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If you don't own one already, you may be tempted to purchase a widescreen digital television to enjoy your favourite movies, shows and sports programs. However, it can be difficult to select the right screen size, especially if you've been accustomed to viewing a TV with a traditional 4:3 screen.

 

When it comes to size, there are many factors that come into play, such as screen resolution and personal preference. However, the last thing you want is to purchase an HDTV that is too small for the room, or so big that it dominates the space.

 

Here's a tip:

 

The rule of thumb is to take the distance you'll be sitting from the television and multiple by five to get the screen size you need. So if you'll be sitting eight feet away, you'll want to look at HDTVs with screens that are in the 35-45 inch range.

 

A good electronics dealer can help you make the best choice.

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Tips from a neighborhood watch coordinator


Tip #1 Put your keys beside your bed at night       

  

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, press the panic

button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either

you either turn it off or the car battery dies. It's a security alarm system that you probably already

have and requires no installation! Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house

and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key

fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If someone is trying to break in and

your car alarm goes off.. even the neighbours will be alerted. Criminals won't stick around!


Tip #2 Hold your keys in your hand while walking alone…


The car alarm can work the same way there. In an emergency, such as a heart attack or a fall,

where you can't reach a phone, and no one can hear your voice…you can activate the car alarm

and alert others to the problem. It could save your life, avoid a crime, or sexual abuse.

This message is something that should really be shared with everyone. You could save a life by forwarding this email to your spouse, your children, your neighbours, your parents, …everyone you know. 

 

 
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What's one of the most important rooms in your home? When it comes to selling your property quickly, and for the best price, the answer is clearly the kitchen. In fact, one of the most common explanations a particular buyer gives for not making an offer is, "I liked the house, but I wasn't too keen on the kitchen."

 

That doesn't mean you must do a major renovation. However, you should do what you can to make the kitchen as attractive as possible to buyers.

 

Here are some ideas:

 

First, clear the countertops. Put away the toaster and other items. You want to make the entire countertop area seem as spacious as possible.

 

If the cabinetry is old, you can spruce it up by installing new knobs, handles and other hardware. A fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceiling can also make the kitchen look like it has had a major renovation – and it will only cost you a few hundred dollars. According to an article on the website HDTV.com, "The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware."

 

Replacing the countertops is a more expensive renovation, but it may be worth it if the current counters are old and worn.

 

Finally, when preparing your kitchen for a viewing, make sure it's clean and tidy. The garbage and recycling bins should be empty. Buyers will open cabinets so make sure items on shelves are neatly organized with the front labels facing forward.

 

There are many other ways to make the most important room in your home look great to potential buyers. Call today for more ideas.

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