Home Improvement

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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
North America Is First in Smart HomesSmart homes are increasingly popular these days, with an estimated 175 million smart homes in operation around the world as of 2022. In this year alone, it’s estimated that smart home devices have generated nearly $91 billion in revenue, and it’s projected that this amount is going to grow significantly over the next few years. In fact, the projected compound annual growth rate of the smart home industry’s revenue between 2020 and 2025 is an astonishing 25 percent.While smart homes are popular around the world, the real peak of their popularity is in North America. It’s estimated that the North American market will account for a full 40% of the smart home market by next year, with the United States making up a good portion of that market share. To gi...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
The appearance of flower beds is the main reason why most people keep flower beds in the first place. Flower beds can even look more wonderful when they are taken care of, keeping their maintenance. Achieving the fit and great landscape has become the particular interest of homeowners before and up until now. Having well-maintained flower beds is not only pretty when it comes to their appearance, but they are also helpful to the creatures that rely on them. In fact, it is no doubt that a healthy flower can really attract bees, butterflies, birds, and other species that might be a source of food or shelter. Bring your outdoor spaces with color, charm, and brilliant flower bed ideas.   Sensational SucculentsIt can add a nice contrast when succulents are placed next to taller plants. As we...
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Snow removal isn't likely on anyone’s list of fun winter activities. However, taking care of your home when snow hits is necessary in the Northeast. Heavy snowfall piled up on your driveway and walkways can be hard to remove if you are not prepared with the right tools.Importance of Safe Snow RemovalSnow removal may seem like a harmless household activity, but it can actually lead to various injuries. It can sometimes be hazardous. Shoveling snow is associated with severe harm and even fatalities, so you should prioritize your safety. Shoveling snow leads to approximately 100 deaths and 11,500 injuries and medical emergencies each year. Some of the most common issues are: Overexertion  Slipping and falling Chest pain/cardiac arrest Back, head, arm and hand injuries.  With that in mind, ...
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By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
Home renovation projects can improve the value of your home. The investment in a home is the largest investment most people make in their lives. Take the time to figure out which improvements you want to make that will help your home’s value skyrocket. Handling a renovation on your own can be a huge undertaking of your time and money. You might not be able to handle the entire renovation on your own despite what you might think. Leaving your home in disrepair for an extended period of time can also create stress fo those living in the home. The following are things to consider when handling a home renovation project on your own. Setting A BudgetSetting a budget is going to be an important part of the process. You might find that the project is far more expensive to handle alone than if ...
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By chuck magee, Raise the Rank
(https://raisetherank.com)
Roof replacement costs can be a major expense for homeowners. But when it comes to roofing, you get what you pay for. If you want a quality product that will last for years to come, then be prepared to shell out some cash up front. However, if you're looking for a cheap fix that doesn't even last long enough to recoup costs, then you're going to have to spend more money later down the road.Many homeowners make the mistake of trying to cut corners by purchasing low-quality materials or doing the job themselves. This can end up costing them more money in the long run due to increased repair needs, decreased value and sometimes even dangerous situations such as leaks or mold growth.So how can you get a high-quality roof replacement without breaking your budget? The following tips can help ...
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By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
Investing in your home is going to allow you to maximize its value when you finally decide to list it. There are certain renovations that will need to be made to give your home a current look. Carpeting is an example of something that most people do not even want to deal with in today’s world. The maintenance of carpeting with pets or children can be nothing short of a nightmare. Putting a list of improvements together that will help make your home perfect for entertaining can be an advantage. You might have a bidding war on the property when you list it as entertaining at home is so important to certain buyers. The following are home improvements that you can make to turn your home into an entertainer’s paradise. A Pool Is Such A Great Addition Putting in a fiberglass pool can be an in...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Painting Kitchen and Bath CabinetsPainting kitchen and bath cabinets a fresh, new color can give your home the much-needed update you desire. Make the job simple by using these guidelines to produce a smooth-to-the-touch finish, reveal.Painting kitchen and bath cabinets a fresh, new color can give your home the much-needed update it desires for only a few hundred dollars. Make the job simple by using these guidelines to produce a smooth-to-the-touch finish without streaks, wavy lines or drips.According to HomeDepot.com, the type of paint you buy will depend on what materials the cabinets are made of. Wood or compressed wood can be sanded, then repainted. Laminate cabinets should only be painted with products designed to stick to plastic surfaces. While acrylic and alkyd paints can do a ...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Living and working in a 55+ community many plan on staying in their homes as long as possible which is my plan.  We all need to face the fact that at some point if we are lucky we need to have our home prepared for when we have limited mobility, health problems and special needs.  Accepting that fact might be a hard one for some but not me as I have and will be making changes to my home so I can stay here as long as possible.  Trip and fall hazards is big as many elderly end up falling and breaking a hip and end up in some type of assisted living arrangement due to not being able to care for themselves.  I have no carpet just throw rugs which when the time comes they can be moved.  Electrical cords are another one, when I show homes sometimes I see electrical cords under rugs to get pow...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
As we all know, windows are essential for any indoor space because they help circulate air and light up the space. Curtains and blinds, on the other hand, are an essential regular feature for covering your windows and concealing any unsightly spaces for your own privacy. Those are, without a doubt, not only a necessity, but also a decoration or accessory that plays an important role in elevating the house interior.  Many people have suggested that curtains and blinds are the guardians of the homeowner's privacy and weather protection, so they were chosen and installed properly in the house. Despite this, many people refuse to use such necessary items due to a lack of knowledge about their benefits. Here are some of the benefits to consider when deciding whether or not to use those essen...
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By Roger Fresno
(GG Realty Group)
Cook with safety in mindCooking is one of the leading causes of house fires. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, half of all home fires start in the kitchen. There are a number of different ways to prevent a kitchen fire, but the most important thing is to be aware of the potential hazards and take steps to avoid them. When cooking on the stovetop, for example, it's important to keep an eye on the pots and pans. If they start to smoke or catch fire, turn off the heat and cover the pan with a lid or baking soda. In addition, it's important to keep flammable items away from the stove, such as paper towels and wooden utensils. And finally, always have a fire extinguisher within reach in case of an emergency. By following these simple safety tips, you can help pr...
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A deck is an excellent addition to any home with yard space. You can gather with friends and loved ones, enjoy a good meal and play games while enjoying the fresh air.The average cost of adding a deck to your home in 2022 Is between $3,600 and $8,400. Many factors go into the cost of building a new deck, including the time of year you choose to develop, who creates it and the materials used.There are ways to make adding a deck more affordable. Here’s how you can save money when building your deck.Choosing the Best MaterialsA great way to save money on your deck now and in the future is to invest in suitable materials. You want a material that is affordable while staying easy to maintain.Composite decking gives the appearance of wood but is much more durable. It's also made of recycled m...
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
(Freelancer)
Home renovation can be an exciting time. Updating your home can give a ton of emotions, and although you're excited to see your dream home improvements become a reality, there are a few things you should keep in mind before starting your renovation.Here is everything you should plan for when renovating your home:Plan AheadPlanning ahead is essential to a successful renovation. You need to figure out what your goals are for the renovation. What do you hope to accomplish? Are you looking to update your home's look? Add more space? Or improve its energy efficiency? Once you know what your goals are, you can start planning accordingly.The planning phase should include the materials you will need for your renovation, contractor cost, diesel truck rental (or any other rentals), and an idea of...
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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 If you do not live in a warm, tropical climate, the fall months are the best time to get your home ready for freezing temperatures, snowstorms, and icy conditions that lie ahead in the wintertime. Without the proper care and adherence to a maintenance routine, your living space and appliances are prone to damage that can lead to considerable costs for repair and high energy bills. Protect your home and property by reserving some autumn weekends to check the interior and exterior space for proper drainage, protection from winds, and insulation from the cold. You also want to ascertain that all your heating appliances are in tip-top shape. Here is a checklist to he...
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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               The siding on your home is not there just for aesthetic reasons. It actually serves a purpose —protecting your house from the elements, yet it can simultaneously provide your home with style.  While some homes use brick or stone, many other houses are designed with siding material that can be easily replaced over time. So, what is the best siding on the market today? Let's take a closer look at the options that are available to you in modern times. Eco-friendly materials You may want to consider the environment when deciding on your new siding materials. For instance, wood and metal are among the best eco-friendly siding materials. If you live in a ...
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By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
              The siding on your home is not there just for aesthetic reasons. It actually serves a purpose —protecting your house from the elements, yet it can simultaneously provide your home with style.  While some homes use brick or stone, many other houses are designed with siding material that can be easily replaced over time.So, what is the best siding on the market today? Let's take a closer look at the options that are available to you in modern times.Eco-friendly materialsYou may want to consider the environment when deciding on your new siding materials. For instance, wood and metal are among the best eco-friendly siding materials. If you live in a suitable climate, adobe and various other natural earth materials are also great options.Fiber cement sidingWhile vinyl was popul...
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By Tina Parker, Managing Associate Broker
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
If you do not live in a warm, tropical climate, the fall months are the best time to get your home ready for freezing temperatures, snowstorms, and icy conditions that lie ahead in the wintertime. Without the proper care and adherence to a maintenance routine, your living space and appliances are prone to damage that can lead to considerable costs for repair and high energy bills.Protect your home and property by reserving some autumn weekends to check the interior and exterior space for proper drainage, protection from winds, and insulation from the cold. You also want to ascertain that all your heating appliances are in tip-top shape. Here is a checklist to help you get through your maintenance schedule in time for the onset of old man winter.INSULATE PIPES. Pipes that run along unhea...
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
(Freelancer)
Planning some smart home improvements can make a huge difference in how happy you and your family are with your home. A few upgrades could totally transform your environment and even raise the value of your property. If you’re thinking about taking on a home improvement project, here are a few that should near the top of your wishlist. Treat Your Family to a PoolHome improvements don’t have to be all about decor and design. When you’re exploring different ways to improve your residence, give some thought about what features or modifications would get your whole family excited. A pool installation is a home improvement that everyone in the family can get behind. Search online for pool builders near me to get professional help with design and installation.Deciding to get a pool is definit...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Countertops are made and prepared in such ways that durability comes first. But in some situations, even the most standard countertops experience issues from time to time. This must be installed properly, appropriately, and regularly to get away from problems concerning your countertop. Still, for some reason, even if you took good care of it, many issues might arise.Below are some countertop issues and the solutions you may take to deal with them. Cracked Countertop IssueA cracked countertop is bad. However, it affects only a little part of your countertop. Many people fear replacing the whole counter to fix the damage, but in many situations, the isolated damage can be separately fixed from the whole slab.For smaller cracks, the manufacturer advises epoxy resin to repair the damage. F...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
The air conditioner cover is on, the furnace filter has been changed…now what am I forgetting? Ah, that’s right. Get the chimney sweep done. Do I really need to sweep the chimney this year?I use a gas fireplace. I don’t need to get it swept…right?Gas fireplaces are a great convenience as they can be started and stopped quickly and the cleanup is minimal. However, a gas fireplace still has a firewall and as the system functions similar to a heating system, problems can occur such as: Cracking in the firewalls and/or liner Buildup of debris Cracked chimney crown Deteriorated masonry and joints Blockage in the ventilation What if I don’t even use the fireplace?There are homeowners that use the fireplace as a decoration and never turn it on. It may not need to be swept as often however it i...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Evicting Animals From Your ChimneyHaving a mouse in the house can be a real pain. The little thing runs around, gets into everything, and generally causes chaos. And that’s just one little mouse. What happens when you have a much larger animal, or a nest of animals, in a harder-to-control area like a chimney?Unfortunately, unwanted animals in chimneys are a pretty common problem for homeowners, especially if the chimney isn’t used often. Some are difficult to evict because they’re very dug in once you notice them, others because there are specific laws about how and when they can be removed. What Kinds of Animals Enter Chimneys? When it comes to chimneys, there are a whole host of creatures that might come inside. Generally, you’re going to encounter animals that aren’t terribly afraid ...
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