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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. 

Stick It 

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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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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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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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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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

Get a

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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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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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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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