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“If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your home your own, it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new, you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn but loved things in your home that make it your own.” Stacy Risenmay, Not Just a Housewife

“Home is the nicest word there is.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Go to www.printsNGS.com and select from thousands of world class images many straight from the pages of National Geographic Society. Many sizes and frames available. Perfect addition to your home or office.



The National Association of Home Builder’s report on the life expectancy of home components like gas ranges, dishwashers and microwaves at www.nahb.org and go to “Publications” and “NAHB Reports”


Buy from hotel liquidators like www.hotelsurplus.com  and www.amcliquidators.com who sell gently used furnishings on behalf of hotels because they are renovating. Some at 75% off.


Visit www.Moving.org  for expert advice in making an informed decision on hiring a professional mover you can trust. Also check the reviews when finding a mover at www.movingscam.com/forum . It will help you locate a reputable and affordable mover in your area.


What do you know about the condition of the community you plan to live in?  Extend your home inspection to include a full environmental report of your area.  Get a pollution report card by visiting www.scorecard.org .  Search by zip code and within seconds receive a FREE, in depth pollution report covering air and water quality as well as toxic chemical levels in your neighborhood.


For your next home improvement project, head to a Habitat ReStore to save big bucks while helping others. Run by Habitat for Humanities the outlets stock goods donated by contractors, designers and the like, then sell them super cheap with profits supporting the charity. Find one at www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx


If your house value had gone down in price you might be eligible for a reassessemnt of you property taxes at a lower level. Cut on your property taxes by checking for accuracy on your latest assessment to make sure if reflects that true dimensions and details of your home. You can get the latest copy of your property assessment from your local assessor’s office. Property taxes are calculated by multiplying the town’s tax rate against the property’s assessed value. Many (60%) contain significant errors according to the American Homeowners Association. A mistake like an incorrect square footage or an appraisal that does not reflect the current real estate market could cost you hundreds on your tax bill.  You can also find out what your neighbors are paying at http://publicrecords.netronline.com or your local government’s website or going to the town’s tax assessor office and asking to see the records. You can also review the prices of houses in your neighborhood since you were assessed at www.zillow.com or with a local real estate agent.  If you find a problem contact you assessor.


For do it yourself home repairs go to www.houserepairtalk.com


Get interior decorating advise at www.myinteriordecorator.com or find how much material you will need for a project at www.thisoldhouse.com


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