7 Ways to Transform Your Attic Into a Livable Space

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If you’re looking for additional living space within your home, don’t forget about your attic. Transforming your attic into a bedroom or other functional space isn’t as difficult as you may think — even if it’s unfinished. Here are a few tips to help you turn your attic into an upstairs oasis. 1. Add Flooring If your attic isn’t finished, … Read More

Basement Heating Options to Keep You Warm This Winter

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The leaves are changing, the nights are getting longer, and that means that winter is on its way. If you’ve chosen to turn your home’s basement into a separate living space – whether it’s a game room, movie lounge, or man cave – you’ve probably discovered the challenges of keeping the room warm. From overly dry air to cold spots … Read More

16 Essential Tools for Any DIY Home Project

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Every homeowner needs a well-stocked toolbox. Whether you live in a modern apartment in downtown Philadelphia, a historic home in Boston , or you’re looking to put your house on the market , you will inevitably need to make home repairs – and you’ll need the tools to do it. It’s also always helpful to have what you need to … Read More

How to Reduce Traffic Noise in Your Backyard

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Excessive noise levels are unpleasant, to say the least, especially in your backyard. Your outside space should be a peaceful oasis where you and your family can unwind and enjoy the outdoors. However, whether it’s traffic noise, construction, lawn mowers, or neighborhood kids playing in the street, bothersome sounds can find their way into your home.  As well as being … Read More

When Do I Need a Building Permit for Home Improvements?

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When it’s time to remodel or make improvements to your home, you may wonder when you need a building permit. How do you determine which remodels and renovations require permits? Most contractors will know ahead of time, but it’s good for homeowners to have a general understanding for future renovations. Why Do I Need a Building Permit? For many projects, … Read More

Asbestos Exposure in the Home: Risk, Removal, and Remodeling

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Many people are alarmed to learn that their house may contain asbestos. Asbestos exposure has been linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma – particularly in construction workers and manufacturers, who were frequently exposed to it on the job. Most Americans will spend at least one-third of their time every day inside their home – that is a lot of time … Read More

7 Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Tips for a Greener Yard This Summer

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Maintaining a beautiful yard is a point of pride for many homeowners. From keeping the grass mowed to planting flowers and manicuring shrubbery, a lot goes into keeping a yard up to standard. For households that experience the occasional drought, the need to conserve water can take a significant toll without drought-tolerant landscaping. Providing a lawn with one inch of … Read More

Homes Listed with Professional Real Estate Photos Sell Quicker and For More Money. This Is Why.

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First impressions are everything, especially in home buying. A gorgeous exterior vs. a crummy one decides whether you walk in the front door. Inside, spotless interiors are more likely to inspire a life there than a cluttered house that’s clearly, well, someone else’s home. And while this is where staging can play a huge role , it’s the listing pictures … Read More

New Construction Home Inspections: Are They Necessary?

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In the midst of the last recession that crippled the U.S. real estate economy, new construction home inspections virtually disappeared. For several years there was too much available housing inventory at too low a price to make newly constructed homes competitive on cost. Essentially, buying a prebuilt house was more attractive to home buyers than building one. However, now with … Read More

10 Ways Sellers Can Prepare for Their Homes for Real Estate Photos

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Ready to list your home? From opening the blinds to putting away photos, Redfin Photography Manager Drew Larrigan reveals small steps that make a big difference when it comes to preparing a home to sell. Ready to list and sell your home? Congrats! But before preparing your home to be photographed, there are 10 important steps to consider, said Redfin’s … Read More