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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By NextDay Inspect, Residential Home Inspections & Radon Testing
(NextDay Inspect)
What is the risks involved with poor indoor air quality?Poor indoor air quality can be caused by a number of factors, including poor ventilation, dust and pollen buildup, and faulty HVAC systems. There are a number of ways to improve your indoor air quality, including using filters, cleaning up the environment, and installing ventilation systems. To ensure that the filtered air reaches all parts of your home, it is important to choose the right type of filter and install it properly.Indoor air quality can have a significant impact on your health, and can also cause you allergies. Poor air quality can cause problems such as chest congestion, headaches, and fatigue. In addition, it is possible to develop asthma if you are exposed to high levels of indoor air pollution.Considering an air p...
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
(HOMESGOFAST)
There are many advantages to living in rented accommodation versus owning your home; maintenance and financial risks being two of the largest. However, it can be limiting at times when you are contractually restricted from carrying out your own home improvements. While structural changes are off the table for renters, there are still plenty of ways to imprint your style onto your rented home. From home working and workouts to entertaining friends and much-needed family time, where we live has to be many things. But, if space is at a premium and you can't expand, it’s important to get creative with how you use your rental home’s layout and look for a versatile rental property that enables you to do that. Here are some great ways to make your rental space as multi-purpose as possible with...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
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By Rocky Dickerson, Superior Service!
(Realty One Group)
Kitchen Lighting OptionsKitchen lighting options are far different than they were even 20 years ago. Options for kitchen lighting are increasing greatly. After all, good lighting is important in many places in the home. However, when you’re working in the kitchen,  having sufficient lighting to see what you’re doing is vital. Poor lighting in your kitchen can make cooking and other tasks unpleasant. Furthermore, it is worse if the lighting leaves shadows in areas that you use a lot. Fortunately, there are a number of options available when it comes to adding new lighting to your kitchen. Here are some of the best for you to consider. Recessed Kitchen Lighting For kitchen lighting, one of the most popular now is recessed lighting. This is especially useful if you have relatively low ceil...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
So you're planning a few home updates, improvements or repairs, maybe an entire remodel, you have a plumbing headache or an electrical predicament, maybe your home needs painting inside or out, perhaps your family could use some extra space and an addition is in your future. You need a contractor, so where do you start? […]Read more of this post  YOUR   Latest activity in the VALLEY of the SUNFor ALL your Valley AZ Real Estate NeedsPHONE   Bill   at   602-999-0952Text         Bill   at    602-999-0952Email      Bill    at     billAZElite@cox.net Read other YVP Blogs hereFor more information, Call or Text: 602-999-0952eMail: golfarizona@cox.netBill Salvatore / Arizona Elite PropertiesYour Valley Property TeamResidential Sales, Marketing, and Property ManagementSelling Arizona for more th...
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By Roger Fresno
(GG Realty Group)
Have your chimney cleaned yearlyOne of the most important things you can do to prevent a house fire is to have your chimney cleaned on a yearly basis. While it may seem like a minor task, it's essential for ensuring that dangerous creosote buildup doesn't occur. Creosote is a sticky, flammable substance that can easily ignite if it gets too thick. If you have your chimney cleaned regularly, you can rest assured that this dangerous substance will be removed before it has a chance to build up. In addition to having your chimney cleaned, it's also important to have it inspected regularly for any cracks or damage. By taking these simple precautions, you can help keep your home safe from the dangers of fire.Store gasoline or other flammable liquids outsideAccording to Fire Cash Buyers, one o...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
A home can last for a long time if it is well-maintained and has built-in protection against environmental factors. As you know, due to weather disturbances, can affect every house, slowly deteriorating it.  Siding is one of your home's most valuable assets. It's an important part of your home's wall assembly in terms of both aesthetics and functionality because it's the first thing people see from the outside. It instantly transforms an otherwise unappealing exterior into an elegant façade. When selecting the right siding for your home, you must consider a variety of factors that will assist you in determining the quality of your siding.  Durability and MaintenanceThe level of maintenance required for various siding options varies. Some people are more demanding. Wood siding, for examp...
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By Roger Fresno
(GG Realty Group)
Unattended FlamesWhen it comes to fire safety, one of the most important rules is never to leave flames unattended. Whether you are cooking on the stove or lighting a campfire in the wilderness, it is crucial that you keep track of any sparks or flames at all times. Even a small fire can quickly spiral out of control and cause serious damage if left unchecked, and it only takes a few seconds for something to go wrong. So when dealing with fire, always make sure to stay vigilant and take every precaution to keep yourself and others safe. Never leave your flame unattended, and always be ready to take action if anything seems amiss. By staying alert and cautious at all times, you can help prevent fires from getting out of hand and keeping yourself and those around you safe.Flammable ItemsI...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Do Your Own Fire Prevention Inspection. When it comes to fire prevention, there is no substitute for being proactive. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And in the case of fires, this couldn't be truer. As a homeowner, it is important that you keep up-to-date with your own fire prevention inspection. This means taking the time to regularly check your smoke alarms, updating your fire safety plan as needed, and ensuring that all combustible materials are safely stored away from heat sources. Additionally, it is essential that you take steps to prevent any kind of accident--from tripping on loose rugs to leaving candles unattended--that could cause a potentially devastating fire in your home. By following these simple tips and taking the time to do your o...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
If you’re anything like us, you’re getting ready to hunker down for the impending holiday rush as November arrives and fall begins its inevitable acceleration toward winter. But before you throw the turkey in the deep fryer and binge on a Lifetime holiday movie marathon (you know who you are!), take a few minutes to protect your home against winter’s chill. This month’s tasks are all about guarding against the elements—and the unforeseen. But fear not: We’ve got you covered with our handy checklist of home maintenance chores to tackle this month. Read on for details about where to start, and whom to call if you need reinforcements. Check smoke detectors Daylight saving time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. That’s a perfect time, according to the American Red Cross, to test ...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
 EnvelopeFacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterest After two years, dead skin cells, bugs, dust mites, and their droppings make up one-third of your pillow’s weight. “Washing your pillows is essential,” agrees Chris Brantner, founder of SleepZoo.com, a site that emphasizes the importance of sleep health. “You should be washing them every quarter, or three months.” Granted, the pillow washing process can be mystifying. Should you stuff your high-end memory foam pillow into a washing machine? Do down pillows need to be dried on the highest setting? Can all pillows be cleaned together? (The answers are no, no, and definitely not.) While you should always consult the care instructions from your pillow’s manufacturer, these vital cleaning tips from pillow experts will help you rest a little easier. ...
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By RealtyPilot.com & OfferRunway.com, Broker, Software Architect Automating Real Estate
(Realty Pilot)
Have you ever thought, "What can I do to improve the value of my home that looks great but doesn't break the bank"? We all have ask that and I am going to tell you about one of those improvements. One thing that the Covid era has done is caused us to realize the true comforts in our homes. If it didn't feel right, we made it better because we want to feel good about where we live. Especially in our backyards, the features that allow us to enjoy the outdoors must make it easy to spend time in that space. One of those features is a gazebo. Gazebos offer shade for the space and the means to add features like hammocks, swings, tables, lights and other great accessories. Installing a gazebo is fairly simple. Before I get into how to properly install one I must first discuss the value. The co...
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
(Freelancer)
Making improvements to your home can help you enjoy it more. Here are four ways to improve your home that could make it more attractive, functional, and valuable. Install a Pool Putting a pool in your yard is a great way to enhance your property’s outdoor appeal. This feature is something that’s on a lot of homebuyers’ wishlists, so it could generate a sizable increase in your property value. When you’re making plans for this type of improvement, get input from a professional installer who can help you design a custom pool.Depending on the size of the pool you’d like to install, this type of project could be somewhat costly. Swimming pool financing options could be a way to spread the cost out so you don’t have to spend your entire home improvement budget right away. This could free up ...
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By Roger Fresno
(GG Realty Group)
Do Your Own Fire Prevention Inspection.When it comes to fire prevention, there is no substitute for being proactive. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And in the case of fires, this couldn't be truer. As a homeowner, it is important that you keep up-to-date with your own fire prevention inspection. This means taking the time to regularly check your smoke alarms, updating your fire safety plan as needed, and ensuring that all combustible materials are safely stored away from heat sources. Additionally, it is essential that you take steps to prevent any kind of accident--from tripping on loose rugs to leaving candles unattended--that could cause a potentially devastating fire in your home. By following these simple tips and taking the time to do your own...
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By Roger Fresno
(GG Realty Group)
Avoid Carelessness in the KitchenWhen it comes to house fires, the kitchen is an area of particular concern. The combination of open flames and flammable oils and liquids creates a potentially dangerous situation, especially if carelessness or recklessness is involved. To avoid a kitchen fire, it is important to be mindful at all times and take precautions such as turning off burners when leaving the room or avoiding careless cooking practices like deep-frying. Additionally, all electrical appliances should be properly maintained and replaced as needed, to ensure that there are no faulty cords that could cause sparks. By taking these simple steps, we can help prevent house fires in the kitchen and keep ourselves and our homes safe from harm.Pay attention to your boiler or gas furnaceKee...
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By Teri Isner, GRI, CRS, CIPS
(Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes)
Home projects and family go together! While there will be tools and situations where children should be closely supervised, there are plenty of activities that can include the entire family!   If you have a room that needs painting, have the children paint the sample swatches on the walls. These areas do not have to be perfect, but this small job is the perfect way for them to learn beginner painting techniques.  Furniture kits are a great way to have children learn about using tools and following step-by-step plans. Reading is not always required as there are many instructions that feature symbols, numbers, and diagrams that children can easily follow.  Installing wall-hanging hardware or window treatments are excellent ways to teach school-age kids about using a level or measuring tap...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Many home cooks have a large number of items to keep in their kitchen cabinets. Additionally, the various sizes, shapes, and categories of items can make cabinet organization difficult. Keeping your kitchen organized, on the other hand, is critical. It can help you save money because you'll be aware of what you have and are less likely to purchase duplicate items. It can also help you save time when cooking, meal planning, and making a grocery list. Furthermore, having everything in its proper place can make cleaning the kitchen much easier. Here are some simple and helpful tips for organizing and maintaining your kitchen cabinets. Declutter Your Kitchen CabinetsThe first step toward getting organized is to declutter your kitchen cabinets. Do this even before buying cabinet storage or a...
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By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
My realtor gave me your contact information, he showed us a home that needs extensive renovations. The bank that she normally works with doesn’t do any kind of renovation mortgages and they recommended calling you. You do these types of loans, correct? The asking price is $640,000 and has been on the market for quite some time. We have not gotten a detailed bid for the renovations but am guessing $200,000. For us that would be much better than the price range we were looking at. We were planning on putting around $200,000 and our combined income is around $180,000. We both have good credit. We know that interest rates have gone up in the last few months but based on the saving in price range, and knowing that rates will drop, we want to purchase sooner rather than later. Can you help u...
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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 Even when the wind is cold, there's no stopping people from sitting on their porches. That happens almost every day, at least when there’s sunshine to combat the cold. Of course, nothing beats the scenery of falling golden leaves, which is why most are outside having fun. Unfortunately, your porch isn’t that fun of a sitting area, making the Fall season unenjoyable. That’s about to change because this blog can help you revamp it into a better and cozier one.  In this blog, we’ll share 4 tips that anyone can do without the hassle. So, get ready, and let’s begin!   Assess the Porch Area   Before we begin the renovation, it would be best to assess everything first t...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Even when the wind is cold, there's no stopping people from sitting on their porches. That happens almost every day, at least when there’s sunshine to combat the cold. Of course, nothing beats the scenery of falling golden leaves, which is why most are outside having fun. Unfortunately, your porch isn’t that fun of a sitting area, making the Fall season unenjoyable. That’s about to change because this blog can help you revamp it into a better and cozier one. In this blog, we’ll share 4 tips that anyone can do without the hassle. So, get ready, and let’s begin! Assess the Porch Area Before we begin the renovation, it would be best to assess everything first to note the feasible steps. This includes your porch's status, available home materials, budget, and abilities to execute the job. B...
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