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Posted on 12/04/2022
Umbrella Plants & Other Popular Indoor Trees That Are Toxic to Pets
Unfortunately, many popular houseplants are toxic to pets. Many of the small tree varieties commonly grown as houseplants, like the umbrella plant, can make both humans and animals sick if ingested. Here is a basic guide to popular indoor trees pet owners should avoid: Umbrella Plant Umbrella plants are named for their whorl-pattern leaves creating a dense canopy...
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Posted on 11/27/2022
Aquaponics with fish: The basics
If you’re interested in sustainability, aquatic life and gardening, you might consider aquaponics with fish. Aquaponics combines methods from hydroponic gardening and aquaculture to create a symbiotic environment in your home fish tank. To learn more about aquaponics, here is a basic guide to help: How it works Aquaponic systems are used to cultivate fish and plants in...
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Posted on 11/20/2022
Hazard insurance: Understanding the basics
Hazard insurance and homeowners insurance are often mistaken for the same thing due to the similarities they share. While standard homeowners insurance policies include hazard coverage, standalone hazard insurance serves a different purpose. How do you know if you need hazard insurance? Here is a guide to help you understand the basics: Hazard insurance vs. homeowners insurance Hazard...
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Posted on 11/13/2022
VA loans: Special benefits for veterans with disabilities
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers many financial benefits for veterans wanting to purchase a home. There are even more specific benefits for veterans with qualifying disabilities. These options are important to know if you are interested in financing help to buy your dream home. Here is the most important information to know: Special housing grants A...
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Posted on 11/06/2022
Speaker systems: Here's what you should know
For homeowners who love to share their favorite media,...
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Posted on 10/30/2022
Key Factors to Consider Before You Buy a Condo
The process of finding the perfect condo is similar to finding any other type of home--with a few exceptions. Here are some of the key factors to consider when purchasing a condo: Your Budget How much can you afford to spend on a condo? Make sure you evaluate your budget to get a sense of whether you can...
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Posted on 10/23/2022
Home Building Contracts: What You Should Know
When you decide to have a new home built, you’ll need to find a builder and sign a contract with them. Since home construction is a complex process, it’s important to make sure you understand your home building contract before signing it. What should you expect to see on one of these contracts? You should make sure your...
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Posted on 10/20/2022
Another Property Sold - 422 Wood Glen Drive, Richmond, CA 94806
Auspicious opportunity, north facing home across from Richmond Country Club. This home has the ideal usability or flexible floor plan for your work at home need(check out the floor plan), just pick a room in your compass direction for your home office. A sitting room area for meeting and greeting your guest live as they come though the double door entry seeing the open loft area above, show and tell kitchen layout to show off your cooking creations to the world, multiple large living spaces are awesome to be socially pleasant and joyful. When it's time to sleep, there is a bedroom on the ground floor, 2 bedrooms on the 2nd floor and 2...
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Posted on 10/16/2022
How to follow building codes during your renovation project
When building a new home, architects need to follow strict building codes to make sure everything is built according to safety standards. It’s important for homeowners to know and understand major building codes before modifying the structure or layout of the home. Unfortunately, code violations are common when remodeling and can result in expensive fines or unreliable construction....
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Posted on 10/16/2022
Why you need dwelling coverage
Dwelling coverage is a crucial part of every standard homeowners insurance policy. Dwelling coverage can help you in the event the physical structure of your home incurs serious damage. However, it’s important to understand what types of damage are covered. Here is a basic guide to the types of damage covered by your dwelling insurance: Why you need...
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Posted on 10/09/2022
Getting started with outdoor decor
No matter the size or shape of your yard or patio, it's...
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Posted on 10/02/2022
Party design 101: Outdoor table settings
If you’re hosting an outdoor dinner party, your choice...
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