Home Improvement

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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
What's trendy speaks to our aesthetic sensibilities as well as how we want to live. Trends frequently indicate a consistent shift toward a new way of life. However, regardless of how practical the interior design trends of 2023 are, they will satisfy even the most ardent aesthetes. Life is full of flux and change. As a result, we can anticipate what's new and exciting with each passing day. And in 2023, we can expect to see interior design trends that excite us with the unknown. However, some contemporary design style ideas simply refine and strengthen what the design world is currently loving. In any case, ethereal spaces are set to outperform what has come before. Mixed ErasMixing pieces from the past and present is a recent trend that will become even more popular in 2023. A home tha...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
When a clogged kitchen sink refuses to drain, you may feel helpless. With water backing up and a counter full of dirty dishes waiting to be cleaned, it may be tempting to reach for the phone and call the plumber to fix the problem for you. While you can do that, another option is to learn how to unclog a kitchen sink on your own. You can tackle this DIY project any day with a little elbow grease and some expert advice. Check the garbage disposal. If your kitchen sink is clogged, one of the first things you should do is unclog the garbage disposal. Run the garbage disposal for a minute or two while the hot water is on to see if that clears the clogged drain. If that doesn't work, turn off the disposal and carefully inspect it to ensure it's running properly. If the disposal overheated an...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Neighborhood InformationLocated in Volusia County, Port Orange is widely considered one of Florida's premier residential areas. In Port Orange, there is a lot that you can look forward to, and one of them is a better quality of living. The area of Port Orange, FL, sits south of the bustling Daytona Beach. It's a more laid-back and peaceful city with many great things, such as attractions, neighborhoods, work, beaches, and more. It is your best option if you wish to live in a city like Daytona Beach, minus the noise and congestion. Port Orange is a terrific place to call home because it offers: excellent schools for growing children, a low crime rate, a welcoming family environment, pleasant year-round temperatures, breathable air, and a thriving business community. The area of Port Oran...
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By Teri Isner, GRI, CRS, CIPS
(Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes)
During the long nights of winter, we rely on artificial lighting to get us through our daily routines– leaving and returning for work and school is usually done in the dark. Use this guide to make your winter days automatically brighter: EXTERIOR LIGHTING  The easiest method for lighting entryways and parking areas is using motion-sensor lights. Solar-charged lights can be installed almost anywhere, giving endless options for lighting many areas as you enter your home.  In some instances, installing new fixtures is not an option, so add smart light bulbs! Depending on your budget, you can purchase bulbs with programming capabilities for changing color, dimness, and off/on times.  Smart pathway lights are usually solar-powered, and many offer the same control options as smart light bulbs...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Paint colors. How do you choose better paint colors? Painting can be a great way to customize your house and make it into a home. Whether you’re just adding a splash of color or redoing entire rooms to match your favorites. After all, a fresh coat of paint is a great way to take a home that you bought and really make it yours. Unfortunately, not everyone is great at picking the best colors for their home. Some homeowners may even wonder why they were allowed to go near a paint store at all. This doesn’t have to be the case, however. There are a number of things that you can do to find paint colors that better match your home. First, you can pick up paint swatches...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Are you thinking of selling your home and need ideas for popular improvements that increase the resale value? Or, perhaps you just want to make some changes that improve the comfort your home offers so you and your family can relax and enjoy your space. Whatever your motivations, the following suggestions can transform your space for the better. Overhaul Your Air Conditioning SystemPoorly functioning air conditioning causes more than discomfort. If your unit is malfunctioning or outdated, you could see rising energy costs as the system struggled to keep a stable room temperature. HVAC in Tampa gives you options for either repairs or total replacement of your air conditioning so you stay cool and comfortable. Add Some SpaceOne of the most appealing changes you can make to your home is ad...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
The best spaces aren't one-note; they're a little bit modern, a little bit granny-chic (or maybe mostly minimalist, a little flashy—you get the idea). This is especially true when it comes to furniture selection. The days of buying a matching set from a furniture store are long gone. It's all about curating a space that combines comfort and style, function and flair. To help you take your living room design to the next level, we've compiled a list of our favorite ideas that are sure to inspire you. Everything Is Better in PairsTwo is always better than one when it comes to creating symmetry. For a perfectly balanced space, add a pair of side chairs (or two!) or install a set of wall lights on either end of the sofa. Don’t Be Afraid to RearrangeIf you've had your furniture in the same pl...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
The world of interior design is constantly evolving, and each year brings new and exciting trends to keep your home looking fresh and stylish. From colors and textures to minimalism and functionality, there are many different trends to choose from. In this article, we will be discussing some of the hottest home decor trends of the year that you can incorporate into your own home for a stylish and on-trend look. Colors and Textures Colors and textures are a great way to add depth and interest to any room. This year, we're seeing a lot of muted, earthy tones like olive greens, deep blues, and rustic reds. These colors are perfect for creating a cozy and inviting space that feels both modern and timeless. They can be used in the form of accents or as statement pieces and are perfect for cr...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
If 2023 is the year you want to finally bring order to your chaotic pantry, find a food storage solution that works for you, or stop hearing the nerve-wracking clattering of those precariously stacked pans hiding in your kitchen cabinets, we've got the tools to help. Use Metal Sliding Baskets These sliding baskets can be a lifesaver if your kitchen cabinets are on the small side. In my apartment, I use them to store our coffee mugs, saucepan lids, and plates, but their versatility makes them ideal for a variety of storage problems. Narrow Rolling Storage Cart that Fits AnywhereThis narrow rolling cart is ideal for making use of otherwise wasted space (like the sliver of floor space between your fridge and counter). Stock the shelves with spices, flour, vinegar, or more practical items s...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
A flower bed allows you to plant colorful annuals and perennials that will add beauty to your yard. Flowers, of course, are essential for butterflies and other pollinators, so making more room for blooming plants will help these beneficial creatures feel at home. A new flower bed, like a blank canvas, allows you to be creative and fill it with whatever you can imagine. The possibilities are nearly limitless but first comes the actual construction. This may appear to be a difficult task, but with some planning, preparation, and sweat equity, you'll soon be enjoying a more beautiful, flower-filled garden. There are a few things to think about when starting from scratch. The following are the questions you must answer: Where should you place it?A flower bed can be placed anywhere, from a b...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Designing a nursery for a new baby can be an exciting and overwhelming task. One crucial element to consider is the wallpaper. Not only does it add visual interest to the room, but it can also set the tone and create a cohesive peel and stick wallpaper design. Here are some tips on how to pick the perfect wallpaper design for your baby's nursery.Consider the style of the roomFirst, think about the overall style of the room. Is it modern and minimalist, or more traditional and whimsical? Your wallpaper choice should complement the style of the room and the furniture you have chosen. If the kid is old enough, we encourage helping them participate in choosing a nursery design and style. So much might have to change with time.Think about the color schemeThe color scheme of the wallpaper sho...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Did you know that replacing your windows can increase the average home’s selling price by as much as $12,000? New vinyl windows are one of the most desired home features for modern buyers, with 89% of buyers even seeing them as essential when looking for their new home. So why are these new windows so important to buyers? Windows are responsible for 25-30% of the average energy bill, meaning if your windows are older, they may be drafty and require more heating and cooling from other sources, increasing your monthly bill. Even in the coolest areas of the country, the insulating power of vinyl glass can save homeowners hundreds. By replacing old and drafty windows with new energy efficient models, you can save nearly $500 per year! By investing in new energy efficient windows, UV rays ar...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Anyone who has ever had to choose curtains knows that selecting the right design can be a minefield. Curtain fashions change, and drapes aren't something you'll want to replace frequently if you've invested in a high-quality fabric. Trying to predict whether the pattern or color you're drawn to will still be in style a few years from now is difficult, which is why we often opt for plain, neutral designs instead. Pared-back PatternsToday's design-forward prints are scaled-back and subtle, adding a personal touch to a space without becoming the focal point. Some of the most on-trend prints take inspiration from design's rich history, or else from far-flung places to bring a sense of holiday back home, proving curtains aren't out of style. Small-scale prints keep the design modern, but if ...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
As one of the most versatile and cost-effective options on the market, liquid roofing systems are particularly suited for use on flat commercial roofs.Below, we discuss the advantages of liquid-applied roofing for industrial and commercial properties. Liquid roofing systems are completely waterproofOne of the main reasons that liquid-applied roofing has grown so quickly in popularity is its resistance to the elements. The process of applying liquid roofing involves spraying a primer, base coat, and reinforcement layer onto the surface of the roof. This spreads and ‘melts’ together, creating an entirely seamless and watertight membrane.  This makes liquid roofing ideal for protecting areas that are usually hard to waterproof, such as those around pipes, chimneys, and HVAC equipment. Liqu...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
In 2020, it was estimated that nearly 4% of American homes had solar panels installed. Scottsdale, Springfield, and Baton Rouge are said to have the highest potential solar power generation per capita. So, if there is so much potential for solar power why don’t more homes have installations now? There are excellent reasons to switch to a renewable energy source, and solar panel installers are easy to find. The environmental benefits are easy to see, and it is common knowledge that burning fossil fuels to generate electricity contributes to the greenhouse effect. More than 40% of C02 emissions from energy generation come directly from electricity involving fossil fuels. But, still, the take up for solar panels remains relatively low for homeowners. One of the common reasons more homeowne...
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By Jon Sanborn, Real Estate is a Team Sport
(Brotherly Love Real Estate)
Nothing quite makes a new house your home quite like a personalized renovation. And nothing adds value to a home quite like it either. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself project, a professional upgrade, or some combination of the two, a good home renovation can reap significant rewards through a return on investment. That’s why such projects are highly valued by homeowners and homebuyers alike. Renovation ideas, like refinishing hardwood flooring, can yield a return as high as 147%. Closet renovations? Over 80%. Changing an attic to a living space? Over 70%. Home renovations can be both beautiful and practical. Here are three fantastic renovation ideas that can transform the look and value of your new home. 1. Modern KitchenAn upgraded, unique, and modern kitchen can transform a home — and g...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
Anna Chroscicki with RE/MAX MasterpieceFor answers to your Real Estate questions: Visit www.annasellsrealestate.com or call/text  772-485-4188
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
If you're considering renovating your home, you may dread the project. There can be much to organize, think about, or deal with contractors you don't trust. Often, the endless stream of decisions and potential setbacks can make renovating a home seem like an overwhelming project. Here are six ways to make renovating a little less stressful.1. Create a Realistic Budget and TimelineBefore starting any major home renovation project, create a realistic budget and timeline to remain organized and on track. Setting expectations can save you a lot of stress later down the line. In addition, it is important to only work with contractors who can meet your timeline and budget. If you can't find a contractor who does, consider taking on the project yourself.2. Plan AheadEnsure all materials needed...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
For short-term exposure to marijuana smoke, a simple wipe down with a cleaner/degreaser should suffice. However, there are times when a more thorough cleaning is required.Weed residue consists of byproducts released when weed is smoked. These particles can build up on your walls, furniture, and other house items, leading to unpleasant odors and discoloration. Removing weed residue is an important step in keeping your home clean and free from unwanted debris. Hard Surfaces Before doing anything, you must conduct a thorough assessment to determine the level of contamination. If there is a mild residue, clean the affected areas' walls and ceilings with a solution containing a 9D9 for deodorization. If this product is used, the walls will most likely not need to be painted. It is advisable ...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
The protective and decorative cladding that covers the exterior of a home or other building is known as a home siding material. Few home improvements or repairs can improve your home's performance, curb appeal, and value like new siding. Various siding materials have come and gone over the years, but a few standbys and the occasional newcomer have remained. Here's a look at the benefits, costs, and upkeep of these popular materials, as well as the timeless options of wood and metal. Wood SidingWood siding in the form of lap siding planks shakes, and shingles is a classic siding material that has been used for centuries where brick or stone was not practical. It is still one of the most appealing home siding options. Wood planks, boards, panels, and shingles are common types of wood sidi...
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