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Keeping with the Halloween season, not only are today's home buyers more receptive to living adjacent to cemeteries, say real estate agents, some are even proactively seeking out these locations. Large, open cemeteries that allow for peaceful strolls are especially popular, rather than densely populated graveyards. "The views are great," remarks agent Steve Castellon of New York. "The taboo...
Read Post [Posted on 10/29/2014 By John Askins]
When you purchase a property, you need to recognize exactly just what you're buying. Imagine how irritated you would be to learn that the hot water heating unit wasn't functioning-- in the middle of a shower! This is why you should have a home inspection before you get your home. A house inspection is a fundamental part of purchasing your home. Before you employ a home inspector, ask candidat...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Michael Spacek]
A big trend in the modern American lifestyle is changing the way we remodel our homes.Work features like an extra sink into your kitchen remodel now, and you’ll be in good shape should you find yourself living with your grown kids or parents later. Image: Tales From the SouthMultigenerational households are on the rise, led by an increasing number of college graduates who come home to live wh...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Holly Smith]
How to Keep the Critters Under Control Every year, damage from pests costs Americans tons of money, not to mention the significant health hazards posed by these unwanted guests. The key to protecting your home is finding out what pests you need to worry about and taking proactive steps to keep them under control. Tips on How to Keep the Critters Under Control Trim Back Trees – Prevent...
Read Post [Posted on 10/16/2014 By James Reese Asbury]
Selling your home means making it available to as many potential buyers as possible. Are you ready to have people you don't know looking through your house? Here are a few safety-related questions you should consider when you're ready to sell: Where will your property information be posted online?If there’s a lockbox for the keys, who will have access to it? Who ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/14/2014 By Susan Greer]
NewsUSA - Smoke alarms save lives. Yet, every day in homes across the U.S., fire deaths still occur. By ensuring that you have working smoke alarms, you can cut your risk of perishing in a home fire by half, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). “Nearly 3,000 people continue to die in fires each year, with most of those deaths occurring in homes,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA...
Read Post [Posted on 10/12/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Congress agrees Americans shouldn’t face flood insurance bills so big they threaten to cost consumers their homes.Thanks to Congress and the President, homeowners and buyers will no longer be subject to flood insurance bill increases of up to 25% a year. Image: Don Becker, U.S. Geological SurveyImagine getting an annual insurance bill in the mail that rose from a few thousand dollars to ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/07/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
When you stroll through your neighborhood this Halloween season, get ready for some front-yard tricks and some awesome lighting treats. Halloween displays are more sophisticated — and fun — than ever, headlined by energy-saving CFL and LED extravaganzas, and powered by creative home owners who pull out all the stops when it comes to making spooky delights. ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
We know so well the thrill of owning your own house — but don’t let the excitement cause you to overlook the basics. We’ve gathered up a half dozen classic boo-boos new homeowners often commit — and give you some insight on why each is critically important to avoid.1. Not Knowing Where the Main Water Shutoff Valve IsWater from a burst or broken plumbing pipe can spew dozens of gallons in...
Read Post [Posted on 09/24/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Just like that---cooler weather blows into the Houston area.  Of course it won't last for very long, at least this early in the season.  But now that the Fall season has arrived it is a great time to look at 7 simple maintenance tips we can do to protect our greatest investments, our homes.1. Winterize your pipes.  The first thing we can do is to winterize our pipes, why wait until ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/23/2014 By Charles O'Quin]
How to Best Protect Your Home and FamilyDisasters happen everyday.  They can be small in nature to large wide scale disasters.  One of the best things you can do is have the right tools and resources on hand to handle everyday mishaps to mitigate the damage whether it is physical or financial damage.The first thing you can do is pre-plan.  As a homeowner you want to know where your ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/22/2014 By Charles O'Quin]
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM RAIN     Get your roof ready for the rains. Inspect your roof twice per year to avoid costly problems that can escalate into tremendous cost. Look for cracks along the ridge of your roof and where your shingles fold over to form the cap. Inspect the valleys of your roof (the area of your roof with a downward slope). Make sure that the...
Read Post [Posted on 09/19/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Protecting your investment in your home is an ongoing process. Whether you are adding a new roof, painting or buying appropriate insurance; there will be a significant cost to protecting your home. With flooding, hurricanes, and high wind in the Houston area; insurance becomes even more important.Buying a home –When you are buying a home in Texas you will normally pay for an option period dur...
Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By James Brodnax]
Storms, droughts, heat waves, and wildfires are getting worse because of climate change — and that puts your home at risk. Here’s what to do about it.Does climate change worry you? If not, you’re not alone. Most Americans don’t believe climate change will have any real effect on them. A March 2014 Gallup poll found that although 69% of Americans agree climate change is happening, only 36...
Read Post [Posted on 09/10/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
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