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How often should you water new sod? What you need to know
A new lawn is an investment, so take note on this tip about watering
Close-up of sprinkler spraying water on grass

If you need a new lawn quickly, sod is definitely the way to go. But how often should you water new sod, and how exactly should you water it once it's installed? Unfortunately, sod it’s not cheap, so you want to ensure your investment is taken care of. Professional installation of just 500 square feet of sod, an area slightly smaller than two parking spaces, typically costs upward of $750 for materials and labor.

Even then, most landscapers can't guarantee a healthy and flourishing lawn. If it dies, you have to pay even more to replace it. With that kind of investment on the line, give your lawn the care it needs to grow. All it takes is water and a little bit of patience. 

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Satin vs. eggshell paint: How to choose the right finish for every room
Read an expert's thoughts on these two finishes
Pink and blue color blocking wall paint design

Repainting your home is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to transform your home. However, before you start poring over paint swatches and heading to your local hardware or paint store to buy your house paint primer and paint, there is one major decision you need to make: finish. Let's talk about what paint finish is, how it will impact your painting project, and which you should choose when it comes to satin vs. eggshell paint.

What is paint finish?
When we talk about paint finish, we're referring to the texture and appearance of a painted surface after the paint has dried. Basically, it's the final touch that determines the overall aesthetic and feel of the painted area. Paint finishes can vary in terms of sheen (glossiness), smoothness, and durability, and each type of finish has its own unique characteristics. Paint finish isn't a one-size-fits-all situation, and the finish of the paint can make a big difference in how it looks.

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Is regrouting your bathroom a wise choice? Here’s what to consider
Regrout, reglaze, or replace? What you need to know
Small bathroom with blue tiles and floating sink

If your bathroom tile grout is stained, dirty, or otherwise looking old, it's not only unsightly, but it can make it difficult to sell your home. Sometimes grout staining occurs no matter how much you clean it, and the result is tile that looks dirty even though it isn't.

Luckily, there are a few different ways you can upgrade it without remodeling your bathroom, and they include some affordable, do-it-yourself options.

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