Simple Projects To Spruce Up The Look Of Your Home

Posted on: February 15, 2012 by in Blog
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As the days get longer and things get a little brighter inside your house, it becomes easier to notice the places that could use a little extra TLC. It’s also the perfect time to work on simple home improvement projects as you wait for warm weather to come. Here’s a checklist you can work on now so your home will be vibrant and welcoming once long summer days roll around. Floors Once the light begins to reflect off your floors, you really start to notice some imperfections. If you’ve been Continue Reading ...

Three Green Trends For 2012 Home Remodeling

Posted on: February 14, 2012 by in Blog
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For some homeowners, remodeling projects are regular occurrences to keep their homes looking fresh. Sometimes, that means smaller changes like a new coat of paint or changing a light fixture. Other times, more substantial changes are needed. Determining those changes can be a challenge, but looking at the potential return on investment is a great way to prioritize. Bathroom remodeling offers a 68.7 percent return on investment, according to a National Association of Realtors survey. One way Continue Reading ...

Things You Need to Know Before You Buy a Condo

Posted on: February 14, 2012 by in Blog
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Make sure you’'re asking the right questions—and getting straight answers—before you decide to buy a condo. Owning a condominium can be great alternative to single-family home buying. You can often get more bang for your buck in square footage and features, and you’re not solely responsible for maintenance and upkeep. Here are some of the issues to look out for while you shop for your condo. HOA Dues Most condo developments operate with a Homeowners Association (HOA), a group of Continue Reading ...

Tax Credit And Deduction Tips For Home Improvement In 2012

Posted on: February 14, 2012 by in Blog
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With the new year under way, you may be thinking about needed home improvements and how you’ll use your credit to fund them. While it’s important to understand your credit before making major home improvement decisions, you should also consider another kind of credit – tax credits for energy efficient home improvements. For the past few years, the federal government has offered tax credits for certain home improvements aimed at increasing a home’s energy efficiency. While the most Continue Reading ...

Protect Your Home From Termites

Posted on: February 14, 2012 by in Blog
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How To Protect Your Home From Subterranean Termites When it comes to protecting your home’s value, you have no control over some of the factors that influence real estate values, like nearby retail development or the job market in your area. You can, however, take control over one major factor in your home’s value, its health and the health of your neighborhood – termites. Termites cause more than $2 billion in damage every year to homes in the United States, and statistics show that’s Continue Reading ...

New Home Trends To Existing Homes

Posted on: February 14, 2012 by in Blog
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How New Home Trends Can Apply To Remodeling Existing Homes A significant shift in consumer preference in new home purchases is the latest by-product of the still-struggling economy. The residential construction market is shrinking and so are houses. Homebuilders expect newly constructed single-family homes to average just 2,150 square feet by 2015. That’s 10 percent smaller than previously, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which conducted the survey. To Continue Reading ...

Four Easy DIY ‘Cheats’

Posted on: February 14, 2012 by in Blog
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Four Easy DIY ‘Cheats’ That Will Look Like You Spent A Bundle Did you ever watch a home improvement show team transform a drab room into something spectacular using a shoestring budget and less time than it takes you to clean out your closet? Ever wonder how they did it? Here’s the secret: they cheat. And you can too. You would probably never consider taking shortcuts in other aspects of your life, from car maintenance to paying your taxes. But when it comes to do-it-yourself home Continue Reading ...

Homeowner’s Insurance For Your Lifestyle

Posted on: February 14, 2012 by in Blog
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Choose The Right Homeowner’s Insurance For Your Lifestyle Are you a first-time home buyer? An established homeowner? An empty nester? Whatever stage of life you’re in, it pays to make sure you have the right insurance – and you’re not paying for coverage you don’t need. Homeowner policies can be customized to fit to your lifestyle, so you’re not automatically paying for coverage on home upgrades you don’t have, such as security systems, expensive jewelry or antique collections, says Continue Reading ...

Save Money With These Energy Efficiency Tips

Posted on: February 9, 2012 by in Blog
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Saving money is on everyone’s mind this winter season. Between the holiday expenses, colder temperatures and tight budgets, finding ways to reduce costs can be a bit of a challenge. If you’re looking for ways to save, look at your home, and see if you can improve on your energy efficiency –thereby keeping a few extra dollars in your pocket. Program the temperature. You already know that the lower you set the thermometer in winter, the less your furnace will work. Having the temperature set Continue Reading ...