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4 Signs You’re Likely Dealing With Bed Bugs

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If you are suspecting that you have a bed bug problem, you’re not alone. These pests can invade a home for numerous reasons. Considering that, it’s understandable to want to know more about common bed bug symptoms. In turn, this can help you understand whether you should consider contacting an affordable pest control company. Considering that, here are four signs that bed bugs are likely present in your home.

  • Small Red Bumps That Itch

    One reason that people want to get rid of bed bugs is to stop dealing with itchy skin. Bed bugs feed on human blood by inserting a sharp beak into someone’s skin. Considering the fast

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Three Surprising Reasons Why Spring is a Great Time for a Roof Inspection

After a long, cold winter season, spring is one of the best times of the year to start thinking about your upcoming home improvement projects.

But did you know that the spring season can also be one of the best seasons for getting a roof inspection? While most homeowners think of the summer as prime home repair season, starting earlier can provide some unexpected advantages.

If you’re still in doubt over whether you should seek out a roofing inspection this spring, take a look at these three surprising, little-known reasons to have your roof inspected this season:

Assessing your roof after the winter is key

Throughout the winter, your home’s roof undergoes more strain and environmental wear-and-tear than you might guess. While most new roofs, especially metal roofing, are built to withstand anywhere from 15 to 30 pounds of snow

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Find the Right Bush Hog Clutch for Your Lawnmower

When it comes to taking care of your home, there is quite a lot to think about. From renovations or design projects inside the home to landscaping work outdoors, there could always be something to work on if you wanted. Many people make a hobby out of their lawn care projects, constantly working to improve the aesthetics of their yard. Whether you are working on your lawn or your operation is on a bit more of a grander scale, you want to be sure that you have the right equipment, starting with the right lawnmower.

From private household lawns to sprawling farms

There are about 85 million homes across the country that have private lawns. On average, a typical American will spend four hours each week caring for their lawn, which accumulates to over 200 hours every year. That works out to be more than eight days total. And it is no wonder that so many people spend so much time on those lawns. The majority of people across the nation have pretty strong f

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How to Determine if Your Antiques Are Worth Something

If you’ve recently come into jewelry or other household items, you could be in the possession of antique sterling. Jewelry is often composed of alloys of two precious metals: silver and gold. Gold and silver prices rise and fall in juxtaposition to market trends, but they can still be worth a hefty amount.

Household objects that have a cash-trade value are often things such as sterling silver tea sets, silverware, sterling candelabras, and other similar items. If you are looking to get these items appraised, the first step is to visit a shop that buys and sells precious metals. However, if you’re generally curious if what you possess has any significant monetary value, there are certain tells that will alert you to it’s value.

Sterling Silver Versus Sterling Plated

Many people believe that the items they possess are pure silver or something similar if they appear to be. However, many times these objects are simply covered in a layer of silver, rather than being composed of it.

If an object is considered sterling, or sterling silver, then it is composed of 92.5% silver. Sterling silver is inherently different then fine silver though, and the market price is actually based on a standard of .999, or 99%, fine silver. Sterling silver is referenced in troy ounces, which is about 31.2 grams per troy ounce.

Sterling plated items are commonly confused for being sterling silver, and many antique silver items such as sterling trays are actually plated and not pure. Sterling plated items are metal objects such as brass, copper, or nickel that have a thin layer of sterling silver bonded to the surface. Silverware is actually silverplatedflatware, more often then not. Many of these items will have markings to indicate that they’re silver plated, such as ‘EP’ or ‘EPNS’ etched somewhere. Some items may also state something such as “silver on copper” to indicate what metal is plated.

Even though sterling and sterling plated are two very different terms and you should know the difference, both can be worth something. Sterling silver tends to be worth much more because of it’s purity, but objects such as silver plated copper can also have value. The market prices for copper is raising so it may be worth it to hang on to any copper-based items for scrapping.

If you think your antique sterling may be worth something, contact today to find out.

The Benefits Of Landscape Renovations

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From retaining wall installation to adding to your garden, renovating landscape design is becoming more and more common for homeowners across the country. There are many reasons to invest in landscaping, from wanting to enjoy your outdoor space more to increasing the overall value of your home. In fact, if you were to ever put your home on the market, quality landscaping could increase the resale value of your home by up to fifteen percent. The implementation of landscaping has even been shown to decrease overall the amount of time that your home is on the market, with the majority of homes with landscaping selling within as little as six weeks. In fact, landscaping is so instrumental to t

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