5 Cheap Curb Appeal Tips to Help Sell Your Home

Nothing says you’re not ready to show your home like an unkempt yard and facade. Make sure the exterior of your house is well-kept at all times. You never know when a potential buyer might drive by.

If you can’t physically clean up around your house, consider hiring a lawn maintenance company or contractor. 

Need help with that? Ask your neighbors (whose homes have curb appeal) for recommendations, or read the reviews on sites like:

2. Pressure Wash Your Home

Not only does pressure washing your home save you money, but it’s a great way to restore the luster of your brick or stone siding and any sidewalk or driveway you may have. 

If you don’t want to hire someone or simply want to save the money, you can do it yourself. You can usually rent a pressure washer at home improvement stores like Lowe’s or The Home Depot.


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It’s not too late for coronavirus financial relief and other tips from the mailbag

The mailbag is full of notes from people with all-too-common financial dilemmas these days.

I’ll try to help some of the letter writers in the hope that the answers help you too.

Question from David H. in Short Pump, Virginia:  When I lost my job early in the pandemic, there seemed to be a lot of help out there from banks and credit-card companies for people who were unemployed. But we didn’t need help then, because my wife was working for [a major airline].

She was part of the layoffs they just announced. I’m making money working on some projects, but it’s not enough.  I don’t want to fall behind on the mortgage and the bills. But what can I say to my lenders now, so far into the pandemic, that would persuade them to help me, and why would they help me anyway if we have almost no income

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The 5 Top Tips on Choosing the Best Shower Installation Company

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Are you thinking about designing your dream bathroom? Then make sure you choose the right shower installation company. After all, a bathroom remodel will boost your property value.

Hiring the best shower installation company can be the difference between making your daily shower and bathing experience heavenly or a horror.

The right company will make your bathroom delightful. The wrong company can add additional problems such as leaks. Or omit important extras you need for functionality or give you products and materials that dont suit your preferences.

In this post, youll discover the five tops tips for choosing the right professionals for shower installation. Without further delay, lets get to it.

1. Find a Professional Who Is Familiar With a Wide Variety of Shower

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4 Tips for Taking Your Brick-and-Mortar Store to the Online Realm

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This year has been rough for brick and mortar retailers. Data from Yelp shows that 60 percent of temporary business closures related to COVID-19 have now become permanent. Many big-name brands have filed for bankruptcy as they’ve seen retail sales dry up.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, ecommerce is thriving like never before. Statista reports that ecommerce site traffic in May and June of 2020 actually eclipsed the traffic levels of the 2019 holiday shopping season.

As brick and mortar stores continue to struggle with government restrictions and the public’s desire to avoid outings that could lead to COVID-19 exposure, the need to take businesses online has never been more urgent.

Even if you’re late to the online game, however, you can still make a successful transition.

1. Choose the right hosting platform


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Favourite UK museums and galleries: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Old friends in Birmingham

I recently visited the newly reopened Barber Institute of Fine Arts at Birmingham University (free but advance booking essential). It was the last gallery I visited before lockdown, and the first since, and it was like seeing old friends. It is a little jewel of a gallery, with works by, among others, Simone Martini, Claude, Degas, Canaletto and, a personal favourite, a lively Gainsborough showing his two daughters clambering up into a hay cart. Housed in a listed art deco building, it is a lovely place to while away an hour, followed by a cake on the terrace at the nearby Winterbourne House.
Rosalind Napier

Concrete and lace, Nottingham

I’ve visited the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery in the city’s Lace Market area several times since lockdown ended. It’s a fabulous modern concrete building with imprints of lace on the exterior (pictured), large airy gallery

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Tips for pet owners ahead of Hurricane Delta’s landfall

The Humane Society of the United States is urging individuals who may be impacted by Hurricane Delta to make a plan now.

They offer these suggestions for a disaster kit:

  1. Food and water for at least 5 days for each pet. Also bring bowls and a manual can opener if you are packing canned pet food.
  2. Medications for at least 5 days and all medical records, including vaccination history. Keep these stored in a waterproof container. You may also consider storing them digitally on a flash drive or online.
  3. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with tags for identification. Microchipping your pet is ideal as collars can be easily removed.
  4. Pack a pet first aid kit.
  5. Litter box with extra liter and a scoop.
  6. Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers to transport pets safely.
  7. Current photos of you with your pets and descriptions of your animals.
  8. Comfort items, which
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Bed Bath & Beyond launch flash sales, tips, deals for the holidays


With the holidays just around the corner, you’re probably shopping a lot on Amazon. Don’t make these common mistakes that’ll wind up costing you more money!

Forget Black Friday. Bed, Bath &  Beyond says the holiday deals start now. 

For shoppers, whose lives have largely revolved around their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the retailer intends to offer tips, discounts, and special loyalty perks to woo shoppers.

“With home being the epicenter of all of our lives throughout the pandemic … gifts for (shoppers’) homes are some of the things on the top of the shopping list this year,’’ says Cindy Davis, Bed Bath & Beyond’s chief brand officer.

Starting Oct. 4, through Oct. 31 customers who join the Beyond+ loyalty program will get a bonus card whose $29 value matches the membership fee. The program gives members a 20% discount whenever they make a purchase, as well

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7 tips for improving your mood by adjusting your living space | Sponsored Content

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Your home should be your happy place, but it could be killing your mood instead.

Do you feel contented, safe and relaxed in your home? Do you sleep well in your bedroom? Do you love spending time in your kitchen? Do you have a favorite room to unwind after a long day?

If the answer is no, the problem could be as simple as your home design. Research shows that good interior design is a proven way to promote good mental health. Home design can affect everything from productivity and efficiency to intimacy and happiness.

Everything in your home triggers an emotional response. Fortunately, these easy design tips can improve your mood, increase your focus and reduce anxiety.

Get rid of clutter

Clutter is the enemy of serenity. Go through your all of your possessions and gift, donate or dispose of anything that you don’t use, don’t like or don’t

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Never Forget Your Face Mask With These Home Design Tips

RACK HACK Organize the family’s protective effects with a piece like the Ada Hall Tree and Shoe Storage, $355,


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IT IS TIME for an entryway intervention. These formerly warm, welcoming spaces have turned into mini medical-supply stores—dumping grounds for masks, rubber gloves, bottles of hand sanitizer and wipes galore. With space at a premium, safety-minded tastemakers are struggling to add personal protective equipment to an existing mix of coats, shoes and backpacks in an orderly yet stylish way.

“I have two kids and a husband, and we’ve been trying to figure out the mask-by-the-door thing in a small house with no mud room or entry closet,” admitted Shira Gill, an organizing expert whose book “Minimalista” (Penguin Random House) arrives next year. “I already had hooks by the front door for jackets, but now we each

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A Vegan Chef’s Top Tips For Preparing Vegan Cuisine

At Chef Reid Trapani’s Happy Seed vegan pop up in Atlanta last week it was hard to get a seat—-and most of the guests were not full-time vegans. Says Trapani, who specializes in inventive authentic Latin dishes using plant based ingredients, “so many of our guests tell us they’d eat like this all the time.”

Clearly the demand for vegan cuisine is on the rise. Whether you are a full-time vegan or just interested in eating vegan meals a few times a week, the cuisine can be intimidating to prepare. You can’t lean on dairy to impart a creamy texture and what do you prepare to impart the same satisfying fullness that comes from animal proteins? Trapani notes, “It’s a slow process to see what works for you and your family, but it’s worth the effort.”


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