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Goodbye Tub, Hello Shower

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Many Homeowners Are Ditching Their Bathtubs In Favor of Showers While the idea of taking a leisurely, luxurious bath may be appealing to many people, the reality is that most Americans shower rather than bathe. And while over-sized whirlpool tubs were once a staple of master bathroom remodels, many people are ditching them in favor of big, beautiful showers. The trend is a victory for environmentalists. A shower uses 10 to 25 gallons of water typically, whereas a bath takes up to 70 gallons, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Showers also typically take less time than baths as …

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Refreshing Your Yard

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While Southern California doesn’t experience severe winters, this is a great time of year for refreshing y our yard. With generally mild weather, February and March make for a great time to make some changes. Give yourself an afternoon for these little yard pick-me-ups, and enjoy well into the summer. The added benefit of the curb appeal is just icing on the cake. Give the Entry Some Love The front entrance is one of the first things guest see. It’s also one of the easiest things to brighten up, needing little more than some color, a personal touch, and maybe a …

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New Smart Objects for Your Smart Home

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas continues to add new smart objects year after year. With an increasing focus on an internet connected house, and more people embracing this market, the 2017 CES offering were strong for smart homes. Here’s some of the newest and best innovations for this year’s smart homes, with practical applications in any household. Breezi Airpulse: AC Maintenance The Breezi Airpulse touts itself to be the “check engine light” for your air conditioner and heater. As a primary interest that home buyers have when looking into houses, Breezi represents a unique opportunity to keep …

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Interior Design Trends On Their Way Out

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Every year, we see shift in decorating trends. While we find ourselves discussing these new interior design trends regularly, it’s easy to forget which old ones it’s time to retire. For homeowners, changing a room can be a substantial boon if they’re thinking of selling their home in the near future. The visual appeal of rooms can greatly boost buyers’ interest. Even small changes in fixtures and finishes may greatly change the home’s appeal. If you’re thinking of making changes this year, here’s what’s not recommended for 2017: All White and Grey Rooms While the idea of living in completely monochrome rooms makes for …

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Getting Organized For the New Year

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2017 is here whether we were ready for it or not, yet don’t despair if you didn’t get as organized as you’d planned. It’s not too late to get organized for 2017. Don’t Procrastinate on Cleaning It’s a temptation to put off your to-dos and home maintenance . Take 2017 by storm by starting out with a tidy home.  If you think you might buy or sell a home in 2017, being ready to move or show your home will make the transition simpler, and the sale much easier to prepare for. Ways To Start: Keep the ‘hot spots’ in …

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Getting Through a Home Inspection

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll likely go through a home inspection. And for many, the idea of a home inspection can make their stomachs twist into knots. You don’t think anything is wrong with the house, but what if there is? The easiest way to relieve this stress is to understand what the home inspection is for, and how to prepare for it. Home Inspection Versus Appraisal A home inspection is sometimes confused with a home appraisal, but the overall purpose is different. The home inspector focuses on the structure of the home, its systems and components. This …

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Keeping Pests Out of Your Home

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Pests are a reality of home ownership, with tiny animals and insects coming in like unwanted tenants. Every area has their own local nuisances, so realistically, you’ll deal with one of these at some point as the owner of a house. Each creature has their own habits and problems, but all usually need to be removed. Today we’ll go over the most common offenders, including ways to spot them at work. Squirrels As a pest, a squirrel in the wall is more than just a collection of nuts and the occasional pitter-patter of tiny feet. Squirrels are well known for …

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What Do You Need to Fix to Sell Your House?

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Getting a home ready to put on the market can feel overwhelming, particularly if you’re comparing your home to the ones you see on house flipping shows. Is it really necessary to do a complete remodel and full-on staging in order to sell? Do you need to upgrade or fix everything? The answer is no, and in fact, some repairs or upgrades might actually cost you more than they would add to your home’s value. The key is to focus on items that will help you sell the home more quickly, net more money, and prevent problems that could cause …

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Simple Home Repair Jobs to Lift You Out of Winter’s Funk

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Wet, gray days can dampen one’s spirits and accomplishments — even little ones — go a long way toward a sunny outlook. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy, quick home repair chores you can do when you’re mired in doldrums of winter. For max efficiency, make a to-do list ahead of time and shop for all the tools and supplies in one trip. On your work days, put the basics in a caddy and carry it from room to room, checking off completed tasks as you speed through them.What to Look (and Listen) For In each room, look around and take …

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Home Improvements That Pay Off

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The 9 Most Financially Savvy Home Improvements You Can Make Whether you’re planning to live in your home for many years or considering selling it soon, you should know that some home improvement projects pay off more than others. Here are eight affordable (under $5,000) home improvement projects that’ll help you enjoy your home more today and provide excellent financial return in the future. Add the Finishing Touch of Molding Decorative molding is a classic touch that’s been around since the ancient Greeks and Romans first installed it to add grandeur to their buildings.  Centuries later, molding is still one of …