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20 Ways to Add Value to Your Home Experts share their brightest ideas for adding value to your home. #20: Update the Home OfficeTake care of business with a home office remodel. More and more often people are working out of their houses. It is not just a luxury, but a necessity. Turn an unused den or an old office into an inviting work sanctuary with new windows, a ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By Tansel Coskun]
When it comes to mortgages and home improvement, many consumers have some complaints, according to a survey by the Consumer Federation of America, which reveals the top consumer complaints. Among its list of top “worst” consumer gripes: mortgage-related problems, home improvement, timeshare sales and resales, Internet sales, and fraud. Many of the mortgage complaints have stemmed from the fore...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By John Askins]
When it comes to remodeling, exterior replacement projects have routinely rewarded home owners with more bang for their buck.This year is no different: REALTORS® rated many exterior improvements as among the most valuable home investment projects as part of the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report.Two additional siding replacement projects were in the top 10, including foam-backed vinyl sidi...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By John Askins]
The world of real estate has dramatically changed over the past few years. Before the power of the internet, a home searcher would have to contact an agent to run a Comparative AnalysisReport in order to determine what a piece of property is worth. Now, due to the increase of real estate sites, somebody can find the estimated value of a home by turning to the internet. The most popular of these si...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
Not sure if your upcoming DIY project requires a permit? Check with your local building authority and let them know what you're planning. Image: Leonard Nevarez ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Marla Lewis]
With stairs being one of the first elements home buyers see when they enter the front door of many homes, sprucing up the steps can be a great investment."People think of stairs and hallways as strictly utilitarian —a place to get somewhere else," says Genevieve Gorder, host of HGTV's Dear Genevieve. "But they are some of the most beautiful places to decorate."Gorder offers these ideas for making ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By John Askins]
(BPT) - No one ever said "trendy" translates to "cheap." Yet when it comes to on-trend, luxury upgrades, you don't have to spend like a diva to make your bathroom look and function like a designer's dream. From skylights to shower seats, some of the hottest bathroom trends of 2014 are surprisingly affordable to accomplish. Home website Houzz polled users and asked what bathroom upgrades they most...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Susan Roddy]
If you’re first-time homeowner, you’ll probably experience some trial and error before you know how to properly care for your new place. But you can avoid some costly mistakes by doing routine home maintenance that protects your investment. Here’s a basic home-maintenance checklist to help you get started.Check gutters regularly to make sure they’re properly attached and clear of sticks and leaves...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
You might want to take a closer look at your home's curb appeal: Upgrading your landscaping from average to excellent can help raise its overall value by 10 percent to 12 percent, according to research from Virginia Tech.Researcher Alex X. Niemiera with the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech found that a $150,000 home with no landscaping could fetch an additional $8,300 to $19,000 by addi...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Askins]
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By Susan Roddy]
(BPT) - For many pests, including rodents, spiders and cockroaches, the change in season indicates the need to find shelter from the colder temperatures ahead. In some cases, this shelter is the same place that keeps your family warm and dry.The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners that fall pest-proofing is important to prevent pests from making their home in yours.Unwan...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By Susan Roddy]
NewsUSA - You’re supposed to check your roof twice a year. You know this. But somehow you just never got around to it. Now the weather has turned sharply colder, and who relishes the idea of climbing up a ladder to check the health of your roof — even if it means saving a few dollars on your heating bill, since the roof is the key to a home’s energy efficiency? As it turns out, while even a qui...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By Susan Roddy]
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]
What do you think about home warranties?  Have you had a good or bad experience?  I would like to hear about it!  We at Keller Williams Realty in Huntsville, Conroe and The Woodlands, use several different ones. We always ask the customer or client if they have any preference. Do you?  Let me know!  http://http://www.homewarrantyreviews.com/reviews/american-home-shield-ahs...
Read Post [Posted on 10/16/2014 By Marie Castecka]
(BPT) - The leaves are starting to fall off the trees, the birds are flying south and you can feel the temperature dropping. Winter is on its way and while squirrels pack away food before the first snow fall, you'll be relieved to know that you still have time to finish some projects listed below to get your home ready for winter.* Tackle the yard. Your yard will fall into dormancy during the wint...
Read Post [Posted on 10/14/2014 By Susan Roddy]
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