Your Home

If you’re like me, thoughts of putting your home on the market and moving up, down or out of dodge all together periodically float through your mind. These days, there’s extra incentive given the inventory shortage in most regions of the country—some areas ...


Living Smart: 4 Tips to Keep Your Dishwasher from Breaking

(TNS)—Dishwashers are prone to breaking down and even conking out if not maintained correctly. Here are four ways appliance technicians say you can prevent premature dishwasher repairs. ...


6 Ways to Help Your Child Excel in School

It is important for children to feel successful in school at a young age. When children become frustrated and don’t feel successful, their confidence plummets and so does their motivation to succeed in school. Here are some tips to help your child ...


Chew on These Ideas for Successful Gardening with Pets

(TNS)—Safe, friendly gardening with a pet in your household can be a difficult pastime if your yard isn’t set up to handle the wear and tear from a four-footed animal who doesn’t know the difference between your prized petunias and the potty. ...


How to Lock in a Great Mortgage Rate

(TNS)—Mortgage rates fluctuate daily, making it hard to pinpoint the perfect moment to lock. To simplify the mortgage rate-lock decision, keep these things in mind: ...


Keep Moving to Keep Enjoying Life

(TNS)—If you lead a sedentary lifestyle and don’t go out much, it can cause you to feel down. Maybe you want to avoid people, so going to the gym isn’t that appealing, or maybe there just isn’t anyone to play kickball with anymore. ...


Don’t Let a Rental Scam Ruin Your American Dream

When it comes to the World Wide Web, there’s one rule of thumb you can’t afford to ignore: Just because it’s on the Internet, doesn’t mean it’s true. ...


Living Smart: How Much Does a Swimming Pool Really Cost?

(TNS)--If you’re thinking about adding a swimming pool to your backyard, chances are the cost of the project is a top concern. ...


7 Energy Efficient Home Improvements for the Summer

Summer is hot, and if your home isn’t prepared for the warmer weather, your utility bills can increase significantly. Rather than spending a fortune over the next few months, why not take steps to prepare your home and make it more efficient? Here ...


7 Efficient Tips for Downsizers

Retirement goals have shifted for many since the recession, with one major asset hanging in the balance—housing. Though a burgeoning segment of boomers plan to “age in place” in their current homes, more than ...


Great Spaces: Connecticut Riverfront Retreat

Showcasing New England living at its finest, this riverfront retreat sits on over four acres of land, including a pool, tennis court and indoor spa room in the quiet town of Weston, Conn. With seven bedrooms, six full baths and one half bath, ...


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