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Silent Destroyers: Tips to Spot Termites and Prevent Infestation

Posted on: March 22, 2018 by in Blog
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There are many reasons that termites have gained the nickname "silent destroyers." Five billion reasons, in fact. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. If left unchecked, they can silently chew through the structural stability of a home, eating away at wood, flooring and even wallpaper. To make matters worse, the damage they leave behind is not typically covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies. How to spot termites (Termite Continue Reading ...

House Hunting? Use This Handy Checklist Before You Make the Offer

Posted on: March 12, 2018 by in Blog
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House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you're lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the "must have" boxes — appearance, size, price, location — it’s easy to fall in love. Not so fast. Before making an offer on any property, it’s smart to take a deeper look at the overall structure and its systems, just to make sure warning signs of major and costly problems are not hiding in plain sight. If the households more issues than your budget Continue Reading ...

High-tech Bathroom Trends for 2018

Posted on: March 4, 2018 by in Blog
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Technology is trending in home design and decor this year, and some of the most dramatic, futuristic and fun tech trends are showing up in the bathroom. From glass doors and windows changing from clear to opaque with the touch of a button to toilets transforming the whole experience of going to the loo, it's all about high-tech tricking out your oasis. Here are four tech trends that will take your bathroom into hyperspace. 1. Privacy glass Glass blocks are opaque but let in some filtered Continue Reading ...

Are Hidden Leaks Damaging Your Home, Boosting Water Bills and Harming the Environment?

Posted on: February 26, 2018 by in Blog
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Home water leaks waste 1 trillion gallons of water per year, and 10 percent of American homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water a day, according to the EPA. Fixing easily detectable leaks like dripping faucets and malfunctioning toilets can reduce water bills and water waste. But what do you do about the leaks you can’t see? Hidden leaks can be dangerous. Leaking pipes within walls can cause mold. Dripping faucets behind appliances can be a fire hazard. Leaking irrigation can Continue Reading ...

Do the Math: Homebuying Now May Save a Lot

Posted on: February 19, 2018 by in Blog
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It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the best advice and is, in fact, not in line with market trends, considering 60 percent of homebuyers buy with a down payment of 6 percent or less, according to the National Association of Continue Reading ...

4 Tips for Protecting Your Home This Season and Beyond

Posted on: February 12, 2018 by in Blog
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Winter is in full swing and extremely cold temperatures continue to grip much of the U.S.; which mean hats, gloves, and high home maintenance bills could be in your future. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016 severe winter weather cost homeowners more than $1.7 billion in property damages. While the seasonal shift can be a challenge for homeowners, taking these four steps today could ease home maintenance burdens this season and all year-round. 1. Take a Continue Reading ...

Creating a Dream Home with Cypress

Posted on: February 5, 2018 by in Blog
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Transforming the unremarkable into the extraordinary need not be an impossible task. More and more homeowners are finding that lavish looks are both attainable and affordable. Their imaginative design professionals are making it happen, using cypress to create their clients’ dream homes. “Wood is a classic and timeless building material,” says Stephen Logue of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association. “And many people are discovering that the inherent beauty of cypress, a Continue Reading ...

2018 Remodeling Trends That Boost Your Home’s Value

Posted on: January 31, 2018 by in Blog
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A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Remodeling can add value to your home while also making it more livable, but not all remodeling projects are created equal. While Continue Reading ...

Are You Looking To Buy A New Garage Door For Your Home?

Posted on: January 29, 2018 by in Blog
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Looking for a new garage door? Whether you need to replace an old, worn out garage or want to upgrade to something more stylish, you will find a wide array of choices. Garage doors can vary significantly in styles and materials. Keep these things in mind as you shop around. Size First, measure your current garage door to determine which size you will need. Measure the width, height and thickness and take those measurements with you as you sho Styles You will want to choose a Continue Reading ...

That ’70s Home: 5 Trends Making A Comeback Today

Posted on: January 22, 2018 by in Blog
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Disco may be dead, but the spirit of the 1970s is not. In homes all across the country, people are adding their own splash of ‘70s style in updated, modern ways. Here are five current top decorating trends that have an unmistakable ‘70s flair. More macramé, please: From dip dyed wall hangings to simple plant hangers, macramé is coming back in a big way. Whether you purchase these items already made or you enroll in a class to make them yourself, macramé offers an easy way to add Continue Reading ...