Home Improvement

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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
If you enjoy doing projects around the house, you're already on your way to saving money. However, with proper planning, you can transform the feel of an entire room with a single project that only costs a few hundred dollars. Here is some budget-friendly home remodel ideas that you can easily do.   Make a Mini Mudroom in the EntrywayEven in a small space, a seat, a shelf, and some hooks are all you need to create a life-changing, cost-effective mudroom. You can purchase expensive organizers specifically designed for this purpose, or you can combine reused and repurposed pieces with less expensive newer items that work together as a whole solution. If you have the space, a cubby for each family member simplifies the daily routine. Change the window treatments in the living room.A new fa...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
You don't want your two-car garage to look like the other 67% of garages that were built in 2020. You want your garage to be a clean, organized space that you can use for work or play.But before you can get started on cleaning up the mess, you need to plan out how much money and time you want to spend on your garage makeover. Having a plan will help you stay on track and get the results you want.For an exciting new look to your garage, keep reading.Prepare the SpaceYou can't install cabinets or flooring if you don't have a clean surface to work with. Start by clearing out all of your items from the garage. You can store them in a warehouse until your remodeling project is done.Next, clean the floor thoroughly using soap and water or a degreaser. Inspect for cracks in the floor and seal ...
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
(HOMESGOFAST)
If you're like most people, your home is your haven. It's the place where you relax after a long day, entertain friends and family, and just feel comfortable in your own skin. But over time, even the best homes start to show their age. If yours is in need of a refresh but you don't have a lot of money to spend, never fear! With a little bit of elbow grease and some creativity, you can give your living space a whole new look without breaking the bank. Here are 7 great ideas to get you started.#1: Hang some pictures and artworkIf you have some favorite prints or posters lying around, why not put them on display? Hanging artwork and photographs is a great way to showcase your personal style and make your home feel more inviting. It can also make you feel more connected to the people and pl...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP To make others see you in the best light possible, you have to maintain a high level of cleanliness both to your home & commercial property. They say cleanliness is second to godliness and this plays a big role even in your health. To see the effect of cleanliness on your property ask Pressure Cleaning Miami experts and see the difference it makes. Staying in an unkempt home environment is unpleasant which drives your friends away. Our company can make your home secure of organisms that take advantage of piling dirt around the home compound with the latest mechanisms. The investments we have made over the years are meant to maximize the high level of cleanliness ...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
To make others see you in the best light possible, you have to maintain a high level of cleanliness both to your home & commercial property. They say cleanliness is second to godliness and this plays a big role even in your health. To see the effect of cleanliness on your property ask Pressure Cleaning Miami experts and see the difference it makes.Staying in an unkempt home environment is unpleasant which drives your friends away. Our company can make your home secure of organisms that take advantage of piling dirt around the home compound with the latest mechanisms. The investments we have made over the years are meant to maximize the high level of cleanliness of your beautiful property effectively without leaving even a single spot behind. If you want to get more details about buying ...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Fences are frequently built to provide privacy from neighbors or protection from wildlife intruders. Many of the garden fence ideas shown here are either too low or too permeable to deter peepers or grazers. They can, however, be used to mark the edges of flowerbeds or borders and provide a connecting element between them.Some can also assist in keeping mulch in place and your plants out of the path of the lawnmower. Garden fences, above all, can improve the appearance and flow of a landscape. Make sure the style and materials of your fence complement your home and garden, or they will appear unfitting rather than unifying.  MetalElegant decorative metal fencing, reminiscent of Mediterranean balconies or wrought-iron fences once used to secure the perimeter of estates, complements stucc...
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By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
Owning a home allows you to do what you would like to the home. You want to make sure that the improvements that you make also improve the value of the home. With that being said, improvements can also improve your quality of life in one way or another. Create a list of potential home improvements and start getting price estimates. You might find that you can do multiple improvements with the money that you have already saved up. Put the list in order by priority as there are some improvements the entire family cannot wait for. Below are improvements that will improve your home’s value and your quality of life. A Nice Screened-In PorchA screen porch company can allow you to see what is possible in terms of porches. You might enjoy unwinding outdoors on a cool night or sitting on the por...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Considering Adding a Firepit This Year?There are few things that carry the feel of fall like sitting by a fire on a cool autumn night. Of course, not everyone lives somewhere where they can just build a bonfire or even set up a little campfire at a moment’s notice. Fortunately, there are options available for those who want the ambiance and experience of sitting by the fire without the hassle and liabilities that go along with building bigger fires. The best option is installing a firepit in your yard or even on your deck for those days you want to just relax by the fire.Not all firepits are created equal, however. While you could pick up a cheap firepit somewhere and just set it up, if you really want to maximize the experience and get the most out of it, then you’ll want to do a bit m...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
But "get organized"? It's a goal so broad that just trying to figure out what action to take makes you wonder what you were thinking in the first place. It's like you need an organizing plan for your organizing. Ta-da! Here it is. Follow these steps, spending less than an hour per day (sometimes just a few minutes), to a better-organized home: 1. Do That Project "What about your space is making you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed?" asks Amy Trager, a professional organizer in Chicago. Is it the paperwork disaster in your office? The pile of clothes teetering on your dresser? Or that mess that surrounds your doorway? Start with what's annoying you, she says. One hour on that task will rev up your organizing engine. 2. Create a Go-Away Box Put in it anything you're planning to donate (...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
The holiday season is fast approaching, so it’s almost time to start planning your decor. If you love decorating for Christmas, you probably already have some ideas for the interior and exterior of your Oakland County home. If you’re in search of inspiration, though, you can look to the 2022 trends. Here are 15 of this year’s best Christmas decorations:1. Gingerbread DecorationsOne of the biggest trends for Christmas decorations in 2022 will be homey and cozy decor. Gingerbread is the perfect Christmas decoration to fit this theme. You could bake gingerbread cookies or put together a gingerbread house, or you could opt for artificial gingerbread decorations throughout your home.2. Flocked TreesFlocked Christmas trees will be a major trend in 2022. These trees are dusted with white as if...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Just because you have a smaller plot doesn't mean you can't make it stand out. With these small garden, front yard, and backyard garden ideas, you can make the most of a small landscape. Create a ViewA wooden pergola elevates a small garden landscaping. Arbors and pergolas are classic small yard landscaping ideas for framing a view, but you can do the same with shrubs, small trees, or even garden art.  Set up Small Backyard ZonesThis small yard landscaping idea may appear contradictory, but we assure you that it works: break up open areas of a small space to make it feel larger. A small backyard landscape is divided into attractive and restful seating nooks by various furniture groupings and paths.  Make It CozyIt may appear counterintuitive, but increasing intimacy benefits small backy...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
  Anna Chroscicki with RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty🏡For answers to your Real Estate questions: visit www.annasellsrealestate.com or call/text  772-485-4188
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Going Down: 4 Ways to Destroy Your Home’s ValueYou’re a homeowner now, you can kiss bland uniformity goodbye the moment you turn your apartment keys over to your now-former landlord. The world is your canvas — at least, that part of the world that you now are obligated to pay a monthly mortgage payment on — and you’re the artist that’ll mold it into a shape that tantalizes and delights the senses.You may have big dreams for that new home, but cool your jets. This is a time for careful consideration, not for hastily scribbled modern design notes on cocktail napkins. Although there are certainly changes you can make that will update or upgrade your new home, there are others that can potentially devastate its value. This is no small thing.If you thought that ugly entryway light fixture wa...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Sink cracks and chips are usually easily repaired. If, on the other hand, your sink is leaking due to structural cracks, it is time to replace it. Furthermore, if the crack is deep enough that you can see right through it, you should replace the sink. It is also critical to managing expectations when performing porcelain sink crack repair on minor, non-structural damage. When it comes to DIY porcelain sink repair for hairline cracks, you may be able to conceal the crack—at least from a foot or half a foot away. Close inspection, however, may reveal the repair.For porcelain sink repairs, you will need the following materials:  Scrubber/sponge Towel All-purpose cleaner Sandpaper Porcelain sink repair kit Touch-up paint for porcelain High-gloss paint or glaze (optional)  After getting thes...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Do you feel overwhelmed and paralyzed when you consider how to even begin decorating your space? A living room, let alone an entire house? It's almost enough to make you want to crawl back under the covers and say, "Forget it - I'll live with it the way it is!" ” Following these guidelines will result in a room that is comfortable, cohesive, functional for you and your family, and reflects your personal style. You can save money by being creative and doing a little extra legwork, and the end result will be a richer and more compelling reflection of your personal style. Make A BudgetIf you want to keep your remodel/redesign under control, you must have a budget. Determine your budget for your project in advance. Divide your expenses into "must haves," "nice to haves," and "not a priority...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
 Anna Chroscicki with RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty🏡For answers to your Real Estate questions: visit www.annasellsrealestate.com or call/text  772-485-4188
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
If you're starting a home renovation project, you'll need to know what you're looking at financially. You don't want to go into a project blindly, spending lots of money without any prior idea of what you're going to spend.Yet if you start out with an overly-ambitious renovation budget, you'll set yourself up for failure. Or you'll spend far more on your project than you should have.Instead, you'll need to find a happy medium. Read on for some tips and info on how to create home renovation budgets for your project.What to Consider When Setting Home Renovation BudgetsIf you're planning to renovate your home, there are a number of factors to consider when setting your budget.How much can you afford to spend? What exactly do you want to achieve with your renovation? Are you renovating your...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Professional and amateur furniture restorers all have one thing in common: the desire to rescue a piece of furniture from the side of the road and restore it to its former glory. What is there not to like? You're saving something from the landfill and giving an old item new life. Furniture restoration entails tackling any aspect of work required to return an old dresser or chair to its original condition. Often, it's more than just a cosmetic improvement; it's making the item usable again and possibly adding value. Here are five ideas to help you make the old new again. Research and InspectBefore you restore your piece, do some research to determine its worth. Examine it for any marks or labels that may indicate its provenance. If you suspect it's valuable, seek professional advice befo...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
Thank you Shayne Stone for your original blog.  Should You Update Your House Before You Sell?   Some Highlights You may be wondering what needs to be renovated before you sell your house. In todays shifting market, making your house appealing is more important than ever. Thats why its essential to lean on a real estate professional who has in-depth knowledge of todays housing market. They know what buyers are looking for and how to highlight any upgrades you make. Lets connect so you know where to focus your efforts so your house will stand out in a todays market.         “YOUR Rock-Solid Choice Realtor for Making Home Sellers a Profit & Home Buyers Equity”    
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Should You Update Your House Before You Sell? Some Highlights You may be wondering what needs to be renovated before you sell your house. In todays shifting market, making your house appealing is more important than ever. Thats why its essential to lean on a real estate professional who has in-depth knowledge of todays housing market. They know what buyers are looking for and how to highlight any upgrades you make. Lets connect so you know where to focus your efforts so your house will stand out in a todays market.     
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