Staging your home for resale isn’t enough! Stage your garden and yard too.

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If you want your property to look good, it’s not enough to stage your home for a profitable sale, you should stage your garden too.   This is one of the great untapped resources of the modern home.   Focus on designing the best garden in the neighborhood. If you do, you will reap the rewards aesthetically and financially.   Redoing the backyard doesn’t have to be a huge job, nor does it have to be an expensive one. Usually, the budget that goes toward household changes is reserved for furniture and decorating the interior of the home. Obviously, this

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A backyard haven: Moving the indoors outdoors.

garden shed

  For most of us, a garden is just something that sits there behind our house.   It’s a bonus more than anything else, somewhere to sit outside when it’s hot, and a place for the children to play.   What interests me about this mindset is that you have plenty of space behind your house that’s not being fully utilized.   Think about it, there are loads of things you can do to create a more practical garden for your home – something that complements the main building. To do this, you need to make the most out of

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4 key habits to increase your home’s longevity.

4 key habits to increase your home’s longevity.

  Increasing the lifespan of your home is about keeping up with the required maintenance.   There are numerous parts of your home that need to be maintained, and here are some ideas for increasing the longevity of your home.   Maintain your exterior.   Having a properly sealed home prevents the interior from becoming damaged. This includes maintaining your roof and siding. You should inspect your roof each year to ensure that there aren’t any visible signs of damage. A leaking roof can damage your sheet rock. It may even lead to mold growth in your home. You might

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Veterinarians warn of risks marijuana poses to pets as legalization looms | Toronto Star

  Veterinarians say they’re seeing an increasing number of dogs sickened after ingesting marijuana. Vets are warning pet owners to take care as Canada prepares for cannabis legalization this year.   Dr. Jeff Goodall, a veterinarian who runs the Sunnyview Animal Centre in Bedford, N.S., said he’s seeing a growing number of dogs with marijuana toxicity. “It profoundly affects the neurological system. It can progress to tremors and seizures, and they can go into a coma,” he said Tuesday. He said the tetrahydrocannabinol or THC in marijuana doesn’t make dogs high. Rather, it makes them very sick. “The THCs are

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House looking dingy? 4 quick DIY tips for exterior home cleaning.

House looking dingy? 4 quick DIY tips for exterior home cleaning.

  Keeping the outside of your home looking nice can be a chore. There always seems to be something that needs to be done, especially just before the holidays. Here are 4 quick DIY tips for sprucing up the exterior of your home prior to hanging the holiday lights and decorations.   Wash your siding.   It is easier to wash your siding than it is to paint your whole house, and a pressure washer can make this job go much faster. Depending on your climate, you may need to use soap to clean off any mold or mildew that

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Toilet brush, power drill, and bucket: essential tools to peel potatoes?

Toilet brush, power drill, and bucket: essential tools to peel potatoes?

I absolutely love imaginative, ingenious tips and this is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Now I know the most essential tools to peel potatoes, a toilet brush, power drill and bucket.   You have to see this to believe it! There are a lot of mundane household chores I hate, begrudging the time it takes to do them – and peeling potatoes is one of the worst.     Bonus tip?   The run-off water would be wonderful for watering plants.  

Fall must dos for a healthy garden next year.

  The most romantic season of the year is finally here.   However, your garden is not quite ready for this lovely autumn, not to mention the harsh winter time that awaits us. There are many chores that remain unfinished due to lack of time or energy during the summer.   That is why this is a perfect time for you to re-energize yourself through some simple, yet very important activities for you and your garden.   Here is our list of fall must dos for a healthy garden next year.   Harvest.   The fruits of your work have

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The generation gap: Bringing your kids and your parents together.

The generation gap: Bringing your kids and your parents together.

  Your parents are an important part of your life, and thus, an important part of your children’s’ life. Helping the two connect and eliminating the generation gap is a critical role you play because you, as a parent, are what the two generations have in common.   There are some guidelines you should follow when encouraging a relationship and bringing your kids and your parents together, both for their sake, and yours.   Make communication easier.   Set up communication channels between your kids and their grandparents, and help them talk with each other across the generational gap. Set

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