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A small upgrade that made a big difference in our backyard security was adding a motion-sensing exterior light at the rear of the house where we parked the car. When we returned home in the dark it wasn’t easy to see the path that led to our back door, but the addition of a security light made all the difference, not to mention ensure all was safe. A sensor knows when someone crosses its path and creates a safe and stumble-free passage, even when there’s snow on the ground or no bright moon to guide you.

Q: I have a condo that I rent. The condo association has started a new annual fee of $600 to cover administrative costs for rentals. The association also now charges $350 every time a renter moves in or out of the building.

The warmth of natural wood trim is the finishing detail that outlines windows and doors and adds distinction to a room. Whether furnishings are stark contemporary or tried-and-true traditional, any furniture style is complemented by wood trim, and white oak is one of the most popular choices. If you’ re remodeling, a sure way to tie an addition to the existing...

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Timeshares offer travelers an alternative to traditional lodging options like hotels and resorts. If you vacation in a timeshare, it’s more private, you generally have more space, and you have amenities like a kitchen, washer/dryer and dining area. What Insurance Is Provided by a Timeshare Company? To find out what your particular timeshare provides for […]

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The cost of travel will slowly rebound from historic lows as more people receive COVID-19 vaccinations and book long-deferred trips, according to industry experts. This time last year, air traffic…

To add personality to a plain vanilla room consider installing two corbels, or wooden brackets to frame a doorway or opening to adds interest and appeal. In an older home the bracket may be ornate as part of an architectural feature of the room, and usually painted or finished like the woodwork. They’re often sold as architectural salvage. New brackets can go from straight and streamline to ornamental, made of wood and polymer, a plastic material, and sold online and in lumber yards.

Q. I purchased a condominium from my mother in 1997 for a small nominal fee after living in it for 10 years. My question is, if I sell the unit now, would I pay taxes based on the county’s appraised value in 1997, of which I am unaware, or do I pay taxes based on the purchase price from my mother that is stated on the deed transfer?

One of the nicest additions we made in our kitchen is a strip of under cabinet lights that makes preparing food safer and easier. As an inexpensive but highly worthwhile investment, the low-profile fixtures come in strips easily installed in the shallow recess on the bottom of cabinets and they plug into a wall receptacle.

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One of the biggest myths about life insurance is that it comes with a hefty price tag. Over half of Americans overestimate the cost of term life insurance by three times its actual cost, according to the 2020 Insurance Barometer Study from marketing and research firm LIMRA and life insurance-focused nonprofit Life Happens.

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Return on investment (ROI) is a metric used to understand the profitability of an investment. ROI compares how much you paid for an investment to how much you earned to evaluate its efficiency. Let’s take a look at how it’s used by both individual investors and businesses. What Is ROI? When you put money into […]

Old dark paneling can be renewed with a facelift that’ s a lot easier than tearing out the paneling and installing new wallboard, woodwork and trim. Don’ t remove the paneling; refresh it with a faster and more affordable transformation, using paint and glaze to create a colorful alternative. The project involves several processes, including cleaning, sanding,...

Eighty percent of home break-ins occur at the front and back entries, so mechanical deadbolt locks installed on these doors can vastly add to the security of your home. If the door has a window, it’s a particularly good choice because the lock is keyed on both sides of the door so an intruder can’t break the window and reach through to open the door. This type of lock has been around for years, but today there's a growing number of finishes available to make them an integral part of door design and hardware.

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The strategy during Obama's administration was to drive up the cost of fossil fuels to make "renewable" energy seem more affordable. He closed…

One of the tricks home builders use in a small bathroom is using a pedestal sink instead of a boxy base cabinet that takes up a larger footprint. The streamline pedestal takes up a fraction of the space and creates an open feeling in the room. Whatever style you have in mind, there’s one to fit your décor, whether it’s country, contemporary or Victorian, and all of them are sold in a wide range of prices and sizes.

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