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From old clothes to unused furniture to garden tools in triplicate, your spring cleaning has reminded you of just how much stuff you have crammed into your home. Riding your cleaning momentum, you decide to follow the example set by millions of Americans annually and host a garage sale. READ MORE >>

There’s nothing better than cozying up to a warm fire on a cool fall night. This is especially, true when you can do so in the comfort of your own backyard. For many, having a fire pit means spending time with family, friends and (hopefully) indulging in some S’mores. How to get started? READ MORE >>

It’s tax season again, and Business Insider reported that the average federal tax refund in America this year is expected to be around $2,895.00. Using HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide, we put together a handy list of home improvement projects that you could tackle with your federal return money and still come in under budget. READ MORE >>

It’s that time of year, again. Severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes will start to be a mainstay in the forecasts. Tornadoes can strike in any season, but occur most often in the spring and summer months, according to Ready.gov. READ MORE >>

Your yard goes dormant throughout the winter, and the cold temperatures can seriously wear it down. Help your yard recover from winter with these tips. Remove any patches of damaged lawn. Salt, plows and disease can do a number on your grass, so use a metal rake to remove any dead or damaged patches. READ MORE >>

Your home likely took a beating this winter, so you’ll want to invest some time in helping it get back to its pre-winter condition. Here are a few ways you can help your home recover from winter. Have your roof inspected. This is especially important if you notice any leaks or loose shingles or metal. READ MORE >>

Frost heave occurs when ice forms underneath soil. As the frozen soil switches between freezing and thawing, it can cause the very foundation of your house to shift since frozen soil has about 10 percent more volume than dry soil. This can lead to serious structural damage to your foundation. READ MORE >>

The sun is shining, birds are singing and it’s time for your garden to come back from the winter weather. Your garden needs some help getting back in shape, though, so it’s time to get the supplies from the home improvement store, pull out the tools from the shed and get to work. READ MORE >>

Despite the fact that not everyone loves American football — particularly in light of its recent politicization via the "Take a Knee" campaign — most everyone loves a party. That makes the ad hoc holiday known as Super Sunday a time for football fans and foes to come together to eat, drink and play armchair TV critic. READ MORE >>

Millions of people are bitten by dogs each year, which results in a lot of costly homeowners insurance claims. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2013 insurers across the country paid over $483 million in dog bite claims. Aside from emotional trauma, dog bites can cause severe physical injury. READ MORE >>

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