Archive for February, 2018

Feb 12 2018

Purchasing a Home With a FHA Mortgage Loan

Stacy schlesinger

Buying a home, more than anything else, is a long-term investment property. Whether it’s your personal home or vacation home, you are putting down a lot of money on a property that will follow you for years to decades. The value of your home will change with the both the trends of the market and to the condition for which you upkeep/renovate your home over time.

The average sale price of a U.S. home in March 2016 was $186,000. For anyone that doesn’t have that much money collected in their savings account, the purchasing of said home will require financial assistance. The primary means through which this is achieved is through the use of a conventional mortgage: in which a loaned is offered by a provider

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Feb 11 2018

5 Things You Should Do to Improve Your Curb Appeal

Landscape architect

You’re thinking about selling your home. Maybe not today, but at some point, and you want to add value with landscaping or other changes. Or perhaps you just take pride in your house and want it to look good, for yourself and for others, so you’re looking into hardscapes that could enhance your curb appeal. Whatever the reason, here are five things you should be doing to drastically improve the curb appeal of your home.

  1. Add some color with flowers. Don’t just let your front yard remain a swath of unreli

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Feb 11 2018

Four Reasons You Should Donate Your Clothes

Red cross clothing pickup

Americans have an awful lot of clothes cluttering up their homes. The EPA estimates that we’re throwing away about 10 pounds of clothes per person, per year. Meanwhile, we’re consuming about 20 billion garments, or 68 pieces of clothing and 7 pairs of shoes per person every year. If you’ve got a closet full of clutter, kids’ drawers with clothes they’ve outgrown, or other home textiles you’re thinking about trashing, here are a couple reasons you should be finding a Red Cross clothes donation center instead:

  1. When you don’t recycle your clothes, it’s hard on the environment. Landfills fill up fast, and this not only hurts the environment, but also the local city and county budgets where you live. In other words, it’s hurting you. It costs millions to build a new landfill an

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Feb 09 2018

When Choosing a Cane, Don’t Forget to Check For Confidence

Folding canes

As many as one in four adults in the U.S. experience a fall or slip of some sort each year. While many of these falls are purely accidents, a solid portion of them are caused by problems with the adult’s mobility. Issues with mobility manifest as an unsteadiness when walking; dizziness when standing from a sitting position; or a problem with balancing.

To combat this issue, roughly 6.8 million Americans use an assistive device to help them stay mobile, such as walking canes. But choosing a cane is not as simply as going to the nearest store and picking one up off of the shelf. A person must be assig

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Feb 05 2018

The Advantages of Using Stackable Furniture Cubes

Craft storage drawers

Crafting is on a steady rise in the United States. A recent study conducted by the Association for Creative Industries showed that the crafting has increased nearly 10% over the course of only seven years. Crafting serves many needs including providing a side business for many through craft fairs, local vendors, and throughout websites that allow them to set up virtual stores to sell their creations.

Crafting has also been found to have positive mental health benefits. A study found in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy found that 81% of their study participants reported feeling less depressed after knitting.

However, crafting also creates problems. As any crafter can attest to, organization of craft supplies becomes a significant issue. Even those crafters with the benefit of a dedi

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