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Arborist-005-960x5008 Red Flags You Can’t Afford To Ignore With Your Home

Don’t let these issues lead to bigger and more expensive problems later on.

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The most expensive homes you can buy in 30 countries

Ready to play fantasy real estate? Let’s take a jaunt around the world to check out the most expensive homes you can buy in 30 different countries, from Argentina to the U.A.E.

Point2Homes, an international real estate listings database, compiled a list of the priciest properties in far-flung locations across the globe. From a full-scale palace in Morocco to a seaside getaway in Greece, these mansions don’t come cheap — but they will wow your houseguests.

Take a look, below.

The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday

Ever find that it’s noon and you haven’t accomplished anything on your to-do list? Get a productive jump-start on the day with these tasks.

I recently got to work an hour early. I had one goal in mind: world-domination, early-morning productivity. I made coffee, opened my email inbox, and the next thing I knew . . . it was noon. Where did the day go? And, more importantly, why didn’t I get anything substantive done? Sure, I cleared out my inbox, but I didn’t tackle a thing on my to-do list.

After my lackluster morning, I decided to do some research and really figure out the right way to spend the first hour of my workday. And after a little practice, I learned just how productive one can be when you’re thoughtful about this. So grab some coffee and make these four things a staple in your morning work routine…

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10 Valentine’s Day Activities for Your Little Cupids

9 Minor Tweaks That Make Your Kitchen Feel Remodeled

When you can’t afford a total gut job, focus on these specific changes instead.

Want a new kitchen but don’t want to spend the money or time necessary on a major renovation? Forget the idea of the “right” kitchen and improve your space with some “right now” partial remodeling ideas. In her new e-book Kelly’s Kitchen Savvy: Solutions for Partial Kitchen Remodels (available for Kindle on Amazon.com), certified master kitchen and bath designer and certified interior designer Kelly Morisseau shares her advice for how to tackle what she calls a “20% kitchen remodel” for maximum impact and minimum frustration.

“Take a hard look at your kitchen with all its pros and cons to decide what can be accomplished first, and what can be accomplished down the road,” Morisseau says. “Lifestyle, time spent in the home, and future resale are all factors that should be considered by any homeowner looking to make changes to his or her kitchen, while keeping budget in mind.”

Check out Morisseau’s tips to transform your kitchen right now.

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How to Prevent Ice Dams

During the colder months, preventing ice dams should be a primary concern. Here’s how to protect your home from damage.

Wintertime icicles may look charming, but they usually signal a serious — and potentially costly — problem. Often lurking behind that thick ridge of ice on your roof is a pool of melted water, hence the term ice dam. That accumulated water can work its way under roof shingles and into the home, causing significant damage to ceilings, walls, and floors.

Additionally, the sheer weight of the ice dam often causes gutters and downspouts to pull away from the house, sometimes bringing the fascia boards with them. Preventing ice dams helps avoid damage and costly repairs.

 

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February Maintenance Guide

This is a great month to get your home projects done!

February may be a shorter month than the others but it’s still a great time of year to get your home projects done. In fact, there are many projects that are perfect to do in winter month of February. Despite snow or icy weather, your balcony garden or back yard gardening something to think about this month. You may not be able to dig in the dirt or plant, but most regions host their annual home and garden shows to give people ideas for the spring. (Read how to make the most of attending a show like this.) It’s also a great time of year to purchase seeds and supplies for your summer vegetable or fruit containers.  The whole article…

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HOW TO FINALLY STOP PROCRASTINATING (FOR REAL THIS TIME)

GratitudeTHE SURPRISING BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE

SURE, YOU MAY KNOW THAT YOU SHOULD BE THANKFUL, BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT A LACK OF GRATITUDE COULD BE HURTING YOUR HEALTH AND CAREER?

Not feeling very thankful? If so, it’s your loss, says science.

Reviewing a handful of studies on the subject, Harvard Health contends that “gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”

So it’s no wonder expressing gratitude is the first social habit most of us acquire. We’re taught to say thank you around the same time that we’re busy sorting out whether or not Play-Doh is food. The fact that so many of us struggle with the practice long into adulthood means we aren’t just disappointing our parents. We’re also hurting our health and careers.

These are a few of the more surprising benefits of being grateful…