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It is spring again! It is time to get the home ready for another year and repair everything that needs to be repaired and to address the effects of the past year and the cold winter. Do you know where to start with welcoming spring into your home? Get some essential home preparation tips for spri...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
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      For years I've been hearing nobody wants popcorn ceilings anymore, but is this the new alternative? So far, I've only seen corrugated galvanized steel sheet metal ceilings in restaurants, commercial buildings, and some lofts in older warehouses converted to condominiums in the Dallas Fort W...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
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How many contractors should I get to bid my project?So you send out your project bid request to two contractors and find that one of them is very low on half the items and the other is very low on the other half of the items... The temptation is there to have each of them do what they were low bi...

By Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements
(Wrenn Home Improvements)
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Little leaks are really big problems! A recent client (just outside of the Wake Forest/Raleigh, NC area) contacted us after they had an inspection done that found some water damage under the hall toilet.  It was pretty bad! We pulled back the vinyl...   ...and there was some damage!  Both to the ...

By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
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  Ixora – Florida Gardening Ixora is also known as Flame of the woods.  It is a colorful flowering shrub that favors warm climates. The plant is native to East Indies and a popular landscaping shrub in tropical or subtropical zones throughout the world.   Variety of Ixora There are dwarf and regu...

By Jon Solomon
(Javic Homes)
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By Lana Bingham Amazing custom craftsmanship doesn't have to stay indoors. Just as a child can take their playtime to the backyard, a builder’s work can venture outside. While a child’s creativity is used to plan and play, a builder can use theirs to create and construct. Adding a custom built pl...

By Paul Weir
(Re/Max Performance)
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Looking for the perfect book as a gift for the organic gardener or farmer in your life?? When was the last time you had a hard time putting a good gardening book down? A book that helps you see your soil and your plantings with a whole new set of eyes? A book that you can say actually completes a...

By Marcus Rice, Richmond & Northern VA REALTOR/Principal Broker, CEO/Owner, CDPE, RAR, PWAR, BBB
(Equity First Realty )
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Carpet Dyeing Hampton Virginia We love this company, they have worked with many of our clients. Dyetech Carpet Dyeing and Cleaning of Richmond Virginia are partners and members of the Marcus Rice Team. They have saved me and our clients thousands of dollars. Give them a call today.  Dyetech Carpe...

By YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
(YourSiteNeedsMe.com)
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Most builders and real estate contractors assume that clients opting for natural thatch on residences, businesses and accessory structures are right in believing that natural thatch is the greener option. Normally, our team would agree. But as with many areas of agriculture, the thatch industry i...

By Susan Thompson-Solomons, Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services McNelis Group Properties)
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"I Want to Paint my Home - I Like Color" - You May Want to Think Twice - Everyone likes a refresh every now and then. Paint can fade, walls get marks, you just want a decorating change, the list goes on. However, there are some things to consider when doing a painting project.-Possibly you want t...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
(RenovationFind)
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If you’re preparing your home for sale, you’re likely focusing on what the home looks like in the inside. This is important, but the first impression your home makes on the outside is equally important. Neglecting your home’s exterior could make it look uncared for and give buyers the wrong impre...

By Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties
(Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com)
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Greetings, from your friends at Anthem Inspections! Topic of the day: Why a home inspection is important even for new construction. Why should your clients consider having a new home inspected?Construction on this home was completed in 2007. We inspected the property in 2017.A 14" hole was discov...

By Charles Stallions Property Manager, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Gulf Breeze and Pace Property Management, Robots break new ground in construction industry Just as self-driving cars may reinvent the suburbs, self-driving bulldozers, excavators and drones may redefine the way homes are constructed. Read more.   The Top 5 Things to Do in Pace 2017 - M...

By Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements
(Wrenn Home Improvements)
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How Should I Nail Lap Siding (HardiePlank siding)? This is a common question that I hear a LOT.  A LOT.  And it's still debated among siding professional to some degree.  Mostly that debate centers around maintenance, and the expectations of what the homeowner will and won't do.     JamesHardie r...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
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Home owners unless you want someone else living with you that you may not be able to get rid of, by law, and then please cap your chimney.I came across a vacant home that one of my buyers was thinking about purchasing, and I heard something in the basement. It was coming from an old oil heater ve...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
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As I see more and more people trying to save money by doing there own home repairs, one big one is the roof. But so many people replace the roof and don't replace the ventilation.The ventilation in an attic is very important for a home for many reasons. One is that bathrooms and utility rooms pro...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
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 If you read this story to the end, there are many lessons to be learned, but many seek their own meaning,including me.To me it can be taken two ways. The first is getting your home permitted and inspected prior to move in, or have it blow down in the next storm.The second one, my wife says, is n...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
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Tearing down the Berlin Wall was a great thing to do, but tearing down the wall between the kitchen and dining room could be a huge mistake.Let me give you an example of a house I saw today. I'm sure all you inspectors out there have seen worse, but the family of this home I saw today had pulled ...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
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Friday, while showing a home, we were walking up the front steps and I almost fell all the way through. This property had serious signs of deck and stair problems as we walked up the home. My client and I decided not to check the deck and walked very carefully to the front door after that.Now, ha...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
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Just because the sun goes down doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying the outdoors! Whether you're planning an outdoor get-together or you just want it for yourself ... it's great to have a lot of outdoor lighting glow. You can have candles or battery operated candles, lamps with oil, landscape l...