Home Improvement

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By Bob Gorman, Architect
(Homemy)
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Have you been planning on building a new home? This is quite an achievement and it can cost you some money and nerves. But, what’s most important, this could be a safe and a cozy little shelter for you and your family, only with just a few tweaks involved.Of course, there are costs that cannot be...

By Summer Robertson, Your Gillette, WY Real estate Resource
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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Adding a little change to the property you are looking to sell or buy can make all the difference. These following tips are sure to spruce up any living area, either alone or combined.  1.  Going BackBlack-and-white floor tiles are classic, retro and elegant for both kitchens and bathrooms. This ...

By Chrissy Boltan, Service professional specializing in Real Estate
(Pro Services)
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We all have that inherent fear. Your AC breaks down suddenly in the middle of summer’s heat, or your refrigerator gives out after you’ve just restocked groceries. Fortunately, you can avoid plenty of appliance malfunctions by being proactive. Here are a few appliance tips and tricks that you can ...

By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, California Homes for Sale in the East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
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5 Tips in Organizing Your Home Do you often struggle with organizing 'junk' inside the drawers? Here's the solution:  Setup an in-box for all of your papers - mail, receipts, kids notes, etc. and manage atleast once a week.  You can use a cardboard box and convert it into a gorgeous new storage b...

By Cate Griffing, Home Decor Blogger creating beautiful spaces
(West Magnolia Charm)
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It's undeniable that a renovation will completely change the look of a room. However, it's the finishing touches you add to that room that pulls it all together in the end.  Finishing touches can be anything really, from the art you hang on your walls to the decorative pillows you add to you couc...

By Tiffany Hayden, We support real estate agent pros in the U.S.
(Top 10 Contractor)
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Fire damage can be quite devastating. You will have to restore everything from the charred roof to your fire damaged interiors. It is really hard to know where to start and how to restore the normalcy. The recovery will demand both your time and effort. It is always suggested to take the help of ...

By JJ and Suzanne Greive - Seattle Area ASHI Inspections
(Home Inspections of Puget Sound)
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Toady's Home Inspectors tip: Buy a water shutoff tool before you need it! If you have a dripping sink or other plumbing problem and you want to repair it, how do you turn off the water?  I worked in construction for years and learned a few things the hard way!  When working on a homes plumbing, a...

By Tiffany Hayden, We support real estate agent pros in the U.S.
(Top 10 Contractor)
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Cleaning soot from furniture can be a difficult thing to complete. The best way to remove soot from your furniture depends on the material of your furniture. Some materials are less sensitive to stains than others, but for those who are more susceptible to longer-lasting stains, you should take s...

By Tiffany Hayden, We support real estate agent pros in the U.S.
(Top 10 Contractor)
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If you are facing the consequences of a flood, then it will be difficult to protect the floors made of hardwood. Unless you know how to dry out hardwood floors after a flood, the flood water can ruin your hardwood floors permanently as it will discolor and warp after absorbing the water. In such ...

By Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen"
(Rossi & Riina Real Estate)
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This Homeowner blog tip: Working for a dry basement. There are many ways water/moisture can get into your basement. This is a blog with helpful tips and is not meant to be a blueprint to having a perfectly dry basement.Update!!  April 2019 - With the heavy snowfall this year in the NE, and the no...

By Kate Steven, Best Real Estate Blog
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Purchasing a house isn't a drop in the bucket and any individual who is thinking about making such an extensive investment needs to realize the nuts and bolts before making all necessary contracts Here is the guide to enable you to settle on the correct choice when we buy houses :1. Purchase in t...

By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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In today's New Video Upload, I show you how to skim coat a wall after removing wallpaper in this step by step tutorial. I also show a drywall corner tape repair and tape joint repair that I use FibaFuse drywall tape on after priming the wall with Gardz problem surface sealer. You're not going to ...

By Summer Robertson, Your Gillette, WY Real estate Resource
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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 Brightening Up Those Dark Spaces These tips can come in handy when selling a place, looking at potential buying opportunities or even just trying to spruce up your current living conditions.          Paint the Ceiling White A dark ceiling will make a room feel small. To make a room appear and fe...

By Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!
(HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353)
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This past week I missed a great class on recent trends trends in kitchen, living room and bathroom design. The organizer was kind and sent me her notes - it was interesting to read that the greys are going away. I walked yesterday into the lobby of a Phoenix hotel and came across those summaries ...
If you are going to have a citrus tree in your yard, make it a lemon tree!  Unlike any other fruit, lemons have a variety of uses and benefits that go far beyond the scope of your kitchen.Lemons have multiple uses when it comes to cooking, whether you are using them to flavor chicken, adding a sl...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
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You are the seller that wants to sell your home for the most amount of money and in the least amount of time, correct? Well, then there are a few things you need to do to ensure that this happens.>Make the home move-in ready! When you go to look for a home are going to look for a home that is mov...
If you've always wanted a cozy fireplace in your living room or den but don't want the hassle of shoveling out ashes every morning, a gas option might be for you. What do you need to know before you invest in a gas fireplace for your home, and is it worth it?Benefits of a Gas FireplaceBefore you ...

By Bob Gorman, Architect
(Homemy)
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Summer is just around the corner, and you wish to spend as much time as possible outdoors. However, with the latest engrossing gadgets, games, and apps it is sometimes difficult to lure the children into spending more time outside. That’s why we have compiled a list of suggestions on how to trans...

By Deborah Belford, Mother, freelancer and goal getter
(Aims Digital network)
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Class speaks for itself in several ways. One of such ways is in your bathroom arrangement and fixtures.  When in search of a bathroom feature that will clearly distinguish your home from a regular home, a bronze shower will conveniently do the job. Bronze is especially beautiful in a white painte...

By Kate Steven, Best Real Estate Blog
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A bed that sinks is not something you should tolerate even if your house does not have enough space or if you are out for camping. Folding beds are great for dozing off with comfort after a long day. So if you have faced problems with beds when camping or a guest might have mentioned something ab...