Home Improvement

Tips and ideas to bring safety, value and pizaz to your home, at least we think so.

Found 30 blog entries about Home Improvement.

Popular Flooring Materials You Should UseWhen renovating a home, it may be a good idea to consider a new floor. There are many different varieties that can fit a wide array of different lifestyles and needs, but some homeowners may be left wondering how to pick the one that is best for their home. For those homeowners, her are five of the most popular different flooring options for homes and how they can be bet be used.

Installing Carpet Flooring

For homeowners who like a floor that is easier on their feet, carpet has always been a popular option. It comes in just about any color or pattern, so it can easily fit into nearly any living room or bedroom, and it can also fit nearly any budget. The biggest downside of carpet is that it has a tendency to hold in allergens, so people who

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When to DIY and When to Hire a ProfessionalThe choice to DIY can be a tough one for homeowners. Many homeowners like to save money by making home improvements themselves, others like the satisfaction that they get from working on their own home. Still, not all projects are right for homeowners. Knowing which home improvement projects are good for homeowners and which are best done by contractors is important.

When to DIY

For the standard homeowner, the best DIY projects are those that do not alter the structure of the home, and cannot make the house a danger to the occupants if done incorrectly. Interior painting is a good example of an appropriate DIY project, because a bad paint job can be redone. To finish the job, the homeowner needs the right tools, enough time and a can-do

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How To Paint a Room For BeginnersWhen owning a home there are many ways to personalize and make it more comfortable, and one common way to do this is by painting its walls to better suit the people living there, as well as add to any home staging efforts when the time comes to sell. While homeowners can hire a professional service to come paint the walls, they can also do the job themselves. For homeowners who may not know how to start with painting their home, here are the essential steps for painting a home.

Move Furniture Away From Walls

For beginners and pros alike, paint can be messy and accidents can happen. No one wants to get paint on their furniture, so the first thing a homeowner should do before anything else is to move the furniture. The best way to protect it is

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Popular Home Upgrades That Boost Energy EfficiencyIt's no secret that energy-efficient upgrades rank high on buyers' lists of desired home attributes these days. Many real estate agents are quick to ask sellers about a home's energy efficiency before suggesting a listing price. Prospective sellers who know well in advance when they plan to sell a residence are often also able to enjoy shrinking utility bills after making upgrades.

Buyers today are very savvy about the benefits of owning an energy-efficient home. Many are willing to pay more for structures with so-called green upgrades. Which popular upgrades should you consider without breaking the bank? Here are eight of the most important.

Low-flow Fixtures

They're easy to install as well as inexpensive. Beyond helping conserve the

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The Real Value of Residential Solar PanelsSolar panel technology has been evolving for several decades which has led more and more homeowners to look into how they can use green technology to save both their wallets and the environment. But there are still plenty of people who may not have even considered solar panels for themselves—especially if they live in an area with plenty of cloud coverage. They may not realize just how much more efficient solar panels have become or how much the price has come down. The real value of solar panels can be substantial, but homeowners may have to do some digging to really find out just how much money can be saved.

Starting Up

It's true that solar panels are a serious investment for any homeowner. The returns on their investment are also heavily

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Whether you live in Boulder or own a home in Erie, Colorado every season of the year yields unique events, activities and a special list worth untold dollars. Fall brings about what we like to call “The annual fall maintenance schedule for home owners!”

This is the post you want to readheed and share to all your online outlets, your friends and neighbors will appreciate the heads up because this will make you the SAVINGS ADVOCATE HERO of your social circles!

We start off with one important question you need to ask:

HOW MUCH MONEY CAN THIS LIST SAVE ME?!?

Let’s take a look at some real numbers about not so much the cost, but more significantly, the SAVINGS of completing the autumn checklist of To Do items around our homes.

BEGIN WITH

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Free Radon Testing

Boulder County Residents are eligible for free radon testing by enrolling in EnergySmart. Enroll for free by calling (303)-544-1000 and simply answer a few questions. Next, call the day you plan to stop by to pick up the test from 8am-5pm at 1722 14th St, Boulder, CO #210. Your radon testing kit comes with instructions, pre-paid postage, and envelope. You will place the kit at the lowest living level's inner wall, 3 feet away from a window or door to the outside, and let it sit out for 3-7 days. Once mailed in you will receive your results via email or mail.

What is Radon?radon testing

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium, also known as radioactive decay. Radon is a colorless,

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selling home with solar power

Solar powered energy is a popular source of clean energy that many homeowners are beginning to explore. But does solar increase or decrease the value of your home? The answer: it depends. There are a few key factors that can determine whether a solar power system will increase or decrease the home you are trying to buy or sell.

Buying vs Leasing

Solar is not cheap. Homeowners have the choice of purchasing a system outright, or entering into a leasing contract. If you choose to buy a system it can set you back $12,000-$20,000 which you may not see a full ROI once you sell the home. Another option is to lease a system, however typical contracts will lock you in for up to 15 years, making the transfer to a new homeowner tricky.

Electricity

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I ran across an article in Realtor.net magazine which I think may be helpful to you when you are thinking of selling your home and you are wondering if the money you spend on fix up is worth it. Of course there are may factors which go into making this kind of a decision.

How much did I pay for my home? What is my home worth as an average in the neighborhood--am I at the high or medium range when compared with the other homes which are for sale or have recently sold? I can help you determine that with a professional opinion called a competitive market analysis.

How much equity do I have in my home measured by the value above the financing or other obligations owed when you get that check at the closing table? Is my home an income property and will I

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Smart homes and their innovations include some of the coolest trends to come out of the home construction, interior design and technology industries today. Smart homes today are offering everything from driveway and mailbox sensors to waterless washing machines. The homes of the future are here. What once was only seen on episodes of The Jetsons has now become a reality. The whole idea surrounding a smart home is to make life easier and more efficient for the owner and with modern technology the sky is the limit. Popular companies like Xfinity are hopping on the band wagon and are ready to offer you smart home features, see what they are up to, click here. We have gathered some of our favorite options available in smart homes today.

Ever wonder

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