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Design an Outdoor Living Room
Posted on 02/16/2020
Design an Outdoor Living Room
Image by Jesse Bridgewater from Pixabay An outdoor living room gives you a place to enjoy fresh air while spending time with family and friends, gathering around a fire or watching a movie. When you have this type of outdoor living space, you can make it as comfortable as possible with the right design. Use the following tips...
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Tips to Reduce Damage to Your Windows During a Storm
Posted on 02/09/2020
Tips to Reduce Damage to Your Windows During a Storm
Photo by OpenClipart-Vectors via Pixabay The windows in your home not only supply security while allowing fresh air and natural light to filter in, but they are also essential to keeping energy costs down and they contribute to the overall value of your home. During a windstorm, here are some ways you can protect your entire home as...
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Luxury Flooring Options for Your Home
Posted on 02/02/2020
Luxury Flooring Options for Your Home
Flooring is a significant part of your home interior decor. It bears the brunt of your daily activities and is always the first surface to reflect wear and tear. With that in mind, consider installing high-end flooring that is durable, lasts longer, and of course, makes your home more appealing. Luxurious flooring can boost your home value tremendously...
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3 Things You Need to Consider Before You Host an Open House
Posted on 01/26/2020
3 Things You Need to Consider Before You Host an Open House
An open house offers an excellent opportunity for a seller to showcase his or her residence to a large group of buyers. As such, it is important for a seller to plan ahead for an open house. If a seller devotes time and energy to prepare for an open house, his or her residence may make a positive impression...
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Tips on Protecting Floors, Furniture, and Foundations
Posted on 01/19/2020
Tips on Protecting Floors, Furniture, and Foundations
In many ways, the quality of your life is determined by the condition of your home. If it feels like your home is in disrepair, messy, or cluttered, you're not going to feel comfortable or satisfied with your living situation. While perfection is an unattainable standard, there are a lot of simple things you can do to keep your...
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Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid
Posted on 01/12/2020
Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid
Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay When it’s time to sell your home, it’s important to make sure it’s done right. Certain selling mistakes could lead to less money for your home than you wanted or other problems that make this process more complicated than it needs to be. Before you put your home on the market, keep...
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Tips to Consider Before Purchasing a Foreclosed Property
Posted on 01/05/2020
Tips to Consider Before Purchasing a Foreclosed Property
Photo by Paul Brennan via Pixabay If you're like many prospective homeowners who've been looking at listings lately in preparation for moving forward with purchasing property, you've noticed listings for foreclosures. Some people in your position are attracted by the idea of saving money on foreclosures, while others may simply have fallen in love with a home that...
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Budgeting for a Fixer Upper
Posted on 12/29/2019
Budgeting for a Fixer Upper
Image by Annie Gray from Unsplash If you are handy with home repair, you could buy a more expensive house if you are willing to put some work into it. Many foreclosures are often sold “as is,” and require some work. The seller may also be more open to negotiating a lower price based on the number of...
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Can the Latest Tech Really Increase Your Home Value?
Posted on 12/22/2019
Can the Latest Tech Really Increase Your Home Value?
New technologies are constantly being produced that are designed to make our lives easier. Technology around the home is no different. America recently underwent a boom in residential solar power, a trend that doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. And, big tech companies like Google and Amazon are trying to nudge their way into the...
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What to Look for in a New Home
Posted on 12/15/2019
What to Look for in a New Home
No matter what your age, buying a new home symbolizes the beginning of a new chapter in your life. It's an exciting event, whether you're a first-time home buyer or a retiree looking to downsize. When you stumble upon a house in your price range that has the features and characteristics you've been searching for, it can be a...
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Factors to Consider Before You Counter an Offer to Purchase
Posted on 12/08/2019
Factors to Consider Before You Counter an Offer to Purchase
You don't need to be a home selling expert to counter a buyer's offer to purchase your house. In fact, sellers who know what factors to consider as they evaluate a homebuying proposal may be better equipped than others to submit a successful counter-offer. Now, let's take a look at three factors a seller should consider before countering a...
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Services to Set Up Before You Move Into Your New House
Posted on 12/01/2019
Services to Set Up Before You Move Into Your New House
If you recently bought a house, congratulations! Now, you just need to pack up your belongings, finalize your home purchase and relocate to your new address. You also may want to set up the following services prior to completing your move: 1. Electric What good is a new house that lacks electricity? Fortunately, if you contact the electric company...
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