Home Improvement

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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
The world of interior design is constantly evolving, and each year brings new and exciting trends to keep your home looking fresh and stylish. From colors and textures to minimalism and functionality, there are many different trends to choose from. In this article, we will be discussing some of the hottest home decor trends of the year that you can incorporate into your own home for a stylish and on-trend look. Colors and Textures Colors and textures are a great way to add depth and interest to any room. This year, we're seeing a lot of muted, earthy tones like olive greens, deep blues, and rustic reds. These colors are perfect for creating a cozy and inviting space that feels both modern and timeless. They can be used in the form of accents or as statement pieces and are perfect for cr...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
If 2023 is the year you want to finally bring order to your chaotic pantry, find a food storage solution that works for you, or stop hearing the nerve-wracking clattering of those precariously stacked pans hiding in your kitchen cabinets, we've got the tools to help. Use Metal Sliding Baskets These sliding baskets can be a lifesaver if your kitchen cabinets are on the small side. In my apartment, I use them to store our coffee mugs, saucepan lids, and plates, but their versatility makes them ideal for a variety of storage problems. Narrow Rolling Storage Cart that Fits AnywhereThis narrow rolling cart is ideal for making use of otherwise wasted space (like the sliver of floor space between your fridge and counter). Stock the shelves with spices, flour, vinegar, or more practical items s...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
A flower bed allows you to plant colorful annuals and perennials that will add beauty to your yard. Flowers, of course, are essential for butterflies and other pollinators, so making more room for blooming plants will help these beneficial creatures feel at home. A new flower bed, like a blank canvas, allows you to be creative and fill it with whatever you can imagine. The possibilities are nearly limitless but first comes the actual construction. This may appear to be a difficult task, but with some planning, preparation, and sweat equity, you'll soon be enjoying a more beautiful, flower-filled garden. There are a few things to think about when starting from scratch. The following are the questions you must answer: Where should you place it?A flower bed can be placed anywhere, from a b...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Designing a nursery for a new baby can be an exciting and overwhelming task. One crucial element to consider is the wallpaper. Not only does it add visual interest to the room, but it can also set the tone and create a cohesive peel and stick wallpaper design. Here are some tips on how to pick the perfect wallpaper design for your baby's nursery.Consider the style of the roomFirst, think about the overall style of the room. Is it modern and minimalist, or more traditional and whimsical? Your wallpaper choice should complement the style of the room and the furniture you have chosen. If the kid is old enough, we encourage helping them participate in choosing a nursery design and style. So much might have to change with time.Think about the color schemeThe color scheme of the wallpaper sho...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Did you know that replacing your windows can increase the average home’s selling price by as much as $12,000? New vinyl windows are one of the most desired home features for modern buyers, with 89% of buyers even seeing them as essential when looking for their new home. So why are these new windows so important to buyers? Windows are responsible for 25-30% of the average energy bill, meaning if your windows are older, they may be drafty and require more heating and cooling from other sources, increasing your monthly bill. Even in the coolest areas of the country, the insulating power of vinyl glass can save homeowners hundreds. By replacing old and drafty windows with new energy efficient models, you can save nearly $500 per year! By investing in new energy efficient windows, UV rays ar...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Anyone who has ever had to choose curtains knows that selecting the right design can be a minefield. Curtain fashions change, and drapes aren't something you'll want to replace frequently if you've invested in a high-quality fabric. Trying to predict whether the pattern or color you're drawn to will still be in style a few years from now is difficult, which is why we often opt for plain, neutral designs instead. Pared-back PatternsToday's design-forward prints are scaled-back and subtle, adding a personal touch to a space without becoming the focal point. Some of the most on-trend prints take inspiration from design's rich history, or else from far-flung places to bring a sense of holiday back home, proving curtains aren't out of style. Small-scale prints keep the design modern, but if ...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
As one of the most versatile and cost-effective options on the market, liquid roofing systems are particularly suited for use on flat commercial roofs.Below, we discuss the advantages of liquid-applied roofing for industrial and commercial properties. Liquid roofing systems are completely waterproofOne of the main reasons that liquid-applied roofing has grown so quickly in popularity is its resistance to the elements. The process of applying liquid roofing involves spraying a primer, base coat, and reinforcement layer onto the surface of the roof. This spreads and ‘melts’ together, creating an entirely seamless and watertight membrane.  This makes liquid roofing ideal for protecting areas that are usually hard to waterproof, such as those around pipes, chimneys, and HVAC equipment. Liqu...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
In 2020, it was estimated that nearly 4% of American homes had solar panels installed. Scottsdale, Springfield, and Baton Rouge are said to have the highest potential solar power generation per capita. So, if there is so much potential for solar power why don’t more homes have installations now? There are excellent reasons to switch to a renewable energy source, and solar panel installers are easy to find. The environmental benefits are easy to see, and it is common knowledge that burning fossil fuels to generate electricity contributes to the greenhouse effect. More than 40% of C02 emissions from energy generation come directly from electricity involving fossil fuels. But, still, the take up for solar panels remains relatively low for homeowners. One of the common reasons more homeowne...
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By Jon Sanborn, Real Estate is a Team Sport
(Brotherly Love Real Estate)
Nothing quite makes a new house your home quite like a personalized renovation. And nothing adds value to a home quite like it either. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself project, a professional upgrade, or some combination of the two, a good home renovation can reap significant rewards through a return on investment. That’s why such projects are highly valued by homeowners and homebuyers alike. Renovation ideas, like refinishing hardwood flooring, can yield a return as high as 147%. Closet renovations? Over 80%. Changing an attic to a living space? Over 70%. Home renovations can be both beautiful and practical. Here are three fantastic renovation ideas that can transform the look and value of your new home. 1. Modern KitchenAn upgraded, unique, and modern kitchen can transform a home — and g...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
Anna Chroscicki with RE/MAX MasterpieceFor answers to your Real Estate questions: Visit www.annasellsrealestate.com or call/text  772-485-4188
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
If you're considering renovating your home, you may dread the project. There can be much to organize, think about, or deal with contractors you don't trust. Often, the endless stream of decisions and potential setbacks can make renovating a home seem like an overwhelming project. Here are six ways to make renovating a little less stressful.1. Create a Realistic Budget and TimelineBefore starting any major home renovation project, create a realistic budget and timeline to remain organized and on track. Setting expectations can save you a lot of stress later down the line. In addition, it is important to only work with contractors who can meet your timeline and budget. If you can't find a contractor who does, consider taking on the project yourself.2. Plan AheadEnsure all materials needed...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
For short-term exposure to marijuana smoke, a simple wipe down with a cleaner/degreaser should suffice. However, there are times when a more thorough cleaning is required.Weed residue consists of byproducts released when weed is smoked. These particles can build up on your walls, furniture, and other house items, leading to unpleasant odors and discoloration. Removing weed residue is an important step in keeping your home clean and free from unwanted debris. Hard Surfaces Before doing anything, you must conduct a thorough assessment to determine the level of contamination. If there is a mild residue, clean the affected areas' walls and ceilings with a solution containing a 9D9 for deodorization. If this product is used, the walls will most likely not need to be painted. It is advisable ...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
The protective and decorative cladding that covers the exterior of a home or other building is known as a home siding material. Few home improvements or repairs can improve your home's performance, curb appeal, and value like new siding. Various siding materials have come and gone over the years, but a few standbys and the occasional newcomer have remained. Here's a look at the benefits, costs, and upkeep of these popular materials, as well as the timeless options of wood and metal. Wood SidingWood siding in the form of lap siding planks shakes, and shingles is a classic siding material that has been used for centuries where brick or stone was not practical. It is still one of the most appealing home siding options. Wood planks, boards, panels, and shingles are common types of wood sidi...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Winter has begun in Northern Delaware. We don't get lots of snow storms but the ones we get can be doozies.Knowing how to deal with snow is a must if you want to protect your home this winter—and that includes understanding what snow-related mistakes to avoid.So what, exactly, are those mistakes? A recent article from realtor.com outlined snow removal mistakes homeowners tend to make during the winter months, including: Not cleaning gutters or downspout drains. If your gutters are congested, snow melt can’t drain properly. If temperatures drop, that melting snow can freeze—and as the ice expands, it can break your gutter or downspout material (or, in severe cases, rip the gutters off your home completely.) To avoid this issue, make sure to regularly clean your gutters.  Not removing sno...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Your kitchen is one of the essential rooms in your home. It is where you prepare food, it's a gathering space, and it's typically where family members come together to share meals. If you have recently moved into a beautiful new home, you may want to enjoy its gorgeous kitchen facilities. But even with the space and stunning design, many things can be done to make the kitchen work better for you and your family. Here are eight upgrades to make when moving into a new home that will help transform the room into an efficient and comfortable space.1. Upgrade to Pull-Out Cabinet ShelvingOne of the most common complaints from kitchen remodelers is that homeowners chose add-on cabinetry over cabinets with pull-out shelves. People want to hide the clutter and mess in the cupboards and use every...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Keeping your home clean and tidy can feel like an impossible task no matter the size of your home. Whether you’ve run out of cleaning solutions, want to reduce clutter, or just want a faster/easier way to clean odd spaces, here are some handy hacks to try.Create Your Own Window Washing SolutionCut through the grease and grime on your windows with three simple ingredients. Grab an empty spray bottle and add 2 1/2 cups water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap. Optional: add a couple of drops of essential oil for scent. Shake well. Spray your fast-acting cleaning solution on any glass surface, then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth to avoid streaks – a coffee filter works as a lint-free wipe too.Use Mouthwash to Clean Your Toilet BowlOut of toilet bowl cleaner? Skip the...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
Anna Chroscicki with RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty🏡For answers to your Real Estate questions: Visit www.annasellsrealestate.com or call/text  772-485-4188
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
(HOMESGOFAST)
Choosing the best fence for a home isn’t always as easy as it might seem. There are several options available, and the costs vary substantially. That means property owners need to evaluate their needs and budget carefully before deciding on a fence. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a fence style.What Style is Preferred?Fencing should match the style of the home and not create issues with neighbors. However, every homeowner has different preferences and needs, so the style must also appeal to the residents. Even the landscaping will impact the choice, as some fences might shade light-loving plantings. Property owners are always encouraged to discuss their plans with Loudon County Fence experts when exploring their options.What is the Budget for the Project?The cost of a p...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
1. Declutter and OrganiseA good tidy, declutter and organise can make a big difference to the look and feel of a room.Decluttering your house can also help clear the cobwebs from your mind as well.Less clutter will open up and brighten a room, giving it a more relaxed and peaceful feel.2. Revamp with a Good CleanAfter decluttering, the next step is to give your home a good deep clean.When was the last time you cleaned the carpets or washed down the walls? (If you’re anything like me, it’s been a while – I hate scrubbing walls!)A deep clean can make your house look like new.Before refurbishing your home, clean windows, walls, carpets and floors. Give furniture a good clean. Wash blinds and curtains. Carpet cleaners can be hired at grocery or hardware stores. It can be a bit of hard work,...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On January 5, 2023, Ana Durrani published a very good interesting report on Realtor.com about list of kitchen design rules for 2023.1. Neutral tones, white kitchens,2. Inefficient amenities,3. Microwave over the range,4. Open shelving as a storage solution,5. Pinching pennies on floors and countertops,Perhaps there are might be other helpful list of kitchen design rules for 2023.For complete more detailed information about Ana Durrani’s report for list kitchen design rules for 2023, please click HERE
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