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    Garage Maintenance Checklist

    by Justin White

    Frequent residential garage maintenance can spare you from unexpected repair and replacement costs that result from neglect. It’s worth your while to stick to a regular maintenance schedule—from general cleanliness to more in-depth maintenance—so that you don’t overlook any single area over time.

    Below is a garage maintenance checklist broken down into manageable intervals throughout the year.

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    Family-Friendly Neighborhoods in Chicago

    by Carolyn McKibbin

    As a new mom, I’m always looking for fun things to do as a family in my neighborhood. I’m lucky to have parks with swing sets and dog runs, hiking trails, museums, and a library all within walking distance. Key to a family-friendly neighborhood are conveniently located retail shops, public transportation, entertainment and schools.

    If you’re considering renting in Chicago and you rely on family-friendly resources, check out this infographic by the Apartment Guys. They chose five family-friendly Windy City neighborhoods and break them down by average cost, renter/owner occupancy, conveniences, historical highlights, and charm.

    Do you live in one of these neighborhoods? What do you like least/most about it?

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    4 Tips for Feeling Settled After You Move

    by Kurt Jacobson

    Regardless of whether you’re just moving down the road or across the world, it can be difficult to get acclimated and adapt to a new home and neighborhood. It can require time, patience and a great deal of feeling lost and confused before you finally feel comfortable and settled. But with the right mindset and some help from us, you’ll be feeling at home in your new city before you know it.

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    Considering Home Automation? Read This First

    by Kate Voss

    For so many of us there simply aren’t enough hours in a day. Between commuting, work, those pesky hours needed to sleep, and other responsibilities it’s very rare that we have a chance to do anything but rush. Of course, rushing around everywhere leads to the inevitable forgetfulness, like forgetting to turn off the lights in the house when you leave, or forgetting to lock the front door, both of which can cost you big time.

    Thankfully, technology has the answer to solve some of the problems your forgetfulness can cause. That’s because home automation systems are increasingly becoming commonplace in homes around the country, and of course moving into a new home provides the opportune time to upgrade. However, with so many options available, how do know you which one is right? Or even more importantly, what exactly is home automation? Let’s take a look at what these products offer.

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    Taking Advantage of Your New Outdoor Living Space

    by Mike Juba

    Have you just moved to a new area and found yourself unsure of what to do with all of your new space? When most people move into a new home, they tend to focus primarily on the indoor space—deciding where to put certain items, who gets what bedroom, what new furniture you need, and all of that fun stuff. However, it is important not to neglect your home's outdoor living space. Your backyard can be just as valuable asset to you as the rest of your home.

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    Find Out What's Best for Your Yard
    First things first: What is it that you’re passionate about? Determining this will help you to better figure out how best to make use of your outdoor living space. Are you the kind of person who prefers to use your home space as a source of decoration and aesthetic beauty? Maybe you like to make your house as comfortable as possible, to provide a place to rest and relax from your daily life. Or, perhaps you enjoy throwing parties for your family and friends.  No matter what your preference, you can enhance your outdoor living space to accentuate the feel of your home.

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    5 Things First-Time Home Buyers Need to Know

    by Will Carter

    Thinking about jumping into the world of homeownership? That's great. Even though the recent housing market crash threw things for a loop, it's still typically one of the best investments you can make. But all is not cream and honey when it comes to owning your own home, and there are several things you need to be aware of, especially if you're a first-timer.

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    1. A Lowball Offer Won't Cut It
    In a strong buyer's market, you might be able to get away with submitting an offer of 20% less than the asking price. But right now the market is weaktake that route, and you'll be almost ensured of pricing yourself right out of the game.

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    Home Safety Tips for Women Living Alone

    by Kate Voss

    Single women are purchasing homes in record numbers, accounting for 22% of all homebuyers. This fact should be embraced, but we must also acknowledge the reality that female-headed households are very specific crime targets. As a young woman living alone, I know all too well the anxiety involved with approaching an empty house late at night, and the fear that persists even once I’ve made it indoors. It’s hard to know, though, when simple awareness becomes paranoia, or when rational fears turn into unrealistic worries.

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    This post aims to bolster your confidence as a single woman choosing to move into a new place alone. What follows is some simple advice for securing your safety, as well as tips to consider both before and after your move.

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    Packing Your "First Night Box"

    by Kyle McKay

    We pulled up to my brother’s new house around 9 p.m. It was dark and we had been on the road for over 12 hours, the end of a three-day, cross-country journey from Norfolk, Va. to Los Angeles. We got out of the truck, stretched our legs and looked forward to a good night’s rest before unpacking everything tomorrow. I grabbed my suitcase and went inside to check out the place.

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    Then it hit me. “Where are we going to sleep?” I asked.

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    Infographics: Top 10 Cities People are Moving to and From

    by Andrew Doerfler

    Peak moving season is fast approaching. That means people will soon be flocking in and out of the country's biggest cities. Wondering which places see the biggest ebb and flow? Our friends at NorthStar Moving have put together these two infographics that show the top cities in the country that people are moving to and from. The graphics are based on data from the American Moving & Storage Association, which tracks inbound  and outbound shipments across the USA.

    The rankings reflect the total number shipments, not movers as a percentage of the city's population. They overlap quite a bit. Strangely enough, the same place tops both lists. Why do you think that is? Let us know in the comments.

    Top 10 Cities Americans are Moving To

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