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75 Beautiful Kitchen Pictures & Ideas – July, 2020

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Home Improvement Industry Statistics, Trends & Analysis [2020]

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The U.S. home improvement industry is stronger than it has been in over ten years and encompasses the sale of building materials, appliances, décor, and other home enhancements, and the services offered by contractors, tradespeople, and other workers who help to build, install, modify, and upgrade homes. The business of homeownership represents a significant portion of the U.S. economy.

$394B

total home improvement sales in the U.S. in 2018

$680B

forecast revenue for DIY home improvement market in 2025

 5.5%

growth of U.S. home improvement industry in 2019

 68%

consumers who visit home improvement store websites

With a nationwide shortage of housing and record-high home prices, more homeowners prefer to stay in their properties versus move or upgrade to new ones. The deficit doesn’t just affect owner-occupied properties. Rental housing is also increasingly scarce. It’s no wonder that nearly half of American homeowners are living in the first home they

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Get a Pass | U.S. Department of the Interior

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2017 Annual Public Lands Pass2017 Senior Pass

The America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass is your ticket to recreation opportunities on more than 2,000 national parks and other public lands locations. The pass provides you access to public lands managed by six federal agencies: the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Each pass covers entrance fees along with standard amenity and day use fees for up to four adults, including the pass holder. Children age 15 or under are always admitted free. 

There are six different passes that give you access to public lands:

  • Annual Pass: For $80, this pass covers unlimited entrance fees and recreation fees for one full year, beginning from the month of purchase. Learn more about the Annual Public Lands Pass. 
  • Senior
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History of The Department of the Interior

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In 1789 Congress created three Executive Departments: Foreign Affairs (later in the same year renamed State), Treasury, and War. It also provided for an Attorney General and a Postmaster General. Domestic matters were apportioned by Congress among these departments.

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The first Interior Building, 1852 -1917. The Patent Office building, today housing the Smithsonian Institution’s Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American Art, served as DOI headquarters. Photo circa 1890, Library of Congress.

Why was the U.S. Department of the Interior Created?

The idea of setting up a separate department to handle domestic matters was put forward on numerous occasions. It wasn’t until March 3, 1849, the last day of the 30th Congress, that a bill was passed to create the Department of the Interior to take charge of the Nation’s internal affairs:

The Department of Everything Else: Highlights of Interior History.

The Interior Department had a wide range of

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Kent Homes for Sale: Kent, WA Real Estate

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Kent Real Estate Listings & Homes for Sale

Research Kent real estate market trends and find homes for sale. Search for new homes, open houses, recently sold homes and reduced price real estate in Kent.

Home Prices in Kent

The asking price of homes for sale in Kent has since June last year, while the number of homes for sale has See more Kent Home Prices & Values.

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Larry Craig scandal – Wikipedia

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Craig’s official Senate Portrait.

The Larry Craig scandal was an incident that began on June 11, 2007, with the arrest of Craig, who at the time was a Republican United States Senator from Idaho, for lewd conduct in a men’s restroom at the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport. Craig later entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct on August 8.[1]

As a result of the controversy surrounding his arrest, subsequent guilty plea, and pressure from his fellow Republicans,[2][3][4] Craig announced his intention to resign from the Senate at a news conference on September 1, which was to become effective on September 30. After Craig’s efforts to withdraw his guilty plea failed, on October 4, he released a statement refusing to resign from the Senate. Craig did not run for re-election in 2008 and the incident effectively ended his political career.

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Capture Your Share of Sales as Consumers Rely More on Digital

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Over the course of a few short months, COVID-19 has dramatically accelerated the growth and adoption of ecommerce for the home improvement industry.

With consumers spending more time at home than ever before — and noticing more projects that need to get done — the category is primed for sustained growth, even in a challenged economy. The Home Depot and Lowe’s have seen solid gains during national lockdowns, largely through their ecommerce sites.

The Home Depot disclosed that online sales rose in the “meaningful triple digits” toward the end of its most recent quarter; Lowe’s was keeping pace.

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Florida Home Improvement Grants Can Help You!

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Need home repairs? You can get Florida home improvement grants to help you repair your home even if you can’t afford the costly fixes right now! We found ways to help you get your home updated for little to no cost!

Get more information on home repair grants right here.

Get free Florida home improvement grants.

The USDA Florida home improvement grants could help you make your home better. You can use the grants for repairs to upgrade the home and also to make it safer.

Florida’s weatherization program might not be able to help you fix everything that’s wrong with your home, but it can help you make valuable upgrades to the energy efficiency of your home. The program helps homeowners who qualify by upgrading insulation and flooring to make the home more energy efficient.

The Florida low-income emergency home repair program could help you if you need home

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5 Best Interior Paint Options, According to DIYers

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Whether you plan on painting walls, furnishings, cabinets, or trim, you’ll need a quality interior paint to achieve good-looking, long-lasting results. But the sheer variety of interior paints on offer at home centers and hardware stores can be confusing. Purchasing the wrong one could negatively impact the ease, speed, and durability of your project and even impair indoor air quality. Use these shopping tips and recommendations—based on satisfied consumers’ reviews—to find the best interior paint for the job.

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Important Qualities in Interior Paints

Weigh these factors in any paint product to avoid common pitfalls:

Best Interior Paint Options According to Happy DIYers

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  • Suitability for the surface: Interior paints come in a few varieties: acrylic or latex (water-based), alkyd (oil-based), and newer water-based alkyd varieties that perform like oil paints but emit less harmful fumes. Choose the variety that holds up best on the surface you plan
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