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From ladder tips to cleaning tools and more, here's what a roofing expert has to say about this important household chore.

Make no mistake about it: If left unattended, a blocked gutter can turn into a big roof problem in no time. "Gutters are designed to help water drain off your roof," says Zach Shoffner of Farha Roofing. "When they're clogged up with leaves and other debris, water has no place to drain, and so it goes back up and into the roof system potentially causing a whole slew of issues."

On residential roofs, Shoffner says this can mean water getting trapped under shingles, causing rot and leaks in your home. He says water can also spill over the side of your gutter, right down the exterior of your home and into your

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Color can make or break the ambience of a space. Here's how to choose the correct hue for your home's style.

But what do you do when you've settled on an interior style but aren't sure what hue to paint the room? "Selecting the perfect paint color comes down to two things: the aesthetic you're hoping to achieve and the purpose behind your space," says Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. "You can brighten up a dark interior with lighter paint colors, while rooms with an abundance of natural light work well with darker hues." Looking for the perfect paint color for your unique taste? We asked a few experts to share which paint colors work best with certain home aesthetics, and here's what they had to say.

Related: How to Pick the Perfect

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File these 4 home upgrades under wish fulfillment, not value investment.

Life is a balancing act, and upgrading your home is no different. Some upgrades, like a kitchen remodel or an additional bathroom, typically add value to your home. Others, like putting in a pool, provide little dollar return on your investment.

Of course, homeowning isn’t just about building wealth; it’s also about living well and making memories -- even if that means outclassing your neighborhood or turning off future buyers. So if any of these six upgrades is something you can’t be dissuaded from, enjoy! We won’t judge. But go in with your eyes wide open. Here’s why: 

#1 Outdoor Kitchen

The fantasy: You’re the man -- grilling steaks, blending margaritas, and

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Owning a home involves work. You know there are home maintenance tasks to keep up on, but are you doing these tasks correctly or as often as you should? We busted 11 home maintenance myths you'll wish you would have known about sooner.

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You’ll Mow Less if You Cut the Grass Short

If mowing isn’t your favorite home maintenance task, you may be tempted to cut the grass short so you don’t have to mow as often. However, The Lawn Institute reports, “Cutting your lawn too short creates an environment for both weed and disease infestation. It also causes the lawn to lose moisture much quicker.” Instead, follow the one-third rule: “Select a mowing height appropriate for the turf grass species in your lawn. Then set your mower blade height so you cut

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Wondering why the United States is one of three countries in the world that doesn't use the metric system? The answer will definitely surprise you.

The U.S. and the Metric System

Have you ever noticed that the standard system of measurement tends to change when you exit the United States? Distance is measured in kilometers instead of miles, clothing sizes are often measured in centimeters rather than inches, and volume is measured in liters instead of ounces.

Although English is spoken in many countries across the globe, when it comes to measurement, it can often feel like Americans speak a different language from the rest of the world. You may think that this is an overstatement. There must be some other countries that don’t use the

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So you listed your home for sale, accepted an offer and are now under contract. Congratulations! Believe it or not, your closing date will be here soon. As the seller, you likely agreed to fix a few inspection issues prior to closing. You may also have hired a professional cleaner to make the property spick-and-span for the new buyers.

Now that that’s completed, it’s time to start thinking about the actual closing itself. Not sure what to leave for the buyers at closing? We can help. Below, we’ve included a list of items you should consider leaving (or doing to the home) on closing day. This will ensure a seamless, drama-free transition for both you and the buyers. Best of luck and happy moving!

What to leave for the buyers at closing

The

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The flooring in your bedroom is a particularly intimate surface. It is the first thing your bare feet step onto in the morning and the last thing they touch before climbing into bed each night. The effect that bedroom flooring has on a person is both physical and psychological, making your choice of materials a particularly important design decision.

There are many criteria you can use to choose the best bedroom flooring material. Some of these may be obvious, such as the feel of the floor underfoot, or its visual appeal. You may also be concerned about environmental issues—does the flooring off-gas chemicals, is it created in a green manner, and will it be recyclable someday when it is time to replace it? And there are also care and maintenance

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Depending on where you live, sellers will need to disclose information about the condition of your property to the buyer when selling a home. The disclosure statement provides the buyer with a better understanding of the home and its potential problems. It helps to show the buyer that there aren’t things they need to be aware of that might negatively affect its value.

If you don’t disclose everything that you have knowledge of about the property in a transfer disclosure statement, there could be legal ramifications. If there are material facts that affect the condition of the home, then this information should be disclosed to the buyer. Better for a seller to tell the buyer everything they know about the property. And a buyer should thoroughly

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Many people fantasize about financing a good chunk of their retirement by selling their current home, buying a smaller place, and investing the difference for income. In reality, however, they often reap far less profit than they might have hoped.

Done right, downsizing can still be a good idea. You might not just walk away with more money but also simplify your life and reduce your home-maintenance and utility costs for years to come. To reach that happy outcome, you need to steer around the unexpected pitfalls that make downsizing so dicey. Here are four traps that await downsizers, with ways to avoid each.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Downsizing to a smaller home in retirement must be done wisely.
  • You need to
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When you walk into a room, it's usually easy to see what needs to be cleaned up. There's a pile of dirty laundry just waiting to be done; or the kitchen sink is piled with dirty dishes, pots, and pans. 

But once the obvious things are cleaned away, do you forget about the rest of the room? Take a look at seven places you're forgetting to clean during your cleaning routine.

1. Undersides of Furniture - When you look under a bed or sofa there are usually a few dust bunnies rolling around that can be quickly captured with a vacuum or dust mop. But did you take the time to look at the actual bottom of the furniture piece? You may be shocked at what you find clinging to bed frames, chair seats and table braces.

Use your vacuum or

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