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5 Ways a Home Garden Can Boost the Aesthetic Value of Your House

AdobeStock 67165956A well-spruced and aesthetically-pleasing garden enhances the value of your property, especially if you plan to sell it anytime soon. Here are some things you can do to boost the value of your property with a well-maintained home garden.

De-clutter and maintain

Just like the interiors of your house, your garden also has to be de-cluttered and maintained. Winters can be harsh on your gardens, especially if you live in a place that is cold and snowy. In particular, it can affect the fences and trellis along with large shrubs and trees. Once the winter ends, make sure you repair the damaged structures and clean the fallen leaves and other debris to prepare your garden for the beautiful spring and summer months.

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Preparing Your Home for Sale During the Pandemic

white couch sofa colorful pillowsDespite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the real estate market must go on. Homeowners still need to sell, house-hunters still need to buy, and real estate agents still need to make a living. But the typical home selling process involves frequent contact with strangers—which is not recommended during this time of social distancing.

By now, you’re probably getting pretty good at making adjustments in your everyday life to protect the health and safety of yourself and those around you. Along the same lines, there are steps you can take to show your home to potential buyers without risking your health or hurting your chances of a sale. Here are some tips to prepare your home for sale in the coronavirus era! 

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Mistakes To Avoid With Your Utility Bills During the Pandemic

staying homeWith vacations put on hold and COVID-19 cases continuing to rise even as many states work to slowly reopen, it’s safe to say that many of us will be spending more time than usual at home this summer. And that means using more electricity and water than normal.

That's why we asked the energy experts to share the most costly mistakes that lead to sticker shock with your utility bill. Here are six errors you’ll want to avoid to keep your summer bills in check.

1. Leaving windows unlocked and uncovered

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Do You Need Help With Unemployment, Rent or Other COVID Related Issues?

From Your Assemblymember, Dr. Shirley N. Weber:

Need UI Assistance?  We're here to Help!

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on California's economy in so many ways. We want to help! If you, or someone you know, reside in the 79th Assembly District and are struggling with EDD filings relating to either general Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), please contact my District Office, so that we can help you. Click here  for assistance or call (619) 531-7913.

Relief Fund for San Diego Renters:

San Diego City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to establish a rental relief fund to help struggling tenants and property owners who are hurt financially by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will make direct payments to property owners whose tenants have been unable to pay rent because of the pandemic's economic fallout. Click here for more info.

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The One Thing You Absolutely Positively Have To Do Today: Check Your Credit

credit scoreTrying to safeguard or even improve your credit during this challenging time? Don’t wait one more day to check your credit score. You just might get a surprise, like I did. And not a good surprise.

Let me explain.

Last week, I got an alert that one of my credit limits had been lowered on one of my accounts. Turns out that one of my creditors—a creditor with whom I have a perfect payment history on my 0% interest promotion, to be clear—had lowered my available credit. 

I didn’t skip a payment, I wasn’t late, and my credit utilization—both with this creditor and overall—was pretty good. I’ve been aggressively paying off debts to improve my footing so I can refinance my mortgage and get rid of my private mortgage insurance, which is costing me about $180 a month.

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What Sacrifice Truly Looks Like

Memorial Day

"And they who for their country die
shall fill an honored grave,
for glory lights the soldier's tomb,
and beauty weeps the brave."

- Joseph Drake

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