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Category: Housing

How Much Should You Worry About Lead Poisoning These Days?

Every so often, you hear a Public Service Announcement warning about the dangers of living in a home built before 1978 due to the risk of lead paint exposure because children are especially susceptible to its dangers. You may encounter two different types of people when it comes to these warnings: those who say you should be in constant worry because lead paint is still everywhere and those who say all the worry about lead poisoning is overblown. Who’s right? They both have their points. There are times and places to have concerns about lead poisoning, but it’s not...

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Not Worth the Bargain: Things You Should Never Buy Secondhand

Buying used typically seems like a great way to get a great item at a great price. Sometimes, it absolutely can be a great move, but other times it will just wind up being more trouble than it’s worth. If you’re lucky, a bad purchase will be a useless waste of money and nothing more. If you’re not so lucky, it may wind up causing a problem that genuinely ruins your life. No matter how much research you do and no matter how shrewd of a buyer you might be, there are certain things you shouldn’t buy secondhand. For...

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Understanding Home Values: What Makes a Good Neighborhood?

When looking into the value of a home – whether you’re looking to buy one, sell one, or just gauge the competition – people quickly discover much of a home’s value has nothing to do with the structure itself. The home may be in immaculate condition, with plenty of space and plenty of features all working flawlessly, but while that is a large part of the home’s value, a significant chunk relies on the rest of the neighborhood. A house or condo can be as perfect as it can be, but if it’s in an area nobody wants to...

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Stay Cool for Less This Summer

After a long winter, it’s finally going to stop being cold, but sure enough, we’re soon going to find ourselves with the opposite problem. When Mr. Sunshine is being a little too generous, how can you keep cool without racking up a huge energy bill from all the air conditioning? It turns out you may have many more options than you think. Maximizing A/C Efficiency (Short-Term) While some might be content to just open a window, many parts of the United States get so hot that air conditioning is the only sane option. Even in the parts that don’t...

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Understanding Your Rent Assistance Options

If you’re having trouble paying your bills, you’re certainly not alone. If there’s any good thing about the high number of people making ends meet, it’s that there are many financial aid options available. It’s tough to say which specific expenditure is the most important, but having a roof over your head is a strong contender. That’s why there are several avenues specifically for getting rental assistance. Governmental Giving There are plenty of government programs out there for people struggling with rent. These can be divided into two categories: short-term and long-term assistance. Short-Term Short-term rental assistance can be...

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