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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester NY
(The Flooring Girl)
Comments 48
Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2017  Yes, it's hot off the presses...My 2017 Hardwood Flooring trend report.  Last year's article received 115,000 clicks, and I'm hoping this one can exceed that.  So, without further ado... Hardwood floors continue to grow in popularity across the country. Whether ...

By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
Comments 0
Finding the best contractor can be an overwhelming task. Where do you start? Whom can you trust? There are a dozen or more questions that surround the mission of hiring a professional for your remodeling project.  Take solace in knowing you're not alone in your search. Our steps to finding the be...

By Joe Lattanzio
(Russell Real Estate Services)
Comments 1
How to Organize Your Closet Spaces Without Breaking the Bank There is a particular pleasure in a well-organized closet; not to mention the space and energy-saver that it becomes! And the best part is that you don’t need to spend tons of money to get a dapper closet space. A lot of the work is jus...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 5
For an amazing assortment of homes to consider building for yourself or just to admire, in addition to this home built on a pillar, that will amaze you see Amazing homes on Duskyswondersite, also for even more amazing homes see another assortment on Amazing homes assortment 2 on Duskyswondersite....

By Lisa Hernandez, Realtor serving Kendall, South Miami & Pinecrest
(Opes Real Estate Group)
Comments 5
2017 is all about renewal and a deep desire for positive change and, our home design trends will be reflected in this sentiment. Here's 8 hot trends to embrace for 2017:1. Greenery: Pantone released its 2017 color of the year and this earthy yet bright hue is refreshing and comforting at the same...

By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
Comments 2
A big thanks to Debbie for sharing what she is seeing in flooring trends. We see much of the same thing in Silicon Valley, especially in new construction.While I personally am not a fan of the wood-look tile and vinyl, nor the grayed wood, they are popular choices. Many of my buyers love the look...
The way the outside of your home looks can influence the interest in it. People are drawn to a home that looks nice in a great location. If your home is showing signs of wear, it can give them the wrong impression. They may assume it hasn’t been well cared for and they are getting into a money pi...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 17
  How to Prevent Frozen PipesHave you protected your pipes from frigid temperatures?  Here are some quick andeasy tips on preventing your pipes fromfreezing this winter in this videofrom Roto Rooter.      Ready to find your new "Dream Home"? Here is just a small sample of homes in and around the ...

By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 80
Dirty bathrooms are a huge turnoff for home buyers.  Mold is another huge turnoff.  Combine the two and the 'yuck' factor multiplies.  I think everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible.   I recently moved in to home with some...

By Jeff Craig, Greensboro/Kernersville Realtor/CSP/CNRS
(Allen Tate Realtors)
Comments 1
Home Automation Is Here To StayForget 1984, it’s January 2017. In the doldrums of winter, it's a great time to consider home automation. HA has come a long way in just a few years. It is also referred to as the "internet of things".  Is it for everyone? Probably not, but if you are just a bit tec...

By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
Comments 2
It is estimated that 28 percent of U.S. homeowners have plans to remodel, expand or otherwise improve their homes in the next 12 months. If you are a part of that group, there are a few questions you may need to ask yourself before you jump the gun. Are the improvements that you plan on making go...

By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
Comments 4
Tankless water heaters can lead to big savings. However, there are pros and cons to installing a tankless water heater. In order to help you weigh the pros and cons, here are the most important things you need to know before you buy and install your tankless water heater.   1: Higher Initial Cost...

By Victoria Roberts, Bringing Homes, People and Communities Together
(Alaska Real Estate Group)
Comments 0
How to Keep Your Pipes From FreezingWinter means toasty fires, steaming cups of hot cocoa and - for many - frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can lead to major damage, so it's important to keep them protected when cold air hits.Experts recommend a few tips for protecting your pipes as the weather turns c...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester NY
(The Flooring Girl)
Comments 11
Yay.  Hot off the presses.  I finished this article earlier today (around noon I think) - My 2017 Hardwood flooring trend article.  My goal was to get this finished before the new year.  And, it's done.  It took a while, but I think it's worth it.  Last year's trend post generated around 115,000 ...

By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
Comments 6
Dear Readers - Debbie Gartner, from Westchester County, NY near Connecticut, is a Flooring Expert and a dynamic Bogger. Taking time to read her posts is worth every minute. Try reading some of these: Which are the best brands of polyurethane for hardwood floors Where to buy stair rods for carpet...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 1
How about some 3-D art or murals on floors, walls or even the garage door to increase interest in your home. Maybe a 3D mural will make a possible buyer stop and say, "What an interesting home, is this for sale?"               I guaranee that this mural will get someone to notice your home or sho...

By dfwbestroofing.com -- Omar Baloch, We are an Exterior and Roofing company
(DFW Best Roofing)
Comments 1
The cost of replacing a roof is a major expense. If the roof is damaged, or if there is a leak; then a roof should be replaced. A good roofer should be able to determine if the home inspector will have any issues with the roof. A good roofer will be able to identify the issues the home inspector ...

By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale
(MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
Comments 3
This content originally appeared at MyMidtownMojo.comI can't imagine what someone really goes through if their house catches fire. My Mother lost everything she owned back in 2005 when her house caught fire and burned to the ground. They saved nothing. She got out, but not because she had any kin...
You just became a homeowner—congratulations! In between the oh-my-gosh-I-have-a-mortgage feeling and the pile of empty pizza boxes (you have yet to unpack your cookware), you may be making a mental list of all the things you’re going to do to make your home your home—projects you plan to knock ou...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Sedona)
Comments 8
I will be saving this post for future reference. Our clients can gather valuable information for a DIY whether they are selling or remodeling for their own use.  Even if they hire a professional for the entire project, a lot can be gleaned from this post!In number 5, I would emphasize to my clien...