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Tips to get your house ready for entertaining

(BPT) - Whether hosting family and friends for your first or fifteenth time, you want your home to be ready to impress. Here are five simple ways to make sure your home is refreshed and ready for any entertaining occasion.1. Refresh kitchen countersSince the kitchen is where people mingle the most, don’t leave old, dirty caulk to be the focal point behind your delicious spread! Spruce up your countertop and backsplash by removing and replacing the old caulk. Consider using a caulk Continue Reading ...

The surprising range of career opportunities in the landscape industry

(BPT) - Planning your next career move? Job seekers may think they have explored every possible option after attending job seminars or visiting career counselors, but the landscape industry is an often-overlooked field that’s full of diverse opportunities from entry level to management positions.According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), the landscape industry needs to fill 300,000 positions this year and now is peak hiring season. While you might have a Continue Reading ...

Bringing the indoors out: 2020 outdoor living trends

(BPT) - 2020 outdoor living trends are all about enjoying your backyard alfresco — but with the comfort and ease, you expect from your indoor spaces. Today's outdoor spaces are transforming into an extension of the home. The current outdoor design also takes into account the look and feel of your entire home, including the interior and exterior, building materials, and surroundings.Connecting with nature: Biophilic designBiophilic design is achieved when natural elements are Continue Reading ...

How To Protect Your Most Valuable Asset

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How to pick the right homeowner's insurance(BPT) - If you're like many Americans, your home may be your most valuable asset. That's why it's so important to protect it with homeowners' insurance. Plus, it's probably a requirement of your mortgage. Setting up your coverage the right way starts with understanding the major parts of a homeowner's policy.Consider the following information and tips from the USAA Home Learning Center:Dwelling protectionThis protection covers the cost Continue Reading ...

Home Improvements To Help Your Home Sell Faster And For More Money

Posted on: April 9, 2018 by in BLOG, home improvement
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Helpful information from Bent Nail Inspections (BPT) - The real estate market is heating up, and if you're planning to sell your home in the future, you want it to sell quickly and for as high of a price as possible. By taking proactive action now, you can make a few strategic home improvements that can help you achieve both your goals.To boost your home sale and reduce time on the market, consider these top home improvement ideas to catch buyers' eyes.Garage door: When potential Continue Reading ...

Are Hidden Leaks Damaging Your Home, Boosting Water Bills and Harming the Environment?

Posted on: February 26, 2018 by in Boise, home improvement
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Home water leaks waste 1 trillion gallons of water per year, and 10 percent of American homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water a day, according to the EPA.Fixing easily detectable leaks like dripping faucets and malfunctioning toilets can reduce water bills and water waste. But what do you do about the leaks you can’t see?Hidden leaks can be dangerous. Leaking pipes within walls can cause mold. Dripping faucets behind appliances can be a fire hazard. Leaking irrigation can Continue Reading ...

2018 Remodeling Trends That Boost Your Home’s Value

Posted on: January 31, 2018 by in home improvement, Home Inspections
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A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.Remodeling can add value to your home while also making it more livable, but not all remodeling projects are created equal. While Continue Reading ...

5 Renovation Resolutions for Your Home This Year

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(BPT) - It’s no secret that springtime is synonymous with spruce-ups. But, as is often the case, homeowners hone in on prettying-up patios and backyards with fresh florals and new outdoor furniture, leaving the inside of the home as “same old, same old.” This spring, resolve to reinvent your home from the inside out with stylish décor sure to add the wow-factor it deserves.The five refreshing projects below will to help create a beautiful setting worthy of the new season — and Continue Reading ...

5 Spring Cleaning Projects to Take on Immediately

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5 indoor projects to add to your spring cleaning list (BPT) - Spring cleaning is a seasonal tradition. You’ve been setting house projects aside all winter, and now’s the perfect time to make sure the warm weather season starts with a cleaner, happier home. So open the windows, turn on your favorite song, and start your spring cleaning with these five to-dos.* Clear the clutter. Removing excess clutter is a great cleaning tip any time of year, but finishing this task when the weather Continue Reading ...

Instilling Garage Logic in Your Kids

Posted on: May 10, 2017 by in home improvement
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It’s a long-standing tradition performed at the workbench of American garages — passing garage logic to the next generation. From hammering that first nail to changing a car’s oil, the garage is a living laboratory where parents teach their kids life lessons, self-reliance and problem-solving skills. It can even be an incubator where the seeds of a future profession grow.Today, instilling that larger vision requires a break from the small screen. Too often, smartphones and video games Continue Reading ...