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Real estate Q&A: Can condo board bar me from using attic?

Q: I live in a two-story condo on the second floor. I have access through a trap door in the ceiling of my unit to the attic. I placed a small deck of plywood and use the space in the attic to store holiday decorations. The fire marshal said it was OK to use the area for noncombustible items. Our board members now say we cannot store anything over our units and they have the authority to insist we remove them no matter what the fire marshal says. I have lived here for years, and the use of our attics was never an issue. Could you please advise me? – Jeanne

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Get ahead of the summer heat with an air conditioner tune-up

With summer's higher temperatures just around the corner, now is the ideal time to schedule an air conditioning tune-up. Early air conditioner maintenance can prevent many small problems from becoming bigger, more expensive problems in the long run. Furthermore, scheduling your air conditioner checkup now will save you the long waits and higher prices that come with peak season heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) repair visits.

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Plumber: Keep an open mind when designing a smaller bathroom

Q: Dear Ed: We are redesigning and remodeling our downstairs half-bath. With limited space to work with, we don't want to overcrowd the area. One of your past articles spoke about benefits of a pedestal sink in a small space. But, we're looking for extra storage as well. Any bathroom fixture recommendations for saving space along with storage?

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Style at Home: How to find your muse

How do you fuel your creativity? What do you do to keep yourself inspired? When it comes to making your home fresh and beautiful, where do you find your ideas? Through the years, I've discovered some failsafe ways to ignite my creative spark. Here are a few of my favorite muses, which not only inspire my decorating but also enrich my life:

How to prevent a home fire in the winter

Home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative
Edward Metz FEMA