October 2013

Found 14 blog entries for October 2013.

Not so simple home improvement tipsIf you have the necessary expenses, it can be tempting to go on a home-improvement binge. You could take your frustration out on every pet peeve you have about your home, from the light fixtures to the countertops to that fireplace you always wanted. But sometimes, as the saying goes, less is more.

Making renovations is an important part of owning a home, though. When you add, remove, or improve parts of your home, you're adding value to it that (hopefully) will return to your wallet once you sell. But there is such a thing as doing too much, or biting off more than you can chew financially. So, here are a few guidelines to make sure your next home project is truly an improvement:
• Is it an emergency?
A washing machine that is starting to make your

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It’s that time of year again, and nothing says “Welcome trick-or-treaters!” like some scary and fun Halloween decorations outside your home.

It can be tough to find the time to decorate for the holiday – between buying candy, taking the kids to find costumes, and getting all of those newly-fallen leaves out of your yard, putting up some scarecrows may be low on the priorities list. But with these simple and easy tips for getting your home into the mood of the season, you can save both time and money – and have some fun doing it!

  • Un-carved mummy pumpkin

If you want to make a pumpkin decoration with the kids, but you don’t want to introduce them to large knives, this is the perfect project for you. All you have to do is wrap your pumpkin

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If you’re struggling to work with a small space, you aren’t alone – nothing is more frustrating that being limited by the size of a tiny room.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! There are ways you can make your trouble spot look bigger, without any costly remodeling. Avoid demolishing walls and raising the roof, and take these tricks to heart:

  • Use Mirrors

When you accent a room with mirrors, it creates a simple effect – the reflection makes it look like you’re gazing through a window to another room. An added bonus of these mirrors is that they will also reflect extra light around the room, making the space seem even brighter.

  • Add light colors

It’s a simple optical illusion. When you add more light colors to the room, they

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Attic remodeled to add square footage in real estateIf you're looking to squeeze out a little extra square footage from your home, you just need to look up.


The attic is an often under-appreciated part of most homes, and can be used for much more than it was designed. Right now, it's probably where you're storing holiday decorations and extra furniture. A few bucks a month will get you a roomy storage unit as well as a wealth of new possibilities above your ceiling. Here are some tips that will get you started on track to making your attic space the most appreciated room in your home:


• First things first – add light
Attics aren't exactly designed to bring in a lot of natural light – it just isn't necessary. So you'll have to do it on your own. It can be as easy as introducing lamps to the space (many

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Yes, you read that right – your washing machine and dryer can actually save you money. The trick is knowing what to do with it.
Washing clothes is something everyone does, and (depending on the number of people in a home) it needs to be done pretty frequently. But using that much water and electricity can wreak havoc on your bills at the end of the month. So, here are some tips to cutting down on utilities when you do your laundry, and putting money back in your pocket:
• Wash in cold water
While it's important to use hot water when you need to disinfect as well as clear (such as for towels, or the clothes of someone who has been sick), but the remainder of the time cold water will get the job done. According to the Department of Energy, 90% of the cost

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Homeowner poses with wrench to show emphasis on the need for maintaining your homeMaking the leap from "renter" to "owner" is a bit daunting, but the payoff is huge. As any veteran homeowner will tell you, there isn't anything quite like it.
But before you starting jumping at the thought of never paying rent again, remember that there are certain gives and takes to owning your home – for every perk that comes with it, there is an equal amount of added responsibility. So, to get you on the right track and ahead of the game in home ownership, here are some things that will make your experience much smoother:


• Eventually, it will break
There's no getting around it – with so much that could possible go wrong (even in a brand new home), something eventually will. Be it the water heater, A/C unit, plumbing, electricity, or anything else,

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Raking LeavesEven though we Floridians are lucky enough to enjoy tropical temperatures throughout the winter months, we do have the occasional cold snap that calls for wearing long sleeves and draping sheets over our gardens. With these months coming up soon, you may want to consider a small redecorating project to reflect the new seasons – but I'm not talking about redecorating your home.
Landscaping and exterior design plays an important role in creating positive first impressions, whether you're selling, buying, or maybe just want to impress the neighbors. Your yard and your home reflects you, and having a cleanly manicured property emphasizing all of your homes best features can make all the different. Here are some tips for customizing the outside of your home

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Real Estate in Naples, FLIt may sound contradictory, but the home buying process is more than just buying a home.
When you look for your new home in Naples, you'll be looking for an entire new lifestyle – one of beachfront cabanas, varied entertainment, and all-encompassing amenities. And while it's important to find the perfect home to fit you, there are other things to consider as well. Below is a checklist of things to consider before you pack up and move:

• Affordability
It's a no-brainer that you need to be able to afford your new residence, but cost of living varies from location to location. Make sure that your money stretches where you need it to in your new city – for example, your salary in New York City won't get you as far as it will in, say, a more rural area, or a

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Chart and money representing money saved by using solar panels

It was announced recently that the Swedish "do-it-yourself" furniture and décor giant IKEA will be selling solar panels among their other products, and this has gotten customers excited about the possibilities.
While Europe will be getting the panels in stock within the next ten months, U.S. customers will have to wait – but when they become available, you can bet customers will flock to the retailer to make the switch to energy from the sun. But what exactly can you expect to get out of such a big purchase? With a price tag of over $9,000, many people are looking for a very good reason to take this plunge. So, here are a few ways you can expect to save from installing solar panels on your home:
• Tax incentives
This is available to you from both a state

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Four full-furnished models are on their way up in Phase II of Esperanza at Paseo – the Ruffino I, Montessa II, Jasmine II, and Orchid II – and if the surrounding community is any evidence of what to expect, they’ll be pictures of perfection once completed.

The Ruffino II is a one-story, great room-style home on 2,585 square feet under air and 3,781 total. The home includes a covered entry, a spacious, three-car garage, a covered lanai with an expansive pool deck, and an outdoor kitchen option. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath residence comes with a gorgeous formal dining room that is perfect for entertaining, as well as a spacious study that can be converted into a 4th bedroom.

The Montessa II, at 2,327 square feet under air and 3,686 total,

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