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Shopping for a New Home? Check Out the Kitchen

Kitchen is the first room people consider when purchasing a home.(NewsUSA) - Buying a home is the largest investment most people will ever make, so it's no surprise that such a big decision may seem daunting. There are, however, some simple guidelines that can help you find a home that you will be happy with for a very long time.

A recent study conducted by Merillat, a leading manufacturer of cabinetry, examined what consumers think about when they're purchasing a home. The study found that the kitchen sways more minds than any other room, followed by the great room and the master bedroom third.

What Colors Best Fit Your Personality?

Not sure what colors show the true you?

(NewsUSA) - You often hear that you should match your home's design to your personality and interests, but few color swatches come with names like "Reads Paranormal Romance Novels," "Hikes on Weekends" or "Gleek."

To help you figure out what color palettes will best suit your personality, Mohawk Flooring (www.mohawkflooring.com) provides the following quiz:

What Is Your Design Personality?

Keep Pests From Crashing Your Holidays

Holiday pests(NewsUSA) - For many Americans, colder weather means seasonal decorations and holiday baking -; but if you're one of those who set out gourds and holly or cookies for Santa, you might be opening your home to some unwanted guests.

"Mice, rodents, spiders and other pests find their way into homes by hiding in boxes of holiday decorations that have been stored in attics, basements and garages since last season,"....

Steam: The New Hot Holiday Gift

(NewsUSA) - No matter what gift you give a friend or loved one -- a new set of golf clubs, a gold necklace, a teddy bear -- it's going to need proper care and cleaning. So why not give them a way to care for their present?

Whether you give a stylish sweater or a new recliner, a steam cleaner or steam iron will clean, deodorize and disinfect without using harsh chemicals. Steam cleaners generally produce steam that is 220 degrees Fahrenheit or more at the tip. When the steam meets a surface, it penetrates its pores and breaks the bond between the surface and any dirt. Because the steam is so hot, it also kills mold spores, dust mites and bed bugs and bacteria.

Fall and Winter Maintenance Preserves Looks of Composite Decks

(NewsUSA) - Many people choose to build decks with composite materials because of the low-maintenance characteristics of the product. Although composite products are, in fact, less work then traditional wood decks, some care is required to keep the product looking great over time. As the cooler weather approaches, there are a few things you can do to protect the look of your composite deck:

Eye-Catching Driveway Adds to Home's Allure

Eye-Catching Driveway Adds to Home's AllureEye-Catching Driveway Adds to Home's Allure

(NewsUSA) - Take a look at your driveway. Chances are, it could use some improvement.

Brick pavers are becoming popular among homeowners who want to improve their home's curb appeal by reworking their driveway, says Laura Schwind, a landscape architect for Pine Hall Brick, a paver manufacturer.

Easy Ways to Customize Your Home's Exterior

Easy Ways to Customize Your Home's Exterior

(NewsUSA) - In a country that abounds with suburban developments of similar-looking homes, adding a personal touch to your property might be high on your list of priorities.

In the past, the options for customizing the exterior features of a house may have been few and far between. But today, everything from siding to roofing is available in a wide range of styles, colors and designs.

If you're looking to customize your castle with ease, concentrate your efforts on a few of the following areas: