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Posted on 12/27/2020
Why Hire a Professional?
Photo by oneSHUTTER oneMEMORY via Shutterstock When it comes to home improvement, renovations, upgrades and expansions, seek the assistance of a professional. Why do you need a pro? Unless you built your home yourself, you might not understand all the factors that combine to engineer a house such as the electrical needs to support the load and the...
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Posted on 12/23/2020
Ashburn, VA Real Estate Market Update
Click here to view Ashburn, VA blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 12/20/2020
Evaluate the Buyer's Perspective
As a home seller, it generally is a good idea to consider the buyer's perspective. That way, you can determine why buyers may consider your house over other available properties and map out the home selling journey accordingly. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you assess the buyer's perspective before you embark on the house...
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Posted on 12/13/2020
Choose the Right Motion Detector Spotlight
Photo by John Paulsen on Unsplash Adding a motion detector light outside your house contributes greatly to your home’s security. Besides being able to clearly see any people or wildlife approaching your home, the sudden flash of a powerful spotlight turning on discourages intruders as they cannot be sure whether the light has a motion detector or was...
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Posted on 12/06/2020
How to Make Your Entrance Hall More Inviting
Image by Lisa Fotios via Pexels If you're like many busy homeowners, the foyer of your home is sometimes treated as an afterthought. It probably contains functional items such as a coat rack and a place to put shoes, but it may lack the aesthetics necessary to provide an inviting introduction to your home. Fortunately, strategies exist designed...
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Posted on 11/29/2020
Create and Maintain a Beautiful Hanging Basket
Photo by PublicDomainPictures via Pixabay Hanging baskets add personal enjoyment as well as curb appeal to any home. If you're the creative type, you may prefer to make your own rather than purchase ready-made hanging baskets from home and garden retailers. However, DIY hanging baskets sometimes fail to thrive. The following tips and tricks help ensure that your...
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Posted on 11/22/2020
How to Select Energy-Efficient Windows
Image by Petter Rudwall from Unsplash Older windows can end up costing you more on your heating and cooling bills. These windows can be drafty in winter and let in too much heat during summer. According to the Department of Energy, windows can account for up to 30 percent of energy usage in homes due to heat loss...
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Posted on 11/15/2020
Garden DIY: How to Build a Rolling Plant Caddy
Photo by Huy Phan from Pexels Plants and flower pots can be heavy items to move around. The good news is you can eliminate the trouble with a rolling plant caddy. You can build one yourself using rustic wood or precut pieces from your local home store. Stability is the key here. Plan to build the caddy large...
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Posted on 11/08/2020
Does the Appraisal Impact a Home's Sale?
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay As the home buying process nears the closing, both buyers and sellers need to prepare for the appraisal. This often the last step the lender requires before approving financing for the buyer, so it’s an important part of the home sale process. What is an Appraisal? An appraisal is an unbiased, professional evaluation...
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Posted on 11/01/2020
Questions to Ask Before You Settle on a Property Type
Photo by Free-Photos via Pixabay The number of architectural styles in any given neighborhood can be overwhelming to home buyers, especially if they don't feel immediately called to one type. To help narrow it down, the property you choose should reflect everything from your budget to your lifestyle. The more you account for how you interact with the...
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Posted on 10/25/2020
Rise Above the Home Selling Competition
The home selling market can be fierce, regardless of where you live. However, there are lots of things you can do to rise above the house selling competition, and these include: 1. Learn About the Local Housing Market Take a look at some of the available houses in your city or town – you will be glad you did....
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