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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Doing your own house renovation can save you money, give you more flexibility on the job, and even make you feel more fulfilled as a homeowner. But doing all your own work can also be a massive headache.If you aren’t careful, you could quickly end up in over your head, spending far more money than you realized, wasting dozens of hours on uncertain work, and potentially leaving things worse than how you found them.Fortunately, there are some strategies and habits that can make your next DIY renovation much easier.How to Make a DIY Renovation EasierThese are some of the most important ways you can make your next DIY renovation project easier: Pick your battles. There are some home improvement projects that simply aren’t worth taking on by yourself. Certain jobs require dexterity and exper...
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
(Freelancer)
There are many reasons to remodel all or part of your home. Perhaps some of your rooms are out of style. Maybe the house is too small for your current family.Whatever your motivation, a home remodel can make your property a safer and more comfortable place to live. It could also increase the market value of the house. You could then use the extra money you get from selling the home to purchase a new property or pay off your student loans.While house renovations can eventually give your bank account a boost, you will have to spend some money in the short term. After all, contractors and supplies are not free. The average remodel costs around $47,000, though prices vary greatly based on the scope of the project. Yet even if you do not have thousands of extra dollars in your bank account, ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP The holiday season brings with it a finer appreciation for the kitchen. It’s a place where loved ones gather, cocktails are mixed, and good meals are made (and hopefully not burned). But the seasonal spotlight on this space can also draw attention to its flaws—and inspire you to improve your kitchen’s form and function. For this week’s trending Instagram decor, we thought it would be fun to feast our eyes on impeccably designed kitchens and bookmark the ones that are particularly noteworthy. Here are five such looks we encourage you to emulate to make your kitchen the most beloved—if not most used—room in your home. One of our favorite kitchen design choices tren...
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By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
It is indeed a challenge to work with a small garage when you need space for your tools, outdoor gear, workout gear, and car. However, some space-saving tricks can help make the space functional and give you enough room for all that you need. Let’s take a look at the different ways you can make the most of the available garage space.Use the wall space  You can make the most of the space available on the wall by adding brackets, hooks, or wire shelves to it. This will help you hold everything from camping gear to power tools. When you use the walls to make a home for your items, it will reduce the wastage of space and allow you to get rid of the large storage containers that take up a lot of floor space. Use overhead storage racks You can easily find overhead storage racks from arizonaga...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
  As the weather gets colder, there are some things to consider before starting that first fire. Chimneys are a too-often neglected home amenity, and there are a few hazards homeowners should be aware of. For a warm and safe holiday season, here are a few things about your chimney that you might want to check in on. ObstructionsThe National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that chimneys be inspected every year, and for good reason! Apart from just ensuring that your chimney is performing as intended, a neglected chimney can result in dangerous house fires or toxic smoke inhalation. A chief factor that can cause these issues is an obstruction within the chimney flue. Twigs and leaves can gather, acting as additional kindling, and animals can commonly get stuck inside a chim...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP 5 TIPS TO STRETCH YOUR BUDGET THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. INFLATION DOES NOT NEED TO BREAK YOUR BANK!   The past few years have been a struggle for many of us. And this year, we’re all facing record-high prices on everything from food to gas to utilities.But in difficult times, holiday cheer is more important than ever—and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to create it.  You don't need to break the bank to celebrate the holidays in style—even in this season of inflation. Prices may be higher on everything from food to gifts to decorations, but there are still opportunities to eke out extra savings and stretch your budget.For tips on enjoying the holidays for less, ...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
5 TIPS TO STRETCH YOUR BUDGET THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.INFLATION DOES NOT NEED TO BREAK YOUR BANK! The past few years have been a struggle for many of us. And this year, we’re all facing record-high prices on everything from food to gas to utilities.But in difficult times, holiday cheer is more important than ever—and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to create it.  You don't need to break the bank to celebrate the holidays in style—even in this season of inflation. Prices may be higher on everything from food to gifts to decorations, but there are still opportunities to eke out extra savings and stretch your budget.For tips on enjoying the holidays for less, check out our latest blog post → STRETCHING YOUR HOLIDAY BUDGET.Read it for ideas on how to: Save and get cash back on groceries ...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Modern kitchen cabinets are essential in improving the appearance of the kitchen. The most popular kitchen designs are not only beautiful but also functional. Here are some kitchen cabinet design ideas for you:  Display CabinetsDisplay cabinets are open shelves that are placed between other cabinets. You can store items to decorate your kitchen in it, such as small planters, vases, antique showpieces, and so on. These cabinets should not be overstuffed.  Base Kitchen Cabinets Wall cabinets are untrustworthy storage options for grains and cereals because an overload can cause breakage. Base cabinets are made for this purpose. You can keep as much weight as you need.  Floating Cabinets Many people have transferable jobs where permanent cabinets are not an option. Floating cabinets are ide...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Christmas decorations have become synonymous with evergreens, poinsettias, and fairy lights over the years. And, while we love that look, it's not for everyone—depending on your personal preferences, you may want your tree to be more minimalist, or your garland to play a larger role. The same is true for front porch and outdoor decor. Some may prefer an over-the-top display that would make the cast of Christmas Vacation jealous, whereas others may prefer a more subtle wreath, stocking, or sign. Cozy Up A wraparound sofa can turn a porch into a place for friends and family to gather. Bring everyone together for the holidays by incorporating plaid throw pillows and...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Much conversation revolves around outdoor air quality, but many factors—environmental and health-specific—bring indoor air quality to the forefront of the conversation as well. Maximize a home’s air quality with monitoring. By: Brandon Doyle ©Ross Helen / Getty Increasingly, air quality—indoor and outdoor is a prominent topic of discussion. To combat wildfires, smog, and viruses, experts are talking about what measures to take to ensure that air quality is viable and healthy for us to breathe. This includes indoor air quality, a consideration that some have overlooked in past years. Still, indoor air quality is an important component of a healthy household, which...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Christmas decorations have become synonymous with evergreens, poinsettias, and fairy lights over the years. And, while we love that look, it's not for everyone—depending on your personal preferences, you may want your tree to be more minimalist, or your garland to play a larger role. The same is true for front porch and outdoor decor. Some may prefer an over-the-top display that would make the cast of Christmas Vacation jealous, whereas others may prefer a more subtle wreath, stocking, or sign. Cozy UpA wraparound sofa can turn a porch into a place for friends and family to gather. Bring everyone together for the holidays by incorporating plaid throw pillows and wreaths. Don't be afraid to bring the insides outside. Adding a lot of texture and warmth to porches to make them feel welcome...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
When it’s time to clean, have your trusty green cleaners at the ready -- baking soda, vinegar, plus another ultra-cheap gem: hydrogen peroxide. You can use it anywhere and can’t beat the price. A 16-oz. bottle costs $6 or less. Here are 10 ways you can use that ubiquitous brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your home’s advantage: In Your Kitchen 1. Clean your cutting board and countertop. Hydrogen peroxide bubbles away any nasties left after preparing meat or fish for dinner. Add hydrogen peroxide to an opaque spray bottle -- exposure to light kills its effectiveness -- and spray on your surfaces. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. 2. Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s nontoxic, hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning places th...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
The holiday season brings with it a finer appreciation for the kitchen. It’s a place where loved ones gather, cocktails are mixed, and good meals are made (and hopefully not burned).But the seasonal spotlight on this space can also draw attention to its flaws—and inspire you to improve your kitchen’s form and function.For this week’s trending Instagram decor, we thought it would be fun to feast our eyes on impeccably designed kitchens and bookmark the ones that are particularly noteworthy. Here are five such looks we encourage you to emulate to make your kitchen the most beloved—if not most used—room in your home.One of our favorite kitchen design choices trending right now is ethereal light gray cabinetry, similar to these cabinets from @chelseahargraveinteriors.“Light gray cabinets ar...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Much conversation revolves around outdoor air quality, but many factors—environmental and health-specific—bring indoor air quality to the forefront of the conversation as well. Maximize a home’s air quality with monitoring. By: Brandon Doyle ©Ross Helen / Getty Increasingly, air quality—indoor and outdoor is a prominent topic of discussion. To combat wildfires, smog, and viruses, experts are talking about what measures to take to ensure that air quality is viable and healthy for us to breathe. This includes indoor air quality, a consideration that some have overlooked in past years. Still, indoor air quality is an important component of a healthy household, which is why it should matter to you and to your clients. Unlike outdoor air quality, though, we don’t have meteorologists and weat...
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By Susan Isaacs "The Momagent", Compass
(1313 14th St NW DC 20005)
Chances are... no. 😬Many decks in Washington DC aren't built to code. If you're thinking about spending some time this fall-winter preparing your home for a spring sale, or you just bought a home and are planning to build or rebuild a deck, you'll want to follow construction code and neighborhood + historic preservation guidelines to ensure safety and value.If only there was a guide for that...oh wait...There is!
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By Emily Medvec, Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM
(eXp Realty LLC)
Winter comes to Santa Fe, New Mexico and brings colder temperatures, snow and fun skiing. Typically, this happens in December, January and February. Winter here is over all fairly pleasant with blue skies and sunshine following snowy days. The average temperatures in winter range from of low of 19 degrees to a high of 49 degrees. Our Santa Fe houses do not automatically adjust to winter. Here are some tip reminders to help you easily transform your house into an efficient winter home. Check your flat roof and remove leaves and branches. Cut back overhanging tree limbs. Engage a licensed roofing professional to inspect for any holes or indentations and the sealing caulking around the roof parapets, where roof material connects with stucco.  Repair any windows with cracks, broken panes or...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
If you enjoy doing projects around the house, you're already on your way to saving money. However, with proper planning, you can transform the feel of an entire room with a single project that only costs a few hundred dollars. Here is some budget-friendly home remodel ideas that you can easily do.   Make a Mini Mudroom in the EntrywayEven in a small space, a seat, a shelf, and some hooks are all you need to create a life-changing, cost-effective mudroom. You can purchase expensive organizers specifically designed for this purpose, or you can combine reused and repurposed pieces with less expensive newer items that work together as a whole solution. If you have the space, a cubby for each family member simplifies the daily routine. Change the window treatments in the living room.A new fa...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
You don't want your two-car garage to look like the other 67% of garages that were built in 2020. You want your garage to be a clean, organized space that you can use for work or play.But before you can get started on cleaning up the mess, you need to plan out how much money and time you want to spend on your garage makeover. Having a plan will help you stay on track and get the results you want.For an exciting new look to your garage, keep reading.Prepare the SpaceYou can't install cabinets or flooring if you don't have a clean surface to work with. Start by clearing out all of your items from the garage. You can store them in a warehouse until your remodeling project is done.Next, clean the floor thoroughly using soap and water or a degreaser. Inspect for cracks in the floor and seal ...
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
(HOMESGOFAST)
If you're like most people, your home is your haven. It's the place where you relax after a long day, entertain friends and family, and just feel comfortable in your own skin. But over time, even the best homes start to show their age. If yours is in need of a refresh but you don't have a lot of money to spend, never fear! With a little bit of elbow grease and some creativity, you can give your living space a whole new look without breaking the bank. Here are 7 great ideas to get you started.#1: Hang some pictures and artworkIf you have some favorite prints or posters lying around, why not put them on display? Hanging artwork and photographs is a great way to showcase your personal style and make your home feel more inviting. It can also make you feel more connected to the people and pl...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP To make others see you in the best light possible, you have to maintain a high level of cleanliness both to your home & commercial property. They say cleanliness is second to godliness and this plays a big role even in your health. To see the effect of cleanliness on your property ask Pressure Cleaning Miami experts and see the difference it makes. Staying in an unkempt home environment is unpleasant which drives your friends away. Our company can make your home secure of organisms that take advantage of piling dirt around the home compound with the latest mechanisms. The investments we have made over the years are meant to maximize the high level of cleanliness ...
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