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The Galveston County Daily News: Home Improvement

October 1, 2016

Home Improvement

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Prepare your home for winter with these smart home improvement projects

(BPT) - Fall is here, and with it, cooler temperatures. Home renovation experts suggest now is the ideal time for homeowners to prepare their home for winter and think about home improvement plans that they can complete during the fall months.  

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
4 questions smart homeowners must ask remodelers
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If you’re like millions of Americans, you’re doing some sort of home improvement project within the next year. Have you thought about how you’ll select your remodeler? Don’t be wooed by beautiful before-and-after photos — they are created to grab your attention and impress you, but they don’t tell the whole story.

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A More Energy- And Cost-Efficient Heating And Cooling Solution
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—As the temperature plummets, homeowners will crank up the heat to keep warm and toasty—quickly burning through money and energy. In fact, home heating uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home, typically making up nearly half of your utility bill. So what’s the best way to keep the cold out, the heat in, and your energy bill down?

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Tips For Getting Your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready For Winter
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Fall is here, and as cold weather creeps in, it’s time to put away your spring and summer outdoor power equipment, such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws and trimmers, and get out what you will need for winter, such as snow throwers, generators and other small-engine equipment.

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Monday 09/26/2016
Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Remember taking off for a day of adventure on your bike, returning home only for dinner? Kids these days don't have the same incredible experience of exploratory, unstructured play. According to a new survey commissioned by Nature's Path, 54 percent of moms say their kids spend more time playing in front of a screen than playing outside.

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Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With the abundance of home improvement shows on TV, DIY has evolved from an intimidating trade for the pros to an easy-to-manage project for even the least handy of humans. Transforming a home from disaster to delightful through simple DIY projects and repairs is much easier than you may think and can save you a bundle in the process. If the thought of doing your own handy work has you wiping your brow, think again with these easy improvements.

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Color Your Kitchen
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, it is also one of the most important rooms when it comes to renovations. An upgraded, vibrant kitchen that incorporates elements of personal style can make the room more attrac­tive while increasing the home’s overall value.

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Keep Your Home Safe Without Compromising Style
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Home accidents cause nearly 13 million injuries a year. Some simple updates to your home can help you avoid these accidents, as well as give your rooms a facelift.

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4 Important STEM Education Innovations
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For the past 25 years, there has been an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, but that’s just the beginning. According to the Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008-2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. Not only has this trend led to increased job opportunities, but it has also produced numerous technological advances that have drastically changed the world.

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7 Health Concerns That Can Result from Sleep Apnea
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Sleep is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but sleep problems – such as sleep apnea – can hinder sleep quality and lead to other severe health complications. Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that causes you to snore loudly and stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night for anywhere from 10 seconds to more than a minute. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine(AADSM), approximately 25 million adults in the United States suffer from this disease. What many people don’t realize is that in addition to being a nuisance at night, sleep apnea also is a contributing factor to several other health problems.

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Why Sleep Apnea is Bad for Your Health
Updated: September 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A poor night’s sleep can leave you feeling exhausted and cranky, but long-term sleep disruption can actually lead to serious health conditions. Not only is sleep apnea a leading cause of disrupted sleep and daytime sleepiness, but this disease is also a contributing factor to a host of medical problems.

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Friday 09/23/2016
Put A Great New Face On Your Fireplace
Updated: September 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s a hot tip from decorating experts: A small change can have a big effect on the look of a room.

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Seven Safety Tips For Protecting Your Child
Updated: September 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, some 70,000 children under age 5 are injured every year by common household products and toys—but yours don’t have to be among them.

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Thursday 09/22/2016
Conserve energy and save money this fall by weatherizing your home with these easy tips
Updated: September 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Cooler seasonal temperatures can have an impact on not only your home, but also your wallet. Along with adjusting your thermostat as the cooler weather embraces much of the country, weatherizing your home also has a direct impact on the amount of energy required to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. Follow these five easy DIY home weatherizing tips to increase your home's energy efficiency and lower the utility bill each month.

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Is Your Christmas Tree Up to the Task?
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Ensure that your holiday lighting dreams come true with brightly lit bulbs on your trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations. Plan ahead to save time, reduce aggravation, and eliminate disappointment.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
How to Store Your Warm Weather Gear for Winter Hibernation
Updated: September 20, 2016 - 2:30 pm

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Four Tips On Getting A Second Home
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—With home values rising, mortgage rates low and rental demand strong, purchasing a second home may seem like a good investment.

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Monday 09/19/2016
Is Your Money Going Up the Chimney? How to Make Your Fireplace More Efficient
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Nothing beats gathering around the fire in winter. Unfortunately, a wood-burning fireplace could be a major source of energy loss in your home, sending your utility bills sky high.

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5 Smart Strategies to Settle an Estate 
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When a parent passes away, it’s usually left to their offspring to manage and disperse the remaining estate. In the wake of such a loss, emotions can run high, and the sheer amount of paperwork can quickly become overwhelming.

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4 Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Block Light
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Although ample natural light is a feature many homeowners desire, there are plenty of reasons to manage the light streaming into your home. Whether you simply crave a different aesthetic or you’re working to correct a matter such as limited privacy or filtering damaging rays, there are various approaches you can take to block light around your home.

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Create Wow-Worthy Wall Art
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) You’ve selected the perfect furniture and coordinated all the accessories, but if you leave the walls bare, the room you’ve worked so hard to complete may still feel unfinished.

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Shop Your Way to an Organized Closet
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) If you often find yourself standing in front of a closet bursting with clothes but can’t find anything to wear, it may be time for a makeover – not only for your wardrobe, but for your closet, too.

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4 Hacks to Increase Productivity
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With appointments and meetings to remember, tasks to complete and jobs to finish, life can get crazy in the business world. That’s why busy professionals need to stay on top of their game with simple tricks to help take care of work and life, day in and day out.

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Friday 09/16/2016
Signs of a Well-Respected Real Estate Organization
Updated: September 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re ready to buy your first new home, sell your empty nest or anywhere in between, it’s good to know you have a top real estate brand at your side. One way to tell is how well the organization is ranked for customer satisfaction.

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Thursday 09/15/2016
Superior design, superior functionality
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Incorporating style and sophistication is becoming a standard in today’s modern homes. As the center of activity and entertaining, the kitchen is the room to truly "wow" guests with elevated design choices that don’t compromise the space’s necessary functionality. From countertops to fixtures, a modern kitchen is designed with the home chef in mind and should seamlessly integrate purpose and style.    

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Do Your Part. Be SepticSmart!
Updated: September 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Preparing Your Heating System For Winter
Updated: September 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Power Down the AC on National Ceiling Fan Day
Updated: September 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Tuesday 09/13/2016
Making memories: Tips for preserving and creating meaningful wooden pieces
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Original And Inspired Presents
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s a fun and thoughtful way to connect with feline-loving family, friends and co-workers of all ages: Send an innovative and exclusive assortment of floral arrangements for cat lovers!

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Monday 09/12/2016
Home improvement: What's old is new again
Updated: September 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Fall is a popular time for home improvement as people think about impressing their guests during the holidays. It is also a time for change, which makes the current trends in home décor so unique.

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Refresh your home with 6 easy DIY paint projects
Updated: September 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Few things are as satisfying as pulling off a DIY project, especially when the results are successful. Whether you’re looking to refresh something old or create something new, there’s no need to hire a professional. Updating your home both indoors and out can be effortless. All you need is a fresh coat of paint.

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Make Marketing Manageable
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) It may seem that anyone with the guts to run their own small business should be able to master marketing with ease. And yet marketing strikes many small business owners with dread.  

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6 Tips to Protect the Things You Love Indoors and Out
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Whether the family dog gets his muddy paws on the couch, an ice cream cone melts all over the backyard hammock or a sudden storm soaks your new patio cushions, life is filled with unexpected messes. There’s no time like the present to plan ahead so you’re ready for whatever mess life throws your way.

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Understanding a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s October or not, breast cancer is one of the most recognized cancers in the world. Thanks to massive public awareness campaigns, nearly everyone understands the significance behind a pink ribbon, but how many can say they have breast cancer knowledge beyond pink?

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Take a Stand and Unite Against Bullying
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Today's students are increasingly at risk of being bullied, and the effects of bullying can be devastating.

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5 Tips for Building a Better Lunch
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Keeping lunch ideas inventive and exciting can become challenging over time. Lunchbox envy may start in grade school, but when you open yet another uninspired sack lunch, you may find yourself wishing you could trade with a friend or co-worker, if only for the change of pace.

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Monday 09/05/2016
A Safe Approach to Decks, Balconies
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From beautiful beaches to arid mountain ranges, sunny California enjoys a range of climates well-suited to outdoor living. However, these diverse regions, combined with the tendency for seismic activity and the threat of wildfires, pose unique challenges for structures like decks and balconies.

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6 Steps to Up Your Home's Curb Appeal
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For good or bad, first impressions count. Whether you’re keeping up with the Joneses or capturing attention from would-be buyers, give your home’s curb appeal a boost with these easy steps.

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Power On the Go
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) In a perfect world, you would be home for every meal, your fridge would be fully stocked at all times and you would meet your daily nutrient requirements with ease. However, if you are like the majority of people, you are always on-the-go and seek convenient, cost-effective and nutrient-dense foods and beverages to support your active lifestyle.

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Flood Recovery Tips to Get You Back on Your Feet
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) More than 40,000 homes flooded in the state of Louisiana after historic rainfall since Friday, Aug. 12, causing more than 20 parishes to declare federal disasters. Across the state, only 20 percent of homes have active flood insurance policies.

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Home Heating Tips to Save Money and Energy
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Will your house be warm enough this winter? With shifts in climate making winter weather harder to predict, it's important to prepare your home for extreme winter temperatures as soon as possible. Here are a few key ways to make your home comfortable and energy efficient.

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Plan Ahead for Severe Weather
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When a major storm strikes, it can leave a trail of devastation and danger behind. Volatile weather is common when seasons change, so it’s the perfect time to take stock of your emergency resources.

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Seniors Find New Value in Term Life Insurance
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Those with term life insurance know that it is a cost-efficient option to provide the protection they need during their earlier years of life, but few are aware of the options that may be available to put those policies to work for them as they get older.

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Family Meals Make a Difference
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Juggling jobs, kids and the demands of a busy, modern life often comes at the expense of family mealtime at home. Even though life never seems to slow down, now is the perfect time to renew your commitment to creating and serving meals at home that nourish your kids’ brains and help them flourish.

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Tips for Tackling Storm-Related Roof Damage
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Having your home severely damaged by a storm can turn your world upside down. The damage could simply be cosmetic, or so extensive as to render your home uninhabitable. In either case, you need to act fast, but smart, to ensure that your home will be properly repaired.

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Friday 09/02/2016
Smart renovation investments to prepare your home for winter
Updated: September 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Do you shudder at the thought of shivering through another frigid winter? Now may be an opportune time to consider investing in some energy efficient winterizing projects to let your home stay comfortable throughout the colder months. By investing in several simple, yet cost-effective measures, you can reap both immediate and long-term benefits.

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HVAC Checklist
Updated: September 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Keeping your home’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system clean and well maintained can help you breathe better air and save energy and money.

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Stop Roof Streaks
Updated: September 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you ever see black or other colored streaks on your roof, your problem is more than looks-but it can be resolved.

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Tuesday 08/30/2016
Easy Ways to Weatherize Your Home
Updated: August 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Extreme temperatures -- hot or cold -- can send your energy bills through the roof while also creating an uncomfortable living space for your family.

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