Home Improvement

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By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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 Installing It Incorrectly Can Mean A Lifetime of Problems With Moisture Intrusion.  As a contractor in the Sacramento area, I get to help homeowners with all sorts of repairs. Many of the repairs that I do involve moisture and the intrusion into the home. Water supply leaks, drainage problems, a...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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No one gets organized by planning to get organized at a later day and time. Wishful thinking does not beget results. Actions do. Being organized is not a static state. Paradoxically, order requires constant motion. It helps if you recognize these 6 organizing must haves if you are to remain on to...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Spring/Summer Home Improvement Project|Questions to Ask Contractors|  Above picture courtesy of Bing free to share, modify and use pictures There are numerous companies and individuals claiming to be reputable contractors who in reality are most likely fraud artists. I have read home improvement ...
By Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County)
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Every home I have  ever owned had had to have a porch...I am a porch person !This is a porch of a listing I have at : 1129 Scarlet Oak Drive  Greenville , NC  27858 This is a standard concrete porch that has been taped off and painted !  Do you like it ???  Click on address to see the rest of thi...
By Malendaz Coleman, FLAT FEE MLS LISTING SERVICES - LIST LOW AS $69.00
(FLAT MLS LISTING SERVICES )
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Many homeowners who are seeking to increase value to their homes enjoy the durability and easy maintenance when upgrading to granite countertops. Granite is one of the most durable of all stones, second only to diamonds. Granite, being created from molten rock, can withstand the heat from a hot p...
By Wandanna Melliphant, A Name Homeowners Trust and Recommend
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Another interesting and educational blog from " The Flooring Girl"Education and application is powerful indeed! Yes, and no. Technically, the color of the wood has no impact on how much the floor scratches. However, darker floors tend to show scratches, dirt, dents, footprints and imperfections m...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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  The Good News Is That The Post Isn't Supporting A Lot Of Weight  In looking at this overhang corner post, there is a clear separation between the post and overhang. This needs to be corrected for several reasons. The good news is that the post does not seem to be bearing a lot of weight right n...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Yes, and no. Technically, the color of the wood has no impact on how much the floor scratches. However, darker floors tend to show scratches, dirt, dents, footprints and imperfections more. So what impacts the scratching on wood?Primarily the finish of the wood, and the wood species (i.e. how har...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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We have your back when it comes to remodelingThat is just what it means to be a 203k consultant or renovation/remodel consultant. Most people don't remodel their home very often and guess who knows it? That is correct, the contractors know it and quite often they capitalize on it. Task was to add...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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The trend of outdoor rooms appears to be here to stay!  In our area north of Houston, we have been watching this trend unfold for sometime now.  While some of these rooms don't hit the mark with some less-than great DYI results, there are some that are simply stunning! The home that I am featurin...
By HomeRun Homes Inspection, LLC, "Covering all the bases to bring you HOME safe"
(HomeRun Homes Inspection, LLC)
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After such a long winter, and what seems to be a short spring with not much rain, caring for your lawn this season may be the landscaping battle of serenity vs. insanity. Running your garden hoses all over your property to keep up with a dry spell isn't what you might have in mind to keep your la...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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 Find and Repair the Source of the Water Intrusion First.  I know you are having moisture problems when it rains, I can see the sagging paint on the wall. This is a great indicator of a bad roof which needs to be repaired first. Any other repairs will be premature, the source of the moisture intr...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
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Minot Real Estate 101, Planning To Build?If you are planning to build, remodel, or add a room to your home why not start by taking a plan off the shelf?The Minot Public Library has over 100 books just on house plans! This only scratches the surface of books related to remodeling and other home im...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Whenever I see a model home, I marvel at how a professional designer can throw together a beautiful living space with so many creative ideas so quickly. Some peoples’ minds are just wired that way, but obviously mine is not. In fact, the one course in college I ever dropped mid-term was Interior ...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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 That Plumbing Drain Needs to be About 9 Inches Lower While remodeling in the McKinley Park Area of Sacramento, we come across some things that differ in size and height requirements when install new products. This can show up in many forms when working on those older buildings in Sacramento. Kno...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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  Take a look at your brass fixtures, are they looking bad? Many of the brass plumbing fixtures that we see have discolored or tarnished over the years. Many of the fixtures are cheaply made and do not last long before looking bad. Sometimes it is worth paying for better plumbing fixtures.  
By Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(Special Miami Homes)
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Water heaters aren’t the types of thing that get ogled on Pinterest. But when yours goes kaput, a new water heater quickly becomes your most coveted major appliance. We tell you what you need to know before buying an electric or gas storage tank water heater so you can pick the best option for yo...
By Karen Salmon, Okotoks Real Estate Agent
(Royal LePage Benchmark)
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 Sometimes, home owners don’t consider the possibility of a burglary until something bad happens - a break-in, a car theft or any other unfortunate event that violates their sense of security. You can never predict when something like this will occur, but there are plenty of things that can be do...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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There is money well spent and money that’s not. Today we review which is which, prioritizing the return on your investment dollars. http://bit.ly/5-Remodels-Improve-Resale-Value 
By Laura Filip RE/MAX UTOPIA | Whitesboro Tx 76273 903-271-4978, Your locally owned RE/MAX OFFICE WHITESBORO TX
(RE/MAX UTOPIA Whitesboro Tx 76273, Serving all of Texoma )
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Does drive up really matter | Texoma homes for sale    The Art of the Approach: Curb Appeal, and MoreWhen considering the mysteries of what attracts the ultimate buyer, few will deny that "curb-appeal" is a sort of magic bullet. The term is a buzz word for the enticing image of your home as seen ...