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8 Best Household Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda is inexpensive and oh so versatile! If you’re looking for a greener way to clean your home, then consider cleaning the following spots with baking soda instead of harsh chemicals. Drains  You know that grade school volcano experiment? The one that erupts like a real volcano when you pour vinegar onto baking soda? Based on this actual science, baking soda can make a huge difference in the smell and the efficiency of your drains. Try adding baking soda under hot running water to freshen the drain. Baking soda …

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Top 8 Materials for Counter Tops

So, you want to redo your kitchen counters before the cold weather arrives but aren’t sure which material is best for you and your home? Here’s our quick guide to all things countertops to help you on the road to renovation! Laminate. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and looks pretty good too. Like laminate flooring, this layered paper and composite chip wood product is treated with resin and pressed together under high heat and pressure. It’s one of the cheapest options at 35-$45 per square foot. However, it scratches and …

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Real Estate Etiquette – Make Buying or Selling a Home Easy

If you’re buying a house, whether this is your first or fifth, consider sticking to some basic real estate etiquette tips to ensure the process goes smoothly. Buying and selling a home can be stressful, so if you have a good working relationship with your real estate agent, the better it’ll go for you both! Here are some quick tips on real estate manners: Get pre-approved for a home loan! This might seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised. This just makes it easier on everyone: you, your agent, …

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Porch and Patio Party Planning Ideas

There’s still enough summer weather left to enjoy your outside oasis with friends and family! But if you’re worried your back patio isn’t party-ready, think again. All it takes is some imagination and a little extra effort, and you’ve got a backyard paradise in no time. Consider these ideas to get started today on turning your backyard from drab to fab in a matter of weeks, or even days! Best Seat Out of the House! Having lots of seating always lends itself to great get togethers, but sometimes our patios …

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Yard, Lawn, and Landscaping Update Ideas

Are you looking to update your yard this summer? Whether front or back, here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing: Paint Your Fence The fastest, easiest, and most inexpensive way to change up your yard this summer is to paint your fence. While the classic “white picket fence” is timeless, darker colors are popular these days. Dark grey, green, or blue fences are a fun change, as well as an array of dark brown shades. Dark fencing and the natural lush greens of your yard will add …

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5 Easy Ways to Advertise Your Open House & Sell Your Home

When it comes to an open house, the best plan of action is advertisement. Advertise, advertise, advertise! Your house may be the best on the block, but if you don’t market it well, then no one will know about it. There are plenty of free and inexpensive ways to advertise your open house. Here are a few ways to spread the word: Use Social Media This is an obvious option in today’s world, but still worth including on the list. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms all offer options to …

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How to Meet Your Neighbors

Summer is just around the corner and for many people, it’s moving season! Usually with moving comes new neighbors, but rarely do we get to know our neighbors anymore. Just a couple decades ago it seemed like most people at least knew their next-door neighbors, if not half the people on the street. But it’s not that way anymore, which is a shame. There’s strength in community! So if you’re new to the neighborhood this year, or if you just want to get to know the people on your street, …

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Budget Friendly Ideas for Outdoor Home Decoration

It’s that time of year where all many of us want to do is be outside! We can practically add a second living space to our home if we create a comfortable, cozy seating area. However, it can cost a pretty penny to make your backyard oasis. Thankfully, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to create a homey, outdoor atmosphere without breaking the bank. Here are some frugal areas to consider: Plan It Out Don’t have a fire pit but want one? Think of where it could go. Decide which …

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How to Stain Your Deck in 7 Easy Steps

It’s getting warmer here in Southern Idaho, and that means we’re gearing up for coffee on the front porch and grilling on the back patio! But what if your deck needs a makeover after a rough winter? If you’ve never stained a wooden deck before, don’t worry: it’s not as daunting as you may thing! Wooden decks in genera require regular maintenance due to them being a natural material that’s constantly exposed to the elements. Here’s what you need: High-quality wood deck stain (preferably oil-based) Quality brush, 2″-3″ width Canvas …

House Cleaning Checklist for House Showings

Preparing to sell your home can be intimidating but add the pressure of preparing your home to show potential buyers and it’s enough to keep you up at night! But don’t worry – it’s not as scary as it seems. Just take it one room at a time. Hopefully, you’ve already done a basic decluttering of your home. If not, now’s a good time to do so before you clean your home for a showing. Also, make sure you have all your supplies on hand ahead of time, otherwise you …