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    August 18, 2014
    Home Inspection Help

    Home inspections safeguard buyers by providing reports on the condition of homes. Though they are necessary, it can be nerve wracking for the seller. A bad inspection can severely bring down the property value, and can sometimes even break off potential offers. That’s why it’s important for sellers to make necessary repairs before putting their home on the market. Check out this post by Bill Gassett at Max Real Estate Exposure for the top issues that kill a sale that inspectors find when examining homes:

    -Structural issues: problems with the foundation, termite damage, and shoddy craftsmanship can all severely impact your inspection.

    -Drainage/ water issues

    -Mold problems

    -Bad roof

    -Asbestos/Lead/Radon problems

    Photo Credit: Chris Potter 


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    August 15, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Install Doorknobs
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxgqgc5

    A quick and easy tutorial!

     


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    August 11, 2014
    Projects With Old Windows

    I love the look of old windowpanes! They can be used on all sorts of projects: some are functional, some are simply for decoration. You can leave them weathered, giving them a “shabby chic” style, or update them with new, bright coats of paint or stain. Today, I’ve found the motherlode of all upcycled window posts- this page at Funky Junk Interiors. Here are some of my favorites from her list:

    Old window mirror by Finding Home

    Old Window = Coatrack 

    Frosted Window Redo 

    Window Headboard 

    Chalk It Up 

    Garden window frames 

    Photo Credit: Bilal Kamoon 


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    August 8, 2014
    Friday Fun Videos: How To Install Pocket Doors
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxkjdo7

    These are pretty funky; I’m not quite sure how I feel about them. We do have them as our closet doors at our house, and they do the job! Also, these would be useful if you were trying to build a secret passage / room :)


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    July 29, 2014
    How To Fix Ripped Carpet

    I know that most buyers prefer homes with hardwood floors. I understand the classic visual appeal of them: they’ll never become dated, they look high end and polished, they don’t stain, and they’re much easier to clean. For me though, I will always prefer carpet. The thought of waking up in the morning and putting my bare feet on freezing hardwood floors is a huge turn off. Carpet has always felt more “home-y” to me: it’s warmer and more inviting. I don’t want to live in a perfect showroom; I want to live in a home. However, carpet does have its downsides. Like I mentioned before, it’s harder to clean, and can be an absolute nightmare if you have pets- cats especially. My cats never have accidents; they always use the litterbox. What they do have is claws. And they loooove ripping up carpet, no matter how many scratching posts I provide for them. So, it’s pretty important for me to know how to fix rips and tears in carpet. I use this guide from For Dummies. It has a great photo tutorial!

    Photo Credit: Eric Seiler 


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    July 24, 2014
    Storm Safety: Steps To Secure Your Shak

    I love thunderstorms– the rain, the sounds, the rolling thunder, the flashes of lightning– I find it all very calming, and sometimes inspirational. If the power goes off, even better. Now, I love electricity. I love my laptop, the internet, Netflix, Pinterest, playing online games, my GPS, my phone, chatting with friends, air conditioning– I’d be absolutely lost without it all. But, sometimes it can all be a bit draining. When the power is off, you can’t do anything but talk to family, read by candlelight, or think to yourself. And it relaxes me. As long as I’m inside my home! However, as nice as thunderstorms can be, they can also be very dangerous. They can cause a ton of damage to your property if you aren’t prepared. So, always put safety first. Check out these maintenance tips by Bill Gasset at Mass Real Estate News for summer storm weatherizing info:

    -Installing storm shutters can add another layer of protection

    -Secure all outdoor items- furniture, toys, trash cans– anything not bolted down can become a projectile.

    -Trim trees with loose branches regularly

    -Invest in a backup generator for power outages. Keep well stocked with flash lights, batteries, and candles.

    -Keep gutters clean and make sure they divert water away from your home

    -Fill in cracks in basement walls or foundation

    -Consider purchasing flood insurance

    Photo Credit: Ville Oksanen 

     


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    July 23, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Ventilated Cabinet for Fridge-less Veggies

    Photo from My Home Ideas 


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    July 18, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Cleaning Shutters
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox20t5hg

    An easy, inexpensive way to update your home’s look and add curb appeal.


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    July 16, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Pallet Headboard

    Photo from Pallet Furniture DIY


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    July 14, 2014
    Spray Paint Surface Info

    Spray paint is my favorite way to paint- it’s fast, it’s cheaper if you have less space to cover, and there’s less mess if you know what you’re doing. Plus…. you can spray paint just about anything- furniture, thrift store finds- anything you want to give new life to (as long as you can get it outside! Never spray paint indoors.) Check out this post by Virginia at Live Love DIY for more spray paint information:

    Spray paint is super versatile and can be used on tons of different surfaces, for example: wood, plastic, metal, fiberglass, tin, ceramic, mirror, glass, masonry, plaster, concrete, terra cotta, canvas, MDF, laminate, and particle board. 

    You can use spray paint on most items used for decorative purposes, but it shouldn’t be used on surfaces that comes into contact with food or beverages. 

    Photo Credit: Daniel Naish 


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