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Incorporating a Touchless Kitchen
Posted on 04/05/2020
Incorporating a Touchless Kitchen
Photo by Sarah Biesinger via Shutterstock You’ve probably heard how important it is to go hands-free in your car, but it can be just as important and useful to be hands-free in the kitchen. If you’re busy washing dishes or prepping for dinner, you can use hands free devices to do everything from answering calls to looking up...
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What's Really in a Real Estate Contract?
Posted on 03/29/2020
What's Really in a Real Estate Contract?
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay When you make an offer on a home, your real estate agent will create a real estate contract, also known as a purchase agreement. Before you sign this, you should make sure you understand it. This is a legally binding agreement, and you need to be certain you’ve made the right choice....
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DIY: Removing Old Carpet
Posted on 03/22/2020
DIY: Removing Old Carpet
Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels Want to reveal that hardwood under your carpet? Or maybe you're ready to lay down new flooring? In either case, carpet removal by a professional adds significant cost to the project. Fortunately, removing carpet is something you can do yourself with minimal cost. It does require a little upper body strength and...
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How to Select a Motion Detector Spotlight
Posted on 03/15/2020
How to Select a Motion Detector Spotlight
Photo by John Paulsen on Unsplash Adding a motion detector light outside your house contributes greatly to your home’s security. Besides being able to clearly see any people or wildlife approaching your home, the sudden flash of a powerful spotlight turning on discourages intruders as they cannot be sure whether the light has a motion detector or was...
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Refresh Your Old Fireplace
Posted on 03/08/2020
Refresh Your Old Fireplace
Photo by kelsey roenau on Unsplash As the focal point of your living space, your fireplace needs to look its best or it could bring down the rest of your décor. But how can you restore the look and feel of that key design element without breaking the bank? There are actually many different ways to rekindle your...
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Planning for a Down Payment
Posted on 03/01/2020
Planning for a Down Payment
Image by Monster Ztudio from Shutterstock It's time to find the perfect place of your own but becoming a property investor has one significant roadblock: a down payment. It’s something that can stop potential home buyers in their tracks. While winning the lottery or inheriting a windfall would be fabulous, you don’t need those luxuries before you can...
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Regular Home Maintenance Can Reduce Costly Repairs
Posted on 02/23/2020
Regular Home Maintenance Can Reduce Costly Repairs
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay As a homeowner, it is important to complete preventative home maintenance on a regular schedule. Home maintenance is necessary because it ensures potential problems are identified before they become costly repairs. Not every issue will be caught ahead of time, here are a few common examples of home maintenance issues that could...
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What Are the Closing Costs of Buying a Home?
Posted on 02/16/2020
What Are the Closing Costs of Buying a Home?
If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you might be wondering what all of the expenses you can expect to have when it comes time to close on your home. Ideally, you’ll want to understand all of the closing costs months in advance so that you can plan accordingly. However, even if you’re close to purchasing your first home, it’s still...
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Wishing You Had an Old-School Culinary Herb Garden? Here's What You Need to Do
Posted on 02/09/2020
Wishing You Had an Old-School Culinary Herb Garden? Here's What You Need to Do
Photo by stux via Pixabay If you're like many busy homeowners, you may not have a lot of time to cultivate a vegetable garden for the purpose of putting food on the family table. However, old-school culinary herb gardens are deceptively easy to grow, and they pull double duty by providing an exceedingly pleasing aesthetic. Not only do they...
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Things You Need to Consider Before You Host an Open House
Posted on 02/02/2020
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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Roof Maintenance for Your Home
Posted on 01/26/2020
Roof Maintenance for Your Home
Image by Mario Ohibsky from Pixabay Whether you’re getting your home ready to sell or just getting settled into a new one, making sure your roof is in excellent condition is important. Your roof helps keep the inside of your home safe from water and other types of damage. Roofs can endure wear and tear over time or...
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Home Inspections Are Important for Buyers and Sellers - Here's Why
Posted on 01/19/2020
Home Inspections Are Important for Buyers and Sellers - Here's Why
Getting a home inspection is usually built into the purchase contract for most real estate transactions. A home inspection contingency protects the buyer from getting any unwelcome surprises after they buy the home (think water damage or an HVAC system whose days are numbered). In some cases, home inspections are the defining moment between a sale or moving on...
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