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Decks and Outdoor Living

With winter behind us, it’s coming to that time of year to start thinking about summer and enjoying outdoor living again. Adding a beautiful new deck or patio or remodeling your existing deck or patio, can greatly expand the usable … Continue reading

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What Every Homeowner Should Know About Lead Paint

As we consult with homeowners, we find that many of them aren’t fully aware of Federal regulations pertaining to lead-based paint that may affect even minor home remodeling projects. This law requires contractors to engage in “lead-safe work practices” when … Continue reading

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Tips on Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood Flooring Options Prefinished plank flooring has the finish applied at the factory prior to installation.  There’s no dust from sanding, no fumes from chemicals, and no waiting for the finish to dry. These floors are warranted to last longer than … Continue reading

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Add Interest with These Bathroom Flooring Choices

When it comes to flooring choices these days, you have hundreds of choices – carpet, tile, wood, laminate, linoleum and stone … just to name a few. And when it comes to installing a new floor in your bathroom, you … Continue reading

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The Power of Insulation: Keep Energy (and Money) from Escaping Your Home

When we think of cutting our utility bills, we typically look for ways to use less and cut back on the little extras. That certainly works, but how about taking a closer look at the energy we waste, often unnoticed. … Continue reading

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Shingles: Keep A Good Roof Over Your Head

When it comes to keeping your home protected, it all starts with a good roof and covering material – such as shingles. Roof shingles are typically applied in a symmetric pattern and match or complement the outer facade of the … Continue reading

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Options for Financing Your Home Improvement Project

As a homeowner considering a home improvement project, you should know your options for financing those improvements. Usually homeowners have three traditional financing options: Home Equity Loan Cash-Out Refinance Construction Remodel or Renovation Loan For smaller projects, such as replacing … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Organizing Your Garage

The garage is that one place where all of the clutter seems to gather. It is a convenient location to store things – rakes, bikes, dog food – and they get pushed into a corner or against the wall. But … Continue reading

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Energy Guzzlers: Your Home’s Big Three

It may feel like a lifetime ago, but there was a time when the electric bill was referred to as the light bill. Those were the days when electricity was used mainly for lighting because there were few other appliances … Continue reading

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Tips to Winterize Your Home

Winter rolls around like clock work, and it always seems to get here all of the sudden. Get ready for it. Be proactive. You’ll be happy you did. Here’s a list of items that you should check: Prevent freezing Garden … Continue reading

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