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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
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 TasteOne 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 colors do you prefer, and why? Why do you gravitate toward a rustic look or something more modern? What aspects of a room do you pri...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
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, faucets, and other plumbing products. According to the EPA, plumbing products that meet EPA criteria have saved consumers 757 bi...
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
(HOMESGOFAST)
Plasterboard, also known as wallboard is used to make ceilings or partitions in houses and commercial properties. It can be used to line an existing wall or create a new one. Plasterboard is lightweight and easy to install. It offers a smooth finish that can make further decoration easy.There are different types of plasterboards. Each of these types have a specific purpose. You need to choose the plasterboard based on your requirements. The guide given below will help make the right choice.Different types of plasterboards 1) Fire resistant plasterboard It is advisable to use fire rated plasterboard for enhanced safety. These boards are resistant to fire. They are ideal for residences. You need to find out the fire-resistant level, which is measured based on the number of minutes the pla...
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WELCOME WINTER! 10 TIPS ON STAYING SAFE FROM FIRES DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND IN THE WINTER MONTHS   "In winter we behold the charms of solemn majesty and naked grandeur." ... James Ellis   Today is officially the first day of Winter. The holiday season and winter months offer opportunities that can and (too often) do cause house fires. Many of these fires can be avoided or totally prevented. Some simple precautions, preventive inspections, and advance planning can help prevent home fires, saving both property and lives should disaster strike. Follow these 10 tips and enjoy the holidays and upcoming winter without worry!   Electric devices/wiring: check lamps, appliances, and electronics for frayed cords, loose or broken plugs, and exposed wiring. Never run electrical wires or exten...
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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 WELCOME WINTER! 10 TIPS ON STAYING SAFE FROM FIRES DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND IN THE WINTER MONTHS   "In winter we behold the charms of solemn majesty and naked grandeur." ... James Ellis   Today is officially the first day of Winter. The holiday season and winter months offer opportunities that can and (too often) do cause house fires. Many of these fires can be avoided or totally prevented. Some simple precautions, preventive inspections, and advance planning can help prevent home fires, saving both property and lives should disaster strike. Follow these 10 tips and enjoy the holidays and upcoming winter without worry!   Electric devices/wiring: check lamps,...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
WELCOME WINTER!10 TIPS ON STAYING SAFE FROM FIRES DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND IN THE WINTER MONTHS "In winter we behold the charms of solemn majesty and naked grandeur."... James Ellis Winter has officially arrived. The holiday season and winter months offer opportunities that can and (too often) do cause house fires. Many of these fires can be avoided or totally prevented. Some simple precautions, preventive inspections, and advance planning can help prevent home fires, saving both property and lives should disaster strike. Follow these 10 tips and enjoy the holidays and upcoming winter without worry!  Electric devices/wiring: check lamps, appliances, and electronics for frayed cords, loose or broken plugs, and exposed wiring. Never run electrical wires or extension cords under carpe...
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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 Find out which projects could bring you joy — and some cash back!   There are so many good reasons for home improvement — even in a tough economy. You may want to boost your home’s future sales value, add livable space, or refresh an aging room or feature. Or you may want to enjoy your home more, especially if you wanted to move but the market didn’t cooperate. The National Association of REALTORS®, along with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, conducted a survey in 2022 to find out the project’s estimated average cost and return on investment, and the joy score, or satisfaction with the completed upgrade on a scale of 1 to 10. Wander through th...
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By Danny Margagliano, Danny "Wheels"
(World Impact Real Estate)
Does your home seem a little dull? Are you looking for ways to add some charm and character to your curb appeal? If so, then this blog post is for you! We’ve rounded up seven quick and easy ways that you can boost the look of your home’s exterior without having to take on a major renovation.Add a Fresh Coat of PaintA fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the exterior of your home. Not only will it make the exterior look newer and more vibrant, but it can also add curb appeal. Choose a bright and cheerful color to paint your front door and trim, or opt for a classic shade of white to make your home instantly look more inviting. It's amazing how a fresh coat of paint can affect people looking to buy a home in a positive way. For an extra touch of charm, consider adding some decorative ha...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Signs That You May Need a New RoofWe often take the roof above our heads for granted because we know it will protect us from the outside elements. Ultimately, we face the harsh reality that it will eventually age and need to be replaced. A worn and damaged roof can cause significant interior and exterior damage to your home if left unattended. Some roofs last longer than others, but with time, weather patterns, and unexpected circumstances, eventually, it will be time to replace this major protectant. Knowing the early signs or what to look for is the first step in determining whether it’s time to replace your roof. Accordingly, you will be able to minimize repair costs, injury, or property damage by noting the indicators, then taking action.The following are some major signs that you m...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Not all home improvements are created equal. These will reward you the most when it comes time to sell. Your home is in the perfect location, came at the perfect price, with the perfect lot. (Yay southern exposure!) But the home itself? Perfect isn’t the adjective you’d use. But you knew that moving in, and now you’re ready to start making it just right. Where to begin, though? How about with data? Data is that friend who tells you like it really is. Because while any home improvement that brings you joy is priceless, not all add as much home equity as you might expect. The "Remodeling Impact Report" from the National Association of REALTORS® has tons of data on how much improvements cost — and how much of those costs you can recoup. Here are eight of the report's best home remodeling ...
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By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Dale Taylor RE/MAX 10 (708) 439-0165 4 Reasons to Hire a Contractor Remodeling your home can be a big (and stressful) undertaking. Fortunately, hiring a contractor who’s well-versed in the process can help alleviate some of that stress. If you bring in a contractor, be diligent in your hiring. Get referrals, compare quotes and interview several candidates to make sure you get the best fit for the job. Are you unsure how a contractor can help with your project? Here are four ways: READ MORE >> Refer a Friend Search Now! Request Report Featured Listings  20115 OVERLAND TRL, Olympia Fields, IL 60461  4146 APPLEWOOD LN Matteson, IL 60443  18906 QUEENS RD Homewood, IL 60430   FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS   Don't Let the Down Payment Get You Down It can be hard to save up for your down payment — es...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
An often overlooked home maintenance item is the home's dryer vent. Why is cleaning a dryer vent important?1. Eliminates (or greatly reduces) a Fire Hazard within the Home: Dryer lint has been known to catch fire when it builds up inside the vent.2. Improves Dryer Efficiency: With a clean vent a dryer will be operate normally and improve drying times.3. Reduces a Home's Interior Moisture Levels: Since the moist air can easily flow out the dryer vent, the interior of the home, and/or laundry area, will not experience increased moisture levels thus reduces the risk of mold and mildew.As the video shows, the cleaning takes less than 5 minutes using the Linteater Dryer-Vent Cleaning Kit that I purchased from Lowes.How To: Clean Dryer Vents in Less than 5 Minutes
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
 You’ve gone through the process of obtaining financing for your home project, selecting a contractor and rearranging your life to accommodate renovations. Now, at the finish line, the result is anything but satisfactory. Unfortunately, not all contractors are created equal. Many are honest and have good practices, but others may cut corners. As a homeowner, you must know your options and rights when you have a contractor who does a poor job. Ensure It’s the Contractor’s FaultYour very first step should be verifying the poor result is actually the contractor’s fault. Moving forward with any of the other measures would be highly inappropriate if it wasn’t. Depending on the age of your home, a quality renovation may look less than ideal. Foundation settling, weak ceilings or floors and ot...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
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 TasteOne 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 colors do you prefer, and why? Why do you gravitate toward a rustic look or something more modern? What aspects of a room do you pri...
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By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
The home is a haven which can make it difficult to envision the day the home is sold. A “forever home” might not be forever due to so many variables that life might bring into the equation. You need to keep your home current as you want to be able to sell it if needed. Allowing a home to become outdated can vastly decrease its value if there is a need for an emergency sale. You also want to invest over the course of time instead of massive amounts before listing a home. Your home should not be considered a fixer-upper as there are quite a few negative notions associated with this label for some buyers. Kitchen Cabinets For anyone that has done a kitchen renovation, you understand how expensive doing a complete replacement of kitchen cabinets can be. Kitchen cabinet refacing can give the...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Home Decorating Trends Making a ComebackEverything old is new again, it’s true! Whether you're looking to upgrade your tiny house with a fresh look, redo your beautiful beach home, or just tackle that outdated living room, the hottest interior designs are reaching back into the past for inspiration. All interior design trends change, often in the opposite direction. After years of cool, grey minimalism, homeowners are turning toward the past for cozier inspirations.Greens and other warm neutralsGolds and avocado greens from the 1960s and 1970s revolutionized kitchen appliances and made complementary autumn colors like oranges, tans and browns wildly popular. If you like the look of clean look of white and grey, but want a newer look, colors, try cream, beige and earth tones instead.Text...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
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 TasteOne 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 colors do you prefer, and why? Why do you gravitate toward a rustic look or something more modern? What aspects of a room do you pri...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Home Renovation on a Budget — You Got This!Are you tired of looking at the drabby paint on your walls, the outdated cabinets, worn furniture, and stained carpets? Your home is overdue to be remodeled, which is on your wish list. However, you are afraid of what the cost might be. Unless you want a major overhaul, you can still spruce up your home and improve its appearance and functionality without going broke. The following are some budget-friendly ideas for renovating different rooms of your home. Refurbish, Reupholster, and Refinish You can minimize the cost with these suggestions — whether you want to change cabinets, furniture, flooring, or curtains. For cabinets in fairly good condition, you can opt to repaint, reface with a contemporary style, or add new doors. For furniture and c...
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By Rocky Dickerson, Superior Service!
(Realty One Group)
Paint colors. How do you choose better paint colors? Painting can be a great way to customize your house and make it into a home. Whether you’re just adding a splash of color or redoing entire rooms to match your favorites. After all, a fresh coat of paint is a great way to take a home that you bought and really make it yours. Unfortunately, not everyone is great at picking the best colors for their home. Some homeowners may even wonder why they were allowed to go near a paint store at all. This doesn’t have to be the case, however.There are a number of things that you can do to find paint colors that better match your home. First, you can pick up paint swatches. Then, get some small cans to test in different colors. Some folks even use software to see how different colors will look in ...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Doing your own house renovation can save you money, give you more flexibility on the job, and even make you feel more fulfilled as a homeowner. But doing all your own work can also be a massive headache.If you aren’t careful, you could quickly end up in over your head, spending far more money than you realized, wasting dozens of hours on uncertain work, and potentially leaving things worse than how you found them.Fortunately, there are some strategies and habits that can make your next DIY renovation much easier.How to Make a DIY Renovation EasierThese are some of the most important ways you can make your next DIY renovation project easier: Pick your battles. There are some home improvement projects that simply aren’t worth taking on by yourself. Certain jobs require dexterity and exper...
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