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September 2009

Whether you have decided to stay put in your current home or you are thinking about putting your home on the market, all homeowners are looking for ways they can improve their homes.  Luckily, there a many do-it-yourself, cost-efficient home improvement projects that will do just that.

Below are some simple projects that can be completed in as little as one weekend:

BUILD A NEW BACKSPLASH IN YOUR KITCHEN

Building a new backsplash is an easy way to showcase your personality and add character to your kitchen.  Character can be added by implementing tile design tricks, such as placing tile diagonally to add dimension to a room or placing tile in patterns to form interesting mosaics.

No matter which design you choose to create, the most cost-effective way to build a new backsplash is to research several tile options before making your final tile purchase.  Experts say that, in general, ceramic and porcelain tile are the best options in terms of cost, starting at $10 per square foot.

REPLACE YOUR OLD BATHROOM VANITY

Standalone vanities are a hot trend in bathroom design because they provide the look of furniture, adding a more comfortable feeling to a bathroom.  Vanities are available in many different styles and sizes, ranging from small, which are about 18 in. in width, to large, which are about 72 in. in width.  With such diverse vanities to choose from, there is a vanity to suit any taste and replacement timeline.

Vanities can be installed in only a matter of hours with the correct number of people.  Installing a vanity usually requires at least 2 people in order to make the installation process move quickly and smoothly.  However, the size of the vanity will determine how many people should help to install it.

REPLACE YOUR CARPETING WITH WOOD FLOORING

Wood flooring can increase value and add style to your living room.  Light woods can make a room appear larger, medium woods can make a room appear more traditional, and dark woods can make a room appear warmer.

The introduction of so many new species, colors and types of flooring in recent years allow homeowners a lot of options and with innovations such as click flooring it is now even easier for DIYers to install a new floor.

Installing wood floors on your own can cut down on the overall cost of your flooring project and can easily give your living room a beautiful new look from between $1,000 and $2,500, depending on the size of the room.

Projects like these make your home look unique and get a great return on your very affordable investment.

 

 

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Once they are all used up, recycle your rechargeable batteries.  Did you know that more than 350 million batteries are purchased in the U.S. per year?  When these batteries no longer hold a charge and are thrown away, they can cause serious harm to human health and the environment.  About 75 percent of municipal solid waste is either sent to a landfill or incinerated.  Neither of these methods is suited for the disposal of rechargeable batteries. 

There are several local collections sites for batteries, including those for cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys.  Your can also take your rechargeable batteries to many large retailers, which will properly dispose of them.  Check out this web site to find a collection location near you: http://earth911.com/hazardous/rechargeable-batteries/.

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One of the things we love to do is introduce you to local businesses we love.  Corks in Danville is a great place to come enjoy a glass of wine, listen to local music artists and be surrounded by positive people in a laidback environment.  Click Here to view our short video of Corks.  We hope you try it sometime and enjoy the experience as much as we do!

Greg & Lisa

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IRS Reminds Taxpayers To Take Advantage Of Recovery Act Benefits

by Lisa Doyle September 25, 2009 Latest News

With 2009 nearing the final quarter of the year, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to take advantage of the numerous tax breaks made available earlier this year in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The recovery law provides tax incentives for first-time homebuyers, people purchasing new cars, those interested in making their homes more [...]

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Helping you get your home sold now!

by Lisa Doyle September 24, 2009 Latest News

Good Morning, Greg & I sure hope you and your family are doing well.  In this changing market, we know there are so many people who have had a difficult time getting their home sold for the best price possible.  We created this video to give those people hope.  If you or anyone you know [...]

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Homeownership Still Pays, an article in Realtor Magazine June 2009

by Lisa Doyle September 23, 2009 Latest News

Many Americans have taken a hit to their home equity over the past couple of years and some may wonder if it’s really the smartest financial decision to own a home.  Good news- a recent analysis of Federal Reserve data by the National Association of Realtors shows the answer is yes.  In comparison with renters, [...]

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Some people ask us questions about damage during an escrow. Here is some great information we found. We hope it helps you!

by Lisa Doyle September 22, 2009 Latest News

What are the general rules concerning who bears the risk of loss in a real estate transaction where an Act of God or other disaster, such as fire, affects the property? If the purchase contract between the parties doesn’t specify who is to bear the risk of damage or loss to the premises during the [...]

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Existing homes selling fast – record fast

by Lisa Doyle September 21, 2009 Latest News

The volume of home re-sales has been on the upswing for four consecutive months. NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Sales of existing homes rose in July for the fourth consecutive month, lending support to economists who argue a recovery is near. Sales of previously owned single-family homes were up 7.2% compared with June and 5% from [...]

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Be Patient for Multifamily Recovery, an article from Realtor Magazine

by Lisa Doyle September 18, 2009 Latest News

Apartment properties have historically been the least volatile of all commercial investments and the first commercial properties to recover when markets improve.  But this time may be different. Why do apartment properties generally recover first after a downturn? 2 reasons: Construction cycles are shorter so their supply can adjust faster when demand weakens.  And apartments [...]

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Termites: The Silent Destroyers

by Lisa Doyle September 17, 2009 Latest News

Older houses, where it is more likely that the foundation may have cracked, probably are more inclined to be at risk.  New homes aren’t off the hook: If termite pretreatments during construction aren’t done correctly by the builder, termite swarms can take hold even after 5 years.  So how can home owners keep these crawly [...]

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