Home Improvement

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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
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 On January 4, 2022, Kathleen Willcox published a very good interesting report on Realtor.com about list of kitchen improvement projects that offer the best and worst return on investment. 1. Good ROI: New cabinets, 2. Good ROI: Increasing countertop space, 3. Good ROI: Installing a skylight, 4. Good ROI: Upgrading the floor, 5. Bad ROI: Fancy countertop materials, 6. Bad ROI: Getting too personal, 7. Bad ROI: Nonessential luxury items, Perhaps there are might be other helpful list of kitchen improvement projects that offer the best and worst return on investment. For complete more detailed information about Kathleen Willcox’s report for list kitchen improvement p...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On January 4, 2022, Kathleen Willcox published a very good interesting report on Realtor.com about list of kitchen improvement projects that offer the best and worst return on investment.1. Good ROI: New cabinets,2. Good ROI: Increasing countertop space,3. Good ROI: Installing a skylight,4. Good ROI: Upgrading the floor,5. Bad ROI: Fancy countertop materials,6. Bad ROI: Getting too personal,7. Bad ROI: Nonessential luxury items,Perhaps there are might be other helpful list of kitchen improvement projects that offer the best and worst return on investment.For complete more detailed information about Kathleen Willcox’s report for list kitchen improvement projects that offer the best and worst return on investment, please click HERE
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By Otis Duffy, Otis Duffy Centum Broker of Record NY, NJ & FL
(Centum Real Estate Group)
"Complying with Local Law 97: How C-PACE Can Help NYC Building Owners" If you're a building owner in New York City, you may be familiar with Local Law 97, also known as the Climate Mobilization Act. This legislation aims to reduce carbon emissions from large buildings in the city, with the goal of combating climate change and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. As a building owner, you may be wondering how you can comply with Local Law 97 and make the necessary energy efficiency upgrades to your building. One option that may be worth considering is C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy). So, what is C-PACE and how can it help you with Local Law 97 compliance? Here's what you need to know: C-PACE is a financing program that helps building owners pay for energy efficiency up...
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By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
When it comes to real estate, first impressions are everything. A well-manicured lawn and a variety of colorful plants can make a home stand out and appear more inviting, greatly improving the curb appeal of a property. In addition to enhancing the aesthetic appeal of a property, landscaping can also increase its value. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of residential landscaping, including the installation of sod, and the potential return on investment for various landscaping projects.The Benefits of Residential LandscapingLandscaping can provide numerous benefits to a property, both for the homeowner and potential buyers. One of the most basic, yet important, aspects of landscaping is proper lawn care and maintenance. This includes regular mowing, watering, and fertilizing, ...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
When it comes to landscape design and backyard ideas, low-maintenance landscaping allows you to work smarter, not harder. Before you get too involved with front yard landscaping ideas, consider what aspects of your yard actually require maintenance when it comes to creating low-maintenance landscaping. Mowing the lawn is always a good idea because it takes a lot of time and effort. If you go this route, you should still think about ways to keep greenery in the yard. More hardscaping elements, such as a larger driveway, a concrete patio, or walkways that reduce the amount of lawn space, could be added.Tip 1: Learn about native plants. For thousands of years, native plants have had a symbiotic relationship with wildlife in a specific environment. They require less work and less water when...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Economical Upgrades to Increase Your Home’s ValueWhether you are looking to move now or may consider it in the future, there are many affordable options for making significant changes to your home without having to do a major renovation. With low-cost purchases of supplies, DIY instructions or professional guidance, and time set aside, you can make improvements that will increase your home’s resale value, save you money on energy costs, and improve your quality of living. When considering improvements, consider what needs attention first, such as protection from the elements, mold removal, mobility safety, and energy efficiency. Once those are addressed, you should pay attention to enhancing the appearance to attract future buyers. Such consideration should include space, lighting, curb...
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By Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944, Love To Help People
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
Hanging out with your family or hosting friends on your old, dingy deck is not very appealing. Lucky for you, refreshing it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Try your hand at the makeover ideas below!Restore your decking. Depending on the shape it’s in, sometimes all your deck needs is a little love. If it’s still relatively new, your deck might need a deep cleaning and a new coat of sealant. There is a multitude of deck finishing and cleaning solutions on the market to choose from to achieve this. However, suppose it's more worn down. In that case, the rejuvenation process may be a bit longer, including searching for larger repairs, tightening any hardware, cleaning it well, applying a stain, sealant, and paint, and more.Add lighting. Ambient lighting can transform your outsid...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
As the wind gets colder, it also makes it difficult to wake up in the morning. Not only that but walking from one place to another at home seems too unbearable, signaling that it’s almost time for Winter. If you are one of those who are not that fond of the cold season, this blog might be the one for you. Today, we’ll discuss the simple tricks you can do to improve your floorings for the Fall and Winter seasons. Why Is The Floor Too Cold? There are several reasons why this is happening at home. The most known causes are poor insulation and air leaks, making it too cold to step on. Both of them are common, especially if the insulation is installed incorrectly. Thus, allowing the cold air to enter. That’s why the floor is still cold even though you have insulation or a heater.  Another th...
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By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
Brick is a beautiful siding material. It's durable, maintenance free and it doesn't lie. With zero flexibility, if something is out of whack, the brick will tell you. So what do we have here?What we have is something that's very common, a lintel that is sagging. Across that garage door opening, window or any opening with brick above it, a lintel is used to support the weight of the brick.  Over time, that weight can cause the lintel to sag.This brick isn't structural, it resets on its own brick ledge and serves as the siding veneer. This short video illustrates this common issue and how to spot areas that have been repaired. The full post on "Why Did This Brick Crack" can be seen by hitting that link. 
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Charles has 8 great points here and worthy of our Daily Re-Bloghave a wonderful Holiday today, “Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.” KJMHappy New Year!Bill  Not all home improvements are created equal. These will reward you the most when it comes time to sell. Your home is in the perfect location, came at the perfect price, with the perfect lot. (Yay southern exposure!) But the home itself? Perfect isn’t the adjective you’d use. But you knew that moving in, and now you’re ready to start making it just right. Where to begin, though? How about with data? Data is that friend who tells you like it really is. Because while any home improvement that brings you joy is priceless, not all add as much home equity as ...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Choosing Better Paint ColorsPainting can be a great way to customize your house and make it into a home. Whether you’re just adding a splash of color or redoing entire rooms to match your favorites, a fresh coat of paint is a great way to take a home that you bought and really make it yours. Unfortunately, not everyone is great at picking the best colors for their home. After some unfortunate paint jobs, some homeowners may even wonder why they were allowed to go near a paint store at all. This doesn’t have to be the case, however.There are a number of things that you can do to find paint colors that better match your home. You can pick up paint swatches, get some small cans to test in different colors, or even use software to see how different colors will look in your rooms. The big th...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! 🙂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 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 Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
If you're considering updating your home, maybe your kitchen,  and making changes to the interior finishes, what do you do with the existing finishes?  Chances are your existing, old fixtures will end up in the landfill if you don't resell them.  But how do you go about selling your old household features and fixtures? In the present day, it's not as simple as telling your neighbors you want to swap out a kitchen.  But that's exactly what a Paradise Valley couple did back in 1997.  The result?  The creation of a nonprofit for this exact purpose.   Donate instead of sending these interior finishes to the landfill.  A couple in Paradise Valley had told their neighbors to take whatever they wanted from their home since they were going to remodel after they returned from a vacation.  When t...
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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 HVAC Troubleshooting for Homeowners Climate control is one of the greatest inventions of humankind since leavened bread, but when it’s suddenly not working properly, or it stops working all together, your HVAC system can become a massive source of stress and worry. Before you decide to panic, though, consider doing a little troubleshooting of your system. There are several very easy things you can check before you even have to call a repairman. Is Your HVAC Powered and Set Properly? Often, when HVAC systems go awry, it’s because your system is simply not powered. That might seem like an obvious problem, but since your HVAC system likely has at least two different...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
HVAC Troubleshooting for HomeownersClimate control is one of the greatest inventions of humankind since leavened bread, but when it’s suddenly not working properly, or it stops working all together, your HVAC system can become a massive source of stress and worry. Before you decide to panic, though, consider doing a little troubleshooting of your system. There are several very easy things you can check before you even have to call a repairman. Is Your HVAC Powered and Set Properly? Often, when HVAC systems go awry, it’s because your system is simply not powered. That might seem like an obvious problem, but since your HVAC system likely has at least two different breakers in your breaker box, it can be easy to miss that a switch has been flipped. Reset both your air conditioner and your ...
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By Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Staying on top of new innovation is a constant in real estate.   Recently, a new article popped up sharing a new type of range.  How is it possible to add an Air Fryer inside an oven?!    This new concept for an Electric or Gas Air Fryer range or oven will be in demand since air fryers offer great options for cooking quicker and without deep frying.   Can't wait to find a demonstration on this new appliance!   When it comes to energy efficiency - an oven takes more power to operate than a plug in air fryer.  So convenience is the main component for using it.  The basket can be cleaned in a dishwasher according to the specs.    Maybe this type of oven would be used for larger volumes of air frying?  And you could cook several items at once, making it more efficient.And there's also a mic...
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By Rocky Dickerson, Superior Service!
(Realty One Group)
Las Vegas Vantage interviews Jan Green, an expert in sustainable housing with both the EcoBroker and GREEN designations. In these days of rising energy costs, scarce resources and increasing health challenges, it is more important than ever to look at the health of your home. How do you make your home more energy efficient? How do you increase the quality of your interior air? How do you make the best use of your resources? In what order should you look at making changes to your home to both lower your carbon footprint as well as your utility bills.
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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 holidays are winding down and the new year is upon us. Chances are you are thinking about some personal goals you would like to achieve in 2023, but if you are a homeowner, you might want to add some resolutions to your list regarding your home.  Here are some homeowner resolutions for you to consider in 2023: Do a HOME INVENTORY and put together a DISASTER KIT for your home. You never know when disaster may strike, and while it is no fun to think about, it is important to be prepared. Include your home inventory and financial documents in your disaster kit so that you will be ready should the unthinkable happen. Make sure that your kit is stored in a firepro...
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By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
The holidays are winding down and the new year is upon us. Chances are you are thinking about some personal goals you would like to achieve in 2023, but if you are a homeowner, you might want to add some resolutions to your list regarding your home. Here are some homeowner resolutions for you to consider in 2023: Do a HOME INVENTORY and put together a DISASTER KIT for your home. You never know when disaster may strike, and while it is no fun to think about, it is important to be prepared. Include your home inventory and financial documents in your disaster kit so that you will be ready should the unthinkable happen. Make sure that your kit is stored in a fireproof, safe place that will be easily accessible if you need it. Think about getting a Home Warranty. If your appliances are neari...
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