How to Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

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Owning a home means taking care of routine maintenance. If you don’t, you could end up with some serious bills. The most sensible thing to do is make a list of jobs that need doing periodically and then tackling these jobs at the appropriate time. Otherwise, bad weather and the passage of time will turn a small issue into a major – and expensive – repair job. Poor maintenance also devalues a home, which is not helpful if you are aiming for capital growth on your investment. Royalty Free Read more [...]

My Austin Relocation Story – building a DIY deck

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I’ve always been a hands-on guy and love the thrill and feeling of achievement that comes with a successful DIY project. So when I decided to move with my family to Austin, I thought it was the perfect chance to try out my deck-laying DIY experience, particularly with some simple but classic concepts I’ve seen in exclusive homes, hotels and resorts. If you’re the type that loves a challenge, I’d like to share with you some of my how-to guides. And if you don’t have much experience in DIY Read more [...]

How to Win the War against Fall Leaves

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The changing leaves are the first sign that fall has officially arrived. While those gorgeous red, gold and orange petals are fun to gaze at during long drives through the countryside, fallen leaves are often a hassle for the average homeowner. Trees provide shade in the summer and protection in the winter, but they’re shedding in the fall leads to hours of backbreaking work. The leaves seem to always win the battle, but this year it’s possible to win the war against the foliage blanketing Read more [...]

Do eco-friendly homes have higher resale value?

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According to a recent study (based on a considerably large sample of 1.6 million homes sold in the state of California between the years 2007 and 2012) homes backed by green certification labels had 9 percent added to its sale value. Though it has been observed that buyers’ eagerness to pay more for energy-efficient homes diminishes during an economic crisis, green-certified houses do have better resale value than that of the less-efficient homes during other times. You might as well be in talks Read more [...]

Garden Improvements Can Increase the Sale Price of a Home

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Although when looking to boost the value of a property we often think of interior improvements such as an extension, redecoration, rewire, or even a new kitchen and/or bathroom, it’s important to consider the much overlooked component of your home – the garden. If you’ve made some improvements to the interior of your home and are looking for more ways to get a better price when you sell your property, refurbishing your garden is a great way to achieve this. When looking for a new home many Read more [...]

Dadar Parsi Colony – A paradise in Mumbai

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Mumbai is known for its fast life, its chaos, its pollution, its speed. But, in the middle of all this, lies the Parsi Colony in Dadar, which is a complete opposite, of all the noise and chaos that Mumbai is synonymous with. It was founded by Mr. Mancherji Joshi, when the British ruled India, more than eighty years ago. There are about forty five thousand Zoroastrians living in Mumbai, and about ten thousand of them live in the Parsi Colony in Dadar. This makes it the largest concentration of Read more [...]

Make your garden look fantastic this spring with a new pond

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The arrival of spring is an exciting time - leaves back on trees, colour all around, and best of all? You get your garden back, and the chance to christen its rebirth with an incredible water feature or, to be more specific, the pond you've always wanted. For backyard enthusiasts, getting stuck into designing the ultimate garden-shaping pond is what it's all about, and a great place to get your pond starter kits from is Swell UK. Having this vital kit at your disposal means that all the fundamentals Read more [...]

How Does Pruning Your Trees Protects Them and Saves You Money?

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If you have trees or bushes growing in your yard, you have probably been told about the importance pruning them. Perhaps, you have been thinking about getting this done, but have delayed calling a tree service company. It might help if you understand exactly how pruning your trees protects them and saves you money at the same time. Below are four ways that pruning helps to protect your trees and makes them last longer. 1. Prevent Insect Infestation and Decay Regularly removing broken or dead Read more [...]