Tips to Prepare Your Budget Before Buying a Home

Posted on: August 14, 2017 by in Commercial Inspection
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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 Home Improvement
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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 Indoor Air Quality
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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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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 understand what all Continue Reading ...

7 ‘Little’ Upgrades That Can Mean a Lot to Homebuyers

Posted on: July 17, 2017 by in Blog
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(BPT) - 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 Continue Reading ...

Spring Home Improvements You Can Do in 24 Hours or Less

Posted on: July 12, 2017 by in Real Estate
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(BPT) - For most of us, the idea of spring cleaning probably sounds refreshing after a winter of bundling up against the cold. Now that spring has arrived, it’s finally time to get started! Sprucing up your home doesn’t have to take lots of time, and is a great way to leave you feeling reinvigorated after a long winter.To help you spring into warm weather home improvement, here are 24 simple projects that take 24 hours or less to accomplish:Put a fresh coat of paint on the front Continue Reading ...

Big-Impact Ideas for Small Patio Spaces

Posted on: June 1, 2017 by in Home Improvement
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(BPT) - Do you have a small patio? Do you think you can't do much with the space due to its size? There's probably a lot more potential than you think.From the influx of urban dwellers, empty-nesters in transition and even the tiny-home movement, the trend of downsizing continues across the United States. Contrary to popular belief, you can have an impressive patio even if you have a smaller abode.Here are a few design ideas to help bring your limited patio area to life while maximizing Continue Reading ...

5 Renovation Resolutions for Your Home This Year

Posted on: May 29, 2017 by in Home Improvement
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(BPT) - It’s no secret that springtime is synonymous with spruce-ups. But, as is often the case, homeowners hone in on prettying-up patios and backyards with fresh florals and new outdoor furniture, leaving the inside of the home as “same old, same old.” This spring, resolve to reinvent your home from the inside out with stylish décor sure to add the wow-factor it deserves.The five refreshing projects below will to help create a beautiful setting worthy of the new season — and Continue Reading ...

5 Green Home Improvements That Can Help Sell Your Home for More

Posted on: May 22, 2017 by in Pre-Listing Seller Inspection
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(BPT) - Demand remains high for energy-efficient, eco-friendly home features, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In fact, the majority of builders now put energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling systems, thermostats and appliances in their construction, the survey says. If you’re selling your home and hope to compete with new construction — as well as set your house apart from other resales — making green improvements could significantly pay Continue Reading ...

5 Spring Cleaning Projects to Take on Immediately

Posted on: May 15, 2017 by in Home Improvement
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5 indoor projects to add to your spring cleaning list (BPT) - Spring cleaning is a seasonal tradition. You’ve been setting house projects aside all winter, and now’s the perfect time to make sure the warm weather season starts with a cleaner, happier home. So open the windows, turn on your favorite song, and start your spring cleaning with these five to-dos.* Clear the clutter. Removing excess clutter is a great cleaning tip any time of year, but finishing this task when the weather Continue Reading ...