Advice From the Experts: How to Shop for the Right Yard Equipment

Summer is here, which means lawn care is in full swing. If you know you’re missing the right tools to keep up with your backyard but aren’t sure where to turn, this post is for you. The lawn care experts at Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) have offered us some of their best advice for how to shop for the right yard equipment. As President and CEO of OPEI Kris Kiser says, “The right outdoor power equipment can help you get the work done faster, and can help you safely maintain your yard.” With that in mind, here’s what they had to say:
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The best lawn care starts with a plan. Image: Chris Snook

Start with a plan

Before you can buy any yard equipment, you need a plan of action. The folks at OPEI recommend starting with a sketch rather than trying to go off your own memory.
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You Can Totally Change a Room by Switching out These 4 Small Design Elements

Not all interior design changes have to be full remodels. Sometimes, all it takes is a few small additions to totally change the way a room looks and feels. If you’re looking for some small design elements that make a huge impact, this post is for you. Read on to learn which elements make the biggest difference and how to use them in ways that will truly help your design stand out.
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Use throw pillows to give the room a pop of color. Image: Ana Donohue Interiors

Throw pillows and blankets

If you’re looking to make a quick change to how a room looks, there’s no better way to do so than by switching out your textiles, like pillows and blankets. These items are not just functional. These small design elements help add visual interest in a variety of ways, including color, pattern and texture. As far as color is
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How to Unpack After a Move (Without Driving Yourself Crazy in the Process)

You’ve probably heard lots of advice on how to pack before moving. But what about advice on how to unpack after a move? This process is just as stressful and, if the number of people who are still living out of boxes months after moving in is any testament, just as difficult to slog through. With that in mind, we’ve got some advice for you on how to unpack after a move. Read on to learn more about how to tackle this task strategically. If you follow our advice, you should be on track to become fully settled in less than two weeks after move-in day.
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Put your boxes in the right rooms from the get-go. Image: Christina Byers Design

Distribute your boxes strategically

Move-in days are crazy. You’ll probably feel rushed to try and empty your truck or van as fast as possible. It can be tempting to just
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Getting Ready to Do Inspections on Your New House? Here’s What You Need to Know

Congratulations — you’ve finally found a house that you love, and your offer has been accepted. Now what? The next step in home buying is doing your inspections. While this process isn’t extraordinarily difficult, it does help if you go into it as informed as possible. To prepare you, we’ve outlined the most important details of the process. Read them over and keep them in mind for your negotiations. With these tips, you’ll be able to advocate with your best interests in mind.
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You have a choice in whether or not you want to do any inspections. Image: Klaybor & Associates, Inc.

Inspections are optional

Put simply, you don’t have to do any inspections if you don’t want to. Alternatively, you could choose to do some, but not others. It’s entirely up to you. Your comfort level should dictate which make the most sense for you to elect to perform. Each
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Let These Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas Inspire Your Next Remodel

No matter what style it comes in, the kitchen is the heart of the home. But for those of us who are obsessed with making others feel welcome, there’s no better choice than a farmhouse aesthetic. If you’ve been thinking about bringing a modern farmhouse kitchen into your home, you’re in luck. Read on to learn more about the elements you need to include to pull off this look, as well as to see a handful of examples that you can use as design inspiration. If you follow our advice, you’ll end up with a look that feels straight from the farm, yet undeniably trendy.
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Farmhouse kitchens are the perfect blend of modern and traditional. Image: AK Construction Enterprises Inc.

Elements of a modern farmhouse kitchen

Modern farmhouse design works because it strikes a subtle balance between contemporary and traditional aesthetic. In essence, it’s the best of both worlds – and
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Get Ready to Go Nuts Over These 4 Drool-Worthy 2018 Countertop Trends

Many people think of the countertops in their kitchen as something of a workhorse. It’s a surface on which they can prepare a meal, eat or get work done during the day. They don’t give it much more thought, but they should. In reality, your countertops can be the artistic centerpiece of your kitchen – and we have the 2018 countertop trends to prove it. Don’t believe us? Check out the trends below and see what you think. We guarantee that at least one of these bold looks will catch your eye.
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Embrace the industrial look by using metals. Image: Terry and Terry Architecture

Metal countertops

If you want a look that’s totally distinct from the stone countertops that are dominating today’s contemporary kitchens, look no further than metal countertops. This look will work well for both those with modern and retro tastes. Plus, since there are a variety of
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August Is National Curb Appeal Month! Here Are 4 Small Changes That Will Leave Your Yard Feeling Fresh

August is National Curb Appeal Month! It’s the perfect time to give your home’s exterior a refresh. With that in mind, we’ve brought you four fresh curb appeal ideas to help you celebrate. The ideas below are small changes that can be done on a variety of budgets. Read them over and decide which ones will work best for you. Even just doing one or two will leave your front entrance feeling brand new.
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Give your front door a pop of color. Image: Trimlite

Paint your front door

If you want your curb appeal to truly pop, there’s no stronger statement you can make than with a freshly painted front door. This will ensure that all eyes zoom to your doorstep from the street. Those going for a modern look should choose bright colors, much like the fire-engine red door above. However, if you’re a bigger fan of classic aesthetics,
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How To Settle Into A New Neighborhood And Feel At Home In No Time Flat

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Settling into a new home involves much more than just arranging your furniture and enrolling your children in different schools. It’s about getting to a point where you feel truly comfortable in your new home and, in order for that to happen, it’s crucial to connect with members of the community and your neighbors. While the idea of trying to establish yourself in entirely new place can seem downright daunting  – or even anxiety-producing – it’s actually easier than you might think. We’ve taken the time to outline four fool-proof strategies to help you familiarize yourself with your new community. Even if you only put effort into one or two of our suggestions, they should help you feel at home in no time at all.

Research the neighborhood

Fortunately, you can start the adjustment process before you even move in. As
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Defining a House Style: What Is a Ranch Home?

Until recently, the ranch home was the most popular home style in America. However, have you ever stopped to wonder what made this style capture our hearts for decades? It’s time to take a closer look at exactly what goes into a ranch home. Read on to learn more about its history, the distinct types and some distinguishing characteristics. Chances are good that by the end of this post, you’ll fall in love with ranch homes all over again.
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Traditionally, ranch home design blends into a California landscape. Image: Zias Building Design & Documentation

History of ranch homes

The inspiration for ranch-style homes as we know them today can be traced back to North American Spanish Colonial architecture. Like ranches, these homes often featured single-story options that were best for battling the Southwestern heat. Rooflines were low with wide eaves. These homes were often U-shaped rather than straight across,
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Moving Red Flags: 4 Signs You’re Working With Bad Movers (And What to Do About Them)

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Beware of red flags indicating bad movers. Image: Hubley Design Interiors, LLC

Moving is stressful enough on its own. No one needs the added headache that comes along with hiring bad movers: those who are out to rip you off or steal your belongings. However, there are so many moving companies out there that it can be hard to separate the good from the bad. You’re not alone if you’re having trouble finding the right fit. If you’re looking to make sure that you avoid bad movers, you’re in the right place. We’ve outlined four of the biggest red flags for less-than-stellar companies. As you begin your search, keep your eyes peeled for these signs.

Their information is hard to find

The first step to ensuring that you stay away from less-than-reputable movers is to do research before booking. Above all else, it’s crucial to find out whether or not the
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Here Are 16 Cute and Captivating Wall Mural Ideas to Inspire Your Next Kid’s Room Makeover

If there’s one thing all designers – and design fans – know to be true, it’s that kid’s rooms make for some of the most fun projects. After all, where else can you forgo the modern obsession with subtlety in favor of bold colors and whimsical themes? These spaces are the perfect place to try out any wall mural ideas that you’ve been hanging onto for years. Not only are murals stylish and eye-catching, but the kids are bound to love them, too. That said, not all of us may have a great idea off the bat. With that in mind, we’ve laid out some wall mural ideas for you. Scroll down, look them over, and use them as your design inspiration. With any luck, these will help you get your next kid’s room makeover off to a great start.

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Getting Ready to Move? Here’s What to Look for in Your Real Estate Agent

Picking a real estate agent is a huge step toward becoming a homeowner. However, sometimes that’s easier said than done. There are often more than enough agents in your area to choose from, but how do you know when you’ve found the right one? If you’re about to enter the real estate market, this post is for you. We’ve outlined four crucial qualities to look for in your real estate agent. When you land on the right combination, you’ll have found your perfect match.

Ask questions of your potential real estate agent to gauge experience levels. Image: Norris Architecture

Overall experience

Buying a home, especially for the first time, can be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, you’re about to make a huge purchase, one that requires managing several timelines and signing legal documents. If you’ve never done it before, you’re going to want someone to lead you through the
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14 Fresh and Fun Patio Ideas to Inspire You This Summer

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Check out these fresh patio ideas to help inspire your design this summer. Image: Distinguished Pools

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to think about your backyard entertaining options. Your exterior space doesn’t have to be boring. With just a little bit of effort, this area can become your favorite spot in the entire home. If you need a little inspiration to help you get started, you’re in luck. From pools to outdoor kitchens, we have 14 fresh patio ideas to help inspire your design. By the end of the list, you’ll likely find one that strikes your fancy.

1. Work with your pool

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If you have a pool, consider creating a showstopper by incorporating it into your patio design. Image: Pasquale Design Associates, Inc.

2. Make sure there’s plenty of room for dining

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Don’t forget a dining table for hosting dinner parties. Image: Chelsea Construction Corporation

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Keep It Cool with These 16 Gorgeous Modern Ceiling Fans

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Though traditionally they’ve been eyesores, a ceiling fan is one of the most energy-efficient ways to keep your room cool. Luckily, things have changed: These 16 gorgeous modern ceiling fans manage to keep it cool and look cool, too. The best part? They’re reasonably priced, falling between $250 and $800.

1. Raven LED Ceiling Fan by Rejuvenation, $500

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If you’re in the mood for a showstopper, the Raven has you covered. It’s large and dramatic, with eight blades and a 72-inch diameter spread. The size alone is enough to get a room downright breezy, but there are 31 available speeds to keep things at the perfect temperature. Image: Rejuvenation

2. Cranbrook Mint Ceiling Fan by Hunter, $249

How to Move on a Budget and Save Your Hard-Earned Cash

Let’s face it: Moving can get expensive. However, if you’re willing to get a little creative, there are ways to do it without breaking the bank entirely. We’ve shared some of our best tips on how to move on a budget below. With a little planning and forethought, you should be able to keep costs down to the bare minimum.
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Decide what level of help you need. Image: Rawpixel

Research your moving options

In order to move on a budget, the first thing you have to do is conduct some research to get a sense of what your costs will be. There are different levels of professional moving help to choose from, and they all come at different price points. You’ll need to decide which one makes the most sense for you. The most common options are:

Selling With Pets? What You Need to Know to Prepare for Showings

Pets may be family to a lot of us, but they also come with some added considerations. This is especially true when trying to sell your home. Selling with pets may take a bit more forethought, but it’s far from impossible. We’ve broken down the most important things you need to know about this process. Read on to learn what you can do to make your home appeal to buyers, Fido and all.
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Take the time to fix any signs of pet damage. Image: Rawpixel

Repair any damage

Before you even think about selling your home, make sure it’s in tip-top condition. This means catching up on those home maintenance tasks that have been piling up. Every future seller should take the time to fix that leaky sink and squeaky hinge, but pet owners may have a few extra items on their list. In particular, keep an eye out
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Real Talk: 5 Crucial Things to Do When Buying a Fixer-Upper

We all love seeing those home renovation shows on TV, but unfortunately, the process is a little more complicated when you’re planning on buying a fixer-upper in real life. That said, as always, we have you covered. Below is a list of the top considerations to keep in mind if you’re set on buying a property that needs a lot of TLC. Read them over and keep them close. Believe us when we say this is how you buy a fixer-upper that works.
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Here’s how you successfully buy a fixer-upper. Image: Dane Deaner

Shop based on resale value

Here’s the thing: You don’t want to buy just any fixer-upper. You want to buy one that makes sense. While everyone’s priorities will be slightly different, resale value is often a great place to start. Whether you plan on flipping the home or living in it for a while, it’s worth hedging
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Here’s Why You’ll Want a Living Green Roof on Your Home

A green roof, also known as a grass roof or living roof, is a growing trend. Architects and designers have cleverly figured out how to put down roots in the most expected of places — over your head! Most rooftops are an eyesore or simply boring. And in an urban environment, they’re wasted space. But a living green roof solves all these issues by being visually stunning, expanding your outdoor square footage and adding an eco-friendly element. Here’s a roundup of some of the most beautiful green roof ideas and reasons why you’ll want one on your home.
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This rooftop blends in with its green surroundings. Edible herbs and lettuces are grown throughout the year. Image: Feldman Architecture

Why a green rooftop is a great idea

A landscaped or grass roof has many advantages, if you plan it correctly. Depending on where you live and the water needs of your area,
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Moving With Kids? How to Make the Process Easier for Everyone

Think moving with kids has to equal tears and tantrums? We’re here to prove that conventional wisdom is wrong on this one. Moving with kids may not be easy — after all, neither is moving itself — but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Below we’ve outlined our four best strategies for helping little ones adjust to a move. Read them over and try them out on your family. We’re sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how well these tips work.
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Make moving feel like a fun and exciting event. Image: Kelly Sikkema

Make it an adventure

Let’s face it: Moving can be stressful and scary for all of us, even adults who have been through this process before. Now just imagine how scary it would be if everything about it was new and we didn’t have any control over what’s happening around us. It’s no wonder moving
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How to Stay Organized on a Cross-Country Move

Any move has the potential for stress, but a cross-country move much more so. There is no practical option to take things slow and move in chunks, or even bring the most important items to your new place in a few loads. However, the good news is that there are numerous things you can do to remain organized on a cross-country move and make the experience as stress-free as possible. If you’re looking for a guide on how to stay organized, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for our best tips for making this process as painless as possible.
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Decluttering always comes first. Image: Kai Pilger

Start organizing early

The most important part of organizing for your cross-country move is to start planning as soon as you can. The moment you realize that you will be moving a long distance, it’s time to start evaluating what items you
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