Home Improvement

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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
So much of my content for blogs and articles is driven my those reading them and asking questions.  As you ride around The Villages, Florida you see plenty of the older style pavers, the one on the left of photo.  Most people today are using the pavers on the right side of the photo.  I have both at my house and wanted to share a few things about them.   The pavers we just installed are the new brick type which are designed for driveways.  Our paver patio on the side of our home has the style that was used in the past and you see so many cracking and moving.  They are fine for a patio but cannot with stand the weight of a car.  Somebody brought up weeds growing between the pavers, the style I used for my patio I do have grass and weeds trying to gown but I have a solution.  One gallon o...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
We have been shopping for a mattress in the big stores, and now we are looking online at Amazon and all the other Internet sites. Some Big Box stores even promise to remove your old mattress. The warranties are exceptional; some even let you try them for almost a year. Many of these Bed in a Box require you to install the mattress onto the bed. I may have gone for it if I was younger, but at my age, sorry, it's not happening. I will say many of these Beds in a Box brands I saw in the big stores. I did have the opportunity to see them and try them out, which I was thankful for. Some of the brands were Purple and Nectar. Now, they might install the mattress for you. I did not ask. I was surprised to see how many Bed in a Box brands were available but were not shown as a Bed in a Box. They...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
It has been crazy to say the least. Monday was a really big day in the shop build progression.Monday, Ford Crane came to the house and boomed a 16x16 playhouse approximately 120ft across the back yard. I had to dig out the playhouse foundation to make way for steal i-beam supports - they can be seen in the video. Then the crane company setup spreader bars and started moving - a longer video is in the works. It took 2 picks to move and set the playhouse into its new home.One YT commenter asked "but why?". A fair question. The playhouse is 16'x16' (256sf) and was situated where the new shop is to be built. The playhouse is sided with hardi-board, has vinyl windows, sheetrock, tongue and grove ceiling, and flooring so it was far cheaper to move than replace.It went so smooth and the playho...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
I won't lay in bed and waste away Friday March 1st as it is the first day of the Minot Home Builders Home and Garden Show. I love Fridays anyway as it is date night and my wife and I meet friends for drinks and pizza. Home & Garden Show 2024: Friday, March 1st | 12:00pm – 7:00pmSaturday, March 2nd | 10:00am – 4:00pm LOCATION: North Dakota State Fair Center | Magic Place Room The MAB Home and Garden Show is the ultimate resource when planning your next home project in Western North Dakota. Whether you are building a new home, considering a kitchen remodel, or installing your dream outdoor living space, the MAB Home and Garden Show is the ideal venue for inspiration with over a hundred exhibits featuring landscape design, lawn and garden equipment, interior design, windows and window tre...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
I want to announce my new paver guy, Derek Atwood of Jireh Custom Landscaping.  I had three different companies give me quotes, answered my questions and Derek wasn’t the cheapest or the most expensive.  If you ever worked with me or if you scroll back through my articles you will see I have a guy for most everything.  Derek impressed me with how he handled my project and he didn’t know about my blogs and articles when I signed the contract.  We met on Wednesday and I had two problems with the driveway, one was the house number which some of you pointed out and how it looked at my front door, they are redoing both and will share the results of the rework.Derek’s information is included on the video but wanted to share it here.  His cell number is 352-272-1699 and his email is Derek.Jire...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I won't lay in bed and waste away Friday March 1st as it is the first day of the Minot Home Builders Home and Garden Show. I love Fridays anyway as it is date night and my wife and I meet friends for drinks and pizza.Home & Garden Show 2024:Friday, March 1st | 12:00pm – 7:00pmSaturday, March 2nd | 10:00am – 4:00pmLOCATION: North Dakota State Fair Center | Magic Place RoomThe MAB Home and Garden Show is the ultimate resource when planning your next home project in Western North Dakota. Whether you are building a new home, considering a kitchen remodel, or installing your dream outdoor living space, the MAB Home and Garden Show is the ideal venue for inspiration with over a hundred exhibits featuring landscape design, lawn and garden equipment, interior design, windows and window treatmen...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Love these upgrade ideas! From luxurious showers to stylish vanities, these tips can truly transform a master bathroom into a spa-like retreat. Thanks for the inspiration!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Your home's master bathroom serves as more than simply a practical area—it's a private haven where peace and relaxation are prioritized. Having a wonderful bathroom to retreat to, whether you need to take a long, dark bubble bath after a long day or just want to spend some time away from the kids, may have a big impact on your life. However, not everyone in the past placed the same value on comfort and relaxation as we do now. This could imply that your current bathroom is functional but has to be renovated to become the luxurious master bathroom of your dreams. Thi...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Great tips! Maximizing storage and using multi-functional furniture are key strategies for making the most of a smaller bedroom. Thanks for sharing! Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Whether you are a homeowner looking to make the most of your space, or a home-seller wanting to show your home in its best light, employ tips to maximize your area. There are numerous visual techniques you can employ to create the illusion of a more spacious environment. Smart placement of furniture, optimal lighting, and directing attention upward are some simple ways to enhance the space you have. Here are some tips:1.    Hang window curtains high to help elongate the walls visually.2.    Choose light-colored bedding and a painting palette to enhance brightness.3.    Opt for a tall hea...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, a trusted roofing company in Columbia, MD, is pleased to announce their comprehensive drip edge flashing services now available in Howard County. The company takes pride in offering reliable and professional drip edge installation services to protect homes and businesses against potential issues like rot, mold, and other water-related damages.Positioned along the edges of a roof, drip edge flashing consists of a metal strip that overhangs both the eaves and gables. The primary purpose of drip edge flashing is twofold: first, it helps direct rainwater away from the fascia and prevent it from seeping into the underlying structure, thereby protecting the roof's integrity. Second, it aids in channeling water into the gutters, minimizing the risk of water-related ...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, a full-service roofing company in Columbia MD, is pleased to share invaluable insights into key considerations for commercial roofing in the area. The company is dedicated to delivering high-quality work and ensuring customer satisfaction. Their goal is to assist businesses and building owners by providing essential knowledge to navigate the complexities of commercial roofing projects.In commercial roofing, various materials come into play, each with its own set of advantages and drawbacks. Built-up roofing (BUR), single-ply membrane roofing (such as TPO roofing and EPDM), and metal roofing are among the most commonly used options. BUR, durable but requiring periodic maintenance, has a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. Single-ply membranes strike a balance between ...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Columbia, MD, roofing contractor Ridgeline Roofers is taking the lead in helping homeowners by providing comprehensive guidance on identifying and addressing roof leak indicators. Ernest Krebs, the owner of Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, emphasizes the importance of early detection to prevent costly damages. Krebs states, "Our goal is to provide homeowners with the knowledge needed to identify and address roof leak indicators promptly. Timely action can save them from extensive repairs and protect the integrity of their homes."Homeowners should remain vigilant in spotting signs of roof leaks early on to address issues promptly. Water stains on ceilings or walls, resembling discolored patches, are a telltale sign, as are peeling paint or wallpaper. Damp or moldy odors can signal hidden leak...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Columbia, MD — Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, a roofing company serving residential and commercial clients in Columbia MD, and the surrounding areas, takes pride in highlighting the numerous benefits of professional roof coating. Roof coating, a protective layer applied to the exterior surface of a roof, acts as a shield against harsh weather conditions, UV radiation, and moisture. The company's commitment to quality and expertise in the roofing industry sets them apart, ensuring that clients receive unparalleled service and long-lasting solutions.Applying roof coating is crucial for extending the life of a roof and making it more durable by creating a strong protective layer that prevents harm to the underlying roofing materials. As Ernest Krebs, the owner of Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, s...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, a roofing company based in Columbia, MD, is taking a proactive approach for their valley flashing repair services in Columbia, MD and neighboring areas. Taking care of the valley flashing is essential because it plays a vital role in channeling the rainwater away from the vulnerable parts of the roof. Thus, regular maintenance of valley flashing is recommended to avoid leaks, water damage, and potential health risks in homes. Their skilled technicians are experienced and equipped to diagnose and handle valley flashing leaks and damage. Whether it's repairing minor leaks or fully replacing worn flashing, they can handle it.Valley flashing is installed in the valley of the roof at the place where two roofs join together. Its purpose is to protect the middle por...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Back on January 22nd I shared an article about driveway envy here in The Villages, Florida, my driveway construction started Friday and as of Tuesday evening it’s done for the most part.  I heard from so many of you the past four days with questions and having interest in the project.  I have my contractor coming Wednesday to discuss the project and will interview him and it looks like I have a paver guy to add to my guy list.  I have been very impress with his crew, the materials they used and now the finished product turned out.  Wednesday I will find out what all he does as far as landscaping and I think they call it hardscapes meaning stones, pavers etc.  If you have any questions for the contractor put it in the comment section or message me and I’ll ask him.  I hope sharing this s...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson Roofing Pros, a leading roofing company based in Towson, Maryland, is offering homeowners valuable tips to guide them in choosing a reliable roofer for their roofing projects. As the go-to experts in the industry, Towson Roofing Pros highlights the importance of thorough research, clear cost estimates, and thoughtful consideration of factors when choosing a roofing expert.In a market flooded with options, the process begins with thorough research. Recommendations from friends, family, or neighbors who have recently completed roofing projects offer valuable insights. Online reviews and testimonials further aid in gauging a company's reliability and work quality. Additionally, verifying a roofer's credentials, including licenses and insurance, ensures adherence to industry standard...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson, MD - Towson Roofing Pros, a residential and commercial roofing contractor based in Towson, MD, proudly announces the expansion of its bitumen roof repair services across Baltimore County. Bitumen roofing is a great option for the region's changing weather because it's flexible, durable, and can withstand cold winters and hot summers. This expansion is designed to provide Baltimore County property owners with a dependable roofing solution that can withstand various weather conditions, and it comes with a simple installation process.Bitumen, a durable and weather-resistant material, protects roofs from the harmful effects of sunlight, rain, and temperature fluctuations. The lifespan of a bitumen roof typically ranges from 15 to 20 years, depending on factors like installation qual...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson, MD — Towson Roofing Pros, a top roofing company in Towson and the greater Baltimore area, is highlighting the important factors influencing roof replacement costs. For homeowners considering a roof replacement, understanding these factors is important for making informed choices that balance affordability with long-term durability.When considering a roof replacement, the choice of roofing material significantly influences both upfront and long-term costs. Julius Mills, owner of Towson Roofing Pros, emphasizes, "Choosing the right roofing material is a critical decision. While materials like asphalt shingles may seem budget-friendly initially, factors such as durability and lifespan need to be considered for a cost-effective investment in the long run."Common materials like aspha...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson, MD – Towson Roofing Pros, a leading roofing contractor serving Baltimore and neighboring areas, proudly shares their expertise in providing expert roof flashing installations in Maryland. Flashing, placed near joints and intersections on a roof, serves as a protective barrier, keeping water out of susceptible areas. Towson Roofing Pros is dedicated to accuracy and long-lasting results, making sure homeowners protect their investment with dependable and expert roof flashing installation services.The spokesperson of Towson Roofing Pros highlights the importance of correct flashing installation in a statement, "At Towson Roofing Pros, we understand the importance of expert roof flashing installations in preserving the integrity of a home. Our skilled professionals are dedicated to ...
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
(HOMESGOFAST)
Embarking on an interior design journey in the vibrant city of Los Angeles is an exhilarating experience, filled with boundless creativity and endless possibilities. As purveyors of style and functionality, interior designers in Los Angeles are tasked with creating spaces that not only reflect the unique personalities of their clients but also capture the essence of this vibrant city. Here’s how to find the right interior designer for your project, and what clients can expect when partnering with an interior designer in Los Angeles.CollaborationFirst and foremost, collaboration lies at the heart of the interior design process. When you engage with a design firm like JAC Interiors in Los Angeles, you're embarking on a collaborative journey where your vision, preferences, and lifestyle ar...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson Roofing Pros, a roofing company based in Towson, MD, is pleased to announce the launch of a new roof restoration service. The company recently introduced the use of high-performance coating systems, a revolutionary approach with the potential to extend the life of any roof, offer significant savings and increase the energy efficiency of any home.Additionally, the new high-performance coating offers a number of environmental benefits when compared to traditional roof replacement. With their new, state-of-the-art roof coatings, Towson Roofing Pros is looking to offer local home and business owners a better way to repair old roofs and keep them in great condition for years to come.“Roof coatings are a smart investment for homeowners,” the company says. “They act as a shield, safegua...
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