Home Improvement

Home improvement tips from Equity Realty

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With summer drawing to a very warm close in the last month, seasonal buyers are flocking to Southwest Florida in an escape of the snowy north. And, if you're planning on selling in the near future, you'll likely be hearing from some of these potential buyers.

When you start sprucing up your home for a showing, consider adding some fall flair to the mix – not only will you be giving a fresh, new look to your home that still compliments the warm climate, you'll be subtly reminding northern buyers of their own home up in the colder parts of the country. Here are some tips for getting your house in to the fall mood:

1. Fill Clear Containers with Dried Leaves

Nothing says "fall" like leaves that have changed color and fallen. So, for this cheap

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Lender sitting with buyers.Refinancing mortgages can either be good or bad depending on one’s financial situation. Various pros and cons need to be looked at carefully to so that one can arrive at the right decision. What exactly makes people want to refinance their mortgages? Looking back to the beginning of year 2012, the interest rates fell to an historic low. This led to many homeowners refinancing their mortgages. Refinancing a mortgage simply means getting a new mortgage to replace the old one. Better interest rates and loan terms are the main reasons making people refinance their mortgages.

The interest rates might have gone high slightly but the figures still remain close to what people experienced in the year 2012. This may still prompt one to change their current

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Financial HardshipIts not uncommon for people from different backgrounds in life to make financial mistakes. From making a purchase due to impulse buying to being sold car rental insurance or an extended warranty, there is a large host of things that may not be the most suitable for those who are trying to save money by reducing the amount that they want to spend.ˇ
This said, there are also larger purchases that can be made. All of which can signify that the person that is doing the buying can also make huge mistakes when they are purchasing major items like a home for the family to reside in. Which means, it is essential for buyers to make sure that they are doing the proper amount of research prior to signing on the dotted line. To avoid these and other related

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If you are, then the recently released 2014 Cost versus Value report by Remodeling Magazine will help you a lot in deciding on the remodeling projects as it clearly lays out the return provided by various home remodeling projects.

The 2014 report breaks the myth that investing in remodeling the house for selling purposes is always a winning proposition. In fact, nothing is further from the truth as on an average homeowner recovers only $.60 for each dollar spent on remodeling. Also, majority of the remodeling projects which provide excellent ROI are not the shiny glamorous ones you'll usually watch on TV like kitchen or bathroom remodeling.

The projects with the highest average return on investment include the practical but unglamorous ones such as

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They’re like furry extensions of family, and we treat them as such – between taking professional photos, going on grooming weekends, and feeding delectable foods, our pets are certainly a part of our lives. 

You put a lot of work into keeping your home safe for your family, and doing the same for your pets is important too. But there are many more considerations to take care of when you’re pet-proofing your home. Besides making sure your smoke detectors are working, your locks are functional, and no chemicals are leaking into your home, you now need to look at the process from a four-legged perspective. Here are some tips for keeping your little loved ones as safe and happy as possible:

  • Choking hazards aren’t just for kids

All

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In sunny Naples, there isn’t too much of a winter season – but that doesn’t mean you can let your home’s curb appeal slack off when the days get shorter. 

It can be easy to put off doing exterior maintenance once the cold weather kicks in, but it’s still something that needs to be done. There are countless ways to keep your home in tip-top shape during the chillier months, and still give it a winter flair that fits the holiday season. Here’s what you can do:

  • Fresh coats of paint

The leaves on the trees are starting to thin out as the temperature goes down, and that means any imperfections of your home’s exterior are going to be magnified. Chips and cracks in the paint will stand out, so take an afternoon to do some touch-ups and your

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When you’re selling your home, there are countless little things around that can drive your price down. If you can get an idea of what people want, and what people expect to see, you can get yourself ahead of the game in getting your home market-ready. 

While there are some things that you can’t do anything about (you won’t exactly be moving your entire home to a more desirable location), there are certainly things that you can control. Here are some common threats to your home’s value that you can stave off before you sell:

  • Lack of updates

This is one that can actually do more damage than good sometimes – if you drop a huge amount of money on a brand new kitchen, there is always the chance it doesn’t bring in more money than you

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It’s been dutifully there for you, every year, for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter…and if you’re like most people, not much else. 

The average dining room is generally not used for much more than the occasional holiday meal. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it does mean that you probably have that beautiful space in your home that isn’t being used to its full potential. Do you ditch the dining room entirely, or maybe turn it into a more appropriate entertaining area, or even add another bedroom to your home? Anything could work, but the only thing that ultimately matters is what works best for you. Here are a few dining room-conversion ideas to get you started:

  • Strictly entertainment

If you’re the type of person who entertains on

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If you’re getting ready to show your home for the first time, the process can be a little intimidating. Getting your home cleaned up, and knowing just what to clean up and how much, is invaluable knowledge that could give your home the edge over the rest of the market.

There are many common places you’ll want to look when you’re scouring the home for things to tidy up. But there are also several not-so-common places where the clutter can pile up – and here they are:

  • The top of the refrigerator

The space is generally occupied by things that couldn’t find a home elsewhere in the kitchen. So, they’re relegated to the top spot and (generally) forgotten about. There usually won’t be too much to clean up from here, but getting this

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Some people contend that “newer is always better,” but more and more are straying from that mindset and looking for a home with both age and character. Just because newer homes have the advantage of simply being built more recently, doesn’t mean they’re always a better choice.

One downside of such decades-old homes is that they tend to have more maintenance issues than one built recently – same goes for most things, including cars. But, homes that were built in similar eras will suffer from similar ailments, so you can prepare yourself for what is to come. Here are the most common issues for homes built 40 or more years ago:

Pre-1978 homes – Lead paint

1978 was the year that the United States banned the use of lead paint, finally

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