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

Fence trellis.

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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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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Who invited the black bear for lunch?

Who invited the black bear for lunch?

  It was on a hot summer day in about 1987, I was single and living in a small duplex at the very end of Beechwood Road in Courtenay, BC.    From there on past the end of the street there was nothing but thick, dark woods until the train tracks a few hundred yards away.   About noon, I decided I was hungry, preheated my oven and cooked a small chicken pot pie for something to eat. Because of the heat, I opened the side door on the woods side of the building to get some circulation and try

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Inject some love back into your neglected garden.

Inject some love into your neglected garden.

  There are certain things in life that cannot be left uncared for or they end up growing out of control.   Our gardens are a very literal example of this, and many up and down the country are looking a little ragged and like someone needs to inject some love back into your neglected garden.   There are a few potential reasons for this…Gardens require a lot of attention, and attention requires time – time that we often simply do not have. The gardens that come with modern properties are a lot smaller than they used to be because more and

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Garden not thriving? Turn things around with these tips.

  When it comes to our garden, we try to make sure it looks as perfect as possible. After all, we want it to look fantastic for when guests come round to visit.    A beautiful garden also means a higher chance of a quick sale when you decided to sell.   When the garden isn’t thriving and we don’t know what to do, here are some tips to turn things around.   Make sure the plants aren’t too close together.   It can be puzzling when your plants aren’t thriving, despite the fact you water them every day, but you need

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5 tips to combat allergens in your home.

Tips to combat allergens.

  During the spring and summer months allergens become one of the peskiest issues you will have to contend with.   There are about a billion different allergens in the world and there is no real way to avoid them.   However, there are some ways that you can combat allergens in your home.   1   Change furnace filters.   One of the biggest causes of allergens is of course a dirty furnace filter. It is crucial that you change it often and even perhaps invest in an allergen reducing filter. The furnace filter essentially collects and stores all

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10 tips to avoid scratching that itch.

How not to scratch that itch.

  In the past, I have written about my own ongoing battle with allergies, sensitivities, skin conditions and itchiness – and how difficult it has been to avoid scratching that itch.   This is a great article offering exceptionally good advice for everyone who has experienced these conditions. ____________________ When you have a skin condition that torments you with its incessant itching, it can be extremely difficult not to scratch at it. It is likely that you have been instructed since childhood that scratching that itch only makes it worse – and that is absolutely correct. Scratching can cause sores,

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5 easy ways to decorate a chain link fence.

Ways to decorate a chain link fence.

  We’ve all seen chain link fences, and many of us have them, but sometimes they’re not really fun to look at. These necessary demarcation devices are often, at best, boring to behold; and sometimes, they’re the eyesore of an otherwise beautiful yard. Here are five easy ways to decorate your chain link fence and improve it’s visual appeal.   Clean it up!   We mow lawns, trim hedges and sometimes even power-wash the driveway or house, but how often do we think about cleaning that old fence up? Sometimes, all it needs is a good scrub. Power washers are relatively inexpensive

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