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An average kitchen typically costs $20,474, according to realtor.com. Bathroom renovations can range between $9,000 to $20,000. Most of us don't have a chunk of change like that just lying around. Luckily, there are a variety of updates you can make to your home that are budget friendly. 

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Tile floors are a great way to add a touch personality to a home. Whether you like bright colors or intricate patterns, using tile in your home can give it a unique look. However, tile can be expensive. And, replacing your floors with tile can be a messy, extensive project. Forgo the mess and stress, and opt for tile stickers. Great for renters and budget-conscious homeowners alike, tile stickers can transform the look of your living space in a matter of

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House hunting can be incredibly stressful but finding an ideal home is a major life decision you need to make. With so many factors to consider, it's easy to feel overwhelmed when looking for a new home. Here are five tried-and-true tips to help make the process go more smoothly.

Set Your Budget

Having a budget before searching for a house will ensure you don't stretch financially. It's a good idea to include a rough amount for your home, and a ceiling price in the event that you find a home that you love but it's priced a little higher than your budget. A budget will also come in handy when negotiating for an offer with the realtor.

The Location of the House

The location of your dream home should be at the forefront of your home-searching

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Burglars strike when you least expect it. But you can protect your home and your family with a little forethought. There are measures you can take beyond keeping your windows closed and locked. Here is how you can keep these five areas of your home safe from burglars.

Keep Entryways Lit

Bold burglars know no bounds. No point of access is off limits, including your home’s front door. Keep your home safeguarded against would-be thieves by installing lights just outside of your doorstep area so that your home is illuminated at night. Having lights around your home will deter thieves, keeping your home clear of criminals.

Reinforce Kitchen Windows

While it may seem like an extreme measure, reinforcing your windows with safety glass is a smart

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Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner! Bryan-College Station offers a wide variety of fun-filled family events to celebrate this magical season. Check out this list of local events below, and start planning your holiday festivities!

Santa’s Wonderland
November 10th - January 7th
A Texas Christmas experience like no other. Enjoy live entertainment, Frostbite’s Food Village, shopping, Santa and more! Don’t forget to take and hayride or carriage tour down the dazzling Trail of Lights!
https://www.santas-wonderland.com/

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2017
November 30th
Visit the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum for the lighting of the community Christmas tree. The ceremony begins at 5:30 will include musical

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Whether your home has been on the market for months or you’re just putting it on now, there are definitely some great things you can do to spruce it up for the holidays. This may seem like a lot of work and perhaps unnecessary, but it has been proven to pay off in the long run. Not only will it add a festive touch to your home, but it will help buyers picture themselves living in the home and having holidays there.

So here are five easy tips to decorating your house on the market during the holidays. Follow any or all of them and experience great success in selling your home this holiday season.

1. Deck the halls! (Tastefully)
While decorations can be a wonderful add-on to a home during the holiday season, do not go overboard with it. A house with

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So, you’re thinking about selling your home. You have debated it off and on for a while and you have finally made the decision. First step? Finding the right real estate agent to do the job.


Although it may seem a bit daunting initially, here are 5 easy steps to guide you through finding the perfect agent for you:

1. Do Your Research

Request a list of what properties the agents have listed and sold in the past year. Look at the areas that are near your house and compare and contrast. See what the asking price was, what the property ended up selling for, and how long the property was on the market, etc. Reach out to the owners and ask if they had anything specific to say about the agent to help you with

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If you’re wanting to sell your house there are a few things that you can do to sell it quickly and for the best price. The best houses are staged properly and have the right little touches to make the house feel like a home. These tips are easy and help the buyer see the beauty that your house has to offer.

The first step is to clean the house as best as possible. Clean areas that you never knew need to clean! You want the house to be sparkling inside and out! This includes decluttering and taking any personal ideas out of the house. Buyers should be able to imagine themselves in the house. Finish the home repair to do list, so buyers can focus on the house not the problems with it. Clean out and reorganize the closets and cabinets. Buyers are nosey

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After a long, hot summer, fall is finally upon us. That means it’s time for football games, changing leaves and at last some cooler weather. Before we get too excited about the dropping temperatures though, let’s take a moment and prepare our homes. Although this may seem like a bit of a stretch here in Texas where the winters are somewhat fleeting, the cold and ice that comes truly can cause serious damage to a property. So air on the safe side this winter and use some of these easy tips to ensure your home will be safe this chilly season.


The Basics

So let’s start with the basics. According to The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), it is important to have some basic necessities on hand. These must-haves include tools like shovels to

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Decisions are needing to be made, but you can’t make up your mind on renting or buying. They each have their pros and cons, but determining which is best suited for you can be a challenge. Here are a few ideas you should think about before taking that best step into the world of homes.

Payments
Monthly rent payments compared to monthly mortgage payments are a big difference. Mortgage payments are what will add to the equity into your home. Having equity on your home can be very beneficial in the long run. Mortgages can also be a tax deduction as well since it has interest on it. Also, mortgage payments when paid on-time can help boost your credit score, unlike rent monthly payments. Rent monthly payments only guarantee

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Everyone wants to live in their dream home, but financially that may not always be case. If you’re in the market for inexpensive ways to make your home more elegant, then you have found the right place!

1. Crown Molding
Because details matter! Crown molding can easily take your space and transform it into a elegant dream. Whether on the ceiling or baseboards, the effect of crown molding will be felt throughout the home. Crown molding can be very inexpensive, especially the plastic models that are even paintable for more customization.

2. Paint
Paint is a simple trick with powerful results. When painting a space, you have two options: bold and dramatic or soft and understated. Whichever pallet you choose

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