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Curb appeal is an important home-improvement project

LAURINBURG — While the coronavirus pandemic has kept folks at home and sparked a number of home improvement projects, many of those have been inside the home.

But Adam Wilhelm, owner of AJW Landscaping of Laurinburg, says it’s the perfect time of year for some outdoor projects.

“The fall is a great time for doing some easy home improvement projects in the yard,” he said. “If the long, hot summer has stressed out your lawn, overseeding in the month of October with annual rye grass will give you a lush green stand of grass without breaking the bank.

“This is also a great time to plant shrubs and trees, with cooler temperatures allowing them to become established without the threat of extreme heat,” he added. “Once we’ve had our first frost it’s the right time to do some much-needed pruning and shaping of your already established shrubs and trees.”

Overall, Wilhelm thinks homeowners will often overlook the curb appeal of their property when thinking about home improvement projects.

With a background is real estate, Wilhelm said it can’t be overstated how important the concept of curb appeal is when it comes to buying or selling real property.

“Landscaping isn’t simply mowing and weed-eating,” he explained. “There are, in fact, a lot of lawn care companies that offer limited services, oftentimes mowing and trimming. Our business has evolved over the past few years to become more project-oriented. With so many maintenance-centered landscapers available, we’ve willingly taken on some of the other facets of landscaping and created a niche.”

Some examples of creating positive curb appeal include making sure shrubs and trees are pruned and manicured, pressure washing or cleaning the structure along with the walkways and driveways, adding color to the entrance either by painting or planters.

“Making sure your property

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Supreme Court Hears Google’s Appeal of Oracle’s $8 Billion Copyright Claim

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided on Wednesday as it considered whether to protect Alphabet Inc.’s Google from a long-running lawsuit by Oracle Corp. accusing it of infringing Oracle copyrights to build the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s smartphones.

The shorthanded court, down one justice following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month, heard oral arguments in Google’s appeal of a lower court ruling reviving the lawsuit in which Oracle has sought at least $8 billion in damages.

Some of the eight justices expressed concern that Google simply copied Oracle’s software code instead of innovating and creating its own for mobile devices. Others emphasized that siding with Oracle could give software developers too much power with potentially harmful effects on the technology industry.

A jury cleared Google in 2016, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned that decision in 2018, finding that Google’s inclusion of Oracle’s software code in Android was not permissible under U.S. copyright law.

Oracle accused Google of copying thousands of lines of computer code from its popular Java programming language without a license in order to make Android, a competing platform that has harmed Oracle’s business.

Google lawyer Thomas Goldstein told the court that the disputed Java code should not receive copyright protection because it was the “the only way” to create new programs using the programming language.

“The language only permits us to use those,” Goldstein said.

But Chief Justice John Roberts suggested Google still should have paid Oracle for a license to Java.

“Cracking the safe may be the only way to get the money that you want, but that doesn’t mean you can do it,” Roberts said.

Justice Neil Gorsuch questioned Goldstein on whether Google had simply piggybacked on Oracle’s innovation.

Gorsuch asked, “What

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Exterior Home Renovation Ideas to Increase the Curb Appeal of Your Home

The outside is as important as the inside of your home.

A well-maintained kitchen, a clean bathroom and a well-lit living room do not make a beautiful home. To create the right impression on your guests, the exterior of your home should be beautiful too. Also, a strong exterior surface is required to protect the home from pests, mold, mildew etc.

Even if you are selling your home in the near future, you must consider investing money in the exterior part of your home. It is because it will increase the curb appeal of your home as well as improve its selling potential. An exterior home renovation project is not a bad idea even when you want to live in the home for several years. It will enable you to become a proud owner of a beautiful real-estate property and make your home a conversation piece among your neighbors.

How to begin the Exterior Home Renovation Project?

Homeowners consider home renovation projects as DIY jobs. But, remember that a small mistake can result into a disaster. So, it is essential that you obtain expert help from an experienced home renovation contractor. Choose a reputable contractor who can create new design elements in the lawn area and enhance the curb appeal of your home.

Before you meet a contractor, create a list of things that you want to renovate. Also, search online for different exterior home renovation ideas. It is essential to meet a couple of contractors before finalizing your favorite one. Do not forget to discuss your expectations with him. It will ensure that you love the final results.

What Areas should you consider for your Exterior Home Renovation Project?

Are you confused about undertaking an exterior home renovation project? Do not worry. There are several things that you can …

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