Home Improvement

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

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Every season of the year yields unique events, activities and a special list worth untold dollars that 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 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 THE USUAL SUSPECTS

1.  Everybody’s favorite, the gutters and downspouts clean out! Those clogged gutters can lead to damage to

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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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Goals of Energy Efficiency

In the age of "eco warriors" it's easy to say you want to be more green, but implementation can seem difficult and expensive. However, a green home provides you with an abundance of benefits including improved air quality, a more comfortable home, cost savings in the long run, and of course a positive environmental impact. Energy efficiency really means using less energy while still being able to provide the same service or work. So, all you should lose are the higher operating costs.

Getting Started

If you are considering making energy efficient changes to your house, a great place to start is to have your home undergo an Energy Audit. This is an in-depth evaluation of your home that will provide you with

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smart home 2015

Remember when the most advanced homes had intercom systems throughout the house? My mother certainly didn’t need one, but our neighbor’s had one and it was the closest thing to Star Trek I’d ever seen. I loved it.

Fast forward to 2015 and with the touch of a button or even just a single spoken word you can unlock your home, set the perfect lighting, temperature, music and even aroma for your mood.

Here is breakdown some currently available smart home technology.

Hub Command Controls

Hub Command Controls act as a Tower of Babel, translating all the different communication platforms like bluetooth, Z-Wave, ZigBee and Lutron ClearConnect, allowing you to control everything with one master app.

Products to check out: SmartThings, Staples

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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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With spring on the horizon it’s a great time to start cleaning out the corners, closets and cabinets. It’s been 10 years since we last moved. We’ve add three more people to our family and with all their stuff, I’m ready to move with two suitcases and leave it all behind. Before I take such drastic measures, I’m setting some rules.

Inspired by 40 Bags in 40 Days, join me for a three part series as I chronicle the declutter of my family, Team Jones. First, I’ve establish The Rules. I’ve broken them down into three sections: Reframing Clutter, Organizing, Hard Limits, Survival Tools.

Somehow I got myself into this place, so first I took a look on the inside to see where I could de-clutter my habits.

Reframing Clutter

1) The High Price of

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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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The seventh annual Boulder Home and Garden Fair will be held on Saturday, May 11th from 10am to 4pm on the Twenty Ninth Street Mall in Boulder. The fair is presented by the Boulder County Home and Garden Magazine, and is a great reason to get yourself down to Boulder. This is one event that is worth marking your calendar for.

Twenty Ninth Street in Boulder

This fair is free to attend, and offers up not only great information, but a fun day in Boulder for the whole family. Start by learning more about sustainable living from the experts, then get some handy tips for your next home improvement project. Why not bring home something new? There will be plenty of unique items for sale to bring home the beauty of Boulder.

Find inspiration for your home and garden from over 60

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of one of Boulder’s most desirable home remodeling companies. Mark Lévesque is the creative mind behind KBC Remodeling Services and is truly one of the most genuine business men if have ever met. Built on a solid reputation for their skills, talent and in house approach, KBC has flourished in the Boulder County community due to their client’s referrals and impeccable word of mouth. Some of the most impressive things I took away from meeting with Mark was that he has a keen eye for design features. He also understands how to pair expectations with real budget concerns and how to make sustainable look chic.

When you hire KBC to remodel your home one thing you are guaranteed is that the project

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