An Unexpected Guest: 5 Ways to Keep Raccoons Out of Your Home

Raccoons are adorable little critters with their furry bandit masks and fluffy, ringed tails. There is no denying we’ve all “awed” over the Instagram post of Pumpkin the Raccoon snuggling up to Boris the Golden Retriever. Along with their ability to make friends with household pets, raccoons are wildly intelligent.

Based on studies performed in the early 1900’s at the University of Oklahoma, researchers determined “…that raccoons bested the abilities of cats and dogs, most closely approximating the mental attributes of monkeys,”. The researchers studied raccoons’ ability to escape from a wooden box, which was closed by a series of latches. After their first successful escape, the raccoons could solve the problem quicker each time they tried it.

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10 Design Items You Need in Your Bedroom

Out with the old, in with the new. The time has come to redecorate your bedroom and to create a beautiful room where you can relax and recharge, a room that represents you and your interests.

But where should you start? From new bedroom furniture to unique accessories, here are 10 things you should have in your new bedroom.

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No Keys? No Problem! 4 Benefits of Keyless Entry In Your Home

While traditional keys have withstood the test of time, a large majority of homeowners struggle with keeping keys and locks are susceptible to being picked. More people are considering keyless entry options either for their new home or by installing a system on the front door of their current home.

Keyless entry systems are keypads that give entry to home occupants when a passcode is entered and are becoming popular for many reasons. Below are 5 benefits that keyless entry systems have over traditional lock and key setups.

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5 Short-Term Rental Guidelines for All Landlords (Or Property Owners)

Let’s be honest: it can be too expensive to live in the city under today’s conditions. Rising property taxes, rising energy costs, rising home values. At the end of the month, what’s left in your pocketbook? Not much, except just more bills, receipts and notices. This is why so many homeowners and landlords are taking advantage of short-term rentals.

Despite the government clamping down on the latest housing trend, it still remains popular for both property owners and tenants. It is convenient for homeowners and affordable for tenants. That said, it is imperative to protect yourself, your property and your investment when you decide to take on a short-term rental. You want the right tenants, you want everything to remain in great condition and you want to ensure you have a superb reputation.

Here are five short-term rental tips for all property owners and landlords:

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Settling Down: 4 Important Activities After You’ve Moved

Moving is always a stressful time with so many things to plan and do, even if you are moving locally. You could be moving to a nearby town but it still requires a lot of work. However, when you plan things properly and in an organized way, it can definitely reduce a lot of stress for everyone, especially if you have a family with children.

You want to make sure everything goes smoothly and that you don’t skip a beat the moment you get to the new place. Here are some things you really need to do so that you and your family get back into a normal routine as soon as possible.

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Buzz Off: 5 Safety Measures to Keep Bees Out of Your Home

Bees are one of the most important types of insects on the planet, providing honey and pollinating plants that bear fruit for us to eat and provide seeds to re-plant. But when they become prevalent around homes they can become a nuisance and a threat to sting people in the vicinity. As a result, sometimes it is necessary to take steps to make sure your home is not an appealing place for bees to nest. Below are 5 steps you can take to make sure that bees do not become a threat to your home.

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4 Ways to Clean Your Wood Floors Before the New Season

Wood flooring is a luxury for most people to have in their homes or rental spaces, but they require ample care in order to maintain their beauty. Wood floors are the perfect complement to a variety of spaces and tastes, whether you decorate your home in a rustic, country, modern, artistic, or elegant style.

This guide will walk you through the basics of maintaining your hardwood floors from move-in day through years of living in your space. If you’re ready to create your cleanest and most enchanting space yet from the wood floors up, read on.

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5 Popular Reasons to Rent Your Furniture

There will be times in our lives when we just don’t want the hassle and expense of owning our own furniture. And there are times when the furniture we already have just isn’t enough. It may be during our student days when both money and space are at a premium. Or it could be that we are in between jobs or even cities and it makes more sense to rent furniture than buy it. Plus, if we are in transition we would only have to find a place to store all that furniture as we studied or travelled.

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Hiring a Locksmith: 4 Best Practices to Get Your Door Unlocked

A locksmith is a long and storied profession. Ever since man has had property and a need to protect it, we have needed locks and ways to both keep things in and other people out. Sometimes that has included keeping people in too. Like prisoners in ancient jails to the Tower of London right up to today’s modern penitentiaries and correctional facilities. If there is a lock, there needs to someone to not just pick it out, but maybe pick it open too. Being a locksmith was one of the original guilds of craftsmen in medieval England and had the respect and trust of people and kings.

Today we still place our trust and the contents of our homes and businesses into the hands of locksmiths in more ways than we realize. Yes, they still perform the basic services of making an extra key for when guests come to visit, or picking the lock on our apartment after we lose our key and get locked out. But the modern locksmith is much more likely to be found designing a security system than picking a lock or making extra keys.

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Plumbing for Newbies: Learn the 4 Basic Rules of Plumbing

Everyone will likely need to hire a plumber someday. Even if you are kind of handy. you may need a plumber for some jobs that are just too hard, too complicated or too dangerous to try on your own. You should and fix all minor plumbing jobs on your own. Like unclogging a sink or using a plunger on a plugged toilet. But you should also not be afraid to call a plumber if your problem persists. And for some jobs you should absolutely make the call to a professional plumber.

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