Signs You Need an Attic Insulation Upgrade

How much attic insulation does your home have? Older homes, in particular, often have less insulation than recommended. Enjoy comfortable year-round temperatures and save on your energy bills by contacting a professional to inspect your attic and add more insulation. Look for these signs of improper insulation levels and contact…

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Top Signs Your Older Home Needs Electrical Repair

When you own an older home, or a home built between the 1950s and 1970s, you may need to upgrade or electrical repairs. If you’re not sure if your home needs an upgrade, take the age into consideration and look for any warning signs. Address the warning signs right away…

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The Importance of Radon Re-Entrainment

Radon is something homeowners everywhere need to be aware of. Homeowners should test for radon levels in their home and if levels are elevated, it’s time to mitigate. Homeowners can use radon mitigation to remove the risk associated with the odorless gas. Many radon mitigation systems use venting through the…

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Soak That Siding

Return your home’s exterior to its original fresh and beautiful appearance by giving your siding or brick a good washing. This home maintenance task doesn’t take long, and the results can be amazing. It’s easy to forget how vibrant the original color of your home’s siding is until you blast…

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Spice up Your Kitchen With Color

For a kitchen that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser, consider investing in some of the latest top design trends including color, color and more color. If you just painted your kitchen all-white you may be disappointed to hear that trends are moving away from the uniform look to more splashes…

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Prevent Basement Mold by Reducing Moisture

Whether your basement is a wine cellar, lounge area or abandoned storage location, you have likely dealt with mold there before. Chances are you have tried many different techniques to prevent mold in your basement. One of the most highly recommended is to reduce moisture. But, how do you pull…

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Retest for Radon After You Move In

Buying a home is a fun, time-consuming process with many forms, inspections and tests conducted prior to move in. The previous homeowners likely had a radon test completed as part of the sale. However, even if the test came back in acceptable ranges, it is a good idea as a…

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Why a Home Inspection Is Critical

In the urgency to find and move into a new home, some buyers charge through the process quickly. This can be important in a competitive market, as people don’t want other shoppers moving in with a better offer on a desired property. Still, it’s important that buyers check all the…

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Rustic Fall Decor You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

Fall decorating ideas are always fun, especially when it comes to your home décor. Take advantage of these super-simple and unique tips to welcome the autumn season! Go For Organic When you think rustic, think organic elements that you can add to your home to usher in fall. Easy ideas…

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Making resolutions for New Years is a tradition, but the truth is that they are hard to uphold. Make resolutions for your home this year instead — they will be much easier to keep! Purge and Declutter Free yourself from unnecessary items in your house by getting rid of them.…

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Evergreen Beauty in Your Winter Decor

Wintertime has a magic all its own, and evergreen trees are a beautiful way to showcase that magic. When deciding on home décor this winter, make your house feel extra-cozy by bringing the natural world indoors and adding touches of greenery here and there. Your stairwell is a lovely spot…

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Simple Yet Genius Home Organization Hacks

Clutter has a way of making everything feel muddled, which is why you should devote a few hours to putting these easy home organization tips to use. The good news is, you don’t have to spend tons of money on baskets and bins — you can use what you already…

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Christmas Wall Décor You’ll Love

A blank wall space can be a dream come true when the holiday season rolls around. Take an otherwise unused wall and turn it into your favorite Christmas canvas! Traditions Shine Through Red, white, green, silver and gold are traditional Christmas colors, so lean on that palette. Use traditional Christmas…

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How to Regulate the Temperature in Your Home to Prevent Mold

Mold prevention doesn’t have to involve expensive renovations. You can take simple steps to stop growth in its tracks and enjoy a dry and cozy home. Choose the Right A/C A high functioning A/C is integral for eliminating the moisture that makes the pesky black spores blossom. Make sure your…

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Fun Ways To Stay Organized

Make your home a happier space by trying out these two home organization tips. Mason Jar Storage Create a rustic place to keep bathroom clutter at bay by mounting mason jars onto scrap wood. Hose clamps keep the jars tight against the wood, creating the perfect spot to hide small…

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Know What it Means to Pass or Fail a Radon Test

Once you’ve finished your radon testing, it’s time to dig in and understand the results. Pass and fail aren’t necessarily the best ways to determine home safety, but knowing the numbers involved will help you choose the right solutions for your home. The EPA established that a radon level of…

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Ready Your Home for Winter

Colder days are on their way! This means more time to spend around family, snuggled in next to the fire, and the bright decorations throughout your home. While you prepare for the winter months, why not make sure your house is in shape too? Here is how you can prepare…

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Home Maintenance And Your Air Quality

On your quest to totally eradicate dust and allergens from your home, there’s one spot that often gets overlooked: underneath large appliances. Taking the time during home maintenance to get rid of accumulated dirt pays off big time for air quality, especially if anyone in your family has allergies. Tools…

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Multitasking Tools for Better Organization

You don’t always need new items to organize your home. Here are a couple of home organization tips for repurposing things you may already have! Clipboards This common office supply can also help out around the house. Post a clipboard in your kitchen to keep track of meal planning or…

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Here’s How To Rescue Your Clothes and Fabric From Mold

Uh-oh… is that mold on your favorite shirt? If you live in a damp climate, you might have a hard time keeping mold and mildew out of your clothes and other fabrics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ruined. Here’s how to get mold out of fabric easily. Step One:…

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2 Easy Household Organization Tips

A couple of simple life hacks are all you need to keep your home tidy and orderly. Here are two easy home organization tips. Use Labeled Bread Clips for Cords When you finish the loaf of bread, label the tag with a pen and hook it onto the end of…

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How To Lower Radon Levels in Your Home

If you have high levels of radon, you will need professional assistance. If the levels are only slightly elevated, you may consider some of these options: Sealing Concrete: This temporarily reduces radon levels in a home. Close Foundation Cracks: If there are visible cracks and other visible openings in the…

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Pros and Cons of Doing a Pre-Inspection on Your Home

There’s a lot to get in order when a homeowner is getting ready to list a home. Some of these tasks include finding the right buyer and making sure the home is in good selling condition. Though most buyers will order an inspection of a property, the seller can pay…

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Accessorize With Everyday Items

Same Some Dough Fall decorating doesn’t have to break the bank. You don’t have to buy fall decor to make your home feel festive and warm. You likely have numerous items on hand that you can use to add fall color to your space. Everyday Accessories Group together scarves, jackets…

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Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Décor This Year

If you are short on time but want to decorate your house for the Thanksgiving season, don’t worry. Mother Nature and some simple decor tricks can make your home fall-worthy in no time. Use Natural Elements Now that leaves, pinecones and acorns are littering your yard, go outside and snatch…

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How To Choose Which Home Maintenance Project To Start With

Does home maintenance have you feeling a little overwhelmed? If you have a lot of projects to cover, you may not know how to choose which to do first. Here’s a checklist of items to consider when prioritizing projects: Overall cost Your budget The urgency of the project Which project…

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Get Ready for Black Friday 2019

Black Friday is right around the corner. It falls on November 29th, the day after Thanksgiving. To get the absolute best of it, start preparing way ahead. Pay off those credit card bills and save up to take advantage of some of the best deals of the year. If you…

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Do Not Give Mold a Foothold

It may seem like mold could never be an issue for your home, but it is surprising how easily it can grow. Unchecked moisture can result in mold developing in your home in less than two days. In some cases, mold can get a serious foothold in just 24 hours.…

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Check Doors and Windows for Drafts

When the weather turns cooler, it’s time to turn up the heat to keep your home cozy. Part of your fall home maintenance checklist should include checking doors and windows for drafts. Finding the Fix If you can see cracks of light or feel air moving, it only takes a…

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Improve Airflow With Clean Filters

When the temperatures start to cool, it is the perfect reminder that winter is on its way. Now is the perfect time for fall home maintenance. Air filters keep the indoor air circulating efficiently and make it clean to breathe, keeping your home healthier. Clogged air filters can end up…

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Can You Fix High Levels of Radon?

Your home is undoubtedly equipped with a smoke alarm, but do you have ways to identify or measure radon? If you plan on buying a home that has radon present, there are ways to bring down these levels and alleviate your concerns. Install a Mitigation System With the right solution,…

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Is Your Ceiling Fan Making You Sneeze?

One way to alleviate persistent allergies is to look high and low for accumulated dirt and dust that may irritate your airways. Where should you start? One area that often gets overlooked during your regular cleaning is ceiling fans. Beautiful ceiling fans add beauty to a room’s decor and create…

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How To Show Veterans We Care

American veterans and their families are arguably the bravest people in the country, and they come in a variety of ages and genders. Show your appreciation for their sacrifices this Veterans Day. Help a Neighbor Extend a helping hand to a veteran neighbor who might be in need. Perhaps this…

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Mold vs. Dust: Can You Spot the Difference?

When it comes to mold and dust, you might be surprised to learn how easy it is to confuse the two. Not only can mold grow on dust itself, it can grow on walls, wood, paper products, insulation and many other places that dust also gathers. Certain molds have different…

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Home Organization Tips That Will Change Your Life

If you constantly feel overwhelmed and disorganized, it may be time to tackle the clutter in your home. Free up those countertops and organize your kitchen in such a way that lets you work smarter, not harder, with these two easy-to-implement home organization tips. Put up Pretty Pegboards Using pegboards…

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Check on Your Radon Mitigation System

How do you know if your radon mitigation system is working? Like your fire alarms and other gas detectors, you may let this very important maintenance chore fall by the wayside, but you shouldn’t. Make it a habit to check this and other alarms on a regular basis. Though systems…

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A Jack Is No Substitute for a Foundation

Old houses tend to sag after a while. The correct fix involves jacking the floors back into place and then adding structural beams to keep them there. Some do-it-yourselfers jack the floor back in place and stop there. Years go by and nothing changes. One end of a beam still…

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Focus on Clean Gutters This Season

With the beautiful colors of the season, there is also an abundance of leaves. Say no to leaks and gutters clogging by cleaning out your gutters regularly. When you have your gutters regularly cleaned by a professional, you don’t have to worry about: Leaky basements Cracked foundations Compromised driveways Termites…

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Choosing the Best Kind of Light Bulb

There are several types of light bulbs available, and each one offers its own benefits. Here are some tips on choosing the best light bulb for your home. Brightness, Color, and Energy-Efficiency You can lower your energy usage and save money on your utility bills by switching from incandescent bulbs…

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How Basement Mold Appears

One of the last things you want to find in your home is mold. The basement is a common area to discover this substance. When you understand how basement mold grows, you can stop it from happening. Water Problems A flood or leaky pipe can not only cause immediate damage…

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Foster New Growth

Spring and summer are your lawn’s time to shine. The prep work you do in the fall, though, makes your lawn really stand out during the sunnier seasons. Below the Surface Your grass is still growing even when nothing is happening on the surface. Adding lawn fertilization to your fall…

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Buying a Home With Radon

Buying a home can be an exciting time and when you find the home of your dreams you need to act fast. If your offer is accepted, you’ll begin the buying process with appraisals and inspections. During these critical steps, it is possible that test results could come back and…

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Organize Your Storage Spaces

It isn’t just bigger storage areas like garages or closets that can benefit from a little creative thinking when it comes to home organization tips. Taking the time to streamline little spaces like desk drawers and medicine cabinets can make your life a lot easier when you’re looking for something specific. Get…

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Does Your Exhaust Fan Need Some Love?

Do you know what the number one unsung hero in your bathroom is? It’s the exhaust fan. This little guy does a world of good to keep your bathroom beautiful and clean. Every time you take one of those relaxing hot showers that steam up the mirror, the exhaust fan…

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Getting Your House Ready for Fall

As the leaves slowly start to change and the days get just a little bit colder, you can count on one thing: It’s time for fall home maintenance. Preparing your home for the fall can help you get a jump-start on the season so that you are braced for colder…

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Get Your Equipment Ready for the Season

Completing a thorough fall home maintenance checklist can help ensure you are ready for the colder weather. Take the time to test your winter equipment and make any necessary repairs. Handle The Cold Season With Ease When you have reliable winter equipment, you can enjoy the beauty of cold weather…

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How Mold Finds Its Way Into Your Attic

You may not spend much time in your attic, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t inspect it for concerns such as mold. Without proper attention, you could discover mold in the attic. Leaks Older, poorly maintained roofs are culprits for mold growth. Missing shingles, cracked flashing or weather damage can…

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Quick Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Focus on the Faucets With colder weather comes the chance for outdoor faucets to freeze. This can be a big problem that can even affect the interior of your home. Here are 4 steps to prepare your faucets for the chilly temps. 1) Locate all outdoor faucets and remove hoses.…

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Why You Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector

What is CO2 anyway? Carbon monoxide (CO) is the product of incomplete combustion. It’s odorless, colorless and something that you want to avoid at all costs. In a home, the risks come from poorly maintained or positioned: Gas furnaces, water heaters and stoves Oil furnaces and water heaters Wood and…

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What To Know About Active Radon Mitigation

To push radon out of your home, an active radon mitigation system uses an electric fan. Specialists use a pipe that runs from the basement to the top of the roof to manage this. This is an extremely effective mitigation system. The benefits include: Convenience These systems are quiet and…

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Two Awesome Organization Tools

Command hooks and baskets are two gems to the organized individual, and they can serve multiple purposes when you’re looking for home organization tips. Command Hooks You can use these handy little hooks anywhere in your house and they won’t scuff the surface, so you’re safe to use them in…

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Help Your Clients Pick the Right Home Inspector

Your clients are the lifeblood of your business. You are looking for life-long customers, not just a one and done relationship. One way you can solidify this type of working partnership is by assisting them through the home inspection process. You can streamline the steps by helping them find a…

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Fall Home Maintenance: Bring Your Outdoor Furniture Inside

Fall is coming and so is fall home maintenance. Are you ready for the transition to cooler weather? Your home may not be! Here’s a tip on how to treat your outdoor furniture come fall. Do you want to increase the longevity of your outdoor furniture? Bring it in for…

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3 Ways To Keep Your Home in Good Working Order

Age is just a number, even when it comes to your house. Just like proper self-care can keep your body strong, good home maintenance can make your house last longer. Inspect the Roof The roof is your home’s shield. Keeping your shingles intact and your gutters clean helps protect your…

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Telltale Signs of Termites

Termites left unchecked can cause damage to your home. Here are three telltale signs that you have these unwanted visitors in your house. Mud Tubes These small tunnel-like tubes are commonplace in spots where your home and the ground come together. They are about the width of a pencil and…

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Unsafe Decks

If you love to entertain, a home with a beautiful deck is likely at the top of your list. Decks can be wonderful gathering places for family and friends or a perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors. While decks can be a huge selling point for a home, a poorly…

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Hate Mold? Keep Things Clean!

One of the best ways to prevent mold in your basement is simply to clean regularly. Look for traces of mold on walls and ceilings. Pay extra attention to corners, nooks and anywhere that is prone to moisture or condensation. How To Clean Effectively Use a vacuum with a High-Efficiency…

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Turn Storage Space Into a Focal Point

Cooking is truly about creating a beautiful work of art, from colorful ingredients to stylish serving pieces. Don’t hide these gorgeous items behind a pantry door. Display your kitchen essentials in clear glass jars and arrange them according to color and height for a fabulous focal point in your kitchen.…

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Keeping It Clean: Let Your Kids Help You De-Clutter

Now that your children are out of school, let them help you keep the household clean and de-cluttered. These summer organization tips make it easy. New Habits Means Less Time Cleaning Up Your children have a lot of free time during the summer, which is great. You can use some…

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Make Home Maintenance Easy With Automation

As a homeowner, you likely know that the work is almost never done. It always seems like something needs to be fixed or upgraded, which can be time-consuming. Don’t despair! You can automate some of the easier home maintenance tasks so nothing gets overlooked. Here are some helpful tips on…

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Water Line

Running water is a modern convenience that many of us can take for granted. We rarely think about the water line that is responsible for bringing that cool clean water into our home. But what if there are problems with the water line? A qualified home inspector can usually pick…

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Maintaining a Radon-Free Home

Radon is often found in trace amounts in the air outside your home. A test can reveal whether it’s inside your home, and regular maintenance can help keep it out. Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. You can hire a professional to complete the test, or you can use…

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Did You Double-Check Your Mold Remediation Clean-Up?

Mold is one of the most frustrating problems a homeowner can deal with. When you’ve gone through the mold remediation process, it’s essential that you double-check all the work that was done. Otherwise, your problem could come back, dragging you back to square one. What To Look For  So, what,…

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Why You Should Have a Pre-Listing Inspection

If you are planning to sell a house this summer (or any season, really), it is important to consider all the benefits you can get from a pre-listing inspection. While it may seem unnecessary, especially when a potential buyer will likely have their own inspection, having one done yourself can…

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Turn Your Necessities Into Something Exciting

There’s no need to settle and keep things ordinary in your home. Everyday items can be much more fun with a little thought and creativity. You don’t have to have a pool or live by the ocean to enjoy an outdoor shower. This not-so-typical setup can make your time spent…

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Include Downtime in Your Summer Schedule

Building downtime into your summer schedule is one key summer organization tip. It can be all too easy to cram the days with activities leaving you and your family little breathing room. When everything is go-go-go, the rest of your life starts to reflect that fast pace from laundry piling…

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Three Common Home Inspections Myths

If you’re in the process of closing a sale, then you know how much work goes into helping your client look for the right place to call their own. You’ll likely spend countless hours viewing different homes online and with your client and hosted several open houses before they find…

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How Much Does Radon Testing Cost and Who Pays?

The question of cost comes up whenever radon testing is part of a home sale. If you do not negotiate the testing or radon system into your real estate contract, chances are you will be the one to pay for it. In some cases, you can negotiate with the sellers.…

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Turn Something Old Into Something New

Whether it’s an old family heirloom or a fabulous thrift store find, upcycling an old chair is a great way to add a unique piece to your room for a lower cost. Depending on the design, you may find that you can actually do the work yourself. Even if you…

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Switch to Satin Brass Finishes

Brass is making a comeback, and for good reason. This gorgeous finish adds a touch of class and elegance to any room by embracing the current trend in gold accents. In bathrooms and kitchens, choose it for your faucets and knobs for a customized and modern look that stands out…

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Be Smart With Your Space

If you’re looking for new ways to add style without sacrificing space, it may be time to rethink your lighting and accent options. Lamps are lovely, but they can take up valuable room on a side table or night stand. Instead, switch to wall sconces for a soft and relaxing…

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