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DIY 101: Repair concrete gaps and instantly enhance your home’s curb appeal

Concrete gaps aren't just unsightly — they're a serious tripping hazard. Here's how to fill large gaps in concrete (and small ones, too).
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6 kinds of perennials that bloom all summer for a gorgeous garden all season

We've found some incredible perennials that will bloom all summer long to keep your home looking sensational for months.
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The pros and cons of ductless heating and cooling systems you need to know about

Is a ductless heating and cooling system right for your home? This is your guide to the pros and cons of going ductless.
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How to propagate prayer plants for a flourishing indoor garden

Prayer plants are great for your home's decor. Here's how to propagate them the right way so that the new plants flourish.
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The Nest Thermostat is $50 off for Prime Day!

With this Nest thermostat Prime Day deal, you can save $50 on the Google Nest Learning Thermostat to help you fill out your smart home for less.
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Know the different types of paint: The ultimate guide for painting your walls

Don't use the wrong type of paint for your next project. This is what you need to know.
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These fantastic basement paint colors will brighten up your space in no time

Basements don't have to be dingy and dull. Our favorite paint colors work for finished basements no matter what you're planning to do with the space.
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How to repot a houseplant without killing it in the process

Repotting your houseplants is no longer nerve-wracking. Make sure you do it the right way with our repotting how-to guide.
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Eyesore alert: How to fix patchy grass for a lush green lawn

Don't let patchy grass get you down. Use this guide to get a breathtaking lawn everyone will envy.
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Dish scrubbing brush vs. sponge: Which is better for cleaning dishes?

When deciding whether a dish sponge or brush is better for cleaning your dirty dishes, here is everything you need to consider.
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How to paint the exterior of your house so it looks like you hired a pro

Follow these tips to paint the exterior of your home.

How to paint a ceiling without also painting yourself

Painting a ceiling can be a messy job. Here's how to do it right.
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Remedy your painting mistakes with these 4 quick and easy fixes

Does your paint job look like an amateur did it? Fix these common painting mistakes in a few simple steps.
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How to kill dandelions and keep them out of your lawn for the entire season

Sick of dandelions infesting your otherwise beautiful lawn year after year? Check out these tips to get rid of the pesky weeds so they never come back.
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What is the best black paint for furniture? How to DIY a luxe, elegant look

Black furniture makes a statement. This is the best black paint for your next DIY project.
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Can you grow bamboo from seeds? Yes — if you follow this handy guide

Want to grow a bamboo plant from scratch? We discuss how to grow bamboo seeds into flourishing plants with the right care and conditions.
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10 effective ways to get rid of standing water in your yard

Don't let your yard get soggy with every rainfall. This is what you need to do to eliminate standing water and have a healthy yard.
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The absolute best parlor palm care tips for a healthy, thriving plant

Parlor palms are beautiful and resilient plants. This is your guide for growing a thriving parlor palm inside.
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How to install window sensors (and why you need them to keep your home safe)

Window sensors are an important part of your home security detail. This is how to install window alarm sensors.
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The best wall paint colors to make your vibrant exposed red brick pop

Exposed red brick is a fantastic design feature. These wall colors go wonderfully with it.
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How to clean mirrors for a streak-free shine

Looking to get rid of streaks on your mirrors? Our guide shows how to clean mirrors perfectly using a variety of different materials.  
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5 easy ways to kill fruit flies before they take over your kitchen

It's summer. It's hot, humid, and fruit flies are everywhere. Here's how to keep them out of your kitchen.
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How to fix a garbage disposal just like the pros

Is your garbage disposal humming and just not working right? This is how to fix it.
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How to build a retaining wall for a gorgeous backyard design

Retaining walls are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. These are the do's and don'ts for creating a fantastic space. Learn how to build a retaining wall.
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9 incredible backyard privacy ideas that don’t require a lot of work

Sure, you like your neighbors, but everyone needs a little space. Try these cool backyard privacy ideas.
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This one change will transform your bathroom (for the cost of a can of paint)

Bathroom cabinet colors can totally transform your space. This is what you should know.
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How to plant flowers in 6 simple steps for a vibrant, colorful garden

If you're new to gardening, this is the only guide you'll ever need for how to plant flowers.
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Painting 101: The best wall-painting techniques everyone should know

Here are great DIY wall-painting techniques, tips, and tricks that are sure to make the process more efficient, fun, and effective.
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Avoid surprise repairs: 77% of new homeowners face these unexpected costs

There are a lot more first-time homebuyers taking the plunge these days. These are the lessons you should learn before you join them.
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10 essential things the experts say you should know about replacing a roof

We talked to the experts and found out everything you need to know about roof replacement.
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6 essential questions to ask a handyman before you hire them

A great handyman is someone every homeowner needs. Use these tips to find one.
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Add a pop of color to your home this April with these 8 gorgeous, vibrant blooms

Your home could do with a pop of color. These beautiful blooms fit the bill.
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Make spring cleanup easy: The only home maintenance checklist you’ll ever need

Make sure you check these to-do items off your list for a well-maintained home this spring.
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Brighten up your walkway with landscape lighting: What you need to know

Add some curb appeal — and safety measures — with outdoor lighting. Here's what you should know.
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8 simple, creative ways to add curb appeal to a flat-front house

Does your flat-front house feel lifeless and boring? Give the exterior of your home some visual interest with these great ideas.
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How to fix your super annoying creaky stairs

Creaky stairs bothering you? Here's your guide to a noise-free home.
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How to replace your bathroom faucet for a fresh, modern look

Get a stylish new bathroom with just a faucet replacement. Here's what you need to do.
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No sale: Homebuyers reveal their biggest deal-breakers

Selling your house? These are the problems you have to fix if you want to get the best price for your home.
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Prep your home for better weather: How to install a ceiling fan in 4 easy steps

It's time to think about installing a ceiling fan. Follow this easy guide.
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How to grow bamboo like a pro indoors and outdoors

This is everything you need to know about growing bamboo indoors and outdoors.
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How to trim a window interior and create a classy, finished look

Installing window trim is easy and can elevate the look of your home. Here's how to trim your window interior.
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Get rid of your ugly popcorn ceilings in 5 easy steps

Popcorn ceilings are one retro trend no one likes. Here's how to get rid of your popcorn ceilings.
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How to build a wood fence (and save a ton of money in the process)

This is how much a new wood fence will really cost you — and how to get the job done yourself.
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Don’t make these 5 dumb mistakes when picking paint colors for your home

Choose the best hue for your home — don't make these silly mistakes.
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How to install a programmable thermostat and instantly save on your energy bill

Programmable thermostats can help you save a lot of money. Here's how to install one.
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Crown molding can offer huge visual impact to your kitchen cabinets

Adding crown molding to your cabinets can add a sophisticated touch to your kitchen. Follow this handy guide to achieve the look.
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Yes, you can replace your own sump pump — here’s how

This is everything you need to know about replacing a sump pump.
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How to vent a bathroom fan and save your home from moisture issues

Bathroom fans play an important role in keeping your house safe. Here's how to vent a bathroom fan properly.
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7 vibrant and vivid flowers to brighten your home in March

After a long winter, your home could do with a bit of color. Try these gorgeous flowers.
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The hottest backyard design trends for summer 2022, according to experts

Landscape designers say these are the most popular ways to design your backyard this year.