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Posted on 09/19/2021
How to Prepare a Wall for Painting After Removing Wood Paneling
Photo by Prawny via Pixabay Circa 1965, having beautiful wood paneling was the envy of the neighborhood. It was like bringing the outdoors in. But 50-60 years later, it usually just makes a room seem dark and dated unless you live in a log cabin. In most cases, you can remove the paneling and paint the drywall underneath....
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Posted on 09/12/2021
Replace Your Toilet in 3 Simple Steps
Photo by Edgardo Lagmay on Unsplash Nothing dates a bathroom like an old toilet. Not only have toilets advanced significantly in the past 10-15 years. Older toilets often develop hard water stains and porcelain scratches that show their age. Fortunately, replacing a toilet is one of the most straightforward home improvement projects you can do. And it's relatively...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
Helping Our Elderly Loved Ones Relocate
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay There comes a time when family members must confront the realities of aging. It’s not uncommon for our parents and grandparents to still be living in properties that once housed multiple family members. The upkeep required for such residencies can place an undue burden on our elders, and downsizing remains a logical...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
Landscape Design Fundamentals: How to Get Started
If you’re new to designing outdoor spaces it might be easy to get overwhelmed. Luckily, there are some key principles and guidelines that go into every landscape design no matter the size or location. Here we’ll go over the basic tips and concepts to consider when creating your own landscape design. Consider Usage The easiest place to begin...
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Posted on 08/22/2021
Real Estate Values and Climate Change
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Natural disasters including flooding, hurricanes, mudslides and wildfires affect real estate values. Some recent examples of real estate transactions being influenced by these increasingly intense and frequent events include: A Charleston, South Carolina, homeowner deciding to demolish her house after three years of flooding caused by hurricanes that led to 11 failed...
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Posted on 08/15/2021
Checklist for Buying a Luxury Penthouse
Photo by Steven Buissinne via Pixabay Buying a luxury penthouse isn’t just about finding one perfect thing about it. Several other factors come into play when deciding where you might live for many years. If everything isn’t just right, you may end up with buyer’s remorse. Buying a penthouse is different from buying a house in that you...
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Posted on 08/08/2021
How a Housing Boom Impacts the Whole Community
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay Booming housing markets are obviously bad news for buyers, especially if they're afraid they're about to buy smack dab in the middle of a bubble. However, there are also reasons why residents and even home sellers should fear housing booms as well. When a city or town undergoes rapid growth due to...
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Posted on 08/01/2021
What To Do with Pets When You Show Your Home
Photo by StockSnap via Pixabay The lawn is trimmed, the house is spotless and you're ready for a real estate agent to show off your home to a prospective buyer -- but what about your pets? Pets and showings don't always mix; the potential buyers may be afraid of or allergic to your animals -- or your pets...
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Posted on 07/25/2021
The Hidden Costs of Buying a Foreclosure
Image by Steve Heap from Shutterstock An active housing market has reduced the number of foreclosed homes in inventory, but there will always be foreclosed homes available to purchase. Many buyers are not aware of what to expect when purchasing a foreclosure. Here are some home truths about buying a distressed home. You’re not always getting a deal....
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Posted on 07/18/2021
Use VR to Sell Your Luxury Home
Image by Pexels from Pixabay Virtual reality (VR) may not be in every household in the country, but it's becoming more mainstream by the day. And contrary to popular belief, it's not just video game experts who want to get their hands on the latest technology. See how VR can inspire better offers from motivated buyers, leading to...
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Posted on 07/11/2021
Reasons to Live on a Corner Lot
Photo by Kaboompics.com via Pexels Since they see a lot more traffic than their inset counterparts, homes on the corner lot receive a lot of flak. As a result of these rumors, homebuyers might feel their hopes fall as they encounter the otherwise perfect house situated on these open properties. Much to their relief, however, many find that...
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Posted on 07/04/2021
Making Flat-Pack Furniture Seem Built In
Photo by Melinda Nagy via Shutterstock Buying your first home is exciting, and your dream-book is full of magazine cutouts and interior design sketches. But many entry-level or starter homes do not come with the built-in shelving of your designer-inspired visions. What do you do on a budget? Use your imagination, a little ingenuity and flat-pack furnishings. What...
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