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<ul><li><p>Get your home ready for Summer!AgriShop Ace Hardware</p><p>308 W Main St, Auburn, WA 98001</p><p>20%off**Any one regular price product </p><p>under $50, excludes sale items, power equipment &amp; tools, parts &amp; gift cards.</p><p>May 27th through June 30th, 2016</p><p>253.833.0870www.agrishopace.com</p><p>1608035</p><p>HOMEIMPROVEMENT</p><p>May 27, 2016</p><p>A special advertizing section to the Kent and Auburn Reporters</p><p>(Family Features) Whether youve just bought a new home or youre looking to refresh your familiar abode, chances are good you have a laundry list of home-improvement projects to accomplish. </p><p>From aesthetic upgrades (like replacing the laminate fl oors in the kitchen with patterned tile) to practical necessities (like removing the tree roots from the sewage pipes) there is no shortage of projects for homeowners to tackle.With so much to do, home-improvement projects can feel overwhelming. Rely on research tools such as YP.com and these fi ve tips from home blogger and author Justina Blakeney to help you get started.</p><p>TIMING IS EVERYTHING. Prioritize projects by needs, not wants. Blakeney advises making sure important projects like functioning air-conditioning are set before tackling less crucial ones like popcorn ceilings. Create a list of all of the things on your wish list. Then start with the most timely matters and work your way down the list. Be realistic with your goals and always factor in 20 percent more money and time than you think the project will take. This way you leave some leeway for any </p><p>unexpected issues that may arise.DIY OR HIRE AN EXPERT? </p><p>Some projects are simple enough to DIY, like swapping out the greenery in the yard. But other projects, like installing solar panels or getting a new water heater, may be outside your wheelhouse and better handled by experts. Honestly assess your own level of expertise, permit requirements and local regulations, your budget, your timeline and ultimate goals before deciding whether to DIY or hire an expert. Whether you need a personal organizer or a painter, a foundation specialist or a handyman, if you decide an expert is the way to go, ask friends for referrals and then head online to check business information and dig a little deeper before getting a project bid.</p><p>GET ORGANIZED. Doing your homework before starting out on a project can help speed things up later on. Create a mybook collection at YP.com of professionals you will be working with and all the stores you will source materials from. Youll have all of the info in one place for follow-ups, and its easy to share the info with friends once they start asking for recommendations. Also get a clear breakdown of all elements involved </p><p>in each project, how much each step will cost and deadlines for each step along the way. A clear plan of action will help keep the budget and timeline in check.</p><p>GET SAVVY. One of the best ways to save time and money is to fi nd things second hand. Thrift shops, salvage shops and fl ea markets are great places to fi nd furniture, appliances and hardware on the cheap. Or, repurpose items you already own by moving them to a different room or by painting them different colors. Explore all of your options and resources before going </p><p>out and spending that hard-earned cash.</p><p>JUST GET STARTED. Its OK to start small. Swap out the old hardware on your kitchen cabinets or fi x the broken brick on your patio. Just start somewhere and build your way up to the larger stuff. If youre feeling paralyzed, try setting and accomplishing one small home-improvement goal every week.</p><p>To begin researching a project for your home, visit YP.com or look for the YPSM app in the App Store for iPhone and through Google Play for Android.</p><p>Tackling a Home Improvement Project</p></li><li><p>2016 HOMEimprovement2 May 27, 2016</p><p>(Family Features) If youre voting Democrat this fall, youre more likely than your Republican-voting counterparts to spend the extra money to hire a professional for your home projects. </p><p>Political affiliations have a tendency to directly affect attitudes and decision-making regarding home repair </p><p>and improvement projects, according to the findings of a recent HomeAdvisor survey. But with improving labor and real estate markets - and an upcoming presidential election - how does partisan thinking factor into home improvement? </p><p>As it turns out, home improvement spending </p><p>crosses political lines. According to HomeAdvisors 2016 True Cost Report, all homeowners - Democrats and Republicans alike - are focusing on remodeling, routine maintenance and repair, and energy and security projects. </p><p>In fact, in the last 12 months the number of homeowners who </p><p>reported completion of two home maintenance and repair projects increased nearly 12 percent. Additionally, many homeowners said they expect to increase spending on major home improvement projects in 2016. </p><p>So whats with the bi-partisan boom? </p><p>We attribute this rise to the shrinking housing inventories and increasing home prices, which provide equity for homeowners to boost the enjoyment and monetary values of their existing properties, said Leah Ingram, HomeAdvisors cost advisor.</p><p>While Republicans and Democrats are both spending money to improve their homes, its how theyre spending it thats different. According to the survey, Republican homeowners are nearly 20 percent more likely than Democrat homeowners to complete home projects when they think it will be too expensive to hire a professional. Further, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to hire professionals and perform project-related research - and theyre also willing to pay 1.5 times as much as Republicans on home maintenance and repair projects.</p><p>Republicans and Democrats may differ politically, but due to an upswing in the U.S. labor and real estate markets, its a fact that bi-partisan home improvement spending is on the rise. For more information, visit homeadvisor.com.</p><p>Home Remodeling Politics</p><p>Photo courtesy of Getty Images</p></li><li><p>2016 HOMEimprovement May 27, 2016 3 </p><p>Over 1OO,OOO tile options, and well KHOS\RXQGWKH</p><p>perfect one.Our new retail showroom is open to homeowners, designers, and contractors.</p><p>Stop by to see thousands of products: from durable lOORTILESTOSLEEKSHOWERtiles, from decorative accents FORKITCHENBACKSPLASHESTObeautiful granite, marble, and quartz for your countertops...</p><p>We offer complimentary in-store design assistance and professional installation advice. </p><p>Whether you plan to install YOURNEWSHOWERlOORORBACKSPLASHYOURSELFORIFyoure just supervising, we have the experience and THEKNOWLEDGETOGUIDEYOUthrough your project!</p><p>&amp;ACEBOOKCOM4ILE,INES</p><p>4WITTERCOM4ILE,INES</p><p>0INTERESTCOM4ILE,INES</p><p>(OUZZCOM0RO4ILE,INES</p><p>4ILE,INES</p><p>253.872.0449 </p><p>1531 Central Ave SKent, WA 98032</p><p>Open MonFri 7:305:30,Sat 95 </p><p>INFO 4ILE,INESCOM4ILE,INESCOM Auburn</p><p>S 277th St</p><p>S Kent Des Moines RdWillis St</p><p>HW</p><p>Y 167</p><p>#ENTRAL!</p><p>VE3%6ALLEY(WYRD!</p><p>VE3</p><p>Downtown Kent</p><p>1612188</p><p>Welcome to Tile LinesWhat project are you working on?</p><p>Were a family-owned retail tile and stone showroom located in Kent, Washington. We provide a wide range of quality products to homeowners, designers, and contractors from Seattle, Tacoma, Kent, Renton, Auburn, Federal Way, and the greater King County area. We have a great selection of porcelain tiles, granite and marble tile for floors and countertops, travertine tiles for showers, floors, and backsplash projects. We can help you order solid surface countertops in granite, marble, and quartz. We have many decorative glass, metal, and stone tile and mosaic options on display. In-store designers can assist with ideas and product selection and answer many installation-related questions. We stock many installation supplies, including thinset mortar and grout, as well as shower waterproofing kits such as Wedi and Schluter Kerdi.Unlike the big box home improvement stores, we deal exclusively with tile and tile products; so we have consistently better selection, better information, and better customer service. Stop by today and see whats in store!</p><p>Start your Project &amp; Get Inspired!Allow us to guide you through your next tile or countertop project! Whether you </p><p>need a kitchen countertop with a coordinating backsplash or are replacing your bathtub with a walk-in shower, we can provide installation advice, design assistance, and one of the biggest selections of tile and stone in the Northwest.</p><p>We offer complementary design assistance! Our talented staff can help you choose the right tiles, countertops, and decorative pieces to fit your style and your home. We also have numerous in-store design boards, product samples, and idea books that can help with the design process.</p><p>Frequently Asked Questions about our Products:</p><p>Why cant I buy any products on your website? Tile and stone can look extremely different on a computer screen thanthey doin real life. We strongly recommend you see the color and feel the texture of a tile in person before buying. Choosing a product that youll live with for 10+ years without seeing it in person is like buying a new car without taking it for a test drive!We may, in the future, sell non-design items such as thinset and tools on our website and have them available for delivery or in-store pick-up. Subscribe to our quarterly email newsletter, to keep up to date on our latest website and product developments.</p><p>I found a tile/stone at another store. Can you order it for me? More often than not, yes! We work with over 30 different tile distributors, hundreds of tile manufacturers, and can orderover 100,000tile and stone products. Contact us with the name of the product and when and where you saw it, and well be able to tell you if we can get it and how much it would cost.However, if a man-made product has been discontinued, is exclusive to another retailer (such as a Home Depot or Lowes), or is unavailable in our region, we might not be able to order it.When looking for natural stone products from several different sources; so even ifCompany A stopped carryinga product, Company Bmight still have it.We always recommendseeing a sample of the current batchofanynatural stone material in person, due to the high variation inherent in the product. The stone sample you sawthree months ago might look very different from a current sample from the exact same company or quarry.</p><p>I have a tile Im trying to match, can you help? Well certainly try! At least once a week, a homeowner comes to us with a broken piece of tile from a damaged shower or an old floor and asks if we can order it or something like it.Occasionally, we can track down the manufacturer and order more of the exact same tile. But if the tile is out of production or completely unavailable, well let you know up front and recommend alternatives.</p><p>Submitted by Darrell Helbling, owner of Tile Lines, website www.tilelines.com.</p></li><li><p>2016 HOMEimprovement4 May 27, 2016</p><p>HUGE SEASONAL SAVINGSON WINDOWS AND ALL NEW SIDING!</p><p>WINDOWS SUNROOMS SIDING ROOFING HOME EXTERIORS</p><p>BUY TWOWINDOWS, GET ONE FREE!*</p><p>NO MONEY DOWN, PAYMENTS OR INTERESTFOR 18 MONTHS!**</p><p>YOU DONT HAVE TO PAY A PENNY UNTIL SUMMER 2017</p><p>ACT NOW!</p><p>PLUS!</p><p>ACT NOW! OFFER EXPIRESJUNE 30TH</p><p>** 18 month no interest promotion window beginning with the fi rst transaction. 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They know what has worked well for other homeowners in your area, and that perspective can be valuable in helping you confidently purchase the right mower for your lawn.</p><p>With that in mind, Finkner offers some factors to consider when choosing a new mower.</p><p> The area: How much lawn will you be mowing? A walk-behind mower is a good choice for properties of 1/2 acre or less. If gate access isnt an issue, a large walk-behind or stand-on machine can be better. For larger properties, a zero-turn riding mower or stand-on riding mower can make lawn care easier and give you more free time.</p><p> The landscaping: Is your landscaping fairly straightforward or is mowing complicated by lawn furniture, a kids area, flowerbeds or lawn art? If so, </p><p>maneuverability is an increasingly important factor. You may want to consider a zero-turn rider, which allows you to mow closer to lawn features with greater control. This can save you considerable time on trim work.</p><p> Your budget: Narrow down your mower search by deciding on your budget range in advance. Some manufacturers and retailers offer financing options that can help you more easily afford the right mower for your property.</p><p> Fueling up: One of the most basic decisions youll make when purchasing a new mower is fuel type. Propane offers reduced operating costs and an up to 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when compared to gasoline-powered mowers. However, gasoline remains a popular fuel option due to its ready availability. Options such as electronic fuel injection can increase fuel economy and optimize performance for varying environmental conditions. And diesel-powered mowers are a popular choice for parks and municipal mowing crews.</p><p> Your search: Free online resources can help you dial in to the best mower for your lawn. You can filter your search on criteria such as fuel type, cutting deck size, price </p><p>range and payment range. To research mower options, visit www.Exmark.com.</p><p>For more resources and tips on lawn mower selection, visit www.blog.exmark.com.</p><p>You can get your lawn into tiptop shape in less time by choosing the right mower. Do the research up-front and you can be confident your investment will save you energy on lawn care for years to come.</p><p>Tips for Picking the Right Lawn Mower</p></li><li><p>Call Jeff at 206-799-5040 www.JeffHeissP...</p></li></ul>