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Even if you think they’ve already started to freeze.

New homeowners may have heard that winterization is important, but in the hubbub of your first year living in a home you own (finally!), it can be easy to overlook the need to prepare for the cold weather ahead. After all, it's just not something renters deal with; prepping pipes for winter is often the landlord's job.

Ideally, you should winterize your pipes in the fall, before winter seriously sets in. But if you've forgotten and all of a sudden you're in the middle of a deep freeze, there's still time to prevent disaster.

Here are some easy techniques to save your pipes from bursting:

#1 Turn On Your Faucets

If the temperatures have dropped into freezing and intend to stay there, turning

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Keep the vintage wallpaper, but upgrade that time- and money-draining retro thermostat to programmable.

What may seem like a good idea, often isn't. 

Here are 17 common mistakes new homeowners often make.

#1 Get Rid of Your Only Tub

If resale value is important to you, don't get rid of your only bathtub no matter how dreamy that walk-in shower looks.

It will make it harder to sell when the time comes. You'll flat-out lose buyers who love a good soak or need a tub to bathe little ones (both human and four-legged).

#2 Leave Cabinet Doors on While Painting

Painting your kitchen cabinets pays off big at resale — it's a small investment for a big "wow." But the job's time-consuming, so it's tempting leave the doors on.

RESIST. At all

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It’s the spring cleaning of fall, so to speak.

With THE HOLIDAYS coming at you fast and furious, you want to be sure your home is cozy, but with that fresh-as-spring feel — as opposed to that musty-damp-winter feel.

Here's how to make that happen (along with a few other timely tips):

#1 Wash Bed Pillows

You love your trusty, old, perfectly-snugged-to-your-head pillow. But guess what's also snug against your head? Fungus — 4 to 16 species to be precise. Gross!

With fall being the height of guest season, you'll want your pillows fresh, too. Pop them in the washing machine and dryer for an all-over clean feeling. (But check manufacturer advice, too. Some pillows shouldn't be washed, but replaced instead.)

#2 Clean the Mattress, Too

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Find out the hottest fads surfacing on the photo-sharing social network.

November 2, 2020 Design Trends  

Submitted by Household Quotes.

Instagram is the place to keep your finger on the pulse of the latest decor trends. Overall styles like Boho and mid-century modern are certainly hot, but it’s the mini trends like #LineArt, #Houseplants, #WoodDecor, and #PatternMixing that really bring the details to life.

Household Quotes(link is external), a homeownership resource based in the U.K., recently analyzed more than 3 million Insta posts to find the fastest-rising interior trends.

Interior Design Mini Trends
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Cubbies, squeegees, and other easy ways to keep your house clean.

Home is literally the center of your universe right now, so make sure it’s a source of minimum stress. Here’s how to keep your house clean and orderly all the time.

  1. Wake, and make your bed pronto. That’s one task down already.
  2. Keep your kitchen sink empty for a soothingly clear sight line.
  3. Clean a room a day. You know what they say about doing daunting tasks in small chunks, right?
  4. Hang a squeegee. Take a few satisfying swipes after your shower, and presto!
  5. Assign cubbies to each family member. Tidy is as tidy does.
  6. Unload the dishwasher when clean. Then you're always prepped for habit #2.
  7. Use it, wipe it. Especially high-touch surfaces.
  8. Snap it, shred it.
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Is your patio oh so shabby? These super-easy projects will make hanging outside fun again.

Oh, your poor, sad patio. Not a comfy seat to be had, and that cracked concrete . . . well, it probably looked really great when disco was king. 

Whether you love to entertain friends or bask in the sun with a cocktail and a novel, here are five easy ways to inject new life into your little corner of nature.

#1 Stop the Pests that Make Your Patio Look Untidy

It's hard to enjoy your patio if it's covered in debris scattered by the wind or by critters with a penchant for digging and trampling. Stop critters with the humble pine cone -- instead of regular mulch.

Those spiny cones will deter pests and mischievous pets.

And chances are your

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In the current Covid-19 pandemic many of our elderly are shut in in nursing homes with very little contact to the outside world. Social isolation is impacting everyone, in every nursing home around the country because people are stuck in their rooms which research shows can undermine their physical and mental health.

Pictured Left to Right, Janis Garner, RN E-Unit Manager, Todd Winder, Facility Administrator, Kim Clark, and Trish Rhodes, LBSW.

"I was visiting with a very good friend Janis who is a Nurse at Ft. Bayard Medical Center about how things were going with residents. She said they were struggling with not being able to have visits from family and friends." She went on to say that the caregivers were trying to schedule video visits

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Check out the video below!

Planning your next home improvement project? Consider one of these high ROI upgrades. More like this.

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Like this easy hack: coat paint brushes in fabric softener to keep bristles soft.

A DIY painting job doesn't have to equal crooked lines, besmirched floors, and ceramic sinks speckled with robin's egg blue.

Use these easy painting hacks, to make the process faster and less messy — and ensure a fresh, modern look for your home.

#1 Soak Brushes in Fabric Softener to Keep Brushes Soft

Every DIY painter has been privy to the horrors of a day-old brush with stiff bristles that makes round two nearly impossible. Try this painting hack instead:

To keep paint brushes soft:

  1. Rinse thoroughly (no soap).
  2. Mix half a cup of fabric softener with a gallon of warm water
  3. Swish brushes in the mixture for 10 seconds or so.
  4. Lay them flat or hang
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The Parade serves to provide New Mexico with a renewed celebration of the great features and exciting new home projects that are available in the Albuquerque area. For the Spring 2020 Parade, we’re excited to present several homes from some amazing home builders! To view the Spring 2020 homes, please click the button below.

The Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico (HBA) is proud to bring you the Spring 2020 Parade of Homes. The Parade showcases many of our area builders as they celebrate the home. We think you’ll enjoy the inspiring designs. We hope everyone who comes out over both weekends of the Spring 2020 Parade enjoys seeing the best that the Albuquerque home builders have to offer.

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