Home Improvement

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By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
If you’re a saver or even a hoarder, you know how hard it is to find storage ideas in your house. The equation is simple: the more stuff you collect, the less space there is for storing it. You can purchase plastic storage boxes and stack them in the basement or in the garage. You can build shelving in the garage. You can even hire a contractor to install overhead storage racks inside the garage. Still, you might find yourself needing more storage ideas. According to a new Buzzfeed article, there are literally dozens of intriguing home storage ideas you probably didn’t even know existed - until now, that is. That said, read on to see how you can come up with more space to store the stuff you just can’t motivate yourself to get rid of, or you can’t do without.Removable Door Inserts  Bet ...
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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  #homeimprovement #tips #bugs
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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 fruit-bearing tree can be a lovely addition to your property if properly cared for. They not only provide the obvious benefit of nutritious and tasty fruit—whether oranges, apples, peaches, or other delectable treats—but they are also beautiful to look at and enjoy during the appropriate seasons.   There are some things you should do to ensure that your trees thrive and produce plenty of fruit for you to eat. If you're unsure about tree maintenance, hire a family tree service to inspect your trees. You can ensure that your trees will last for many years in this manner. Research You must first conduct research before planting your tree. What trees grow well in y...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
A fruit-bearing tree can be a lovely addition to your property if properly cared for. They not only provide the obvious benefit of nutritious and tasty fruit—whether oranges, apples, peaches, or other delectable treats—but they are also beautiful to look at and enjoy during the appropriate seasons. There are some things you should do to ensure that your trees thrive and produce plenty of fruit for you to eat. If you're unsure about tree maintenance, hire a family tree service to inspect your trees. You can ensure that your trees will last for many years in this manner. ResearchYou must first conduct research before planting your tree. What trees grow well in your area? What do they require to thrive? Call a family tree service expert if you are unsure of which type of fruit-bearing tree...
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When you buy a home, you may have dreams of settling into a beautiful new space that meets your needs and that your family can feel comfortable in. While many will enjoy this vision of domestic tranquility after taking ownership of their dream home, others have had their dream turn into a veritable nightmare due to some simple mistakes or oversights on their part. By understanding these mistakes, you can avoid making them yourself.Paying Too Much For The PropertyOne the surface, the main cost of buying a home relates to the sales price, and it is true that your monthly housing payment may be the primary related expense. However, other expenses such as homeowners insurance, property taxes, repair and maintenance costs, utilities and more will all need to be factored into the cost of home...
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If you’re selling a home today, you know that it’s a seller’s market in many areas throughout the country. What you may not know, though, is that there are still things you can do to make your home even more desirable. From adding SMART home features to properly staging a home, there are plenty of things you can do to drive up the price and create a frenzy of bidding activity for your home. One of those things is to add green features to your home.What Are Green Home Features?Adding green features to your home doesn’t mean you’re painting the walls green or going for some odd decor. Instead, it means you’ve added one or more environmentally friendly features to your home. The following are a few green features you can add to your home that will add incredible ROI when the time comes to ...
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The process of buying a home can be riddled with obstacles. However, you can avoid many of the most common home buying pitfalls with some advanced preparation. Below are some of the most frequent problems home buyers face, as well as tips for avoiding them. You Can’t Qualify For A Mortgage Nothing is more frustrating than learning that, even though you make enough money to afford your dream home, you cannot qualify for the mortgage you need. This may happen because your credit score is low or because you cannot verify your income in a way that satisfies your lender. To avoid this pitfall, investigate lenders’ requirements before you begin the application process and make sure you meet them all. You Discovered Problems With The Home After You moved InIn some cases, a home may seem perfec...
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Becoming a homeowner for the first time is exciting. However, for many potential buyers, the process can also be confusing. Below is an overview of the steps you need to complete in order to buy your first home. Work Out The FinancesThe first step in buying a home is deciding on a price range. This price range will be determined by your income, as well as your own comfort level with home prices and monthly payments. Consider all of these factors to determine the maximum amount you are willing to spend on your new home. In most cases, you will be required to pay the downpayment and closing costs upfront, even if you are financing the rest of the home’s purchase price. In general, most lenders will expect a downpayment equal to 20 percent of the home’s purchase price. Otherwise, you may b...
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When spring arrives, many people want to spend more time outdoors enjoying the fresh air and warmer temperatures. While you could lounge in a chair with a good book, you may find it more enjoyable to plant your own vegetable garden. This is an on-going project that will require you to spend time outdoors regularly, and it can be quite enjoyable to watch the fruits of your labor spring to life. More than that, you may love to sample and even share the tasty treats that you have grown on your own. If you are ready to get started planning and planting your vegetable garden, follow these preliminary steps.Choose the Plants That You Want to GrowAs a first step, think about the types of plants that you want to grow in your garden. These should ideally produce vegetables that you and your fami...
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By AMRYTT MEDIA LLC, Get Real Estate Backlinks - guestpostlinks.net
(AMRYTT MEDIA LLC)
“Increasing performance for sports, providing a boost of energy for daily needs, aiding in anti-aging injury recovery, and beauty, experience the wide range of benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy”.Hyperbaric oxygen therapy supports a wide range of wellness, sports, and medical-related conditions - helping damaged body tissues to repair, recover and rejuvenate. Are you planning on buying a hyperbaric chamber for home use? Well, this blog covers all that needs to be known about purchasing for home use. But before we go deep into this, let’s have a quick look at what hyperbaric oxygen entails and its benefits.What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a known form of oxygen therapy that aids in providing oxygen in sufficient volume to various parts of the body. Oxygen...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
A home is where people feel safe and where family moments are made. It is also a place where people can express their style and personality.  When building a house, it is important to pick out suitable materials that compromise a large and prominent part of the structure. And choosing the right color of siding and trim for a house is a matter of personal taste, practicality, and architectural elements. Here is a list of tips on choosing exterior siding based on personality:  Know Your PreferenceKnowing personal preferences when deciding on a siding color is vital. If you like a warm cozy exterior, opt for siding colors in medium brown shades, pastels, or beige. Choose white, pale yellow, or light tan siding for a light and bright exterior design. This might show strongness in personalit...
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By Michael Peron, Michael Peron, Dave Florida Real Estate
(South Florida Home Solutions)
Regardless of whether you're entitled to $250,000 or $500,000 of exclusion when you sell your home, prices have gone up so much in the past two years, you may be approaching the limit where you might have to pay tax on the excess when you sell.Any improvements you have made to the home during your ownership can be used to raise your basis in the home which will reduce your gain.  It is worth the effort to start reconstructing the list, both big ticket items and lower priced items that qualify.While repairs to your home do not count as improvements, other money which either materially adds value, appreciably prolongs the useful life of the property, or adapts a portion of the property to a new use will qualify.  Hopefully, you have contracts and agreements on the major items and receipts...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
Thank you Dina Nemat for your original blog.   Curb appeal is important in the home sales process, and this is because it will impact the overall first impression that potential home buyers have about the property. Some homeowners can easily spend a small fortune and a considerable amount of time improving curb appeal, but others may be looking for faster and easier results. The good news is that boosting curb appeal is easy and affordable to do when these three tips are followed. Spruce Up The Front Door The front door and patio area are focal points for those driving by the home, and this area receives even more scrutiny by those home buyers who walk up to the home to take a tour of the interior. Re-staining or re-painting the front door can be highly beneficial to dressing up the loo...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
How to Keep Your Ductwork CleanYour home’s HVAC system works hard throughout the year. Unfortunately, this can cause it to experience problems over time, often at a time when you’d really rather it not fail on you. This is why yearly maintenance and inspections are recommended, since a little bit of attention now can save you a whole lot of problems (and money) later on.There’s more that you can do to help your HVAC system stay in good working order than just having it inspected and maintained, though. One of the big things that you can do to help is keeping your ductwork clean. This helps to prevent blocked airflow, keeps dust and other particles from being recirculated into the air, and overall reduces the strain on your HVAC unit as it tries to push air through the entire ductwork sy...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
This bread is a perfect snack or even a great breakfast option. For a special treat, heat it up just a bit and spread on a little extra butter. Ingredients1 package (30 ounces) of frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt8 large eggs2 cups 2% milkPaprika Directions1. In a large bowl, combine the hash browns, bacon, 1/2 cup cheese, and salt. Spoon into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. 2. In another large bowl beat eggs and milk until blended; pour over hash brown mixture. 3. Sprinkle with paprika.4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. 5. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
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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  #HOMEMAINTENANCE, #clean 
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Becoming a homeowner for the first time is exciting. However, for many potential buyers, the process can also be confusing. Below is an overview of the steps you need to complete in order to buy your first home. Work Out The FinancesThe first step in buying a home is deciding on a price range. This price range will be determined by your income, as well as your own comfort level with home prices and monthly payments. Consider all of these factors to determine the maximum amount you are willing to spend on your new home. In most cases, you will be required to pay the downpayment and closing costs upfront, even if you are financing the rest of the home’s purchase price. In general, most lenders will expect a downpayment equal to 20 percent of the home’s purchase price. Otherwise, you may b...
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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 Everyone might be wondering why the kitchen is the heart of a home. Simply because this is the place where people gather and make conversation and have their bondings. So who doesn't want an eye-catching and cozy kitchen at home?    Kitchen cabinets play a big part in the kitchen area. The kitchen cabinets occupy almost 70% of the kitchen area and are often the most pricey parts in the room, so when choosing a design for them is somehow crucial. Here are the top 5 kitchen cabinets design that everyone should know:   1. Suspend it overhead. This design is pertaining to a U-shaped design. Perfect for the kitchen that has no wall. It is perfectly laid out with lots ...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Everyone might be wondering why the kitchen is the heart of a home. Simply because this is the place where people gather and make conversation and have their bondings. So who doesn't want an eye-catching and cozy kitchen at home?  Kitchen cabinets play a big part in the kitchen area. The kitchen cabinets occupy almost 70% of the kitchen area and are often the most pricey parts in the room, so when choosing a design for them is somehow crucial. Here are the top 5 kitchen cabinets design that everyone should know: 1. Suspend it overhead.This design is pertaining to a U-shaped design. Perfect for the kitchen that has no wall. It is perfectly laid out with lots of counter space and under-counter cabinets. It's a row of shelves hanging from the ceiling above the counter, innovatively providi...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Prepare for cooler autumn weather by giving your porch a facelift that will allow you to spend more time outside. You'll find modern fall porch decor you'll love, like simple planters, organic textures, and gold accents, as well as rustic spaces full of festive fall signs, hay bales, and pumpkins galore, on our list. Add Accent with Grain SacksVintage French grain sacks, a country classic, inspire a simple and rustic embellishment for fall pumpkin stacks. Display on the porch, perhaps next to a bench with pillows made from grain sacks, to create a welcoming fall atmosphere.  Crocks with PumpkinsThis simple porch display screams autumn! Decorate the front steps or stoop with a collection of flat, wide pumpkins and mums atop crocks.  Choose a Clean, Modern Look.With a deep wraparound porc...
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