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Make indoor mold growth a distant memory

Homeowners who have had prior issues with mold know just how pesky a mold problem can be.
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Do It Yourself

Tips for family-friendly decorating

A glass coffee table, white leather sofa and expensive ceramic statues are popular and attractive design options.
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HOME IMPROVEMENT

Things to consider when budgeting your home improvement project

Home improvement projects have become de rigueur for today's homeowners. Be it a kitchen remodel or the ever popular man cave project, home improvement projects remain a goal for many homeowners.

As enticing as a home improvement project might be, no project can be successful until a budget has been established. The right budget will keep homeowners from going deep into debt when improving their homes, ensuring that, upon the project's completion, they can fully enjoy their revamped castles without the specter of significant debt hanging ominously over their heads.
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Roof Envy

Have you ever wished you could have an elegant new roof like your neighbors? You may have a case of "roof envy." Don't worry, there's an easy -- and surprisingly affordable -- cure.

Thanks to advanced technologies, polymer roofs have become the "must have" roofing product for homeowners investing in new roofs. Featuring impact-resistant and energy-efficiency qualities, these man-made roofs require no maintenance and come in a wide variety of colors.
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Create a designer look on a budget

Interior designers have a knack for pulling together furniture and accessories to create rooms with widespread appeal. But not every homeowner has the resources to hire a professional to help turn their interior from drab to fab. Fortunately, it doesn't always take a pro to transform a home's interior.

The key to creating a beautiful room is planning. Designers do it and so should you. Measure the dimensions of the room and create a sketch of the area using graph paper or computer software. Be sure to plot any windows or doors on the drawing so that you will be aware of obstacles.
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Think "FRESH" When Selecting Roof Colors

Thinking about a new roof for your home? Then think "FRESH." That's the advice national color expert Kate Smith recommends for homeowners considering a new roof.

"The acronym FRESH stands for fixed features, regional colors, environment, style of home and historic colors," says Smith, president of Sensational Color. "Considering these five elements can help you select the perfect roof color."
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