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Pet owners often find themselves searching for methods to remove pet urine, which can leave stains and odors. Read on below to find out how to remove cat and dog urine stains. Removing Pet UrineCat and dog urine stains are smelly and incredibly tough to get out of carpeting or other materials and in many cases, the products sold to eliminate the stains can smell just as bad. And because pets are territorial, if the odor isn't completely eliminated, the odds are good that they will soil the same location repeatedly. Here's (2 comments)
Tips To Avoid Mold In Your Home - 05/29/10 07:15 PM
Although it tends to look unpleasant, without mold the world would be overrun with all kinds of dead plant material and we would not have antibiotics or blue cheese dressing. Nevertheless, as useful as it can be, no one wants mold in his or her home. Not only is it unsightly, it can cause structural damage and can even be a serious potential health hazard. How best then to keep the mold at bay? Here are some basic ways to help keep your home mold free. Fix Moisture Problems - Mold loves moisture, it needs it to thrive and grow. Fixing (3 comments)
Few Simple Ways To Keep Your House Safe - 05/29/10 03:44 PM
Keeping your house safe and secure is very important. You may not realize it, but there are cheap and foolproof ways to protect your home against burglars and home invasions. The list below shows some ways to keep your house secured. 1. Choose a safe neighborhood. Do your research by asking the police department about the level of crime rate in a certain neighborhood. If you're renting, choose a unit on the upper floor. Ground floor units are more vulnerable to attacks. 2. Lock your doors. Check the doors and windows before going to bed at night. Never let the kids (0 comments)
6 Landscaping Tips - 05/29/10 03:38 PM
Great Article From Realtor Magazine: Landscape designer Michael Glassman has cooked up a recipe for guaranteed curb appeal.
1. Add splashes of color. With every changing season, a landscape should provide a new display of colors, textures, and fragrances. "It's best to use one or two and repeat them," Glassman says. Example: white iceberg roses that bloom in spring, summer, and fall as a backdrop; in front, a contrasting punch of purple salvia or lavender that will flower at the same time; and as an accent, a crape myrtle tree that provides changing leaf colors in fall and interesting branches (2 comments)
Time To Write The Offer - 05/29/10 10:11 AM
For those who are purchasing real estate and are ready to make an offer...
Now that you have found the home you would like to buy, it is time to write an offer. Writing an offer is not as easy as it may sound. The offer you make is the first step toward negotiating the sales contract with the seller. Since this is just the start of negotiations, put yourself in the seller's shoes and imagine their reaction to everything you put in the offer. Your ultimate goal is to get what you want, so by keeping in consideration how the seller feels, you should obtain this goal. The (4 comments)
Realtor Vs. Real Estate Agent - 05/29/10 10:08 AM
When you are new to the real estate world, the process can be very overwhelming. Between the meetings, showings, applications, loans and terminology, it can be very easy to get lost in the process! The terminology itself can overwhelm even the most savvy of people. Surely you have heard people use the names "Realtor" and "real estate agent" interchangeably. But did you know that not all agents are Realtors®? Let me explain what a Realtor® can do for you. Both "agents" and "realtors" are licensed professionals. The term "Realtor" is a registered trademark that means the agent is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). (3 comments)
5 DIY Projects That Can Help Sell Your Home - 05/27/10 10:01 AM
As we find ourselves in the midst of National Home Improvement month, HouseMaster, one of the first and largest home inspection franchisors in North America provides homeowners with simple tips on how to maintain and update their homes with fixes they can inexpensively do on their own. "One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is letting small problems turn into big ones," said Kathleen Kuhn, President of HouseMaster. "Home maintenance is crucial since a home is typically the largest investment an average person makes in their lifetime. Proper home maintenance can alleviate the need for large and often costly repairs." HouseMaster (3 comments)
Housing Outlook Through 2020 - 05/27/10 09:56 AM
Interesting Article That I Came Across on Trulia After its historic decline brought the global economy to its knees, the U.S. housing market is gearing up for a long-awaited recovery. Real-estate experts expect home prices to hit bottom in late 2010 or early 2011 before - finally! - heading north again. But what shape will the rebound take? Are we in for another boom? Or will we have to settle for sluggish growth? Here's the outlook for home-price appreciation through 2020. The trajectory of real-estate values will vary a great deal from one market to the next. But home prices at the national (0 comments)
Quick Tips For Selling - 05/26/10 09:09 PM
1. Good plans equal great results.Successful remodeling projects require careful planning and a realistic budget. "Many people want to build it cheap and fast," says builder David Lisenby, certified graduate remodeler, of Lisenby Construction. "They want an estimate before they even have a plan." A solid strategy will ensure that the homeowner and the builder are on the same page, saving both parties time and money. 2. Quality counts.Potential homebuyers have more sophisticated tastes than ever. That's why spending a little extra on good design, quality materials and careful craftsmanship can garner big rewards when it comes time to sell. 3. (3 comments)
Ways To Refinance Your Home - 05/13/10 07:41 AM
Even though the first-time homebuyer tax credit ended April 30, there are still many ways the government provides help and incentives to get first-timers into the housing market. With all mortgages, the interest rate you get will depend on your credit score and market rates at the time you buy. 1. FHA-insured loansThe Federal Housing Administration doesn't make loans, it insures them. You buy the insurance and the government sets the rules and repays your lender's investment in case you default. The rules: Down payments are as low as 3.5% (example, for a $230,000 home, you'd pay $8,050 in cash). Your FICO credit score (1 comments)
Prepping For Summer - 05/11/10 09:44 PM
Summer is almost here, and it's time to get your house in order for the hotter months. Here are tips to put your furnace to bed, store your space heaters, prep your cooling system, repair window screens and more. When the weather turns warm, follow the impulse to fling open the windows and let in the fresh air and light: The sun's ultraviolet rays are lethal to many harmful bacteria. May's the time to ready your home for summer. Baby your cooling system Before firing up your air conditioner change or clean the filter. You'll want to change it every couple (1 comments)
When Buying A House...Things to keep in mind - 05/01/10 08:44 AM
When buying a home ... 1. Lay the groundwork. Your first step is figuring out how much house you can afford and how much you can borrow. If you're moving to a new community, be sure to find out what home prices are there. Housing prices can change dramatically from state to state and even city to city. You might also want to talk to friends or colleagues in the area about neighborhoods and other considerations only a local might know. 2. Take your time. Don't think that you are ahead of the game by looking on the Web for homes. House (0 comments)
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