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Capture fall's mood with top seasonal decorative accents

It’s a time to explore all the things we love about autumn. Here are a few ways to incorporate some top seasonal decorative accents in your home. Read more

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Why does gutter cleaning matter?

It can be easy to forget to keep your gutters clean, but gutter cleaning is a vital step in home maintenance. Read more

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Property owner questions tax implications on sale of home and additional landscaped lot

Q: We have two combined lots that we bought in 1984 for a total cost of about $50,000. A 100-year old cottage sits on one lot and the other lot is a landscaped garden with no structures. Over the past 37 years, we have spent quite a bit of money on landscaping, fencing, a new roof, a new garage and a complete gut job to the main floor and attic of the house. Read more

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Ask the Builder: What you can learn from rusty steps

When you visit a home, what do you notice first? For some it's the decoration or color coordination. For others it's the landscaping. For me it's the defects. My eye is attracted to any and all errors and failures resulting from how the home was built or remodeled. It's almost like a disease for me: Instead of enjoying looking at a home, I feel like I’m inspecting it. Read more

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Ask the Builder: What you can learn from rusty steps

When you visit a home, what do you notice first? For some it's the decoration or color coordination. For others it's the landscaping. For me it's the defects. My eye is attracted to any and all errors and failures resulting from how the home was built or remodeled. It's almost like a disease for me: Instead of enjoying looking at a home, I feel like I’m inspecting it. Read more

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Neighbor dispute leads to practical and legal questions about road usage

Q: I live in South Carolina and share a private road with my neighbor. The neighbor owns the first several hundred feet, and then I own a bit more, and then he owns a tad more on the tail end. My neighbor just informed me that they plan on putting a fence up. That fence would block my entry to my property. Can I legally block them from putting up a fence? Can I put up a fence on my portion of the road to keep them from using my section and getting to the rear portion of their land? Read more

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50 fall flowers that bloom in October

Autumn color is about more than the changing leaves — there are many flowers to enjoy, from native wildflowers to cultivated varieties that… Read more