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Here are 10 simple things you can do today to help reduce your environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life!

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    • Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
    • Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
    • Unplug appliances when you're not using them. Or, use a "smart" power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts "phantom" or "vampire" energy use.
    • Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
    • Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used
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  By HomeAdvisor

The sun is shining, birds are singing and it’s time for your garden to come back from the winter weather. Your garden needs some help getting back in shape, though, so it’s time to get the supplies from the home improvement store, pull out the tools from the shed and get to work. 

Here are some tips for your getting your spring garden green and beautiful by the time the season reaches its peak: 

1. Clean out the garden.

It’s time to clean your garden and remove all the debris (leaves, leftover snow, etc.) Get rid of weeds, making sure that you get the roots so they won’t grow back. This is also a good time to sharpen your garden tools, if needed, because you’re going to

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Posted in Home Sales Statistics, Sales Tips & Techniques, Staging, Staging Tips, by Blog Contributor on June 22, 2015 980  

By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource

Sometimes it can be a challenge convincing the home seller to use a certified staging professional so I created some visuals using the latest, 2014-2015 statistics to assist agents in getting the point across to their clients. Professional home staging is not only for homes that are a “mess” but it also makes a huge difference in the selling price for homes that are “typical”.

 

In fact, statistics show that it doesn’t matter whether the home is vacant, occupied, a fixer or a beauty — when a certified staging professional gets a hold of it, an average 10 percent

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Bartlett Real Estate Group Coordinates 8th Annual Blood Drive

Four Points, February 17, 2018:  Each year, The Bartlett Real Estate Group of Keller Williams Realty coordinates and hosts a community blood drive in the Four Points area. This year marked the 8th year for the event and the outpouring of support from the Four Points community made the blood drive another huge success. As little as 3 teaspoons can save a baby’s life and this year the Bartlett Real Estate Group was able to collect enough donations to save over 350 baby’s lives.

 

Shannon Kramer, Realtor at Bartlett Real Estate Group, has been coordinating the blood drive for more than 8 years and says, “I am always so thankful to be part of such a generous community. We have so many

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If spring is in the air, don't let a musty house spoil it. Here are seven tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves  
  1. The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.
  2. The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.
  3. Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt.
  4. Clean windows with a rag and soapy water, and then dry them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store and buy a
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Author: Zillow 

Two experts weigh in on how to put your money where it counts.

A high-end kitchen remodel could easily drain your wallet. The nationwide average for a major kitchen remodel — replacing all appliances, installing a sink and faucet, and repainting walls — is $62,158, according to Remodeling magazine. And in cities like New York, those costs edge even higher.

A modest kitchen remodel, in which the cabinets are left in place, is $20,830 on average, and that’s not even accounting for labor delays or electrical issues from outdated wiring, which is common in kitchens.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep costs down without going batty. Here, two renowned interior designers share their tips for renovating a kitchen.

Consider how

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Are you thinking about, or in the process of trying to sell your home? Find out 5 things that make buyers bite and will make a difference in the bottom line.

A Nice Entryway- Impress home buyers right away by inviting them in with a beautiful entrance. Even just putting a fresh coat of paint on the front door freshens it up. If you don't have an entryway, make one by cleverly placing furniture to create one.

Hardwood Floors- Realtors agree that most house buyers are looking for hardwood floors. Out of all the types of flooring, hardwood will last the longest and never go out of style

Fabulous Fixtures-  Only the extremely detail-oriented will stop to inspect the doorknobs, faucets and cabinet knobs. Although real estate agents will

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By: Zillow (Jennifer Lyons) 

Save some room in your budget for expenses after move-in.

By the time you get the keys to your new construction home, you might feel stretched thin in the finance department. From earnest money and design center upgrades, to closing costs and moving expenses, buying a brand-new home is never cheap.

As you take a look at the costs on the horizon, it’s wise to look a little past your closing date. There are a few post-closing costs that are unique to brand-new homes and some that are familiar to all new homeowners.

Set aside a little money for these expenses now, and it’ll be smooth sailing once the “sold” sign is out front.

Appliances

Unless you’ve negotiated a washer and dryer into the price of the home

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Bare shelf space and empty bookcases can seem like a daunting task to try to fill up. Transform bland bookcases and shelves into stunning displays with these decorating tips.


Make it Functional- You can create a shelf display that is appeasing to the eye and functional.  For example, turning an empty shelf into a bar. Take out the shelf divider above and create more room for beautiful glasses, decanters and a drink tray.

Vary Accessory Height-  When gathering pieces to decorate shelves, make sure you have a combination of short, medium and tall objects. Avoid lining up items of the same height and size, this can seem flat and boring. Instead, try mixing different heights and keep the eye traveling.

Create Layers…
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When is comes to designing your kitchen so many people stick to the safe classic white or traditional wood tones. If you want to add a little color into your space take some inspiration from these awesome kitchens and consider one of these saturated shades.

Calming and Comfortable: Neither bright nor pastel, this soft backsplash tile in the kitchen is unusual enough to catch the eye, but subtle enough to live comfortably for years to come.

Happy Hues: In this sunny kitchen, seafoam green cabinets are a soft backdrop to the bright yellow stools. Another way to change up the kitchen without making any long-lasting changes is by bringing in some bright furniture or rugs, which you can get in all different colors and patterns.

Color Pop:

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