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Expert Answers to Common Questions About Composite Decks

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Considering a composite deck? Here are expert answers to homeowners' most common questions When planning a composite deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you’ll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyards across the country — and for good reason. “Today’s homeowners want to spend their time Continue Reading ...

4 Insurance Myths and Misconceptions Dispelled

Posted on: October 24, 2018 by in Blog
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There are several myths and misconceptions that exist when it comes to insurance. For example, true or false? It costs more to insure red cars. The answer is false. Car color has no impact on insurance premiums; however, factors like your driving history, annual mileage driven, the cost of your vehicle and other things will affect how much you'll pay for insurance. Insurance is one of the most useful investments you can make to help safeguard your belongings and financial assets, but it's Continue Reading ...

How to Create the Perfect, Four-Season Outdoor Living Space

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Creating an outdoor living space will give you an extra "room" to enjoy in all types of weather, even as the temperatures drop. You can start small with an inexpensive patio set and charcoal grill on a new deck, go all out with a fully installed kitchen, fireplace and living room, or something in between. It depends on your budget and how you plan to use the space. Here are some ideas for must-have elements in your perfect outdoor living space that will allow you to enjoy your backyard in Continue Reading ...

Why Fall Is One of the Best Seasons to Build a Deck

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As the weather starts to shift and the crisp air settles in, your first inclination might be to head indoors, cozy up with a blanket and save that deck project you’ve been researching for next year. Not so fast. While home improvement stores sell spring and summer as the seasons for all things outdoor home improvement, fall is actually one of the best times to build a deck. Here are five reasons you should take advantage of the transitional months and make your deck dreams a reality. 1. Use Continue Reading ...

5 Steps to Protect Your Home from Rodents This Fall

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Once they’re inside, rats and other rodents can do a lot of harm to your home. This includes damage to electrical wiring, metal or plastic pipes and insulation found in walls and attics. On top of structural damage, the critters aren’t good for the people who live in your home, either: Some species of mice and rats can transmit diseases like hantavirus through their urine and droppings. Between the potential health issues and possible damage to your home, the last thing you want to hear Continue Reading ...

Take a Second Look at Your Homebuying Options

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Buying a home is an exciting process, but for many people, it can also seem out of reach. While many renters would like to buy, there are several factors that may lead potential homebuyers to believe they may not be ready. These include credit score requirements, income, and debt levels, and the common myth that a 20 percent down payment is needed. Here is some good news: Qualifying for a mortgage may not be so far out of reach. Better Mortgage Terms While it is true that borrowers with Continue Reading ...

Going Green a Smart Real Estate Strategy That Adds Value

Posted on: September 12, 2018 by in Blog
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Real estate insight: Green home improvements boost value, shorten sale time Are you thinking of selling your house and want to know some of the best ways to boost your home's value, demand top dollar and potentially inspire a bidding war? Whether you're selling in a few months or a few years, there is one strategy that gets noticed in real estate markets across the United States: green home improvements. Green homes can sell faster and for more money than comparable houses without Continue Reading ...

Remake Your Bathroom with These Luxurious Hotel – Inspired Trends

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Life can get hectic. While it is easy to become overwhelmed with busy schedules and everyday challenges, it is important to carve out personal time for relaxation and renewal. The practice of self-care and personal wellness is becoming a trend on the rise. To incorporate this trend into your daily routine, take a page from the luxury hotel playbook. Imagine what you would see, feel, smell and experience if you stepped into the bathroom of a five-star suite. Luxury bathrooms are designed to Continue Reading ...

What Does the Color of Your Home Reveal About You?

Posted on: August 29, 2018 by in Blog
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A home’s curb appeal leaves a powerful first impression. Yet, according to the recent poll conducted by Ply Gem Building Products, only half of the homeowners say their home’s exterior reflects their personality. This is an especially surprising statistic since 81 percent of Americans say the exterior of a home shapes their view of the homeowner. With countless material options and accents like shutters and trim, there are several ways to add color to your home. Replacing old siding with Continue Reading ...

Home Sweet Home? 6 Safety Tips When Moving with Kids

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Moving to a new home can be an exciting undertaking, a fresh start that brings with it the potential for new friends, opportunities and experiences. For parents of young children, though, the process of adapting to a new home can be stressful. While you may have been proactive about averting safety hazards in your old house, a move to a new one calls for renewed awareness of anything that could potentially harm your kids. Unfortunately, the National Safety Council advises that more than a Continue Reading ...