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Despite having your eye on the one home that is perfect for you and your family, the entire deal can leave you disappointed in the event you aren't exactly sure what you can afford.

Take the time to really stop and think about what you're spending your money on in terms of your usual monthly budget, then determine how much you have left once all of your important bills have been paid. This money is the amount that you'll be able to spend on your monthly mortgage and other household expenses.

If the numbers aren't exactly adding up to your satisfaction or expectation, it may be a good idea to think about how you can change the ways in which you spend. Even the slightest change can alter things for the better in the long run.

Here are three

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Utilize Indoor Accessories

Rather than just limiting yourself to only outdoor furnishings, consider using indoor accessories such as throw pillows and blankets on your outdoor patio whenever you're in the mood to entertain family or friends. Additionally, these accessories will help to make the space much more inviting.

Paint Brick That's Dated

If your patio has brick work that isn't necessarily all that attractive, it can be easily fixed fast and affordably. For instance, consider painting it in a classic shade, or try something new with a much bolder color.

Utilize Greenery

If you find that you don't have a great deal of space to work with, consider using a vertical form of greenery, regardless of whether it's real or fake. This is

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The backsplash of a kitchen is always considered to be a personality piece, meaning it always reflects your own personal style. It should also showcase the general color scheme of your kitchen itself. Regardless, it's an amazing opportunity to be creative. Unfortunately, there are times where the backsplash is often one of the last details thought of when it comes to kitchen design.

Thankfully, there are a few things that you can keep in mind when it comes to selecting a backsplash for your kitchen. Here are three of those factors.

Use Your Budget Wisely

If you are on a budget, consider using classic materials such as white ceramic rather than going with something that's more trendy. Classic materials can cost only less than one dollar

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Harris County's Flood Control District has been awarded $25.6 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in order to help the home buyout program in the county.

Along with an additional $8.6 million, which came from the county itself, a total of 169 homes will not be able to be bought out. Initially, a $2.5 million Flood Control Plan had been proposed by a local judge. If approved by county commissioners during a meeting on June 12, the plan will be placed on the ballot on August 25 for voters to decide on.

A total of 23 informational meetings will take place in Harris County regarding the plan, in which residents will be able to voice their opinions in regards to flood control needed in their areas of residence.

All of the affected

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During the time of year in which it gets unbearably hot outside, we get tempted to turn on the air conditioner to help us stay cool. However, there are other methods that can be utilized to help us stay cool without having to worry about our energy bills going up.

Here are three ways that you can keep your home cool without having to worry about using your air conditioner.

Close Your Blinds

Studies show that upwards of 30% of unwanted heat comes from the windows of a home. When you use shades, blinds, or curtains, not only can you lower the interior temperature of your home by up to 20 degrees, but you can also save up to 7% on your energy bills.

Close the Doors to Unused Rooms

By closing the doors to rooms that you aren't using, you

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It's certainly no secret that flooding can strike anywhere and at any time. In fact, flooding is considered to be perhaps the most common natural disaster that takes place in the entire United States, and even worse is the fact that nowhere is safe from it.

Thankfully, there are ways in which you can protect your home from flooding and the after-effects of it, such as mold. Here are three methods to make note of.

Protect Your Electrical Systems

When looking at the expected flood level in your area, take the time to raise all electrical sockets, switches, wiring, etc. in your home at least one foot above that level in order to prevent them from getting damaged or destroyed by flood water. Additionally, you will also want to adjust your water

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We're about to be in the middle of the best time of year to both sell and purchase a home. If you or someone you know is considering purchasing a home during the summer season, chances are the first thought is to wait for the weather to cool off; however, making a home purchase during the summer actually has it's perks. Here are three of them to keep in mind.

Bigger Inventory

This is something that provides a great deal more opportunity for potential buyers to identify factors that they prefer, such as floor plans, locations, and amenities. It also means that since the inventory is bigger, they won't have to worry about limiting all of their options that they feel they have.

No School

Moving to a new home during the summer is a process

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When it comes to owning a home, there are all sorts of methods that we can adopt to help make things more eco-friendly, which, in turn, can also greatly help the environment itself. Not to mention your energy bills can also be reduced as well!

Here are three different methods that you can consider adopting in order to help make your home more energy-efficient.

Seal Your Windows

Take the time to seal in every air leak both in and around all of the windows in your home. If you're experiencing bouts of draftiness, consider also installing weatherstripping to help prevent this. In the end, you'll be able to save money on all of your energy bills by taking this step.

Turn Off Unnecessarily Running Water

Many people choose to leave the water

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First impressions matter and your homes first impression makes a big difference between whether someone wants to buy it. These simple and cheap curb appeal ideas can take your home from drab to fab and off the market quickly.

Front Door

There are many ways to spruce up the front door. This is a vital area of the front of the house. Think of it as the face of the house. It’s typically the first thing people notice when visiting a new place. Try a statement door by painting it a bright, noticeable color. Polish the fixtures on the front door and hang a seasonal wreath. Put a welcome mat that reflects your style and the feel of the interior of the home. 

Street Numbers

It’s vital that people can easily find the home whether it be the mailman,

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If you're someone who's planning on purchasing a home, chances are you'll end up hearing all sorts of advice from different people who have been in your position before. The problem? A lot of the advice you receive from them isn't always correct.

It's no secret that the housing market always changes as time goes on, and depending on your area of residence, the rules can vary greatly.

Here are three pieces of supposed “advice” that you should always remember to ignore when it comes to purchasing a home.

“You'll Need a Neighborhood Expert”

You should always hire a real estate agent who's familiar with the area in which you want to move to; however, you don't actually need a “neighborhood expert.” Even worse, this is not really an actual term

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