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Smart Picks for Spring Home Improvements

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 13, 2013) - Spring is the time to clean up and clear out, and it also marks the official start of home-selling season. "Home prices have stabilized across much of the country, and many Americans will be preparing their homes to show this spring," says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit. "Lots of small touches can make a big difference in everyday livability and cosmetic appeal."

Kraeutler and co-host Leslie Segrete offer the following tips for spring spruce-ups.

Strong, even patching in one step
"Repair a wall three times faster with 3M Patch Plus Primer," says Segrete. "It combines spackling and primer for a strong, even patch in just one step, and once it's dry, you can paint right over it." 3M Patch Plus Primer won't shrink, crack or flash, and keeps a firm hold on nails and screws. Learn more at http://www.3MDIY.com.

Tame lawns and tackle overgrowth
"This season, tame your lawn and tackle weedy overgrowth with the Black & Decker 36V Cordless String Trimmer/Edger," says Kraeutler. "Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides plenty of power and runtime without the weight, noise and hassles of gas-powered trimmers." The Trimmer/Edger's PowerCommand dial adjusts for every cutting need, and its Fast Charger helps you get back to work quickly. See this spring helper in action at http://www.blackanddecker.com.

Build a beautiful, easy-care deck
"A great deck boosts the value of your home, and you can build a beautiful, easy-care outdoor space with Trex Enhance decking," says Segrete. "Available at The Home Depot in Beach Dune, it's a high-performance composite with the look and texture of real wood." Caring for a Trex Enhance deck is hassle-free, and Trex Hidden Fasteners give the surface a sleek look at a savings of 40 percent over other deck fasteners. Learn more about Trex Enhance at http://www.homedepot.trex.com.

Minimize moisture in the bath
"Bathroom moisture can lead to mold and mildew, not to mention an uncomfortable environment for bathing or showering," advises Kraeutler. "The ULTRA Humidity Sensing Bath Fans from Broan and NuTone automatically get moisture levels under control, and save energy in the process." ULTRA Sense Technology turns the fan on when it senses a fast rise in humidity, and shuts it off again when excess humidity has been removed. Shop single-speed and multi-speed fan models at http://www.BroanULTRA.com and http://www.NuToneULTRA.com.

Gear up for project safety
"Doing a project right means doing it safely, with protection for your eyes and ears," says Segrete. "You'll get both in one when you slip on a pair of 3M TEKK Protection Holmes Workwear Safety Glasses with Cord Control." The wraparound frames feature anti-scratch, impact-resistant UV lenses, with corded reusable earplugs on a lanyard to keep everything in place. Check out the full line of 3M TEKK Protection at http://www.3MTEKK.com.