Month: February 2016

Spring Is Not Far Away!


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Top 10 Home Repairs If Your Home Is On The Market

Home Repairs for homes on the Market

Although curb appeal is important and can help make a good first impression, the interior of a home needs to be in good shape as well. Here are the top 10 home repairs to make if your home is on the market (or will be soon):

  1. Dry basement: A damp, musty basement is a red flag, but fortunately, it can usually be resolved fairly easily. For example, a roof downspout may not be draining away from the home or simply placing a dehumidifier in the space may resolve the issue.
  2. Water heater operation: The water heater should be working properly, vented correctly, and not leaking from any valves or other connections. Check to make sure that there is no rust or corrosion at the base of the tank or visible in the combustion chamber.
  3. Waste line drainage: Ensure that all drains are unclogged and toilets are draining correctly. If any drains are clogged, try using a drain de-clogger and if that doesn’t work, consider hiring a professional to clear waste lines.
  4. Leaky faucets and pipes: Check the faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms for leaks and check the basement or crawlspace for leaky valves or pipes.
  5. Garbage disposal: Check the disposal to make sure that it’s not clogged and that it is working properly.
  6. Electrical panel: Make sure that the area in front of the panel is cleared away and that the panel door is clean. Check for any tripped circuit breakers or popped fuses. You may need to ensure that the ground wire is securely clamped to the cold water pipe (if applicable).
  7. GFCI outlets: GFCI stands for ground-fault circuit interrupter and they are an important safety feature that is required for kitchen countertop receptacles and all bathroom receptacles.
  8. Furnace and air conditioner: Ensure that seasonal furnace maintenance has been done including replacing the furnace filter. The area around the furnace should be cleared away and free from clutter. The thermostat should be in good working condition and the condensing unit of the central air system should be cleaned.
  9. Drywall: Any holes in the drywall, big or small, need to be fixed.
  10. Paint: Any walls that have been patched will need to be repainted and consider painting any walls/rooms that are dirty or that need a new, neutral color scheme.
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Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend

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Thinking of finishing your basement? Keep these things in mind!

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  • Before you get too far with designing your dream basement, check your local municipal code for any restrictions that you need to incorporate into your plan
  • Hire a professional to come in and check for any signs of water in the basement before you begin the project; any water issues need to be remedied before beginning the transformation
  • If your plans include an entertainment area, think about putting extra insulation in the ceiling so things aren’t too loud upstairs
  • Be sure to install enough lighting so that it doesn’t feel like you are sitting in a cave
  • Consult with a trusted contractor to see if there is a possibility of tweaking the heating and ventilation systems to heat the basement properly
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6 Popular Bathroom Projects And Costs

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According to HomeAdvisor, these are the 6 most popular bathroom remodel projects and their average cost:

  1. Install cabinets: $4,633
  2. Reface cabinets: $6,676
  3. Install bathtub or shower liner: $2,522
  4. Install flooring: $2,969
  5. Install a shower: $3,169
  6. Install a bathtub: $2,849
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Homes That Keep You Healthy

Wellness properties, a branch of the sustainable housing movement, are made to keep the occupants healthy. Health conscious homeowners can now live in homes that actively work to keep the home clean and keep the homeowner healthy. So far these homes are exclusive to a company called Delos Living out of New York City, but look for them to trend everywhere in the future.  What exactly makes these homes so healthy? Here are some cutting edge pieces of technology that are incorporated into these state of the art homes:

  • Air purifying system: These sterilize airborne cooties such as viruses, dust mites, bacteria, and mold spores while also controlling humidity in order to prevent fungal and microbial growth.
  • Healthy entrance technology: A doorway walk system traps both dirt and moisture from shoes and other objects that enter the home.
  • UV water sanitizer: This uses ultra-violet germicidal irradiation to get rid of microorganisms without any chemical filtration.
  • Healthy surfaces: Nonporous kitchen surfaces that stop bacteria growth are used along with photo-catalytic coated walls that break down viruses, bacteria, and VOCs when exposed to light.
  • Comfy floors: Flooring with a cork underlay is easier on your feet and back.
  • Acoustic damping elements: Extremely quiet appliances and windows that shut out outside noise are key elements of these healthy homes.
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Enjoy Your Super Bowl Weekend!

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Tips For Cold Weather Grilling

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Thinking of grilling for the big game on Sunday?

  • Ensure that your grill is cleared off and the knobs are not frozen. Also, be sure to have lot’s of fuel available because grilling in the cold usually takes longer than warm weather grilling.
  • Allow plenty of time for the grill to preheat; this will take longer when it’s cold out but it’s essential to make sure the food doesn’t stick to the grates
  • Stay safe and warm; wear warm gloves that don’t restrict movement too much so that you don’t drop anything
  • Only open the grill lid when necessary to prevent too much cold air from getting to the food, making the cooking process much slower
  • Brush off the grates while the grill is still warm for a quick cleanup
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Easy and Low Cost Tips To Sell Your Home Quickly

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  • Ensure that all walkways in the home are clear
  • Deep clean the home
  • Have clean towels out in the bathroom
  • Put away all personal items in the bathroom
  • Clean the windows and take off the screens to allow more light in
  • Display fresh fruit on the kitchen counter
  • Make sure each room has a purpose; especially strangely shaped rooms or extra rooms
  • Paint ceilings white to create a light and bright effect


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