home improvement: How To Turn A “Dumb” Home Into A Smart Home - 07/03/19 12:08 PM
Having a “smart home” is a trend that is popular. What does it actually mean? Smart home technology improves energy-efficiency, increases security, and creates more convenience for the home’s occupants.
Innovative smart home technology improves with the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G wireless broadband, and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) programming. Many things that an owner and/or occupant of a home needs or wants may be done for them by smart home technology.
Energy-Efficiency
Green energy systems include installing energy-efficient windows and perhaps solar panels along with battery storage. Moreover, by managing micro-zones within a home, money is saved by … (1 comments)

home improvement: 7 New Home Upgrades that Could Save Your Life - 06/11/19 06:13 AM
One of the best things about moving into a new home is personalizing it and really making it yours. From hanging wall art to arranging furniture to finding the perfect spot for your grandmother’s hand crocheted afghan, it’s a real joy to decorate.
But are you forgetting about the big investment you just made? Consider the following important home upgrades that will protect your home and your family.
1. Smoke Alarm
Take an afternoon and upgrade all your new home’s smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives and it’s not worth it to assume that just because it’s there it’s working. 
2. Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Do the … (5 comments)

home improvement: Bold Wallpaper Makes A Statement In 2019 - 05/24/19 09:09 AM
From a sophisticated couch to a stunning art print, there are plenty of ways that you can dress up your living room and instantly change its vibe. You may not realize it, but wallpaper is back in fashion and becoming another popular way to instantly revamp a room.
If you’re contemplating ways that wallpaper can benefit your space, here are some options you may want to try out.
Add An Accent
A brightly colored accent wall may still be a popular trend, but a way to bring your wall into current fashion can be to add wallpaper. In addition to a fun print, wallpaper … (0 comments)

home improvement: Home Maintenance Tips: How to Organize Your Garage - 04/16/19 01:36 PM
Perhaps you plan to sell your home in the next few months or years. Keeping your garage organized can save time and ensure that you have storage space when you need it most.
Get Your Purge On!
Clear out the garage and separate items into categories: keep, trash, donate and recycle. If you get rid of 50 percent of your stuff, you’re doing great. The more you can get rid of up front, the less you have to organize! And if you haven’t used it in years, why would you need to keep it around?
Create Zones
Map out space with masking tape, starting with … (2 comments)

home improvement: When Is The Best Time To Do Your Roof Maintenance? - 04/12/19 08:41 AM
Perform roof maintenance on sunny days when there’s less chance of slipping. Blocking off a weekend twice a year gives you plenty of time to complete the items below without rushing or taking unnecessary risks. The beginning of spring and fall present the best opportunities to complete your maintenance before the weather turns too hot or too cold.
Loose Debris Removal
Remove leaves, branches and accumulated debris before winter sets in. Set up a ladder, preferably with another person holding the ladder steady, and clean off as much debris as possible without risking your safety.
General Inspection
Start in the attic or crawl space by … (0 comments)

home improvement: Should You Buy A Fixer Upper Or Move-In Ready Home? - 01/04/19 11:35 AM
There’s a lot to be said for buying a move-in ready home. All you have to do is put your things away and start living your life. On the other hand, buying a fixer upper has its advantages, too. You can get a great bargain on a fixer upper home. So which one should you choose?
Here are some things to consider.
You Can Easily Afford To Buy What You Want
If money is no object, then a move-in ready home is the best choice. You’ll be able to get exactly the home you want with little or no effort decorating it the way … (1 comments)

home improvement: 5 Home Design Trends To Watch Out In 2019 - 12/14/18 12:33 PM
Home design trends continue to change at supersonic speeds. With New Year right around the corner, the home design world is focusing on trends that will probably reign big in 2019. 
So, as you make your annual resolutions or consider revamping your home, it’s worth knowing them. After all, we all adore coming back to a place that makes us happy and helps us disconnect from tough days at work. 
It’s wise to be aware of temporary fads in design, but don’t be shy to try some new home designs and decor in 2019. In this post, we explore five trends to watch … (1 comments)

home improvement: 5 Trends Shaping Green Homes - 11/09/18 01:45 PM
Think green home design is a fad? Well, think again. Sustainable home designs are gaining popularity at a breakneck speed. In 2017, green homes accounted for more than 60 percent of family home builder’s portfolios, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders. 
But what is really driving green home designs? In this post, we explore five trends shaping sustainable homes. 
1. Energy Efficiency 
Home designs that cater to consumers’ need to reduce utility bills continue taking center stage. From net-zero energy homes to energy conserving products, home buyers want to save money. Moving forward, industry experts predict that ultra-efficient … (0 comments)

home improvement: What Does A Home’s Energy Rating Imply? - 11/02/18 07:20 AM
Your home’s energy rating is an evaluation of your home’s overall energy efficiency. If your house’s rating is high, it means your potential for energy loss is also high. Bringing your rating numbers down means that your home is becoming more energy efficient. 
Your home’s energy rating is based on several things. When your energy company does a home energy audit, they are looking for ways that your home or its components are wasting energy. A low rating means that a home is more energy efficient than one with a higher number. For example, if a home is rated at 70 on … (0 comments)

home improvement: Tech Jobs Driving House Flipping Projects - 10/18/18 11:26 AM
Reality TV shows about house flipping make it look easy. But behind every lucrative renovation project, there are factors that impact profitability such as buying price, labor costs, unforeseen setbacks and perhaps most importantly, location.
There is no escaping the old real estate adage of “location, location, location.” Home-flipping entrepreneurs must take into account whether polishing up a blighted building is in a viable resale neighborhood. One of the location factors some house flippers are following is the trend in tech jobs.
Because the tech industry does not necessarily rely on interstate highways, commercial hubs or seaports, computer-oriented businesses are taking advantage of … (0 comments)

home improvement: Fall Outdoor Lighting Tips - 10/11/18 11:56 AM
Many people associate the fall months with cooler temperatures and changing colors. But another defining characteristic of fall is that the days become shorter. Yes, there’s limited daylight, as the sun rises later and sets earlier.
Noting this, it’s important to take any exterior lighting into consideration if you’re listing your home this fall. It’s important because you want your home to have a welcoming vibe to it, but with the potential for showings to occur in limited daylight, some modifications and new light installations may be necessary in order for it to stand out. What’s more is that exterior lighting can … (0 comments)

home improvement: True Facts About 4 Real Estate Reality TV Myths - 10/09/18 01:40 PM
Many of us are guilty of plopping on the sofa and binge-watching reality TV home flipping shows. The allure of buying and selling homes for big profits with no boss looking over our shoulders has major lifestyle appeal.
Shows like “Love it or List it,” “House Hunters,” “Flip or Flop” and others make it look incredibly simple. Even when they face adversity such as rotted wood or bad pipes, the way the reality TV stars overcome adversity is more of an inspiration than a deterrent. And plenty of everyday people do manage to succeed in the house-flipping industry.
But many of the myths … (2 comments)

home improvement: Easy Decor Tricks That Make Any Home A Standout - 08/22/18 09:31 AM
If your home’s style currently wouldn’t win any awards, there’s no reason to put off a redo indefinitely. With a little ingenuity and a few hours of time, it’s possible to transform a “Plain Jane” into a trendsetter.
Here’s how:
Paint and Pattern
Almost any designer will tell you that color is the best way to alter the character of a room. It doesn’t have to be dramatic; even a subtle change of tone, texture or pattern on a single wall can be a distinctive focal point. If your home lacks architectural detail, you might consider adding wood paneling to one wall or to … (2 comments)

home improvement: When It Makes Sense To Buy An Ugly Duckling - 08/21/18 01:44 PM
“Move-in ready” homes are desirable — there’s no doubt about it! But sometimes it makes better financial sense to opt for a house with dated decor and a less than trendy kitchen or master bath. You may not get your dream home immediately, but the opportunity to transform a property into your own swan can be rewarding. It can also be easy on the pocketbook.
When looking at Ugly Ducklings, however, look first to structural integrity and the condition of major home systems. including plumbing and septic, driveway and drainage. A home inspection is invaluable, even though no inspector can guarantee trouble-free … (3 comments)

home improvement: Should You Buy A Fixer Upper? - 08/01/18 09:37 AM
Popular TV shows like Fixer Upper and Property Brothers have brought the charms of owning a fixer upper to light. A fixer-upper can be a great option if you are prepared for the experience of owning a house that needs work and time.
A house that needs work can be a great investment if you are ready to invest the time and money into it. On the other hand, buying a fixer upper might be a problem if you are not aware of what you are getting into.
Not sure if owning a fixer upper is worth it? Here are some considerations to … (0 comments)

home improvement: Backyard Farming: Fad Or The New Future - 07/18/18 12:31 PM
While a kitchen herb garden or pot-grown tomatoes may be commonplace in both suburban backyards and on urban condo patios, an increasingly large number of homeowners look to backyard farming as a way to relieve some of the stresses of modern life. Other benefits include cutting grocery bills, living a more sustainable life, and teaching children about food.
The New Food Landscape 
Do new trends signal a return to simpler times, or are they a pushback against higher food prices and loss of control over the food supply? Is it a lasting change that will spread across the country or a trendy, elitist … (0 comments)

home improvement: Working From Home: 5 Best Tips To Make It Work - 07/10/18 12:48 PM
Carving out space for a home office isn’t always easy, but if you have the option to work from home even part of the time, it’s essential to have a space that works for you.
Here are 5 great ways to meet those needs:
Adapt A Closet
A guest room closet with bi-fold doors can become a perfect workspace with the addition of a shelf at the proper height to hold a computer or calculator and proper task lighting. Hang a bulletin board or add open shelving on the back wall. Multiply the functionality with a small cabinet or a portable file rack. The … (1 comments)

home improvement: Home Automation Conveniences Attract Buyers - 06/28/18 12:21 PM
The rise in Millennial home buyers will inevitably change the items that promote faster and more lucrative home sales.
Consider trends over the past decades that have included conveniences such as built-in dishwashers, central air, energy efficient appliances and many others. As mechanical and technological advances move into the mainstream, prospective home buyers seek them out and favor properties that come tech ready.
While Millennial buyers have a vastly different world view than previous generations, Baby Boomers and Gen X homeowners are also enjoying the ease of technology. For many homeowners, automation equals convenience and improved quality of life. That’s why having the … (0 comments)

home improvement: Solar Roof Panels: A Mainstream Option For Homeowners? - 04/25/18 01:30 PM
Do rooftop solar panels add value to a home, and are they cost-effective in terms of energy savings? The short answer is yes, say the experts. Although more than a million U.S. homes boasted solar panels in 2016, the percentage of solar-equipped households is still miniscule. 
That may change, however, as domestic prices for solar installations continue to decrease and property values rise.
The Pros And Cons Of Solar
While there is global agreement on the need to encourage cost-effective, non-polluting renewable energy sources, it is also acknowledged that solar effectiveness is not equal in all locations or situations. 
Several Southwestern states boast abundant sunshine, a high percentage … (0 comments)

home improvement: Best Tax Deductible Home Improvements for Homeowners - 04/19/18 11:21 AM
Before delving into tax-deductible home improvements, it’s important to understand that these tax deductions won’t be applied immediately. In most cases, homeowners can only benefit, tax-wise, from their home renovations later, when they sell their home.
It’s important for homeowners to keep receipts for their improvements, though so they have proof of the improvements they made, even if it’s years later when they sell their residence.
Typical Renovations/ Home Improvements That Can Yield Eventual Tax Benefits
A home improvement is any project that substantially adds value to a home. It can include adapting it to be more useful or be improvements that allow it … (0 comments)

 
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