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    Six ideas for remodeling your backyard for summer

    Before things heat up, we put together a list of six backyard remodel ideas to help you improve your outdoor living conditions this summer.
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    Three ideas for what you can do with that swimming pool you never use

    Are you tired of your swimming pool? Maybe it's just not used as much or you're tired of the upkeep? Here are three ideas for that unused pool.
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    Important questions to ask when buying a house

    Buying a house is an important step many people choose to take, but there are six important questions you should ask before signing on the dotted line.
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    Six fixes to consider in older houses you may be able to do yourself

    If you buy older houses, there is probably something you want to get rid of or replace. Here are some of the features that may bother you.
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    You asked, we answered: Turn your carport into a garage

    Many homeowners in Arizona with older homes have had carports put up when houses were built but many homeowners yearn to turn them into garages.
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    Three ways to keep a burglar from getting into your home

    It might surprise you to learn that the top way a bad guy prefers to enter your house is through your front door. When a burglar drives down a street, he’s often looking for a vulnerable door that’s shielded by a wall or gate or big bush. So, for starters, you need to make the front […]
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    Seven steps to hire the right contractor to work in your home

    All too often we take calls hearing homeowner horror stories about a bad contracting job. Here's seven steps to hire the right contractor.
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    What you need to do in the garden this month

    We’re turning our attention to other outdoor to-dos. If you want a lush and fertile garden this year, there are two important jobs to take on in February.
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    Here’s when and how to prune your trees in Arizona

    When you live in the desert, the pruning of the trees in your yard raises a lot of questions: When to prune? What's the proper procedure?
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    What homeowners need to know about having an HOA

    There's a lot to learn about having an HOA, especially with thousands of them in Arizona. Here are the questions you should ask of your association.
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    What is a water softener and why do I need one?

    New residents quickly find out that Arizona has hard water, due to high levels of calcium and magnesium naturally occurring in the water.
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    Five signs your home may have foundation problems

    Here are five signs that might mean you want to hire an expert to determine if there has been damage to your foundations.
  • The Nest Learning Thermostat is on display following a news conference Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in San Francisco. Google's Nest Labs is releasing new versions of its surveillance video camera and talking smoke detector as part of its attempt to turn homes into yet another thing that can be controlled and tracked over the Internet. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Some steps and devices to make your home a whole lot smarter

    More smart home devices keep hitting the market and the number of jobs they can do for you is growing as well.
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    Here are some home ideas if Mom and Dad decide to move in with you

    Home options and ideas seem to be growing for aging baby boomers. Here are some possibilities for providing new living space for Mom and Dad.
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    Here are the most popular homeowner topics of 2016

    As a homeowner, you have a lot of questions. We answered them. Check out which blogs were the most popular on the Rosie on the House website of 2016.