Home Improvement

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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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  Real Costs  and Caveats:  Remodel Project: Gut Rehab (3) In Parts 1 and 2 of this series we took a look at Sellers who choose to put in about $3,000 in a cosmetic updates – i.e.  granite countertops,  stainless steel appliances, and a new coat of paint simply- figuring that potential Buyers si...
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 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 Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,FHA 203k,Jumbo Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
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Hard to believe it but it's already August and the leaves will soon be blowing.  Here's a great article I found, courtesy of YOU Magazine, with a checklist of areas around your home that you may want to spend a little time on before the autumn breeze blows. Here's a handy checklist of...
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 Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Indoor Plants Help Remove Biological Toxins and Make Your Air Quality Better   During the summertime we find ourselves spending more time indoors. Most homes have biological pollutants that can cause health problems. Poor air quality is typically the problem and not always detectable.   People wh...
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 Jennifer Cowan
(The Cowan Connection Team)
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The Yin & Yang Symbol means balance and harmony, light and dark, masculine and feminine, sun and moon and more... We'd like to offer more suggestions on how you can use Yin & Yang in your home to live happier, sell faster and buy the best!  Go to Ying and Yang In Your Home – Feng Shu...
By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
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Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...
By Shelby DiBiase, Investing In Your Future
(REMAX Professionals)
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It has been said that gardening can be benefitial in several ways, but in a new study according to the National Institute of Health it can also help combat obesity!! In the article listed below you can find more ways that gardening can not only help improve your life but also your home.  http://w...
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 Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Just a touch away, Delta Touch2O faucets                 East Wenatchee Home Inspections Lets start with a lyric from a famous classic rock band   “Nothing much, is all I know and it's alright, oh yes Light as a feather, and just a touch away”   Deep Purple   During a recent home inspection I...
By Ralph Mark Maupin, Michigan Real Estate Investors Host
(National Real Estate Network, LLC)
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Times have changed and so has the economy. In these tough economic times, it is important to make every single cent count. This means having to make some changes so that the amount of recurring costs is reduced and that paycheck is going to last a little longer. When it comes to the value of your...
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 Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC
(Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty)
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Five Easy Ways To Lower Your Home Insurance While home insurance doesn't account for a big part of your mortgage, it is one of those little costs that can quickly add up if you're not careful. Here are the top 5 ways to lower your home insurance costs: 1.  Shop Around Let's face it, m...
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 Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen"
(Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty)
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In the real estate and real estate support industry we see both extremes and everything in between. From the 1820 Garrison Brick Colonial that has original windows and little if any insulation to the Leeds certified 5 star plus energy efficient new builds that are going up in all climates.  Yes, ...