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December 26, 2016

Year-End Checklist: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Home Safe

Your home may be the most dangerous environment you spend time in during any given week. This winter make it just a bit safer with this year-end checklist.
 
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December 21, 2016

Lighten Up: Counter Short Winter Days With These Bright Interior Tips

Do winter days have you feeling gloomy and waiting for spring? Lighten up and bring warmth to your home with these transformative, bright interior tips.
 
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December 15, 2016

The Newest Window Trends and Innovations for 2017

It’s about to be a new year with a whole new view—if you install new windows on your home, that is. If your resolution this year is to finally get your home decor in shape, then your windows may just be a good place to start. After all, with interior design trending towards natural elements, letting in a little outside light—and some choice views of the outdoors—couldn’t hurt. And new windows take on both the interior and exterior aesthetics of your home, letting you get a two-in-one update for the price of one. Plus, with more efficient innovations than ever, this year’s offerings are sure to net you some savings on your utility bills, as well. Let’s take a look at what the future [...]

 
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December 8, 2016

Save on Taxes by Keeping Track of Home Improvement Expenses

How would you like to save thousands of dollars in taxes by spending just a few minutes each year doing a little extra bookkeeping? All you need to do is keep a good record of what you spend on home improvements and you can save a lot on capital gains that you might be required to pay when you sell. Capital gain gains are the profits you make from selling an asset like your home. When homeowners sell their primary residence, they can exclude up to $250,000 of their profits from capital gains taxes. For married couples filing jointly, the exclusion is $500,000.

That is much money, but it is not out the question that a family home owned for many years in one of America’s hotter [...]

 
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December 8, 2016

Six Easy Home Improvements to Make Before the In-Laws Come

Making a good impression is something that everyone wants to do, but this desire is even stronger when it comes to your in-laws. When they come to visit during the holidays, you want to make sure everything looks perfect and they see your home at its best. That’s why the following home improvement tips are great for sprucing up your curb appeal in a weekend or two.

Clean Up the Yard

Spend some time mowing the grass, raking the leaves and trimming the hedges to make everything look manicured and well kept. If it’s in the budget, get some fresh mulch to landscape your garden beds and plant a few shrubs or land covering in bare spots. Add some landscape lighting around walkways, [...]

 
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December 7, 2016

Designing and Redesigning Homes for the Deaf

Designing wheelchair bound, or “other abled” home design is easy enough when it comes to making homes wheelchair accessible. But a recent commercial remodel proved to be an entirely new design challenge for Mark Scott, owner of MARK IV Builders. MARK IV is a residential design-build remodeling company based in Washington, DC. “We take on anything we think is a challenge,” he said. But even he was surprised by what he learned when he was asked to turn an auto and truck garage into a 3,400 square foot home inside the District of Columbia. He had several challenges in remodeling the space, from dealing with zoning to designing a large industrial space that worked [...]

 
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December 7, 2016

Buying a Generator for Your Home: How Big and How Much?

How much home generator is needed to be prepared for climate change, natural disaster, or brownout? Here’s a guide to buying a gas generator for your home.
 
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December 5, 2016

Real Estate Renovation Secrets: 5 Tips You’ll Love this Season

Learn how to improve the beauty and value of your home with these real estate renovation secrets and tips ideal for the fall season.
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