Home Improvement

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By Ed Silva, CDPE, GRI, ABR, Real Estate Agent
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
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A Kitchen Upgrade That adds Value and Happiness So often we hear of clients doing upgrades to kitchens and baths to their homes to make them more sale-able. I have said it often and given my opinion to clients when asked if it would be a good idea. My wife has overheard some of these calls, and h...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
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Homeowners: Fast Fixes For Household Sounds If you've heard knocking, creaking, gurgling or scratching sounds in your house, this information is for you.  These noises can occur in homes of all ages, and they're usually easy to fix. We work by referrals and so if you or someone you know needs a r...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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7 Signs You Have a Drainage Problem By: Jeanne Huber Published: August 28, 2009 Finding drainage problems when they’re smaller and easier to fix can save you thousands of dollars and plenty of headaches down the line. You don’t have to be a geophysicist to know that puddles in the basement or a l...
By Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
(Marshall Enterprises)
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We live in a quiet neighborhood that winds around a small lake.  Most of the neighbors at least know those who live within one or two houses away.  Some more than that.  We are fortunate to have mostly one acre lots.  Some are less than one acre on the lake, but we pass each other and still wave....
By The Condo Guy Bill Desautels, RE/MAX North Professionls
(The Condo Guy)
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Spring has arrived! The flowers are blossoming, the greyness of the sky is clearing, and the air is warming. The best season to sell your home is here, and with the added natural light and blossoming colors, you can easily take advantage of the benefits of spring when it comes to selling your ho...
By DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
(Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA)
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I'm sure one day I'll be blogging that Oak is back but for now.... Oak is out, paint is in! Black, white, cream, beige.....   Here are some before and after pictures of a listing I have in Cameron Park, CA. This kitchen was really dark so the seller opted for a lighter color.  Keep in mind that t...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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It is a snap. Snap connectors in Manufactured Homes and Stick Framed Homes.   From a recent Home Inspector forum someone asked about snap connectors which is fairly common in manufactured homes. When I am doing a home inspection on manufactured home I often see these connectors at the marriage li...
By Melania & Jim Saltarella, Experience the Magic!
(Atlanta Communities)
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April 15, 2014 Tom Sullivan Lumber Liquidators 3000 John Deere Road Toano VA  23168   RE:  Clients:  Melania & Jim Saltarella, 3413 Ravensworth Trace, Kennesaw, GA 30144.  Phone:  770-653-0755.  Defective Product from Kennesaw GA Store, Purchased June 19, 2013   Dear Mr. Sullivan:   We went into ...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Time to Start Your Spring Planting... but Watch Out for Pests                                                Those are some big gopher holes.          Get rid of any pests in your yard before they kill your beautiful new plantings.     Thanks for reading my Blog.... Kristin Hamilton DRE #01409213...
By Daryl Watters, Daryl Watters
(A Accredited Mold Inspection Service, Inc. )
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  We have been asked a few times "is the mold in my AC ducts toxic mold?   The answer in the vast majority of cases is no.   Toxic mold loves to grow on soaking wet cellulose rich materials like paper and drywall, and the interior of AC ducts is not rich in cellulose, and is not typically soaking...
By Christina Swanson, Keller Williams of Southern Arizona
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Five Places Mold Could Be Hiding In Your Home    Even the most aesthetically pleasing homes can have mold issues. A type of fungus that thrives on moisture, mold can trigger symptoms such as itching eyes, asthma attacks and bouts of sneezing or coughing. As a result of the possible health issues,...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
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In Search of a Goat Photo I Found Water-Wise Landscaping Yesterday I went out in search of a goat for a photo to add to my post “That Goat Doesn’t Belong in the Living Room!” which is really not about goats, but about rent skimming and short sales. So I hit all the usual goat sightings, but no go...
By Emcee M. Arah, CDPE, CIAS-Realtor with an Architectural Dimension
(Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD)
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Making the Most of Spring CleaningIt's that time of the year again! Time to freshen everything up. This is the time when everyone gets into Spring Cleaning. Here are a few tips to help you Make the Most of Spring Cleaning. Declutter - One of the fastest, easiest ways to make your home feel the ef...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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      I came across something very interesting and extremely dangerous in an apartment yesterday. Are you kidding me?   I have never seen such an attempt to repair a light switch, and I would not recommend doing such a repair as this one. Electricity is not something to be taken lightly, hire a q...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Real Estate Resource For Life!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC)
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  Free Mulch Offered By The City of Aurora   Spring is here and that means folks will be getting their hands dirty getting ready for summer.  While you are busy planting those wonderful flowers for a summer full of blooms, don’t forget about the trees.  You can protect your trees by adding 2 to 4...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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IS THAT AN ANT OR DO I HAVE TERMITES? Three Signs It's A TermiteThere's nothing like having a swarm of flying insects in your yard (or worse yet in your house) to suddenly make you realize how important it is to be able to tell the difference between a termite and a flying ant. Mistaking a swarm ...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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As Summer approaches,  Dallas, homeowners become more dependent on sprinklers and sprinkler systems to keep their lawns healthy and green.  It's important to remember and follow the City of Dallas Watering Schedule, in place from  April 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014.   Homeowners are allowed to use...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
Comments 273
FREE LEED BD & C STUDY CHART.   If you are going to take the LEED AP exam for Building Design & Construction (LEED BD & C) here is a one page excel spreadsheet cheat sheet chart that is FREE. It will help you remember all the prerequisites and credit for LEED Green Building Design and Constructio...
By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 20
Any time  I inspect a house where an amateur has been doing electrical wiring in a home, there's a good chance that I'll find outlets with reversed polarity.  This happens when the hot and nuetral wires get flipped around at an outlet.  Reversed polarity creates a potential shock hazard, but it's...
By Diane Plant, Broker, Toronto Home Search: Forest Hill Real Esta
(Forest Hill Real Estate Inc, Brokerage)
Comments 1
It’s Time To Rake, Fertilize and Seed Your Lawn    http://landscaping.about.com/od/lawns/a/spring_lawns.htm   Spring Lawn Care Tip #1: Raking Spring Lawn Care Tip #2: Check for Compaction Spring Lawn Care Tip #3: Liming Spring Lawn Care Tip #4: Overseeding Spring Lawn Care Tip #5: Fertilizing Spr...