November 25, 2013
Cleaning Tips for Your Whole House
Clean the air while you clean house
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Engage the furnace blower
Turn on the blower to your heating or air conditioning unit to move air through the filter.
With their beater brushes and exhaust, vacuums whip up a dust storm. Later, all that dust settles on the surfaces you just cleaned. But you can use your forced-air heating/cooling system to filter the air while you clean. Just switch the thermostat to "fan" or "fan on." The dust reduction you get depends on your furnace filter. Standard fiberglass filters catch only the largest particles, while a pleated filter with an electrostatic charge will catch almost all the visible dust. Don't forget to switch back to "auto"...
September 9, 2013
How to Remove Soap Scum With Soap
Soap scum is inevitable but you don't need a special chemical just to get rid of it. All you need to get rid of soap scum is hot water, dish soap, and a scrubber.
Fill the tub with hot water and a squirt of soap until the water line is just above the soap scum line.
Let the water soak/sit for an hour or so.
Drain the water until an inch or two remains and add another squirt of dish soap.
Scrub away the soap scum and rinse.
For a stand up shower, clean it after showering as that will act as the "soaking period." The steam will loosen up the soap scum making it easier to remove. Use a bowl to hold the hot, soapy water.
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August 28, 2013
10 Quick Tips to Add More Value to your Outdoor Home
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Add value to your outdoor home
Your outdoor home is often forgotten when selling your home. The attention of your interiors becomes the focal point and the fact that most homebuyers make up their minds before setting foot inside your home is a daunting reality. Before you miss out on potential homebuyers let’s look at ways to add more value to your outdoor home. From brightening up your exterior color and architectural amenities to landscaping and entertaining areas, your outdoor home is a gold mine of opportunities. Here are 10 quick tips to lend more value to your exterior home and help you sell your home a lot faster this season.
1. Refresh the exterior of your home
The façade or exterior of your...
August 28, 2013
How to Keep Home Maintenance Costs Under $300 a Year
Cringe at the thought of major repairs to your home? It’s the little preventative maintenance things you do throughout the year that’ll keep big repair bills at bay. In fact, you can keep your entire house fit and healthy for a mere $300 per year. Here’s how.
1. Get up close and personal with your house.
Annual cost: $0-$10
Trust us — you want to be on intimate terms with your house. The more familiar you are, the easier it is to spot potential trouble spots before they get out-of-hand — and expensive to fix.
You don’t have to be a pro inspector; just take the time to stroll around. A DIY inspection costs nothing — and could save you thousands. Look for:
- Cracks in the foundation. Hairline...
August 1, 2013
10 Most Desirable Do-it-Yourself Outdoor Projects
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine
The warmer weather has home owners looking to spruce up their home’s outdoor spaces. So when it comes to do-it-yourself outdoor projects, which projects are most home owners tackling?
A survey of more than 1,200 home owners by the Home Project Council identified the following DIY outdoor projects as most desirable:
1. Plant a garden
2. Use decorative pebbles, stones or rocks for landscaping
3. Build a deck
4. Create a fire pit or barbecue pit
5. Build a patio or walkway using concrete pavers or bricks
6. Install or build a shed or storage building
7. Stain or paint siding or windows
8. Build a privacy fence
9. Stain or paint exterior concrete surfaces (patio, pool deck, driveway, sidewalk,...
July 31, 2013
8 Lessons on Renovating a House from Someone Who's Living It
So you think DIY remodeling is going to be fun? Here is one homeowner's list of what you may be getting yourself into
More than three years ago, my husband and I bought an 1890 Victorian disaster with the intention of restoring it ourselves. I fell in love with the house before we even got in the front door. I loved the wraparound porch. I loved the giant, ornate hinges. I even loved the crazy mess and decay.
At the time, I thought I loved the house so much that I did not care that it was falling down. But now I understand that it wasn't that I didn't care. It was that I didn’t actually see the broken parts. I only saw what the house could be and I had no concept of...
May 30, 2013
Top 5 Renos for Return on Investment
Adding value to your home is the number one concern for most homeowners. It doesn’t matter if you’re prepping to sell or looking to build long-term equity, knowing the right renos to invest in is important to ensure you get the most bang for your reno buck.
Ever wonder about the number one request from both homeowners and tenants when they’re looking for a home? Hardwood floors. And why not? Hardwood looks amazing, is timeless and is incredibly durable. It’s also expensive, so it’s wise to weigh your options before shelling out big bucks for the big impact that hardwood delivers. You can go with traditional hardwood or engineered hardwood, or if hardwood isn’t what you’re looking for...
May 14, 2013
6 Things You Think Add Value To Your Home - But Really Don't
Every homeowner must pay for routine home maintenance, such as replacing worn-out plumbing components or staining the deck, but some choose to make improvements with the intention of increasing the home's value. Certain projects, such as adding a well thought-out family room - or other functional space - can be a wise investment, as they do add to the value of the home. Other projects, however, allow little opportunity to recover the costs when it's time to sell.
IN PICTURES: Home Renovations That Don't Pay
Even though the current homeowner may greatly appreciate the improvement, a buyer could be unimpressed and unwilling to factor the upgrade into the purchase price. Homeowners, therefore, need to be careful with how they choose to spend...
April 17, 2013
Return on renovation costs: How much will you get back?
Projects that can increase -- or decrease -- the value of your home.
Canadians are investing in home improvement like never before: According to an Ipsos-Reid survey, two-thirds of homeowners intend to undertake renovations this year. While most plan to spend reasonable sums, others say they'll go all out: luxurious materials, home theatres, a Jacuzzi on the patio...even $60,000 kitchens are not that unusual! But how much of their investment will be recovered when their house sells?
Homeowners tend to embark on renovation projects to meet their needs, improve their quality of life or simply pamper themselves with a little luxury. But even if you're renovating primarily for your own sake, you should try to assess the post-project increase...
April 8, 2013
Listing losers: 8 reasons your home isn't selling and what to do about it
By Melinda Fulmer of MSN Real Estate
Why do some homes linger on the market for months — or years — while others are snapped up in a matter of days?
While much of it has to do with price and local inventory, a whole host of factors can conspire to make a home sit and stagnate on the multiple listing service without showings or offers.
To find out what makes some listings such laggards, MSN Real Estate polled agents across the country and combed through properties from our partner Realtor.comlooking for real-estate wallflowers and the issues plaguing them.
Think of these examples as cautionary tales for sellers, with a bit of advice sprinkled in from agents who have seen it all before.
"The longer a house sits on...
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