Home Improvement

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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Ideas for creating an Eclectic Interior with Vintage Flair.Over the years, I have had the pleasure of decorating many homes with a unique blend of southern charm and an eclectic style.  As a luxury real estate professional and Interior Designer I have not only helped to decorate many beautiful homes, but also have worked with sellers to successfully list and sell their properties.An eclectic interior offers homeowners the opportunity to create a space that is timeless and can be filled with their own personal touches.By carefully selecting high quality furnishings, and investing in pieces with classic lines, additional pieces can be added in for an interesting mix.Furnishings that constructed with fine craftsmanship ensures longevity,  and a more timeless appeal.A beautiful neutral colo...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Whether you're dreaming of a modern makeover or preserving historical charm, discover the secrets to orchestrating a successful renovation that enhances both functionality and aesthetic appeal. Don't miss out on this essential resource for mastering the art of whole-home renovations and unlocking your property's full potential.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Whole-home renovation projects provide you with an energy-efficient environment that has a cohesive design and an appealing aesthetic. Here is an overview of the most common items to keep in mind when planning your renovation project from the initial design to the final completion.   Design and Budgeting Tips    Start by prioritizing specific renovation plans within an allotted budget. This should be an ordered...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Whole-home renovation projects provide you with an energy-efficient environment that has a cohesive design and an appealing aesthetic. Here is an overview of the most common items to keep in mind when planning your renovation project from the initial design to the final completion. Design and Budgeting Tips  Start by prioritizing specific renovation plans within an allotted budget. This should be an ordered list with a cost estimate for each area. Make sure to add padding for hidden costs, which should be 10 to 20 percent above your projected project costs. Contractor and Insurance Create a clear and concise contract to aid the renovation process. Address all critical areas of the project, and make sure to align the insurance coverage with this plan. Insurance protects any added value t...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
4 Ways You Can Afford Solar Panels Solar energy is thermal or electrical energy that you can harvest from sunlight. To benefit from this form of energy, you must install solar panels on your property. The panels absorb solar energy to make the electric current you can direct to your circuits. Solar allows you to save a great deal of cash on your utility bills. With the price of utility bills rising significantly lately, solar will probably remain a suitable money-saving alternative for decades. Going solar is also an excellent way of improving your home’s value because people view solar photovoltaic panels as upgrades, just like a finished basement or a renovated kitchen. Additionally, going solar is a good way of reducing the pollution caused by electricity generation and other non-ren...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
 This insightful guide explores the transformative impact fencing can have on property value and marketability. Whether you're a seasoned investor or new to real estate, discover how strategic fencing solutions can maximize returns and attract potential buyers.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Adding Value to Your Home: How Fencing Can Boost Your Real Estate Investment Sеtting thе stagе for a propеrty's mеtamorphosis, еnvision your homе not just as bricks and mortar but as a canvas awaiting a transformativе strokе. As thе morning sunlight dancеs on its facadе and thе whispеrs of possibility lingеr in thе air, we embark on an еxploration – an uncharted journey into thе rеalm whеrе aesthetics mееt tangiblе valuе. Today, wе unravel thе sеcrеt behind unlocking your propе...
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By Duane West
(3R's Construction & Remodeling)
The goal of remodeling your bathroom is to create a room that not only serves a useful purpose but also showcases your unique style and improves the overall appearance of your house. The kind of bathroom that is chosen is crucial to this makeover. From modern to Victorian, 3Rs Construction & Remodeling in Salem, Oregon, offers experience and imagination to guide you through the many bathroom styles. This guide delves into 16 different types of bathrooms, providing advice and ideas to help you decide which style is best for you while you remodel.1. Contemporary Bathroom Elegance Characteristics: This style of bathroom uses clean, simple lines, neutral color schemes, and minimalist design to create a calm, clutter-free environment. This design is renowned for its minimalism and clear, sha...
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By Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005, Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com
(Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs.)
Adding Value to Your Home: How Fencing Can Boost Your Real Estate InvestmentSеtting thе stagе for a propеrty's mеtamorphosis, еnvision your homе not just as bricks and mortar but as a canvas awaiting a transformativе strokе. As thе morning sunlight dancеs on its facadе and thе whispеrs of possibility lingеr in thе air, we embark on an еxploration – an uncharted journey into thе rеalm whеrе aesthetics mееt tangiblе valuе. Today, wе unravel thе sеcrеt behind unlocking your propеrty's true potential, subtly wеaving in thе powеrful narrativе of how fencing, morе than a boundary, becomеs thе brushstroke that elevates your rеаl еstаtе investment. Join us on this voyagе, whеrе еvеry еlеmеnt, from the symphony of sеcurity to thе poеtry of dеsign, plays a role in adding intrinsic valuе to your a...
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By Tom Hurley, Residential and commercial inspector.
(Double H Inspections)
Week 5 Home Maintenance Tip! The Essential Guide to Bathtub and Shower Sealant Maintenance Maintaining a home involves a myriad of tasks, and while some may seem minor, their impact on the overall health and aesthetics of your home can be substantial. Among these tasks, the annual inspection, cleaning, and replacement or addition of sealant around your bathtub and shower is crucial. Not only does this maintenance work prevent water damage and mold growth, but it also ensures that your bathroom remains a clean, safe, and inviting space. Why Sealant Maintenance Matters Water is one of the most destructive forces in a home, and bathrooms are naturally its primary battleground. The sealant, or caulking, around bathtubs and showers acts as a first line of defense, sealing the gaps between s...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Today I was asked about painting vinyl siding on a 2 ½ year old home I am preparing to list.  I asked why and it turns out the color so I shared about life expectancy of vinyl siding.  Most vinyl siding will last from 30 to 40 years with proper maintenance and care.  Even here in Florida for the most part it holds the color, don’t believe me ride around north of 466.  Some of these homes with siding were built early in 1990’s and still look good!Yes, you can paint vinyl siding, I found this on the web:  Be sure to apply the paint in even and thin coats, and then go over it again with thicker coats after the first coat has dried. If you have done the job right, your paint should last around 10 years.  A neighbor replaced his siding, went from a shade of blue to beige and looks great.  Wi...
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By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA)
...Age-ProofedOur middle son and his wife are having their 1st child (a boy! 😎) and they happen to be building a new home. This started Pam & me down memory lane and the things we did to baby-proof our home. Naturally, we did all the things people usually do so I won't bore you with the details. I will say, that things are a little less concerning now since we came across plant-based cleaning products. The ones we use don't even require those caps even an adult struggles to get open. We still have the under-the-sink cabinet door hooks, door knob guards, stairway, and room gates like those shown below. So anyhow, I started poking around the internet and found this jammed with information article from "The Bump" about baby-proofing your home which prompted me to share it with you all. For...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Uncover the transformative power of hardwood floors in enhancing the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your living spaces. From timeless elegance to durability, this blog explores the myriad benefits of hardwood flooring and provides insights into the installation process. Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Your home's flooring should complement your lifestyle and be a comfortable space, making it both a practical choice and a beautiful statement. Although carpet has its uses, many well-meaning homeowners have installed a variety of stylish carpets in the past that haven't held up over time. Carpet stores everything from odors to stains that you would prefer to forget. Regretfully, at the same time they removed all of the claw-foot tubs, these same homeowners also...
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
Taking your time to curate a space that is timeless in style and unique in design will help you infuse your home with meaning and originality. It's about slowing down your urge to "fill the space" and waiting until you find meaningful objects, colors and textures. For tips on buying, selling, or staging send me a message - I'm here to help!#realestate #homedesign #realestateagent #listreports #buying #selling #realestateexpert #homeowner #dreamhome #homeownership #homebuying #homesearch #buyingahome #financehub
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Baltimore, MD – McHenry Roofing, a trusted roofing contractor serving Baltimore and nearby areas for more than 27 years, offers high-quality metal roofing services for homes and businesses in Maryland. The company is known for their dedication to excellence, offering clients long-lasting, energy-efficient, and visually appealing metal roofing solutions with a wealth of expertise.Metal roofing is popular because it is highly durable and can withstand challenging weather conditions like heavy rain, snow, and strong winds. Homeowners investing in metal roofs can anticipate decades of reliable protection with minimal maintenance requirements, offering significant long-term cost savings. As the preferred choice for a roofing material that stands the test of time, McHenry Roofing is dedicated...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing, a leading provider of roofing services in Baltimore, is proud to announce its latest initiative: bolstering roof longevity through proactive gutter maintenance. Located in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood, the full-service roofer services both residential and commercial buildings within Baltimore as well as the surrounding Maryland region.With years of experience in the industry, the team at McHenry Roofing understand the pivotal role gutters play in safeguarding homes from water damage. As such, their team is spearheading an effort to spread awareness of the importance of regular gutter inspections and share practical guidance for identifying and addressing common issues early on.The company explains that regular gutter inspections are crucial for maintaining a st...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Baltimore, MD – McHenry Roofing, a trusted name in the roofing industry with over 27 years of experience, emerges as the top choice for Baltimore homeowners seeking reliable and cost-effective roof leak repair solutions. With a comprehensive range of services, McHenry Roofing has established itself as a go-to Baltimore roofing contractor dedicated to ensuring the structural integrity and longevity of homes and commercial buildings.Roof leaks can have a significant and extensive impact on your property, causing a series of issues that extend beyond mere inconvenience. One of the most immediate concerns is the potential for structural damage. As water infiltrates the interior of your home or building, it can weaken the structural integrity of walls, ceilings, and even the foundation over ...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
It seems lately I have been called upon sadly to help out families that their parents living here in The Villages, Florida need to move on to the next chapter.  Some a spouse has passed or for health reasons it is time to return to where home was and be near family.  I can count five in the past few months and I am honored they asked for my help but please declutter while you can.  I work with a local estate sale company and they are my first call, then charitable organizations and finally bulk pickup.The days before an estate sale as they are setting up I walk around the home and look at the number of tables both inside the home and usually the garage is full of displayed items.  It is amazing how much stuff we can accumulate over the years and yes, I am guilty of it as well.  Every ti...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing, a roofing contractor in Baltimore, MD, is highlighting its commitment to always provide the best quality TPO roofing repair in Baltimore and neighboring areas. They recommend TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roofs for both residential and commercial properties because of the TPO roof’s extraordinary durability and capability to withstand the test of time, offering a dependable roofing that only needs minimal maintenance. Having a lifespan as long as 30 years, TPO roofs also help save on energy costs, thus contributing to a more sustainable future.Joseph Conley from McHenry Roofing says, “We proudly offer top-notch TPO roofing services in Baltimore. Whether you're a homeowner or business owner, our team at McHenry Roofing specializes in TPO roof installations, repairs, and...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
It's really no secret that here in the south, we love our front porches.  Many sweet memories have been made on front porches.Front, side, or back porches, it really doesn't matter.  We love our outdoor spaces since we consider them an extension of our home.   Front porches come in all shapes and sizes, each one with their own charm and special features.Sitting outside on your porch is true Southern type enjoyment since we can spend so much of the year outside due to our mild climate.  Even in the hot summer months, sitting outside in the evening is a sweet respite from the heat of the day.If you're lucky enough to have a front porch, you know what I'm talking about.Most people tend to decorate their front porches with beautiful hanging pots, planters and an abundance of comfortable sea...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Discover the epitome of allure for discerning homebuyers in today's real estate landscape—where a captivating kitchen stands as a paramount factor. Delve into this comprehensive guide curated by the foremost Coldwell Banker luxury agents to unveil the most current and exquisite kitchen trends gracing the realm of opulent homes. #kitchentrends  #CBGLBestOfTheBest
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Discover expert advice to ensure the longevity of your dryer while maintaining a high level of safety. From routine cleaning to preventative measures, this guide provides valuable insights for a smooth and efficient laundry routine. Elevate your home care practices with practical tips tailored to enhance the performance of your dryer.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Keeping Your Dryer Safe and Efficient: A Guide to Proper Vent Installation and Maintenance Welcome back to Double H Inspections' blog! For our Week 4 home maintenance tip, we're focusing on a critical aspect of home safety and efficiency: your dryer's vent system. Understanding and complying with the proper installation and maintenance of dryer vents is not just about following rules; it's about ensuring...
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