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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Regular HVAC maintenance in summer is crucial for keeping your system running efficiently and avoiding costly repairs. This blog does a great job explaining the benefits of routine upkeep and how it can lead to better performance and energy savings. Thanks for the insightful tips!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Summer is your air conditioner's time to shine, but what happens if you've skimped on maintenance throughout the year? Even though you may not think you need it, AC maintenance is crucial to keeping your system up and running when you need it most. Summer AC maintenance can save you expensive costs and the discomfort and possible dangers of a sudden breakdown. Here are some of the key reasons why you should schedule summer AC maintenance. Protect Your Outdoo...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
These tips for reducing summer electric bills are practical and easy to implement! Simple changes can lead to significant savings while keeping your home comfortable. Thanks for sharing these energy-efficient strategies to help us all save money this summer! Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Now that summer temperatures are heating up,  so are our electric bills.  Some may have increases that mimic a luxury car payment - whew!  BUT, there are ways to minimize those electric bills without breaking the bank.  Before you buy solar panels, listen up.  Small changes can make big impacts, so start small.   Electric companies may offer an on or off peak power plan; meaning they'll charge you less for using power during "off peak" times.  On peak is a higher per kilowatt cha...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
I just ran out of propane on Tuesday night this past week and Nick Vandekar has a great blog on Gas Grills I was refilling my propane gas tank this week and with summer just around the corner realized it was a good time to think about safety when using propane gas tanks. Safety Tips for Using Small Propane Tanks and Gas Grills Propane grills are a popular choice for outdoor cooking due to their convenience and efficiency. I love mine and how quickly I can get a meal ready. However, ensuring safety while using small propane tanks and gas grills is essential to prevent accidents and enjoy your grilling experience. I hope this article will guide you through the best practices for safety using your propane grill. 1. Proper Storage and Handling of Propane Tanks Storage Tips: Store Tanks Outd...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Times have changed with screens, we want to not see them, we want to span larger areas.  When we were designing our lanai I had to learn what was the latest greatest in screens.  Our goal was as few pillars as possible for maximum air flow and view, we ended up with 12’ between pillars.  I did some research and here are the specs: Patio, Porch & Pool Insect Screen is a Heavy-Duty Fiberglass Screen Mesh designed for use in pool, patio, porch and sunroom enclosures. It's increased diameter strand is ideal for larger openings where extra strength is needed on wide spans of screen. Charcoal color is the most requested as it has the best outward visibility.  Available in Charcoal and Silver Gray colors.  Mesh: 18 x 14, Diameter: .013. Next maintenance, I pressure wash them from the inside ev...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
I was refilling my propane gas tank this week and with summer just around the corner realized it was a good time to think about safety when using propane gas tanks. Safety Tips for Using Small Propane Tanks and Gas GrillsPropane grills are a popular choice for outdoor cooking due to their convenience and efficiency. I love mine and how quickly I can get a meal ready. However, ensuring safety while using small propane tanks and gas grills is essential to prevent accidents and enjoy your grilling experience. I hope this article will guide you through the best practices for safety using your propane grill.1. Proper Storage and Handling of Propane Tanks Storage Tips: Store Tanks Outdoors: Always store propane tanks in a well-ventilated outdoor area. Never keep them indoors, in garages, or ...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Pat Starnes came up with a excellent blog on Home Inspections. Congratulations! Your home is under contract, and the buyer has ordered the home inspection.  As the seller, you are probably busy packing for the big day. A hundred details are running through your mind. But take a few minutes to prepare for the home inspection. If your home is in need of repairs, hopefully you addressed these items before putting your home on the market. If not, now is a good time to remedy these concerns.  See this oldie but goodie inspection checklist. Remember, the inspector needs access under the kitchen sink**, as well as all the bathrooms sinks to check for leaks. It may not occur to you to tidy up these spaces before the inspector arrives. The inspector will not move items out of the way, so be sure...
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
I love recommending great experiences and businesses to my friends and clients.Last year, I hired Stanley Steemer to clean my ceramic tile and grout, which had become badly discolored over the years.  They did a spectacular job at a true fraction of the cost that a tile expert / installer had quoted.  They saved me over $1,000 and brought the tile back to new-looking.The other contractor had taken a deposit from me, then kept delaying the job, refusing to commit to a start date.  I cancelled and got my deposit back, and so glad I did, and I have since had SS back to do all the carpets in my house.They were also professional, on time and friendly. And they didn't let my cats out!https://michaelelliott.fathomrealty.com/ 
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Summer is your air conditioner's time to shine, but what happens if you've skimped on maintenance throughout the year? Even though you may not think you need it, AC maintenance is crucial to keeping your system up and running when you need it most. Summer AC maintenance can save you expensive costs and the discomfort and possible dangers of a sudden breakdown. Here are some of the key reasons why you should schedule summer AC maintenance.Protect Your Outdoor UnitYour outside unit should always be kept free from obstructions like debris and vegetation. This stops you from dealing with unexpected breakdowns, poor airflow, and low cooling. Vegetation can also inadvertently get sucked into the fan of your unit, leading to blockages. It's important to always keep the outside area clear. A pr...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Maintaining a yard isn’t for the faint of heart anymore. Severe weather means rains are heavier and more intense. Droughts last a long time and can be dangerous. Then there’s the trickle-down effect. Rising temps are causing more aggressive weeds, and longer frost seasons give insect pests more time to reproduce (shudder). However, some homeowners have figured out how to sync their landscaping with area weather patterns and their desire to do other things than manage their yard and lawn. Here are nine tips from varied sources to help you win over the weather — and go low maintenance simultaneously. For More Information Bottom Line: "We 'R' The Realtors For That." Sign up for our Monthly Real Estate NewsletterWe are Ambassadors for Pensacola, Pace, and Gulf Breeze, Florida. Whether you'r...
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By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,)
In today’s real estate market, homeowners are frequently faced with a pivotal decision: should they renovate their existing home or opt to move? This choice not only significantly impacts their current living situation. It also plays a crucial role in determining the future market value of their property. Deciding what’s best for your home value involves carefully evaluating several key factors, including current market trends, personal and family needs, financial considerations, and long-term goals. This guide aims to delve into these important considerations, helping you navigate this complex decision with greater clarity and confidence.Analyzing current market conditions Understanding the dynamics of your local real estate market is the first critical step in making an informed decis...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Maintaining the efficiency and extending the lifespan of your garbage disposal is crucial for any household. It’s not just about keeping things running smoothly; it's also about avoiding costly repairs and replacements. With some simple care routines, you can ensure that your disposal system remains in top condition for years. Here are five tips on how to achieve this, brought to you by Blue Frog Plumbing + Drain. Firstly, watch what you feed your disposal. Not everything is meant to be ground up. Avoid disposing of fibrous materials like celery stalks, corn husks, or banana peels because they can tangle and strain the motor. Similarly, cooking oils and grease should never go down your drain as they can solidify and clog the pipes. Coffee grounds, though seemingly harmless, can accumula...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
For months I have been interested in learning more about swim/spas finally I had the opportunity to go to Spa Kingdom in Fruitland Park.  I sent a client to Spa Kingdom a few weeks ago, have a client coming this week to The Villages that is interested in a swim/spa and yet another past client who is interested.  I called the past client, and we went to check it out.The swim/spa expert at Spa Kingdom is Matt Grow and he knows his products plus they have a working swim/spa set up and you can make an appointment to get in the swim/spa.  We learned the different models, features plus the units are considered a luxury appliance which means no adding to your property taxes due to being portable unlike a pool.  Also, unlike pools they can be installed in just a few months compared to the time ...
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By Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Now that summer temperatures are heating up,  so are our electric bills.  Some may have increases that mimic a luxury car payment - whew!  BUT, there are ways to minimize those electric bills without breaking the bank.  Before you buy solar panels, listen up.  Small changes can make big impacts, so start small. Electric companies may offer an on or off peak power plan; meaning they'll charge you less for using power during "off peak" times.  On peak is a higher per kilowatt charge;  you may have a flat fee that you pay monthly that is based on an analysis of your annual energy usage.  Either way, analyze your electric bill first to understand when you are using the most electricity.   How you use  energy dictates what you  pay every month.  Plan to use as much power during off peak time...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
 To check out more of Homeowner and Seller’s Tips, visit my website: https://www.annasellsrealestate.com/fine/real/estate/homeownertip/custom/Homeowner-and-Real-Estate-Tips Anna Chroscicki with RE/MAX Masterpiece RealtyCall me at 772-485-4188 with any Real Estate Questions. Web-site:www.annasellsrealestate.com1775 SW Gatlin Blvd Ste 101, PSL, FL, 34953
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
French Drain Systems: When You Need Them It is hurricane season, so what better time to install a French drain to divert water where it needs to go? A French drain may be your cure if you have a soggy yard or a wet basement. Here’s how they work, when to use them, and the different types and costs. More Information    Bottom Line: "We 'R' The Realtors For That." Sign up for our Monthly Real Estate Newsletter We are Ambassadors for Pensacola, Pace, and Gulf Breeze, Florida. Whether you're a first-time guest or a frequent visitor, do as the locals do when you need to know something — whether about an excellent place to eat, job opportunities, or a real estate question. Call or text Charles Stallions at 850-476-4494 or email charles@charlesstallions.com. It's Who We "R." #PensacolaHomesFor...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Add Value to Your HomeWant to add value to your home? Make your most loved investment and earn the best return possible with these tips and ideas from real estate pros and savvy homeowners. From DIY projects to smart purchases, these stories can show you how to add value to your house. 8 Home Remodeling Projects With Top-Dollar Returns Not all home improvements are created equal. These will reward you the most when it comes time to sell. While any home improvement that brings you joy is priceless, not all add as much home equity as you might expect. More information   Bottom Line: "We 'R' The Realtors For That." Sign up for our Monthly Real Estate Newsletter We are Ambassadors for Pensacola, Pace, and Gulf Breeze, Florida. Whether you're a first-time guest or a frequent visitor, do as t...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Congratulations! Your home is under contract, and the buyer has ordered the home inspection. As the seller, you are probably busy packing for the big day. A hundred details are running through your mind. But take a few minutes to prepare for the home inspection.If your home is in need of repairs, hopefully you addressed these items before putting your home on the market. If not, now is a good time to remedy these concerns.  See this oldie but goodie inspection checklist.Remember, the inspector needs access under the kitchen sink**, as well as all the bathrooms sinks to check for leaks. It may not occur to you to tidy up these spaces before the inspector arrives. The inspector will not move items out of the way, so be sure the area is clear of cleaning supplies, detergent, and other item...
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By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 828-469-7462
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
Conover, NC is ripe for FHA 203k loansWho would have guessed? Actually, every area where homes are over 1 year old. That's right. No mistake.From a practical standpoint, I believe every home sale should be accompanied by a renovation loan. Why? Because it's rare for a home being sold to meet 100% of the buyer's expectations. A renovation loan empowers the buyer to customize the home to their liking, making it a perfect fit for their personality.As someone who is currently in the process of buying a home, I can personally attest to the benefits of a renovation loan. I have a specific vision for my master bathroom; a renovation loan makes that vision a reality. I believe that small renovations should be made as soon as possible after the purchase, so a renovation loan allows the closing t...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
I love flowers so in June I've found it is a great time to add some perennial beauty to my garden. Why not consider these seven stunning flowers: u Scabious: Gorgeous pin cushion flowers in shades of white, lilac, purple, pink, and burgundy.u Asclepia (Milkweed): Attracts pollinators like monarch butterflies and hummingbirds. u Echinops (Globe Thistle): Striking blue flower spheres with spiky, deer-resistant foliage.uAnise Hyssop: Hardy and low maintenance with dense clusters of flowers. uShasta Daisy: Tall, charming daisies perfect for full sun or part shade.uJoe Pye Weed: Vigorous and ideal for attracting bees, growing up to eight feet tall.uSatin Flower: Unique creamy yellow blooms on thin spire-like stems.Get inspired and start planting! The sooner you do the sooner you will enjoy a...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Back in 2018 when we built our paver patio, I started reminiscing of some of the tropical paradises I have visited in my past and many of them had fire and water features.  I sent Michelle a picture and said we should do this; it was from a beachfront hotel in Hawaii.  She responded great let’s go, oh no want to build something like that.  I convinced her to buy one firebowl, then two, three and finally the fourth one.  Love our patio and a great place for entertaining and a place in the evening to dine until when the mosquitoes show up then move to the lanai. Our firebowls each have a 20-pound propane tank which is the same size you use with a grill.  We have four extra tanks which means we try to have eight full tanks available.  After Hurricane Irma in 2017 when we lost power for day...
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