Home Improvement

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By Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
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Welcome to March -  We are almost to the time when it I get itchy to make soe improvements to my house - I'm thinking you might too. And I'm not just talking about some new seed on the lawn.  So, over the past few years, sales people have likely been banging your door in trying to sell you anythi...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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Home Depot used to have Ralph Lauren paint and then they discontinued it. Now they've brought it back.  It is expensive, but you get what you pay for; and it's not only the designer name. Ralph Lauren paint is a high, quality paint and from my past experience, it doesn't glob up like some of the ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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       If you are considering a kitchen remodeling project or ANY remodeling project...my First piece of advice is to make a list of everything ...appliance, feature, material....that you think you want to include. Secondly research those products, brands, materials and make sure that "pretty is ...
By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
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The most effective way for homeowners considering selling to improve value is to consider smaller replacement projects. Those that enhance curb appeal remain the highest on the bang for your buck list. Here is a list detailing the average costs of home renovation projects,( all under $1,500 ), a...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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One Bathroom In The House, Can I Remove The Tub and Only Have A Shower?   That’s what I was asked by someone a few years ago.   The short answer, is “Of course, it’s your home.  You can do whatever you like”.   But   What if(and he had indicated he might) I ever want to sell?   Well, there will b...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Don't Let the Birds Ruin the Showing on Your Home Birds played havoc with a community in the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Birds. They could be heard and seen and they would even attack adults and children. It was eerie and a real thriller and kept you on the edge of your seat. However if you ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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This week, I hit a new threshold on my website.  I now have 2 articles that each have over 80,000 clicks. How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors? Oil vs water poly - Which is better for sanding hardwood floors?     These two articles continue to get ongoing traffic.  The first one is n...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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With Old Man Winter around, many people get stuck indoors wishing for Spring to arrive soon. It is a perfect time to take on a small home improvement project, that can lift both you and your home out of the winter doldrums.    Install a Programmable Thermostat Upgrading to a programmable thermost...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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Save Energy by Installing Ceiling Fans In this informative video by the experts at The Home Depot, learn how using the proper ceiling fan with your thermostat can help you save on your heating and cooling bills. ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fans with CFL light kits are about 50% more efficient ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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2015 Carpet Trends | Westchester County NY   Carpet color and style can help personalize your space as well as add comfort and warmth. Carpet can either provide a neutral palette background, or become a focal point for the room (especially if it's an area rug). So, here are the carpet trends I'm ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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Which is better... select grade or Number 1 oak flooring? Most customers don't realize that there are different grades of oak flooring. They just assume all oak flooring is the same.   For oak flooring, there are 3 main grades: select, Number 1 common and Number 2 common. Select grade is generall...
By Michael Fagan
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors)
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  (BPT) – A growing trend among interior designers is layering unique patterns and textures for heightened visual interest. Get inspired to layer elements in your home with these ideas.Fancy Frames – An empty wall holds endless potential. If the room is small, expand your space with a mirror coll...
By Cathy Perry
(Keller Williams Realty)
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For over a decade, granite counter tops have been the symbol of luxury in a kitchen, and sometimes in the bath.  Now many are starting to wonder if granite is losing its luxury luster in favor of other options like quartz, marble, and, for the braver design souls, glass, exotic wood or concrete. ...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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100+ Green Home & Energy Efficiency Tips & Links. Over 100+ free Tips & Links to common asked questions regarding Green Homes, Energy Efficiency and living a Sustainable Lifestyle just click on the links below. GREEN HOMES & ENERGY EFFICIENCY ~ What Is An Energy Star Home ???  Green Homes Market ...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
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A Home Should be Timeless There is an interesting Infographic put out by the California Association of Realtor's (CAR) showing what people want in Technology for their homes. Here it is: Well it is no secret but people want Technology in their homes, they want homes integrated with their smart ph...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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Are you counting the days until the first day of spring?  Or counting until the warm weather arrives?  Either way, most of us think about spring cleaning whether we like it or not. Here's some helpful motivation. We’ve put together a spring cleaning list for those areas in our homes we most negle...
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 Are Right, Those Windows Have Failed     Dual pane windows do offer some thermal benefits that single pane windows does not. When new the two sheets of glass are separated by a moisture free barrier. The windows are clear and much better than the single pane windows of the past. Over time t...
By Holli McCray, Keller Williams Realty - Knoxville West
(Keller Williams Realty/Knoxville Premier Properties, LLC)
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The Holli McCray Group @ Keller Williams Realty (865) 291-0355 Homeowner's Tip - The Benefits of LED Lighting Search the current inventory of homes in the Knoxville area   Most of us have heard of LED Lighting at this point, but if you're like me, you don't really know why LED (light-emitting dio...
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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  There Was A Lot Going On Inside That Wall     We don't get to do all the repairs in Sacramento, sometimes we have to share the work with others. The manager contracted with a plumbing contractor to do the repairs and needed us to close things open when they were through. We get to see a lot of ...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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In spite of the rain we've had in the Dallas area this winter, we are still in a drought, with many local area lakes significantly below normal.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center and Dallas water Utilities are once again teaming up to sponsor Free classes to share information about  plants...