Archive for Home Services

Buying a Foreclosed Home: What Not to Do

May 29, 2013 No Comments

Don’t expect buying a foreclosed home to be the same as the typical home purchase process. As a trade-off for great pricing, purchasing a bank-owned—also called a real estate owned (REO)—property usually requires extra effort to find the right deal. With your money and time at stake, you should be cognizant of the potential pitfalls […]

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Home Security Myth-Busting: Part 2

May 21, 2013 No Comments

Here is the second part in our discussion of home security myths. There is a lot of information on the best strategies to keep your home safe. Unfortunately, most of them are common knowledge by now and if you know of them, so do burglars! We tell you what ones offer good security advice and […]

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How Renovation Can Help You Save On Home Insurance

May 16, 2013 No Comments

Home renovation offers an opportunity to beautify your home and enhance comfort and resale value. But it can also provide an additional benefit that many people don’t think about—saving on homeowners insurance. In order to take full advantage of these savings, consider adding the following your home improvement plans: Security Systems: Installing such things as state-of-the-art […]

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How to Avoid a Window Installation Nightmare

May 09, 2013 No Comments

You may have heard the horror stories—botched measurements, damaged mouldings, caulking inadvertently tracked throughout the house, even shattered glass on the lawn, followed by leaks and drafts once the new purchases are actually in place. Indeed, when it comes to a happy window replacement experience, the quality of the installation is key. But how do […]

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Home Security Myth-Busting: Part 1

May 06, 2013 No Comments

There are a lot of myths surrounding the best ways to protect your home and family, and believing the misinformation can have a high price when your safety is at stake. Here we present common home security recommendations and explain whether they are true or false.   1.) You should hide small valuables (jewelry, cash, […]

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Choosing Roofing Materials for Hot Climates

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

A roof is a huge investment that adds value to your home—in addition to keeping you safe and dry—so selecting the right roofing material is a weighty decision. Cost shouldn’t be the only factor you consider though; the climate you live in plays an important role in determining how long your roof will last and […]

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Common Threats Regular Insurance Doesn’t Cover: Are You Protected?

Mar 05, 2013 No Comments

Unfortunately for homeowners, not everything that can threaten the security of their home is covered by conventional home insurance. Here are four potential threats to your home that you might want to have covered by additional coverage: Flooding – As recent events have shown, the uncertainty of weather patterns makes flood insurance a national necessity—even […]

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10 Things You Need to Know About Window Replacement

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments

Whether you’re interested in installing new energy-efficient windows or need to replace storm windows, there are ten things every homeowner should consider regarding window replacement.   Avoid DIY Disaster – It’s always a good idea to hire a professional for any home improvement project, window replacement included.   Determine the Right Windows for Your Needs […]

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What Defines a Great Contractor?

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

A truly great contractor understands your home improvement needs, listens to you, and has the skills and licensed experience to get the job done right. Before you decide on a contractor, you should take these factors into consideration along with affordability in order to avoid problems during and after the work is completed.   Hiring […]

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5 Renovations that May Decrease Your Home’s Value

Jan 16, 2013 No Comments

Homeowners are often surprised to learn that not all home improvement projects will add value to their homes—no matter how much they may personally enjoy them. The five projects listed below are not likely to provide the return on investment needed to make them worthwhile.   Customized Additions or Renovations – Adding an extra bathroom […]

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