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 Have you heard of this new phenomenon of 'chalk paint'?  Honestly, it's not necessarily new having been around now for several years, but there are some people out there who are not educated on it yet, so let me educate you.  Now, if you're like me then the first thing you thought of when you heard 'chalk paint' was that paint you can use as a chalk board and write on whatever sur...
Read Post [Posted on 10/30/2014 By Teresa Sartin]
A creative solution to a compost bin, fixing a steep slope on the cheap, and the money-saving joy of an edible garden.This compost bin holds leaves on one side and food scraps on the other side. All images in this post: Courtney Craig for HouseLogicI became a first-time home owner in May, but I waited until late September to start doing some landscaping projects. Why? Long-time home owners I know ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/30/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Huge, open kitchens continue to grow in popularity, getting bigger and bigger. But is bigger really better?Big kitchens are on trend — but home owners often use them as gathering spaces, not necessarily to cook in. Image: Burdge & Associates Architects Inc.Houses with cozy eat-in kitchens are common. But enormous kitchens that consume most of a home’s square footage continue to be the tre...
Read Post [Posted on 10/30/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
When Good Renovations Go Bad It is common sense to think that if you fix up your place, maybe add a little more counter space in the kitchen or maybe another bathroom, you’ll be able to sell your home for more than you bought it for. And in most cases, you would be right. But in a recent study done by Remodeling Magazine, there are some renovations that can actually cost you money and hurt th...
Read Post [Posted on 10/27/2014 By Michael Spacek]
If You Were Selling Today, Would You Have the Home That Buyers Want?By: Dona DeZubePublished: November 8, 2013Knowing what appeals to today’s homebuyers, and considering those trends when you remodel, can pay off years from now when you sell your home.Two new surveys about what homebuyers want have me feeling pretty smug about my own home choices. Maybe you'll feel the same.Privacy from neigh...
Read Post [Posted on 10/26/2014 By Kathleen Sandy]
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]
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