Hot Home Design: 4 Things to Consider When Choosing Siding

Posted on: September 19, 2017 by in Blog
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Selecting new siding is one of the most important curb appeal decisions homeowners face when building new or remodeling an existing home. With so many options — both classic and modern materials — there’s a lot to consider.Many manufacturers are now combining traditional styles and materials with advanced technologies, delivering a product homeowners can love for years to come. Among all the options on the market, vinyl siding — with its various styles, textures, and colors — Continue Reading ...

A Smarter Way to Buy a Home

Posted on: September 13, 2017 by in Blog
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Are you considering buying a home? With mortgage rates on the slow and steady incline, there may be no better time for a home purchase than now. Mortgage interest rates will likely continue to go up for the foreseeable future, according to recent data from the housing finance company Freddie Mac. Many housing experts and industry observers agree. What does this mean? If you are thinking about buying a home, it means don’t wait any longer. The overall cost of buying a home in the future Continue Reading ...

5 Ways to Create Big Luxury in a Small Master Bathroom

Posted on: August 31, 2017 by in Blog
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If you’re thinking about remodeling your small bathroom, you may know that studies show updating a bathroom of any size can increase the value of a home. However, there’s a statistic from a Houzz survey you might not know: 75 percent of people who renovate a master bathroom doesn't make it bigger.Enlarging a small master bathroom is often impractical; you may need to take space from another room or extend an exterior wall to accomplish an expansion. Both options have disadvantages and Continue Reading ...

Protect What Matters Most With These Nursery Safety Checks

Posted on: August 22, 2017 by in Blog
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Is Your Family Expanding? You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks?“The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light,” said Tarsila Wey, marketing director for First Alert, the most trusted brand in home safety. “Take the time now to help ensure your home is safe and secure.”First Alert has outlined some crucial tasks to accomplish before the little one Continue Reading ...

Tips to Prepare Your Budget Before Buying a Home

Posted on: August 14, 2017 by in Blog
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Tips to prepare your budget before buying a home

It’s virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren’t fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month.Start with your income: How much do you bring home after taxes and retirement plan contributions?Next, look at your expenses: What are your necessary expenses? How much are you paying each month toward your debt? What additional expenses do you have that wouldn’t be deemed “necessary?” How much money do you have Continue Reading ...

Repair or Replace? What to Do With a Worn-Out Cooling System

Posted on: August 10, 2017 by in Blog
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Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system.To arrive at an answer, you must weigh numerous factors, including which option is more cost-effective over both the long- and short-term, how the existing or new system will affect the air quality of your Continue Reading ...

Allergens and Indoor Air Quality: 4 Steps to a Healthier Home

Posted on: July 31, 2017 by in Blog
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(BPT) - When at home, you're probably relaxing, playing with the kids or tackling chores. What you aren't likely doing is thinking about the air you're breathing. Unfortunately, the reality is poor indoor air quality in residential spaces is a major problem.The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission points to a growing body of scientific evidence that the air within homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air in large, industrialized cities. In fact, EPA (Environmental Continue Reading ...

The 411 on HVAC Energy-Efficiency Ratings and Terms

Posted on: July 24, 2017 by in Blog
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(BPT) - Whether you’re looking to lower heating and cooling costs, or have a passion for protecting the environment, maximizing the energy efficiency of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is a smart move. The more energy efficient your system, the less you’ll spend running it every year, and the smaller your home’s environmental footprint will be.Efficiency ratings are intended to help you decide which products are best for your home, so it’s important to Continue Reading ...

7 ‘Little’ Upgrades That Can Mean a Lot to Home Buyers

Posted on: July 17, 2017 by in Blog
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Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is "just right." While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it is to buyers, small details like fresh paint and new faucets can also help clinch a sale.When you’re trying to sell your home, you should be willing to spend some money on repairs and improvements to help Continue Reading ...

Latest Deck Trend: ‘Monster’ Size, Mega-Luxury

Posted on: July 12, 2017 by in Blog
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(BPT) - Move over mini — the new trend in decking is anything but small.When it comes to the size of their decks, the majority of Americans feel bigger is better — as multiple surveys indicate decks are getting larger and more luxurious, RealtorMag reports.Today’s decks dwarf the outdoor spaces of decades ago, and blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces with features like full kitchens, dining and entertainment areas, says Kim Katwijk, owner of Deck Builders Inc. in Continue Reading ...