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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Budgeting Basics for Homeowners

A new home often means making significant adjustments to how you spend your money. Expenses such as mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, utilities, and maintenance add up quickly and can easily throw your best financial intentions out of whack. Creating and following ...


Getting Started: College Textbook-Shopping Tips

(MCT)—Back-to-school shopping has started, and for college students, that means figuring out how to pay for at least one big expense: textbooks. ...


Inheriting Property? These Home Inheritance Solutions Can Help

The passing of a loved one is both devastating and trying. It presents the time to mourn and celebrate the person’s life, to gather with family and friends, and to organize any assets that have been left behind. A significant ...


Living Smart: Are You Properly Insured for Remodeling?

There are many topics more exciting than homeowners insurance, I’ll grant you that. But since your house is likely to be your biggest asset, it’s wise to periodically examine coverage, to ensure that you’re adequately covered ...


Attack of the Killer Office Chairs

(MCT)—I’m sitting down while writing this column. That's a pretty daring move on my part. ...


Mending Fences, Tending Neighbors

(MCT)—I have never believed the old saying that good fences make good neighbors because, really, who wants to live next door to a guy who deals in stolen merchandise? ...


Your Place: Odors from the Air Conditioner

(MCT)—Question: Over the last month, after running the air conditioner in my son’s room, we noticed that it smelled like an ashtray. ...


Timing Is Key when Selling a Business

(MCT)—Sometimes the owner of a business has no choice but to sell a thriving enterprise, such as in a divorce, the splitting of a partnership or the death of a major shareholder. ...


3 Legal Tips If Your Business Is Flooded

If your business is flooded, you need to get on top of your legal to-dos, or you'll be financially underwater. ...


Living Smart: House Cleaning Means the Exterior, Too

(MCT)—House cleaning isn’t just an inside job. Your siding, driveway and garage floor get dirty, too. And just as a freshly cleaned car seems to drive better, a spic-and-span exterior feels great to come home to. ...


For Your Client: Mold Prevention and Control

Mold is a common occurrence in homes, but it can potentially cause health problems as well as damage to structures and surfaces if it is not controlled. Mold begins growing indoors when spores come in contact with wet surfaces or substances. Once ...


Vacationers Should Watch out for Potential Scams

(MCT)—Vacation. It’s supposed to be a time to kick back and relax, but if you’re traveling, there can be a lot of stress, from finding the best deal when making the hotel reservations, to getting to and waiting at the airport and ...


Seven Is the New Eight when It Comes to Sleep

(MCT)—Suddenly we’re all talking about sleep—how little we get, how badly we do it. When did something so natural, a simple act we usually take for granted, become such a problem? ...


All Families Need to Have the Financial ‘Talk’

(MCT)—It’s the conversation that many families put off. And then put off some more. ...


Living Smart: How Landscaping Can Deter Intruders, Pests

(MCT)—Done right, landscaping can do much more than attract compliments and boost your property value. It can help you repel intruders, both human and natural. ...


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