Home Improvement

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By Brad Miller
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Having beautiful and functional bedrooms that promote sleep is not always a given when you purchase luxury real estate. There are times when you have to do a full renovation or redecorate the bedrooms to truly make them your own. What to do when choosing a paint colour for the bedroom is not enou...

By HomeSalesForce.com Team Powered by eXp Realty, Canton, Alpharetta, Roswell, Woodstock, Atlanta
(eXp Realty)
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You’ve lived in your home a little while and you think you sort of understand how it should flow. You’re starting to see warts and little bits of rough that people tend to gloss over when the neighbors pop by to borrow the lawnmower. It’s not that these things make your home flawed — all homes ar...

By Brad Miller
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We all want our guests to leave our homes feeling like they’ve been on a great holiday and that is actually easier to achieve than what you may initially thought. It is possible to give your guests luxury hotel-like pampering at the comfort of your own home. See our 8 ways to make this happen bel...

By Andre Smith, Real estate agent in Glenn County
(Morrie Mages Property)
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Everyone knows that the real estate field can be highly competitive. Every agent should aim at creating a great customer experience all throughout the sales process, but very few agents actually focus on tending to their customers’ needs after the sale has been completed. Don’t hesitate to enlist...

By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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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 Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Over the years and even today, I am asked from public web surfers to answer various Feng Shui questions. When this happens, they need to realize I know nothing about them, their home, the layout, environment and over all situation. So this makes answering their questions challenging and time cons...

By Jared Wangsgard, REALTOR - Utah Real Estate Sale SLC to Ogden
(Better in Utah Team - Aubrey and Associates Realty)
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  There are a lot of home improvements out there, however, discovering the projects that will increase your overall home value can be challenging. The kitchen and bathrooms are the hubs of the home and improving these rooms will instantly add value to your property. The kitchen and bathrooms are ...

By Edward Drennan, Serving the Oakville, Ontario Area
(Century 21 Dreams)
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Welcome back to part III of increasing the value of your home!This blog talks about creating compact, yet practical lower level living and work spaces.  As a realtor working with Livia Drennan, founder of Your Story By Design, it is my pleasure to share this brief introduction to one of her lates...

By Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate
(Keller Williams Valley Realty)
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Hi Everybody At this time of the year the cold weather can do some real damage to your home. One thing in particular are Ice Dams that can form in your gutters. This is a particularly bad thing to happen. Ice Dams can cause much damage to an interior of a home. I received this information from a ...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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They are magical illusions of nature. Sky ceilings make it seem that a bathroom ceiling is made of glass. You see it there with beautiful clouds and a few tree branches. Just flip the light switch and you've got it. Visit www.theskyfactory.com for some examples. Ceilings full of clouds are part ...

By Stieg Strand, Always showing up and working hard for you
(RE/MAX Results)
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HGTV addicts listen up... You have an opportunity to own a peice of HGTV for only $245000. 1463 Sage Court in Shakopee, a three level split with 3 beds 2 bath Shakopee had an $80,000 full kitchen/dining/entry makeover in one evening!        Click here for more Sage Court information and virtual t...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Travertine Shower Cleaning in Oak Park, IL 60301This project demonstrates a day in the life of a Hero documents the yearly cleaning & maintenance of travertine and marble for one of our favorite clients.  The first item on our punch list was the travertine shower located in the master bathroom. T...

By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
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Wood window repair, Manteca CA    Repairing wood windows starts like everything else. You need to do some research and find out a few things. Wood species and joinery are probably the two most important things when repairing an old sash style window. Manufacturers use complex joinery to help sust...

By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
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Crown Moulding Modesto  Installing crown molding is an art. At least it can be, depending on a few things. The type of crown you're installing can be plain or it can be extravagant in detail, such as 2-step crown molding. The rule of thumb for a good installation (at least as far as I'm concerned...

By Supreme Air Duct Svc, Serving ALL of So CA! Air Duct Cleaning Experts
(Supreme Air Duct Services 888-784-0746)
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Stop Breathing Dirty Contaminated Air Today!Supreme Air Duct Service IncA+ Rated BBB Accredited  BusinessOpen 7 DaysResidential/Commercial Air Duct Cleaninghttp://www.supremeairductservice.com   Have you noticed an increased level of dust buildup in your home or office lately? Do you or anyone in...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston
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Here are a FEW HELPFUL TIPS using every day things you probably already have around the house!  Bring to a Boil and then let Simmer: 2 - 3 cups water cinnamon orange peel  cloves Fill a Glass or Jar with Vinegar and place in any part of the room Soak a Cotton Ball with Vanilla Extract and place o...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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Author: Patricia Feager, 2/16/2018 WHEN DOES SPRING START AND ENDSpring begins March 20 and ends on June 21, 2018. BASIC TWO-STEPOrganize your spring cleaning into two steps: Who are you going to call? What can you do everyday for 32 days?  SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTSNow is the time to shop prices and ...

By Michael Peron, Michael Peron, Dave Florida Real Estate
(South Florida Home Solutions)
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Warning: As the texturing may have been applied before the ban on asbestos in 1978 (Clean Air Act—a United States Federal Law), its removal should only be done by a licensed professional or after testing of a sample by a qualified laboratory has ruled out asbestos content. For more information on...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Want to learn more about the 203k & renovation loans?Our new radio program starts next Sunday 7 January 2017 from 1-2 pm. Click on the link above to get more details and call in numbers, etc. Please join us if you can, call in or email us to get your specific questions answered on the air. Some o...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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As we begin to approach Spring, we will find many spring-cleaning tips. However, there are some items you should not wait until one or even twice a year to clean. Realtor.com recently posted an article on things in a home that are dirtier than a toilet. Below is a list of just 5 of those items we...