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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


10 Ways to Know That Your Life Is Getting Better

(TNS)—When you have been through a difficult time, it can be hard to see that things are improving. You may find yourself looking over your shoulder for a while, waiting for something bad to creep up and grab you. However, if you change ...


9 Smart Tips for Keeping Your Home Looking Spotless

Nobody likes to spend hours cleaning house – and sometimes there are few hours to spare. Yet some people seem to have a knack for keeping their homes looking spotless even when the time spent cleaning is minimal. ...


Property Tax Primer: First, Learn the Terms

For most folks who love their home and have no plans to sell or move, one of your most costly recurring expenses is probably some sort of property tax, or a combination of them. ...


Booklet Protects Homeowners Depending on Medical Devices

Today I return to an issue we've been exploring for some time: aging in place, which also has a lot of crossover to younger home owners who may have special medical requirements in order to live more independently. ...


How Your Ego Is Sabotaging Your Retirement

(TNS)—As diligent as you have been about saving for retirement, your ego might have been quietly working against you the whole time. Even the best-laid plans fail, and your retirement plan is no exception. Here are three ways your ...


5 Interior Design Ideas for a Shoestring Budget

It can be daunting to approach a new project if you’re not a professional. However, redesigning the interior of your home doesn’t have to be a long, difficult process where you have to knock out a wall or reconfigure the plumbing. ...


5 New Home Mistakes to Absolutely Avoid

A home is a major investment and it’s one that stands to appreciate if you continue to invest your money wisely. Avoiding these five critical mistakes will help you turn your home into your greatest asset instead of your greatest expense. ...


Real Estate Q&A: Homeowner Can Fight Government’s Plan to Seize Land

(TNS)—Q: We just got a letter from the government telling us it’s taking the front 15 feet of our yard to expand the road we live on. The government says it will give us money, but it seems too little, and we like ...


3 Most Dangerous Places to Use Your Debit Card

(TNS)—Making all of your purchases with a debit card is a good way to avoid spending more money than you have and racking up debt. But it’s not always the smartest way to pay. In fact, using a debit card at some places ...


10 Houseplants That Can Actually Improve Your Health

Adding a houseplant or two always seems to improve the look of a room. But as it turns out, certain houseplants can also improve your health. According to recent studies by NASA, some houseplants filter out dangerous compounds that are commonly found in ...


Plan Your Estate while You’re Young

(TNS)—Watching financial advisors put their house in order can teach you about building your own plan. You’re never too young, and here’s why. ...


How Clean Is the Air in Your Home or Office?

With never-ending news stories about the poor air quality in cities and depressing gray pictures of smoggy skylines, it’s no wonder that most Americans assume that their indoor air quality is better than the quality outdoors. However, the quality of indoor air is, on average, two to five times worse ...


5 Pros and 5 Cons of Homeowners’ Associations

Across the U.S., homeowners’ associations are on the ascent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 59 percent of newly constructed homes in 2014 were part of a homeowners’ association. That’s up from 46 percent in 2009. ...


Your Place: Some Professional Tips for Clearing the Air

(TNS)—October is National Indoor Air Quality Month, so I thought I would share a few thoughts from Broan Nu-Tone, a manufacturer of home-ventilation products. ...


Why Some Homeowners Are No Longer Cool with Backyard Pools

(TNS)—For more than 25 years, a kidney-shaped pool sparkled behind Paul Chen’s Los Angeles-area home. ...


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