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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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  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 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 Sheila Moylan, Working To Get Value For Your Money
(C21 - Commonwealth)
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How Paint Color Choices Can Dramatically Affect The 'Mood' Of Your Home   Whether you're sprucing up your house to sell or simply looking for a color to bring out the beauty of your home, it's imperative that you do your homework. Before you head off to your local DIY store with a...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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Which type of polyurethane is better for refinishing hardwood floors - water-based or oil-based polyurethane? We offer both options, but I strongly prefer oil based poly over water based because: 1.  It looks better 2.  It lasts longer 3.  It costs less. So, it seems like a no brainer, right?  We...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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I get this question often from my customers - which type of hardwood should I use for pets?  It's a hard question to answer because truthfully all hardwood will dent and scratch over time - it's just a matter of how much and how much you can see it.  But I do not think this is a reason to...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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If you have hardwood floors underneath your carpet, is it better to refinish the hardwood or to recarpet? Which is less expensive?  I get this question often from my customers and it is such a lucky find when you have hardwood flooring underneath the carpet. Most customers prefer hardwood floorin...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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One of the most common questions I get is whether bamboo flooring is hard or soft. Of course, this is not a simple answer.  While bamboo is technically a grass, It's usually classified as a hardwood.  If you search on the web for the Janka hardness (a rating meant to standardize the hardness ...
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 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...
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 ...
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 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 Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
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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 Risa Liebster, Toluca Lake Real Estate
(Ramsey-Shilling Associates)
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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 Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~, Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
(US Inspect)
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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 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 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 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...