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Home Improvements: Outside the House

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I. Introduction:

Some basic home improvements and landscaping around your home can really increase the value and visual appeal of your property. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences and related information.

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  1. driveway
  2. fence
  3. flag pole
  4. flower bed
  5. front steps
  6. garden
  7. gate
  8. landscaping
  9. lawn
  10. patio
  11. porch
  12. lights
  13. security system
  14. shrubbery
  15. sidewalk
  16. sprinkler system

II. Practice: Top
Now, complete the sentences below with the best answer:
1. My father decided to install a ______________ to keep the dog from running away.

A. flag pole B. porch C. fence

2. You might want to purchase a ________________ to protect your home from intruders or unwanted visitors.

A. sprinkler system B. sidewalk C. security system

3. One way to make your house safer is to trim back the ____________ in front of the windows so burglars can't sneak in (=enter) without being seen.

A. flower bed B. garden C. shrubbery

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III. Follow-Up: Top
What specific home improvements can increase (or decrease) the value of a home? For example, adding an additional room your house might be a good investment, while adding a swimming pool could result in high maintenance costs and personal liability in case of an accident. Find more information about valuable home improvements.

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