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Condos vs Townhouses Things to Consider

How to buy condo

Many people use the terms condo and townhome synonymously. However, there are a number of differences between the two types of living arrangements. And many individuals may find that they feel more comfortable or at home in either one over the other. Those looking to buy a new home may benefit from a few facts about both condos and townhouses to enlighten on the process. So here you’ll find a bit of buying a townhome and buying a condo 101.
While it may be somewhat common knowledge that townhomes and condos are both physically close and attached buildings, the two are very different in terms of layout, space, and privacy.

While townhouses are essentially individual attached buildings, condos are more apartment-style, often existing as multiple homes in one large individual building. Buying condos can also b

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Five Great Tips for Furniture Shopping Anytime, Anywhere

Furniture stores tampa

Furniture shopping is a daunting task for most. Trying to find high-quality pieces of furniture is difficult enough — and then you have to find items that will look good in your home.

Because furniture shopping is also the third most costly expense you will ever have to pay for (followed by a house and a car), it’s never been more important to find high quality furniture at a good price as well.

However, there’s no need to be afraid of shopping for new furnishings for your home. Just read the tips below and you’ll be well on your way to furniture shopping savvy!

Here are the five best furniture buying tips to help you become a smarter furniture shopper:

1. Shop at the r

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Three of the Most Sustainable Types of Roofing Material

How to install rolled roofing

Naturally, one of the biggest concerns homeowners have when approaching a roof replacement project is energy efficiency. After all, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling account for 56% of a typical American household’s energy usage. As many homeowners are already aware, the right roofing materials types can reduce annual energy consumption by as much as 40% — cutting homeowners’ need for cooling in the summer and heating in the winter nearly in half.

If you’d like to make your home more sustainable (and save some “green” on your energy bill), consider using one of these three energy efficient types of roofing materials.

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Is Your Foundation as Protected Against Water Damage as it Should Be?

Basement crack repair

Have you noticed that your basement leaks when it rains — or even floods? Many people know this as an obvious sign that their home’s foundation is at risk for water damage.

But these aren’t the only ways to tell if you should hire foundation repair contractors to waterproof your basement. By knowing the several warning signs that your foundation is at risk, you can know when to get a basement water proofing procedure done and keep your foundation safe from expensive water damage.

Here are the top four most common signs that your basement is in need of a basement water proofing:

1. High electric bills: If you notice an increase in your monthly utilities, it could me

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What’s the Difference Between Active Fire Protection and Passive Fire Protection?

Tampa fire alarm systems

Did you know that according to the latest data from the National Fire Protection Association, there have been at least 362,500 fires per year every year over the last decade? To make matters worse, a fire can double its size every 30 seconds, which means that a small wastebasket fire can set an entire home ablaze in less than five minutes!

Because fires are such a prevalent and dangerous threat, engineers have developed two main kinds of fire protection systems, which, according to the fire protection handbook, are passive fire protection, and active fire protection.

The main difference between these two kinds of fire protection services is how they deal with

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