Real Estate Blog - Blog Archive: July, 2018

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Buying New Flooring for the HomeInstalling new flooring can dramatically change the look and function of the home. With information about the five most popular types of flooring, homeowners can weigh the benefits and disadvantages and make the right choice for their homes.

1. Carpet

For people who want a budget-friendly flooring choice that is warm and can block noise, carpet is the standard option. Carpet prices range from around $1 per square foot to many times that, depending on the cut and arrangement of the fibers, the density, and the materials used. The quality of the pad underneath the carpet could significantly affect its feel and long-term durability. Carpet can be more difficult to clean and maintain, and generally lasts for a shorter time than other flooring…

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Guide to Downsizing a HomeDownsizing (by buying a smaller home or condo) can be a time consuming and discouraging process for many people. Knowing what to get rid of, how to get rid of it and when to start can help make the process of downsizing a little less daunting. There are some things a homeowner who plans to move into a smaller home or condo can do to smooth the process along.

Get A Head Start

Downsizing is best done over a long period of time. With only a short time to downsize, many home buyers will either fail at it completely or will fail to do it in an organized way. Downsizing over the course of many months or even years is best. Homeowners who know that they'll be moving into a smaller home in just a few short years should start as soon as possible to…

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Can You DIY or Is It Best Left to the Professionals?Many homeowners like to think that they can watch a few videos and then make any repair needed in a home. While there are many repairs that are relatively simple, other types of upgrades or changes do require the expertise of a professional. Homeowners should know when to address a repair or upgrade yourself and when to call in a professional.

Be Clear on What You Can Do

Some renovation projects can be handled by the average homeowner, while others require more extensive knowledge. It can be better to hire a licensed contractor or electrician when mistakes can lead to potential fire hazards or fines for a homeowner. This can come into play when work on a home may change the existing structure, making it hard to sell a home with work that has…

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Green Upgrades to Improve Home Energy EfficiencyNow more than ever, homeowners are becoming more environmentally conscious both to help preserve the environment and also because green alternatives are more often less expensive than their traditional counterparts. There are many different ways homeowners can make their homes more environmentally friendly, but here are four different energy efficient upgrades that can easily find their way into any home.

1. Use LED Light Bulbs Instead of Incandescent Bulbs 

Incandescent light bulbs are the most common type of bulb used in homes because they’re widely available and often the cheapest option, sometimes costing only $1 per bulb. However, incandescent light bulbs are some of the poorest quality options out there, especially when compared to LED…

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