Home Improvement

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By HomeRun Homes Inspection, LLC, "Covering all the bases to bring you HOME safe"
(HomeRun Homes Inspection, LLC)
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OIL HEAT – Is Not TABOO For many homeowners living in the tri-state and New England markets, oil heat might be your primary source of fuel in order to stay comfortable in the winter. Unfortunately, the further north you travel, the less likely natural gas will even exist. As a home inspector and ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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The best of 2014 - My Top 10 Hardwood flooring articles As the year is coming to a close, I thought it would be helpful to reflect on my top flooring articles for the year. These are sorted by number of clicks and generally represent the most frequently asked hardwood flooring questions we get.  ...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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Foundation Problems? There Are Solutions For Just About Any Situation   The following case study is another in a series that ON THE LEVEL General Contractors Inc. will be presenting during what is shaping up to be a very wet, windy and wild winter season in San Diego. The cost to demolish and reb...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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         More often than not, the permits required for updates, remodeling, additions, finishing lower levels, converting the breezeway, etc. are pulled by the contractor(s)...not the homeowner.  The bathroom that was added...the wet bar in the rec room...the ceiling dropped and lights added...a...
By N. Joel Walter, Cr (Certified Remodeler)
(N.J.W. Construction Inc)
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  NJW your Columbus, Ohio contractor knows that once construction is completed on a home renovation or remodel everyone is anxious to utilize the space, or “move into” the area...but one thing that must not be overlooked is clean-up. At NJW Construction we believe this is an important aspect to t...
By David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948
(The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
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Is a Smart Home Really Smart?   Smart homes take great advantage of modern building techniques and automation technology to give you a new control level. A smart home may be built from scratch with automation as a key design goal or constructed from an existing home during renovation. In both cas...
By Julie Pelle, Luxury Homes & Properties
(Realty One Group, Inc)
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Julie Pelle's Remodel Finishes and Ideas North Scottsdale Remodel Finishes & Design Ideas Custom furniture pieces are a great way to personalize your home and add value. Distinct pieces can be refinished and retrofitted to create unique and fun effects. For the bathrooms illustrated above, I wor...
By Kathryn Gorham, Emerald Isle NC Crystal Coast
(Sun Surf Realty)
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    Simple Home Repair Jobs to Lift You Out of Winter’s Funk   Nobody likes to be stuck inside during the winter. Might as well get some simple home repair jobs done while you have the time. Here is a list of great ideas of things to tackle this winter while you are waiting on warmer weather. Cli...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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10 Tips to get your Garage Organized Let's face it, with the holidays quickly approaching, one of the last things on many homeowners minds is getting their garage organized. That could be a mistake because new gifts this time of year often mean that existing "things" fall out of favor and get add...
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 May Be Surprised At What We Are Going To See Under That Wood Deck.   I have torn apart more than my share of wooded decks that have rotted over time. Dirt, debris and moisture can cause wooden deck to get mushy pretty quickly if they are not maintained. Here is just a quick look at what a d...
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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    Would You Re-Install These Ugly Counters Just To Save A few Dollars?     Homeowners are sometimes stuck with a decision between putting back the existing pieces or paying a little extra to upgrade to something better. Though it may cost a little more and not be covered under the insurance cla...
By Zablockis Group, Zablockis Real Estate Group
(Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas)
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Budget is everyone's biggest fear when it comes to remodeling a house. So what can we do to make it easier for our budget? All we ever wanted is our dream house at a price we can afford and we exhaust all efforts we have to achieve it. With some strategic thinking about design, materials, and tim...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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Foundation Maintenance. Things A Homeowner Needs To Know.   With what could be a very wet and rainy year for San Diegians County wide there is a very good liklihood that many homeowners will experience some type of foundation and/or drainage issue be it during the rainy season or perhaps even mon...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Do You Have Cord Management Issues? My office has had cords hanging over the top, on the floor, a track with 4 items plugged in and of course I am always tripping over it and worried someone else will too. This definitely is a hazard with the lamp, computer, iPad and cell phone all needing to be ...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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  A Sellers Checklist Now That The Home is Listed, Going into 2015! Now that your property is the open market, following these simple rules will help speed up your sale.          Make sure the grass is cut and bushes trimmed on a weekly basis!        Remove any outside trash or other items which ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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A forced air unit on a 203k I was working on was gutted. They took the blower, motor and circuit board. What can my client do? I'm afraid this is an insurance matter for the contractor. The contractor should have "work in progress" insurance to cover this. The home owner's policy might also cover...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Renovation mortgages are simply new mortgage loans that include the renovation funds to make those needed repairs. It can be for a purchase or a refinance. The FannieMae  HomeStyle® Renovation Mortgage is one of the most popular along with the FHA 203k loan program for doing this.    Why would yo...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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Most everyone is familiar with the pink fiberglass insulation found in many, many homes. Everyone knows the pink feline character that shows us how this stuff will keep our homes warm and our energy bills reasonable. If only he had an infrared camera, the things he'd see! There has been controver...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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California receives U.S. funding for earthquake early-warning system   California has finally received congressional funding of up to 5 million dollars to initiate an EARTHQUAKE WARNING SYSTEM in 2015.    From its inception California's effort was hampered by funding problems, which slowed the in...
By Heidi Hovatter - Sonora & Twain Harte, Heidi The Home Hunter
(Century 21 Wildwood - Selling Homes and Cabins in Tuolumne County)
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What is Twain Harte Cabin Watch? A business caring for the needs of your vacation cabins and homes in Twain Harte, when you cannot be present. The primary emphasis is security, storm damage, and any property changes that  may occur throughout the various seasons, and notifying you of such changes...