Home Improvement

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By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
Comments 29
How to Decorate a Small Space   Whether it's a small condo in a big city or a small home office, we all have spaces that need to be utilized to their full potential. No one likes to walk into a small room and have it actually feel small. This Montgomery County PA home stager is giving some re...
By Amy Boehm, Your Realtor For Life
(Keller Williams Realty - Boerne Hill Country)
Comments 4
Your summer honey-do list or do it yourself .  There's always something to do around the house when you are a homeowner, but sometimes you just don't think of everything, so here's a list to help you get started..      Call for exterminator service, those pesky pest get pretty active ...
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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  Geared up for an apartment cabinet and counter upgrade in Sacramento.     It has been a long time in the works but I am ready to jump into a small 5 day apartment upgrade project. The cabinets had to be ordered 4 weeks ago and they are ready today. The counters were delivered today right on tim...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
Comments 26
How to Add Color to Your Outdoor Space.   Summer is officially upon us. With all the warm nights it's the perfect time to enjoy sitting outside on your patio or deck. And when you spend so much time in your outdoor space, you want it to feel comfortable. You want it to be your second living r...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 7
Don't Like the Location? – Move Your Home I’ve met many homeowners over my short, 7-year career, and one complaint I’ve heard often enough is, they love their home, but they wish they could pick it up and move it somewhere else, and then life would be perfect. Their home would then be the per...
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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  You never know what is behind that bad siding being replaced.     We had a few areas of siding repair to do today on the side of an apartment building. As we pulled off the first piece of lap siding we found a large section of the wall packed with animal droppings. On closer inspection, it turn...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
Comments 2
How To Spot And Treat Mold In Your Home   The first sign of mold you notice may be a musty smell in your Needham, MA home.  After looking around, you spot what looks like mold.  Don’t panic.  You can remove unhealthy mold from your house without paying an arm and a leg.   Check To Be Sure It'...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 1
$875 / 4br - 1317ft² - ▐►Summerville Rent to Own Duplex (131 Boone Street) 4BR / 2.5Ba 1317ft2 duplexavailable jul 12w/d hookups off-street parking 131 Boone StreetThis is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned Community.Summerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester District 2 Sc...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 10
Home Trends:  The Single Sink is Making a Come Back You wouldn't think that a trend could affect something as non-interesting as a kitchen sink.  Naturally, the undermount sink made a lot of sense when we started spending thousands on countertop finishes  like quartz and granite.  Who wouldn&...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
Comments 8
Green Home Tips:   Are you considering purchasing or building a custom Green Home in the Albuquerque or Rio Rancho NM area?  If so I hope you check out the 3 great tips Laura gives then I hope you contact me, REALTOR® John McCormack.  I would love to assist you in your Green Home purchase or buil...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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I Can Still See You Hiding in the Bushes The bunnies have gotten used to us as I am sure they think we invaded their territory. Now, they don't even run off but just sit there. This little guy last night just stuck his nose in the bush. He never did leave!           Here is a picture from the...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
Comments 1
Discover Why Your Homes Aren't Selling in Norfolk County   Just when you think you've done everything you need to do to get your home ready for the market, months pass and your home doesn't sell. Consider a few factors that can effect your goal of selling your home.   nPriced Too High...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 1
Don't like the location, move your home, is a weird way to option a different passage of locationing a home. To read how to move your home, continue reading. Don't Like the Location? – Move Your Home I’ve met many homeowners over my short, 7-year career, and one complaint I’ve heard often...
By Andrew Sherant, Realtor of the Google age, like an app but better!
Comments 4
Value is defined as the importance, worth or usefulness of something; to estimate the monetary worth of something. When the subject is a home, and what adds value to it, then breaking it down into its most common denominator is necessary. A family looking for a home decides that it has enough spa...
By Dave Hill PhD,ePro,SFR,CIAS,BPOR,CNE,CSC Chicago Real Estate Agent
(Midwest Premier Realty, Gurnee IL 224-321-0699)
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Developers have to have a wealth of knowledge and the resolve to follow through on the development process.   However, there are several costs that need to be identified and planned for before your development is ready to start returning a profit. Here are some of the common costs associated with...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
Comments 1
At NJW, your Columbus, Ohio general contractors, we are always trying to find ways to be environmentally conscious, and we like to help our customers do the same when they are considering a home renovation, or remodeling project. We enjoyed reading an article on remodelingmag.com which spoke abo...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 0
How to add color to your outdoor space, is an insightful relevant article that can aid in establishing color in an outdoor space. To hear how to add color to your outdoor space, go to the article below. How to Add Color to Your Outdoor Space.   Summer is officially upon us. With all the warm nigh...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
Comments 0
Stop the Rot: The Easy Guide to Preventing Dry Rot in Your Home   Did you know that dry rot is ironically created from having too much moisture come in contact with wood? The fact is many homeowners are unaware that dry rot is even setting in, so the first step toward prevention is being able to ...
By Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
Comments 0
Three Surprising Spots in Your Home That Might Be Aggravating Your Allergies   Environmental allergens affect the way many people live their lives and clean their homes. Allergens make their way into our houses, and can settle in some unexpected places – but knowing where these irritants can hide...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 0
How to decorate a small space, is an helpful article for detailing small spaces. For the specific details on how to decorate a small space, see below. How to Decorate a Small Space   Whether it's a small condo in a big city or a small home office, we all have spaces that need to be utilized t...