Home Improvement

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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP The holidays are winding down and the new year is upon us. Chances are you are thinking about some personal goals you would like to achieve in 2023, but if you are a homeowner, you might want to add some resolutions to your list regarding your home.  Here are some homeowner resolutions for you to consider in 2023: Do a HOME INVENTORY and put together a DISASTER KIT for your home. You never know when disaster may strike, and while it is no fun to think about, it is important to be prepared. Include your home inventory and financial documents in your disaster kit so that you will be ready should the unthinkable happen. Make sure that your kit is stored in a firepro...
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By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
The holidays are winding down and the new year is upon us. Chances are you are thinking about some personal goals you would like to achieve in 2023, but if you are a homeowner, you might want to add some resolutions to your list regarding your home. Here are some homeowner resolutions for you to consider in 2023: Do a HOME INVENTORY and put together a DISASTER KIT for your home. You never know when disaster may strike, and while it is no fun to think about, it is important to be prepared. Include your home inventory and financial documents in your disaster kit so that you will be ready should the unthinkable happen. Make sure that your kit is stored in a fireproof, safe place that will be easily accessible if you need it. Think about getting a Home Warranty. If your appliances are neari...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Everyone deserves to be safe, but living in a new house can make it difficult to ensure that the space is as secure and familiar as possible. Making a house a safer space is all about taking the right steps to ensure that it's comfortable and safe for everyone. Here are six smart steps to make your new house a safer space.1. Invest in Security CamerasSecurity cameras are an important part of any safe and secure living space, so purchase two or more (depending on your need). If you don't have any, walk to the nearest electronics store and purchase a couple. They're relatively inexpensive and provide plenty of security against intruders. The more security cameras you have, the better.2. Secure the DoorsInvest in a door lock that automatically locks the door behind you. This is a good way ...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Look no further if you want to improve your home's curb appeal on a budget! These six-weekend projects will give your home a facelift without breaking the bank. From painting your front door to adding new landscaping, these ideas will help you achieve the look you desire. So get started and enhance your home's exterior today.1. Pressure Wash the DrivewayA clean driveway can do wonders for a home's curb appeal. To give it a quick refresh, consider having the driveway pressure washed. Pressure washing uses high-powered water jets to blast away dirt, debris, and other grime that builds up on the surface over time.The process is relatively inexpensive and will instantly make the area brighter, giving your home a much-improved and inviting look. Furthermore, pressure washing effectively take...
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By Christine Kim, Real estate agent serving Los Angeles' Westside
(BuyDeluxeHome.com)
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By Christine Kim, Real estate agent serving Los Angeles' Westside
(BuyDeluxeHome.com)
Of course, this trip comprised a lot of pictures of real estate!Awesome paint job! Would you live here?This home is right across the street from the rainbow house.The best of this home is the garage door, in my opinion! If you are looking for Beverly Hills Houses for Sale or Beverly Hills Homes for Sale visit us at Beverly Hills Houses for Sale. If you are looking for Santa Monica Homes for Sale or Houses for Sale in Santa Monica visit us at Santa Monica Houses For Sale. For mortgage and financing information visit Mortgage Broker Beverly Hills | Mortgage Broker Calabasas | Mortgage Broker Glendale | Mortgage Broker Pasadena | Mortgage Broker Santa Monica | Reverse Mortgage Newport BeachUseful Links: Beverly Hills Houses for Sale / Beverly Hills Homes for Sale / Houses for Sale in Santa...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
2023 Color of the Year - MagentaPantone has announced the color of the year for 2023 as Magenta.  When I first heard that I thought "what?", when I think magenta, I think of that almost Fuschia pinky purple color.  In my opinion, way too bright for a primary color in a home.  Anyone who knows me knows I'm a quilter and I love color.  My fabric is organized and stored in color groupings on shelves.  So, I consulted the color wheel and did some research and found that magenta is not just one color, bright and vibrant but more of a color family of colors and many suitable for accent walls and accent accessories in your home.  I think I need to acquire some more magenta for my home and my fabric collection!!This is the beginning of a wonderful relationship with the color magenta.
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
When you buy a new home, there’s usually a long list of things you want to do to customize it and make it your own. One of the best places to start is with the exterior; have fun dressing up the house with some fresh paint, colorful accents, and thoughtful landscaping. But if you want your house to look great while increasing its value, here are three major investments worth considering.1. A New Garage DoorInvesting in a new garage door is one of the best things you can do to improve the look and feel of your new home's exterior. Not only will a modern-looking garage door add aesthetic appeal, but it also adds an extra layer of security while keeping out wind, rain, and pests. Garage doors are typically budget-friendly and come in various designs and styles to fit any aesthetic you want...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
If you have just bought a new home, congratulations. This is an exciting time in your life. You are probably eager to settle in and enjoy your new space. But before you do anything else, you should consider installing solar panels. Here are three benefits of doing so.1- Lower Energy BillsBy harnessing the sun's power, you can produce clean and renewable energy, which can help lower your monthly costs. You can even get tax credits for installing solar panels, so it's worth looking into. For instance, in the US, there's a federal tax credit of 26%, which decreases gradually over time. It would be best to check what kind of incentives your city or state offers.2- Increase Home ValueInstalling solar panels is an investment that pays off in more ways than one. A property with solar panels is...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Maintaining your home’s roof is an integral part of home ownership. A roof is a crucial element that keeps you and your home safe by not letting raindrops, direct sunlight, debris, and other factors enter your house. This also helps safeguard your privacy. To ensure your roof stays in the best condition possible, it's essential to take the time each year to inspect and maintain it. Here is a roof maintenance checklist for Texas homeowners:#1 Inspect RegularlyYour roof is exposed to different weather conditions and it wouldn’t stay as functional without proper roof maintenance. Inspect it regularly for any signs of damage or wear and tear. You should also check for discoloration, cracks, separations, and other signs of roof issues. Pay special attention to areas around roof vents, chimne...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
The pandemic-era remodeling boom continued this year, but homeowners were keener to seek professional help rather than do it themselves.     As the remodeling boom continues, homeowners are increasingly in search of outdoor projects and other renovation ideas. Though the housing market overall is slowing, there is no shortage of demand for home improvement. But are some homeowners trying to take on too much for their level of DIY expertise? The following are the top home and design articles at REALTOR® Magazine Online for 2022: 1. How Homeowners Can Make the Most of Their Yards—Even in Winter After almost two years of pandemic life, homeowners understand the significant value of having a yard. Here are 8 ideas for getting creative with outdoor space. 2. 7 Most Popular Bathroom Upgrades...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
    Vacuum or dry-mop the floor to remove surface dirt   The fastest way to damage vinyl plank flooring is through daily negligence. That’s why we recommend vacuuming or dry-mopping your flooring every day or two. This will scoop up all kinds of debris, dust, and dirt that can cause tiny scratches that dull the appearance of the floor.   Scrub to remove stains   Whether your stain is fresh or stubbornly old, a soft nylon brush will help loosen it and remove it without scratching your floor. Dip your brush in a homemade baking soda water mixture, then scrub gently. If that doesn’t work, try isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to remove the stain.   Wet-mop to remove grime   One of the best vinyl plank flooring cleaners is a cup of apple cider or white vinegar in a gallon of hot water...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Such an important and timely Blog. Stay safe everyone, Bill  How to Prevent Frozen Pipes Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children. When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold-water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and ...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Rats are said to be among the 10 most intelligent species on Earth, and many people like to keep these rodents as pets. Unfortunately, wild rats can cause serious property damage and endanger the health of humans and pets. Just in America, there is around $20 billion worth of damage yearly caused by rats. They enter and set up homes in residential and commercial buildings and damage crops. This makes it necessary for homeowners, business owners, and farmers, to use rat control by Toxic Respond, and other pest control services at times. Businesses especially need to comply with certain regulations. But, homeowners can suffer from rodent problems too. How can rats endanger you and your property?Mohs hardness scale is used to determine how hard a material is, and whether it could damage a ...
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By Daryl Datus, John L Scott
(John L Scott)
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children. When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold-water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst. If you will be going away during cold weather, leave t...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
With the rising popularity in home design, pinkish hues add a pop of color to brighten homes during the colder months. By: Melissa Dittmann Tracey   Paint firms are honing in on earthy shades of pink as their choices for 2023 Color of the Year, and with the “Barbiecore” design trending, it’s good timing for pink to take center stage. Sherwin-Williams chose “Redend Point,” a blush-and-beige color with pink undertones, as its 2023 Color of the Year. "People have been drawn to nature-inspired and earthy tones the past couple of years, and this is something that will continue into 2023 and beyond," says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. The paint firm Dunn-Edwards chose Terra Rosa, a rosy blend of brown and burgundy. “This translates to design through lush, sophi...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Everyone would appreciate a tastefully decorated home. But money is a finite resource, and it's easy to believe you don't have enough to make your home shine. That is not the case, and we are here to prove it! We polled the experts and gathered affordable interior design tips to help you achieve a stunning style without breaking the bank. Continue reading to learn how to design for less! Remove All Excess Clutter Let's face it: clutter is never appealing, and it does nothing for your home. The first step toward achieving a stunning style in your home is to get rid of everything you no longer need. Having less stuff will make it easier to store everything neatly i...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Everyone would appreciate a tastefully decorated home. But money is a finite resource, and it's easy to believe you don't have enough to make your home shine. That is not the case, and we are here to prove it! We polled the experts and gathered affordable interior design tips to help you achieve a stunning style without breaking the bank. Continue reading to learn how to design for less! Remove All Excess ClutterLet's face it: clutter is never appealing, and it does nothing for your home. The first step toward achieving a stunning style in your home is to get rid of everything you no longer need. Having less stuff will make it easier to store everything neatly in your available space, in addition to decluttering your space and mind. This can become a massive task, especially if you have...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP There are many things that we humans take for granted, and one of them is plumbing. We were raised to believe it was a basic necessity. However, we were unaware that there was a time when people would throw their trash on the streets or anywhere. We don't realize that bathing was once considered dangerous, and people would go years without bathing.   Plumbing enables the safe use of a valuable resource — water — for health, hygiene, and well-being. Plumbing enables the miracle of clean, convenient water, which is often taken for granted.   Water-saving plumbing manufacturing innovations have significantly reduced the amount of water used by toilets, showerheads, ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP When furnishing your home, you want to find pieces that suit your style and personality. The trick is finding items that are specifically tailored to your tastes. It is believed that your home's decor says a lot about you and your lifestyle. To furnish your home in a way you are happy with and proud of, you need to find items that truly fit your personality. In other words, you need décor pieces that look great and reflect who you are. Here are four tips for finding décor pieces that fit your home's personality. 1- Discover Your Taste One of the best ways to pick furniture is to find out what you like. You can do this by asking yourself a few questions. What colo...
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