Home Improvement

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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Winter has begun in Northern Delaware. We don't get lots of snow storms but the ones we get can be doozies.Knowing how to deal with snow is a must if you want to protect your home this winter—and that includes understanding what snow-related mistakes to avoid.So what, exactly, are those mistakes? A recent article from realtor.com outlined snow removal mistakes homeowners tend to make during the winter months, including: Not cleaning gutters or downspout drains. If your gutters are congested, snow melt can’t drain properly. If temperatures drop, that melting snow can freeze—and as the ice expands, it can break your gutter or downspout material (or, in severe cases, rip the gutters off your home completely.) To avoid this issue, make sure to regularly clean your gutters.  Not removing sno...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Your kitchen is one of the essential rooms in your home. It is where you prepare food, it's a gathering space, and it's typically where family members come together to share meals. If you have recently moved into a beautiful new home, you may want to enjoy its gorgeous kitchen facilities. But even with the space and stunning design, many things can be done to make the kitchen work better for you and your family. Here are eight upgrades to make when moving into a new home that will help transform the room into an efficient and comfortable space.1. Upgrade to Pull-Out Cabinet ShelvingOne of the most common complaints from kitchen remodelers is that homeowners chose add-on cabinetry over cabinets with pull-out shelves. People want to hide the clutter and mess in the cupboards and use every...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Keeping your home clean and tidy can feel like an impossible task no matter the size of your home. Whether you’ve run out of cleaning solutions, want to reduce clutter, or just want a faster/easier way to clean odd spaces, here are some handy hacks to try.Create Your Own Window Washing SolutionCut through the grease and grime on your windows with three simple ingredients. Grab an empty spray bottle and add 2 1/2 cups water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap. Optional: add a couple of drops of essential oil for scent. Shake well. Spray your fast-acting cleaning solution on any glass surface, then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth to avoid streaks – a coffee filter works as a lint-free wipe too.Use Mouthwash to Clean Your Toilet BowlOut of toilet bowl cleaner? Skip the...
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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 Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
(HOMESGOFAST)
Choosing the best fence for a home isn’t always as easy as it might seem. There are several options available, and the costs vary substantially. That means property owners need to evaluate their needs and budget carefully before deciding on a fence. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a fence style.What Style is Preferred?Fencing should match the style of the home and not create issues with neighbors. However, every homeowner has different preferences and needs, so the style must also appeal to the residents. Even the landscaping will impact the choice, as some fences might shade light-loving plantings. Property owners are always encouraged to discuss their plans with Loudon County Fence experts when exploring their options.What is the Budget for the Project?The cost of a p...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
1. Declutter and OrganiseA good tidy, declutter and organise can make a big difference to the look and feel of a room.Decluttering your house can also help clear the cobwebs from your mind as well.Less clutter will open up and brighten a room, giving it a more relaxed and peaceful feel.2. Revamp with a Good CleanAfter decluttering, the next step is to give your home a good deep clean.When was the last time you cleaned the carpets or washed down the walls? (If you’re anything like me, it’s been a while – I hate scrubbing walls!)A deep clean can make your house look like new.Before refurbishing your home, clean windows, walls, carpets and floors. Give furniture a good clean. Wash blinds and curtains. Carpet cleaners can be hired at grocery or hardware stores. It can be a bit of hard work,...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On January 5, 2023, Ana Durrani published a very good interesting report on Realtor.com about list of kitchen design rules for 2023.1. Neutral tones, white kitchens,2. Inefficient amenities,3. Microwave over the range,4. Open shelving as a storage solution,5. Pinching pennies on floors and countertops,Perhaps there are might be other helpful list of kitchen design rules for 2023.For complete more detailed information about Ana Durrani’s report for list kitchen design rules for 2023, please click HERE
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By Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944, Love To Help People
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
If you're moving into your new home or just looking for ideas on how to spruce up your exterior, here are some ideas for decorating your home for the holidays. It’s important to plan out your decorations in advance so your new home will look it’s best for the holidays. 1. Use Bunting Like decorating for a party, you can decorate for holidays using bunting. You can find styles at most craft stores if you want to make your own. There are traditional, fun, and bright styles that can be used year-round or during certain months of the year. If you're using a traditional style, keep it simple and not too attention-grabbing. You can also buy bunting online, but be careful about what is sold; mixed styles may not match your decorating style. 2. Use Paper Ornaments You can decorate for holidays...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
If you're moving into your new home or just looking for ideas on how to spruce up your exterior, here are some ideas for decorating your home for the holidays. It’s important to plan out your decorations in advance so your new home will look it’s best for the holidays.1. Use BuntingLike decorating for a party, you can decorate for holidays using bunting. You can find styles at most craft stores if you want to make your own. There are traditional, fun, and bright styles that can be used year-round or during certain months of the year. If you're using a traditional style, keep it simple and not too attention-grabbing. You can also buy bunting online, but be careful about what is sold; mixed styles may not match your decorating style.2. Use Paper OrnamentsYou can decorate for holidays usin...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Buying new furniture for your home is a monumental and expensive undertaking that can be daunting for a frugal shopper. Your home deserves a beautiful, comfortable, fresh look and feel, but the price tag can be daunting. Modern furniture is expensive. The best way to get the right look at a price you can afford is to shop smart. Here are six savvy ways to shop for new furniture on a budget.1. Shop Discount Outlets and RetailersMost major furniture retailers offer deep discounts on their clearance and outlet merchandise. You can find some of the best deals by shopping at these outlets, especially if you are looking for large or expensive items. Most of these products are discontinued overstock or floor models with minor flaws and imperfections. Check out local furniture retailers in your...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
A home inspection is sometimes essential to a transaction. This is especially true when it comes to roofs. If you think of buying a home, it is crucial to inspect the roofs before you sign a deal. Here are 4 reasons why you need to inspect a house’s roof before purchasing the house.1- You Can Pay Less Than the Asking PriceLet's say you found your dream house, inspected it, and loved everything about it - except the roof. You may ask a seller for an adjustment of the asking price. Instead of paying a total price, you can offer less than the asking price to cover the repair costs. This is especially true when your seller cannot repair or replace the roof for you.2- You Can Update Your Repair Request ListMany sellers allow buyers to submit a repair request list after accepting the offer. T...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
It can be a minefield of designs, colors, and materials when it comes to the best kitchen cabinet trends. Whether you prefer a classic look with lots of detailing or something more modern, such as flat-fronted doors, these kitchen cabinet ideas and trends will give you the inspiration you need to create a scheme that fits the period of your home, your preferred decorating style, and the proportions of the room. A Metallic MomentGiven that the door and drawer fronts are usually the single largest element of the room, the material used for the cabinet doors in your kitchen is an important design consideration. Consider a bespoke finish for added impact, creating something unique and special, whether you use it on all the door fronts or highlighting a key feature, such as a kitchen island....
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
On rare occasion Timmothy's cartoon strip includes "Porky", an ironic name being he is a much smaller guinea pig than the strips name sakes, Titus & Philemon. Trouble is usually the result when Porky comes to Joe's home to visit Titus & Philemon.Unintended Consequences,Can and often do happen even with the best intentions. Philemon and Porky only intended to have a little fun.Friends helping friends.If you are a first time home owner (or hoping to be one) you are most likely very conscientious about your budget. I was 18 years old when I purchased my first home and I was earning minimum wage, about $2.00 an hour. I am familiar with keg beer labor and doing things quid pro quo.Over-all I have had good luck with friend labor and DIY projects (when following instructions in a book). When w...
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By Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944, Love To Help People
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
Are you thinking about giving your bathroom a makeover? A bathroom can significantly add value to your home and make it a more functional and organized space. But where do you start?There are a few things to remember when planning a bathroom remodel to ensure that the process goes smoothly and that you end up with a space you love. This blog post will share seven dos and don'ts for a successful bathroom remodel. By following these tips, you can be sure your remodel will succeed! Do Your Research: Before you even pick up a hammer, it is essential to research bathroom design and finds inspiration. Spend time online, browsing through home decor magazines, and visiting model homes to find ideas you like. Additionally, it is essential to think about how you and your family use the space. Thi...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Window treatments are a great way to add both style and function to the windows of your home. They provide privacy while allowing you to adjust the amount of light coming in and out. There are many different types of window treatments available, each with its own set of pros and cons. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common types of window treatments and their various benefits and drawbacks.#1: CurtainsThis window cover is among the most well-liked since it is easy to hang and reasonably priced. You can simply select curtains to fit your decor because they come in a wide range of colors, designs, and fabrics. The drawback of curtains is that they don't offer any noise or light isolation.Pros of Curtains: Easy Installation: This type of treatment is usually easy to hang ...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
When it comes to upgrading your bathroom, a glass shower enclosure is a great choice for creating a modern and stylish look. Glass showers come in all shapes and sizes, making them perfect for any size or style of bathroom. However, before you decide to invest in this type of shower, there are some important things to consider so that you make the right choice for your home. We will discuss the key elements you should consider when selecting a shower enclosure. From style to safety, these tips will help you make an informed decision when it comes to upgrading your bathroom.#1. Consider Your StyleThe first thing to consider when selecting a glass shower enclosure is the style you are looking for. Do you want a modern, contemporary look or do you prefer something more traditional? Modern ...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Are you looking to spruce up your backyard and add some extra light? Adding lighting can be a great way to create an inviting atmosphere and even make the space more enjoyable in the evening. There are various best lighting types available, so it’s important to understand which ones best suit your needs. We’ve put together this guide to help you decide which best lighting type is best for you.Below, we break down the five best lighting types that can work well in any backyard setting. Keep reading to learn more about each one:#1: String LightsString lights are a classic lighting style that provides a soft and inviting atmosphere. This lighting style is great for providing subtle illumination to your backyard space while adding a fun decorative touch.How do you style it around your backy...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
A healthy lawn can be the pride and joy of any home. Not only do they create a beautiful aesthetic, but a lush green lawn also adds to the overall value of your property. That’s why it’s important to ensure you are taking the proper steps in caring for your yard. In this article, we will explore some of the best methods for keeping a healthy area and how they can increase the overall value of your home. From proper mowing techniques to weed control, we’ll provide you with the information you need to keep it looking its best. So, let’s get started and learn how a healthy lawn can boost your home's worth.Can a Healthy Lawn Increase Home Value?The answer to this question is a resounding yes. It will not only look great, but it will also increase the overall value of your home. A lush green...
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By Candice Silverthorn, "Let me do all the heavy lifting!"
(Candice Silverthorn, Realtor, RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks)
Having a dock on the Lake of the Ozarks requires a little maintenance, right?? Anybody that has a dock on the lake would probably say "a little??" Ha ha. Yeah maybe more than just a little lol.Well my husband and I tackled our dock after we bought a home on the lake. We knew it needed a lot of repair. But my husband is a carpenter, so how bad could it be?? We managed to fix three areas by ourselves. That includes the walkway in the water, which was detached from the pier, and two areas with the boards popped up with the floats sticking out.Well our dock did not have big enough floats, so we bought 6 4x8x20 new floats, ($469 a piece) and hired two fantastic companies to help finish the hardest part! They were both a Godsend! Beasley's Mobile Welding & Repair LLC. and Wicked Welding LLC. ...
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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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