Home Improvement

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By Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320
( Pacesetter Properties )
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Austin area  home owners don’t have to live in the kind of January landscape that features blizzards and snowdrifts to want to winterize their home before the onslaught of the chilliest temperatures. In even the mellowest of climates, winterization is a way to shrink energy bills. And even if the...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker, Author&Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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 Sweeping Energy - is when you have the front entrance aligned with a back door or window. The diagram above illustrates this situation. In energy terms, this says opportunities metaphorically and/or literally enter through the front entrance (mouth of chi) quickly and could leave just as fast. Y...

By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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San Jose Contractor's Complaint Results in a DOJ Court Trial The Department of Justice (DOJ) is proceeding to trial against a San Jose Contractor man who has been impersonating a licensed California contractor.  I hired an ex-friend who is an Interior Design, reDesign, Home Remodel, Decorating, a...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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The only thing more disturbing about trying to turn on an appliance and finding out it doesn't work is having the thing explode on the spot. Although in some ways, an exploding appliance could be a very comforting thing because the solution to the dilemma would be immediately and very clearly pre...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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As a New Hampshire Home Stager I've seen many prematurely gray homes....older than their years.Is your front door showing it's age?  It's time for a color!  I'm here to tell you that you shouldn't be afraid to paint wood.   For many people painting over wood is considered blasphemy, but not all w...

By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
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Fix and Flip Loans Private Hard Money Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO/MLOLevel 4 Funding LLCArizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177Dennis@level4funding.comhttp://www.Level4Funding.comNMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 105737822601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027111 Co...

By Robin Scott, Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, REALTOR® - Austin Texas
(Robin Scott, REALTOR®)
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 12917 Modena Trail in NW Austin.Finished the improvements, repairs, cleanup and make-ready. Visit http://www.tourfactory.com/1695869 to see the interior pictures. Leased as we made the finished the last details and the new tenants are already moving in.

By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
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Whose Tree Is This? Most of a large tree hangs over my yard, but the trunk is in the neighbor's yard. Who owns the tree? The neighbor owns the tree. So long as the tree trunk is wholly in the neighbor's yard, it belongs to the neighbor. When the tree trunk is divided by the property lines of two ...

By Gil Strachan
(Electrospec Home Inspection Services)
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Q: Since we have been on higher water pressure from a new source, we are getting more noise in the pipes. Not banging or clunking, just more water moving through the system faster, kind of a "rushing" noise. The pipe into the house is plastic, then hooks into copper pipe. The noise reverberates d...

By Sumer Brandon, Residential and Commercial Real Estate Services
(The Brandon Group)
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So you’ve decided to sell your house and you want to spruce it up a bit before placing it on the market to increase your chances of getting a better price per square foot…but you aren’t sure what to spend your money on.  The first thing to keep in mind is that not all renovations are created equa...

By Nick Gromicko, Administrator of "Certified Master Inspector"
(Master Inspector Certification Board)
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Wood siding has been in use for a long time and is extremely popular.  While newer, more modern materials have become very fashionable recently because of the benefits they provide in terms of weathering and damage resistance, wood siding is still commonly found on homes all over the world.  Cert...

By Gil Strachan
(Electrospec Home Inspection Services)
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Windows let in light, and during winter they can also let in the cold, and they can be wet and frosty – sometimes encouraging the growth of mold, and damaging interior trim and finishes. Here's some tips on how to tame your windows and save money! Why Do Windows Get Frosty?During freezing conditi...

By Jim Starwalt, Better Agents, Better Results
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes)
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Cluttered Garage?Reclaim Your Space With These 21 Brilliant Garage Organizing Ideas  To some people, the garage is just a place you keep your vehicle, or store away the items you don’t have room for anywhere else. For the more creative types, the garage is a place where you craft new items, and m...

By Nick Gromicko, Administrator of "Certified Master Inspector"
(Master Inspector Certification Board)
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 Woodpecker Damage Prevention and Inspection

By Robert Slick, NRBA, RDCPro, Trident/CCAR MLS
(Beach and River Homes)
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Septic tanks are simple and brilliant yet many people have no idea how they work or what homeowners can do to keep them working. Every house I have owned had a septic system so over the years I have learned a little about them. How? I talk to the guy pumping the tank. My most recent septic tech w...

By Stacey Perry
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We often make new year’s resolutions for ourselves, but have you ever thought about making a resolution for your home? The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a pledge to keep your home in its best possible condition all year long. Here’s some resolutions you might want to enact for y...

By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS®)
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Opening an electric bill from PEPCO or BGE in the midst of Winter can be rather painful. And if you are like many people, tackling projects to improve your homes energy efficiency is often not a priority. One, it can be costly (new appliances, new windows etc.) and two, these projects are not as ...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Received a message on my phone about a 203k loan draw inspection needed on Christmas Day in Modesto... no address, no name, just "this is the contractor on the job in Modesto, need an inspection at 3 pm today, I know it is Christmas Day but I really need the cash flow."I was mystified and was lau...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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It's Cold Out There!  Across the nation cold weather has arrived, even here in the Dallas area.  Keep the winter weather outside where it belongs with these home weatherizing tips.Homes lose the most heat through doors and windows.  Adding storm doors and windows or replacing old windows with new...

By Nick Gromicko, Administrator of "Certified Master Inspector"
(Master Inspector Certification Board)
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"Aging in place" is the phenomenon describing senior citizens' ability to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Those who age in place will not have to move from their present residence in order to secure necessary support services in response to their changing needs.   The ...