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Help for Startups Help for Startups

By Malcolm Rivers

New Leaf Legal offers legal and business services to clients who own or would like to own their own businesses in a unique and cost effective way. Keep reading to find out more!

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The Best-Kept Secret to Great Pizza: Featuring Plymouth House of Pizza The Best-Kept Secret to Great Pizza: Featuring Plymouth House of Pizza

By Malcolm Rivers

Owner Jacob Pappas is known to greet everyone by name, making time to talk to his customers and get to know them. The restaurant also hosts a fun, kid-friendly jam session on Friday nights. "A lot of people come to the House of Pizza not just for the good food or the great bargain but because of Jake and his personality."

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For Chocolate Lovers Only For Chocolate Lovers Only

By Malcolm Rivers

Purefections is a Quincy original and an chocolate lover's dream: a chocolate store featuring the finest Belgian chocolate!

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Green Auto Services in Somerville Green Auto Services in Somerville

By Malcolm Rivers

Mike's Automotive Services is a superb, eco-friendly business in Somerville, Massachusetts. Keep reading to find out more!

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Charlestown at a Glance Charlestown at a Glance

By Malcolm Rivers

Charlestown is a neighborhood in Boston, MA that has been immortalized in literature, film, and American history. What follows is a look at the neighborhood's history, culture, landmarks and current real estate realities. Keep reading to find out more!

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Tips for Sharing a Bathroom Tips for Sharing a Bathroom

By Malcolm Rivers

Sharing is tough. Sharing bathrooms is tougher. What follows are some thoughts on how to share a restroom with roommates or family. Keep reading to find out more!

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Tips for Creating a Workout Room Tips for Creating a Workout Room

By Malcolm Rivers

Training or workout rooms are a great use of space for active folks. Keep reading for some ideas about how to set up a training or workout room!

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Tips for Sharing a Laundry Room Tips for Sharing a Laundry Room

By Malcolm Rivers

Sharing a laundry room can be really cool or a huge pain. What follows are some tips for making it work. Keep reading to find out more!

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Cooking Efficiency Tips Cooking Efficiency Tips

By Malcolm Rivers

Cooking efficiently is a good way to minimize time wasted, conserve money and enjoy homemade deliciousness. What follows are some ideas for using your cooking time, resources and energy more efficiently. Keep reading to find out more!

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The Basics of Setting Up a Home Office The Basics of Setting Up a Home Office

By Malcolm Rivers

A home office can be a great way to use an extra room and can increase productivity. What follows are some ideas for setting up a home office in your living space. Keep reading to find out more!

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Inviting New Roommates Inviting New Roommates

By Malcolm Rivers

Relationships are important. The best relationships; with love interests, friends are anyone else; begin with strong starts. Relationships with people with whom you cohabitate are crucial. Read more to find out how to welcome a new person into your home!

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DVD Storage Basics DVD Storage Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Movies are amazing. Though Netflix, Hulu and the like have helped spur the rise of the online movie catalog, dvd's are still ubiquitous. What follows are some ways to arrange them more effectively. Keep reading to find out more!

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Surround Sound Basics Surround Sound Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Surround sound is one of the most fun ways to immerse yourself in your entertainment experience. What follows are some tips for setting up your sound system.

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Water Usage Efficiency Water Usage Efficiency

By Malcolm Rivers

Water may be ubiquitous but that doesn't mean it's free. What follows are some tips for using less water; saving the planet and saving yourself some money.

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Energy Efficiency: Heating Energy Efficiency: Heating

By Malcolm Rivers

Being efficient with your energy is important. Keeping your house warm is important, keeping your house warm while taking care of the planet and your finances is crucial. Keep reading to find out more!

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Being Energy Efficient: Electricity Being Energy Efficient: Electricity

By Malcolm Rivers

Being energy efficient is a good way to take care of your finances, your house, and the planet. What follows are some ways to be energy efficient with your electricity, keep reading to find out more!

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Artwork Part 2: Installing Artwork Part 2: Installing

By Malcolm Rivers

Choosing and installing artwork isn't always easy for the uninitiated. What follows are some ideas for installing paintings as part 2 of a 2 part series on artwork in the home. Keep reading to find out more!

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Artwork Part 1: Choosing Artwork Part 1: Choosing

By Malcolm Rivers

Choosing and installing artwork isn't always easy for the uninitiated. What follows are some ideas for picking paintings as part 1 of a 2 part series on artwork in the home. Keep reading to find out more!

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Setting Up Your Coffee Table Setting Up Your Coffee Table

By Malcolm Rivers

Coffee tables can, for those who pay attention to such things, say a lot about the inhabitants of a home or apartment. What follows are some ideas for how to set up a coffee table that says everything you want it to. Keep reading and find out more!

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Preparing for Visiting Relatives Preparing for Visiting Relatives

By Malcolm Rivers

Ah, your relatives. Love 'em or loathe 'em; they're still coming for Christmas. What follows are some thoughts about how to prepare for the day the in-laws darken your doors. So keep reading (or don't) but they're still coming so you might as well.

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Lighting Your Living Room Up Right! Lighting Your Living Room Up Right!

By Malcolm Rivers

Your living room can (and should) be the centerpiece of your home or apartment. Inside, we offer some tips on keeping it well-lit and looking its best. Keep reading to find out more!

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How to Set Up a Backyard Tire Swing How to Set Up a Backyard Tire Swing

By Malcolm Rivers

Tire swings can be a fun part of recreating what many of us loved about our childhoods for others. What follows are some thoughts about how to set up a tire swing in your backyard. Keep reading!

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Garbage Disposal Basics Garbage Disposal Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Garbage disposals are useful, ubiquitous and make strange smells down our drains disappear with a slightly metallic whirring sound. What follows are some tips for using them to their fullest potentials. Keep reading!

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How to Choose and Use Window Blinds How to Choose and Use Window Blinds

By Malcolm Rivers

Blinds can get tangled and then mangled if not handled properly. What follows are some ways to find the right blinds for your home or apartment and keep them from getting messed up. Keep reading to find out more!

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Bicycle Storage Basics Bicycle Storage Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Bicycles are a popular option for people living in both urban and suburban areas. Bikes, however, can be unwieldy and storage can be difficult. What follows are some ideas for storing bikes in a home or apartment. Keep reading to find out more!

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Setting Up an Internet Connected TV Setting Up an Internet Connected TV

By Malcolm Rivers

Its possible to run the internet through your TV at this point. What follows are some tips on how to set up your TV to browse the internet. Keep reading to find out more!

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Laptop Maintenance Basics Laptop Maintenance Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Laptops are ubiquitous at this point in our culture and despite their prevalence, they're still pretty expensive and mostly fragile. What follows are some ideas for taking care of your favorite piece of technology. Keep reading and prevent those keys from gumming up!

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Remodeling Your Basement Apartment Remodeling Your Basement Apartment

By Malcolm Rivers

Basement apartments can be enjoyable and/or lucrative depending on your purpose for furnishing them. What follows are some ideas for successfully remodeling your basement apartment to make it more comfortable.

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How to Install a Metal Fence How to Install a Metal Fence

By Malcolm Rivers

Metal fences are functional and can be as visually appealing as wooden fences. What follows is a discussion of how to install metal fences around your home or apartment. Keep reading to find out more!

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Installing a Wooden Fence Installing a Wooden Fence

By Malcolm Rivers

White picket fences are part and parcel of the American dream. What follows are some tips for installing a wooden fence on your property. Keep reading and live the dream!

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Dehumidifier Basics Dehumidifier Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

A dehumidifier is useful in a variety of situations. What follows are some circumstances during which you may need a dehumidifier in your home or apartment. Keep reading to find out more!

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Home Decoration for Guys Home Decoration for Guys

By Malcolm Rivers

Decorating a home or an apartment can be tough. Decorating it while maintaining a style and setup that is comfortable for a guy can be even tougher. What follows are some ideas for decorating your home or apartment without sacrificing your manhood (proverbially!)

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The Basics of Living with Pets: Dogs The Basics of Living with Pets: Dogs

By Malcolm Rivers

Pets can bring a lot to the life of your home or apartment. What follows are some tips and ideas about how to live with dogs as pets. Keep reading to find out more!

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How to Live with Pets: Cats How to Live with Pets: Cats

By Malcolm Rivers

Cats are lovely animals but living with them can be complicated. What follows are some tips for keeping your place well maintained and your cat healthy and happy. Keep reading to find out more!

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Living with Pets: Reptiles and Amphibians Living with Pets: Reptiles and Amphibians

By Malcolm Rivers

Pets can bring light to our lives. Different pets require different types of care and accommodations to fit into our various lifestyles. What follows are some tips and ideas for taking care of amphibians and reptiles. Keep reading to find out more!

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Planning for Your Backyard Barbeque Planning for Your Backyard Barbeque

By Malcolm Rivers

Barbeques in the summer can be fun and are useful for family functions and for networking as well. Hosting barbeques and other social events in your backyard does require some knowledge of what to do and how to do it so what follows are some tips for making the most of your backyard space this summer. Read on to find out more!

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Door Types (and Their Uses) Door Types (and Their Uses)

By Malcolm Rivers

Doors do some fairly simple things: they allow or prevent entry and access. There are, however, different types of doors and it is these differences, both in form and in function, that can be significant. Keep reading to find out more!

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Tips for Hassle Free Moving Tips for Hassle Free Moving

By Malcolm Rivers

Moving can be one of the least enjoyable processes to undertake. There are many steps, it can be physically and mentally draining, and frequently it ends up being much more expensive than expected. What follows are some tips for moving without hating it. Read(and then pack!)

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Handling Hedges Handling Hedges

By Malcolm Rivers

Hedges protect your yard from nosy neighbors, cavorting kids, or that dog in your area that loves to leave presents on everyone's lawn. They are also important parts of your yard's decor. Inside, we offer tips on how to maintain them. Keep reading to find out more!

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Keeping Kids Safe In the Kitchen Keeping Kids Safe In the Kitchen

By Malcolm Rivers

Kitchens can be hazardous places. What follows are some ideas for keeping children safe in that context. Keep reading to find out how to use basic tips to protect your young ones.

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House Flipping Basics House Flipping Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Flipping houses, especially given the current real estate market, can be complex and misunderstood. What follows are some of the basic pieces that you need to know when considering flipping a house. Keep reading!

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Floor Maintenance Basics Floor Maintenance Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Different types of floors have different maintenance needs. What follows is some information about how to maintain these three different types of floors. Keep reading to find out more!

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Interest Rate Basics Interest Rate Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

As with any type of loan, interest rates are a crucial part of your mortgage and the overall home buying process. What follows are some ideas relevant to understanding and using interest rates to benefit yourself and your family. Keep reading!

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Weatherproofing Your Deck Weatherproofing Your Deck

By Malcolm Rivers

Your deck can be a large part of your social and family life. What follows are some tips for keeping your deck looking good as new. Keep reading and protect the deck!

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Disaster Insurance Basics Disaster Insurance Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Natural disasters can be devastating to your home or your apartment. They can endanger your family, threaten your livelihood or do significant damage to your living quarters. Inside, we offer information on how to insure against natural disaster events. Keep reading!

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Storage Setup Basics  Storage Setup Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Arranging your closet or closets can save space, help increase efficiency and save you time and money. What follows are some ideas for arranging your closet to make the most out of the space.

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Subprime Mortgage Crisis Basics Subprime Mortgage Crisis Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

The subprime mortgage crisis is an event which has been discussed, evaluated, lamented and addressed in a variety of media to the point of being cliched. What follows is some basic, important information about this cultural and economic phenomenon. Keep reading!

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Double Hung Windows and Bay Windows: Pros and Cons Double Hung Windows and Bay Windows: Pros and Cons

By Malcolm Rivers

There are a variety of types of windows that you can install in your home or apartment. What follows are some thoughts about the pros and cons of some of the more popular window types.

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3 Steps for Setting Up a Home Garden 3 Steps for Setting Up a Home Garden

By Malcolm Rivers

Home gardens can be beautiful and functional. What follows are some thoughts on how to set up a space in your yard to start a garden. Read on!

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How to Choose a Landscaper How to Choose a Landscaper

By Malcolm Rivers

The folks who work on your lawn are crucial for making sure that it looks the way you want it to. What follows are some thoughts on the characteristics you need to look for when hiring someone to work on your lawn.

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5 Must Have Kitchen Appliances 5 Must Have Kitchen Appliances

By Malcolm Rivers

A kitchen is an important place in your home or apartment. Cooking your own food can be cost effective, quick, efficient, clean and healthy. With the help of these appliances, you can make your kitchen more efficient, and more helpful to you and your family. Read up!

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How To Choose a Domestic Worker How To Choose a Domestic Worker

By Malcolm Rivers

Domestic workers have responsibility for the cleanliness of your home or apartment. They keep your home clean and, given their access to it, safe. What follows are some considerations of how to choose someone to hire.

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Carpet Care Basics Carpet Care Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Carpeting in your home or apartment can be comforting and elegant. Carpeting can also be a difficult to maintain, easy to make a mess of and a collosal hassle. What follows are some ideas for keeping the carpets in your home or apartment clean and beautiful.

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Hardwood Floor Care Basics Hardwood Floor Care Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Hardwood flooring can be expensive to own and to maintain. If you're not careful with its maintenance, it can go from an elegant decor choice to a drain on your bank account. What follows are some ideas for taking care of your hardwood flooring, so pay attention!

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Bathroom Cleaning Basics Bathroom Cleaning Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Bathrooms are places where messy things happen. The rooms themselves, though, don't have to be messy. What follows are some tips for keeping one of the few completely essential rooms in your home or apartment clean. Read and keep it clean!

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Light Bulb Types Light Bulb Types

By Malcolm Rivers

There are a variety of types of light bulbs with different properties, costs, benefits and usages in your home, apartment or business. What follows is some information about different types of light bulbs and their properties and usages.

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The Basics of Maintaining Your Plumbing The Basics of Maintaining Your Plumbing

By Malcolm Rivers

Plumbing is integral to a variety of vital functions in a home or apartment. In a nutshell, it does two basic, essential things. It brings water into your residence, allowing you to drink, clean and use water, and it also takes out water you don't; like water from your shower after you've washed, waste water from your sinks and toilets, etc. Inside, we offer some basics on maintaining your plumbing, read and learn!

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How to Clean and Maintain A Dishwasher How to Clean and Maintain A Dishwasher

By Malcolm Rivers

Dishwashers are important, crucial for basic home maintenance unless you're interested in washing all of your dishes by hand in your sink. What follows are some tips for maintaining the dishwasher in your home. Read on and keep 'em clean!

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Living (Sanely) With Your In-laws Living (Sanely) With Your In-laws

By Malcolm Rivers

On this most patriotic of holidays, replete with barbeques and fireworks displays shared with family and friends, living and interacting with the people from your significant others side of the family might be difficult. Inside, we offer some tips for keeping the household from imploding and living (relatively) peacefully with your in-laws. Read up!

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The Basics of Home Electrical Wiring The Basics of Home Electrical Wiring

By Malcolm Rivers

The wiring in your home or apartment controls the electronics that you use and enables their usage. Inside, we highlight some of the basics of installing and maintaining the electrical wiring in your home

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Creative Ways to Utilize Your Attic and Basement Creative Ways to Utilize Your Attic and Basement

By Malcolm Rivers

Attics and basements are frequently the lost spaces in homes and apartments. Sometimes used as catchalls or junk space areas, attics and basements are some of the most versatile areas in a home and what follows are some ideas about how to use them in some more original ways.

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The Basics of Tiling Your Home The Basics of Tiling Your Home

By Malcolm Rivers

When done right, tiling can end up looking elegant, being functional and result in a great part of what makes your home unique. When done wrong, tiling can be a nightmarish home improvement project, lacking in functionality and sticking out as an eyesore. What follows are some basics that can assist you in tiling areas in your home.

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Burglar Proofing Your Home Burglar Proofing Your Home

By Malcolm Rivers

Protecting your home from burglars is important to keeping your family and your valuables safe. What follows is an examination of some of the measures you can take to keep things in your home safe and sound, read up!

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The Basics of Subletting The Basics of Subletting

By Malcolm Rivers

Subletting your apartment can be a complex process and many people go in without considering what's worth assessing. What follows are some things to consider when considering subletting an apartment.

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Living (Sanely) With your Significant Other Living (Sanely) With your Significant Other

By Malcolm Rivers

Moving in with someone you love can be a huge step in your relationship. It can also be a very difficult and dangerous process for your relationship. What follows are some tips for avoiding disaster, for you personally and for your relationship.

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Protecting Your Home From Fires Protecting Your Home From Fires

By Malcolm Rivers

Fire safety should be a priority for any homeowner or renter, especially those with children in the home. Use these fire safety tips to keep your home safe from the menace of fires.

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3 Simple DIY Repairs and Projects 3 Simple DIY Repairs and Projects

By Malcolm Rivers

Home repair and Do It Yourself (DIY) projects can be great ways to improve life in your home or apartment and to save money on things that you shouldn't have to pay someone else to do for you. What follows are 3 projects and home repairs which you should learn, if you don't know already, to do for yourself.

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Choosing Where to Live in College: Dorms or Apartments Choosing Where to Live in College: Dorms or Apartments

By Malcolm Rivers

College students have a lot to consider; what to study, what kinds of extracurriculars to pursue, what kind of job opportunities to aim for and many other issues. What follows are some ideas to help address a logistical question; where is best for a college student to live?

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Preparing Your Home for a New Baby Preparing Your Home for a New Baby

By Malcolm Rivers

Having a new baby in the home can be complicated. As they grow, babies become little explorers who have no idea what things are and are very curious about them. They tend to explore by touching things or putting things in their mouths which is, needless to say, dangerous in a house full of cleaning chemicals, kitchen knives and electrical outlets! Inside, we offer tips on how to prepare your home for his or her arrival.

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DIY Home Repair: Skills and Tools DIY Home Repair: Skills and Tools

By Malcolm Rivers

Repairing things in your house is a useful skill, one that can save you time, money, hassle and even make your house more attractive and safer. What follows are some of the basic tools and basic skills necessary to get you started taking on home repair projects.

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Transitioning from College to the Real World: from Dorms to Renting Transitioning from College to the Real World: from Dorms to Renting

By Malcolm Rivers

College is a great time to be alive. Entering the real world, where all of your friends aren't in walking distance and class isn't at two in the afternoon, can be a tremendous challenge. Inside, we offer some basic pieces of the puzzle that are worth considering when making that huge step from the college campus into renting in the real world.

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Dealing with Pests in Your Home Dealing with Pests in Your Home

By Malcolm Rivers

Pests, rodents and insects can have a negative effect on quality of life, property value and even the health and safety of those living in a home or apartment. Inside, we offer some tips on how to deal with pests, both independently and with the help of professionals.

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Multi-Generational Housing Multi-Generational Housing

By Malcolm Rivers

Multi-generational housing is becoming much more common in recent years. Living with larger groups of family can be economical, efficient and enjoyable for your family. What follows is some basic information and potential pros and cons of multi-generational housing arrangements.

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Five Great Places to Live in Southern Massachusetts Five Great Places to Live in Southern Massachusetts

By Malcolm Rivers

Massachusetts is a state with incredible history, diversity, culture and modern attractions. Though known for city hubs like Boston, Massachusetts also boasts some interesting and dynamic cities in the south. Inside, we spotlight five great places to live in southern Massachusetts, cities that offer a variety of interesting elements to potential residents and visitors.

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Brockton at a Glance Brockton at a Glance

By Malcolm Rivers

Known as the City of Champions, Brockton is rich in history and tradition, and stands out as one of the most popular and growing cities in New England. Inside, we take a closer look at Brockton's origins and history, and spotlight what makes Brockton such a fascinating place to this day. Keep reading to find out more!

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Choosing the Right One: 5 Things to Ask About When Choosing a Contractor for Your Home Choosing the Right One: 5 Things to Ask About When Choosing a Contractor for Your Home

By Malcolm Rivers

Choosing a contractor is a significant aspect of home improvement and repair. Wisely considering your options and knowing what to ask about can mean the difference between a costly, poorly executed nightmare and smooth sailing through furnishing and fixing significant pieces of your house. Inside, we highlight five pieces of the puzzle worth considering when choosing someone to work in your most sacred place; your family home.

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Improving Your Credit Score for Mortgage Application Improving Your Credit Score for Mortgage Application

By Malcolm Rivers

When considering applying for a mortgage, many factors can influence your decision. No matter which type of options you choose to examine or pursue, your credit scores will play a big part in whether you receive preapproval or not. Use these tips to improve your credit and your potential mortgage options.

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Oil and Gas: Choosing the Best Heating Option for Your Home Oil and Gas: Choosing the Best Heating Option for Your Home

By Malcolm Rivers

Heating your home during the winter can be expensive and deciding on the best option for your home is increasingly complex. Inside, we offer some issues and ideas to consider when choosing how to keep your home warm and comfortable this winter

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Evaluating 3 Mortgage Types: Conventional, FHA and VA Evaluating 3 Mortgage Types: Conventional, FHA and VA

By Malcolm Rivers

You have several financing options available when considering purchasing a home, and potential borrowers should always compare different lenders and the options and services they offer. Inside, we provide an overview of three different types of mortgages and what they bring to the table

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Malcolm Rivers is a Staff Writer at Mass Realty.

Harvard University, B.A. George Mason University, M.A.

In 2005, Malcolm attended Harvard University where he received his Bachelors of Arts degree in African American Studies, with a secondary concentration in Government. With both interests in politics and education, Malcolm has worked for Teach For America multiple times throughout his college career. Graduating in 2009, Malcolm pursued his Masters Degree at George Mason University where he studied Elementary Education, a program which was sponsored by Teach For America. He now works as an elementary school educator in Washington, D.C. where he teaches the fourth grade. He teaches everything from mathematics, and english, to science and social studies. In his spare time, he writes articles for MassRealty.