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There’s a hot debate brewing over hurricane shutters. It boils down to curb appeal vs. home protection. Both sides have valid points. What’s yours?A community in Florida is considering allowing neighbors to keep hurricane shutters on their windows all hurricane season long. Image: StormShutters.com/DecorativeShutters.comProtect your property from occasional killer storms? Or protect your prop...
Read Post [Posted on 11/28/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
A wind turbine marketed by Honeywell is one idea that  could make generating electricity a home-based business.The compact turbine resembles a 6-foot in diameter bicycle wheel that sits on a suburban roof. It can function at wind speeds as low as 2 mph, doesn’t make loud noises or vibrate excessively – two objections to competing turbines. The average U.S. household uses about 10,000 kilowatt...
Read Post [Posted on 11/22/2014 By John Askins]
It may be cold today...but the next cold front can arrive with an even greater vengeance.You still have time, however, to avoid all of its frigid pitfalls it puts on your home. It's best to be prepared for the full winter of frost, snow and freezing temperatures with a few simple tasks that will prevent drafts, frosty windows and homeowners worst nightmare: busted pipes.A good place to s...
Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By John Askins]
here is a recent investment home I bought. we are doing the rehab work now and will complete in a few weeks. Gives you insight to some of the things we do at McKinney Real Estate & Investment Co. We will market the home to a buyer
Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By Daniel McKinney]
(BPT) - When it comes to renovating spaces in your home, the master bath should be top of mind. Leading master bath trends for 2015 go beyond functionality to incorporate features that complement the design aesthetic and provide a touch of luxury for lasting results.By understanding top trends and incorporating them into your remodel, you can instantly increase your home's comfort, style and value...
Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By Susan Roddy]
(BPT) - If you think water damage isn't a real threat for millions of Americans, consider this: water damage caused $9.1 billion in annual homeowner property losses over a three-year period, according to a 2011 ACE Insurance Underwriters study. Despite that, many people don't worry about protecting their home against water damage because they believe their home is safe so long as it isn't located ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Imagine you’re preparing to host your annual holiday party, and you’re past the point of no return. The veggies and meats have been bought. Guests are already braving busy airports and crowded highways to get to your home—and then your oven won’t turn on. Your home-cooked meal has quickly turned into a microwave dinner. That’s just one of many hosting nightmares that can...
Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By Stacie Lynch]
7 Fall Maintenance Moves That Will Save You ThousandsHome Improvement   By: Angela Colley   With the dog days of summer behind us, fall is the perfect time for home maintenance.A few weekends of work before the weather really turns will help you get ready for winter and avoid any nasty surprises—and big repair bills—the cold might bring.Here’s your must-do checkl...
Read Post [Posted on 11/16/2014 By Kimberly Dimmett]
Some aging Baby Boomers will upsize, not downsize, if they move at all, poll findsBy Dina ElBoghdady October 30 We’ve been warned that the multi-level homes with the sprawling lawns in the driving-dependent suburbs that are popular with baby boomers may not work so well for them as they age. Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP told us so...
Read Post [Posted on 11/15/2014 By Tansel Coskun]
Home Improvement expert Danny Lipford offers these tips on how to:          Protect the Outside of Your Home In Frigid Temperatures Clean your gutters and downspouts before cold weather arrives to prevent ice from forming in them. Spray an ice repellent solution on steps and walks before freezing weather arrives Check antifreeze levels in cars....
Read Post [Posted on 11/12/2014 By John Askins]
Marianne Cusato, designer and author of Just the Right Home (Workman Publishing Co., 2013), has spent years talking to home owners about their homes and recently talked with BUILDER online about a common topic: buyer’s remorse.“Financial surprises are at the heart of most regrets,” Cusato says. “Hidden expenses beyond the monthly mortgage are typically to blame for the surprises. The exp...
Read Post [Posted on 11/12/2014 By John Askins]
A privacy fence was a great investment for this homeowner (and any future buyers), considering her safety-minded neighbor loves mounted outdoor cameras. Image: Lee Niata Johnson from Little Bitty Damn Houze blog 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 neighbors ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/11/2014 By Marla Lewis]
Fall is upon us and in the months generally known for colder weather, keeping our homes warm is a top priority. Even in those geographic regions where the mercury doesn't drop below 50, knowing your home is not losing energy is a relief when you spend your hard earned dollars keeping your home warm or cool. Saving energy in your home is not a difficult process. There are many easy free and...
Read Post [Posted on 11/11/2014 By Alex Handley]
Garage door insulation is an easy and affordable way to save energy and to be ready for the upcoming season...Winter is coming! :) ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/11/2014 By Carolina James]
What's Better, Brick or Vinyl?The material used for a home's exterior material can attract buyers or repel them. NAR's Realtor Magazine has profiled the pros and cons of the most popular types of siding, from cement fiber to aluminum, and get quick information about each.To learn about the pros and cons to the most common forms of siding on homes today, click here.source:  Realtor...
Read Post [Posted on 11/10/2014 By John Askins]
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