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HOAs: What You Need to Know About Rules

Lobbying for change in your homeowners association’s rules requires procedure, compromise, and perhaps joining the board. If you live in a newer suburban community or planned unit development, you — like some 63 million other Americans, according to the Community Associations Institute — are probably a member of a homeowners association. It’s also a good…

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4 Fun Boredom-Busting Summer Projects for Kids

This summer keep little hands busy while engaging their minds with easy-to-do projects that will banish boredom.   When it comes to kid-friendly projects, a little advance planning helps avoid last-minute trips to the store and provides your child with a smooth DIY experience. While gathering project materials, keep your young person’s safety in mind.…

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How to Keep Your House Cool Without AC

Want summer comfort but hate the AC? Follow these tips, and you’ll keep your house cool without frosty air conditioning. You don’t have to switch on the air conditioner to get a big chill this summer. These tips will help you keep your house cool without AC, which will save energy (and avoid AC wars…

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Home Upgrades with the Lowest ROI

File these six upgrades under wish fulfillment, not value investment. Life is a balancing act, and upgrading your home is no different. Some upgrades, like a kitchen remodel or an additional bathroom, typically add value to your home. Others, like putting in a pool, provide little dollar return on your investment. Of course, home owning…

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Outdoor Appliance Buying Guide: Specialty Items

Specialty appliances for outdoor kitchens are hot items but you’ll spend thousands of dollars for the added convenience. “There is a trend away from simple barbecue islands and to elaborate outdoor kitchens,” explains Mitch Slater, president of Danver, a manufacturer of outdoor kitchen cabinetry. “Homeowners want to be able to do outdoors all the food…