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Jul 15

Protecting Your Home from the Outside In

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When it comes to home decorating and remodeling, people often focus on aesthetic details that they see every day: flooring options, kitchen counter materials, shower tiles and the like. A construction company may be brought in to tear down walls and reconfigure floor plans. But, people often overlook the exterior of their home and the impact a few simple, updates can have on raising house values.

There are a few exterior areas you can focus your attention on that will offer a maximum return on investment. Before you start work though, plan out exactly what you want done. If you don’t have the skills to perform these tasks on your own, please contact a construction company and hire a professional contractor to perform the work correctly.

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Jul 15

The Importance of Compost for Gardening

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Creating your own organic compost is an excellent way to control your household’s waste. What it gives back, however, is amazing. As a matter of fact, using compost for gardening soil will yield much more fruits, vegetables and other plants than using non-composted soil. And since the average gardener who spends $70 on garden plants each season will grow more than $530 worth of produce, especially if using compost for gardening soil, that sure is a cost efficient reason to save scraps from your home and lawn, isn’t it?

Here are three other ways compost is important for a successful garden:

Compost Improves the Structure of Your Top Soil
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Jul 15

Waterproofing Your Basement A Beginner’s Guide

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When your basement flood leads to serious water damage, it may be time to look into interior waterproofing. Whether your flood was from drainage problems or storm damage, the lesson stands that you can never be too safe from water damage in your home. (And if you do have basement flooding, make sure that you dry it all out in 24-48 hours, or else you can acquire major mold, so says the EPA.)

What is interior waterproofing exactly? Well it depends. Some waterproofing methods require you to add a protective coating to your basement walls or floors. Most likely this coating is thick like cement, an

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Jul 15

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal With Landscaping and Hardscaping

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So, what is hardscaping? You know that landscaping is modifying the flora and fauna to create a more pleasing view. Hardscaping is when a contractor modifies the non-living outdoor living spaces, such as the front walkways; back patio; retaining walls; or any other hard materials. Improving the look of the lawn and patio, so to speak, can benefit a homeowner in several ways.

Boost Outer Appearances.

If you plan to sell your home, spending 5% of its total worth on landscaping can up the asking price by 15%. According to Home and Garden Television, or HGTV, the key things to keep in mind are to choose a vocal point; think about access paths, and to choose the right plant for the right spot.

Planning things out ahead of time is best if you plan to go at it alone. Balancing the d

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