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Lighting can make or break a home. Good lighting adds warmth and ambience. Bad lighting can draw attention to flaws and be downright gloomy. Not only that, we've made great advances in lighting technology that there are many energy efficienct options out there that will save you money in the long run and they're designer chic! This article pulls together some lighting 101 tips for the whole home. ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/20/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
Your home’s air conditioner needs a regular tune-up just like your car does. If you don’t know much about air conditioners, here are some quick tips and facts: Your home’s air conditioner consists of three main parts: The compressor: It’s the large outdoor unit which is usually on the side of your house or behind the garage. It compresses the refrigerant, or Freon®, into a liquid that then e...
Read Post [Posted on 08/15/2014 By Susan Roddy]
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Read Post [Posted on 08/14/2014 By Susan Greer]
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Read Post [Posted on 08/13/2014 By Pamela Archer]
A Dozen Ways to Make Kitchens SizzleWhether they’re getting their house ready for the market or creating a dream kitchen in a home they just bought, clients considering a major kitchen redo will need guidance. Here are 12 tips and trends to help you serve as their resource.APRIL 2014 BY BARBARA BALLINGERHome buyers and sellers planning a kitchen redo have a lot of questions they need answere...
Read Post [Posted on 08/08/2014 By Rochelle Barrow]
Would you throw away $20,000? You are if you’re letting your home age faster than it should. Here’s a simple maintenance strategy to keep your home young. You know how Dr. Oz says that if you keep your body fit and your mind nimble, you’re likely younger than your chronological years? The same principle applies to your house. An out-of-shape house is older than its years and could lose 10% of it...
Read Post [Posted on 08/08/2014 By Susan Roddy]
The Federal Trade Commission is putting an end to “greenwashing” through its updated Green Guides for marketers, a guide that aims to prevent companies from claiming false or deceptive claims over the environmental benefits of their products.The FTC will now fine or even a file lawsuit against companies who make unfounded claims that their products or service offer an environmental benefit. “Our p...
Read Post [Posted on 08/08/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 08/07/2014 By Susan Greer]
When you buy a fixer-upper house, you can save a ton of money, or get yourself in a financial fix. Trying to decide whether to buy a fixer-upper house? Follow these seven steps, and you’ll know how much you can afford, how much to offer, and whether a fixer-upper house is right for you. 1. Decide what you can do yourself TV remodeling shows make home improvement work look like a snap. In t...
Read Post [Posted on 08/06/2014 By Susan Roddy]
How To Keep Home Maintenance Costs Under $300 A YearBy:John RiahCringe at the thought of major repairs to your home? It’s the little preventative maintenance things you do throughout the year that’ll keep big repair bills at bay. In fact, you can keep your entire house fit and healthy for a mere $300 per year. Here’s how. 1. Get Up Close and Personal with Your HouseAnnual cost...
Read Post [Posted on 08/05/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
Putting the ‘Wow!’ Back in Your Hardwood Floors Hardwood floors bring warmth and charm to almost any home. They can work with almost any decor, and buyers almost always prefer hardwood floors to carpet. But while hardwood floors are long-lasting, they don’t last forever. How do you know when to refinish, repair or overhaul? Entire libraries have been written on the subject, but...
Read Post [Posted on 08/04/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
When you are selling a home, two underlying unknowns are always present. How long it will take? Is one. The second is what will the final selling price be?The answer to that second one at least partially depends on actions the person selling the home controls, since performing renovations and add-ons boosts a property’s sale-ability. But which renovations add the most value? Even th...
Read Post [Posted on 08/04/2014 By Connie Inmon]
For anyone thinking about hiring a builder for custom work, here are some points to consider:· Hire a good real estate attorney who has experience with new-construction contracts, knows state law, and is familiar with the issues unique to the area in which the property will be built.· Talk to other customers. Ask how satisfied they are with the builder and how his projects have held up over time.·...
Read Post [Posted on 08/02/2014 By John Askins]
How to Assess the Real Cost of a Fixer-Upper House By: G. M. Filisko When you buy a fixer-upper house, you can save a ton of money, or get yourself in a financial fix.Trying to decide whether to buy a fixer-upper house? Follow these seven steps, and you’ll know how much you can afford, how much to offer, and whether a fixer-upper house...
Read Post [Posted on 08/01/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
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