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(BPT) - Itching for summer to arrive, when you can get out and enjoy your yard? Why not plan a DIY project to improve your outdoor space, while encouraging everyone in the family to get outside and have fun together? Here are some projects to consider, and the prep work involved. Check your deck Does your existing deck need repair? Check for loose balusters, rocky railing or other issues needing attention. If you want to resurface your deck or build a new deck, measure the area and research how much decking you’ll need. Fortunately, there are free online deck plans and design tools available, especially on your favorite home improvement center’s website or at treatedwood.com. Many include cost calculators to help

determine your expenses. Check with your local municipality for building codes and a building permit before beginning construction. When choosing materials to create the deck of your dreams, not just any wood will do. Wood is now available that is treated with more environmentally-advanced preservatives, with stabilizers that can weather the elements while still retaining the beauty of real wood. Ecolife pressure-treated wood is ideal for decking, deck framing, railing, joists and beams. Ecolife’s advanced wood stabilizing preservative system makes wood look better longer and repels water for up to two years, providing maximum protection and enhanced performance for outdoor projects exposed to harsh sun, drenching rain and heavy snow.

For projects that come in contact with or are within 6 inches from the ground, such as support posts, stair stringers and ledger boards, a higher retention level of preservatives is required to fight against fungal decay and termite attack at ground level. Both Ecolife and ground contact wood are treated to required levels to protect against fungal decay and termite attack. Enhance your garden To increase your yard’s beauty while encouraging plant and flower growth, make simple wooden structures for your garden that can be completed in a weekend. The easiest project is a trellis, which can be any size latticework designed for climbing plants to grow up them. Similarly,

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Spring cleaning: How to make money on the things you no longer want (BPT) - American households are sitting on goldmines. Experts estimate there’s almost a trillion dollars worth of unused items in our homes. Rather than letting those things gather dust, people are digging into their closets, garages and basements to make money back on unused items. Many are engaging in recommerce by selling their used stuff through the internet or in-person auctions. In fact, half of Americans plan to resell their gently used goods to support their income this year, according to OfferUp’s Spring Cleaning & Recommerce survey. And two-thirds of Americans would consider selling gently used items online to free up

space in their home. If you want to make some money clearing out things you no longer want or use, consider these smart tips: Have a yard sale: Reach out to your city to learn about any yard sale regulations, then set up shop at your house to sell to people in your community. Make sure to mark items with a reasonable price and promote your sale to bargain hunters that’ll search through your treasures. This is also a wonderful way to meet new neighbors. Sell online: You can reach a much broader audience and potentially get more money for things like electronics, toys, clothes and vehicles using an app like OfferUp. Simply snap a picture on your phone, add a brief description and set a price. Safety is always a priority when selling online and meeting people in-person, and OfferUp works with police departments across the country to designate safer places to meet, which you can find in the app or by going to SafeTradeSpots. com. The app also offers nationwide shipping that allows you to reach more buyers for smaller items. Tap into consignment: Consignment stores have been a staple for reselling for a while, but be advised

that it could take the store some time to sell your items, and the store can take as much as a 50 percent cut on your merchandise for managing the transaction. On the plus side, consignment stores may be able to sell your items for a higher price than you’d be able to sell them for online, and it can be more convenient to let a consignment store sell for you instead of going through the trouble of listing the items yourself. Post in a neighborhood forum: You can also try posting in your local neighborhood classifieds or on social media. While websites like Nextdoor tend to be more popular for people listing free items, you can offer a discount to your neighbors and plan on quicker sales since it’s easier to arrange pick-ups and drop-offs when everyone is less than a quarter-mile from each other. Donate: For things you don’t end up repurposing or selling, donate them to a local charity. Many nonprofits accept a variety of items in good condition for resale or auction. There are a number of different organizations accepting donations, and depending on what you donate, you can get a receipt for a tax write-off that can hopefully get you a larger refund the following year.

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COVER STORY CONTINUED an arbor combines two trellises with an overhead arch to create a passage or gateway. An arbor beautifully embellishes any path or walkway with flowering plants growing up and over it. A pergola takes that idea one step further, creating a scaffolding of overhead wooden beams for your yard, patio or deck that can be used for installing a ceiling fan, hanging plants or flowers, or a sun shade. The gazebo resembles a mini “house,” usually raised from the ground, which can be screened in if desired. Gazebos are wonderful little retreats to enjoy the outdoors while still feeling the comfort of seating and other furniture, along with a roof for keeping out the elements. Raised gardens For the green thumb in the family, raised planter beds decrease the back-breaking work of planting and weeding, while keeping out neighborhood critters. Attach chicken wire or other screening to discourage smaller animals from munching on your garden. Outdoor furnishings

Love to grill and eat outdoors? Why not build your own benches or picnic table? They provide a wonderfully rustic look as well as being sturdy. You can add removable cushions for comfort. Playtime Nothing could be more fun for kids than watching or helping to build a play set, sandbox or treehouse. If kids help, educate kids about safety rules that you follow, such as wearing gloves, goggles and a mask while working with wood. Add privacy and beauty A well-designed stained or painted fence can enhance the look of your garden, patio or deck while adding privacy and keeping out neighborhood animals. A variety of fence styles are available to serve many purposes. From containing pets to providing safety for your children, fences can help block wind and noise, enclose HVAC and trash bin areas and add curb appeal. All you need are posts, pickets and backer rails or fence panels to complete your project. If you’re new to building, start with smaller projects like a trellis or sandbox. Once you’re more confident or have experience, consider larger, more complex projects you’re dreaming about.

Engage the family in brainstorming ideas to make your yard and garden a great place to hang out together. For more information about Ecolife, visit treatedwood.com.

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16 Beall Street, Frostburg, MD $79,900

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1101 Church St Cumberland, MD $74,900

3 bedroom, 1 bath home. Nice Hardwood floors throughout. Basement has the potential to be finished. 1 car garage. Additional lots included, total 0.46 acres.

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11200 Old Mount Pleasant Rd NE, Cumberland, MD $30,000

4 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms in the main house. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom apartment above garage. All original woodwork is still intact. Original, rustic hardwood floors throughout the house. 1.46 acres. Sold AS-IS.

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How agents and sellers can work together (MS) – Selling a home can be stressful. Despite this, 5.51 million existing U.S. homes were sold in 2017, according to data from the National Association of REALTORS®. In many cases, homeowners choose to work with real estate agents to facilitate the process of listing, showing and selling their homes. Real estate agents are valuable assets. Agents have neighborhood knowledge, are educated in pricing trends, can filter phone calls or emails from buyers who aren’t serious, and can organize all of the people necessary for a closing. Real estate agents provide many services that the average person may not have the time nor the experience to handle. When selecting an agent to sell a home, homeowners may not understand that the terms real estate agent and REALTOR® are not interchangeable. Although both must be licensed to sell real estate, the main difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR® is the latter is a member of

the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR ensures that members subscribe to a certain code of ethics. There are many qualified agents, but an agent cannot do his or her job well without some help on the part of the homeowner. These tips can make the process of selling a home go smoothly. • Price the home correctly. Homeowners should trust the agent’s ability to price a home for the market. Everyone wants to get the most money possible, but listing the home for more than it’s worth may cause it to sit unnecessarily for several weeks or months, which could raise red flags among potential buyers. • Market the home. A real estate agent will list the home via a multiple listing service (MLS) on a private website, in newspapers, and wherever else he or she feels is pertinent. Homeowners can share the listing via social media and word of mouth to help increase the chances of selling the home. • Be available. Limiting the time an agent can show the house to potential buy-

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Melanie Pratt Dimaio team honored for top sales The Melanie Pratt Dimaio Real Estate team was recently honored for its high volume of sales for 2018 at the Long and Foster Awards Dinner. The team, known by its moniker “Power of Three,” is led by Melanie Pratt Dimaio, a career Realtor of 24 years who is licensed in Maryland and West Virginia. Joining Melanie are her teammates, Stephanie Pratt, Melanie’s sister, and Patti DeArcangelis. The Melanie Pratt Dimaio team closed just over $7 million of real estate transactions in 2018. Pratt-Dimaio attributes the team success to a combination of factors: 1. Proven track record of being No. 1 Realtor for 10 consecutive years. 2. In-depth Comparative Market Analysis to help sellers understand current market conditions. 3. Constant communication, including feedback after every showing. 4. Skills to navigate inspection issues cost effectively. 5. Free home staging. 6. Designations in Negotiating, Relocation and Staging. 7. Marketing over a variety of websites and social media platforms. “I am so excited to have Patti and Stephanie on my team! I’ve enjoyed training them and am proud of how much they’ve accomplished in their first

year.” Dimaio said. “Stephanie brings patience to the table as her career has been as an educator. Patti has extensive experience in management and is the organizational guru! We share similar values, and believe in following the Golden Rule with our clients and customers.” DeArcangelis said, “It’s been incredible to have Mel as a mentor, sharing her experience as the top producing Realtor for over a decade. I definitely feel her guidance is the key to our success.” Stephanie Pratt believes the team’s success is largely due to recommendations by satisfied clients. “This is a small town, and word spreads quickly,” Stephanie Pratt said. “When you work with the MPD team, you have three people working for you. Phone calls and emails are answered right away, you’re kept in the loop, and thanks to Mel’s 24 years of experience, our advice is spot on. This is serious business, and people appreciate having honest, smart professionals looking out for their best interest.”

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