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  • June 2, 2015

The Kaufman Herald : Real Estate

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    Considering home improvements? Out-of-the-ordinary upgrades can enhance livability and value

    (BPT) - Perhaps your home is in pretty good shape – newish roof, well-maintained furnace and air-conditioning, and fresh paint throughout. Or maybe you’ve bought a brand-new house that’s move-in ready. Even though you don’t really need to do a thing to the home, you may still have the urge to update. But what can you do when everything is already just about perfect?

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    5 tips for a seamless moving process

    (BPT) - Packing up your entire life and moving it somewhere new is an exciting, yet intimidating task. Whether you’re moving across the country or just down the street, you’re bound to experience all the ups and downs of the moving process. Between the packing, moving and eventual unpacking, the process seems never ending.

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    Planning a home improvement project? Financing is the first tool you'll need

    (BPT) - If you’re planning a home improvement project this year, you’re in good company. The economy and housing market are recovering, home values and equity are rising, and many homeowners are beginning projects they had put off over the past few years. A recent report by the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University predicts that the home improvement industry could post record-level spending in 2015.

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Monday 06/01/2015
Energy-Efficient Renovation Tips
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Picking paint colors and ogling kitchen remodels on Pinterest can be fun for homeowners looking to renovate. However, today’s homeowners are looking for upgrades that not only look great, but save money. Energy-efficiency improvements are a smart investment toward curbing energy use, cutting energy bills, and increasing the value of a home.

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Get Your Yard Ready for Outdoor Fun
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) From impromptu dinners with pals to celebrating special events with family, warm weather adventures await in your own backyard. Before you invite the gang over to enjoy cocktails or a cookout, make sure your outdoor spaces give the right impression for enjoying those carefree summer moments.

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What’s your storage style?
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Storage has style? Really? Of course it does. And when it comes to tackling storage projects, don’t skimp on creating the style that best suits your personality.

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Let It Grow
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s a just a vibrant pop of pretty petals you want added to the front of the home or a raised bed full of delicious fruits and vegetables, the return of warmer weather has many homeowners reaching for their gardening gloves.

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Design Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) It often starts as a blank spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then come the “things” to fill the spot. There’s so much to consider that it gets difficult to make a decision.

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Friday 05/29/2015
Know Which Plumbing Projects Need a Pro
Updated: May 30, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Plumbing projects can seem daunting to many homeowners, and when done incorrectly, they can be messy and disastrous to your property. In addition, poorly performed plumbing repairs can be expensive. You may spend more money on a plumber who has to fix your mistakes in addition to repairing the initial problem.

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Manage Emergency Plumbing Leaks With Ease
Updated: May 30, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Water problems top the list of many homeowners' woes, especially water leaks. Data from the Environmental Protection Agency suggest that repairing a faucet dripping at two ounces a minute can save 11,000 gallons of water a year.

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Light Up Your Landscaping Like a Pro
Updated: May 30, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Summer months are quickly approaching, and many homeowners are getting lawns prepared for cookouts, family gatherings and entertaining late-night porch hangouts.

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Thursday 05/28/2015
Spring Cleaning Made Easy to Help Tackle Inanimate Allergens
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - While the spring season might be synonymous with cleaning your home, it doesn't mean that you're tackling it in the right way. So, if you're concerned about the allergens in your home, getting rid of a dust bunny (or two) and Fido's ferocious dander may not be enough.

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Monday 05/25/2015
Simple Accents
Updated: May 25, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Small details and accent pieces can make a big difference when it comes to dressing up your home. However, adding a touch of personal style doesn’t have to break the bank; you can actually make a big difference by adding simple, practical and inexpensive accents in every room.

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
5 ways to boost your home's curb appeal
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Spring and summer continue to be the most popular months for selling your home, according to Realtor.com. And with many homeowners staying in their houses for an average of 13 years, your home will surely need some sprucing up to add to its curb appeal. By following a these simple steps, you can increase your home’s value without breaking the bank.

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Monday 05/18/2015
How to tackle your home's stubborn stains and odors
Updated: May 25, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - From wall stains to washing machines, indoor stains and smells can be a challenge to tackle. Luckily, there are surprisingly simple methods to erase them for good. Here are a few tips to freshen up the most stubborn spots in your home.

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Thursday 05/07/2015
Smart Ways to Spruce up a Small Space
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Giving a design facelift to small spaces may seem challenging. But you can make more of every square inch with creative solutions.

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Getting Set to Sell: Which Home Upgrades Matter Most?
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re preparing to sell, or just looking to increase your home’s value, it’s important to think about strategic upgrades -- and not just how; but where to remodel. 

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Quick tips to reduce moving stress
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Moving brings exciting possibilities of a different neighborhood, fresh spaces to decorate and new family traditions to be made. But it also means leaving behind people and places you love. While some sentimental items can be taken to your new place, many memories just aren’t transportable. That’s why it’s even more important to protect those goods that can make the move.

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Glass act: How modern fenestration improves a home's energy efficiency
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Most people probably think of windows and skylights only when they’re buying or selling a house, when they get dirty, when they leak, or when the kid next door lobs a baseball through one. Yet the glass in your home is arguably among its most important features, directly impacting the structure’s overall energy efficiency and livability.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
How to determine the true value of home improvements
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As the U.S. housing industry continues to emerge from the Great Recession, signs are pointing toward positive recovery. In fact, a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University states that the home improvement industry could see record spending in 2015. It’s news like this that may have you contemplating an update to your house. Even if you plan to stay in your home for years to come, it’s important to consider which home remodeling projects offer the potential for a positive return on investment.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
One smart update can upgrade your entire home
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.

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Monday 04/06/2015
Will Your Home Withstand Storm Season? Six Tips to Help You Prepare
Updated: April 06, 2015 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Year after year, Americans from Tornado Alley to the Gulf Coast to the metropolises of the Eastern Seaboard witness storms that cause millions in damage and loss of life. However, no matter where you live, or what type of extreme weather you may face, there are things you can do to protect your home and family from the worst.

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Monday 03/30/2015
Plan now for your big move this summer
Updated: April 06, 2015 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The big move – it should be in all-caps and announced with a deep, authoritative voice. THE BIG MOVE. And it's coming to your family soon. It might be from one house to another across town, or it might involve crossing many state lines. No matter the distance, amount of belongings or number of people, your big move is going to be a big deal.

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