Home Improvement

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By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 36
 How do you feel when your home and life seem cluttered? I've always found that too much clutter around me seems to clutter my brain. And I've always found that when I clean out my closets, pantry, office, storage room, etc. I end up feeling much lighter mentally and my energy level soars. But I ...

By Bob and Richelle Ward, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 4
A Farmhouse Gets New Life in Newtown, CT Back in June of 2015, we listed a home for sale - 9 Bennetts Bridge Road, Sandy Hook.  This home had been owned by the Kearns family since 1936 when they purchased it from Charles Beardsley.  The Kearns family were local dairy farmers for many years. The h...

By Robert Pullham, Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration
(SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey)
Comments 2
Yes mold damage for NJ homeowners can be a hassle, stressful and devastating to deal with.  When you have the professionals from SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey there to help,  we will alleviate some of the stress for you and deal with the situation.Not properly ventilated crawlspacesWe have seen mold c...

By Robin Wells, Inspected Once, Inspected Right.
(Wells Home Inspection Services)
Comments 2
My wife and I purchased a home last fall, a home that is around 120 years old.  It was in good shape, but still needed some work.  One of the high priority items on my list was the roof replacement, which I had done within the first week of moving.Due to the various roof types on the house, there...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 4
Everyone needs a fresh start from time to time even a Realtor. I cleaned off my desk this morning and was reminded of how long I had put off this task. It would have been simpler to make a weekly not monthly duty. But I digress. When it comes to home improvement and repairs it can get very frustr...

By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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Thank you Angie's List for giving 3Rs Construction the 2016 Super Service Award! We are honored to have this award for our construction services in the Salem, Oregon area. As a general contractor, we can provide a variety of services such as: Kitchen Remodeling Bathroom Remodeling Mold Remediatio...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 4
In this digital age, finding a spot for children to do their homework and study is usually a tough assignment. Forget the kitchen table. Kitchens, which now often function as gathering, entertaining and play spaces, are getting busier, making it difficult to do focused schoolwork. The dining tabl...

By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 7
More and more homeowners are enjoying the equity they have in their homes, and remodeling.    We are seeing lots of barn doors, some reclaimed wood, and the two tones cabinets are not as popular as they were a few years ago.     Sadly, wallpaper is making a comeback......    Duane did a great job...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
Comments 4
 HELPFUL TIPS FOR YOUR HOME DURING FREEZING WEATHER! • Keep your home heated to a minimum of 65 degrees to keep the inside walls from freezing. • Know where your main water shutoff is located within your home in case a pipe would burst due to freezing.  • Turn on Hot AND Cold faucets to a "slow d...

By Pat & Sharon Mistowski, Horizon Lending Services, LLC
(Horizon Lending Services, LLC)
Comments 0
Construction Loans in Prosper Texas Have you ever walked into a model home and thought about how things would look with higher ceilings, a larger entry way, more windows perhaps? New home construction is on its way back; it has been for the last few years. The market is beginning to reach higher ...

By Robin Wells, Inspected Once, Inspected Right.
(Wells Home Inspection Services)
Comments 1
Yesterday my son called, said his furnace was not working.  Would turn on, run for a bit then shut down, and then in a few minutes try again.I had one WETT Inspection to perform, and so got that finished and headed to my sons, he had taken the day off for his oldest son to go into pre-op exam so ...

By Nancy Almodovar, Leading Luxury Realtor in Houston
(Nan and Company Properties)
Comments 14
Keep it simple When the New Year hits, you may be set on achieving all of your New Years’ resolutions—whether it be eating healthier, exercising more, or even spending more time with your family. However, while the New Year often allows for a “new year, new you,” it’s also a great time to renew ...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 78
Does too much clutter in your home feel like it clutters your brain?  I've always found that when I clean out my closets, pantry, office, storage room, etc. I end up feeling much lighter mentally. But I also know that for many the process of decluttering and throwing things out can be challenging...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
Comments 2
Got MOLD?There are several ways you can tackle the problem with household items ... BleachBleach is extremely effective in killing mold spores in non-porous materialsBoraxBorax is a natural mold inhibitorVinegarVinegar is a mild acid which can kill some mold sporesAmmoniaAmonia like bleach will o...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 13
 Overwhelmed with “stuff” and feel like the only solution is to rent a storage building?  Learn organization basics that can be applied to any organization project, from junk drawers, to your home office, to the garage; this How-To video from Rubbermaid is full of great ideas:     Now, you are ar...

By Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com
(Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC)
Comments 0
 Low Cost Fixes for the Kitchen to Make it Look Good and Sell  There are many inexpensive things you can do to brighten up a kitchen and make it look more current. Especially when you are ready to sell, you don't want to invest tens of thousands in your kitchen. Some easy, do-it-yourself ways ca...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester NY
(The Flooring Girl)
Comments 15
Hardwood flooring is all the rage these days.  And, it's not going out of style.  But what if you want a hardwood look in an area that's prone to water or moisture?  What if tile won't do it for you?  (Because it's hard on your feet and cold in the winter).   Well the good news is that there is a...

By Kate Talarico, RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager
(Kates Home Staging and Interior Design)
Comments 1
Home renovation requires many things, from a budget, good tradesman, and the vision of the finished product.Do you have the vision for your home renovation project?Can you picture the finished space during the construction phase?Do you know how you plan on using your new space once it is complete...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Real Estate Agent
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 19
5 Tips for Organizing Your GarageMany of us have a garage but, don’t use it to store our car in. The reason? Too much stuff! Garages often end up neglected messy spaces that accumulate a plethora of items over time. Organizing your garage will not only make it look better it will also enable you ...