Home Improvement

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By Hubert Miles, Certified Master Inspector
(Home Inspection Insider)
Are you in the market for a kitchen renovation but don't have much money to spend? No problem! There are many ways to renovate your kitchen on a budget. We will discuss 10 budget-friendly tips to help you create the kitchen of your dreams on a shoestring budget. HomeAdvisor estimates that the average kitchen remodels costs $12,567 to $34,962. With these 10 tips and some sweat equity, you'll spend a fraction of that. We've got you covered if you want to update your cabinets, add new appliances, or give your kitchen a fresh coat of paint. 1. Paint Dated Wood CabinetsOne quickest and most budget-friendly way to renovate your kitchen is to paint your existing wood cabinets. This can be a DIY project, or you can hire a professional painter to do it for you. If you're going the DIY route, use...
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By Hubert Miles, Certified Master Inspector
(Home Inspection Insider)
Touchless kitchen faucets are a great option if you're looking for a more efficient and sanitary way to use your kitchen sink. These faucets are becoming increasingly popular and for a good reason! We will discuss four primary benefits of touchless kitchen faucets.What are Touchless Kitchen Faucets?Touchless kitchen faucets are a type of faucet that uses sensors to detect when your hand or an object is placed beneath the spout. When the sensor is triggered, the water will automatically turn on and flow from the faucet. This hands-free operation can be a real lifesaver when you're trying to get dinner on the table and don't have time to fiddle with a traditional faucet. Touchless kitchen faucets require either a battery pack or an optional inverter plug-in pack to plug into a wall outlet...
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By Roger Fresno
(GG Realty Group)
Find a safe place to stay after a fireWhen facing an emergency like a fire, your number one priority should always be finding a safe place to stay. While you may think that your home is the safest option in these situations, it is important to remember that fires can often spread quickly and unpredictably. If your home is too close to the blaze or there are heavy flames around, it may not be the best place for you and your family to seek refuge. Instead, look for an alternative location, such as a local fire station or community center, where you will have access to safety equipment, food and water, and support from first responders. Additionally, if you have any pets with you during a fire emergency, try to find a shelter that can also accommodate them. By taking these steps and being ...
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By Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Home Warranty plans are a great way to begin home ownership.   Not every home requires a home warranty plan, but that's up to a homeowner.  You may be very handy and can fix most anything; or you hire every repair to be completed.  There are some key things to know about home warranty plans.  Home warranty plans can be compared to an insurance policy.  The plan will cover specific items and there will be a fee due at time of service, similar to a deductible.   A home warranty plan is designed to repair items that fail and there's a specific list of what is and is not covered.   If you've just purchased your home, a repair that is identified in a home inspection report as defective or needing replacement will not be covered by a home warranty plan.  That's similar to what's called a "pre...
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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 Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
You've come to the perfect place if your house needs a design upgrade but your budget is tight and you don't have much time. To get you started, we came up with ideas for house décor. Your entire place can feel new, on-trend but ageless, and sophisticated with something as simple as a wall sconce, colorful light bulb, or new throw cushion. Create a Comfortable Reading AreaNo special reading area? No issue. If there isn't any extra space in your house to create a reading nook, make your formal living room double as a comfortable seating place. Have No Concerns about Black PaintingThis bedroom's soothing black paint tone gives it a particular, cozy sense that you couldn't get with a lighter color. Additionally, the varied furniture adds a more lived-in and cozy vibe to the shadows. Evalua...
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By Roger Fresno
(GG Realty Group)
How can I protect my house from fire?There are a number of things that you can do to keep your home safe from fire. One of the most important is to make sure that your house is equipped with smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. These devices provide early warning in the case of a fire, giving you time to evacuate before the flames get out of control. In addition, it is crucial to keep your home clean and free from any flammable materials, such as oily rags, paper towels, and highly flammable liquids like gasoline. To further minimize your risk of fire, you should always be mindful of hazardous activities like cooking or operating electrical equipment. By practicing good safety habits and investing in reliable fire protection systems, you can give yourself peace of mind knowing that your...
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By Tina Parker, Managing Associate Broker
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
Painting 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 thing is making sure that you ...
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
(Freelancer)
Your home already has a lot going for it, especially if you keep it in good condition. Although the price of real estate will generally increase, adding a swimming pool may alter the price tag a fair bit. Before you start making plans to install a new pool, make sure it's worth the time and financial investment. This article will detail the effect of a pool installed on the value of your property.Does a Pool Add Value?The short answer is yes, a new swimming pool adds value to your home. The exact increase in property value depends on a myriad of factors (dissected later in this article), so it's best to do your due diligence before installing one. In order to maximize the price increase, though, call the pool builders near me to have it professionally installed.How Much Value Does a Poo...
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By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(John Roberts Realty)
 Home Improvements That Increase ValueHome improvements can increase the value to your home. Here are some home improvements you can do that won't break the bank and help increase your home value:1. Try a Fresh Coat of Paint2.  Add More Kitchen Storage3.  Put Down New Bathroom Caulk4.  Enhance Your Landscape5.  Upgrade Your Doors and WindowsI love real estate there is no greater feeling than seeing my customer's happy!!!  Please contact me if you have any questions or need any additional real estate buying or selling information I'd be happy to assist.    Remember if you have any questions about First Time Home Buyers Programs or any Real Estate matter I'm just a phone call or email away. I'm waiting to hear from you!   Pat ChampionJohn Robert's Realty352-516-7020email:patwchampion@yaho...
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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 A bathroom sink that has been fitted properly ought to last 15 to 20 years. However, this period may change according to the components utilized, the volume of use, and the hardness of your water. Without completely replacing them, routine maintenance and minor repairs can help extend the life of your bathroom sink and other fixtures.   WHAT REQUIRES REPAIR FOR A BATHROOM SINK? If you find yourself in a scenario where your bathroom sink requires repair, you may be curious as to why this is the case. In addition to careless actions like dropping a glass or other hard object that can result in a chip or crack in the sink itself, hair, salt water, and decades of use...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
A bathroom sink that has been fitted properly ought to last 15 to 20 years. However, this period may change according to the components utilized, the volume of use, and the hardness of your water. Without completely replacing them, routine maintenance and minor repairs can help extend the life of your bathroom sink and other fixtures. WHAT REQUIRES REPAIR FOR A BATHROOM SINK?If you find yourself in a scenario where your bathroom sink requires repair, you may be curious as to why this is the case. In addition to careless actions like dropping a glass or other hard object that can result in a chip or crack in the sink itself, hair, salt water, and decades of use can all contribute to the gradual deterioration of your sink and its plumbing. WHAT EFFECTS DOES HARD WATER HAVE ON FIXTURES?Har...
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
(Freelancer)
Every homeowner in the new construction market is faced with the same question - how can I save money building my new home? Creating a custom house might seem like an expensive task, but there are plenty of ways to stay within your budget. A crane rental Columbus Ohio could help save you money in several ways. Using recycled materials is the best way to save money on your construction project. You can choose various options for using recycled goods for your homes, such as wood and concrete blocks. By sticking with these materials, you are guaranteed that you will be able to build a house that saves energy and lasts longer than other homes on the market.1. Make Sure you are Hiring the Right ContractorDesigning your own home can be very fun and exciting, but it can also be very time-consu...
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By Roger Fresno
(GG Realty Group)
How can house fires be prevented?There are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent house fires and keep your home safe. The first step is to make sure that you have working smoke detectors installed throughout your home, so that you will always be alerted in the event of a fire. In addition, it is important to take caution with any type of heating or cooking equipment, keeping them away from flammable objects and never leaving them unattended. Lastly, you should always ensure that there are no overloaded outlets or faulty wiring in your house, as these can easily lead to dangerous electrical fires. By following these simple steps, you can help keep yourself and your family safe from the devastating effects of house fires.What is the most important thing to do during a fire?The mo...
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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.)
How To Increase Your Old Home's Sales Value?You've been in your home for years and think it's time to move on. But you have not maintained your home well, and now you're unsure what you could do to increase the sales value of your old home. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to improve your home's sales value. Here are some tips to get started, but if you are still unable to sort it out, you can opt for the help of Easefix.  1. Start with curb appeal.First impressions matter, so make sure your home looks best from the street. Start with curb appeal. Curb appeal is one of the most critical aspects of selling a home. It's what potential buyers see first, and it can be the deciding factor on whether or not they even want to walk through the front door. You can do a few simple...
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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 #annachroscicki #realtor #realestate #REMAX #Portsaintlucie #homebuying #MASTERPIECE #HOMESELLING  #rent #landlord
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By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
There may be times when people living in harsh climates feel like their design sensibilities may be limited by the forces of nature. While this may have been the case years ago, modern innovations in building materials have made it possible to achieve stunning aesthetics while also protecting the home from the weather. Keep reading to discover more about 5 durable materials perfect for building in harsh climates. Aluminum SoffitAlthough many homeowners may not be familiar with soffit, it is actually one of the most critical materials for protecting your home during harsh weather. Soffit is the material used to cover the underside of the roof overhang. Without it, moisture can accumulate in beams and rafters, causing rot and water damage.While wood has traditionally been the most popular...
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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 Is Now the Time to Remodel? 2022 is proving tough for all aspects of home renovation, from hiring contractors, to buying supplies. Here’s what to expect if you’re getting ready to remodel. With today’s runaway inflation and rising interest rates, it may seem like a good idea to put your remodeling plans on hold. Or, maybe not. According to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University,  remodeling expenditures are expected to cool down from 17.4 percent in 2022 to 10.1 percent by Q2-2023, citing steep slowdowns in homebuilding, retail sales of building materials,...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Looking for suggestions on how to fix wood furniture? You've arrived at the proper location. Old wooden furniture that has been neglected frequently develops a layer of filth and grime, losing its color and luster in the process, and giving it a drab appearance. In light of this, owners of antique furniture frequently question how to bring ancient wood furniture—often highly prized pieces—back to its former splendor. SET YOURSELF UP FOR STRIPPING BACKWork outside if you can because stripping furniture is dirty but essential to wood repair. Protect the flooring and any close furniture when working inside, and make sure there is enough ventilation. Cover the table in a plastic film so that just the top is visible, protecting the finish on the base of the table from damage. PERMIT LAYERS T...
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