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Garage Clutter, Garage Sales & Spring Fever

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Garage clutter seems to happen overnight, as we toss stuff in there when we’re cleaning the rest of the house and forget about it. Most of us don’t spend much time in the garage so we don’t think about cleaning or organizing until … well, we can’t find something we need and it makes us realize it’s time to get control back.

We don’t realize the time wasted looking for stuff lost in our homes, would be better spent organizing and tossing things on a periodic basis, i.e. maybe it’s time to add an annual yard sale to your home maintenance... 

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Ghosts, Goblins & Fun at Home

Our handy dog is helping us trick-or-treat at your house this year. Happy Halloween

October is a great time to relax and have fun — decorating, costumes, trick-or-treating and lots of candy for the kids … and an occasional pet like our friend here. Halloween is a time when we get to appreciate the community where we live, and all the special events we have to enjoy all year round. This sense of community is even more important as people stay closer to home to save money.

Depending on where you live, there will be different festivals and fairs to visit. Some of the more traditional fall trips include fall foliage, apple picking, finding the... 

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Happy 4th of July

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When we were kids we looked forward to holidays as that meant no school.

With our busy lives today, holidays hopefully provide us with a break from the routine. We hope you’re able to make time this holiday weekend to slow down a little, relax and have fun. Holidays and especially this one are all about family, friends, fireworks and food.

Happy 4th of July

 

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Energy Tax Credit Good Through 2010!

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Tax credits are good for you and good for the environment (more about global warming). Early in 2009, new home energy tax credits were enacted … and they remain good through year end 2010. To help those who may not have taken advantage ($1,500 once during 2009 to 2010), here is a recap of the many choices you have for saving energy in the coming years.

Home Energy Eligibility through 2010

These tax credits are available for existing homes and must be your principal residence. There are different tax incentives for new construction. Make sure you research which products are eligible for... 

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Can the New Home Buyer Tax Credit Help You?

A Great Time to Buy!

If you own a home, you probably didn’t pay much attention to the home buyer tax credit for First Time Home Buyers. Now most home owners are eligible for the new tax credit, which has been extended through April, 2010. Why … because Congress understands how many industries are stalled until we get the cycle of buying and selling real estate moving. It affects the economy, and that means it affects all of us!

The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009

The new tax credit for existing home owners is worth of up to $6,500 for qualified move-up/repeat home buyers... 

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Why Calling a Handyman Might Be Cheaper

... You Also Need Power Tools

… You Also Need Power Tools

People are worried about the economy and they should be. Many are learning to rethink how they spend money. Have you thought about things you can live without? or spending less on vacation this year by driving instead of flying. Some home owners are starting to do their own car and home repairs with mixed results.

Saturday’s New York Times article by Susan Saulny,

Even to Save Cash Cash, Don’t Try This Stuff at Home

provides some great stories about why this isn’t always a good idea. You might think it’s easy to replace your toilet... 

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Earth Day: Tips to Save the Environment

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Unofficial flag (Blue Marble)

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day (April 22nd) is meant to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It’s been almost 40 years since a small movement started to focus on saving our environment.  Today Go Green initiatives are starting to become visible in many ways, and people are more aware of changing weather patterns and a growing population.

There are lots of things to celebrate the day at home, or visit the Earth Day Network and find more interesting activities in your area. Find something you can do with your children, and pick one new... 

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America at Home, What’s Good About Life Today!

America at Home, capturing the lives of people at home

Sometimes we think about our homes as shelter, a financial investment or the core of our family where we come together to share what’s happening in our lives be it new, good or bad. I found a fantastic book today, America at Home, which reminds me that our homes really are the core of our lives, and are really about the people who live inside them.

America at Home

The book contains more than 250 photos by 100 of the leading photojournalists in the US, plus amateurs were able to submit their photos too. What is great is the photos capture... 

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Energy Savings for Homeowners Part of Stimulus Package

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The stimulus bill has been passed. More than $50 billion is focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy.  While most of the money is earmarked for improving energy infrastructure, government and manufacturing facilities … we all eventually benefit from these investments as the technologies trickle down to new materials for home construction.

Residential Home's Energy Losses

For homeowners, here are the immediate benefits with respect to energy:

Extends to 2010, tax credits for purchase of more efficient furnaces, windows and doors, insulation, etc. Please be careful in planning your investments as there are quite a few limitations. The EnergyStar (www.energystar.gov) web site: Home... 

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