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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 73
Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "What types of hardwood flooring are best for dogs?"   Of course, this is a loaded question, and it's challengin...
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)
Comments 16
  What is Required For a Barrier-Free Bathroom?   There are plenty of rules, codes, and guidelines for a general contractor to make a home wheelchair accessible. I was asked to look at a home today for an emergency alteration to a home that was going to be getting a young woman in a wheelchair. T...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
Comments 23
Installing a Television Over a Fireplace   The area over the fireplace has become a very popular place for installing a television. Some installers, however, may not fully consider some of the issues that may result from the installation. Heat may be a major factor because heat may very well dama...
By Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
(BHG The Masiello Group)
Comments 19
Clients often ask what flooring is best if they have dogs.  The Flooring Lady has the Answers.  I know you will enjoy this recent post. Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th).  I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs.  One of the most frequently a...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 35
My New Rochelle client was definitely a challenge.  Having recently remodeled her kitchen in white, white and more white, I knew that a pop of color was definitely in order.  And, the narrow space between the built in banquette and her oversized island, required that I design a custom table. I wo...
By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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Pensacola Florida 32514: Homes in Pensacola For Sale, Buyers Rebates, Free Foreclosure List of Homes in Pensacola, Pace and Gulf Breeze Florida.    Pensacola Florida 32514: The porch is making a comeback    42% of new homes had porches 20 years ago; today, it's 63%. More buyers want a home that ...
By Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
(RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com)
Comments 4
Hardwood Floors work perfectly for this dog lover! The only thing that needs to be mentioned is that I keep a vacuum cleaner busy every day or so. The dog fur shows up easily but cleans up easily, too. I have used Murphy's Oil Soap for years to keep them clean.  Yes, today is National Dog Day (Au...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 55
2013 Flooring Trends - The Top 6 trends - Westchester County NY 1. Hardwood Flooring is the preferred flooring surface. There's no contest - hardwood is in baby! It is by far the preferred flooring surface in Westchester County, especially for the main living areas of the home (i.e. living room, ...
By Karen Mathers - YOUR Vero Beach Realtor, When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate)
Comments 8
The upcoming Labor Day weekend is an excellent opportunity to do those little tasks that we do not often think about!  Grab your note pad, old fashioned pen and paper or your phone, and start making a list of the little things we sometimes overlook.   This is a perfect time to check the following...
By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 19
Dirty bathrooms are a huge turnoff for home buyers.  Mold is another huge turnoff.  Combine the two and the 'yuck' factor multiplies.  I think everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible.   I recently moved in to home with some...
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)
Comments 6
  She Won't Be Able To Fit In The Door!         When it comes to making a bathroom accessible for the handicapped, you have to start with the door opening. Typically, the door needs to be 36” wide and we have less than 28”.   No matter what gets scheduled on the inside, this doorway needs to be o...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 2
Below is a copy of my 11th Flooring newsletter for local real estate agents.  Apologies if the formatting is not quite right.   And, if you have an interest in subscribing, just let just shoot me an email w/ your email addy (or leave it in your comments).         Subject: 3 big tips for new home ...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
Comments 4
What makes your house a home?  The warmth of the atmosphere, as reflected in your home furnishings.  Each decoration is part of an intricate ensemble. Some ways to update your home, making it feel fresh while keeping your favorite pieces of furniture: Choose a consistent design, theme, overall fe...
By Jason Potrzeba, Private Money & Commercial Mortgage Broker - MA/RI
(Acadia Advisory Group LLC)
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Here is a before and after showcasing Hard Money in action. This client had originally gone to a local conventional lender who said "Yes" before they said "No". Party poopers... A Private Money lender was able to come in and save the day! Don't let an opportunity pass you by because of a banks in...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 53
  Reading and preparing contracts is something Realtors® do all the time. Whenever a client is presented with a contract, they need to read it and know what they are signing.   While getting bids on home repairs for my property, I was given a bid for work I agreed to have done but when I received...
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)
Comments 14
    Hairline Crack in This Sacramento Bathroom Drain   Sometimes a contractor has to be persistent in an attempt to find the source of a water leak. Seeing that the water is leaking is one thing, fixing the problem is another. That was our task yesterday, finding a plumbing leak under the tub. Fr...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
Comments 18
Can I Use Hardwood for my Kitchen Floor?   I'm no flooring expert. So, if you're looking for expertise, please feel free to move on. However, if you're thinking of putting down a hardwood floor in your kitchen, and you're open to anecdotal advice, from one who's currently there, I'm your gal.  Th...
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)
Comments 2
Two water heaters schedule to be installed on the same day, different properties.   Water heater installations and replacements seem to come in groups, I’m not sure why that is but it happened again. So this week I need to install two water heater units, one at each of two different properties. ...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 11
This is an incredibly informative article for all of you clients of mine (and friends) who have dogs and are wondering about the right kind of wood floors to get....Debbie Gartner has all of the answers! Please be sure and comment on the original blogpost! Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 2...
By Brian Heckman, Brian Heckman- Florida Mortgage Lender
(The Heckman Group)
Comments 2
       It's not real gold, of course. Gilded gold is one of the top trends of the fall, and getting a rich look in your space is easy with the right accessories and a soft touch. After all, you don't want to end up looking like the Palace of Versailles. Unless that's your thing, in which case, w...