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Education & Training - Maryland Real Estate Secrets
The end of a project can be the most exciting as well as the most nerve wracking. It seems there are a thousand little details to contend with. The way that you get a handle on all of those details is by creating a punch-list of things that need to be done. The list needs to be sorted by priority...
Termites and other pests can be a minor nuisance or a major problem. You should never purchase a home without having a pest inspection. It is usually the seller's responsibility to be sure that the house is termite free prior to sale. If there is significant damage, you can use that as a bargaini...
A major concern that is getting a lot of media attention is mold. This is something that cannot be ignored. There are many different kinds of mold. Some mold is fairly benign and can be dealt with easily. Other forms of mold, such as black mold, are highly toxic and can be difficult to remove. Ma...
So far everything is going according to plan. You've planned everything carefully, coordinated all of the work and followed the timeline. Things are going smoothly and suddenly an issue pops up or a problem rears its ugly head. It could be any number of things. Maybe you encountered electrical or...
How is the entry door? Should it be changed or painted? Having a front door that stands out in a positive way can have a dramatic effect on the entire house. If there is a screen door or storm door, what kind of shape is it in? If it doesn't look good it should be replaced. How is the landscaping...
One area that shouldn't be overlooked is landscaping. Many new flippers do not want to spend time and money on the yard. They do not realize the importance of curb appeal. When you are out looking at properties, pay attention to how you react when you see a house for the first time. Chances are t...
Pre-finished wood flooring is great if you are looking to install a new hardwood floor. You eliminate a lot of steps because you do not have to install the floor and then put stain and polyurethane on it. The cost is generally similar but the time you save may be well worth it. Laminate floors ar...
Flooring is an area that can easily update the look of a house. Start with carpeting. What kind of condition is it in? If it is fairly new and in good shape you can have it cleaned. In most cases with a flipping project it will not be in good shape. When it comes to flooring remember the followin...
You need to consider your lighting choices when renovating a house. You have many options including recessed lighting, track lighting, fluorescent fixtures and traditional incandescent lighting. The style of the house will dictate your choices. A contemporary style house will have lighting fixtur...
The bathroom is another critical room in the house. Older houses had simple but functional bathrooms. They were typically 5'x7' with a tub, toilet and sink. Today you will find oversized whirlpool tubs, separate showers, double sinks, closets and a toilet. The bathroom in a newer house is frequen...

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