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How to Test-Drive a Neighborhood Before You Buy the House

Would you buy a car without giving it a test drive? Probably not. Buying a home is an even bigger commitment. After all, you’re not just buying the property itself, but a new life in terms of your community, your commute, the local restaurants – you name it. The good news is, moving to a new place doesn’t need to be a completely blind leap of faith. Take the neighborhood for a little test drive first. Here’s how.

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4 Tips for a Great Home Theater

Creating a home media center means you’ll never have to put up with the annoying guy at the theater who talks through the whole movie (unless, of course, you’re married to him). Here are a few tips to get you started.

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How Much Will a Smart Thermostat Really Save on Energy Costs?

No one enjoys shelling out money for heating bills in the winter or air conditioning in the summer. That’s why smart thermostats, which claim to keep those energy bills down, continue to be one of the hottest household items around. According to a recent Coldwell Banker survey, 77% of home buyers crave one of these smart devices, even more than they covet smart locks or smart security cameras. Buzz factor aside – a smart thermostat can cost upward of $300, including installation. So are they worth it?

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Pain in the Grass: Why You Should Rip Up Your Yard—and What to Do Instead

Between our desire for a more sustainable lifestyle and our increasingly busy schedules that don’t leave tons of time or energy to fuss over grass, lawn substitutes have become a very hot topic. And let’s not forget about the cost involved: Mowing with gas-powered equipment, watering, fertilizing, and preventing pests add up fast—and hiring landscape pros to take the work off your hands is even pricier. Think you’re ready to ditch the golf course–like green carpet? We’re here to tell you why it could save you money—and look even more luxurious than a manicured lawn.

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6 Ways to Properly Dispose of Leaves This Fall

Autumn makes a strong case for being the most beautiful time of year. But when temperatures start dropping, so do red, orange, and gold leaves—all over your property. Don’t “fall” behind in taking care of the leaves in your yard. As a homeowner, you have 6 options when it comes to leaf removal.

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