Home Improvement

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By Colorado Dream House Team, Real People. Real Professionals. Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty DTC)
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Do you remember the good old days when all you had to do before buying a home was an inspection? I am sure that there are people who are reading this and were saying, “Inspection? We didn’t need no stinking inspection!” do buy a home. Yes, I believe that there are some of you out there who did so...
By THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM - ASHEVILLE Land and Signature Mountain Homes, Knowledge. Insight. We Walk the Extra Acreage !
(Signature Mountain Homes and LAND- Asheville 1031 Realty, Inc.)
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      While reviewing a Seller’s bungalow built here in Asheville in the 1900s the Home Inspector discovered a number of “issues”. Now, as you know, “issues”(as per the list that follows in Part 2)  can be of concern. Depending on the objectives of the Sellers and their potential Buyers, this is ...
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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  If The Wall Air Conditioner is a Different Size, You Need to Change the Opening.     One of the services that we provide to apartment managers is the replacement of wall A/C units. It's not a big job, but during the summer months in the Sacramento area we install a lot of new units. The old...
By THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM - ASHEVILLE Land and Signature Mountain Homes, Knowledge. Insight. We Walk the Extra Acreage !
(Signature Mountain Homes and LAND- Asheville 1031 Realty, Inc.)
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    Planning and creating a dwelling place that is designed for life makes sense regardless of one's age. But you may not be aware of a trend. Take a look at these statistics!   Eighty (80) percent of older people today say they prefer live in their own homes. And this holds true here in Ashe...
Here is a helpful article for horse owners. Did you know that Keller Williams Realty Homes and Estates has a Farm and Ranch Division? We sure do. As a matter of fact, my family and I raise Clydesdale Horses at our place, Shamrock Stables in Yaphank. If you are interested in a horse property, for ...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Choosing The Right Paint For Your Madison And Huntsville Alabama Home In Madison and Huntsville Alabama as in other areas there are many newly constructed homes coming on the market featuring the latest trends, features and paint colors.  I believe any home including existing homes should try to ...
By THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM - ASHEVILLE Land and Signature Mountain Homes, Knowledge. Insight. We Walk the Extra Acreage !
(Signature Mountain Homes and LAND- Asheville 1031 Realty, Inc.)
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 Buyer-Seller Issues, Home Inspectors, Real Costs  and Caveats (2)          The Scenario:Older home. Rental property.Inspector discovers a number of “issues” in this 1900s  attractive home.  In this case, will  theSellers chose to leave the  rehab of the rental property in the University Distric...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Has Star Trek finally arrived? I remember back in the day that a lot of us were looking forward to flying cars, computer controlled homes that could “talk” to us and robot maids that could do all of our housework for us. Well, it seems that we aren’t even close to these dreams, or are we?   Have...
By Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
Comments 7
With summer heating up, you may be spending more time entertaining on your patio and deck. Hanging out until the sun goes down and cooler temperatures set in is especially refreshing - that is, until the mosquitoes arrive! But wait, before you reach for your bug spray, try some of these natural m...
By Richard Woodward, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Interlinc Mortgage Services, LLC #205696)
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We think every home should be purchased with a renovation mortgage. The first thing most people want to do when they buy their home is - “make it theirs” new carpet, paint, update the kitchen, and bathrooms. But most cases the new home owner often lacks the money to do all that they want to do. ...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
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Real estate agents always tell potential sellers it is to their benefit to spruce up the home before it is put on the market. BUT MY ADVICE IS THIS: Do regular maintenance work on your home and you will not only extend the life of it, but it will take less time and effort if you ever needed to se...
By Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
Comments 7
Summer is in full swing and we are spending lots of time entertaining. If you have a deck, it's probably a popular venue for meals and get-togethers. But are you feeling like your space is a bit dull or drab despite the vibrance of summer? Dress it up with these 7 ideas!     Add Some Plant Li...
By Risa Liebster, Toluca Lake Real Estate
(Ramsey-Shilling Associates)
Comments 4
Light or Dark Wood: What is Your Cup of Tea?     According to a number of interior trends writers and design professionals, when it comes to wood in the home, colors such as ebony and espresso are making way for caramel, blonde and honey. For example, instead of dark tones on a floor contrasting...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
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If you think that you only have to decide on what colors to choose, think again. There are other things to consider. Like for instance the type of finish. Read this blog from Nick Pappas to learn more about the right paint for your home. Choosing The Right Paint For Your Madison And Huntsville Al...
By Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
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  Once every other year is a great time to clean and protect your deck. It might not be the hassle you thought it would be! Here's how to wash your deck in 6 easy steps: Before you start, choose a cloudy day so that the sun won't evaporate the cleaning liquid.  Move everything off the de...
By Julie Pelle, Luxury Homes & Properties
(Realty One Group, Inc)
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Selecting Fixture Finishes Remodel by Skapa Holdings LLC   Selecting Fixture Finishes Bath and kitchen fixtures are an essential aspect of home design and can transform a room to add significant value. Besides budget, factors to consider when selecting new fixtures include visual appeal, room si...
By Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager
(Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY)
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We romanticize mavericks, and secretly relish the image of rebels or non-conformist, but home at night in our bunny slippers, deep down- we crave order, yearn for accomplishments, and welcome new beginnings. YUP, it's what we really, really want. This week we saw the first day of the month, a...
By 3BlindMiceUSA.com Custom Blinds, Shades, Shutters & More!, San Diego | Sacramento | Austin
(3BlindMiceUSA.com- San Diego Window Coverings)
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-- ORIGINALLY POSTED AT 3BlindMice -- Qsync manages your shades from your tablet or smartphone! Relax from your couch and let QMotion’s Qsync advanced Shading System control all the QMotion shades in your home. With ease of installation, industry leading battery life, and a near silent drapery tr...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
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FREE LEED BD & C STUDY CHART.   If you are going to take the LEED AP exam for Building Design & Construction (LEED BD & C) here is a one page excel spreadsheet cheat sheet chart that is FREE. It will help you remember all the prerequisites and credit for LEED Green Building Design and...
By Shelby DiBiase, Investing In Your Future
(REMAX Professionals)
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Here is a BEFORE and AFTER of one of our client's homes we are about to list! We take pride in how our listings are showcased. A little bit of maintenance can make a huge difference in the value of your home.Call the DiBiase Team today if you would like us to show you what little improvements...