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Smartphones, smartwatches and smart homes, these items are all a part of our daily lives. The tech we use today is more powerful than ever before. At home we have our thermostats hooked up to our phones and some of us even “drive” to work in cars with self-driving technology. Yes, it seems as if the future is here, doesn’t it? New technology is always emerging from some of our days' most innovative thinkers, so often that it’s almost difficult to keep up with the latest and greatest innovations. From weather stations that give you reliable reads on the forecast and remote-accessible pet cams to a Alexa-enabled style assistant and an AI-powered robot lawn mower, these are some of today’s top gadgets for your smart home.

Digital Weather Station

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As we transition into fall, enjoy family fun right here in Bryan/College Station. This season is full of local community events from corn mazes to festivals, so check the list below to start planning for a fantastic fall!

Aggie Habitat Pumpkin Patch
Now - Oct. 31
220 Rock Prairie Rd, College Station, TX 77845
The Aggie Habitat Pumpkin Patch site is located on Covenant Presbyterian Church’s grounds in College Station and sells over 3,000 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes every year!
https://habitatbcs.org/volunteer/pumpkin-patch/

Faith in Action Pumpkin Patch
Now - Oct. 31
2301 E 29th St, Bryan, TX 77802
Faith in Action Pumpkin Patch is located next to Hillier Funeral Home at 2301 E 29th St. The Faith in Action Pumpkin Patch Carnival is scheduled for

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Countertops
There are many different options when choosing new countertops, ceramic tile is an excellent choice for someone on a budget. It comes in any color or style you can think of and costs a tenth as much as stone. Another cost effective option is laminate, it is easy to install and costs about the same as tile. Solid wood countertops are another choice, they come in a variety of wood types and provide a warmth some other materials simply can't.

Flooring
Ceramic tile is a good budget friendly option because it resists wear, moisture, dents and stains and costs less than wood. One of the most affordable choices is plastic laminate flooring; it is cheaper and easier to install and wears better than solid wood. Vinyl flooring is also an affordable,

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A home warranty is a separate contract covering repairs and replacements on systems in your home, most usually last up to a year.

Home warranties cover many but not all of your home's appliances and systems. Contract costs and coverage can vary widely, so always compare before purchasing. Before purchasing one you should review your contract and have a full understanding of what exactly is being covered. When you buy a home warranty, consider premium and optional coverage and what is not covered. When a home warranty is understood and utilized for its intended purposes, it can be the easiest way to save on home repairs and reduce the extra stress that comes with buying or selling a home.

 

Warranties vary from company to company but in

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Laminate flooring is a multi-layer, synthetic flooring product that simulates wood. Although there are many pros to having laminate flooring, there are several common problems that can come along with it.

Laminate Problems and How to Fix Them:

1. Peaking
Peaking is an expansion problem. Floors and walls expand and contract based on the weather, humidity and other things. When flooring expands against doorways, molding, or walls, it can buckle. This can be fixed by taking out the molding to let the floor 

expand and even out.

2. Water/Moisture-induced warping/buckling
Dampness, either from humidity or water, can cause laminate flooring to buckle or warp. A balancing layer can help to even out the flooring.

3. Mildew, mold, and other

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1. Clean Out the Gutters

Clogged rain gutters can lead to costly repairs; hinder these unnecessary expenses by making sure to regularly clean out any leaves, twigs, and other debris in the gutter. Consider installing gutter guards to make cleaning easier for you.

If you see the gutter sagging or trapping water, tighten the gutter hangers and downspout brackets.

TIP: The downspout should stretch at least 5 feet away from the home to avoid and damage to the foundation. If not, you can buy downspout extensions at your local home improvement retailer.

2. Test the Detectors and Alarms

Carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms are crucial to a home. These devices can save lives in an emergency. Be sure

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As technology-related threats increase and security tech advances, demand for high-tech home security has never been higher. Security and safety applications represent the top motivation for consumers to adopt smart home technology, with 25 percent of renovating homeowners installing at least one smart home system or device as part of a home security upgrade, a Houzz survey reports. Alarms, detectors for fire and carbon monoxide, cameras, sensors, video intercoms and doorbells, garage door openers and motion-sensing lighting represent the top smart security and safety tech upgrades. Demand for these types of technology is helping feed the home security market at an annual compound growth rate of 8.7 percent, putting it on track to reach a value of $47.5

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Selling a house can be a difficult thing to achieve.  The last thing you want to happen after finding a home you want to move into, is not being able to sell the one you have on the market.  In order to avoid any inconveniences as such, there are several steps one can take.

1.The first step to doing this is disassociating yourself with your house  

By disassociating yourself with your house, you will be able to get rid of an owner's mentality, and become capable of making wise decisions when staging the house. The simplest way to stage your house is to get rid of all the clutter.  By ridding yourself of the clutter, you are able to show the full amount of square footage your house actually has; clutter hides your house's real size and makes

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The mind boggling decision… Granite? Or Quartz? 

If you are shopping for a new kitchen countertop, you have most likely boiled it down to one of these two for their durability and easy cleaning.
Here are some highlighted differences to assist you in making your future countertop decision.

 

Granite

Granite is the answer to the initial question of this decision making process, “Which costs less?”. It’s true. In fact, “granite can run from $35 to $55 per square foot installed” which is vastly cheaper than quartz (Ferris). Granite is also known for its longevity and for its availability in wide slabs. If you’re looking for a countertop more than “70 inches wide” that will be a long-term investment, granite is the way to go (Ferris). It’s an overall

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Buying a home, especially for the first time, can be intimidating. You have to work with the seller, their agent, the title company and more. Don’t let the process of home-buying overwhelm you. Stay on track with this easy-to-follow list of steps to take once you have chosen the house you want to buy.

Find a Great Real Estate Agent 
By the time potential buyers have settled on a home, they most likely already have a real estate agent who has helped them along the way. If you are one of the few house hunters who chose a home without hiring a realtor, we applaud you! But with all of the complex steps involved in purchasing a home, we recommend you find a reputable, trustworthy real estate agent to guide you through the buying process. If you have a

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