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Home Improvement Projects to Tackle During the Quarantine
You’re working from home, which means you don’t have a commute, which means you have extra time on your hands.
      You’re working from home, which means you’re bored, and you’re looking for stuff to do. If you own your home, that “stuff” probably means home improvement projects. We’ve got tips on what to tackle during the quarantine.
      Do an even deeper clean than usual It is spring, after all. This year, in addition to your annual spring cleaning list, add a few tasks that are specifically intended to kill germs and improve the air quality in your home. 
      “It’s best to check if your
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your cleaning materials are in the list of approved products released by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” said the Philippine


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Should You Ask for a Forbearance?
     Whether you’ve lost your job, are worried you might be about to, or are finding your finances crunched by the coronavirus pandemic, you may be thinking about asking for a forbearance on your mortgage. But should you? Will it really help put you in a better financial position? 
      We’re breaking down the details. 
      What is a forbearance?  “Forbearance is a temporary postponement of mortgage payments,” said Investopedia. “It is a form of repayment relief granted by the lender or creditor in lieu of forcing a property into foreclosure.”
      The key words here are “temporary” and “postponement.” Forbearance is a way to delay your mortgage payments



How to Sell Your Home Now
     Everything has changed in the real estate world, seemingly overnight. The incredibly hot market of the past couple years has taken a hit as the coronavirus has made its way across the country, and the world. But homes are still selling. Not with the same frequency, but people still have to sell. 
      If you’re one of them, you’re probably wondering what to do right now—especially since in-person home tours aren’t happening. These tips will help you get your home to stand out and get it sold even when others aren’t moving.
      Spring for enhanced virtual tools It might cost you a little more, but creating a virtual experience for your home is as close as you can get right now to showing buyers what it would be like to walk through the place in person. 
      "As we've suddenly found ourselves adapting to a new normal, the meaning of home has never meant so much to

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Family Home Improvement Projects You Can Do During the Quarantine
     All this quarantining making you want to fix up the house you're stuck in? You are not alone. Despite the stay-at-home orders, the parking lot of our local Lowe's is still packed every day! 
      The good news is, you can order just about anything you need, and with all that family togetherness, you've got the manpower to get some stuff done. Here are some great projects to take on while the family is hunkering down together. 
      Do your backsplash Tiling a backsplash seems like it would be a complicated project, but it's actually relatively easy, even for novices. Little kids can get involved, too, since there are so many different tasks involved, from measuring all the way to grouting. 
      “If more involved renovations are on your to-do list, let the adults handle the removal of the old unit first,” said Home Jobs By Mom. “Then allow the kids to get creative with the new backsplash. If you’ve decided on a multi-colored mosaic backsplash, for example, the kids can work together to assemble the tiles on a sheet. This DIY home improvement project is not


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