A freelancer since 1985, Julie Bawden-Davis has written for many publications, including American Express OPEN Forum, MSN Money.com, Parade.com, Entrepreneur, Better Homes & Gardens and Family Circle.

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6 Tips for Converting a Vacation Home Into a Rental | : Buying ...

Here's how to offset the cost of owning your vacation house. Leasing or renting the home out to vacationers or family members can bring you income.

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Budget Baby Shower Decor Ideas | : Buying & Savings Tips ...

Make a baby shower as festive as possible by trying the following decorating tips, from practical baby items as decor to theme-appropriate cupcakes!

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Carpet Cleaning: Steam vs. Shampooing

Cleaning the carpeting on a regular basis extends its life. Here are the pros and cons when deciding whether to...

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Dangers of DIY - DexKnows

When remodeling a home, there are dangers in some DIY projects. Know when it’s best to hire a professional.

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Eight Steps for Finding the Perfect Vacation Rental Home - DexKnows

Follow these eight easy steps -- from setting a budget to negotiating an agreement -- to find the vacation rental that's right for you.

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Extend Growing Season Colder Climates | : Buying & Savings Tips ...

Grow root crops such as carrots, or plant spinach and cauliflower. Choose the planting area carefully, with good drainage.

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How to Create Curbside Appeal When Selling Your - DexKnows

When it comes to your real estate agent selling your home, first impressions matter. Considering that the front of your house is the first thing potential buyers see, it’s important that you learn ...

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Make Sure You Get Your Rental Deposit Back | : Buying & Savings ...

Here's how to make sure you get your rental deposit back when you move out.

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Planning an Event? Find the Perfect Florist - DexKnows

Look for top quality and great customer service when choosing a flower shop.

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Preparing for Your Parents' Weekend College Visit - DexKnows

Tips for a parents' weekend at college -- from finding your family a hotel to ideas to keep them entertained while visiting your university.

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Professional Landscapers | Landscape Design | : Buying & Savings ...

It's the best way to ensure that your landscape is a wise investment.

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How to Grow Fruits and Vegetables Indoors During - DexKnows

Proper lighting, plant selection and knowing when to water are all important ingredients to growing fruits and vegetables during the winter.

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Favor Ideas for Weddings, Bridal Events, Baby Showers - DexKnows

One of the best gifts friends and family can give you when it comes to special events such as your wedding or a shower is attending. Here's how to return the favor.

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Final Days Checklist When Planning a Wedding

Help your big day go smoothly by using this checklist to make sure no detail is missed in the hectic...

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How to Prepare Your Home for an Open House - DexKnows

Selling your house is based on doing the prep work.