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Posted on 01/16/2022
Decorative Accent Tips for Your Outdoor Spaces
Decorative items can make an enormous impact on the entire design of an outdoor space. Whether used sparingly or to create chic, creative clutter, accessories are the way to upgrade a patio or porch and make it truly your own. However, it’s hard to know where to begin. How do you use decorative accents to create your own...
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Posted on 01/09/2022
Why Homebuyers Should Consider Buying a HUD Home
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) properties present unique opportunities for homebuyers. By purchasing a previously foreclosed home, you might save money on the sale and mortgage. But is a HUD home the right choice for you? Here are some of the key benefits to buying a HUD home: Low Price HUD wants to recoup the cost of the...
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Posted on 01/02/2022
3 Ways to Hurricane-Proof Your Windows
Hurricanes bring with them many potential hazards. Between flooding, strong winds and damage from debris, there are lots of things to prepare for. One major way you can prottect yourself and your home during a hurricane is by taking steps to prepare your windows. Here are 3 common ways to hurricane-proof the windows in your home: Hurricane Film...
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Posted on 12/26/2021
Here's How Catnip Can Help Your Vegetable Garden
Catnip is an herb of many talents. Besides being famously loved by cats, it also has many benefits for your home and garden. Catnip can be particularly beneficial when grown in vegetable gardens because of its pest-repelling properties. Here we’ll go into detail about how and why to use catnip in your vegetable garden. Bug Repellent One of...
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Posted on 12/19/2021
Rebuilding vs. Renovating: How to Determine the Cost
Knowing whether to tear down an old or damaged house and rebuild is not something that cannot be decided in a vacuum. The existing structure will likely present as a mixed bag of pros and cons. Before making a decision solely based on perceived cost, consider digging deeper into the facts. How Has The Existing Structure Been Impacted?...
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Posted on 12/12/2021
Give an Old Tradition New Life: Why You Should Take Up Cross-Stitch
Image by tookapic from Pixabay When you think of cross-stitching, you may imagine someone from centuries ago intently focused on their needlework. However, the traditional art of needlework and embroidery is still trendy today. Now may be the best time for you to consider taking up cross-stitch as your next hobby. Is Cross-Stitch Making a Comeback? In recent...
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Posted on 12/05/2021
3 Damage-Free Decorating Tips for Renters
Many renters feel stifled by their inability to make interior design decisions about the property. Painting the walls, installing shelves or changing out light fixtures are all things most property managers don’t allow. However, there are still lots of things you can do to decorate your walls when renting without risking noticeable damage. Here are three DIY decoration...
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Posted on 11/28/2021
Home safety: How to prevent burns at home
Burns can range from mild injuries to severe and permanent damage. However, there are ways to reduce your burn risk at home. Keep the following burn prevention tips in mind to keep safe from this type of injury. Lower your water heater temperature Your water heater could be producing water that's hot enough to scald or burn. Keep...
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Posted on 11/21/2021
Foundations: How Pier and Beam Can Be Tied Into a More Accessible Home
Photo by 1778011 from Pixabay Although concrete walls and slabs rank among the most popular types of foundations, the vast majority of new construction relied on pier and beam designs until the 1960s. Pier and beam, commonly called as “post and beam,” was viewed as the most effective and cost-efficient way to elevate a structure above grade. In...
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Posted on 11/20/2021
Another Property Sold - 7332 Palomino Trail, Sarasota, FL 34241
Enjoy privacy and serenity on 6.4 acres in this 2011 custom built home with just under 5,000 square feet and fresh paint inside. As you enter Saddle Creek Estates, notice the large estates with horses and cows grazing. Enter the privacy gate and instantly notice the beautiful pond with water fountain in the front yard. This home boasts 8 ft. high teak wood French doors, large diagonal tile, 12 foot ceilings, crown molding, Pella windows and unobstructed views of the courtyard's saltwater pool. Enjoy beautiful evenings with family and friends in the screen enclosed courtyard surrounding the pool. The open floor plan connects all living areas...
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Posted on 11/14/2021
Improve Your Home on a Budget With These 3 Project Ideas
Updating the look of your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With some effort and the right tools, you can change your home while staying on budget. If you’re interested in some easy home improvement projects that won’t break the bank, here are some suggestions to inspire you: Limewash Your Walls Limewash is an ancient technique for...
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Posted on 11/07/2021
Tips on Being Prepared for the Hidden Costs of Home Ownership
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay There’s no denying that purchasing a home requires a huge investment from buyers. Not only will you need to have a down payment in place, but you’ll need to consider closing costs, home maintenance, property taxes and more over the years. While these are all expenses that most buyers are aware of,...
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