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Four Tips for Preventing a Home Invasion

To prevent a dangerous home invasion from thieves, you must protect your home. Burglars walk through neighborhoods, looking for homes that are easy to break into because the homeowner hasn’t prepared in advance. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can deter a potential thief. If you are a homeowner, then you can use one or more of these tips to protect your home from a burglar.

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The Latest Trends in Modern Home Design

Home design has been taking some interesting turns lately. Things that may have seemed very out of place 10 years ago are now very common in homes. Many of these changes are easy to make in homes which will result in easy modernization for older homes. These new trends are sure to breathe new life into old homes while adding instant equity by raising the home value.

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New Home Organization Tips for Long-Term Storage

Although many families try to get rid of things they don't need or want before loading it onto a moving truck, there are always some boxes of family heirlooms or memorabilia that travels with them no matter how many times the family moves in their lives. Having these memory-filled items can make the process easier, especially for children and teens who may feel uprooted from their lives when heading to a new house.

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Tips for Using Vertical Space in Your Home

Montana winters can be tough, especially when it’s too cold to get outside. This can leave many people feeling claustrophobic indoors, especially if their home is not as organized as it could be. To free up some space in your home and give it a more open feeling, consider how you can utilize the vertical space in your home.

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How to Determine the Right Size Rug for Your Living Room

If you've decided you want to decorate your living room with an area rug, the next step is to determine what size rug you need. It can be challenging to figure out exactly how large a rug you want to buy, but our checklist of guidelines will help you meet these challenges successfully. Here's how to determine the right size rug for your living room.

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Tips to Keep Your Home Feeling Welcoming and Inviting

You want your home to feel warm and welcoming, so first impressions are always important. If you walk into your home and smell stale orders or worse, pet odors coupled with a cluttered, dusty, dirty environment, you definitely have room for improvement.

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Four Home Design Concepts for Creating A Cozy Space

Your home is your sanctuary and should provide comfort and safety. As the winter months draw near, you'll want to make sure your home is staged to provide solace during the winter doldrums. As the days grow shorter and the weather colder, creating a cozy space will do wonders for your mood and attitude this winter. Here are five trendy design techniques that will bring light to your space and help you ward off the winter blues!

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Best home improvements to make to add value

Most people who make home renovations do so with an eye toward creating value in the event that they eventually sell their home. Though just about any home improvement will create some value, there are certain renovation projects that produce a lot of value relative to what they cost. Here are some of the best home improvements to make to add value to your home.

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The Dangers of Water Damage to the Interior or Exterior of Your Home

As a homeowner, you need to protect a property from the water damage that can destroy a building’s exterior or interior. You can’t prevent catastrophic moisture problems from a natural flooding incident, but you can protect your home from the moisture of a plumbing disaster. Water damage to your home can occur at anytime of the year, but when the temperature drops in the autumn, a water pipe or faucet is more likely to freeze, expand and burst. In only a few minutes, a pipe can leak hundreds of gallons of water that will damage a home’s drywall, ceilings or floors. In some cases, a pipe breaks near the exterior of a building, and the moisture can leak into a building’s foundation, causing structural problems.

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Transform your corners

Corners open up numerous opportunities for creating unique decorative, functional and whimsical features in a room. They're a blank slate waiting for you to express your creativity.

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Less Stress in Selling Your Home

When you are considering selling your home there are a few considerations that could make the process less stressful.  Find a local real estate agent.  A local real estate agent will know your particular market. This gives the home owner an advantage in that their agent can rightly assist in setting the listing price. 

When selling a home patience is really a virtue!  It will sell -- it just may take longer than anyone can foresee.  Word of mouth is great. Sellers can spread the word through their contacts or social media as the real estate agent is also doing. 

Get Ready!  It always happens when the seller is not ready to move yet!  Start clearing the clutter and getting rid of anything you don't want to move early on in the process.  Sellers don't want to be surprised by a closing date and have to rush around in moving. 

Communication is the best way to keep the process smooth.  Keep the lines of communication open between you and your real estate agent.  This will ensure that frustrations are kept to a minimum and important deadlines are met.  Sellers might want to set up days of the week or month to talk with their agent.  This way everyone knows that there is set apart time to discuss any upcoming changes or important information. 

Most importantly!  Breathe, Breathe, and again I say breathe.  Relax and let the process work. You and your real estate agent should have a good relationship that both parties are comfortable within the process of selling your property!  LaRinda    

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Barriers to Block the Small Pests that Cause Problems in Your Home

You can improve the safety features of your home by using insulation and filters to block insects. If you do not use barriers to block tiny openings, then insects could eventually crawl into your home. There may be tiny spaces around the windows, doors and vents that are large enough for insects to crawl through and to then become a hazard for your family. The environment in your home will be safer and will have fewer health hazards if you control the problems that are caused by pests.

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Four Ways to Create a More Elegant, Expensive Looking Living Space

Social media makes the average homeowner feel like less than the best. The kitchens and living areas, the décor shown off in the perfectly executed Instagram shots and Snapchat backgrounds are nothing short of perfect, and it leaves those of us with kids feeling as if we can never have a house that looks like that. White furniture, glass décor on the coffee table, and sheer elegance in every corner of every room is what we’re inundated with, but it’s not so far out of our reach. Kids or not, anyone can make her home look more luxurious and upscale for next to nothing. It’s not nearly as difficult as you might think to create that kind of social media perfection in your home if you know the secrets.

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Get Ready for Winter with Weather Stripping

Saving money during winter is often a matter of doing minor upgrades. Weather stripping, in particular, keeps heat in and frost out, which leads to less energy use. Contrary to popular belief, purchasing weather tape is not a matter of finding strips that are long enough to cover all bases. There are two types of caulking tape: nail-on stripping and self-stick tape.

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Pet-friendly Homes and Yards With Curb Appeal

You love your home and your pet, but as entertaining and loved as they are, sometimes pooches and kitties can wreck the ambiance with damage from rowdy horseplay, general mischief-making and not-so-sweet smells. Try these tips to keep pet-friendly homes and yards welcoming, curb-worthy spaces for everyone.

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Four Ways to Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays

The holiday season is a busy and bustling time of the year. All of the activity may make it difficult to keep up with home maintenance and safety issues. These four tips will help you to keep your home safe for your family and guests during the holiday season and throughout the winter months of the year.

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Reasons for doing home remodeling projects

If you've owned a home for any period of time, chances are you are going to do one or more remodeling projects at some point. Whether you remodel your kitchen, bedroom or several rooms in your home, there are a number of advantages to doing a home remodeling project.
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Four Staging Essentials When Selling Your Home

Are you considering selling your home in Helena MT? An important part of your success is to stage your home. Here are some simple tips to make people who are buying real estate see your home for all it is worth. After all, when buying a home, everyone loves a home that looks in its best condition.

First, make sure that the house is sparkly clean. When entering into home ownership no one wants to buy a house that looks dirty. Do a deep clean before selling. This goes beyond the basics and includes things such as shampooing the carpets, scouring the fireplace, removing stains from grout, and having the windows professionally cleaned.

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How to Turn Your Home into a Cat Paradise

Cats can do a lot to improve our lives, and their humans can do a lot to improve theirs. There are a coupe of ways to make your home much more comfortable for your cat, and they take very little time or effort.

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Add Character to Your Home Office with These Four, Ingenious Tips

After commuting to work for the past 15 years, you’ve recently been offered an amazing opportunity. This opportunity makes you glad you invested in home ownership a few years ago. In mere weeks, you’ll be working from your home every day. While you’re excited about this change, you’re concerned about the current state of your home office. You’re worried your outdated, office space won’t inspire you to do much work. If you can relate to this scenario, consider the following, four ways to add character to a home office.

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